03 December 2007

White Out!

There's something about a sudden snowstorm that just strips me of any motivation to do anything at all. All it makes me want to do is curl up on my couch in a blanket with coffee or hot soup, and watch TV. Preferably a whole season of whatever my current TV obsession is (see last post for my current one). And preferably with a pet at my feet or on my lap. Maybe knit or crochet a little, draw a little... Just anything that doesn't involve school, papers, or reading.

I am a recreational reader, and I do love a good book, but for some reason winter just screams "TV!" I find summer more conducive to reading, personally, because I'm definitely an outdoor reader.


So there was a flash snow-storm today, that resulted in basically a white out outside of our window. One minute I looked out the window, and the grass was green, even though the sky was cloudy. I look down, write out a few note cards for Criminal Justice, and look back up to see... White. I instantly lost all motivation to accomplish anything, walked into the kitchen, and made myself some coffee and soup.

The really sad thing about this whole storm? When it was over? The grass was still green. Don't you hate that? Mother nature lets loose all her fury... for nothing. Tragic, especially for someone like me who loves snow.

The photo above was before the white-out, clearly. I made the snowflakes as window decorations.


I also finished the next scarf of the bunch that I was working on. Again, modeled by my ever diligent teddy.

I shall start a new one tonight! I find them very helpful on improving my knitting technique. I'm still only using the knit stitch, but I'm getting faster and more used to the whole "two needle" thing. Hopefully, that will lead to different stitches eventually, and more complicated projects. Slowly but surely wins the race, right? Besides, you can never have enough scarves. One to go with every outfit!

-l.c.

02 December 2007

Great Big Sigh of Relief...

Ahhhhhhhh....

I've finally finished my hurried rewrite of a 12-15 page paper that I lost in the computer disaster I wrote about last time. My original had been 12 pages on the dot. Two more words would have put it onto a 13th. However, I ended up changing the direction of my paper quite a bit from last time, so a large quantity of the research I had for the first one was no longer relevant, so this time the paper came in just under 10 pages due to lack of source material. However, it is only a draft, and I know for a fact that most people's drafts fell short of the 12 page minimum anyway. And, they didn't have to write the thing in 3 days. So I don't feel so bad about it.

But I'm finally done!

That means I can get back to this:


And then finish decorating with this:


And watch more episodes of this:


My new TV obsession. And lucky me, FOX has more than the current week's episode on their "watch online" feature!

I'm a happy woman at the moment.

-l.c.

30 November 2007

Photo Friday

My life has been one big large mess recently, from getting ridiculously ill for unknown reasons on Tuesday, to a massive computer/academic disaster late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, hence the "We're back!" and then the silence.

I also don't have much time right now, due to cleaning up the shrapnel from the computer/academic disaster, so here are some photos from break and my baking marathon with my grandmother (which, might I add, would have been lost in the computer disaster had I not been too lazy to get them off my camera sooner).


I do so love messy baking area photos. I find them charming for some reason. The rolling board was my Great Grandmothers... it's in pretty damn good shape, no?


My first year making Kolachi! They're slightly misshapen, as I didn't quite get the hang of rolling them evenly until the end, and they could have used a bit more egg wash, but they were still awesome!


Oh, puppies.


We call these squirrels, but they're basically just left over Kolachi dough rolled with jelly or preserves, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate chips. I love the way they look, but, not being a big fan of coconut myself, I don't eat them.

I'm working my tush off on so many different things right now, I'm not so sure what end is up, but hopefully by Tuesday I'll be back in the swing of things.

-l.c.

28 November 2007

And... We're back.

After a long absence due to homework and holidays, I'm back. Expect a mega-post later tonight containing holiday wonders and ethnic baking. But for now, I'm off to do some homework at starbucks with my bitter buddy and talk about bitter things. Because we're bitter, and we love it.

15 November 2007

Ungh...


It's been a while since I've had to coffee up after 2 p.m. But that's what I'm doing. In the morning, I certainly need my coffee. But by 2 p.m., actually, noon, really, I am okay graduating to mixed milk and espresso drinks (which most people are surprised to find out have less caffeine than a cup of coffee the same size. It's true. Check your local Starbucks' nutritional pamphlet). But today... I certainly needed that boost.

I've only got a mere 24 hours before all my major projects are finished and handed in, so hopefully once that's over, life becomes manageable again.

And thanksgiving is soon!!

In the mean time, I finished the blue scarf. It's modeled on my teddy bear below.

I'm also procrastinating just a bit right now, so I'm going through past posts and cleaning up the labels for them. My label section has gotten slightly out of control, and some are just not needed because of redundancy (e.g. Future Uh-Ohs should technically be under "The Lunatic Part"). So I'm going to go do that now.

I've also got some cool photos for Photo Friday tommorrow, thanks to a trip to the Carnegie Science Center last weekend.



-l.c.

11 November 2007

Let the Holidays Commence...


Well, you know it's officially the holiday season when Starbucks starts using the Christmas cups, and I'm seen walking across campus with a Peppermint Mocha in hand. Nothing says "ITS ALMOST THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS!" to me like a Peppermint Mocha. And they always start serving them right when I hit that slump in the semester when I most need it.

As for the semester, my scholarly motivation is lacking, but my crafty motivation is through the roof, which is both a blessing and a curse. It means I'm making headway on Christmas gifts, but it also means I'm letting some things go academically until the last minute that I really shouldn't. I always end up kicking myself when it comes down to the line, but I never seem to learn.

I've got two or three presents mostly done, but for everyone else I'm still sort of in the planning phase. I make list after list, and idea sheet after idea sheet. I think maybe once December hits, I'm going to start posting quick crafty gift tutorial ideas every day. I've certainly got enough bookmarked, that's for sure. A few other blogs(far more popular than mine) are doing it as well, so I will try to keep it a bit different than what's being posted everywhere else...

As for that blue scarf, it's probably 5 and a half feet long now...

05 November 2007


There's something so comforting about macaroni and cheese out of a box. Or in my case those little microwavable bowls. I can't put my finger on what it is...

Really sick this morning, so didn't get much of anything done except for unpacking all my crap from home. Oh and classes, but whatever. So it looks like I'm going to end up breaking one of those resolutions already, because I doubt working out is going to happen today. My post-nasal-drip or whatever the frick is making me so nauseous that I just don't think it's going to happen, and silly me forgot to stop in at the doctors and get a prescription to take care of this sinus infection while I was home. So another week and a half of headaches, unproductivity, and sleeping way too much lie ahead I'm sure. But whatever. This happens every year, I'm not quite sure why I'm not used to it yet.

On the bright side, sinus infections always make me avoid screens and flashy lights when I can (e.g. computer, TV) due to increased chance of headache, so the TV resolution will stick pretty well I think. And I'll probably get more crafting done in the next week and a half than I normally would, because sinus infections make me avoid books too due to the "words swimming around page" effect that those headaches often bring. So I'll get pretty far on the whole Christmas prezzies thing.

I do have to get some photo editing done though... and some drawing. The drawing won't really be a problem so much as the photo editing will. But whatever, again.

And because there was no photo from last entry despite just returning from home, here's one of the only photos I took while there: a photo of my grandmother's cat that I'm debating doing some real editing on and maybe turning it into something of artistic value. Maybe. The jury is still out on it's potential. Her name is Fluff btw.


-l.c.

04 November 2007

A Q&A session with myself

Well, I've returned from a brief visit home utterly lacking in most of the things I claimed I would return with, including puppy update pictures and a better outlook on life.

On the bright side, I did have a good time, and I only have two weeks before I get to go home again for thanksgiving (Q: what am I thankful for this year? A: Thanksgiving break). Oh, and I did get black yarn. So that's good too.

so, without further ado...

Q: What's my problem?
A: Plural. Don't you mean what are my problems? Because I have lots of them. Including a general sense of senioritis, right when I can afford it least.

Q: What's the plan?
A: I have decided to make my new years resolutions early. Hopefully, having goals will motivate me in numerous ways and help me feel better about... well... everything.

Q: So what are they?
A: Well, here are the not-quite-so-personal ones -

L.C.'s "TWO WEEKS LEFT TO THANKSGIVING BREAK" RESOLUTIONS


  • Watch less TV. The less time I spent sitting in front of the zombie box, the more productive I will feel, and actually be. TV is limited to the new episodes of the following TV shows: CSI:Miami, Grey's Anatomy, House, Bones, and CSI (on the computer the next morning due to Greys conflict). I will also be allotted an hour a day for other TV watching on weekdays, and it's up to my discretion as long as it's not for more than two hours without at least an hour break on weekends.

  • Read more. I miss reading. I used to go through a new book every few days when I was younger, and somewhere between becoming interested in boys in junior high and going to college, reading for recreation just kind of flew out the window. Damn boys. They ruin everything. I've been a bit better about reading lately, but I'm still nowhere near where I used to be. So I'm going to read for recreation more.

  • Actually get schoolwork done ahead of time. And that means prior to the night before the due date. This one may be unachievable for some things.

  • Work out every day, so that hopefully by Thanksgiving break I can squeeze my top back into my dress from senior prom.

  • Restrict coffee drinking to before 3 pm. Anything after that should be decaf unless there is a pressing need for it (e.g. caffeine headache, paper due date moved from next week to next morning, etc...)

  • Get a good nights sleep. Every night. No more of this 3 and 4 hours a night shit. I'm getting black bags under my eyes, and I don't like it, damnit!

  • Make a point to stop listening to sad, melancholy, depressing music. I'm sure that's not helping anything.


So there you have it.

-l.c.

29 October 2007

I want these...


I screamed when I saw this amazing creation on Instructables this weekend. Wow. Just... wow. Seeing these really makes me wish I had a boy relative who wasn't over the age of 15. I would be the coolest cousin/sister/whatever ever if I made these as a gift for said imaginary relative.

I mean, I would totally make it for myself despite the fact that I am a 20 year old woman who is well past the days of having video game paraphernalia in my room, because I totally am a geeky techie girl at heart... but quite frankly, there's not enough space in my room at home, and I don't need another bookshelf at school.

Maybe I can convince my mother that we need a set of these in the basement. We could use them for fabric storage and arrange it according to color! That way if you look at them, each shelf is full of the same color that shape has in the game! WOOOOO!

Oh man, I'm such a nerd. But I love it.

And when I have my own sewing room, I'm so totally doing that.

So if you're a nerd like me, and love tetris and bookshelves, then go over to Build a Tetris DVD (or book) Shelf on Instructables, and check it out.

In other news, I'm going home for a few days at the end of this week, so I'll be returning with black yarn so I can resume work on the afghan, along with the bits and pieces I have of Christmas Prezzies (although you won't see those until after they've been given). I'll also have some puppy update photos, and undoubtedly a better outlook on life when I get back. So I've got a lot to do, and a lot to look forward to.

But for now, I'm going to knit a little before dinner and enjoy my cheater's cappachino that I made with my left over coffee from this morning.

-l.c.

27 October 2007

Photo Friday (a day late)

I've been blog hopping a lot in the past 24 hours since blogger wouldn't let me post all of yesterday, and I've seen a lot of "theme day" posts, and decided to try one out for myself. I've seen Flashback Friday around a lot, but since I don't really have much to flashback to, I've decided to substitute Flashback with Photo. Not that I don't usually post photos with my entries anyway, but there will be more actual photography showing up on these I think. We'll see.


Only the sloppiest, most overcooked omlette ever. Lesson learned from this: Don't use microwave omlette makers. Just do it the old fashioned way, even if it means you have more to wash afterwards. They just come out better.


That new scarf in the same yarn as the green one. It will be thinner, and much longer (hopefully).


Start of the second try of the very wide scarf I had to frog. It's not quite aw wide, but will be longer than the original was intended to be. Double strands of Caron Simply Soft on appropriate size needles.


Pittsburgh at night from Mt. Washington.

24 October 2007

Dreary Day, Dreary Mood

Well, today is finally a cooler day, as opposed to the ridiculous heat for October that we've been suffering through. And it's actually kind of nice, because my mood has been like this for about a week due to school, and other things (mostly being slightly homesick and missing my puppy!). There's something peaceful about when you're feeling dreary and sluggish and the weather reflects that. On the other hand, when you're dreary and sluggish, but the weather is bright, shiny, and mockingly pleasant, that's just torture.

I don't have any photos for today's entry, because as I said before, I've been sluggish. It might actually have something to do with the fact that I ran out of vitamins a week or so ago... Because my eating habits have been, well, less than nutritious as of late. Rice, Ramen, and an egg here or there for breakfast, mainly because frankly, I've had too much schoolwork to really want to wash any pots or pans.

Next entry will be loaded with photos, because this weekend I actually got off campus to somewhere other than a show (although another show would have been very nice). My roommate had friends in from home again, and these two were girls I knew and hung out with a little bit in high school as well, so I tagged along on their adventures through Pittsburgh on Saturday to Southside and Mt. Washington. So I have some photos from that. And I will get around to updating on my knitting projects, complete with photos. Really, I will.

Later today, I've gotta set up my RSS feed reader. I've been meaning to do this for probably about three years now, but I've got a presentation on RSS due on Monday, and I need screenshots, so I really do have to get around to that tonight. I don't know what's taken me so long to do this, because I know that it's going to make my daily Internet checks go much faster, and frankly, much easier, since as it is I click through a list of about 20 craft blogs, and lordy knows how many other blogs, comics, and other things. And every time, only about 4 or 5 out of all of those end up having been updated, so I go through all the rest for nothing, when I really should be spending time on other things... like my RSS presentation.

Well, for now, I must go and finish my coffee before my headache kicks in, so instead of a closing photo, I leave you with a sonnet I had to write about the election for poetry class. My class and teacher seemed to like it. I, on the other hand, think it's far too cutesy. You be the judge.

That fateful date has not yet arrived
When citizens begin to gain their voice
And candidates scramble, opinions contrived
Each desperate to be the person of choice.
Twelve months of debates and slander and lies
Stretch out ahead, damage already done,
Parties turn on each other, polls are in ties,
Though they have the same goal: to throw out the Son.
In only a year, the voters will flock
Shut up in their booths with levers to pull
When they emerge their choices are locked
Behind them wait more, the booths staying full.

I'll wait that year 'til my vote can be cast
And hope that our choice will improve on the past.


-l.c.

19 October 2007

Un bel di vedremo...

Oh, what a week it's been... It was that awful time, two weeks after mid-terms, when all the tests are over, and all the large projects and papers start to be due. Actually, scratch the was. It still is. So that's what has facilitated my absence. Not that I'm sure anyone really minds, because I doubt photos of Literature Review Proposals on Parkinson's Disease and rants about how it's unfair to change sylabi on a moments notice unless it's moving back a due date would have interested anyone all that much.


Before all academic hell broke loose (I seem to be in a perpetual state of academic hell from what I write about here, don't I?), my friends and I got comp tickets to the Pittsburgh Opera's production of Madama Butterfly at the Benedum last Saturday. Which was awesome. I love tickets to things. Especially when they're free. And even more especially when they are free but still have the original price of $55 on them.


The set was one of the most amazing sets I've seen. They actually had a pool of water running underneath the platforms. The costumes and staging was beautiful, and intentionally reminiscent of Japanese Noh Theatre. And Kabuki. The whole production was visually inspiring, and just plain frickin' gorgeous. The singers were rather impressive as well. Madama Butterfly herself (Cio-Cio-San) was brilliant, but her voice was a little heavy for the role in my personal opinion. I loved Suzuki to pieces. One of the men sounded like he was sick (I don't remember which one after a week), but other than that, and the stage assistant who kept sloshing through the water instead of stepping carefully through it like the rest of them, I have not a single complaint about the production.

Not much going on here craftily. Actually, I take that back. I finished the scarf I was working on, and knitted up a matching headband/ear warmer thing to go with it. I started a new scarf in the same yarn only a different (and frankly far prettier) color. I also frogged 3 feet of a very wide scarf that I had worked up a while ago. I had dug it out of my closet with the intentions of finishing it, but then I noticed that it was suffering from the same problem my green scarf had: the magical appearing and disappearing stitches! So I had to frog it all. Bleh. But whatever. I'll work it back up eventually.

So maybe I'll have pictures later tonight, maybe it'll wait until tomorrow. We'll see.

But oh! That chandelier!

11 October 2007

Cleveland, Sushi, and Midterms


Well, I meant to make this post upwards of three days ago now, but it's midterm time, and life exploded into a bazillion pieces on me. It is not unusual this time of the year. I should have expected it.

So I sit back now, with my cup of coffee and look back on this weekend, which was spent in Cleveland. Not much to tell, as we only spent about 20 hours total there, but we did go to this wonderful little restaurant called Sushi Rock, where we got the fastest service I have ever experienced in a restaurant. The sushi was excellent, and the miso soup was different, but very good.

There were a few things I wish I had gotten photos of, but we drove, so things simply went by the window too fast. Not that I would have taken my camera out if we were walking anyway though. I don't know why, but that city scares me a little. I find this bizarre, because I have never been scared walking around in NYC, which is technically a much bigger city and far more stereotypically "scary." I think it might be the gloom that rolls out from over the lake (Erie). It's somehow more foreboding than our silly little river gloom here in Pittsburgh. The boy assures me that it's not gloomy like that all the time, but I've never been out there when it's not. Maybe next time.


Speaking of gloom, the clouds are hanging particularly low today. I feel like if I went up a few floors and stuck my hand out a window, I'd return with a handful of cloud (which I imagine to be the consistency of Cotton Candy, because life is more fun when the clouds are made of fluffy sugar).

I'm finally mostly done with midterms, and only have one largish project hanging over my head now. Wait, make that two, but I don't really count the HTML web page as a largish project, since it's the basic stuff I've known how to do for years. Although if you look at my assorted sites here, you wouldn't notice it. Mainly because I'm too lazy to sit and work through the coding to change the site's template to my liking.

Besides, someone worked really hard on those templates. Why put them to waste?

I've finally finished and put away Herodotus' Histories. I must admit, through my two separate readings of it (I read it once, and totally managed to miss the answers to the questions I had to answer for class, so I had to go back and start all over again) I did thoroughly enjoy it. I suspect I would have enjoyed it far more if I had decided to read it on my own, and did not have the pressures of school hanging over my head. So now, I'm moving on to Mark Twain, Plutarch (again... I've forgotten it all already), and The Old Patagonian Express who's author is escaping me at the moment.

Gloom and school hell aside, driving back into the city this Sunday after just seeing Cleveland's skyline did remind me how awesome our skyline is. One of the best I've seen in person, I admit.

Although Shanghai's got it beat, hands down.

06 October 2007

Progress... Finally...

The scarf is finally making progress, despite the frogging. It's probably about 4 feet long now.


Stage Two of the afghan flowers was moving along at a nice little clip for a while, but alas, that's come to a halt due to the fact that I am now out of black yarn. Boooooooo.


But I got enough done that it still makes me feel accomplished and fuzzy inside when I look at them. I can't seem to keep myself from playing with them. They're not even finished yet, as there's a contrast round and one more black round to be added yet, but I still can't stop picking them up and turning them over, admiring my handiwork. I keep arranging them as if I was going to put the afghan together, and then rearranging, even though I only have 4 and a half colors done (I've got 2 more bright blue flowers that need to be done yet). Here's an example of what happens when I play with them:


Give it a week and looking at them will no longer be satisfying enough, and I'll instead begin twitching when I look at them, yet can't do more. I only have to wait until Halloween though, because I'm going home and will be able to pick up more black yarn. Damn my lack of car at school...

OR...

Maybe when my boy picks me up to bring me to visit out there, we'll pass a mall on the road that has a big JoAnn's or Michaels, and he'll let me stop really quick!

I could only be so lucky!

We haven't had a puppy picture in a while, so...


-l.c.

04 October 2007

I Am a Magician...

... and my talent is...

Making extra stitches appear out of thin air!

Behold my genius:


I am, apparently, just not cut out for knitting. I have NO IDEA how that managed to happen, nor do I know how I possibly could have missed the fact that it was happening. I am also unaware of how I managed to get it back down to the correct number of stitches after adding so many.

This was all done unwittingly. Well, except for the frogging about 50 rows to get rid of it. I was very aware that I was doing that.

This strange knitting experience was just the icing on the cake after a hellish couple of days academically. In the past twenty four hours alone, I have written 2 papers, one being a 7 page literary criticism on Melville's Benito Cereno. That was the main problem, considering I was convinced it was due on Tuesday of next week.

Nope, I am not that lucky. It was due at 9:25 this morning, and that fact was only brought to my attention through pure chance at 9:30 last night. Good thing I'm a fast writer... The paper is complete crap, but it was only a first draft, so it's not being given a number grade. However I'm sure my teacher's opinion of me is going to drop significantly lower.

So now that both papers are handed in, I'm going to go veg on the the couch and try and work this scarf up to it's pre-frogging status, only this time without the magical appearing and disappearing stitches.

-l.c.

02 October 2007

Midday Coffee Break

I try very hard to get up early in the mornings, so I have time to eat something, and at the very least either make or stop and get coffee on my way. This effort has paid off for the majority of the past month and a half since I've been at school (has it really been that long already?). Excluding Migrane Day, and Caffiene Headache Day, I would even dare say that I've adapted to a new way of life that differs oh-so-much from the way I have begun my days since I was about ten.

Long gone were the days of rushing around, not eating, and walking out the door with my hair wet and my slippers still on. Instead I have been waking up, showering in the morning instead of at night, puttering around with a cup of coffee and doing some studying and homework as CNN murmured quietly in the background. I have been fairly energetic, and in a much better mood than I have ever consistantly been able to claim. The days have been long, but fairly plesent, and despite my 21 credit workload, things have not once become overwhelming.

Then Monday rolled along.

And I apologize to all who suffered through my outrage in my previous post (however justified it may be). However, yesterday of all days was not a day to have the things I enjoy attacked like that, and have people who enjoy the same things as I do blamed for imposing impossible standards on the rest of my gender with their blossoming "domestic abilities" and seemingly "perfect lives." But honestly? My life is far from perfect, nor does the simple act of being able to cook and knit make it so, and yesterday and today prove that so vividly, that I really couldn't help getting my feathers all ruffled.

So before I begin extolling the horrors of the past two days (and yes, I'm being melodramatic, but I'm just in that kind of mood), let's focus on the brilliance that was Sunday, shall we?

Well, my boy drove in for the day to keep me company and make me dinner. And although dinner was wonderful, and he didn't light anything on fire, it became clear to me that I am very possesive of my kitchen. The number of times he had to kick me out and take spoons and pots out of my hands was rediculous. I even got nosey in the dish cleaning process, because I didn't think he was scrubbing the pots hard enough. Very strange, especially since I HATE doing dishes. With a passion. Lucky for me, he has the patience of a saint, and just sort of laughed at me.


So after a lovely dinner of Cheese stuffed ravioli in Vodka Sauce (bottled of course) with Sauteed mushrooms, I made chocolate chip muffins. To save time, I used one of those "Just add milk" packets and I was quite dissappointed with the number they yeilded. Only five per packet! Dissappointment reigned supreme. But overall, it was a wonderful day.


I used the leftover mushrooms from the pasta Sunday to make myself sticky rice with mushrooms for lunch this afternoon.



So the horrors of the past two days... You know what? I'm not even sure I want to go there. I think I'm just going to sit here with my cheater's cappachino (1/2 coffee, 1/2 sweetened milk) and try and enjoy myself for half an hour before I must start making notecards for my Greek History Midterm... and my Criminal Justice Midterm... and writing my essays for my 3 different writing classes... and conducting research for my critical review of Benito Cereno... and hoping my campus email starts working in time to email my poems to my professor and get credit...

This is madness....

....

... This is... SPARTAAAA!!
(sorry... couldn't resist, you know, with the Greek History midterm and all)

-l.c.

29 September 2007

Operation Afghan: Phase One, Complete.


Well, it's been a long and stressful week here at Lunaticraft. School made things challenging, and up until today, I was kind of feeling like all progress in ALL of my personal undertakings had come to a complete halt. But then, this morning, I finished up another crochet flower, reached for my next yellow center and realized something: There were no more flower centers. How totally satisfying! I have finally compleated phase one of my afghan goal for this semester! After I finished doing a little happy dance in my living room (thank goodness my roomate wasn't there to see that embarrassment!), I pulled myself together and got the above photo of all the flowers together.


Then, I busied myself by beginning phase two. I decided to do the orange flowers first, since halloween is fast approaching (and by fast, I of course mean more than a month away), and until I finish phase three, the orange flowers will look particularly Halloweenie. I figure, that because the likelyhood is that I will be traveling on Halloween this year, I should celebrate it now any way I can! So that's the photo above.

Below, we have a scarf I had started a long time ago, and only recently picked up again. I need to finish it soon, since to my name I have but one set of knitting needles, which I will soon need for the production of a Christmas prezzie. Why I am putting myself through the hell of knitting instead of crocheting, I don't know. I think I am just convinced that one of these days it will click and not be so terribly hard for me. The yarn is Bernat's Soft Boucle in a mossy sort of green (I have misplaced the wrapper with the actual color name on it). A word of advice: It's very hard to work with. At least for me, anyway. I mean, my knitting skills are not that great as it is, but I am at least to the point where I can knit a scarf and have it actually be an even rectangle. This yarn doesn't seem to want to let me keep my tension very consistant though, something I'm sure you can notice in the varying widths of this small swatch of the scarf.

Later on this weekend, hopefully I will have more to show you, and maybe something a little more exciting to talk about (although I, myself am quite excited over all this). I also put up a few newly edited photos from China on my DeviantArt page, so if you are interested, head on over.



-l.c.

26 September 2007

BRUTAL.


Not having suffered from one in a while, I have completely forgotten how brutal caffeine headaches can be. For the past two days, I have been convinced that I had a migraine. I had been "blessed" by a similar little bugger last Thursday, so when I developed the same kind of splitting headache early yesterday, I wrote it off as another migraine. When I woke up this morning with the same headache, I began to get a little concerned, since when you type in persistent headache in the Web-MD search engine, the very first search result is usually something like "FATAL BRAIN TUMOR." But then I wandered into my kitchen and saw my poor little coffee machine sitting on the counter looking sad, alone, and unused. Seriously, within 5 minutes of taking my first sip, the headache is almost completely gone. I'm still sort of in shock over the fact that I didn't have any coffee at all yesterday. I woke up very late due to an alarm malfunction, and had to speed out of the apartment. Then, by the time I got back from class and working out, I had to be out the door in order to go see Marriage of Figaro with my ladies.


The Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh is putting on the opera at the Byham Theatre all this week. Albeit, it's in English, which seemed appalling to us after having just performed the thing in its original Italian a few months ago, but it was a good time. And most importantly, FREE. We managed to secure comp tickets through our teacher and some other people who were in the pit orchestra. Overall, they did a wonderful job, and I must admit, were probably a lot funnier than we were. I think it's just inherently funnier in English due to the liberal "translations" that they did. All in all, it was definitely filled with a lot more obvious innuendo than the original Italian is. The stage was a lot bigger, so they had more room to work with as per staging, too, so I'm sure that helped as well. Marcellina and Don Basilio were frickin' hilarious, Cherubino was very funny as well, and the Count was delightfully extreme in every way. Including threatening the Countess with a riding crop and fencing sabre. Though it added beautifully to the Count's character, my friends and I agreed that our Count would have had entirely too much fun with that.

Between the four of us, we had our former Barbarina (Me), Susanna, The Countess, and Cherubino, and we all couldn't really get over how strange it was to hear other people singing our roles for the first time since we did it. And in English no less... But it brought back a lot of good (and not so good, but funny) memories for us and overall served for a great night.

I'll have some art and crafting done in the next few days if all goes as planned, so be prepared!

24 September 2007

Thread, CNN, and Mirrors


Well, my weekend wasn't half as productive as it should have been considering the amount of work I have on my plate at the moment. However, some good did come of it, because when I wasn't laying like a lifeless lump on the couch watching reruns of the various CSIs, I did get some crafty stuff done in an attempt to avoid doing all the homework on my plate. So in that respect, as unproductive as it was, the weekend was at least relaxing.

I embroidered (see the photo above) something that I won't tell what it is, because I do intend for it to become a Christmas present for someone. I crocheted more flower centers for the afghan. I painted fun little mirrors from IKEA to match the throw pillows for our couch (also from IKEA). So I did get a lot done this weekend, even if it wasn't stuff I necessarily needed to get done.



Saturday intself started off pretty relaxing. There's nothing better than starting off a morning with Herodotus, Coffee, CNN, and cinnimon oatmeal. FYI, I have no idea who that guy on the TV is. The sports cast was on while I busied myself with my camera. I spent the majority of the rest of the day painting the mirrors you see below. I may still add some background details to them, but overall I'm pretty happy. They'll look quite delicious over our couch.

Speaking of my camera, it's long overdue for a good name, as is my new computer. Any suggestions?



Sunday was markedly less relaxing and craftily productive, due to the fact that I spent the majority of the afternoon making note cards for my Criminal Justice class. Color coded, maticulously planned note cards orginized by chapter, section, and then alphabetically.

Oops... My OCD is showing.

It's strange now, knowing how overboard I go with my studying and planning to study, to think about my study habits in high school. Or to be more accurate, my lack of study habits. I really didn't do a single thing outside of the classroom with the exception of the occasional paper. YET, somehow I still pulled through with a 97.2 GPA. I'm not sure if that's a testiment to my intellegence or an indication of how lax the majority of my high school teachers were. Honestly, through the entirety of my highschool career, there were only three classes that were really a challenge for me. My junior and senior year English classes (taught by the same, super awesome teacher), and my Sophomore Honors Biology class, and even for those, I rarely had to crack a book to do anything but the required readings for English.

It amazes me how I managed to pull through, and I also wonder how the hell I got from there to here with my color coded alphabitized index cards. I have no idea what kicked that switch into gear. I also have no idea if it actually makes a difference, or if my obsessive compulsive note card making and note rewriting is more of a time wasting tactic than a study tactic. Maybe I should conduct an experiment to find that out...

And in closing... BUDDHA GENGHIS!


-l.c.


Because I haven't been by in a bit, I have dropped in momentarily to share this photo of my dearest Rusalka after being spayed. My mother apparently was having trouble getting her to wear the cone collar, so she grabbed one of my Dad's old undershirts and jerry-rigged this nice little garment for her. Very fashionable, don't you think?

-l.c.

17 September 2007

Wow...



Well, after reading through my last post, I am in awe at myself. That was probably the most disjointed piece of writing I have produced in, well, EVER. I'm immensely disappointed in myself. So here's some photography to make up for it. The first one is daisies in my front yard at home, and the second is the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China (obviously that was taken during my trip this summer). Bigger, nicer versions can be seen at my DevArt page, along with a truckload more photos.

I've got some crafty projects on the slate to be finished by Friday, so I'll have some photos and such up pertaining to that by week's end.

14 September 2007

Nothin' like a good kick in the behind to wake you up...


So this past week has given me a giant kick in the ass. Herodotus is incredibly interesting, but alas... very slow going. I don't know what it is that makes it so hard to wade through, because (not to sound full of it or anything,) I am a very fast reader. We're talking about a girl who finished the Fifth Harry Potter book in just under 12 hours. However, it's taking me upwards of two hours to just get through 50 pages. It's really quite frustrating to me, because I'm so used to being able to finish a book within two days of starting it.


Speaking of Herodotus, reading it on benches outside seems to induce a myriad of interesting experiences. Firstly, this flock of little birdies decided that they were my new friends on Wednesday. It was pretty amazing, because wild animals, even the ones on campus that are really used to people, have always hated me. Why? Well I couldn't tell you. But these little guys decided they liked me, (or whatever was in the grass directly in front of me). I felt like Mary Poppins sitting there with birds milling around my feet.


Unfortunately, all animals do not like me. I discovered this little gem in my music collection on Thursday. Our wonderful little Rusalka had gotten at it and I hadn't noticed apparently. Grrr... Oh well. My voice teacher does mention how unused my voice books always look. So I guess this solves that.


Food, I have decided, will be my stress reliever this semester. Actually, I didn't so much decide as I did notice. There was no decision involved. So as of Monday, I have made one. I'm attempting to change that stress reliever to running on the treadmill since I've gained some circumference in my stomach/hips area that's not just regular growth. I haven't gained weight, funnily enough, but probably about an inch around. Which is not really a big deal cosmetically, because I was a size 2 to begin with. However, because it's probably my muscles are atrophying, I really should do something about that. Muscles aren't supposed to be atrophying at the tender age of 20... I've got a few more years to go before that's acceptable. So I've been trying my best to go running at least 5 times a week.

In other news, ZOMG! The sky actually does get the color it looks like on CSI: Miami (although admittedly cloudier and not fake)!



-l.c.