Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The End is Near

I ate turkey and apple pie. I saw family. Thanksgiving break is over. I am now back at school (and have been since Sunday night) for three more weeks and then I am done with my undergrad education.

Still left to do?

* 3 exams

* A group project (I hate group projects)
* 1 paper (but a long one on a not so interesting topic)
* Go to Student Financial Services and go through an "official withdrawal process
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* Make my library fines go away

* Finish felted mittens that I have been fairly successful with thus far (I started them on Monday)
Already finished?
*Way too many exams to count
*Way to many papers to count (and I don't really care to remember them all)
* Commencement Information Form in which I supplied the Registrar's office with my height so that they can order me a gown for commencement and with my new permanent address so they can send me my diploma!
* My hat! - and I love it* The cool scarf... isn't it cool?* * * *
And just so I don't bore you with too many pictures of my knitting (is that possible?)...here are some pictures of my adorable 2nd cousins. The littlest one is Gavin. He is about a month old and very VERY adorable. The other two cute ones are Madison (Gavin's older sister) and Bella (Madison's cousin - that you've already heard a lot about). They love taking pictures. And they definately knew how a digital camera worked - asking me to see the picture each time I took one.

Wait til they hear onfce upon a time, a long LONG time ago... you had to wait til you took 24 pictures before you could see the pictures you took - and even worse, you had to pay money to see them!

Friday, November 24, 2006

A Yarn and Needle Day

The Yarn Part

Today was a yarn day. This means that my local yarn store was having their holiday sale - 25% off all yarns and 35% off certain bagged yarns. I was rather excited and dragged my entire family there. I made some good purchases for some fun projects despite having more than enough on my plate for knitting. I bought this fun yarn to make this fun scarf that I couldn't resist starting already. It won't keep me warm, but its fun! I also bought these two skeins of yarn to make myself some felted mittens. The orange will be the cuff of the mitten and the brown will be the body of the mitten. These will be warm! I also finished the scarf for Jess... ...but depending on when I see her next will depend on when she gets it - in the mean time I might wear it!

I was also given a pretty neat gift from a friend of my grandmother's. She used to knit, but then became busy with being a mother and other things and life and by the time she got back around to being able to do some knitting she had athritis in her hands and knitting was too painful. So I was given one of her UFOs to finish. It has probably been close to thirty years since this UFO has last been worked on - perhaps even more. I feel special to have been given this special gift. I am afraid to touch it for fear that it will fall apart. The work on the sweater is amazing. It is a cardigan for a young child. The bottom has a border of carrots. And it looks as if where she left on is the start of another row of carrots. According to the pattern, I think there are supposed to be two bunny rabbits on the top front of the sweater when the cardigan is finished. Perhaps after exams I can take a look at this project. I think the neatest part of this whole gift are the old wooden needles (size 5) and the two small stitch holders.

The Needle Part (aka Pine Needles)

After my family and I finished at the yarn store (I wasn't the only one who
bought something. Mom bought some yarn so that I could make her a hat), we started on the long (and what seems like the never-ending) journey of finding a Christmas tree.

Every year it starts out the same. Every year we try to be a sweet, loving, traditional family and so we head out to a local tree farm to cut down our own Christmas tree.
We trample through the woods, tripping over rocks and sticks, wandering off the path, and leaving frustrated at the "too fat" or "too sparse" or "too crooked" trees.

We drive around a little bit longer wandering to local nurseries in hopes of finding a already cut tree - a tree that has already been selected by a "professional" to make some family happy. You aren't having to go through the stress of having to cut the tree, but you are still getting a little bit of the nature feeling to buying your Christmas tree. We go to a couple places like this. Some years we find our tree here, most years we don't.

Eventually we end up at Home Depot, or Stew Leonards, or Lowes. This year it was Lowes. It
was 5:00 at night and we had been searching for a tree nearly all day. Our patience was being tested (on each other) and we were ready to be done with this search. During this part of the process Mom really starts pressing how wonderful it would be to get an artificial tree. This cues Laurel who then goes into this whole rant on how having a fake Christmas tree isn't very Christmasy and that maybe after she moves out they can get an artificial tree (the catch here is that she doesn't plan on moving out or at least not anytime soon!). Eventually Laurel wins out and we get a real Christmas tree. This year, it happened to be the first one we saw after arriving at Lowes. I told you are patience was running low! The task of getting the Christmas tree has been accomplished - and everyone is still in one piece.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sweet Home Connecticut!

"Sweet home Connecticut
Where the skies are so blue

Sweet Home Connecticut

Lord, I'm coming home to you"


Okay... now that that is out of my system, I am happy to announce to all who want to hear: "I am home for Thanksgiving break and couldn't be happier!"


There is nothing like your own room. Granted, I have a single at school in an apartment of 5 other girls, but there is something about your own room in your own home that makes it so special. And isn't my room so fun?! Well, I thought so.

Oh, and I never told you, but Luke and I managed to fix my favorite mug. And while there are still some cracks... ...and I won't be able to drink out of it, it is all back in one piece...... and that is all that matters.

My world is back as it should be...at least for the time being. As for now, I will enjoy a weekend of leisurely homework, reading for fun, and lots of knitting!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A Knitting Post

So, I realized it has been a really really REALLY long time since I showed any completed knitting projects or any un-finished projects for that matter. This post shall be dedicated to the yarn and and the needles that make my knitting possible. First, a completed project for myself - a beautiful and really warm scarf. I bought this yarn from a lady at the Big E who had hand-spun and hand-dyed this yarn. It came out really nice and it reminds me of Holly! I wear it whenever I can and it has almost become part of my being.

Now for unfinished projects:

This little circle is eventually going to be a little hat for my little head.
After starting this hat 3 or 4 times already this year and every time forgetting where in the pattern I had left off, I finally cast on for the last (hopefully) time and got past the part of the pattern where I will have to remember where I am. Now I just have to knit in the round until its long enough to fit over my little head. Its easy-going from here on out.

This scarf I am making for Jess. She bought the hank when she was up here visiting me. I am making it to match a pair of gloves she had bought at a county fair this summer.
I am making it with the same size needles and the same pattern as my scarf. I am hoping to have both the hat and this scarf finished by Thanksgiving.

My last unfinished project I started today...finally.
It is the first 8 rows of my soon-to-be first sweater ever! I am excited about knitting this, and hopefully since I am nearly done with school I will be able to put more time into it. And maybe... I'll even be able to wear it before the cold season is over...maybe.

Hopefully I will keep you more updated on my knitting projects. I am loving all the projects I am working on. I just wish I didn't have so much homework to do to keep me away from knitting as much as I'd like to. Ah, such is life.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

When it Rains...

...it pours, much like it did two Saturdays ago when Jess was up to visit and we decided to venture into Boston despite all the rain. We left Boston with a mission to find ourselves some rubber rain boots. We ended up purchasing them from target.com. My pair finally arrived in the mail today and I can't help but wonder if it was a fate that they showed up in my mailbox on the next rainy day in Massachusetts.

I tried them on and they were too big, much to my disappointment. It took twelve days for them to get here and the excitement of having rainboots has worn off (atleast for the moment). I can return them to the target store and then reorder them online or I can just return them and live without rainboots. I am not sure what I'm going to do yet (I have other more important things, like my Calc test on Friday, to worry about), but the opened box smells like moth balls and at this point that's enough for me to want to return them.

Home and New York City in 2 days!

Monday, November 06, 2006

A Pleasant Surprise

I was on my way to my last class before the weekend began (I thought it was never going to come!). I had my new and working phone* in my pocket having placed it there shortly after getting off the phone with Dad. It rang. I answered it. It was Aunt Melanie and Grandma who were on their way to Boston (for a business meeting) before heading up to Maine.

"How hard would it be to get to Gordon now that we are already on the road?"

"Not hard."

"Because Grandma thought it'd be a great idea if we stopped off at Gordon and brought you into Boston with us tonight."

So, I ventured into Boston with Grandma and Aunt Melanie (and Luke) for the evening. After missing the slightest turn we ended up taking a detour around (what felt like ) half of Boston. We soon ended up at the hotel that they would be staying the night at and went to get dinner.

I took them to Fire and Ice - a place I was introduced to during my freshmen year of college and fell in love with immediately! I raved about this place to my family since the first time I had been there and so it was a nice treat to finally get two more members of my family to this resturant.

Needless to say that Grandma was quite exhausted after being dragged around Boston. Next weekend will be spent in Connecticut and New York City!

*Long story. If you really care, I can tell you, but trust me it isn't that exciting.