Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Life On Sandpaper

"My hand unintentionally touched hers. She looked at me ruefully and across the table I sensed our hearts beating in harmony, a phrase suiting our youth. She wanted a life partner back then. I didn't know what I wanted. She had a somewhat broken but brave strength, a profound and enduring beauty that remained gentle, and she had a wonderful smile too. We ate. We were already holding hands like children."

- Yoram Kaniuk

Just some late night sentiments.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

All My Loving

"I'll pretend that I'm kissing the lips I am missing and hope that my dreams will come true."

Friday, June 22, 2012

Chi Psi Scarf

Today, I finally finished David's scarf! It took me a while to finish since I ran out of yarn about halfway through and one of the colors was out of stock for about two months, but it's all done, and I'm hunting for some new knitting projects now. For this particular scarf, I used Knit Picks' Comfy Worsted yarn in lilac and creme brûlée. I cast-on 39 stitches on size 8 needles, and each color block consisted of 30 rows of the garter stitch until I had 15 blocks (8 of the purple and 7 of the yellow). It was a nice little beginner project, and I hope it keeps David warm enough this winter!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Couch to 5K: Week One

Day One:

Pre-run thoughts: I don't want to do this, I don't want to do this, I don't want to do this.

Post-run thoughts: Now that Day One is done, I'm actually really glad that I started. Funny enough, I think the warm-up was the hardest part--I'm pretty sure that's not how it's supposed to work!--but once the actual running began, I fell into a nice stride, and really enjoyed myself. Being able to listen to some music really helped, and I was pleasantly surprised when the app told me that I had already made it halfway. At one point I also got a distance and pace update, but I'm not sure if that was from the Couch to 5K app or from the GPS app that I also had running. To be investigated further...

Day Two:

Pre-Run thoughts: It's raining. You've gotta be kidding me.

More pre-run thoughts: Because it was raining pretty heavily, David made the executive decision to go to the gym to run. I really hate running on an indoor track (it's just so monotonous), but I was determined to get my run in. Much to our chagrin however, when we arrived at the CRC, the building was immediately evacuated because of a severe storm warning. If someone wants to fill me in as to why we were forced to leave because of some thunder, I'd love to be filled in. As a result though, we ended up running outside anyways. I didn't do day two of the program yet since I didn't want to get my phone wet, but I did end up running just a simple mile, stopping only once when a cop pulled over to tell me I shouldn't be out in the storm. Thanks for the heads up, Mr. Police Man.

Post-run thoughts (for real this time): This time, I successfully got to run day two. I could definitely feel a difference from day one already although the run wasn't much harder. A couple lessons learned though: don't eat so close to the run and drink more water throughout the day. Cramming in a couple pints just two hours before the run isn't cutting it.

Day Three:

Pre-run thoughts: I would rather be doing anything than studying. That includes running.

Post-run thoughts: Good run. I feel pretty awesome that I've stuck with this for a week :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

"Fate Don't Fail Me Now"

This week marks the halfway point of the summer semester.  Huzzah for being half done, but yikes for it being, well, almost over.  Before I know it, exams will be upon me all over again, and it will be August.  But before I even start thinking about exams, I have to get through my applied combinatorics midterm this week. I really think I could get an A in this class, so I'm working up every motivational device in the book to get me studying.  One such method: lots and lots of music.  Here's one such playlist that's essentially on repeat right now:

Speed The Collapse_______________Metric
Somebody That I Used To Know_____Goyte
Come As You Are________________Nirvana
Quelqu'un M'a Dit________________Carla Bruni
Chicago x 12____________________Rogue Wave
We Are Young__________________Fun.
Video Games___________________Lana Del Rey
Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)____Foster the People
Emmylou______________________First Aid Kit
Howlin' For You________________The Black Keys
Seven Nation Army______________The White Stripes
Youth Without Youth_____________Metric
Heart Shaped Box_______________Nirvana
Bullet With Butterfly Wings________Smashing Pumpkins
Sunday Morning________________Maroon 5
Love Lost_____________________The Temper Trap
Maps________________________Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ship Shape

I'll be the first person to admit that I'm not a runner, and I really never have been. Back in elementary school P.E., I always could be counted upon to hold up the back of the line while we were all running the fitness test mile, and not much has changed since all those years.  But David has recently started running, and I want to follow his example.  An added bonus: I think running would be another great thing to get involved with together, sort of like a weird, sporty bonding experience.  Plus he's a great motivator, which I desperately need.

But I confess that I'm horribly out of shape.  I went running with him and a couple other guys this past Thursday evening, and it wasn't long before I was outpaced.  So until I can keep up with Mr. Speedy-Gonzales himself, I've decided to try a new running regimen that I've heard about from a couple other people.  It's called "Couch to 5K" and it's designed for slow pokes like me that want to get into running for essentially the first time.  Day 1 will start tomorrow, and I'm anxious for results.  I'll try and post some weekly updates about how the program is going.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I got my favorite kind of mail yesterday: new yarn! Okay, granted that the package was addressed to David, but that's just because he likes to spoil me :) Now I can finally finish his scarf, and I can start thinking about what else I'm going to make. Challenge #1: learn how to knit right-handed. My sister, Colleen, taught me left-handed knitting (because she's left-handed herself) many years ago, but I want to break that habit since about 95% of all good knitting tutorials are for right-handed knitting. Hence my dilemma. I can't wait to learn new kinds of stitches!


The past two weekends held a lot of "firsts" for me. Memorial Day weekend was a whirlwind of craziness. David and I had plans to spend it on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina with his family, so we left Friday afternoon promptly after our classes got out, and a five-hour drive later, we arrived in Hilton Head, ready and eager to get on the boat that would take us to Daufuskie. Only a mere fifteen minutes later, we had arrived on the island (me with some seriously windblown hair!), and we were whisked away to Marshside Mama's, the restaurant where David's dad's band was scheduled to play that weekend. Both Friday and Saturday night were filled with three hours of great music, camaraderie, and lots of dancing, and by the end of each night, we were all relieved to make our way back to the house and relax and go to bed.

Imagine my surprise though when David's sister came up into the loft where my bed was on Sunday morning and shook me awake to tell me to pack my things--tropical storm Beryl was scheduled to hit land and we had to get off the island asap since the only way on and off is via boat. After an hour of frantically collecting our things and packing up some of our leftover food to give to the Daufuskie fire station since we didn't want to lug all of that food back to Georgia, we made it to the pier where the boat was docked. Different from the boat that had originally taken David and me onto the island, this boatride was going to take more than four times as long to get us back to Hilton Head. But despite the five-foot waves breaking over the bow, none of us got seasick and we all made it safely to land where we ate some much needed lunch and decided to stay in a hotel for the rest of the day as opposed to driving back to Atlanta. What was clearly the most spontaneous part of the trip ended up being the most memorable. We spent the afternoon soaking up the remaining rays of the sun at the pool, drinking wine and just talking and having a good time. For dinner, we feasted on the rest of our food, drank even more wine, and played card and dice games. The evening capped off one of the more interesting and unexpected vacations I have ever been on. Although I must say, the real highlight might have been when I finished a Rubik's cube for the first time all by myself in the car on the way home. Not a bad ending to the weekend!

Woohoo!  I was a little excited ;)
On the pier, about to go to the island!
Beautiful Daufuskie sunset

The following weekend was also full of things I've never done before.  Friday night, I got to take my sister, Meghan, to the airport.  She's now currently in France studying abroad for six weeks.  I'm jealous of the grand adventures that she's having without me, but I can't wait to live vicariously through all of her stories and pictures.  Then, the  next morning, David and I went with a bunch of other Chi Psi people to go tubing down the Chattahoochee River (also known as shooting the Hooch)!  It was relaxing and adrenaline pumping (especially when my inner-tube decided to flip over), but overall, it was really nice and a we didn't get sunburned!  

Later that evening, David's and my parents got to meet for the first time.  I was admittedly nervous about the whole encounter, but it turned out 100x better than I had imagined it.  I already knew that our parents have a lot in common, so there was never a lack of conversation, and combined with some really great food and company, the whole thing was a success.  

The next day dawned David's and my six month anniversary :)  We started the day in Alpharetta with his family while they had portraits made, and David and I even had a couple pictures of our own taken together which was a nice touch.  When we arrived back on campus, we had our first ever dance lesson!  It was much more tiring than I was expecting it to be but still so much fun nonetheless.  Afterwards, we made a delicious dinner of pistachio crusted salmon and sesame asparagus which was sooooo good.  Then, we went putt-putting, a repeat of the first date we ever had together (coincidentally a year prior), and this time David won (I let him win).  The evening was capped off with some much deserved ice cream, and the day couldn't have been better.  I'm the luckiest girl in the world :)