Celebration!

I would just like to announce that results came in today and…

I passed my end of program exam!

That means I’ll be graduating with my Master’s of Library Science on August 9.

Let the celebrating begin!

Upcoming Goals

Whew. It has been a busy and stress filled few weeks, and it isn’t quite over yet. I spent a week doing my comprehensive exam for graduate school. That basically consisted of writing three research essays over library science topics. It made for not at all a fun week but it’s done. I get the results back July 5. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I passed because I might burst into tears at the thought of retaking it. Because I had the exam for a week, my deadlines for my two regular classes were delayed. So I have spent the last weeks getting caught up on that. An example of what that has been like would be that Sunday I did five reading summaries and information hunts,  Monday I did an annotated bibliography, a ten page bibliographic essay on Tuesday, and then a ten page research paper last night. On top of working. So it’s been a rough time of very little sleep.

I still have ten things due this Sunday that I haven’t started, but I wanted to take a moment to clear my head and come back to the blog. I thought a good way to do this would be by thinking about some things I’d like to accomplish before the end of 2013.

So here we go…

Goals for the Second Half of 2013

  • Graduate! If all goes well with my exam and my final 3 classes, I should be receiving my Masters of Library and Information Science in August. (Knock on wood that I’ll still have my 4.0 gpa)
  • Learn to spin. I’m so jealous of all the handspun yarn people bring to knit night that I would really love to get into this hobby. It looks peaceful
  • And to that end: Get a Spinning wheel. I am asking for one from my parents as a graduation gift because, after a year as a part time employee and full time student, the cash for a wheel is not in my bank account right now. I really want the Schacht Lady Bug.
  • Write more. I have a story that has been percolating in my brain for well on a decade now. Over the years, I have written scenes here and there and I have only recently begun to compile them into one space. Now I’d like to start adding some additional scenes and rewriting the old ones.
  • On a related note: Do NaNoWriMo in November. I think trying to write 50,000 words of a story in a month sounds like an interesting challenge. As much as I enjoy writing, I never push myself to do much of it. I think this would be a good way to do that.
  • Find a job. With that shiny new diploma in my pocket, that means I need to leave my customer service position and get a librarian job. I would like to stay at my current library, but we’ll see.
  • Try new knitting. I’ve let myself get stuck in doing really basic, mindless knitting. Tons of garter and stockinette stitches. I think it has fit this place in my life because knitting has been where I go to let my brain relax, but now I’d like to start stretching myself. One of the first things on my list of challenges is to try my hand at lace knitting. I have a pattern picked out at some yarn already.
  • Tosh Pure Silk Lace in Spectrum

I’m sure there are a number of more things, and I may update when I think of a few more. I just wanted to do this to get my mind off my current stress and thinking about the great things still coming this year.

Some Beginnings

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My Tosh DK alongside photos of two of my dearly departed dogs.

The other night I decided to temporarily abandon my Comfy blanket to work on a little baby blanket. I’m still waiting on the yarn for the Comfy to come back in stock. I have about twelve skeins of the Tosh Chunk I need for the Comfy, which means I’m only short by six. However, I’m nervous that I’m going to end up with noticeably different colors for the final six skeins, and thus have been delaying doing much knitting until they arrive. Thus, I moved to a project I have all the yarn for.

I cast on the With a Twist blanket in Tosh DK Thyme. The color is really beautiful. I’ve only done about 10 rows of the border, so it’s hard to say how I feel about the pattern so far.

Well my school semester started on Tuesday, which means my final semester of grad school has officially commenced. This weekend I’m going to a two day orientation for one of my classes. Which means I’ll be sitting in a lecture from 8am-5pm for two whole days. You know I’ve got to take some knitting. I really thought and thought the other night for the best project something to take. Something mindless, but interesting. Lap sized. And something I have all the supplies for. I’m having a hard time deciding. I’d like to take the Comfy blanket, but it is a little larger to knit discretely. The With a Twist requires a little too much attention right now. I browsed through the stash but nothing really stood out to me. I’ll have to keep thinking and decide what to take.

Besides my regular classes starting, I also have a comprehensive exam that I’ll be taking all of next week. Which means very little knitting will be done and, thus, very little blogging. It’s going to be a very busy summer for me, but I hope it’s all worth it when I get that diploma in August.

A Day Without Knitting (So Far)

What I wanted to do today was spend my time off relaxing around the house and maybe running some errands. Instead, I spent the day doing homework. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did let myself sleep in and then hung out in bed reading Graceling by Kristen Cashore. Then the day was devoted to homework. I’m currently working on my Master’s Degree in Library Science and Sunday is when assignments tend to be due. I had to write  a historical research paper that, admittedly, I put off to the last minute that slowly fell apart as I was working. It’s very unusual to struggle with writing a paper, for me. Especially one that is only two pages, but the research wasn’t coming together. Now, what’s done is done, as they say. I also had 3 other quick assignments to get in under the wire, but I did it.

What didn’t happen today was any knitting. Last night, I cast on a hat from the pink yarn I dyed with the Kool-Aid. It’s… certainly pink. I may work on it a bit more tonight but it’s hard to say.

I just wanted to do a quick post to say I’m still alive since tomorrow is going to go much the same way. I have a 15 page paper due tomorrow night…