Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Sleeping is givin in...
It is 10:45. I am at my desk and already this morning got gas, picked up cat food, went for a run, showered, read an abstract and have finished all my student emailing for the morning. I hope the rest of the day is as productive as the first 3 hours.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
The sky is blue almost everyday
Luckily I got a bit of a break since 3 hours after I turned in the draft, I started my weekend of playing host to a visiting grad student who gave a talk yesterday. Her talk was great and she is a super scientist! She is a year ahead of me and we have known each other from conferences for about 3 years in additon to having advisors in common once removed (my MS advisor is her outside committee member and her PhD advisor was my MS advisors PhD advisor- I love the interrelatedness of science!). Anyways, it was nice to visit and hopefully a good trip for her as well.
Must get back to the proposal!
But first...An update on the Pinwheel! I sent it off to the happy family who was scheduled for a C-section on Monday. I haven't heard anything official but figure a new baby could cut into email time.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Just when they (at least the commentators) thought it was too late...
Between the swearing and the celebrating, it is a good thing we don't have neighbors...
Two minute warning...
It doesn't help that I dislike the quarterback of Arizona because he is from USC, who played UT in big games the past few years.
The dog just left the room, he must be unable to watch the horrors of this game anymore.
In the writing of this post, the scored a touchdown. There is still hope, but it'll be tough with one quater left and being down by 13. We'll see, and if they don't win, even the '85 Bears lost one game.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Spare a Square
Pattern: Pinwheel (link above)
Start date: July 23rd, 2006
End date: Oct. 8th, 2006
Yarn: Red Heart Soft (it is acrylic but soft enough and washable!)
Final dimensions: BIG! It is 33 inches across. It rolls on the ends but since it is acrylic, blocking won't do much to help.
It got monotonous towards the end but I think part of that is having started it and knit a lot before frogging and starting over. I LOVE the pattern and will use the striping again on other stuff, like a scarf. This is the 3rd baby blanket this year though and I need a break from the big projects. Good thing it is Socktober fest!
Unrelated, V and I went for a GREAT run yesterday. We have a nice park near our house with a 1.3 mile loop. Usually I don't want to overdo it for our sporadic running lately and end up only running one loop with some walking. Yesterday we ran 2 full loops and I didn't stop to walk once. Plus, we ran fast. Faster than I remember running in a long time. I bet we were close to what I consider my 'good' 5K pace when I train properly for a race (I'm slow, good for me is 10 min/mile). I don't know if it was the weather, the stress of the deadline or what but it felt great. I wanted to go again today but my mom is coming in tomorrow so cleaning is most important!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Choose your own adventure posts....
I think I'll just continue with my animal photo shoot (soo cute!) and do more knitting. I have found a local sock mentor and we are meeting at a SnB on Sunday (maybe pics from that too!).
Monday, October 02, 2006
"How would you like to go and spend a pleasent summer somewhere else?"
To put it another way....WE GOT OUR FUNDING! I can do the projects I REALLY REALLY want to do for my Dissertation work! They are challenging and exciting and put me right where I want to be at an intersection of theory and field work and getting my feet wet in a new subfield for the future. There are a lot of details and planning to be done but I am very excited and I am working on that pesky Proposal with renewed vigor.
We are dealing rather well this far with the leaving aspect of this new development. At least we KNOW what we are dealing with. I think the unknown was harder. This isn't that long, isn't that far and we will still be getting married so we have that great event to look forward too!
Sabertooth Seymour isn't very happy though....
(really he is yawning....I swear!)
Sunday, October 01, 2006
I really love the pattern I copied from the Pinwheel Gallery. I like this blanket and think I will do it again but 3 blankets this year is a lot for my not-advanced-knitting status. Of course, I will also not start it 3 times and will start it well before whatever baby I am knitting it for is due.