Dec. 6th, 2009


Dec. 6th, 2009 01:31 pm
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Had a good weekend. I know, it's not over yet, but still. Friday night I went out for karaoke at Bush Garden, to help a friend and colleague celebrate her newly minted divorce. Yesterday I went back to the ID for dim-sum at Jade Garden with Chris, Le'a, and Patrice. It was delicious, as usual.

Today has been lazy so far. I slept in, had toast, OJ, and tea for breakfast, and did some internet puttering while eating and savoring my tea. Not doing much, just poking here and peering there to see what's what at my usual online haunts. Those are Facebook (sorry), here, Ravelry, MSNBC, the NY Times, and various knit blogs. Also Yahoo, which is my main email site, and which also gives me a daily horoscope, movie times, and current travel prices for my pet destinations. I don't usually think to read my horoscope, but here's what it says for today:

You get a welcome breather from the nonstop action today. You don't know whether you're coming or going, but that's not the least of it. You see the best and worst sides of the people in your life, adding to your confusion about what to do. Following an impulse saves the day, although a more confusing issue remains obscured. It might be best to avoid making any major decision until this fog lifts.

That seems about right. Right now I can supposedly get a ticket to Detroit for just over $230. (I don't believe it...I have clicked through on these before, and found a very different story being told there.)

This week has been pretty crappy for running. I have been feeling very run-down and brain dead for the last...about 9 days (some of you know why)...and haven't run since Thanksgiving day. We'll see about today. Perhaps I will be moved to end this less-than-ideal streak.

What else? Not a lot. I'm mainly writing this to grease my typing joints, to get the brain fluids moving a little bit, and to keep myself from navigating to the Hulu page. I have work to do. I don't have time to watch some crap on Hulu. (In my defense, I don't just sit there and watch; I knit; Hulu is just for background noise. Sometimes I listen to podcasts--particularly This American Life, the Doubleknit Podcast, and the Galactic Watercooler podcast.)

Speaking of knitting, I am working on several projects right now. I started a sweater project for a friend--that's temporarily on hold while I test out the yarn, my technique, and my colorwork charts on a "swatch cap." A swatch cap is basically a gauge swatch (something sweater knitters always make, if they know what's good for them) for knitting in the round, only it 1. uses more yarn; and 2. results in a usable item rather than a useless square that will sit in a drawer forever, attracting moths. So, despite #1, #2 makes the knitting of swatch caps a worthwhile endeavor. I decided to knit this one because the hem ribbing and first couple inches of the actual sweater body (what I've knit so far) show a tendency to "torque" (i.e. to twist, or spiral). My expectation--or at least my hope--is that this will block out. However, I don't want to knit a whole sweater and then discover that it doesn't block out. Better to find out on a hat, and then to amend my technique in some way if necessary, rather than to rip out and re-knit a whole sweater's worth of stitches.

OK, that's probably enough mundane, boring stuff for now. I hope everyone out there is having a nice winter, and a stress-free holiday season.

And now it's to work with me. I have a few papers to grade, and some reading to do.


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