Life in a nutshell

It’s been a month since I last wrote here. I KNOW.

But there has been very little to tell. I’ve had bronchitis and general allergy-related malaise for the past few weeks (mostly the bronchitis, but the allergies kicked in this week, thank you pollen).

So, a brief history of March/April in photos:

I got to meet the Mindy family’s new chickens (this is Mrs. Patmore with S in the background).
Meeting the chickens

Birthday party for a 3 year old. I made tiny funfetti cupcakes.
Frosted tiny cupcakes!

Book club (with bacon wrapped tiny sausages!).
Book Club!

Passover Seder, where S got a belated birthday gift from Sharon & danced around in Hello Kitty rain boots.
Blurry "niece" & favorite Simon (the wonder pup) at Passover Seder. #100happydays #latergram

A trip to the art museum to visit my favorite painting (at least locally. My FAVORITE painting is in New York). One of Monet’s Water Lilies.
More in scenes from the St. Louis Art Museum: another part of Monet's Water Lilies, painted between 1915-1926.

Still knitting the neon.
Pile of neon knitting. #100happydays

And since you made it that far, favorite Ziggy napping.
nap buddy

I still have two papers to write & two presentations to give before the semester is done, but it’ll get finished.

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Alright alright alright.

So I enabled the 2-step authentication for the blog a couple weeks ago, then got annoyed every time I came to do a quick post & couldn’t just log in with one step. Ridiculous, I know, but that’s one reason I’ve not been posting.

The other reason is that things have been crazy busy. Work has been project after project – seems like as soon as I send one thing out for review, there are 3 more to take it’s place. It’s good to be busy, I just come home more tired than I would if it wasn’t quite so busy. And school has been, well, crazy. I took on too much this semester (I fully admit this) and spend most of my evenings in front of the computer doing homework or reading or, thanks to also being a TA this semester, grading. I thought it was going to be easier after my exams, but it turns out it’s just a different kind of work.

Knitting has been slow lately, even. I have finished all of 2 projects so far this year & they were both small (I am nearly done with a third, but it’s also small).

On the plus side, Spring Break is next week and even though I’m not taking time off work, I do get a break from going to classes AND I finally get to see the Yarn Harlot when she makes a stop in St. Louis. So yay.

Now that you’ve read to the end, enjoy this photo of Ziggy stealing all the warm from my space heater. Tonight I actually had to move the space heater because he had smooshed himself up against it.
Ziggy gets so close to the space heater that I think he's going to singe his fur.

Sunday Music: A return (of sorts)

It’s been a while since I posted, which can only mean that the Fall semester has started and I’m spending far too much time on homework and finding that there are not enough hours in the day. I keep meaning to come chat here – I made a delicious blueberry cake last week that I need to share with you. There is much knitting happening when I am not studying or working, but there’s not much to show for it right now (let’s pretend like I didn’t realize just yesterday that I needed to knit a special gift RIGHT AWAY. I will hope I can finish it by Christmas).

So, let’s ease back in to posting with some songs I’ve been enjoying lately.* These are by no means new, but I still like them.

Churchill – Change

Lorde – Royals

Bastille – Pompeii

Avicii – Wake Me Up

The Mowgli’s – San Francisco

*Somewhat related tangent: We had a bit of an office reshuffle at work & I’m no longer sharing an office with the coworker who survived The Crazy Years with me, which means our mutually agreeable music station doesn’t get played anymore. I now listen to random stuff through headphones in my new shared office, so I’m noticing new things again. I’m not sure if this means the return of Sunday Music a couple times a month or what, but it’s a good way to jump back in after not posting for a few weeks.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

It’s been a bit quiet since I got home from vacation.

There has, of course, been knitting. It’s mostly of the secret variety at the moment, though, so nothing I can share yet.

There SHOULD be some researching going on for a possible manuscript come fall semester, but I’ve been quite enjoying not having to think too much outside of work (especially when I spent a week teaching myself a semi-complicated statistical analysis for a work-related manuscript).

And quite a lot of losing myself in the Harry Potter world. Mindy wisely planned & started an HP reread this summer, so I decided to join her in that. I’m currently on Prisoner of Azkaban (which was my favorite book of the series, though I’m not enjoying this re-read as much as I thought I would – I’m actually looking forward to moving on to Goblet of Fire, which is my least favorite & thus I usually stall out on rereading the series at that point). It is, as Rachel said, the world we get lost in when we need to get lost. Not that I need to get lost, but it’s a good break from the insanity that is working full time and taking doctoral level classes.

Speaking of Harry Potter, have you guys seen the Interweave Knits Unofficial HP Knits issue?! I couldn’t wait until it got into my LYS (sorry, guys) and wound up buying the digital version. I seriously want to knit half the things in that magazine.

There has also been a lot of this:
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Oh, and there were these:
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Yay Rainier Cherries!

And some of these for a work potluck:
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And the Monday (yesterday) where I came home from work to no internet, cable, or phone service. I made the best of it & baked cookies while watching my Scooby Doo DVDs. (They came by to fix it tonight. Apparently my line was marked with the wrong building/apartment #, so it got shut off – I’m guessing when the guy who just moved out turned off his service.) Annoying, but I still had my phone so I could keep up with email and twitter. How did we survive outages before smart phones?

So, that’s life from here. A lot of random thoughts wrapped up in one little place.
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Getting dotty with it.

I started to write something last week about the sinus infection’s reign of terror, but then never finished it. There was a discussion of how prednisone is pretty much the WORST THING EVER and I will never ever ever get back together* with it. BUT, I’m feeling nearly normal now, haven’t taken a dramamine for the head wibblys in several days now, and all in all improving. Yay. My brain works again!

*If you click that link, I can not be held responsible for the earworm. Also, I’M SORRY.

In other news:

  • The speedometer on my car has stopped working. The gas gauge quit about a year and a half ago. The car is only 8 years old and has around 70,000 miles on it. This should not be happening. A quick call to the dealer suggested that I needed a few hundred dollars to get it fixed. *sigh* As luck would have it, my tax refund will be enough to fix this plus let me do something else. Yay for being a responsible adult?
  • I’m taking a class this summer that requires I have Windows 7. I wish I would have just pulled the trigger on switching back to a Windows laptop when I was shopping for a computer in the summer, but I thought I would be able to hold out for a little longer.
  • As if the new(ish) mac knows of my plan to buy a new computer, it has been acting up the past few days. I don’t know what’s up with it and it’s hard to explain other than general slowness, so there may be a trip to the genius bar in my future. This is just what one needs at the end of the semester, right? *sigh*
  • I am crazy cupcake prep mode – our Relay for Life event is next weekend & I’ll be baking cupcakes to sell there again this year. This year I have an assistant in coworker Jennifer, whose house we’ll be doing most of the baking at.
  • I survived the first storm of the Spring of 2013 – there was apparently an EF0 tornado only a few blocks away from me, but my little corner of the city was unharmed (save for a power outage that lasted just long enough for me to find & light a candle).
  • And, finally, only a few more weeks of class this semester & then I get about 4 weeks off before I start the summer semester. My class in the summer is only 6 weeks, so after it’s over I get July & most of August without classes. Whee!
  • Apparently today is officially “National Grilled Cheese Day”, so go out and enjoy a tasty cheesy sammy today.