Saturday, December 29, 2012

Packing is hard work


Yesterday I started laying clothes out to pack.  Deciding what I need for 3 months in another country is only a little difficult.  I'm pretty sure I can fit everything I want, but it might be a struggle.

Since I'll be living with a limited wardrobe for the next few weeks, I want to avoid wearing the clothes that I'll be bringing with me.  At the same time, I got new clothes for Christmas, and I don't want to bring anything that I haven't worn yet.  Such a dilema.  I may be avoiding wearing cute clothes for the next couple days, to avoid the amount of last minute laundry that I'll have to do.  This shirt and dress were both gifts, and I love them both.  Thanks, Grandma!


New friend


My mother got this beauty for me for my birthday, and hid it away until I got home for winter break.  Sadly, I'll be leaving very soon and I don't think I'll get a chance to use it for sewing until this summer.  I've been dressing it up in my clothes and occasionally sharing a slow dance.  I can't decide if I should give it a name or not- I'm not one to name things usually, but since it is so close to being a person, I feel it might deserve a name.  Thoughts?  

Friday, December 28, 2012

Birthday surprise


Since October I've been knitting triangles.  For every episode of Glee that Favorite Roommate and I watched, for every movie night I ever took part in, a triangle was produced.  Then, I spent every moment during the 40 hours of bus ride to and from Florida when I wasn't sleeping to knit triangles.  By the time I got them home, I had them all.  72 triangles.  I thought I'd have the blanket done in time for Christmas, and I did.  Unfortunately, we had Christmas with my Dad's side of the family the afternoon after I got back from Florida, and I didn't finish the blanket until Christmas Eve, a full 2 days later.  Fortunately, my Grandpa's 80th birthday is next week, so I can still give it to him without saying that I missed the Christmas deadline.  

Through this project and past projects I have come to a conclusion.  I really enjoy making blankets.  It seems strange, because blankets as a project are so repetitive, and take so long, that it doesn't seem like it would be a very rewarding experience.  However, blankets, especially blankets made in pieces, are wonderfully portable.  They don't take a lot of attention, so they can be worked on while socializing.  They also make wonderful presents.  If there's no one in your life who you think deserves a handmade blanket, there are different organizations that will take them and give them to people who need them.  It's really a win-win crafting situation.  I only just finished this one, and I'm already planning out four more.  That'll keep my hands occupied for a few years!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday: Back on the Bandwaggon

When I decided to take a weeklong internet break I thought it would be difficult.  Instead, I really only missed twitter, and that was only when everyone around me was reading tweets out loud and deciding as a group what to favorite.  Once I got home I was too busy working on some special Christmas knitting projects to open up the computer, so the week turned in to two, and now I have nearly 400 posts in my blog reader and very little desire to go through them.  I can't wait to get back in to blogging here, though!  Now, for the two weeks' worth of happy thoughts:

Being home.  Mom, brother, sister.  Happy me.  

Not being stuck on a bus.  The trip to and from Florida was around 20 hours each way.  I mean, I have this fantastic ability to sleep anywhere, but being limited to that much space still gets uncomfortable.

The ocean.  I'm not really a big beach person, but I enjoyed splashing around and searching for seashells with friends.

Being a classy band.  Marching through a tunnel of opposing fans, being booed for representing our university; I have to admit that it hurt.  We like to think that our fans are much more respectful, or at least, they have a better idea of where the line is.  We took pride in our own behavior.  We kept our heads up, our comments positive, and ignored the jeers of the crowd.  Even though our football team got destroyed, at least we represented the university well.  

Oh, and as to the marching... I don't want to sound like I'm trying to tear down the other team, because that's not what classy bands do.  The thing is that we use a very different style of marching than they do in Florida.  So to our band, their halftime show was kind of a let down.  Despite having more than 100 more members than our band does, we could't hear their band from where we were standing.  I also want to point out that the middle song was a favorite of my high school pep band.  I can't find a video of our halftime show at that game, but we marched the same show earlier in the year, and as far as I know it went well.  I won't say any more, and let you judge for yourself if you feel like it.

Faraway sisters.  We managed to meet up with a couple ∑AI sisters, and they were really nice.  We didn't get a chance to sing, but that's alright. 

Warm weather.  Wandering around in shorts in December! Weird!

Cold weather. I enjoyed the warm for the two days we were there, but I also love bundling up in layer upon layer.  

The best of friends.  Laughing over Pride and Prejudice yet again, (you weird necked Jane); dissing the gender binary; late nights and lazy nights, like no time has passed at all.

Coffee and conversation at my godmother's house.

Keeping it positive.  My grandparent's sold their home of 42 years and are in the process of moving.  This year we had Christmas at my aunt's house instead.  I was worried that people were going to make a big emotional deal out of it, but we all managed to stay pretty positive about everything.  Good job, family.

Excitement.  I'm leaving for Spain in 11 days.  Can't.  Even.

Time for reading.  Instead of (in addition to) seeing friends and family before I leave the country, I'm avoiding reality by sinking in to books, and thoroughly enjoying it.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nap time

Well friends, this is goodnight for now.  I'm on my way to Florida, and my computer is staying safely at home.  I'll be filling my week up with books, knitting, and friends. Talk to you Monday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Relaxing.  I have one more final, first thing in the morning on Friday.  It's an easy one, and I'm not worried about it in the slightest.  I picked up a couple of shifts of work, but other than that I'm just lazing around, knitting and reading for the next couple days.  Oh, and packing.

Pieces falling together.  I'm studying abroad next semester.  As this semester is winding down things are falling in to place.  I can't believe this is really happening.  I found out my homestay information, and everything seems great.  I googled their house, and it's a real place that comes up on a map.  I saw it.  It's real.

Home. I get to go home in 2 days.  I miss my mother.

Vacation plans.  I'm getting more excited about Florida, too.  Sure, the timing isn't great, but it will still be a lot of fun.

Packing.  Is it weird that I kind of like packing?  It's a mental test, of whether or not you can remember everything, as well as a physical challenge in being able to fit a large quantity of things in the smallest space possible.  This week I'm packing to go home, then I get to pack for Florida, and two weeks later for Spain.

Knitting.  As of last night I'm halfway done with a special project.  I'm hoping to have it done by Christmas.  Seeing that I have roughly 55 hours of car or bus rides to look forward too in the next week, I think it might be possible.

Plans with friends.  We're going dancing on Friday, and I'm super excited.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Finals week

All the knits, all the time/free hot chocolate
snow, real and pretend/strawberry socks
mixing prints/study scene

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

What a week it's been!  I can't believe it's Thursday already.  I have such mixed feelings about this semester.  I want it to just be over already, and at the same time I don't want it to end.  I have four papers, a test, and a presentation tomorrow, and after that my life gets a heck of a lot easier.  Here's my list of happy thoughts for this week.

8 hours of sleep.  That happened last night.  I haven't slept that much since thanksgiving break.

Band trip news.  The marching band is being shipped to florida in two weeks to play for our team's bowl game!  I'm sure hanging out with friends through 30 hours of bus ride with be fun; I'm also looking forward to the shenanigans of the pride being let loose on the unsuspecting state of florida.  

Asthma drugs.  I got them in the mail, finally.  Hopefully I'll be able to breathe again soon. 

Magic adventures.  Earlier this week a friend and I took a hike to The Keep, a store devoted to Magic cards and Dungeons and Dragons paraphernalia.  Trust me, it was an adventure.  Once we got a few blocks off campus we found ourselves trudging through tall grasses, hoping over (very tiny) steams, and descending a very steep rocky hill.  The adventure adds to the appeal of the store.  Driving just wouldn't have been the same.  We spent a couple hours browsing through cards.  I got 100 cards for five dollars, which I think is a pretty good deal, and doesn't make me feel too guilty about spending money.  Now if only I had time to work them in to my deck.

Coffee.  Yesterday I had two cups of coffee, one with breakfast and one with lunch.  I thought about having another with dinner, but decided that I actually did want to sleep.  My mom sent me starbuck's coffee grounds for my birthday, and I'm waiting on a cup of that to brew right now.  Delicious.  

Picking up hours.  After thinking that I was only going to have two shifts to work on Monday and none at all for the rest of the week, I've been slowly gaining shifts.  Good think people can be so indecisive about what they want.  

All of the people that I got to hang out with this weekend: sisters...


and tromboners

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rut

I've been in a bit of a style rut lately.  Part of that I attribute to having to wear black pants and something I can sweat in for work.  I also have myself to blame.  I haven't been trying to find anything to wear other than jeans and t-shirts.  Today I gave myself a challenge, to wear something that would make me happy.  It's working.  



Sometimes rainy days seem to motivate me, to make me want to hole up in my room and get things done.  That is not the case today.  I'd love to be curled up with a book, not with my homework.  Hopefully I'll feel a little more productive after classes end for today.  

After this week the semester gets easy; I need to stop daydreaming about how I'll fill my time once classes are done, and start working on finishing all the loose ends that need to be tied up before Friday.  


Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tumblr loves: October and November

The beginning of November was pretty hectic, which resulted in my forgetting my monthly recap of my tumbling.  Here's a combination post to make up for it!

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November

 








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