Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yarn Along

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

I've been working on my scarf for my mom a lot recently, but I ran out of yarn and still want to do some more of the pattern repeats.  I need to go pick some more up because I'm really close to finishing and definitely want my mom to get some use out of it while it's still cold.  If I let it sit for too long, she'll be getting it next winter!

I'm reading a couple things right now, but in general I'm in between books.  Any good recommendations?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Career Fair

I got to party it up at the career fair today.  And someone needed to tell these companies that this career fair was aimed towards co-ops and internships because I got a lot of confused faces when I said i was applying for a summer internship, not a full time job.  Ask me again in a year.

After waiting in line for half an hour to get into the career fair, I went around to all the companies that I had scoped out over the past few days.  The first company I met with was by far my favorite.  Verdeeco is "a smart grid analytics company," and the guy I introduced myself to was so nice.  We talked a lot about what the company does, and after looking over my resume, he talked about what my contribution to the company would be.  Watching him circle highlights on my resume was so encouraging, and it made me really interested in what Verdeeco has to offer.

Another company that I really liked was ADP, and again, the reasoning is mostly inferred off of the interactions that I had with the man that I talked to.  He was enthused about several things on my resume, and when I told him that I don't know specifically what I want to do with my math degree, he didn't then proceed to talk to me like I hadn't done my research like some of the other companies did.  Instead, he talked with me about what ADP has to offer and the different opportunities that would be availing and coming up.

It was companies like these that made my career fair experience feel worthwhile.

Although, it was nice to get back to my room, be able to kick off my heels, and make a cup of tea.  No one ever said applying for jobs was easy.

P.S. Another perk of the career fair: receiving some weird writing utensil that I originally thought was a highlighter but is instead some wacky crayon-marker fusion.  Mind blown.

P.P.S. Wednesday Update on Day Two of the career fair: Today was even more of a success than yesterday was!  I attribute some of this to the fact that I was a lot less nervous this time around since I went into the career fair already knowing what to expect.  It also helped that I arrived there right when the doors opened, so I didn't have to wait in line just to get into the ballroom.  Like yesterday, the first company I talked to was my favorite.  It was EverSpark Interactive (a company I first heard about almost a year ago on Fox News), and I feel like I could be a great asset there.  The woman I talked to was so nice, and I feel like my school and work experience would segue perfectly into an internship there.  Fingers crossed!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mug Cozy

I can't believe how long I've been meaning to write this post. I guess ever since Christmas ended, I went on a huge blogging spree because I had so many homemade projects and gifts that I wanted to share that I couldn't talk about before the holidays for fear of a gift recipient stumbling upon his or her present prematurely. As a result, due to the high number of knitted items that I wanted to showcase, some things got pushed to the back burner.

So belatedly, I present yet another spin on a mug cozy. I've knitted other versions of a cozy before, but this one was new in the sense that I sewed the ends together just above and below the handle.

When I was all done, I filled the mug with tea bags and individual servings of honey, and since I had made two, I gave one to my sister, Mary Bridget, and one to David.  It was a really easy knit, and I love how they turned out :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I'm Into Something Good

"Woke up this morning feeling fine; there's something special on my mind."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Joining up with Ginny at Small Things :)

I'm excited today because even though I've been re-learning knitting over the past year and gathering a small catalog of stitches and experience, I am a complete novice at crochet.  I'm making strides to change that though, and David helped me take that first step by buying me a crochet book that has the most amazing photography in it and some hooks.

I've only learned a couple stitches so far, and I'm sticking just to making swatches so far, but I'm already hooked (pun always intended!).  I love the fluidity of crochet, and I can't wait to post more progress as I master more stitches and learn the crochet jargon.  I am especially excited for my first crochet project that I'm going to undertake.  Any suggestions on good patterns for complete beginners like me?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Feeling Inspired

I'm really glad I decided to take a creative writing class this semester.

But first let me backtrack:

When I first sent an email to Travis Denton to request a spot in his class, I never expected to have any difficulty getting into the class; it didn't seem that competitive of a class and there was no one signed up when I initially sent my email.  After telling Travis the reasons why I wanted to be in his class, I received a reply from him saying that I could register for the class.  And voila!  I was accepted into the class I never expected to have trouble getting into in the first place.

So imagine my surprise when on the first day of class, I found out that more than 100 people applied to be in the class, and I was miraculously one of the 15 students that had gotten in.  There was one girl that I was sitting next to that had been applying for the class for the past four semesters.  I was flabbergasted and still don't know how I got in.

As a result, I feel like the pressure to produce good writing is a lot higher than I thought it was going to be.  At the beginning of every class, we spend about 30 minutes writing from a prompt, and after hearing some of the other students' writing, I'm starting to wonder how I got in in the first place.

I had a miracle take place this morning though.  I had two poems that were due to my professor at noon and while I only had about six lines of one, the other was still a blank screen.  It's amazing what a great cup of tea can do though, and apparently I can write decently under pressure.  Still not sure how well they'll be received by my professor, but in the meantime, I feel satisfied :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along! Joining up with Small Things today :)

So what am I knitting and reading currently? I cast-on a new project last night, and even though that's the extent of the work I've done on it, I'm not going to disclose what it's going to be: it's a surprise and a gift for someone :) I'm using the most wonderfully soft wool yarn though.  KnitPicks has outdone themselves with their superwash merino wool.

I'm also happily reading one of my favorite authors right now, Jack Kerouac. I have a goal of one day reading all his works, and I've already made a pretty sizable dent. The book I'm reading now is his first novel, The Sea is My Brother.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Things To Look Forward To

This semester already has me down in the dumps already. However, I do have several things to look forward to this semester that are keeping me optimistic. So as I drink a delicious cup of Assam tea, here's what's keeping me optimistic this semester:

- Getting to see David
- Sister's Weekend in Blue Ridge
- Spring Break
- All the yarn projects I have lined up for the next few months while the weather's still cold
- Easter

There's probably many more things that belong on this list, but for now that's all I can think of.  I'll probably add more as the semester goes on :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The End Always Comes Too Soon

I am finding myself wholly unprepared for this new semester. If you'd asked me how badly I was ready for a fresh start about a month ago, I would have begged for a new semester. But between then and now, three little weeks of Christmas break happened and it was too much of a preview of freedom.

Needless to say, the three weeks were wonderful, and even though I haven't started this semester off on the footing I would have liked, I am still trying to stay optimistic by having things to look forward to.  I feel like said things deserve their own post though, so in the meantime, I present the highlights from Christmas break. It was, in a nutshell, amazing, but I'll let you be the judge of that :)

After arriving home from school once exams were blessedly over, I mostly holed up in my room. What did I proceed to do for a week before Christmas? I frantically knitted. I had five projects that I needed to get done before the 24th, and I was determined to get them done.

The good news was that I did in fact finish all my knitting, and Christmas was wonderful. David flew in from Chicago the evening of the 22nd which meant that he got to celebrate Christmas with my family on the 24th.  It was a crazy but wonderful day, and it was the first time that David got to experience a home mass which is always really intimate.

I also got to spend some time with the Brown family which is always a lot of fun.  I think David's little nephew is one step away from proposing to me.  He's officially asked if he could be my "little boyfriend," and he made me a bracelet out of wrapping paper.

Another break highlight: trying miracle berries.  They're a special fruit that makes sour things taste sweet.  Long story short, they work, and we had an entire spread of food to try.  We had everything from lemons and limes to sour patch kids, and everything tasted even yummier than they are already.  I think the two biggest food surprises were the sour cream and the balsamic vinegar.  The sour cream tasted like yogurt, and the vinegar was so yummy that I would have drunken it by the glassful if I hadn't known it would destroy my stomach.

On New Years Eve, David and I played Jenga all night with friends before we got to share our first New Years kiss that actually took place at midnight (last years' happened at the wee hour of 1:30 a.m.).  Then the next day, David and I left for Chicago together for my last few days of break.  It was the perfect ending to a much needed break.  We made yummy dinners together, went to a concert and a show, and the end always came too soon.

Wish lanterns!

New Years Eve!

Pork chops with a spicy orange glaze.

Spicy grilled chicken and black bean enchiladas.

Chicago sunset :)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Jack London

"Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory."

- Jack London

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Yarn Along

As outlined on my post about 13 things I want to do in 2013, this year, I want to join the "yarn along" over at Small Things.  The gist: every Wednesday, write a post that features my current yarn project.

This week, I am working on a lace cowl that I'm knitting up for my mom.  I already love how it's turning out though--I want to keep it for myself!  The pattern can be found here on Ravelry.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Round Eight

I meant to write this post two days ago, the obligatory post about the first day of a new semester, but by the end of the day I was kicked in the butt and coming down with something. Now after a long day in bed yesterday, I dragged myself out of bed this morning to go to class even though my will to just lay there like a bump on a log was overwhelming.

Currently, I am taking an undetermined number of hours. One of the classes I was supposed to take this semester was cancelled unexpectedly, and even though I would still be considered a full time student without it, I am on the prowl still for a replacement. As a result, I am at the moment signed up for two different physics classes to try them on for size--classical mechanics and quantum mechanics. I'm still not sure which one I'm going to stick with (if either one). The bad bit is that I'm pretty horrible at physics, so either way, I'm going to be working my butt off.

But my other classes seem to be pretty decent so far. As if math wasn't confusing enough though, all my math classes seem to have overlapping names: combinatorial game theory, combinatorial analysis, and analysis I. My analysis class is definitely going to be the hardest I think.

The class I think I'm really going to like though is my creative writing class. It only has 15 people in it (even though apparently 100 students tried to get into it--I immediately felt skeptical about how I got in), so it's definitely going to be the smallest class I've ever had at Tech. The only downfall is that it is from 3-6 on Mondays, so I'm going to have to work up some energy to get through class that day. I love the professor's laid back energy though, so I can already suspect that this will probably be my favorite part of my week.

This semester is going to be full of lots of challenges, as always, but I'm excited for the new prospects that lie ahead :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


This time last year, I wrote a post about 12 goals or resolutions that I had for 2012. In that same vein, I would like to outline 13 things I would like to do in this new year, 2013. If this keeps up, I'll be doomed by the time 2020 comes along...

1. Learn to crochet.
2. Get an internship this summer.
3. Finish giant cross-stitch I started last year.
4. Make a blanket.
5. Read the Bible in its entirety.
6. Learn to be a better girlfriend/daughter/sister/friend. (This was on last year's list, but there's always room for improvement.)
7. Get better grades. (Also on last year's list, and, again, always room for improvement.)
8. Start and maintain a running schedule.
9. Read at least 30 books.
10. Be more confident in my abilities.
11. Join the Yarn Along over at Small Things.
12. Stop stressing out about the future and things that are out of my control.
13. Devote more time to playing the guitar.