So…let me just say that this is the second time I’ve typed this…because wordpress ate the first one. Let’s hope I can pull another one out without wanting to punch someone in the face.
I have officially begun my trek in to the world of academia once again. PhD, here we go!! (In fact I’m typing this at my desk because I got to campus WAY too early…I distinctly remember parking being way harder than it apparently is…or maybe the undergrads all slept in.)
I finished some AWESOME socks!! So proud. And of course I immediately cast on another pair. I went with pink and black this time around. (Ok so most of my socks are pink. I need to work on branching out…nah.) The ones I just finished were in the neon lights colorway. These new ones are a random/leftover coloway from UPP. I vote that she keeps this one around. 🙂
I also finished my first pair of fingerless mitts, YAY!! They…are also pink. (QUIT JUDGING ME) So now I’m working on Christmas 2012…and trying to knit less this year. Last year it was something insane like 12 projects. So far I’ve got one completed project and two on the needles. Aunt S’s present is done, Aunt C’s is a Multnomah (I get a pattern I like and run with it, ok??!!) then Uncle W is getting a Texas Longhorn’s scarf…I’m about a foot in to that one. I may pull it out and work on it while I sit here and wait on my 11am meeting.
Other than that…I really need to finish BT’s wedding shawl from…oh….a year ago? HA. I’m fashionably late. Then I’ve got 2 other people to knit for and that should take care of Christmas. But mind you…this is while I’m doing my first semester of PhD work…so I have NO idea how much or how little knitting time I will have.
Let’s review the Christmas 2012 goals:
- Aunt S – Mittens – DONE
- Aunt C – Shawl – On Needles
- Uncle W – Scarf – On Needles
- Cousin K – Scarf – Almost done, started last Christmas
- Cousin J – Hat – Yarn spun and ready
- Aunt Co – Quickie Cowl – Have yarn
- Grandma – Felted Slippers – Need yarn
- Beth – Wedding Shawl if I get in gear – Need to frog
- L&H – Crap…I forgot about that. They may get gift cards.
And…the list got out of control. Ugh. I’m never going to get to knit for me, am I??!
So weirdly enough, my hands are all peeling. Gross, I know, but I tell you this because what I have on the wheel right now…is silk. Pure silk from caps to be exact…and there’s NO spinning that with rough hands. UGH!!!
Wants and needs
Totally unrelated to fiber arts, but I want a new power cord for my Macbook!!! I’m thinking having one at home and one in my office will be easier than dragging the cord from place to place. I’m considering getting one from Amazon but they have gotten horrible reviews…but it’s half the price of the Apple one…which oddly has also gotten horrible reviews. Maybe next paycheck.
I also really want some new sock yarn. Not that I don’t have any…but I feel like it’s ALL the same. I noticed this the other night as I was picking out what socks to knit next.And then…I listened to Just One More Row…and their Striped Sock KAL. Um…hi. I heart them already but…bringing me to new sock yarns?!? Ohhh emmm geee.
And then there’s Lollipop Yarn…if I could just catch her updates!!! Rwar!! But she’s got some awesome stuff. I think I’m going to wait patiently for some Halloween colorways. For some reason Halloween just screams “striped socks” to me.
GOOD NEWS!! I got back on track (kinda) this weekend! Saturday I ran 8 miles with my mother. Technically if I went with the original schedule I drafted, I needed to do 10 or 11…but that’s way more than I really need if I want to do a November half. Originally when I made the schedule it was just to get back in to training, for no particular race. The last few times I’ve set out to train for a specific half marathon or marathon…I’ve fallen off the wagon rather early in the game and either didn’t race…or had a bad race. So this time I figured I’d train up to 10-12 miles, then maintain. So far…I’m good. I’m looking at doing the Outer Banks Half in November or a local half.
The (kinda) part of “on track” refers to my strength training regimen. Ugh. I fell off that wagon and it left me in the dust. BUT!! I have a new plan that incorporates my school/work schedule.
Except I realized I forgot the “work” part of that schedule. I scheduled long runs on Saturday…but some Saturday’s I work from 10-6. Crap. Crap on a stick. AND I have a lot of travel coming up. Man…I need a backup plan. See THIS is how I fall off the training wagon!! DARN YOU LIFE-THINGS!!!! (Thanks to my friend over at Domesticated Academic for letting me steal her term right there.)
Well guess I have some more planning to do. *huff*
Santa has an AK. Not even kidding and I so wish I’d taken a picture but…ya know…probably best not to provoke those carrying assault rifles. Apparently there’s a guy down the road from me…that looks like Santa. And he likes to stand in his driveway, beside the road…in flip flops holding his rifle at random hours. My friend who lives near me says he does this often. I assume the police are aware…as she works closely with law enforcement for her job and…well…I’m sure SOMEONE would call the police about this…right? Sure…so…for now…I’m just gonna give Santa a wide berth.
School-wise…I’m so thankful to be here. I can’t even put in to words how happy I am to be on campus…it’s so amazing compared to where I was last year. I feel important here. Appreciated. It’s fantastic. I even have my own desk in an office I share with some other grad students. I’ve been hard at work decorating it…since I don’t have a metric ton of work to do yet. So far I’ve put up pictures that some former students drew for me…a picture of my cow…a magic bonsai tree (not kidding) and of course, buttons.
I’m sure whatever that tree really is…isn’t plant-life. I’m mildly concerned that it’s a form of mold. But…it’ll sit there until someone accidentally bumps my desk and it falls to pieces.
This week’s Awesome Award goes to a person very dear to me. Teresa Davis was my department head, mentor, and friend for my first three years of teaching. She saved me. I can’t put in to words how much I admire and respect her. She goes above and beyond for her students at all times. She works nights, weekends, and gives her own money to help our students.
Where she teaches, the students are mostly below the poverty line. Teachers had to buy notebooks, pencils, pens, scissors, and even lab supplies. At least $50 a month from my paycheck went back in to the school in the form of supplies for my classroom that the school system did not provide. Teresa probably contributes double or triple that to her kids, and you can see it in her classroom and her test scores. She gives those kids everything she has, and then some. She is what every teacher should be. She’s phenomenal.
Recently, a grant that our school had for advanced science classes has run out. Teresa is still determined to give our kids the same opportunities that students at affluent schools have, even without the money coming in. She has set up a page on DonorsChoose.org. If you can contribute, even a dollar, it will go to some kids that don’t get many opportunities, and don’t get much encouragement, except from teachers like Teresa. She does everything she can to give them a better future.
She’s not too far from her goal…and not asking for much. If you’ve got an extra dollar, send it her way.
Have a great week! (Ok…please save this, wordpress…please…)