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Monday, May 31, 2004
the 25th hour

We watched Spike Lee's "the 25th hour" tonight and I really really liked it alot. It reminded me slightly towards the end of "fight club" but SO MUCH BETTER then fight club. I really hated fight club- I thought it was way too pretentious and full of itself in a really annoying way. There was much I liked about the 25th hour- the characters, way it was filmed, the stories, the actors etc... I guess I do really like Spike Lee because his other film, "Summer of Sam" is one of my favorites. Seeing the movie tonight also made me miss NY a lot and made me remember what NY felt like right after 9.11. I had to stop working on my lit review/thesis today because it made me cry. I won't go into the yucky details but I still want to try to get the lit review done tomorrow. ugh. Our kitten has been into playing with toilet paper lately. I woke up last night and found streamers of it all over the bathroom like there had been some kind of party in there. Jo just walked in the bathroom in the dark and almost slipped on some TP- we have to find some way to keep that cat out of trouble!

posted by knit wit | 5/31/2004 09:13:00 PM

Sunday, May 30, 2004
things that irritate me

Okay. In an attempt to undermine my reputation as a "very nice person", I'll use this space to bitch about some things that are really bugging me today. -This all started tonight at Borders. I agreed to come in to help with music merchandizing. This was fun, but I finished early so I ended up helping clean up the rest of the store which was not part of the deal. Well, a supervisor really pissed me off and she is nice and I feel bad that maybe I wasn't too friendly to her after she pissed me off. Half of the books we clean up at night are already in the sections they belong in, they are just lying on the tops of shelves instead of where they should be. I usually walk around and shelve them and it takes seconds. This person went around, to my horror, with a v-cart and picked them all off the shelves. Then, she created 3 more steps by taking them to the info desk and sorting them into piles and then shelving them. Dude, shelve them right where they are!! I'm not part of the management team in this store, so I just take a deep breathe and remember it isn't my place to say anything, but way to make more work for everyone!! -Michael Landon: I will admit that I love the show "Little House on the Prairie" and they had a marathon today (I only watched 2 episodes). I just love it, okay? But, there's a point in the show where Michael Landon really gets way too full of himself. Its after Laura marries, and the Ingalls move to the city. The show drags on and on with sappy guest appearances of Charles with fake white hair. Ridiculous things begin to happen- his son Albert becomes a drug addict, he works for a tailor who bosses him around and Carolyn disappears from the show. Parents die as their carriage tumbles down a hill in front of their screaming kids, people die in a fire in the school for the blind. The new young family living in the Ingall's old house begins to rehash the same old tired "little house" stories. The show becomes a train wreck. I watch it, but it irritates the hell out of me. -WIP: there's really annoying guy I work with. We call him wip and I don't remember why. Anyways, every time I work he asks me how things are going. Specifically he asks me "how is the study of masculinity going- finding anything new?" which is the most annoying question EVER. I made the mistake once of telling him what I studied. He clearly thinks it's a joke or something. So, tonight he pressed me for details about how I spent this "holiday weekend". To which I happily replied "I worked on my masters thesis". He couldn't believe I spent the weekend doing this and didn't know why I would be happy about it. I told him lit reviews are hard- so if I feel like tackling it I am the happiest person ever. He said I needed to get out more. What?? I'm a freakin' grad student- out more? I went to the co-op yesterday- what more do you want?? Sorry I don't lead the exciting party/working at borders life he does. Wow. I'm all tapped out of irritating things right now. Guess I'll have to save up future irritations up for a future entry in my blog. Speaking of "Little House". I will say that my favorite episode ever (well, it's a 2 part episode) is the one where Mary goes blind. Call me totally heartless and horrible, but there is something hilariously comforting about the high drama and despair going on when Mary looses he sight slowly and excruciatingly. If I were having a horrible day I would watch this episode and my day would seem much brighter.

posted by knit wit | 5/30/2004 10:03:00 PM

my kind of knitting!

Once I finish my current WIPs (my hooded sweater, Jo's shrug, the strap to my bag and my tank) these are the projects I am making next... *traveling to Maine and NYC I am going to make my Peace FleeceEveryday Cardigan (a wonderful hippie name & company just for my friend em's sake). My next 2 patterns will be from my new favorite pattern company "Knitting Pure and Simple". I like simple knitting in wonderful wooly yarns, and I love knitting in one piece from the top down, and this seems to be the best company for that. Halcyon Yarns in Maine sells their patterns so I'll buy them there, instead of paying 4 dollars shipping for a 4 dollar pattern. So, I'll make next... I'll make this tunic sweater. Not with the hood though. I think I can alter the pattern and give it a different collar. I know, the model is a little frightening in that picture. I'll make it using my Peace Fleece Buffalo Brownski. then I'll make this vest-type thing. I love it but I don't have yarn for it yet. Maybe I'll get something tweedy and grey or something. I must thank reba for finding that lovely pattern site!!

posted by knit wit | 5/30/2004 08:05:00 AM

Saturday, May 29, 2004
a slightly unsatisfying day...

the only thing wonderful about today was that I made wonderful rhubarb/strawberry crisp with the rhubarb we got from our farm share (Harmony Valley). It was really wonderfully delicious- but I don't have a very good idea about how I made it. I kinda roughly followed a recipe for blueberry crisp, but I never really measure any of the ingredients. Then, I decided to run to Willy St. Co-op to get strawberries because the rhubarb alone wasn't enough for the crisp. It turned out really yummy and we have enough to last all week. Everything else was pretty unsatisfying. I worked on my thesis and I don't feel like I got very far. The comments my advisor gave me are so damned hard that I just make notes of all the work I have to do. maybe tomorrow I'll make more headway. Can I say I HATE lit reviews. I have a good understanding of what they should be, I've read lots of them and I understand how they function. But, I can't formulate my own lit review to save my life. Also, I sewed the shoulder seams for my hooded sweater last night and I tried it on. Well, it is about an inch shorter than I wanted- but blocking will fix that. The big problem is the sleeves are too short (this is after knitting them twice already) so I am going to have to rip out the bind off, and add another 1.5 inches to each sleeve. It'll be okay. I love the sweater but it's just the knitting project that will never end. I worked on the hood tonight- much more knitting than I expected so that will take a couple days. We went out last night to Mickey's for beers with Brady and Mary. We had so much fun, but it's sad because Brady will be moving soon to LA to follow his advisor, (another qualitative sociologists unappreciated at UW). They are a fun couple to hang out with and Jo gets to talk music with someone. Incidentally, I almost passed out at Mickey's. I had only 1 Guinness because I had taken a prescription pain killer for cramps earlier in the afternoon. I thought most of it had worn off. Turns out when they say you can't drink alcohol with the pain killer they really mean it. They mean the "might make you dizzy" part too. But, I'm fine now. I felt like an idiot though crouched on the floor outside of Mickey's bathroom. I must have looked like someone who had drank way too much and was going to puke. But, I had only 1 beer.

posted by knit wit | 5/29/2004 10:32:00 PM

ridicously cheesy movies I love to watch

okay... here's my confession of cheesy movies that if I see them on tv, I'll watch them. Maybe I'll be trendsetting and others will do this on their blog. This all started when I woke up this morning and turned on the tv. The news was boring so I flipped around and found the Lily Tomlin/Bette Midler movie "Big Business". This is as about a cheesy and lame as they come, but I enjoyed watching the last 45 minutes of it. other cheesy movies... -ghostbusters -the princess bride (this one kind of annoys me now- so I usually won't watch all of it if it is on) -short circuit ("number 5 is alive!") -weird science -adventures in baby sitting -romancing the stone -dirty dancing -batteries not included -flight of the navigator these seem to be mostly from the 80s and i remember my brother and I had a lot of them on tape. There are other movies from the 80s (and early 90s) I admit to loving, so I didn't put them on the cheesy list, although someone else might. Like Goonies, Wayne's World, Neverending Story, the Muppets Take Manhatten, Labyrinth... While I was thinking of this list I remembered Garbage Pail Kids and how much I loved them. I had the coolest GPK PJs...

posted by knit wit | 5/29/2004 09:02:00 AM

Friday, May 28, 2004
free knitting patterns!!

For all you knitting folks out there... I found this amazing blog of free knitting patterns. You could spend hours going through it. I am going to stop now, though. I downloaded a bunch to print out. Its better than spending money on a knitting book! There are some great ones... and there are some seriously ugly ones too. Patterns that aren't even worth a click. What about this one or this one how about this? how small are that person's arms?

posted by knit wit | 5/28/2004 11:24:00 AM

nothing interesting to say today

Nope. Nothing interesting. The most interesting thing about my day will be showering in our bathroom with a new tile floor, and a bathtub drain that works because my landlord fixed it yesterday. And I'm going to make a egg, cheese and vegetarian bacon breakfast sandwich on an english muffin. Yummy! Its beautiful out. I am looking forward to not having to leave my house at all today. I am funny that way. Well, I might have to go to the bank. I'm going to study, and devote some time to my (kind of negleted) thesis. I think I could mostly go through the whole draft today and that would be awesome. Maybe something more interesting will happen later...

posted by knit wit | 5/28/2004 08:51:00 AM

Thursday, May 27, 2004
something always seems to foil my study plans...

Last night I cleaned off/out my desk at home and organized stuff. Jeez- the amount of freakin' articles a grad student can accumulate is a frightening waste of paper. And that's just stuff from seminars and doesn't count articles for my thesis or the 6 inch stack of articles I printed out for the prelim. I managed to get some organization going- instead of piles of random crap I have a place for thesis stuff, a place for projects (website, yearbook etc..) and a special big place for prelim stuff. I also reorganized my books. Prelim books on a shelf, and thesis books on another shelf. Of course that doesn't count the 26 million books that are waiting for me at the library. Or the stack of 60 million books stacked on the floor that don't fit anywhere else. I have successfully gathered all of the material I need to conquer the first few sets of questions for the prelim (theory, methods, standpoint). So, that wasn't a waste of time. Overwhelming, but at least I have it all now. All this organizing/gathering is useful as all hell, but doesn't amount to any actual hunched-over-the-desk-for-hours-learning time. And today that was the plan- but I have cramps and feel all crampy and cranky. I also have to confess to something that is more flakey and scatterbrained then usual for me. I am well on my way to becoming a seriously scatterbrained professor. There was this book on the prelim reading list that I could get a copy of anywhere. No other library had it, someone had the single copy at our library checked out, and it is 80 bucks to buy on amazon. I even searched the used books available to order at Borders while I worked yesterday. Terribly upset about not being able to complete my prelim collection, I almost emailed Myra to ask her if I could borrow it from her. THEN, I looked up above me on the bookshelf and saw it sitting there. I was the one who had it out from the library. Right in front of me the whole time. And I've read it as well. I now have an entire file drawer filed with articles and notes. There are no file folders, and there is no order to it. It is really frightening. If I had to find something it would take all day. Jo said "why don't you label it". I don't think she realized that if I labeled it the labels would read "some gender stuff from 477", "gender stuff from another class", "articles from seminars I never read" and "1000 article from soc of education I will never use" etc... Maybe a future project to keep me away from studying will be to alphabetize that drawer.

posted by knit wit | 5/27/2004 11:18:00 AM

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
bush's creepy racism

so, some post on Smirking Chimp about how creepy Laura Bush is, brought me to the bush/cheney 04 campaign site. I knew it would make me want to vomit, but I clicked around a little just to see what the hell this is all about. So, at the top there are these tabbed links- standard things like "education", "economy", "homeland security", and "environment". One of them jumped out at me: "compassion". Compassion Agenda? Compassion?? If you look at the photo links you will find tons of pics of a benevolent george and laura bestowing affection and the gift of reading onto groups of mostly African Americans. They are among the creepiest pictures I've ever seen. And hey- speaking of Laura Bush. This woman is clearly out of the "Stepford Wives". (which is being remade. Jo and I have the original and love it. I made my students in 138 watch it. i think the remake looks great!)

posted by knit wit | 5/26/2004 08:11:00 PM

it's just a springclean for the may queen...

I was on the phone the other night with Jony talking about how worried I was about my memory being shot for the prelim. When we were like 13, we memorized a tremendous amount of song lyrics, guitar parts, and entire albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and others I can't think of right now. We seriously had the entire album "the wall" memorized. I was telling her that I was driving back from school the other day and "Stairway to Heaven" came on. I still remember every word and every part of the guitar solo. What useless knowledge taking up huge amounts of space in my brain! Then, after Stairway was finished some Aerosmith song came on (one of the one's that sounds like "Cryin"). What do you know- I don't even remember liking the song or listening to it- but I know all the freakin' words. Like the stupid "Jack and Diane" song- I really never liked the song much so why do I know the words? I didn't even talk to Jony about the unbelievable amounts of B'way show tunes I know from my days as a theatre major (I'm not proud about the amount of Andrew Lloyd Webber shit I know). I mean, as the light board op I watched West Side Story and Me and My Girl nearly every day of their 6 week runs. Yikes. Yeah, so I remembered that we only use 10% of our brains as it is- so I figure even if I don't purge myself of song lyrics I should still have room for Acker, Butler, and Fausto-Sterling.

posted by knit wit | 5/26/2004 08:03:00 AM

Kill Bill

I watched the movie Kill Bill last night with Jo and Goldie. I really liked this movie. I'm surprised- well maybe I'm not surprised. I also loved Pulp Fiction. I don't usually like a lot of blood and gore- but the blood and gore in Kill Bill was hysterically funny. I'm very excited that I am almost finished with my hooded sweater- now I just have the hood to go! I have my plane tickets to go to NYC & Maine on June 9th. Here are the things I have to (want to) get done before I go: 1) finish the hoodie* 2) finish my tank top 3) finish the cuffs of Jo's shrug 4) have reba show me how to make socks so I can work on the socks on the plane 5) 2nd draft of the masters done. i won't be able to relax in Maine if I don't get this to myra before I leave 6) coding for jane (yeah why not take on some more work) And there is plenty of prelim work to do. And working on the website. I'm trying not to let myself get overwhelmed. I'm just not going to "go there"- instead I'll keep thinking I can do it all. That may be totally fooling myself but that's survival. *Notice in my list of things to do knitting comes first? Good.

posted by knit wit | 5/26/2004 07:55:00 AM

Monday, May 24, 2004
my madison restaurant reviews...

Well, others have been doing some reviews of madison restaurants on their blogs. And since I have nothing better to do (well, I sat down at my computer to look up sources for the prelim), why not add my 2 cents... My biggest food complaint about Madison- no good Italian food, a lack of Greek food, and Great Restaurants: -Lao Laag-Zang: this is the best restaurant in madison by far (and I discovered that they deliver!!) -Magus: we went there for our anniversary- great food! very nyc! -Bluefies: we ate lunch there today- very good original menu. -Wasabi: great sushi -Marigold's: the BEST breakfast sandwiches ever. Good Restaurants: -Noodles: on the east side for great, inexpensive food. -The Great Dane: this is on here b/c their beer is amazing. Sucky Restaurants: -Cafe Continental: sorry I know people love it. But, I've come to admit that I think it is way overrated. I don't like polenta- so maybe that's why I don't like it. -mostly all Chinese places: take out here is horrible. -Lombardinos: ugh. this place is horrible and overly priced -Monty's: sorry this has gone way down hill and is now yucky -Glass Nickel: their pizza is okay- but never order sandwiches. ugh.

posted by knit wit | 5/24/2004 09:20:00 PM

new york city in june...

I just emailed some of my NY pals to let them know I'll be in NYC the weekend of June 19th. Very exciting- I haven't been back since we moved and I miss my friends there terribly. The trip works out well at the end of my trip to Maine. I am going to fly into nyc (cheaper than flying to Maine) and drive up to Maine with my mother (who has to be in CT for work). Then, I'll hang out in Maine for 10 days, and take a good ol' Peter Pan bus back to NY where I can hang out with friends before flying back to Madison. It'll be a great trip- lots of knitting time, and of course, studying for the prelim. (70 days remain!!) Since I mention knitting in my blog title- I should say something about what I am knitting. My WIP list is the same. I am making progress on my hooded sweater (the front pouch turned out so cute even though i failed to follow the directions), and after finishing that I am going to redo the sleeves on Jo's shrug, which will be quick. So, I'll at least be able to wear the hoodie to Maine and NY. We are going to the LYS later to get another ball of the ribbon yarn I need to finish my tank. I can't decide what to make next. I have a cardigan kit- and orange Peace Fleece cardigan kit that I could make on the bus/plane. I also have some Peace Fleece Buffalo Brownski that I am dying to work with. My lovely friend Reba (who is defending today!!!) emailed me this pattern for a hooded tunic. I love that it is on size 9 needles (I am tired of size 8) and I know I just made a hoodie- so maybe I could make this pattern without the hood. And yes- I have LOTS of work to do. Prelim, working on my thesis, working on the website etc... yucky...

posted by knit wit | 5/24/2004 09:18:00 AM

Sunday, May 23, 2004
I love wasabi peas- and I loath tornados

I am actually getting some work done this afternoon. I'm sitting here with a Turbodog beer that I got from Brady. I am watching his cats, and he paid me in good dark beer. Its great beer, and even better with wasabi peas. I LOVE wasabi peas- especially the ones from Willy St. Co-op that aren't colored an unnatural green color. Who came up with this brilliant snack? Well- here's some wasabi history. I love how every few wasabi peas you get one that is so strong it burns- I don't like chilly pepper hot stuff, but that kind of "nose heat" is the best. And we have a tornado watch in effect. And a small creek flood watch. I think tornados are possibly the most frightening kind of weather ever. Thus, when the siren begins, I'll obsessively watch the nbc 15 storm tracker to see if we have to gather our cats and head for the basement. Meanwhile, the creek is very high and moving so fast that the ducks don't have to even paddle. Our back yard looks like a freakin' lake. The landlord came by and suggested that all we had to worry about was our basement storage flooding. So, Jo and I spontaneously decided to clean out our storage, since we needed to do that anyway. I discovered that Jo is slightly obsessed with keeping every box that anything we ever bought came in. She says it is "for when we move". We threw out a bunch of the empty boxes and kept a reasonable amount. Back to looking at prelim questions and trying not to become scared...

posted by knit wit | 5/23/2004 03:41:00 PM

Saturday, May 22, 2004
did you know I am a friend to terrorists?

I found a note on my car door tonight when I got out of work at Borders. The note read "you are terrorism's best friend" and had a little smiley face with horns drawn on it. This is the same parking lot where someone tore off my "Attack Iraq: No" sticker last year. There are a thousand million of those in Madison- and mine gets ripped off. So, I have some bumper stickers on my car- but none that I think should warrant such an idiotic and ridiculous statement. My stickers: a peace sign, an American flag with a peace sign, and a sticker that says "terrorism is a symptom not a disease". Oh and another sticker that reads "the last time we mixed politics with religion people got burned at the stake". Perhaps this last one is factually incorrect, but the point is important. On my way home in the rain I thought about the soggy note on the seat next to me. A small part of me felt at first triumphant that I had inspired such a strong reaction- I mean, how often to people put the time and energy into reacting strongly to something they disagree with? And part of me thought it was hilarious (especially the funny little devil face). I mean, how would my stickers (if understood correctly) lead to such a strange conclusion? Isn't saying terrorism is a symptom implicitly anti-terrorist? Isn't it at least important to point out the causes of terrorism if we are to stop it? Are people that simplistic? Does the "you're either with us or against us" really resonate with people. Then, the horror set in- yes, this simple logic resonates with people. It made me want to get another bumper sticker that would read "censorship: friend of terrorism" or one that says "ignore the symptoms while we spread the disease" (a la Ani Difranco). But, they probably wouldn't get those either. Or was the devil drawing also a reaction to my religion/politics sticker? Interesting... so perhaps because I was suggesting that religion and politics do not belong together, I am not supporting Bush's righteous and holy regime and then somehow supporting terrorism? Nah, I think that is too much of a stretch. And to truly drag this analysis out longer... I wonder who left the sticker? Was it that guy who was rude to me when I rang him up b/c I was having a political, anti-war-on-terrorism conversation with the customer in front of him in line? Would it just be a coincidence that that was my car? Was it someone I was really nice to and went out of my way to help? I wonder... But, on a lighter note, I recommended Julia Butterfly Hill's book to some teenager today. She read the first few pages in the store and got so excited and wanted to see all kinds of books on activism and vegetarianism. It was very cool and made me happy.

posted by knit wit | 5/22/2004 11:23:00 PM

Friday, May 21, 2004
a flood watch

so we have a flood watch- all over the local channels. What do they want us to do? What does it mean? Its kind of vague- like the recorded tornado warnings where they tell us to get "under sturdy furniture". Jo and I always thought they were saying "get under dirty furniture" and we both envisioned dirty lawn furniture and couldn't imagine that would offer any protection. hummm.... the creek is higher than I've ever seen it. I mean- its at least a foot and a half higher than before the first thunder shower we had this afternoon and now we are having the third. If it gets much higher we could end up floating in Lake Menona by the morning. It would need to rise a few more feet first- but with the way its raining, who knows... better news- we have a working toilet! No real floor yet (but the hole is gone) in the bathroom- they are going to tile next week.

posted by knit wit | 5/21/2004 11:11:00 PM

10 best summer time wasters

this is a great idea from reba's trendsetting blog When I know I should be working on my thesis, studying for the prelim or working, what are my favorite ways to waste time? 1. knit and watch Law & Order reruns 2. compose nasty emails to a certain person 3. drink beer and knit 4. surf the internet- reading mac and knitting forums 5. read news from various sources online 6. eat ice cream and watch CNN 7. check airfare to Maine and San Fransisco 8. daydream about lying on the beach in Maine at night 9. cook stuff from our csa box 10. picnics and trips to yarn stores. that was hard to come up with. Usually my time wasting is some combo of knitting/beer/news or internet or svu... I guess I'm predictable. I know that #2 will be the big distractor this weekend!!

posted by knit wit | 5/21/2004 04:38:00 PM

thunderstorms- also underrated

I love thunderstorms. I don't love having to walk outside in the rain in my PJs to use the bathroom. Well today we should get a toilet, and a new tiled floor which will be great. And I'm meeting with ang to start the summer adventure of studying for the prelim. fun times. On some morning show they had a segment about bush's daughters (you know the under age drinking/driving ones taking after their father and all). I bet they're the kind of girls that I would totally not be able to tolerate speaking to for a second- they remind me of these twins I grew up with that were so mean that Jony slapped one of them once. Well, the news reported that "like every college graduate, they're going to tour europe and then shack up with mom and dad". What?? Don't they mean "like every RICH college graduate" because I surely missed MY tour of Europe after graduation. Give me a freakin' break- that's as misleading as bush running around in flannel shirts- the bushes are rolling in dough folks!! And more disturbingly- I read something yesterday that Bush's limted/simple speech (and inability to pronounce words) strategically makes him seem more like average Americans. "Average"?? does that mean middle/lower class Americans? Does he think that middle/lower class Americans talk like idiots- b/c they generally don't. This is another reason why I really don't understand why anyone who isn't filthy rich would support bush. I just don't get it.

posted by knit wit | 5/21/2004 08:20:00 AM

Thursday, May 20, 2004
teaching a hole in the floor to knit

so we have a HUGE hole in the floor of our bath room. our landlord et al are here digging up rotted wood (yuck). the toilet is on the curb, so we have to use another tenant's bathroom. oh well. not too much inconvenience. i have beer so it's all good. my mom just told me my aunt wants to learn to knit!! I am so excited!! I've never taught anyone to knit before. my aunt recently lost part of her leg to diabetes and she has spent way too much time in the hospital. I joked with her a couple months ago about learning to knit and she laughed at me. So, I'll teach her when I go home to Maine and then we'll have to check out some Maine yarn stores together- Halcyon is my favorite! i met with the IT guy- lots of talk about things I pretended to understand... mysql, php, cwis, oracle, dublin core (is that irish? does it have to do with beer?). i showed Jo my blog- and other people's blogs. She wants to weigh in on the overrated/underrated stuff... Jo's list: Highly overrated.... 1. reality tv 2. organized religion 3. mainstream music industry 4. hollywood and plastic surgery 5. cell phones Deservedly rated good... 1. good coffee 2. organic food 3. true friends 4. older women 5. mother earth Highly underrated... 1. rainy days 2. having more than 2 cats 3. horror films 4. flannel shirts 5. New Yorkers

posted by knit wit | 5/20/2004 04:38:00 PM

Overrated and Underrated...

Ang posted this list on her blog yesterday for me b/c I was still in denial that I would ever have my own blog. It was easy to come up with overrated stuff. I could come up with 10 more things in like 2 seconds... Highly overrated things: 1. celebrities 2. queer as folk 3. wine 4. reality tv shows 5. weddings Deservedly rated good: 1. knitting 2. six feet under 3. ipods 4. ice cream 5. alternative medicine Highly Underrated: 1. apple computers 2. trees 3. hairy legs 4. the colors orange and brown 5. dandelions

posted by knit wit | 5/20/2004 11:10:00 AM

a new toilet today

wow what exciting news! our landlord called last night and asked us if it would be okay if they installed a new toilet in our place today, and while they are at it, they are ripping up our bathroom floor to see why it is becoming increasingly soft and squishy. should be a fun day... another fun part of my day- i have a meeting with an IT guy who took 4 months to reply to an email. he seems to be the only person on campus that works with databases, so hopefully the meeting will go well. I also have to complain more about how un-fun my summer is going to be. I complained some to people I hadn't seen in awhile at Borders yesterday (I have to stop signing up for shifts). I am taking a prelim exam so for that I need to study like 4 or more hours a day. Then, I am also supposed to be reworking/rewriting my masters thesis until my advisor thinks it is decent. I haven't even started this yet- well I've thought a lot about it but that's it. AND I told the person I have a PA with that I would continue working on that project no more than 10 hours a week. Joy. Why do I insist on piling more work on myself under the guise that I get more done when I am busy? So it seems that in the life of a grad student there are no weekends, and there are no summers. Time is just spent trying to get more and more work done, trying to be less and less behind, and trying to live up to higher and higher standards. I finished the front of my tank top last night- that goodness knitting never feels like a waste of time!

posted by knit wit | 5/20/2004 07:49:00 AM

Wednesday, May 19, 2004
what i have on needles right now:

- I've almost finished a shrug for Jo. Well, it is finished, but she wants to cuffs looser- so I am going to frog them and rework them with no decrease stitches. I'm making this with a marigold colored Donegal Tweed on size 8 needles. - I am also nearly done with my hooded sweater. I have half the front and the hood left to knit. This one is from the Stitch and Bitch book and is knit with Harrisville yarn on size 8 needles. - I started a beautiful tank top for myself with Tahki cotten ribbon yarn. It is like nothing else in my wardrobe- which I guess is cool because some people say all my clothes are similar just in different colors. So, this tank is a beautiful mix of creams and light greens. I am very excited it is knitting up fast on size 13 needles! - Not on needles anymore- but I still have the lining to sew in and the strap to make for my large striped knitting bag. Not so bad for right now... I am itching to start my orange Peace Fleece cardigan- but I have to finish these products first.

posted by knit wit | 5/19/2004 04:08:00 PM

damn it i seem to have a blog

yeah, i know i probably said blogs were really dumb and lame. that was before i started reading some people's (ang , em , reba ) blogs and it became interesting. what is it about posting daily tidbits from my life on the web that is appealing- who the hell knows.

posted by knit wit | 5/19/2004 03:54:00 PM

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