Monday, October 30, 2006

Some Days...

Some days I feel like I could stay in school forever. Other days I cannot wait to be free of the academic world. Today was one of those days.

I have six and a half weeks left before I am done with my undergrad education. This is a pretty scary thought. It means that I will be entering the real world - a world I know very little about and am not really sure how to approach. But today, the academic world has driven me away and I am more ready today than usual to enter the "real world".

I have come down with senioritis. I would rather be doing things other than homework - like updating this blog more often and knitting all the projects in the world and reading all those books I said I always wanted to read - and I find that I can never seem to catch up, despite the fact that it seems like I am
always doing work. I am ready to be done with all the homework (atleast temporarily until I start grad school). I am ready to be done with pretending that I am smarter than I actually am. I am ready to go back home and I am ready to relax for a while. I am ready to go back to my own room, that is bigger than my single here. The events of today made me especially aware of this feeling. It climaxed with my favorite mug breaking (hopefully I can superglue it together). I sat down on my floor and cried. I miss home. I am ready to be done. In happier news, Jess came up to visit me this past weekend. We needed some serious best friend catch-up time. We talked... a lot. We had fun, even if it did rain!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Vacationland

Strangely enough, the "Vacationland" state is not Florida or California or some other warm spot thought of for traveling to for vacations. Instead, the "Vacationland" state is Maine*. I noticed this on the license plates as I drove up there this weekend to visit my aunt and uncle

It was a nice vacation/escape from college life (which is interesting since today I nearly had a nervous break down at the realization that I have seven weeks till I am done with my undergrad education). We went shopping. We went to "Fright at the Fort" which was Fort Knox all decorated and spooked for Halloween. There were lots of kitties. They have seven total.
This is Marlin.

This is Sly.
This is Pearl.They warmed up to me fairly quickly on this visit and as I sat on the porch on Sunday afternoon soaking in the warm Maine sun, all but two of the kitties came to say goodbye to their cousin. As I was driving back down to Gordon, I passed this sign. (It says: "Fabrics and Yarns/ Quilts/ 1500 Bults/ Open Year Round)

I drove a little bit longer (a few seconds really) before I decided to turn around and check it out. I mean, you never know when you are going to come upon a great stash of yarn. It was rather disappointing as there was only Lion Brand yarn there. But of course, once in the presence of yarn I can not resist the urge to take some home with me. I bought a ball of Magic Stripe yarn to eventually make a pair of socks.

*which I suppose is much better than Connecticut: The Constitution State

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Piercings and the Future

So, last week I did something I have been wanting to do for a really long time now but had been putting it off. I would have told you sooner, except that I thought it would be better to inform my mom of this adventure over the phone than through my blog. Don't worry! I'm not married or pregnant or anything really major like that!

I got my belly button pierced! And the best part of all.... it didn't even hurt!

See Mom, that's what it looks like. It doesn't hurt although it is a little red around the two holes, but that is to be expected. I've been taking good care of it and we like each other.

In other news, I have reached the halfway mark of my last semester of my undergrad education. And let me tell ya, it's a scary thought! I'm going to be leaving my friends and moving back in with my parents (which is very nice of them) and I am going to be working. In the fall, I will begin grad school.

I NEVER thought I would go to grad school. I really only went to college because it was the next step. You can't really get anywhere without a college education in today's American society. But grad school was something I had never even considered. It's strange entering the "adult" world. Am I ready for it?

Guess I'll have to wait and find out...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My Girls, My Life!

So tonight, after preparing myself for bed I decided to look through all the pictures that I have taken in the last year. And slowly all the wonderful memories from last year began to be recalled. So, as corny as this may be... here is a blog entry dedicated to the good times with my girls*. We began the year off looking extraordinary... and we continued to keep up this appearance. For Thanksgiving Erin and Holly both came home with me. We spent one day in NYC and went to the and saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! Most weekends were spent on campus with sleepovers, staying up really late and pulling out the camera when we were all in desperate need of our beauty sleep! Occasionally we would go out into public to have fun. And we did it well!In April, we had the best party of the year. We got cute (of course)! We ate. We tickled. We were silly. We took pictures. And most importantly, we had tons of fun! My girls are my life. They keep things exciting. They are familiar. They are the best thing for me! And I miss them! Tomorrow we are going bridal dress shopping with the newest edition to our girls. More memories to be made!

*Dedicated really means picture CRAZY!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Family!

Laurel and Mom came to visit me this weekend at school. It was technically Parent's Weekend/Homcoming, but since freshmen year my family has not participated in any of these events despite consistently coming up that same weekend every year. This year was no different - except that this year, Dad didn't come. It was a girls weekend. And we had a good time!

They arrived at 8:00 Friday night after a 5 hour (usually 3 hour) drive up to Gordon. They ate two wonderful dishes at Not Your Average Joe's and I watched, having eaten Chinese food with a fantastic group of people earlier that night. We were all tired.

The next morning we woke up bright and early (for a colleg
e student) and began our LONG day of shopping. We started - of course - at the college bookstore. It waws a successful trip as was the rest of the day. We ate lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. The service was alright, but the atmosphere was entertaining.
The weekend ended and I had gained 3 pairs of shoes and a few cute outfits. Mom and Laurel went home Sunday afternoon after a fantastic lunch at Nick's Famous Roast Beef and left me to study Calc.

We had fun....perhaps too much fun!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Yarn Post

So I realized I haven't posted a whole lot about what I've been doing knitting-wise. And then it dawned on me that I haven't done much knitting lately. Up until yesterday, I hadn't knit since I saw the Yarn Harlot - nearly two and a half weeks ago! Don't get me wrong. I was still thinking about knitting, and wishing my work load was less so I could find the time to knit at least ONE row. I was still glancing up at my yarn stash which sits beautifully in a basket on top of my desk (greatly minimized). Finally yesterday, I pushed homework aside for a little bit and started knitting. I started a scarf from the yarn I told you I bought at the Big E. I choose to do the drop stitch pattern. It looked hot! But it was a little on the wide side and I wanted it to be a somewhat long scarf, so I ripped it out today. And for now it looks like this on my bed:I am going to be very stylish this winter with all my knitted attire. My yarn that I had bought a while back for my first sweater finally arrived. I am really excited, but told myself I need to limit my number of UFOs so I'm going to try and finish this scarf and also the hat I started a few weeks back before I start anything else.

But of course it won't be easy since for my birthday last month Laurel bought me this yarn
to make with a black skein of yarn into a hot little bag. The picture isn't really clear, but its a ball of thin yarn with little sequence on it. I also got a $25 gift card to my LYS which I have yet to spend - amazingly

And then there is all this school work to keep me from focusing on my knitting! So many distractions, how will I ever get it all done!?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Carpe Diem

Today - or I guess yesterday since the clock on my computer screen says 2:28 am - I had the urge to do something by myself that I normally wouldn't. So I drove to Rockport and had lunch and did some homework, and of course a little bit of shopping.

I had been craving lobster for quite some time, and while my family and I tried to satisfy this craving before I went to school it ended up being a failed attempt as the lobster did not taste terrific. My craving for lobster only increased. So I went to a little "restaurant" located in a little shack and ordered myself a lobster and a cup of New England Clam Chowder.
I sat at the edge of the inner-harbor where all the boats stay where they aren't being used. And I enjoyed this beautiful view while munching - alone, and yet still quite content - on my lobster: After I had licked my lobster shell clean and found some wipes at an attempt to hide my fishy smell, I walked up the harbor stopping in a few of the little shops alone the way - only to look. I stopped at a little shop that sells strudel. There I got a slice of cheese strudel - I usually choose apple - and a wonderful cup of hot chocolate. I walked up to the end of the harbor, and found myself a seat on a nice flat rock. I enjoyed the wind blowing through my hair, my rich hot chocolate and strudel and even a little bit of homework. I also soaked in this view while trying to get homework done: I also made a friend. He flew down and stood on the rock next to me and just stared at me. I tried ignoring him figuring that seagulls don't have a big attention span, but he stayed and watched me enjoy my strudel. I didn't think he was going to leave, so I took his picture. Shortly after that he left.

The water was so beautiful! I was content. I was satisfied with life. After I completed the chapter I was reading, I got up and left. I walked back to my car with a smile on my face the entire way. Carpe Diem - Seize the Day!