Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I'm almost done with the Daphne scarf!  I just have one more pattern repeat left before I will bind off, and I can't wait to block it--I'm just itching to see how well the leaves and branches look.

This week, I'm finishing up reading my Lenten read just in time for Easter.  I've been reading Deep and Simple by Bo Lozoff, and I've been loving it.  It's a simple read but very fulfilling and enriching.  I hope I can carry over some of what I'm learning from it into my everyday life.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Tea: 5 of My Favorite Poems

Since April is National Poetry Month, I indulged myself by taking a trip down memory lane and picking out old, favorite poems of mine that I wanted to share here.

My relationship with poetry has been a long one.  My love of poems started, like most people, with Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.  What I didn't know for the longest time, however, was that poems don't necessarily have to rhyme.  It was when I started to learn this that my own writing started to improve (mostly because I didn't feel I was forced into a contrived and cheesy rhyming scheme--I've never been good at writing "serious" poems that rhyme), and from then on, my repertoire of poems began to grow, and I have garnered quite a list of poems that I would call favorites.

1. Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare.  Let's be real: my love for this poem probably originally stemmed from my love of the Sense and Sensibility movie, but in all actuality, this poem is undeniably beautiful and sweet.

2. He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven - William Butler Yeats.  The last three lines are utter perfection.

3. i thank you God for most this amazing - e.e. cummings.  I read this poem at some point during my high school years, but I don't think I fell in love with it until I performed Eric Whitacre's musical composition of this piece with my high school's chamber choir.  The music combined with the words gives me goosebumps.

4. If You Forgot Me - Pablo Neruda.  All of Neruda's poems are haunting.  I almost bought a beautiful cloth-bound copy of his poems once, and I don't know why I didn't.

5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost.  If I could write not cliche poems that rhymed, I would want them to be like Robert Frost's, lyrical and simple, yet multi-layered.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Daily Numbers

5757. The number of steps I have taken so far according to my FitBit.

136. The number of stitches I knitted today.

19. Days until I graduate.

10. P.M., the time I hope to be done with homework and headed to bed.

7. Mumford & Sons song listened to.

3. The number of take-home questions on my abstract algebra test today.

2. Purchased cups of tea.

1.5. The number of solutions I feel confident about on my analysis homework.

1. Chocolate croissant eaten.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11th Haiku

Spider on the frame
Of my windowsill, I watch.
Time ticks slowly here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I finally finished up this scarf just in time for the weather to start getting warm (of course!), but I am glad to have it done and to have finally mailed it to David who has been so patient in waiting for me to finish it, even if he does just end up wrapping it up and putting it away for next winter :)

This pattern was originally a monotone infinity scarf knit in the round, but I loved the pattern and felt that the texture would make a great scarf for a guy, so I adapted the pattern to be knit just back and forth across the needles. After a KnitPicks yarn sale last year, I had this City Tweed Aran yarn in two colors, Tahitian Pearl and Toad, so I also added stripes, and eventually crocheted a simple single crochet boarder around the edges. I love adapting patterns to fit my needs; it makes me feel like I'm continuing to progress my knitting skills :)

The original pattern is here, and  my Ravelry notes are here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Finding Ways to Relax

Sometimes when I get stressed out, I do the exact opposite of trying to de-stress.  I don't do it intentionally, but sometimes, like a lot of people, when I get overwhelmed, I usually gravitate to trying to do more in an attempt to make up for whatever is bothering me, as if I don't deserve a break.  They say the first step is owning up to your issue, so being cognizant of my stress tendencies, I try to make time on a regular basis to be more proactive in finding ways to relax.

1. Drink a cup of tea.  This is usually my solution to every problem ;) Tea is good for the body, and I also think it's good for the soul.  Making tea is ritualistic, and so just as the actual cup of tea is good for stress levels, the actual act of preparing the tea can be beneficial.  It can also make a great five minute break from studying.

2. Journal: Journaling is one of my favorite things to do because it can help me to organize my thoughts and think more clearly. It also has the added benefit of making it really easy to go back and re-read things from the past.

3. Make a list. When I'm overwhelmed by things to do, I usually start by making a list to help me organize and prioritize my agenda. This way, I know exactly where things stand, what I need to do, and how soon I need to do it.

4. Take a walk. Besides the April showers yesterday, the weather has been pretty darn lovely. Convening with nature can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, and it's the perfect time to step back and examine your life on the scale of the whole universe.

5. Figure out what your body needs.  If you're too tired to focus, consider taking a 20 minute catnap.  If watching an episode of TV on Netflix is something you like to do in your free time, then don't beat yourself up over taking a half hour break to catch up on How I Met Your Mother.  Call your parents.  Practice a hobby.  Do some stretches.  You name it. Your body knows what it needs.

P.S. What do you think of the text overlay in the picture? I figured I would try something new, and if I liked it enough, then I would pay for the app to remove the watermark.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Georgia Tech Bucket List

When I first came to Georgia Tech as a freshman, I had a small list of things I wanted to do during my four years here. As the years have passed, this list has morphed into a bucket list of sorts.

High on the list is to actually graduate (less than one month!!), one is to get a picture with Buzz (fulfilled this past December), and another thing on the list is actually something that was fulfilled on Friday. Being extremely involved in my high school's literary magazine, I made it a personal goal to be published in Georgia Tech's literary magazine, Erato, every year. The magazine comes out every April before the end of the Spring semester, and I've submitted one poem every year for the past three years, and I've been absolutely thrilled that all three poems were chosen to be published.

With the help and inspiration of my creative writing class last year, I went on a poem writing bender and, in an effort to have some new work to submit for this year, I sat down and edited my work and have some poems that I'm actually really proud of. I found out on Friday that two of my poems are going to be printed this year, and I am so honored. And I'm so thrilled to be able to check this small accomplishment off of my Georgia Tech bucket list. It's been quite a four years, that's for sure :)