Thursday, August 31, 2006

Random Knitting Pictures

I love this yarn but can't get it to pattern up like I want. I would love the large pattern at the top and ankle to be all over the sock.

Monday, August 28, 2006

And classes begin again

Tomorrow will be my first day of class in a couple of months. Both of the classes (the online and in-person classes) have their syllabus online so I can see the assignments before the first night of class. The Foundations of Library Science program has four assignments which are worth 80% of the final grade (participation is 20%).

I started to look at the description of the assignments and really got excited about doing them. Showing my true nerdy colors, I have actaully begun the first assignment. I am 3/4 of the way done with the 500 word essay. It is along the lines of the NPR segment "This I believe" in which people state what they believe. The NPR essays cover the serious (love, war, etc) to the flipant (barbeque). The essay for class has to be posted to the online discussion board by September 12th. I think I will be able to handle it. My plan is to write about friendship.

The second assignment has two options: a) interview a librarian or b) visit a library. Sure, the assignment is more complicated than that but, hey, it is only 5-7 pages. Can you believe that? It will take me maybe an hour or two to do the entire assignment. I will, of course, interview someone because I love interviewing and oral history.

The thrid assignment consists of contributing to a class wiki! Could this get any easier?! My god.

The fourth assignment is a partner powerpoint presentation. This is the only one which might constitute a problem. True, I hate doing group projects but that is not the problem. The presenations will be given from November 12 - December 12. I will be in the country for only two of those 4 class meetings; the first and the last. Hmm, have to make sure my partner and I present on the right day.

The online class is going to be a little bit more labor intensive because we have to do so many responses to questions and do follow-up posts to our fellow classmates' responses. The responses, however, only have to be 150 words. That will be a whole lot of BS. I am not looking forward to writing the paper, though.

And to the knitting . . . :)

I started (and finished one half) of a pair of knee-high socks. I really love the yarn but I can't get it to pattern up right. It is made from the toe up. The yarn does pattern up at the gusset area where there are more stitches and at the top of the leg where there are more stitches. I started the second half of the pair on #2 needles to see if the increase in size helped. (It did not.) I guess I will just keep playing and frog the one sock if it needs it.

In the meantime, I've started another pair of socks (big surprise). This time the yarn is patterning up quite nicely. It is a bright blue, dark blue, white and black striped yarn this time. I've finished one sock and am well on the way with the other.

Still haven't blocked the light sweater I finished 2 or 3 weeks ago. This is my problem. I never quite finish a project. I will get it mostly done but not entirely. Oh, well. That will give me something to do while I avoid doing the readings for class.

I've been trying to upload pictures of the socks in various stages of completion but something seems to be wrong with blogger. Guess I will try later.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Freeload Press

Have you read this article? It talks about reducing textbook costs by including ads in the textbook. I don't know about you but I would more than willing to have a couple of ads in my book if it meant I wasn't spending 60 bucks on a thin paperback!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Socks, socks, everywhere!

So I was cleaning up my room yesterday and started straightening my yarn stash. That is always a bad thing. Once I started with that section of the room, all thoughts of cleaning the rest of the room died.

I have an absolute passion for knitting socks and have tons of sock yarn in the stash. Well, I discovered some sock yarn that I had squirreled away and discovered I didn't have the #2 circular needles that I needed for the guage. Of course, I just had to run down to the Needling Yarn for the needles. With a knowing smile, Kim, the owner, told me that she just got some new sock yarn in. It's a vicious circle, isn't it? :)

I am currently working on a knee-high sock using yarn from Cherry Hill in the Monet color. I LOVE the colors but can't seem to get it to pattern up. It only has a pattern of colors in the sections where I have increased (i.e. around the gusset and the very top of the leg). I've tried #1s and #2s but it doesn't seem to make a difference. *sigh* I'll get a picture of it on here sometime.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The end of the fair = the end of summer

I can't believe how quickly the summer has passed! It always seems like the end of the state fair is the end of the summer. I know it officially ends in September but, eh.

School will be starting up again in another couple of weeks (bye, bye freetime. I will miss you!) At least this semester I have one online class so I only have to drive the 45 minute/ hour to class once a week.

There are just some things you should not discuss in public on your cell phone. For example, your failed drug test. No joke. A patron answered his phone and began loudly (is there any other volume?) discussing his drug test results with the poor person calling to let him know that he had failed the test. That job would really suck. You would have to hear a lot of complaints from lots of different people.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blah, Blah, Blah!

So I realized that the only time I post things is when I am at work. Hmmm. . . Anyway, thought I would write something from home.

Don't you hate that depression you feel after finishing a book? It is kind of an empty feel, like you have lost a friend. Or it could just be that I have been reading too many sappy chick lit/romance books when I am not in a relationship. Oh, this drivel is making me really depressed. Luckily no one reads this ;)

Have I mentioned that I own one horse, am owned by one cat and am aunt to two dogs? No? Picture time!
This lovely creature is Java, the horse. As you can tell by his expression, he is wildly thrilled to be ridden and can barely control his excitement. Sometimes he can act scared of the strangest things. This morning, for instance, he jumped a tiny (less than 18 inches) jump which we have jumped hundreds of times like it was 4 feet! I could tell the second before we took off that the landing was going to hurt. Nothing like a good bone-jarring to wake you up in the morning. :)

I think that is enough rambling for the evening/day. On to the next day. . . .
People, in the library! *gasp*

Yesterday, it was beyond dead at work. We only had 6 people use the internet not to mention only a small number of people checking out items. It is really sad when, over the span of 4 hours, you can count the number of patrons on one hand.

Today, however, has been completely different! It was so busy that we had people waiting to use the internet, requesting books and were signing people up for new cards. I hope this is a trend that continues.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

And I shall call you "Cologne Boy."

I love how some patrons lend themselves to nicknames. Some nicknames are memory triggers like "Cookies lady" for the woman who loves making cookies and gives them to everyone. Or "Newspaper Man" for the kind gentleman who comes in almost everyday to read the paper, check his e-mail and pass the time of day.

Other nicknames are not so nice. "That fox purse lady" for the woman who is sooooo proud of the bright purple and white fox purse (oh, wouldn't you LOVE to see that one?) and wants you to compliment her on it. Or the newly created one for "Cologne Boy," a man who thinks, if a little cologne is good, bathing in it would be even better. Ugh. The entire place stinks for hours after he has left. Air freshener, here I come.