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hard workin’

Damn, almost a month since my last update?  The return of classes has been hardcore taking over my life!  Y’all will be happy to know that I’m being really productive, though.  I feel so much better about myself when I’m getting something done.  If I find myself spinning my wheels, I tend to become really anxious.  I mean, being stressed out and overworked isn’t great, either, but at least I can enjoy the relaxation guilt-free when those chunks of time end.  The gorgeous fall weather moving in keeps me happy, too.  :)

I had my first commitee meeting this week, and it went really well.  (Your committee is a group of professors who will eventually judge your thesis when you defend it and decide whether you graduate or not.)  My committee members are really nice and helpful, and they liked my project ideas a lot.  Being the type who’s really helped by set milestones, I feel so good about having it done.

Other than that, there’s not too much going on around here!  I’m getting as much knitting done as I can when my nights aren’t full of work or studying.  :)

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renewed interest

Alright.  I’ve been accused of being a bad blogger (thanks, B!).  Really, it’s hard to deny.  One post a month is hardly satisfactory when I proved in November that I could post daily with no problem.  Apparently, some folks actually read this to find out about what’s going on in my life?  Weird.

Anyways, I had this entire post written out where I talked about how I don’t know what my blog is about anymore in which I questioned why I bother to post at all when it’s only been once a month recently.  In adding pictures to the post, though, I realized that I do have some pretty interesting adventures!  They’re worth sharing here, even if I have plenty of other places online to share knitting, chat with friends, etc.

The vision for this blog has certainly changed from my original detached and impersonal, craft-only mindset.  I like it.  I guess along the way, I came to some important realizations:

  1. I have a lot of far-away friends that I can’t talk to as often as I used to.
  2. This blog is never going to be one that gets a ton of traffic from unknown users looking for daily inspiration.
  3. I am totally okay with that. This blog is about me!  It’s a place to share my adventures with people I love, catalogue them for myself, and perhaps entertain any stray guests who happen to come along for the ride.

I will really try to write more often.  I’m so busy that I don’t have as much time to spend talking to people as I used to, and I hope this will become a better medium for that than it has been recently.

Yesterday morning, we went for a long walk along the Wabash Heritage Trail.  It was beautiful in the fresh snow, and Snake had a really great time running around in the wild with the neighbors’ dogs.  We came home and made this amazing portobello lasagna.  I don’t have pictures, but they wouldn’t really convey how great it was anyways.  You’ll just have to trust me on this one..it’s a winner.  Try it out.

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Snake in action!

Not even the “sports” setting on my camera can contain such a wild beast.

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fall workout plan

Do you know why they call it fall?  It’s because the leaves FALL all over your damn yard, and then you have to rake them into the street until you feel like your arms are going to FALL off.  Maybe you even FALL down from exhaustion because you eat later now that daylight savings time ended.

My front yard is pristine.  Alright..it’s close.  At least Proud Paul Poplar (of course I name my trees..don’t you?) is bare naked now, so tonight’s front raking was probably it for the season.  The back, however, can speak for itself.

Those aren’t even from my tree!!  Look at Snake sitting there thinking “uh..lady, are you going to pick those up?”

I have never in my entire life had to rake leaves until now.  And you know what?  IT’S HARD!!  So you healthy athletic folk can (first laugh at me for being sore) stop judging me for not going to the gym.  ..because by the end of the fall, I am going to have killer guns and rockin abs.  Majestic Mabel the Maple hasn’t even started to drop leaves yet.

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making plans

So I’ve had all of these great ideas for what to blog about all month! Knitting content, food content (been a while, eh?), other stuff.. For someone who wasn’t planning on committing to post, I sure am excited. But I guess if you build it, they will come. Or something.

I know it’s post-holiday, but I just can’t help but share some of our Halloween fun!

I know she looks really pathetic here, but that’s just her modeling face. The “Blue Steel” or “Magnum” of Snake’s repertoire, if you will. She lounged around happily in that thing all night, no joke!

I have to say..I have been carving the same pumpkin for probably the last ten years of my life. Triangle eyes, big toothy (or not) grin..every single Halloween. It’s just so classic, right? I’ll probably be carving that same damn pumpkin forever. For some reason, I feel like this 2009’s pumpkin looks a bit like me. Do you see it? Um, yeah.

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a year of growth

It’s been exactly one year since the day we brought home Snake.  So scrawny you could see her hips sticking out the back of her butt, in pain from being spayed, and terrified in a new place, she was the puppy I’d always wanted.  And she still is.

It’s incredible how much has changed during this past year.  Two Petsmart classes and two moves later, here we are.  I can’t believe how much she’s learned, and she’s grown into such a beautiful girl.  My skinny, short little puppy got tall.  (I seem to recall thinking she could be part Basset?  Ha.  Ha ha!  Now we wonder if she’s not part Greyhound.)

Of course there’s plenty that hasn’t changed.  She’s still a little too smart for her own good, she goes nuts over peanut butter, and she’d rather play tug than cuddle.  She’s still my baby.

I feel so lucky to have Snake in my life.  She makes me smile every day, and I love her to pieces.  I can hardly remember what life was like without her just a year ago, it seems like she’s always been with me.

Here’s to many more happy years together!  <3

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spin cycle

I finished my first more-than-a-cowl project with my own handspun!  Yay!  The pattern (though I doubt you haven’t seen it if you’d be interested anyways) can be found here: Lace Ribbon Scarf.  Snake was kind/patient/bribed with treats enough to model it for me, even!

Sometimes I feel like knitting neckwear is almost worth it solely for pictures of Snake in a scarf!  ;o)  Seriously, though, I’m excited about this project.  I wasn’t really feeling it as I knit along, but after blocking?  WOW.

I’m currently hard at work on my next spinning project, getting near to plying.  And I am FINALLY skeining up the recycled sweater yarn (to dye!) I made up my mind to repurpose ages ago.  Expect more on those soon.

Apart from being crafty, I’ve been spending some quality time with Netflix.  In the past couple weeks, I’ve potentially seen more movies than I’ve seen in the past year!  (Doubt, Cars, W, Slumdog Millionaire, The Great Muppet Caper..)  Initially, I didn’t think I would find enough to last a month, but I’m really enjoying myself.  I had quite a few entertaining dinner dates with these guys..until I ran out of episodes, that is.

Hopefully, now that I’m more settled in, I will get back into the swing of blogging!  I’d really love to do some sewing and get back to sharing my cooking adventures!

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