Archive for January, 2007

I promise that I’m still alive.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

I was even planning to post yesterday, just to prove it. Things are finally settling down a bit, and hopefully I’ll manage to put myself onto a semi-regular posting schedule.

Classes. I like them. French, Women’s Studies, and Asian Theatre. So far I think I like Women’s Studies the best, but that may be because I have to take the intro course for my concentration, and nothing new has happened yet. Of course I’m going to like the course for which I already know the information.

Of course, I used to know a fair amount of french as well. I’m a little frustrated by how much I’ve lost in the last year and a half, but I assume that most of it will come back once I recover all my old french notes.

Monday is the busiest day of the week for me.  Even when I have spread-apart breaks of an hour or more, I have touble getting anything done.  Think about it.  Between obligations, I have to eat and prepare for whatever is coming next.  I have to make tea, and figure out how to relax for a few minutes without falling to the The Trap of Non-Production.

Accordingly, I have no idea what I should do with my Tuesdays.  I have no obligations until 4pm.

Whereas last quarter I had ten scheduled class/other sessions to attend per week, broken down into seven class, two theatre, and one yoga, I now have seventeen.  This is before scheduling costume shop hours.  Seventeen broken down into eleven class, four theatre, two yoga.

I’m going to go read in the library until french lab.  I’m also going to try to post knitting evidence tonight.  We’ll see.

Hello From November

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

I just realized that I never showed you this finished object:

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It’s a very simple dropped-loop scarf on a size 15 needle. I made it in an hour or two over Thanksgiving. It is made from the Mango Moon Rayon in the Neptune colourway. It is more decorative than warm, but very pretty. I like the texture and colors.

Today I remembered just how much french I have forgotten in the past year and a half. I had the most fantastic language teacher in high school, so if I could only find my notes…

It’s coming back. Slowly. I’m not so thrilled to relearn my irregular verbs, though.

On another note, this is January’s calendar page:

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Yes, still the same calendar. I’ll be out of the country from September 2007- February 2008, so I got clever and used the end of the month for the end of 2006. Now I’m back to the beginning.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love birds? Look at that fantastic picture. Their feet are absolutely ridiculous!

Finally, here is my sock progress as of last night. It is much further along now, so perhaps I’ll show a picture later tonight.

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Yaay!! Almost done with my xmas knitting…two weeks late!!

What? School?

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

I am already feeling incredibly stressed. Not to whine, but want to see my schedule as it stands so far??

Monday
8:30 – 9:45 French 201
10:00 – 11:35 Intro to Women’s Studies
1:30 – 2:30 Yoga
2:40 – 3:55 Asian Theatre

Tuesday
4:10 – 5:05 French Lab (this time may change)

Wednesday
8:30 – 9:45 French 201
10:00 – 11:35 Intro to Women’s Studies
1:30 – 2:30 Yoga
2:40 – 3:55 Asian Theatre

Thursday
10:50 – whenever Production Meeting
4:10 – 5:05 French Lab (time may change)

Friday
8:30 – 9:45 French 201
10:00 – 11:35 Intro to Women’s Studies
2:40 – 3:55 Asian Theatre

Now. Add to that rehearsals every night. I’m not sure when they’ll be yet. I am directing a ten minute play, and auditioning for a student directed full-length.

Now. Add to that my work hours in the costume shop which have not yet been scheduled.

Now. Add to that time for sleeping, eating, and showering.

Now. What is left? That goes to study.

Please help me tell the knitting and spinning and sewing that this is not a divorce. Just a temporary, forced, partial separation.

I miss Ann Arbor. D=

“So this is the new year

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

And I don’t feel any different”*

Here are my “resolutions”.

I find myself thinking that the coming year can’t possibly be worse than the last. It’s simply not possible. Someone would have to be seriously messing with the universe in order for that to happen, right? Well…that’s how Moom felt at the beginning of 2006.

1) I shall attempt to fully recognize and respect my relatively inconsequential size and place in the universe. I’ll refrain from making any statments about what it can or can’t do to me.

I am an extremely literal and realistic about…well…just about everything. This sometimes makes me come across as judgmental, rude, etc… I usually make up for this in patience and acceptance, but not always.

2) I shall try to look at everything objectively and not relate any of it to the past. I’ll remind myself more frequently that whatever is logical or realistic to me, whatever is literal in my life…all of these things are different for everyone else that I meet. As a sub-genre of 2, I’ll try harder to think before I speak (unless I intend humor. Don’t worry though. I’m only funny when I’m really really not trying to be. Remember the comment about the Phantom Tollbooth?)

The yarn. I have a lot.

3) I must finish three pairs of socks for every skein of sock yarn I obtain. I must not take in any yarn for large projects (sweaters, blankets, etc…), and all yarn I buy must be of a worsted weight or above and be intended for small projects.

There. Three “resolutions”. Now I’m going to go eat toast for the new year. =D

*Name the song.  It’s easy.