Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Yarn Along

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

To say that I am almost done with the beautiful Hashtag Camisole would be an understatement. I only have about an inch and a half of knitting left to do and make a pair of straps, and I will be done. It's been several weeks coming, but I'm glad I devoted so much time to getting it right--between messing up to the point that I had to rip out all of my progress to later deciding I wanted to make a different size, I certainly went to every measure to make sure it would be perfect. The moment of truth of completing it and trying it on is still ahead, and it's probably going to be the most exciting and most nerve-wracking moment all at the same time. Needless to say, I can't wait to share the finished product :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Pre-Chicago Planning

Due to fortuitous scheduling, I only have class on Tuesday's and Thursday's which means that every weekend is a four day weekend. The end result: I leave this Thursday to go visit David in Chicago!  The only bummer is that I have a test at the last hour in my Mathematical Methods in Engineering class. I will literally take my test from 12-1:45 p.m. and then have to book it to the airport for my 3:50 flight. I know that barring any unforeseen problems or emergencies that I will make it to the airport and get to my gate in plenty of time, but I'm the kind of girl that leaves for the airport three hours early just to be on the safe side. Call me paranoid.

In the meantime, I have a lot to get done in a short period of time. Besides making sure that I'm fully packed by Wednesday night so that I can scoot out the door to the airport on Thursday, I need to finish preparing and studying for my test because I'm determined to get straight A's this semester.  This class is seriously so boring though.  It's taking all my willpower to not blow it off and knit instead.  I have about four or so inches left to knit on my camisole, and I really wish I could take the finish product to Chicago with me so that I can walk around the Windy City wearing something that I made myself (seriously the coolest feeling).  I know that I need to make studying a first priority though, so I made a pact with myself that if I work hard until 9 o'clock tonight, then I'll let myself take the rest of the night off to knit for a couple of hours before I hit the hay.  I just need to keep those temptations in check, and I'll be golden.

I can't believe I'm Chicago bound in less that two days!  As always, David and I have so much planned, and I can't wait to document it all and share it here :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Yarn Along

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

Are we sick of reading about my lack of progress on this pattern yet?  I barely have anything to show for this past week's knitting, but I'm so eager to finish what I'm sure will one day be a completed Hashtag Camisole. I leave for Chicago next Thursday.  Think I could have it done by then?  Haha, probably a little bit too optimistic.  A girl could dream though.

In other news, I finished two books this past week, Someday, Someday, Maybe and The Paris Wife.  I was really pleasantly surprised by both of them and recommend them highly.  In retrospect, finishing two books this past week is probably part of the reason why I still have so much knitting to do (albeit I was mostly done with both of the books already).  Now, I'm reading A Visit from the Goon Squad, and, well, it's different.  It's not bad, just a little confusing since a different character is the focus of each chapter so far (granted I'm only on chapter three), and the book does a lot of jumping to past decades.  It came highly recommended though, so I'll stick it out.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Tea

It's that time of the week again where I'm settling in at my desk with a cup of Irish breakfast tea, even though it is well past the hour of breakfast, and I'm contemplating goals that I have for this summer.  If you recall this post, then you know that back at the beginning of the year, I outlined 13 things I wanted to do in 2013.  It's not quite the middle of the year, but I thought the beginning of a new semester was a pretty good time to reevaluate how this year is going so far and maybe what I could work on or change.

1. Learn to crochet.

This is something on my list that I've technically completed, but I don't think I will ever stop learning new things in crochet, so it's something that I'd like to continue to expand upon over the next few months.  You can read about my first ever crochet project here though!

2. Get an internship this summer.

Well, this one has become rather moot considering it's summer and I clearly don't have an internship.  This goal was something that almost came to fruition though.  I found a company that I really liked at the Georgia Tech career fair back in January, and after initially meeting with them, I was shortlisted, and in March, I personally interviewed with them.  I met the CEO, the CTO, and the chief visual designer, and even though I thought things went pretty well, I never heard from them again, despite being told that they would follow up with me even if I didn't end up being chosen for the internship.  I even emailed them and never received a reply.  Lame.

3. Finish giant cross-stitch I started last year.

When I say giant, I mean it.  Seriously, no exaggeration.  I've worked some on this project recently, but I need to get moving on it more quickly because I have a reason now to get it done.  More on that later :)

4. Make a blanket.

This goal hasn't gone past the stage where I'm still looking for a pattern I like.  I haven't even decided if I want to crochet or knit it.  Hmmm.

5. Read the Bible in its entirety.

I am fulfilling this via an online site that has all of the readings for the day pre-determined.  I'm a little behind, but even if this ends up taking me more than a year, I love how spiritually rewarding this is.  I think taking the time to sit down and spend time reading the Bible is something that helps me to look at my life in new ways and become more of the person I want to be.

6. Learn to be a better girlfriend/daughter/sister/friend.

It's hard to answer this question objectively, but one thing that I know I have been working on is patience.  Without patience, I judge people and situations too quickly, I don't take the time to care for others, and I don't show respect.  I think the important thing to remember in regards to this goal is that no one is perfect (especially not me) and to always work harder towards a more perfect union.

7. Get better grades.

There is always room for improvement here.  I'm not a straight A student, and I probably will always have this on my list of goals for as long as I am a student.

8. Start and maintain a running schedule.

I hate running, and running hates me.  Regardless, even if it's not running, I am getting better at working out on a regular basis.  So hooray!

9. Read at least 30 books.

I'm definitely ahead of schedule for this goal.  I have read 14 of my 30 books, so I'm thinking that maybe I underestimated my abilities a little bit.  Maybe some of that reading time will start going towards other things though so I can be ahead of schedule for some of my other goals too, haha :)

10. Be more confident in my abilities.

This was kind of a vague goal, but I think I am doing pretty well.  Hands down, I am my biggest critic and a lot of the time, I don't think I'm as good at something as I really am.  Does that mean I'm incredibly boastful now?  I sure hope not, but I don't think I'm as timid as I used to be.

11. Join the Yarn Along over at Small Things.

The weekly Yarn Along is something that I look forward to every week.  It's nice to be part of such a great community of knitters, and I love looking at my fellow bloggers current yarn projects.  It's also a great way to get ideas for future projects!  You can look at my past "Yarn Alongs" here.

12. Stop stressing out about the future and things that are out of my control.

This is something that I will never be perfect at but something that I always want to work on because it is usually futile to worry about things that I cannot change.  Will I continue to experience other emotions as a result of these things?  Absolutely, but I just don't want so much negative stress to weigh me down.

13. Devote more time to playing the guitar.

This is something that I have definitely been doing!  I've been recording YouTube videos a lot more regularly, and guitar is a tool that I use to help myself de-stress.  Nothing beats a relaxing melody at the end of a long day.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Yarn Along

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


Slowly but surely I'm making progress on the Hashtag Camisole. I'm loving the way it's turning out, and I love the color so much more than I thought I would, but I still have a lot of work to do. My mantra at this point is to make sure to work on it everyday, even just a little bit. It's going to be light because the yarn is a cotton and linen mix, but I'm still anxious to get it done soon because I don't know how practical it will be once it's gets really hot outside. No matter what though, I just want it done!

On another note, I'm currently reading Someday, Someday, Maybe. I've always loved Lauren Graham since her days on Gilmore Girls and more recently on Parenthood, but being able to read her debut novel is a whole different experience. I really love the book so far though. It's funny and heartwarming and so relatable. I definitely recommend it to anyone. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday Tea: At It Again

Today marked my first day of summer classes. I have the joy of only having class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I'm hoping I'll be able to use my time off productively. Step number one has been to not open my computer during the day because I know that once it's open, I'll just spend countless hours doing mindless activities. I'm even writing this post on my phone to avoid going into my room and getting on the computer.

Step number two has involved waking up earlier in the day. Also so far so good. It really started this past week when I went horseback riding in Madison. The ranch serves breakfast every morning at 8 o'clock sharp, so since then, my internal clock has been waking me up every morning before 8. As a result, instead of rolling back over and going back to sleep, I've been getting up. The only bummer is that I now don't have a whole breakfast spread laid out for me when I wake up. Woe is me.  You can always depend upon me going straight to the kitchen to make tea though. This girl needs some caffeine if she's going to successfully avoid the temptations of naps.

After getting ready for the day, I left early for class so that I could go to Chick-fil-a beforehand.  I enjoyed my biscuit while doing some reading, and I moseyed over to my first class.  It was linear algebra, and I'm really excited for this class.  I forced myself to sit front and center, and it really helped me to focus.  I even answered a question!  I know you're probably thinking "big deal," but seriously guys, this is a big deal for me.

My second class, mathematical methods in engineering, is a big yawn inducer.  It's going to be a hard class already, but the speed at which that hour and 45 minutes moved is proving to make the class even worse.  I guess I can't have two classes that are perfect.  But here I am, drinking a cup of really delicious darjeeling tea, and getting a leg up on my classwork.  I'm determined to make this semester amazing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Naked As We Came

"I'll keep stealing, breathing her."

Tuesday Tea: From the Point of View of a College Senior

Since we last had tea, lots of things have happened!  I for the most part survived my exams and finished up the last of my Junior Year.  I now have Senior status, and really the only thing that means is that the incoming Freshman will look particularly young to my college wizened eyes.  Nonetheless, if all goes well and as planned, I will be done with my undergraduate career this time next year.

After exams were over, I spent all of my time either catching up on sleep or packing up my apartment.  I found myself amazed at just how much stuff I had accumulated over the year, and my systematic packing was eventually reduced to just putting things into bags with abandon.  This made unpacking difficult on the other end, but I wanted to get packed up as quickly as possible because David flew into Atlanta Thursday night.  His flight was supposed to get in at 9:30, but after he got to the airport and found out his flight was canceled, he managed to get onto another flight going out that night, but his ETA was now midnight.  Notwithstanding, I met him at the airport.  For anyone who has ever been to the Atlanta airport, you'll know that at arrivals, there is a three story escalator that you have to go up before you reach baggage claim.  And may I just say that seeing David reach the top of that giant escalator is pretty darn amazing.  I might or might not have cried a little bit in anticipation.

The weekend was really great.  David and I got to spend time with both of our families, and we spent a lot of time hanging out with fantastic friends.  Also, sidenote, may I just say that Canadians are awesome?  They're hilarious.

I moved into my new apartment Sunday morning, and David left that night.  Sad face.  We're thinking that we'll be able to see each other more often this summer though!  Happy face :)

Now I'm at home for the week :)  My parents, sister, and I are leaving to go horseback riding tomorrow, and it's going to be grand.  I haven't ridden since last summer, and I miss it.  In the meantime, I'm just doing a lot of knitting and reading and tea drinking!  And I got my hair cut this afternoon!

Four inches off and it's still this long!  I love it!

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Weekend In Pictures

I had a pretty perfect weekend. The only thing I would have changed was the part where David had to leave at the end of it. There are a lot of things from the past few days that I never got pictures of, like my nieces 1st communion or a crazy trip to Athens, but here are some awesome memories summed up in seven pictures:

Brunch at the Highland Bakery!

David calls me his little giraffe, so he gave me a giraffe ring :)

Gyros and Greek salad from Gyro King

Dessert from Yogli Mogli!

A date with this hunk ;)

Moving into a new apartment for the summer.

Adding personal touches and decorations to the new apartment :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yarn Along

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

This is going to be a pretty boring post because I have literally no work to show for this past week, not a single stitch.  This week is finals week, and the only reason I got this week's Yarn Along posted is because I wrote it beforehand.  The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and my last exam is today at about 3 o'clock, so by about dinner time, I will be home free.  Once today is over though, I plan on knitting until my heart's content.

Just because I haven't had time for knitting though doesn't mean I haven't been planning copious amounts of projects!  Here's some of the projects I'm dreaming of making: the Carnaby skirt, the Double Seed Stitch blanket, and a crocheted basket (maybe as a means of hold my current yarn project!).

What do you have in your knitting queue?

Sorry for the boring post.  I hope to have pictures and progress to show you next week :)