Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
My OCC Family: Orlando Community Church has been my church since I was born, and it was wonderful to be back after four years away. The members are all great, caring people, many of whom helped me deal with my disappointment of not getting into grad school. I’ll especially miss all the kids I’ve watched grow up and have taught in my Sunday School class.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
*By reversible, I don't mean its identical on both sides, but rather that both sides look nice.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Flux is the state I'm in right now. I've signed the lease on my new apartment up at grad school (it's unfurnished, so if you have anything you want to get rid, the Emma-needs-to-furnish-her-apartment-without-going-into-debt fund is taking donations), and that signature finally drove home the fact I've been avoiding. I'm moving. Soon. Like, less than two months soon. And so I've found myself in a state of flux (and wondering if, by definition, "flux" can actually be a state of being), as I try to continue to live my Orlando life while simultaneously planning my grad school life.
On top of figuring out the logistics of my move, and attempting to figure out a budget, I've also been daily reviewing my Latin and Greek. It's amazing how much grammar and vocabulary you can forget in a year. I'm actually pretty concerned about taking the placement tests for the two languages. My vocabulary is so weak, I don't know if I'll even be able to show what grammar I know.
All of which is to say that life is crazy right now. And some things are slipping through the cracks. Like knitting group (missed you all this week!), and blogging. I'm going to try to keep to my blogging schedule, but if I don't just know it isn't you. It's me.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Over the years, procrastination has become my coping method of choice. When deadlines starts looming, work starts piling up, and I start to feel overwhelmed, I deal with it by doing something else. There are certainly worst ways to cope with stress, but it still isn't very healthy.
I've honed procrastination to a fine art this past year, as I deliberately avoided working on grad school applications until they were due, put off finding an place to live until the last minute, and only tonight checked to see when my classes start. The magnitude of the change I'm facing had me so overwhelmed that whenever I thought about it, the only way I could deal with it was to quickly distract myself with something else (usually knitting and TV).
But with deadlines looming over me, I finally reached the point where the stress I was causing myself by delaying was greater than stress I was trying to avoid. So this week I finally compiled a list of potential apartments for me to move to in the fall, and made plans to go visit them. I also checked all the important dates I need to know as I get ready to plunge back into school.
And this evening, I made a huge breakthrough in regards to my procrastination problem. I've been working on reviewing all the Greek and Latin grammar that I'll need for grad school, and while looking at dates, I suddenly became overwhelmed. There wasn't enough time for me to learn everything I needed to learn.
As I started to feel overwhelmed, I found myself picking up my spindle and heading over to the TV. Then I stopped myself. I put my spindle down, and picked up my Ancient Greek book, sat down at the table, and went to work reviewing my noun cases (and rediscovered why Greek desperately needs a separate ending for ablative cases).
Because even while I was taking procrastination to new heights, I was discovering something else: It just isn't worth the stress.
So, if you'll excuse me, I now have a well earned date with my spindle and Doctor Who.
P.S. You've probably noticed I changed my blog design. Thought I'd make it match the quotation at the top :)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
When they were younger, they would listen to me. Would wrap their warm, soft arms around my trunk and press their ears against my bark. They were listening for my breath, they said, or my heartbeat. My song.
Or laying on their back on a windy day, arms tucked under their heads, they would listen to my leaves and call out the poems they heard in them.
But they are older now. And no one listens to a tree.
Monday, June 7, 2010
So, should you wish to this crazy undertaking, here's how it was done.
1. Find a pattern that can be knit in pieces (i.e. that can be knit by two different people living in two different states). We used this mitered square pattern, with half the number of stitches.
2. Knit everywhere. Movies, lunch breaks at work, in the car (not while driving), everywhere. And bring your yarn everywhere too.
3. Do not mention your project on any of your social media sites. If you happen to have a blog where you talk about your knitting once a week, come with lots of topics so no one notices that we haven't talk about what you're actually knitting for two months.
4. Keep knitting (you want this to be a blanket, not a placemat).
5. If anyone who has a social media connection to you sees you knitting, and asks what you are making, lie. Or swear them to secrecy.
6. Continue to knit (this needs to be a blanket, not a bath towel).
7. Do not let anyone with a blog capture an image of you knitting. (oops! I'm on the far left)
8. Keep knitting (grown-up blanket- not baby blanket)
9. Sew hundreds (okay-56) of squares together.
10. Meet up with your fellow knitter, sew the two halves of the blanket together, wrap, and present.
(pictures forthcoming Wednesday and Friday. Stay tuned.)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Between the end of the school year for my students, and getting ready for my friend's wedding this weekend, it's unlikely I'll be posting this week.
So, here's wishing you all a wonderful week and weekend!
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