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Monday, August 30, 2004
posting blahs

I have the blog posting blahs. Mostly this is because over the weekend I wrote a long post, and then spastically closed my browser window and lost the whole thing. I got so frustrated that I couldn't bare to write it again. I had a wonderful weekend of successfully doing nothing. Sure, I had work I could have done, but instead I sat on the couch, watched TV and knit. I started knitting a sock and last night I successfully "turned the heel". I thought this would be difficult, but it was actually easy and kind of fun. So, maybe I will make socks for everyone for the holidays this year, they are easy and quick to knit. This first pair is for myself, and I think I need some new birks or clogs to show them off. Classes begin this week. I still love and look forward to the beginning of school, even if it means not being home every day anymore. I love going to buy new notebooks and pens and I also look forward to taking the bus again. Jony is also coming to visit tomorrow which will be tons of fun. Jony and I will probably watch the 'resident's RNC speech this week together but I think I'll skip out on most of the RNC. I wish I was in NYC to be at the protests this weekend and this coming week. The protests actually got decent media coverage (despite the fact some stations said "thousands of people" and some said "quarter of a million" and some just said "some people") and they looked incredible. I thought they might have really been broken up and barricaded by the police, like the protest I was at in November after 9/11. I am worried about the election. Kerry's lead in the Electoral Vote Predictor has shrunk. Other polls are dumb because it is the electoral vote that matters. I have some pessimistic predictions about things that might be done to hand Bush the presidency again... Call me a conspiracy theorist, but with this administration, anything is possible. 1) They already caught Bin Laden (this story came out in the UK's Guardian a while ago and then was dropped) and they are going to bring him out and say they caught him a couple weeks before the election. 2) There is going to be some reason to postpone the election. Another terrorist attack, no matter how small, or breech of security that will make postponing the election seem right to fearful Americans. With security the way it is in the US (thanks to Bush- see articles here and here in this month's Mother Jones magazine) this is frighteningly possible. 3) I have little doubt that the GOP will do whatever it can to disenfranchise voters likely to vote democrat (like they did in Florida last time). And tampering with electronic voting machines is all too easy. With private companies running all this- there is little in the way of checks and balances on this process. I see another Florida in 2000. I see thousands of people flooding to DC to protest. My fear is people will roll over and be complacent about it instead.

posted by knit wit | 8/30/2004 09:09:00 AM

Friday, August 27, 2004
the past couple days

Linda leaves today... Last night they finished their 4 day recording session by bringing in an awesome celloist who did some incredible work on some of the songs. The recording session was a success- yeilding some wonderful music to send to Kalinkaland in Germany. It was also fun. Here are some highlights: * Wednesday Linda finished up with all her drum tracks, and since she had spend most of her time in Madison in the studio, I took her down to State St. and to get ice cream at Memorial Union. She bought a "Mad City" shirt and we laughed at all the undergrads with their parents following them everywhere. * When we got home on Wednesday evening (Jo still at the studio doing vocal tracks) Goldie came over, and we went out to buy food and different kinds of local beers for Linda to try. By the time Jo got home from recording we were pretty trashed and it was lots of fun. * Last night Linda and I hung out in the engineer booth with Wendy (she is the engineer) and while Jo sang her heart out in the vocal boot, we all tried to see how many push-ups we could do each. I did only (not surprising) and Linda and Wendy did many more. * Wendy also introduced us to a new wonderfully amazing restaurant in Madison. She is also a transplant from NYC so she knows how hard it is to find decent food here. We ate at the Vientiane Palace down on Gorham and let's just say that I am in love with the curry squash. Wendy said it would change my life. She was not wrong. * Late last night, with the recording finished, Linda and Jo wanted junk food. So, I drove them through the MacDonald's on E. Washington. I was shocked to see that teenagers (and some who seem to be older as well) tailgate in the MacDonald's parking lot late at night. Creepy. Who knew? Well I better wake up the sleepy heads and feed the cats so we can eat some breakfast at Marigold's before Linda goes home.

posted by knit wit | 8/27/2004 08:43:00 AM

Tuesday, August 24, 2004
I haven't been knitting

Maybe I ought to be knitting through this stress and anxiety. But, I haven't wanted to do anything that fun- I would just rather sit and stare out the window and think of everything that could go wrong. I try to imagine things working out but that seems not very possible. It is so close to school beginning. Close enough that I should be buying a couple new notebooks and some pens. I need to move stuff out of my office that I have no room for at home. I hate having things out of my control- I would feel so much better if I saw a way to fix things myself and then I could be the driving force behind doing so. Instead I feel like I am stuck in some bad version of August that must be a nightmare. Maybe I ought to knit, instead of depriving myself. It might keep me sane.

posted by knit wit | 8/24/2004 08:26:00 AM

Monday, August 23, 2004
dreaming...

I have had a lot of dreams about our 'resident G.W. Bush in the past few years- maybe almost 20 in total. I think that's odd- I mean, he has kind of come to stand in for the generic "evildoer"/nemesis/person-to-be-pissed-at person in my dreams. I guess I have such a strong contempt for him that it comes through in my sub-consciousness. Last night I had a dream that I was given a speech at a campaign rally (to Bush supporters actually) and yelling "we are going to kick Bush's ass back to Texas in November" over and over again. And the crowd started to get excited, but some of them were really pissed off. The dream might have to do with the fact I saw a disturbingly dumb bumpersticker that day on a car: "Help Bush flush the Johns" Come on folks- the stickers the left comes up with are so much more funny and clever. Like one I saw last week: "Republicans are like diapers: both need to be changed" So, I got an email today that the job I applied for (the one that is supposedly my funding source for like, next freakin' week) got my application and will be calling for interviews next week. This is ridiculous. Seriously folks. Give me a break already.

posted by knit wit | 8/23/2004 04:25:00 PM

Saturday, August 21, 2004
Milwaukee and Linda with one L

Linda's flight to Madison was cancelled last night, and she was put on a flight to Milwaukee set to get in at 11:51pm. So, after running around all day preparing for our guest (housecleaning, grocery shopping etc...) we then drove to Milwaukee. Actually, Goldie is awesome because she drove. It was like a mini road-trip and we had a lot of silly fun. The flight was late again (got in after mdnight sometime) so we sat in the (very nice) Milwaukee airport for a while. There were no places to eat, but I got coffee and the way the guy messed up the change to badly that he actually paid me like 47 cents to drink the coffee. I swear I didn't realize until much later and then I felt silly about the whole thing. There is the new (well, probably not very new) kind of airport advertising. While we waited for Linda we watched this huge TV that showed us little videos of various kinds of airport food being made and consumed. We are talking not-very-subtle advertising here. Watching Cinnibons being made over and over again when the actual Cinnibon stand is closed is just not right. And the part were the video showed someone taking their tray of Burger King food and then filling up their soda was just so very exciting. We we laughing very hard, and airport security kept walking by and looking at us like we were going to cause problems. Then, Linda's flight arrived and we held up a sign that said "Linda with one L" because that was some kind of joke we always had with her but none of us remember the origins. She walked out cracking up about the sign. And its great to half Linda visiting- 2 1/2 years is too long!!

posted by knit wit | 8/21/2004 09:13:00 AM

Friday, August 20, 2004
lush is from the goddesses

First, let me state that I am so not a girly-girl. Not that being one is a bad thing for someone else. I think shaving legs is a silly waste of my time. I have just never been into make-up, smelly soaps (other than the lavender soap from Trader Joes), nighttime creams or whatever other over-packaged crap the aisles of Walgreens are filled with. I've always believed that all soap was just soap, that all shampoo was just shampoo, and that all hair gel was like all other hair gel. Well, a couple things have changed. First, thanks to my friend Sir Edwin I discovered LUSH. She brought everyone back some from a trip last year. One of the things she brought me was Alkmaar soap. I used it up until there was nothing left. Never had I smelled a soap before that made me want to die it smelled so good. And after I use it I smell my arm during the day because the scent is still there. Jasmine, honeysuckle and vanilla. Unbelievable. Another treat she brought me on that trip was a Big Softy Bath Bomb. It seems that no matter how stressed out I am, how sore my neck is, or how much I can't shut my brain down at night, this stuff puts me right to sleep. It knocks me out cold. And the smell is wonderful. But it is pink, it has little rose petals in it, and thus it is the most surprisingly girly thing I have probably ever done. The benevolently generous Lush Fairies just sent us an overwhelming bunch of Lush stuff. I smelled the alkmaar for the first time in a year, and almost died again. We have so much soap, we will never have to buy it again. Thanks to the Lush Fairies we will be very clean, stress-free and lovely smelling for a long time to come. I will give them big hugs when I see them tomorrow. Okay, the other thing that is surprising to me are the new hair products I am using. No, not Lush hair stuff (I wish!) but just some Aveda stuff my hair dresser sold me (after trying to sell it to me for over a year). Turns out that all shampoo is not the same. And good shampoo makes my hair less frizzy and more shiny. And it also turns out that using $2 hair gel in your hair just doesn't make it look as good as $20 hair gel. I've learned a lot. And it is frightening knowledge. Don't worry, though, I won't be shaving my legs anytime soon. PS- I am currently applying for PA jobs (letters of interest, CV, oh my). Don't know if that means I'll get one. I guess this what has to happen. I am laughing about it right now. Is has to work out right? That's what they said, right?

posted by knit wit | 8/20/2004 04:52:00 PM


survival

So, I guess I will survive this funding incident which seemed more like a crisis to me than I guess it really was. I'll just trust that it will work out and try not to stress about it. Its a long story- I'll explain less cryptically to those I'll see soon. But, nothing kills a week like thinking you might not have funding. And I still usually get loan money around this time of the summer, so I have to figure out a way to get through until everything is worked out. I got a "big improvement, nice draft" on my last thesis draft. Whew. I didn't expect to go over it all with my advisor yesterday, but we did and I see what needs to be done with it now which means the gears are already turning in my head. The stats in my thesis continue to suck. I either have to find someone (grad student) willing to sit down with me about go over all my stats or my advisor said she would do so. What amazes me is how good I was in stats back at SUNY Stony Brook. It seemed to come so natural to me. I don't know what happened. Should I follow her advice of taking stats course again and again until I get an A? I'd really rather go for 3 more root canals, but it logically does sound like very sound advice indeed. And our friend Linda comes to visit tonight from NY. I am so excited to see someone from back home! And I am even more so looking forward to Jony's visit at the end of the month. But, the work never really stops. I have another thesis draft to work on, and oh, a prelim to study for. I think I have decided that I will probably fail a prelim once. Its just bound to happen- I tanked the GRE the first time. I also have realized I am taking stats this fall- and now I am rethinking that a little bit. And I have a book review that is unwritten (and the book is mostly unread).

posted by knit wit | 8/20/2004 09:04:00 AM

Wednesday, August 18, 2004
grad school

today I have the following questions: Why grad school? Why am I putting myself through this? Just to wind up with a phd and then search for a job somewhere? Why wasn't I smart enough to get a fellowship? Why do I have to be one of those people that don't test well? I find myself being terribly envious of grad students who have fellowships and don't have to panic about this every semester. And I don't like being an envious person. Why didn't I end up in that mythic "TA funding loop". I seemed to be a couple years (and a bad stats grade) too late for that. And why every semester do I end up feeling like crap about the fact I can't just write a check and pay for grad school and pay for my bills? I feel like I am back at Hofstra again (the first college I went to) sitting in the financial aid office trying to figure out how to get the loans to come in to pay for school. And the financial aid people would make me cry by asking me why my parents just can't write a check for it. That was 10 years ago. Jeez. Maybe I would like not to worry about this for once. I am at the point of dropping out- and not because I think my masters thesis still isn't good enough. (I don't even know about that most recent draft yet and I hope it isn't the icing on the cake of all this.) Working a Borders full time again might be really nice. Maybe I could be a GM eventually. Maybe I could live holiday shopping season to holiday shopping season. My stress would consist of a line of customers who need to find books. I would live for the customers that need me to help them pick out intermediate fiction for their grandkids who love to read. If this funding doesn't go through I might have to leave anyways.

posted by knit wit | 8/18/2004 09:52:00 AM

Tuesday, August 17, 2004
they were clearly better, okay?

I usually only watch the Olympics if it happens to be on. I'm not a huge sports fan, but I like swimming and gymnastics. The US women's (are they old enough to be considered women? no.) gymnastic team just got 2nd place to Romania and they are pouting all over the place like spoiled brats. Whatever happened to being excited about a silver medal? Is that just not acceptable for the US? Russia's thrilled to tears about their bronze medals. The Romanian team was clearly better- so much better. And they seem like such nice girls. Oh jeez- the US team couldn't look any more bratty frowning through the medal ceremony. Give me a break. You got a silver medal for crying out loud!! Try to crack a smile. I watch gymnastics because it freaks me out. They are so small, and skinny yet so muscular. And their heads always seem larger than their bodies- like their bodies don't grow and their heads do. And they are way too young and hungry looking. Go eat something to drown your sorrows.

posted by knit wit | 8/17/2004 10:39:00 PM

Monday, August 16, 2004
for the record

I get spooked sometimes when I am in a big house, with darkened windows and strange noises. I don't mean spooked like ghost-spooked, just creeped out a little bit. Big, empty houses where I can't check every nook and cranny make me feel 9 years old again. But, Emma the dog is here with me. I don't know what kind of a watch dog or attack dog she might make, but she just came to sit with me (and now she is snoring loudly). So, at least I am not totally alone. I've been here for almost a week already so I don't know what's wrong with me tonight. I think the wind and rain are just making some strange noises. I'll just stay up really, really late until I can't keep my eyes open anymore. I'll watch this silly Travel Channel show on "hidden Las Vegas". I'm not a wimp, really. But, I was one of those kids who used to be afraid of sticking my legs or arms off of the bed at night. Just thought you should know. (Iron Chef is now on and if that doesn't make me feel better I don't know what will.)

posted by knit wit | 8/16/2004 09:51:00 PM

Saturday, August 14, 2004
catching up

Yes, I have gone a few days without blogging at all. Really this is because I just haven't had anything blog-worthy happening. Mostly I've been catching up on some work, dogsitting and watching crap television. But, I will catch up a little with a few things: 1) Messing with a grad student's funding is just not fun times. I could elaborate about last minute TA positions, and shaky PA positions but I won't. Let's just say I am calling the financial aid office daily to make sure all is going through. The person who answers there and gives me advice on what will pay my bills in a couple weeks sounds way too young and nonchalant about the whole thing. Occasionally I wish I had taken my full funding offer from another, not-as-important grad program (*sigh*). And other times I wish I had some boring yet stable little job like being a bank teller or a receptionist (nah- who am I kidding). I go through this every semester and I am just bone tired of it. 2) Hearing that a friend of mine didn't pass the prelim makes me feel sick in my stomach. Not only because I think it sucks and I will join her in storming the ivory tower for justice, but because she is a very smart person who was amazingly disciplined about studying. Yikes. Where does that put me when I take this prelim? I'll try not to think about it. 3) Dogsitting while everyone I know is in San Fran having fun is fine with me really. And I am not even joking about that. I am catching up on some work I was feeling guilty about, and I enjoy having a dog to walk every once in a while. And the dog sleeps in the guest room with me at night which makes me feel less alone in this big house. She is good company even if she can't answer me about what her mom is going to say about my latest thesis draft. Since when do I have a screened in porch to work on and so many hummingbirds to watch? okay- back to work then, and some more Food TV.

posted by knit wit | 8/14/2004 07:14:00 PM

Tuesday, August 10, 2004
now back to some knitting

I handed my 4th draft of my thesis to my advisor this morning. And now my brain feels like mush. I watched some Little House on the Prairie, and surfed the internet without direction for a while. I start dog sitting tonight, and I plan on using the time to catch up on some other work, and also on some knitting. I got all my not-quite-done-yet WIPs together. I am going to finish the last 3 inches of the sleeve of Jo's shrug this week and then block it. I also want to finish the strap to my knitting bag, and then try felting it by hand. I can also start the sleeves of my orange cardigan. Yay! Time to knit!! Here are some future projects I am planning: 1) The Knitting Pure & Simple Cardigan Vest. I already have the yarn for this- a wonderful Bartlet's Worsted in an oatmeal color. 2) Socks! Enough already! It is time to not be afraid of socks. I have the yarn and I want to cast on soon for these. 3) And speaking of socks, I am thinking of making all socks or slippers for holiday presents this year. I could make everyone these great fuzzy feet slippers but without my own washer to felt in, that might be difficult. 4) A sweater for Jo. I think she wants this cool zippered sweater and it is made with Peace Fleece Yarn so she just has to pick out colors. That's a lot of knitting on my plate. Not to mention some other academic-type work. But, for now I will just try to bask in this pre-comment-draft-handed-in-happiness. Even though right now it just feels like sleepiness.

posted by knit wit | 8/10/2004 01:18:00 PM

Monday, August 09, 2004
summer's just so much fun

I'm working on my deadline for my masters- I haven't been outside in days. I'm feeling blue on one hand as most of my friends (and advisor) are all heading off to San Fran tomorrow (thus, the deadline for this draft). And thinking of people makes me realie I haven't seen anyone all summer. Either I feel reclusive and just want to work or hang out with Jo and knit, or everyone else is busy studying etc... Summer is just great like that. We did BBQ a couple times, and we had a picnic once. Yes, on one hand I am feeling blue- the end of a summer of very little fun. But, on the other hand I feel good. I have been plugging away on this master's thesis without managing to get in my own way and make everything really difficult and filled with panic. This is the first draft where I haven't actually been driven by sheer panic and blinded by feelings of total inadequacy. Something must have shifted. Or I just don't care anymore, it is easier to get it done. And there is some summer fun in store. I'll be dog sitting so I'll catch up on knitting and I'll watch some TV and some of my favorite movies. Linda is coming to visit which will be fun b/c having company forces us to leave the house. And then Jony is coming to visit which will be the most fun of all. Okay. Back to this draft. Graphs. Yuck. I'll either bring it down to school tonight or tomorrow morning...

posted by knit wit | 8/09/2004 01:42:00 PM

Friday, August 06, 2004
I can't resist

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so ar we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -G.W. Bush 8/6/04 oops. I know, I know. If I started posting all the stupid stuff that comes out of Bush's mouth here, my blog would be taken over. I know he probably didn't mean it (well actually I think it is a Freudian slip) but wouldn't it be nice if he didn't just read a teleprompter but had some idea of cognitive meaning behind the words he is saying? Perhaps more ridiculous than this blunder is the right-wing nut that I just heard on TV suggesting that a a liberal rigged the teleprompter to sabotage his speech. Give me a break.

posted by knit wit | 8/06/2004 07:13:00 PM


creepy or cool? You decide.

Jo and I were running errands this morning, and on Monona Drive we noticed the car behind us driving a little strangely. They were next to us in the right lane, then they got behind us for a while. I was annoyed because we were trying to get over to make a right. Well, they pulled next to us again and asked us if they could take a picture of our bumperstickers. So we pulled over on a side street. She introduced herself as an advertising person, and introduced the guy with her as the advertising person for the Capital Times. They said they had been driving around looking for a car with bumperstickers for some advertising on billboards. We let them take a picture of the back of our volvo. I had recently updated my stickers with new ones from Rainbow Community bookstore so the entire back of the car is just covered. She said they would change the license plate to read "NO BUSH". Funny thing is, the stickers kind of identify me to people who know me. There is a "Maine: the way life should be" sticker. And a "SUNY Stony Brook" sticker. And "Righteous Babe" stickers. Unless there is another lesbian in Madison who went to SUNY Stony Brook, grew up in Maine, listens to Ani, and wants Bush out of office. Actually, that is kind of likely. So we thought it was all cool until we drove away, and then we started wondering if having someone a picture of the back of our car (with license plates) wasn't creepy. I guess not. It is highly unlikely that is how the FBI is conducting anti-terrorism operations these days (although you never know). Regardless, I think the back of my volvo, Matilda, is awesome and I think she will make the coolest billboard ever. So, if you see such a thing, you can name drop and say you know the owners of the car.

posted by knit wit | 8/06/2004 10:23:00 AM


the old ways

If this is the way that grad students used to organize their papars before computers, then I am very happy to be a grad student right now in 2004. Jeez.

posted by knit wit | 8/06/2004 07:31:00 AM

Wednesday, August 04, 2004
in pieces

I've reached a new level of insanity today. I can't stand my lit review. I hate it, I hate writing it, I hate trying to move it all around to make sense on the computer. So, I printed it out and decided to cut it up. Now I have to piece it together again. Yes, folks, this is how I am spending my evening...

posted by knit wit | 8/04/2004 10:03:00 PM


a plethora of Knit Wits

I seem to be running into a lot of people named Knit Wit lately. This is odd, because up to this point in my life, I've only known 2 other Knit Wits. One Knit Wit was my babysitter when I was a kid. She was very cool and would let me do all kinds of fun things. We would build forts out of blankets and books in her living room and play hide and seek in the woods. The other Knit Wit was the chorus teacher when I was in band in high school. She would go on band trips with us. Once I called her Knit Wit on a crowded bus and she said very meanly "that's not appropriate- its Mrs Myers to you" and I felt such shame and embarrassment. In the past month I have run into 4 people named Knit Wit. One Knit Wit I know in the blogging world (alter-ego). Another Knit Wit is the receptionist at my physical therapist's office. The other Knit Wit runs the recording studio in Madison that Jo is going to record at this month (we are meeting her tomorrow). The 4th Knit Wit is a musician that Jo met recently in the area. Strange. Knit Wit isn't that common of a name. Of course this is totally unfounded, as I have not met all the Knit Wits in the world, but when I do meet someone named Knit Wit they are always pretty cool in a knitty witty way (not Knit Wit Myers though). I just wrote that all using my real name, which I decided I wouldn't use on my blog. So, I changed it all to Knit Wit (which is really my real name and I have to thank Dorotha for coming up with it). And reading that over is even funnier now. So, I'll keep it that way. I shouldn't be posting at all today. I have been on a such a roll with my thesis. Nothing is holding me back, no headaches, nothing. I have been ripping through it calmly and with much focus. So, I'll go back to that now. I know it looks like I had a couple of bad days, but I am excited about the rest of August. I'll hand in this draft on the 10th, maybe do some dog-sitting, then our awesome friend Linda is coming to visit while her and Jo record. Then, the even-more-awesome Jony is coming to visit. So, August is looking just fine- even from here at my desk looking out of the beautiful day.

posted by knit wit | 8/04/2004 03:24:00 PM

Tuesday, August 03, 2004
headache

Of course, not having a headache today would help me in my masters thesis endeavors. Jeez, just when I feel confident to work on it (blind confidence, mind you) my neck and jaw feel like they are on fire. Combinations of advil/heat/cold/water don't seem to be helping out either.

posted by knit wit | 8/03/2004 12:21:00 PM

Monday, August 02, 2004
I must be insane

Yes, I am clearly a crazy person. I just emailed my advisor and promised a draft by the 10th. Oh, the shit I have to do between now and then. But, I figured that I am going to have to work like crazy on this at some point, either now, or at the end of the summer. I'd rather get it over with now. Even though it sounds insane at the moment. And let me reiterate that I have a ton of work to do. I had a busy day running around, I had my first physical therapy appointment for my TMJ problems. Finally hope is on the way for me (not the kind of hope Kerry is talking about). I also have to see a "spine specialist", and get a bite plate (which I am not thrilled about). My physical therapist said I was quite the "project" for her, which I guess means that I am in bad shape with my neck and TMJ stuff. She was actually kind of surprised I was surviving with such a "compromised" jaw. Who knew? Jo is finally on her way to a record deal. She is tired of dealing with male engineer who ego-trip female artists, so she is meeting with a female engineer here in Madison on Thursday. She has a recording studio 2 miles from us and is very excited to work with Jo. And Jo got an actual contract today from the record label in Germany, and everything looks hunky dory. Good things all around. Maybe I should start working now? Yikes. I keep reminding myself that my best work is done in a few days of just banging it out, and that I already have everything mapped out right now in my head. I am kind of twisted in that I like to give myself these ridiculous "if you are going to do this for the rest of your life you ought to be able to complete this work now" kind of challenges. Great. That's just great.

posted by knit wit | 8/02/2004 10:20:00 PM

Sunday, August 01, 2004
sleep well prelim-takers

Just wishing those taking prelims nice, restful nights of sleep. While you probably won't need it, I'll try to send lots of smart vibes your way tomorrow. Ang: if you're still drinking at the union when I get out of physical therapy tomorrow, I'll buy you a beer.

posted by knit wit | 8/01/2004 09:58:00 PM


bad, bad timing!!

I have a meeting with my supervisor tomorrow to show her all the work I've done on the website and database. Today I planned on working on the website specifically so I could show her something near-complete.Well, all my work for this project is on my ssc account (and I have to log into winstat or wincenter to work on it). I was working in my ssc account just this past week (Thursday I think). I also was itching to do some further coding for my masters thesis (all of which is in NVivo on ssc). Now, I try to log on and I get a "your account has been locked" message. UGH. I went to the ssc website and read that they are locking people out who didn't renew their accounts. I renewed mine back in February and I have the email proof. As far as I know, I didn't miss any other renewel notices. I emailed them, but of course it is Sunday and no one is there. Why do these aggrivating things always seem to happen when I sit down to get some crucial amount of work completed? I don't want to have to email my supervisor and put off our meeting- this reason is going to sound like such a silly excuse.

posted by knit wit | 8/01/2004 12:13:00 PM


August already?

holy crap, when did it become August? Well, there goes the summer, because August always goes by so quickly. The good thing about it being August is that Jony is coming to visit at the end of the month. yay!

posted by knit wit | 8/01/2004 10:34:00 AM

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