Don’t mind the dust around here- I’m working on changing the blog format and other things, so things might be a touch wonky for a bit.
Check out this sweater I knit!
He loves it. Pattern is Tea with Jam and Bread (now we have matching sweaters).
Check out this pup:
She and I have been spending a lot more time together lately. In December I made the decision to withdraw from school and not go back. It turns out that the rigors of academia aren’t for me- I really want to spend more time with my little family and try to actually contribute to our household finances. That’s why I haven’t been around much- I’ve spent a little bit of time recently hiding from the internet to some degree. I’ve got a part time job, and River can come with me. So for now I’m good, although I’m still looking for something more permanent.
This guy isn’t sure what he thinks about me having a normal works schedule again. His favorite thing is when I’m home all day with him. Hela, on the other hand, is pleased because it means that River is out of the house too.
So that’s what’s been going on here. That’s where I’ve been, and why things might be a little slow coming back. I’m trying to get used to a completely new life. Ultimately, though, it’s going to be a great one!
It’s been a while, internet.
What’s been going on? I got back from Central Asia, and we got a dog! Meet River:
We got her from a local humane society about two months ago. She’s a bit over a year old, and a lab cross- the very sweetest dog!
We love her!! We both grew up in houses with dogs, and while she can be a handful, River is certainly making us happy.
The cats are adjusting, with various levels of tolerance. Webster’s a grumpy old man and will always be. Hela is trying really hard to like River, but is still a little terrified.
Since that last post was so easy from my phone, I thought I’d share some more pictures of craft work here in TJ.
Always look up.
This summer has, so far, been intense. First, in the midst of finals, we bought a house. Then, I spent a week in Princeton, NJ doing research. Next, we moved in to our new house and then my dad came to visit. He left yesterday, and then next week I leave for a two-month stint in Central Asia. Phew.
I’ve been doing some spinning, and getting some old WIPs off the needles:
(He looks happy about his new socks, doesn’t he?)
I’ve also been snuggling with these guys, who love their new house:
So, I’m really excited to come home after all that!
A Very Big Thing happened last night. Luke and I closed on our very first house! This means that we are now homeowners, which is crazy!
Since we’ve got at least 5 more years here in this city, and because the housing market here is MUCH more affordable than back home, we decided that buying would be better than renting for those five years. So we did! It’s not a huge house, but it’s on a good-sized lot for this city, and in a neighborhood that is close in distance to where our apartment now is, but miles away in terms of safety, quietness, etc. We’re moving to a good neighborhood!
Now, to finish out the semester, go on a research trip and move all in the next two weeks? Sure, no problem. On that note, I better get back to work.
And to leave you with: A video of Webster. I’m clearly trying to get some work done, and all he’s concerned with is killing the string on my hoodie. Typical.
There are approximately 1.5 weeks until the end of the semester. 1.5 weeks until Another Very Big Thing (blog post forthcoming). 2 weeks until I take a research trip to an Ivy League Institution a few hours away, 4.5 weeks until my dad comes to visit and 5.5 weeks until I leave for the summer. Holy freaking cow.
So… in the meantime.
I’m soaking up all the time I can with these two (and Luke too, but I have many fewer pictures of him than I do of these cats!)
I’ve been knitting a bit (although admittedly not a lot, and not at all complicated). Here’s a sample:
Yes those are TARDIS socks. My wonderful husband gave me TARDIS striping sock yarn for Christmas. Because he’s awesome. He made a cool card too.
I had to go to a day-long pseudo-conference on campus, and knit a hat out of my very own handspun:(Ignore our messy apartment. We’re getting ready to move. Again).
I’ve been doing some cross-stitching as well, because that’s just a step above stockinette socks in the mindless project department.
And mostly writing. And research. And avoiding writing and doing research. And having as much family time as possible. That’s what I’ve been up to lately. What about everyone else out there in internet-land?
Oh Man. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. It’s not for lack of events happening…
Let’s start with this. Blogging will likely continue to be sparse until the fall. Why? Because I’m going to Central Asia this summer on a government-funded learning adventure. Woo Hoo! Part of the reason that I’ve been so crazy this year (other than the fact that the first two years of PhD programs are just crazy as a rule of thumb), is that on top of the regular insane workload, I’ve been taking one additional class. It’s an intro-level Persian (Farsi) language class. This has been super fun, but quite frankly, there’s no way that I can keep up this schedule without completely going off the deep end. So… I’m headed to Tajikistan for two months this summer to participate in an immersion program. It’s going to be rough to leave these guys:
But… hopefully very worth it in the long run (did I mention I’m not paying for this excursion?!).
I’ve been knitting, a little bit, but have not a single picture of knitting so… pretend?
But they’re so adorable! How can I leave them behind for two months? They’re finally starting to get along much better, so that makes me feel a little better about leaving them. But I won’t be said to be leaving this:
This was a delightful long cowl, in a cashmere blend yarn. Apparently Miss Hela has good taste- because she’s completely broken the yarn. So… I guess that I will be ripping/re-knitting?
I finally knit the skein of yarn that I’d been hoarding for three years, and the cowl lasted approximately three days. Nothing is safe.
I’ve also been spinning a little. Not a lot, but it’s helping quite a bit with my sanity levels which are dangerously low much of the time. I got some really pretty fiber from my in-laws for Christmas, and some super pretty fiber from Luke as well that I can’t wait to get to! Unfortunately, it appears that I won’t be doing much spinning this summer, as I certainly will not be packing my wheel or even fiber for my cross-global trip.
So. Speaking of cross-global travel. Knitting ideas? I’ll be gone for two months, with long plane rides, and I have no idea how much knitting time during the regular days. But… no way to restock my yarn supply while I’m there (I don’t think. I’m not positive, there might be some sort of yarn at bazaars, but… I’m not counting on it). Ideas? I’m thinking laceweight will be my friend- for packing space and long-knitting project purposes. I’ve got enough stash to take a laceweight shawl project along with perhaps a laceweight cardigan.
That’s it for now, although that’s not even the end of the exciting things happening around here. Stay tuned, folks!
This last weekend was interesting. I’ve been getting headaches which have increased steadily in frequency since school started last August (and didn’t happen much at all during the break). These headaches are worse when I’ve been reading or on the computer (hello- that’s ALL THE TIME!), and have gotten to be pretty debilitating. So I went to the eye doctor and… drumroll, please…
I need BIFOCALS! I have never been so happy to find out that something is wrong with me! Hopefully glasses will help the headaches and allow me to actually *d0* the work I’m supposed to do.
The downside to all of this is that I have to wait two weeks for the glasses. Two weeks in which my normal workload (reading about 300 pages/day, + computer work) is still expected. And now that I know what’s going on with my eyes, I can feel them get fatigued so much more keenly… so I’m just taking lots of reading breaks and trying to take it easy on myself.
Other happenings this weekend: Walking home through the snow with freshly dilated eyes : not fun. Don’t try it if you enjoy seeing where you’re going.
Walking through the grocery store with sunglasses on at 7pm on a Friday night because of the aforementioned dilated eyes: also strange, because people give you strange looks. L says this is because I looked hungover, but I would have had to start drinking at 6am to be hungover at 7pm? Or something?
A little knitting! I’m sticking with the “finish it up” theme for January:
No big thing, just my in-class knitting, started in January. But now the ends are woven in (plus two extras, because Hela absconded with the ball in the middle of the night and chewed through the yarn…) and I have a new pair of socks.
Here’s the biggie:
My hair isn’t normally that uh… voluminous. I started this sweater back in February of 2011!! I had all the pieces done and then got stalled out with seaming. I’m glad I waited though, because those set-in shoulders are darn good, if I do say so myself! (and they likely would not have been 1.5 years ago…). It’s the Birthstone Cardigan out of some Webs yarn. I’m happy with it.
I actually finished a couple more projects yesterday too (and this should give you, dear reader, a glimpse into just how much ‘finishing’ these projects needed…)- more on them later.
In the meantime: some kitty pictures: