Wednesday, January 31, 2007

One Down

Finished sock! You know what this means - I finished all my readings and other sundry assignments for the week! Tomorrow I'm supposed to drive to Harrisonburg, but we'll see how the weather goes...

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

You Know

You know you're experiencing an exciting class when the students all begin talking over each other, the professor starts shouting "for God's sake, what are you saying?" and the new kid bursts out (in response to another new kid's statement), "WHAT?!?!?! I can't BELIEVE I'm hearing this!"

It was pretty fun!


For all the EEP fans out there who have been lurking sadly on this un-updated site for days, at long last a new post!

I am happy to report that I have recovered fully from the non-sinus infection (that elicited these most heartening words from the nurse at Gannett: "That nose thing is weird, I've never seen anything like it") and feel back to normal. The down side is that during the week I was sick I managed to do very, very little work. I think all I did was sleep, go to class, and drink hot tea. It worked, I got better, but I am definitely feeling like I have enough reading and writing to occupy pretty much every waking moment for the foreseeable future. But that's what I signed up for, right? And it turns out that everything I've had to read so far this semester has actually been really really interesting, like the book I just slammed through on teacher education in Bolivia!

So, you see, that's why my knitting bag is pictured above with two unfinished projects languishing disconsolately on the needles. Until I have a chance to get back to them, I will console myself with this picture of Christmas socks, all in a row:

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Cast Offs

Behold the "leftover" socks - bits and pieces of yarn left over from previous projects. For the most part, except toe and one heel, I alternated strands from two different balls just to get a different effect. It was fun! They look pretty goofy but it was a fast knit and entertaining to see how the patterns developed.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ice, Ice, Beebe

So here I am, back in Ithaca! It was nice to go to classes today and re-remember why I love being here. Coming back to cold winter, a sinus infection, and missing Terry kind of put a damper on my "Big Red Spirit" - but back to back sociolinguistics classes put a skip back in my step!

I'll be driving back to Harrisonburg 2 weeks from now, it turns out, for a Peru preparation meeting with the students. Meanwhile, it's time to kick back, cast on, and start reading.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Here I am!

Boy it's been a long vacation from the blog! But I'm back in a highly networked context again with a few pics from the trip(s). After 10 days in Peru with the family (pictures possibly forthcoming) I spent 2 days in Dallas, TX with college roomies Christy and Jane. One of the highlights of that trip was the Dallas World Aquarium, which is more like an indoor rainforest complete with penguins, flamingos, a jaguar, and manatees! It was truly breathtaking and awesome.

In knitting news, I'm making myself a pair of socks from bits of yarn left over from 5 different sock projects... should be interesting! I also have been felting swatches for a pair of slippers - this yarn was one of my fave Christmas presents (from Terry - good job, T!). Temperatures have finally dipped enough that I'm also looking at the Knitty pattern for convertible mittens/fingerless gloves (extra spicy - mmm!)

Two weeks til classes start again - can't wait!!!

P.S. One little Solana story - you'll have to indulge me - evidently she's been talking into a fold-up hairbrush as though it's a cell phone, and this is what she says: "Hi Uncle Terry, whatcha doing? Taking a nap? OK, bye bye!" Too cute!