Fairbanks, Alaska, 2009
Pardon me while I run a Swiffer around this place. It got a little dusty from neglect, didn’t it? Sorry about that.
I have been focusing really hard on work (my boss thinks this is a pleasant change, ha ha). Through a colossal, spectacular mess up on the part of the new student records system, I have no work study employees this semester. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but it has really caused me to be proactive about getting things done.
Again, not a bad thing. I am really enjoying the chance to “bond” with our new facilities. I’ve straightened, cleaned, organized, unpacked a few of the remaining boxes, and really taken the time to decide where I want everything to go. I’m taking the time to really get to know all of our Teaching Assistants and have discovered that (through no fault of my own), I have assembled a tremendously bright and enthusiastic group of young people. Seriously, you should meet these folks and talk to them for a while!!
So, all things considered, I’m enjoying this semester. More activity, more interaction, MORE STUDENTS!!! Statistical fact.: My first Fall semester, we had four sections of General Chemistry I lab. This semester, we have fourteen! Where did all these students come from??? All together, we have 39 lab sections this semester that I am responsible for. That is a lot of organizing!
On a knitting level, things are progressing. I’ve finished the back, front and one sleeve of my red lace sweater. I haven’t started the second sleeve because it takes a night with no Rockies game distractions to get it set up. Once the lace pattern is established, then I can knit with the radio on; however, getting it started is a bugger… I’ve discovered an app for my IPod Touch called “Stitch Minder Lite” – it was free and serves as an excellent row counter. It counts overall rows, pattern increase/decrease rows, lace pattern repeat rows… etc. There is another version that does more, but for now, I am going to stick with the free one.
I’ve knit two Hats for Homeless people, to be delivered in October down to Littleton. I hope to get at least one more done, but am taking a short break because my hands were hurting – a combination between the small (sixteen inch) circular needles and worsted weight yarn was putting strain on my hands.
Oh, yes, I know, that taking a break from the hats would have been an excellent excuse for starting the second sleeve of the sweater, but I was weak.
Say hello to my new little friend: Multinomah. I’m doing the shawl in a similar color to what is shown, but less of a yellowish green and more of a green-ish green. Right now, it is all garter stitch with regularly spaced increases. I really love how it feels. I deliberately went ahead, even though I don’t have QUITE the amount of yarn it calls for, but I will make it work one way or the other. I’m crazy like that…
So, I’ll give myself a few days to work on this and then start the next hat closer to the weekend.
That’s about all that is going on in my life. Oooh, exciting news – today I finally have my eye exam. It takes so long to get an appointment through my health care provider, but since it is covered, I’m too cheap to go elsewhere. I can’t wait to get my new prescription today so that I can get new glasses. I never made time for an exam last year becuase I was too swamped by the building project, so I’m really paying the penalty for that now. I’m fine for far away viewing, but up close? Lately I’ve had to take my glasses off to eat, knit, read, and (on some days), use the computer.
Yes, I’m pretty sure that this means I need bifocals, but I’m really looking forward to being able to see again. Wish me luck!!!
I wonder if they have started making the Harry Potter glasses in adult sizes yet?
Everybody have a fantastic Wednesday!