Sunday, March 30, 2014

15 minutes scarf

No really.  Arms as knitting needles.  Who would have thought?

This is a very quick, very easy project.  It snags easily, and that 's hard to fix, but with a nice, heavy yarn this would be a could project, and would be great for easy gifts around holiday time.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Been a while

Hey.  So.  Life.  
This semester has been incredibly busy, and emotional, and wonderful.  Here's the break down:

  • I'm working 8-5 at my internship, and not taking formal classes.  Once I'm done with this semester, I graduate.  I love what I've been doing.  My supervisor is great, and I'm learning a lot. 
  • Job searching is time consuming.  I've been applying for jobs sporadically all semester, but haven't had any response.  This is partially due to inexperience with the job process, the timing, and the fact the the jobs have all been dream jobs.  Things are getting more serious now, as I only have 2 months until graduation and I want to have a plan before then.  On Thursday night I applied for 3 full time jobs and a paid internship.  As a result of those applications I have 2 interviews, which is farther than I've gotten with any of the other jobs I've applied for.
  • The basketball season is ending this week.  I've been playing in 2-3 games a week with the band.  Frankly, it's been a bit of a love-hate relationship.  I love band and I love to play, but the organizational side of things have been killing me.  As sad as I am to be officially done with university band life, I'll be glad for the time back, the friends made, and the memories.  Also, hello 8+ hours a week free again.
  • I'm running my reproductive justice club.  We meet for one hour a week and I spend on average four preparing for that meeting.
  • I got a part in the Vagina Monologues.  I've loved the opportunity to spend time with and get to know some really cool people.  Still, I'll be glad for that time back after the show in 2 weeks.
  • I joined the boxing club and I love it.  We practice twice a week for 2 hours at a time, plus saturdays.  Now that band is over I'll hopefully get to go to saturday practice.  It seems like a huge time commitment, but I love this.  It's fun, and I've become so much more confident in the short time I've been involved.
  • I still love my music fraternity, but I'll be glad when the exec board switches.  I finally feel like I've settled in to my role, so naturally I'm ready to pass off to someone else.
  • Any free time I have is split between spending time with my favorite roommate, the boy, and marathoning sailor moon.  And sleeping.  

Currently it's spring break.  I'm staying in town in a friend's apartment.  Theoretically I'm working on my thesis, which needs to get done.  I was planning on writing a chunk today, but ended up listening to music and tumbling instead.  I have some plans to see friends, and to go home later this week.  Should be fun.

I've heard this is something that wears off quickly once you live on your own, but I'm loving cooking this week.  I got to plan meals and grocery shop, which was great.  I've been spending a ton of time cooking, and when I'm not cooking this weekend I'm eating and planning out when to start the next meal.  Will this be my post-grad life?  Obsessing over delicious food?  I think I would be okay with that.

I got this dress at Village Discount for $1.50.  It's actually a 3XL shirt.  With a belt it works, and it's velvet so I'm all shiny and soft and happy.  Anyway.

After 2.5 years of blogging, I'm getting tired.  I stopped writing, if you didn't notice, and I also stopped reading.  I don't know if I'll continue blogging or not.  But I felt cute today and felt reflective, which is the perfect blogging combo.  I have a few things I want to write about, but we'll see if they happen or not.  This whole college ending thing means things are changing.  Maybe this will last through that.  Maybe not.  We'll see.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

This has been such a week!  I would say I'm ready for the weekend, except that's going to be just as busy.  So!  Here's what was good this week:

Delays.  I've been able to sleep in all week due to the weather.  Yay sleep.

Bastille.  New release!  So excite!

Friends! I've been freaking out over music with one, and snap chatting another, and I just really love and miss my friends.

Boxing.  This might have been the best thing I've done all year.  I'm terribly out of practice, but it's so much fun, and I made some really cool new friends in the 2 weeks since I joined.  I can't wait to see where this goes!

Political minded people.  I'm so appreciative of the Indy Feminists, a group who actually cares about what's going on around them, and who takes the steps to affect change.  There's been a bit of heartbreak this week, but it's not over yet.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Today is Thursday, and I am very, very glad.  It's been a long week, and I'm looking forward to a little break.

Work.  I started my internship, and everyone in the office is super nice.  On my first day the CEO of my agency crawled under my desk to help the Office Manager plug in the phone.  How's that for welcoming?  The hours are a lot longer than I'm used to, but I'm hoping I'll adjust to it soon.

Music on the commute.  Last semester I walked to class with my roommate, so I didn't get a chance to start my day with music.  This semester no one is awake when I leave, so I have no problem plugging in and listening to whatever I want to set my day off right.  

Coffee.  Forever and always.

Organization.  My club is on a roll this week.  We're organized, we've planned, and really have just hit the ground running.  It's exciting.

Boxing club!!  After reading about this cool lady's experience boxing, I got to thinking about starting up boxing again too.  Then, last week I was working a booth at the semesterly activity fair, and the booth across from me was the Boxing Club!  They practice for two hours twice a week.  After not working out for months, a 2 hour practice sounds like an excellent idea, right?  In other words, I've been a little sore all week.  It's worth it, though.  I'm having fun already, and all the people seem really cool.  

Alarm clocks.  I'm grateful, ok?

Tromboning.  Basketball season is here, which means it's the time for fun trombone music and lots of yelling and jumping around.  I love it.

Internet friends.  Sewing with Meg was so much fun, and I'm so glad I had the chance to do it!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sewing with a Friend

Way long ago the super cool Meghan of Made By Meg and I began talking about possibly doing some sort of sewing project together.  After throwing around a lot of different options, we decided to buy the same fabric and then see what the other did with it! (ETA: Here's her cool project!)

After one crazy-busy semester and a lot of deliberation, I decided to make a simple t-shirt dress with my fabric.  I wanted something simple that would show off the pattern.  I used the Alexia dress pattern from Un été couture.  The only problem I had with this pattern is that I don't speak any French.  After google translating some important terms such as "hem allowance," the pattern was very easy to use.

As part of our project, Meg and I each sent each other a package full of notions from our own stashes to use.  Meg sent me some super cool buttons, thread, and a really cute card, in addition to some other cool things.  I used the lace hem tape that she sent me on the neckline and sleeves because I hate using facings, and that's what the book recommended.

I really love how this project turned out, and I can't wait to wear this everywhere!!  One of my favorite parts of this is definitely the matching head band that I made, which I sadly lost somewhere in Walmart while grocery shopping the second day I wore it.  Luckily I still have enough fabric left to remake it!  

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Diary of a snowday

Last weekend it snowed.  A lot.  If you're here in the Midwest, I'm sure you noticed.  Despite the cold, the yard in front of my dorm was full of college students building snowmen on Sunday night.  There was one that was 12 feet tall.  

I tried to take a photo an hour for the duration of the day, but halfway through quit.  What I do have pretty much sums up the day, though. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

It's warmly cold.  Earlier this week it was -40F here, so for it to be in the 20's today feels amazingly warm.  

Kicking butt, bureaucratically.  Throughout the process of forming a new campus organization, I've had so many hangups and frustrating stops in paperwork.  This week I've been just going right to sources and getting what we need done.  It feels pretty great to be the person with the answers, let me tell you.

Trombone.  Basketball season is here, which means lots of trombone playing!

Organization.  Getting it done.


Craft time.  I've been sewing and knitting up a storm.  More to come.