( Mar. 20th, 2012 03:17 pm)
Spring break was a fabulous week full of sleeping, reading, writing and crocheting. I wrote over 10,000 words last week. I bought a bunch of yarn and started to crochet a hippo, which is about half finished at this point. I'm a little overwhelmed with the amount of work I have to do this week, but I'm pushing through. I had an interview to work at commencement today, which went well.

When I was on the bus home I received an email notification of a package that had arrived for me at the dorm. I didn't actually get to it until yesterday and-- hooray! My package from [livejournal.com profile] jolena came and it was filled with absolutely lovely, thoughtful things. Chocolate, two skeins of fuzzy wonderful yarn, and several neat charms! :D 

On top of this good news, I just received confirmation of my acceptance to University College London in the fall! Ahhhhh! I'm so psyched. We should find out about Sweden this week and I might apply to a week long program on Gender and Conflict in Ireland. If I'm already in Sweden for the summer, the cost for travel would be much cheaper than from the US.

For now, I have a paper to write and a book on India, Hinduism, and Sexuality to read (which is very dense and I'm not well informed on the background, but still interesting, if long).
( Aug. 15th, 2011 10:12 pm)
My final week of work at the lab was rather uneventful. Now I can dedicate my time to catching up on television, writing, packing and searching for a job this fall. I've already applied for several positions, but my class schedule makes it nearly impossible for me to work any good hours between 9 and 5. I might have to take up my sister's offer of putting me in contact with a restaurant manager and try to land a hostess job for evenings and weekends.

Meanwhile, I have crochet pictures to share! I've finished two hats. Pictures behind the cut. )

Going back for more shots tomorrow. I had a couple days of actually feeling good, with no headache or anything but it didn't last. I suppose that's why they insist on doing the procedure three times. Third time's the charm, right?
( Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:32 pm)
I think having a rant post this week has helped. This way the actual posts I make can be positive, but I can still get the other stuff off my chest. I don't really have much news. I haven't been doing much aside from lazing about, reading and crocheting. I'm working up to my auction fics-- the two for Help The South should be rather good, I think. At least, the prompts I was given were good.

I'm still experimenting with crochet. I want to make little fandom doll key chain things. Guess who I'm working on right now. Still trying to get the proportions right, but I'm rather excited about the preliminary turn out. I got a couple of used books on crochet, and one about Yarn Bombing. (See wiki here. I think it sounds pretty neat and kind of want to take it up when I go back to DC. There's a real ninja feel to the act, and I think it could be fun.

Yarn related: according to meetup.com there's a group of people who knit and crochet near my hometown. It's a closed group, so I can't see any details and I've signed up on the site with a pseudonym (the one attached to my conceivingaplot gmail account). I'd kind of like to go to a meeting- just to get out and maybe meet new people, but I don't know if it's primarily a group of older people or what. I could send them a message and ask i a college-aged amateur crocheter would be welcome/feel comfortable, but I'm kind of on the fence about it. Thoughts?

I also got The Hobbit used (though I found out the next day my dad owns a copy). I haven't read any of Tolkiens' so I figured that was as good a place to start as any, what with the movie coming out next year. At the store, I found two books for my Irish Lit class this fall, for a good deal. On a related note, I am now officially signed up for band. One of my friends is also a flute player and joining the university band, so I'm pretty psyched.
( May. 19th, 2011 08:45 am)
I finished one of my auction fics! The other person hasn't responded to a request for a prompt yet, but I finished the one I was writing for [livejournal.com profile] agarmentofwings . It's the sequel to one of the fics I wrote for the other auction, "Of Hunger" and can be read here. Fluff, hurt/comfort, pg rating and implied Sherlock/John, or at the very least they have no personal space issues.

I haven't been bored recently, thank goodness, though I have been reading more fic than is probably healthy. I've also been crocheting a bit. I renewed my library card and found a book on amigurumi (I'm making the cutest hedgehog ever!). I also got Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers because a professor recommended it to me-- I have no idea how we got onto the subject, but what she told me about it helped me to write a great poem. On top of that I got Mark Gatiss' book, The Vesuvius Club. I got kind of a weird look at the checkout desk.

In other news, I am officially officially employed! I just have some paperwork to hand in and I can start. Hooray!
( Feb. 21st, 2011 12:46 pm)
I'm okay, everybody. Friday night and the hours into Saturday I couldn't sleep were terrible, but I'm doing pretty well. On Saturday, when I wanted nothing more than to hide in my room all day, my friends dragged me out to the quidditch match right after I woke up. Then they convinced me to actually play. We went out for lunch afterward and then came back to the dorm to watch Sherlock Holmes (with Jude Law and RDJ), so I didn't have time to mope or feel sorry for myself, which was exactly what I needed. I also went to go see 12 Angry Men that night, because Rachel had the part of the guard.

Sunday composed of a bit of moping, watching a lot of television, and crocheting. I've set up an Etsy shop, which you can find here.There isn't much in there at this point, but several people have suggested I start one, so I finally did. I'm uncomfortable putting up things that come straight out of the Creepy Cute Crochet book, so it'll mostly all be modified designs up there. However, if anybody wants something specific there's a button to request a custom item. I'm up for anything. :)

Funny thing is, I only just learned that I was doing the most basic crochet stitch (the single crochet) wrong this entire wrong, which explains why I couldn't tell any difference between it and a slip stitch in my work. Who knew! If I do the stitch correctly the plushies I make come out about 5 inches tall. I kind of prefer the smaller, 2.5 inch ones though, so maybe I'll keep doing it wrong sometimes.

I have a bunch of homework to catch up on and a bit of cleaning to do. Next week is sort of busy, and my parents are coming in to town. I was going to bake today, but I'm not sure now that I'll get around to it. We'll see!
( Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:44 pm)
I keep intending to post and then forgetting to do so. Whoops! Anywho, here are the most exciting things in my life right now.

1. There is a giant writer conference going on about two metro stops from here in two weeks and the student price is great. I'm super excited about going. One of my professors is even presenting on a panel (which explains why she mysteriously decided to cancel class February 3rd. How exciting is this? SO EXCITING! I might actually convince myself to take the steps to become a legit for-profit writer and/or English major. At the very least maybe my fic will improve! :D

2. I have been super busy crocheting. There is actually a knitters club that finally started posting when they met around campus and I went last week. It was okay. I think it'll be more fun in the future when I get to know them better. In the mean time I present some of the critters I've made:
Pictures! )


3. I wrote a story and posted it to [livejournal.com profile] sundaysnuggles , which you can find here!

Mostly I spent today doing nothing, save for my trip to Target in the morning. The doing nothing consisted of reading things and poking at Tango again. We'll see how that goes, eh?
( Jan. 14th, 2011 04:18 pm)
Hey everyone (yes, I am alive following the most intense 50 minute class of my life though I can't properly walk anymore, or stand, or...move)!

I'm sure you're all aware by now of the horrific flooding going on in Australia right now. [livejournal.com profile] theotherdibbler mentioned the other day a wonderful multi-fandom auction going on to raise money for flood victims, [livejournal.com profile] qldfloodauction It's an awesome opportunity for people to help out, either by offering something or bidding on something.

Here you can find my own offering of three little crochet creatures. The bidding starts at $6, if anyone is interested. I hope you all get the chance to have a poke around and are staying safe and dry. :)
( Jan. 7th, 2011 09:53 pm)
Man oh man am I ready to get back to school. I have no less than six packages waiting for me (four of books, one new shirt, and one new cd) and it's been more than four weeks since I last checked my mailbox. I've been offered a job interview at the LGBT Resource Center, as well as a full time Executive Board position for Scrabble Club. I miss my friends. Heck- I practically even miss going to class. I'll be glad to get back there this Sunday.

I've been pretty crafty these past couple of days at home (in the midst of utter boredom and total sympathy for my mom's sudden loss of direction).

Pictures and crafts under the cut... )


Aside from that, I've been trying to get into gear writing. I've been kind of unfocused lately. SO as part of my 101 goals in 1001 days I am offering up another PROMPT ME CHALLENGE. I did this previously here to loads of fun and good results, so I'm doing it again and hope to have a prompt me post every month. Please leave a prompt! A request, a challenge, a word, a pairing, a scenario, whatever you see fit and I'll do my best to respond with at least a drabble. Last time my responses got kind of epic length. Maybe it'll happen again! :D


( Dec. 22nd, 2010 07:33 pm)
Ugh.

So family visiting aside (which was actually quite endurable, verging on fun) the beginning of break has been not so great. Namely, this is because I got food poisoning on Monday night, and spent the entirety of yesterday in bed/ the bathroom. Today I'm still all exhausted and weak, not managing full meals quite yet and generally not enjoying myself.

Tomorrow my parents and I are driving down to Atlanta to see Cirque du Soleil, which I'm quite looking forward to. The upcoming holiday itself shouldn't be bad either, all things considered, and the day following Christmas, we're going to see a glass art exhibit in Nashville, meeting my grandparents there for a nice little day outing. Hopefully after that I'll actually be willing and able to meet up with my friends (whom I haven't really seen yet).

The traveling of the first two days of break brought some nice results, in that I finished a couple of crochet critters and snagged a bit of my grandmother's ridiculous collection of yarn. She has like, eight or nine giant tubs of the stuff- stacked all the way to the ceiling in the closet of one of the bedrooms. It's ridiculous! Here are some pictures of my latest creation, your friendly neighborhood angel Castiel from Supernatural. He's missing his coat and tie, but I did what I could and am pretty pleased with how he turned out. Hair, for the record, is hard to do.

Cut for picture! )
 

Now I'm off to read things. I got the latest Bartimaeus book, The Ring of Solomon (which is actually a prequel, and has been wonderful so far), and am also currently perusing with interest the annotated Shadow of the Templar story. Quite good distractions for a gurgling stomach. *curls up*
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