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July 2nd, 2007

Knitting

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I've recently become much more involved in my knitting again. I (finally!) finished the cotton tank top that I'd been knitting. The knitting part was actually all done, I just needed to sew on some velcro and some ribbon straps. But now it's finally done. Michelle told me it looked pretty when I tried it on for her, but I don't really know.

Currently I'm knitting a baby blanket for the graduate student I work for. She's not due until November, so I have time, but I wanted to get it done. It's nothing complicated, which means that it's boring to knit, but it should make a lovely baby blanket. I hope she likes it - otherwise I'll feel really stupid. It's a really elegant dark blue with hints of white. I think it'd be a nice blanket regardless what gender the child is. I'm about 3/4 of the way done with it. Which is just as well because I'm getting really tired of knitting it. It's a very simple repetitive pattern, so it's not super exciting to work on. But it is nice now that it actually looks like a blanket.

After the blanket is done, there's more knitted baby stuff. There's a pattern in Stitch N Bitch for these really adorable little baby devil pants that I'm going to make. They're super cute. I've been wanting to make them since I saw the pattern, but I've never really had a reason to. Thanks to my grad student, I now have a reason. I've got the yarn and everything - so hurry up and finish blanket!!

June 29th, 2007

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I realize that yet again I have gone for a month without typing anything in this journal. I just can't ever really convince myself that it's worthwhile.

This summer I'm working in the Psychology lab that I've worked in all year and then for supplemental cash I'm working in a local ice cream parlor. That's definitely more fun. I like my co-workers, plus part of my job description is to taste all the ice cream so I can help customers choose. Fun stuff, let me tell you. The other nice thing is that it's totally local which is really fun since I don't usually like to support huge chains when I could support local. Not to mention, the ice cream is FANTASTIC. We make a chocolate ice cream called Zanzibar Chocolate that is so chocolate-y it's almost black. It's killer. We also have an awesome coconut ice cream with almonds and chocolate chips. And a nectarine Italian ice that is heavenly. Overall, lots of fun.

Neither of these jobs take up all my time so I do get to enjoy summer. Going out to the terrace with friends to have a beer is lots of fun. Plus I get to go see Clyde every Monday night. Dancing and drinking gin and tonics equals a wonderfully relaxing Monday night.

Last night Michelle came over and I showed her how to cook tofu in a stir fry. It was mad tasty. She liked it so much that she took home the leftovers, which made me happy. I totally just winged the recipe and so I'm really glad it turned out well.

Tonight I have a romantic date with my boy. We try and do something special and nice every so often just so that we don't take each other for granted. We're going out for sushi, which I haven't had in a really long time and is going to make me soooooo happy.

I've also been really productive today: mailed my mom's birthday present, made an appointment to get my haircut, and did all the dishes (which I had hoped my roommates might do, but silly boys seem allergic to dishes).

Also, I pledge to try harder to update more often.

May 29th, 2007

Recognition

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This made my night: Clyde Stubblefield recognized me and came over and said Hello and shook my hand. Then, when I left, he called out good-bye as he waved.

April 1st, 2007

Off to sunshine

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So I leave for Cozumel in a few hours.  First got to take a bus to O'Hare, then catch a direct flight down there, but by this evening I'll be caressed by an ocean breeze.  Hopefully a pleasantly warm ocean breeze.  That is when the relaxation will start.  Until then, I'm stressing.  I worry a lot about travel plans.  I'm worried we won't make the bus.  I'm worried the bus will be late and we won't make the plane.  I mean, I am trying to enjoy the fact that I'm about to spend a week with my boy on the beach.  It's going to be a blast.  My best friend keeps reminding me how much fun this is going to be and that I'm just being a stress monkey about the travel.  But she's heard all my travel plans and she's like "they're awesome and you've budgeted in some extra time."  I'm all set - so now I just kind of want to go, cause sitting in my room is only making me panic that I'm forgetting something.

March 24th, 2007

So I watched this new game show called "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?"  This is INANE!!!  I feel stupider for having watched it.  For example, a man didn't know that Alaska is farther west than California.

I seriously hope we don't globally broadcast this, because if so, the rest of the world must just be laughing at us!  This is such a sorry excuse for a game show.  No time limit and grade school questions.  People get so excited to find out that they were right for saying the ocean at the North Pole is the Arctic Ocean.  I can't believe that a) this exists, and b) that people actually sign up to be on this show.

On a really sorry note, after losing, just before he had to walk off, this guy proposed to his girlfriend on the show.  And she accepted.

American TV has hit a new low.  I can't believe that I actually supported this show by watching it.

March 22nd, 2007

Boomshine

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So I've had fun spacing out/meditating to this game Boomshine. Very fun to just space out to. It's not like there's really much skill involved.

So far, my best score is 252.

March 20th, 2007

Apathy

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So my brother visited this weekend.  After some initial last minute figure out where he was going to sleep while he was here, everything went nice and smooth.  He left on Sunday.  Unfortunately I had to work on Sunday so our goodbyes were rushed over a brunch.

Recently, been very apathetic.  I have some stuff that I just don't want to deal with or even think about.  However, apathy has not prevented me from getting work done.  I am ahead on posting my assignments for my online class and just now I finished my Physics homework which isn't due until Sunday.  Now, it might seem like it's a bit odd for me to finish it so early, so I'll explain a few things.  First of all, I had only planned to do half of it - but I just got on a role, so I decided that I would do problems until I got stuck on one and then I'd call it a night.  This has resulted in me finishing the homework.  I had also wanted to start it early because we have a test on Friday.  I didn't want to wait to start the homework until after the test because my discussion sections are on Thursday, so if I had problems with the homework I wanted to be able to ask my TA.  Whatever - I'm just a dork and finished my homework early.  This is fine with me because it means I don't have to think about doing it later in the week or this weekend.

I have a doctor's appointment (of sorts) this Friday that I don't want to go to.

I'm avoiding talking to my advisor because I don't think he'll understand or support my plans for graduation (namely, not graduating until December).

I've been having hip problems (my right hip starts to throb if I sit too long and then is often stiff and painful when walking) but have avoided completely scheduling an appointment to get it checked out.

March 15th, 2007

Bah! stupid cold...

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Actually my cold is pretty much gone.  My energy is back.  The sore throat is gone.  Just a little stuffy still, but nothing awful.

So, why am I cursing my cold if it's gone??

Well, because the past several days have been gorgeous!   Upper 50s and mostly sunny.  Where was I with all this nice weather?  Sleeping inside with a stupid cold.  Now that my cold is all gone, what's the weather like?  Back down to the low 30s with mostly overcast.  The stupid cold made me miss the nice weather!!!

My consolation prize is that I looked at the current weather in Cozumel today.   83 degrees but feels like 90.  I'm counting down the days!!

March 13th, 2007

Spring Break!

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So I know, I know - I've gotten lazy about posting again.  It happens.  It's a cyclical thing.  I don't really feel anyone reads this, so I don't post, so no one reads this, so I don't post...... You get the picture.

I guess my big news is spring break.  Me and the boy are going to Cozumel, Mexico for a week, just the two of us.  Spring break is actually our 5 year anniversary and it is also my last spring break given that I graduate in December.  So we thought we should do something really fun.  So we've got an all inclusive hotel on the beach in Cozumel.  While I usually don't like to do all inclusive stuff, usually I'm traveling.  I argue that what I'm doing isn't travel, it's just a vacation.  All I want to do is bum around on a beach and eat food.  The all inclusive includes free sunfish sailing, snorkling, and wind surfing, so we should be busy too - not pure beach bums.  Though I am looking forward to catching up on some fun reading.

The other news is I have an amazing awful cold.  And right when the weather turned nice, too.  I've had it for a week now, and the sore throat and stuffy nose are killing me.  The sore throat has actually been getting worse and I've been debating going into the clinic and having someone check it out.  But I'm lazy, and I'm conviced it's just a cold in which case all I can do is fliuds and rest, which is what I'm doing anyway. 

And on that note - I'm tired (again - stupid cold) and am going to go take a nap.

February 28th, 2007

It's official

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It's official.  On Monday I signed a lease with my boy.  We're moving in together on August 16th.  We going to be living in a flat on the second floor of a house.  There's another 2 bedroom beneath us with whom we share a driveway, porch (with swing!) and yard.  We got a 2 bedroom so we' d have enough space for both of us.   We're going to turn on bedroom into a study/guest-bedroom and then one will be the "master bedroom."  The whole place has hardwood floors, but the "master bedroom" is also totally wood panelled.  Combine that with the amount of sunlight that comes in it, and it's a very warm and cosy room.  Also - it's possible that I could get a kitty, which could be trouble.  Open up the possibility of having a kitty and it seems likely I'll end up getting one.  We'll see.  I'm trying to be reasonable and not just be like "KITTY!"  Overall I'm excited.  The place seems nice enough that we'll just renew our lease and live there for a while, until the boy finishes school.  Hopefully it works out.  But regardless - it's official, I'm moving in with the boy.
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