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Yet another one of those darn knitting blogs...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

"opening ceremonies" - a paper I wrote for my english class on the day the knitting olympics started!!!!

Okies... I know... I've been MIA. Trust me... I HAVE been busy!!!! My planner (a weekly one that the school has all our events and sport games and days off and whatnot and can be purchased that the bookstore for a measly 5.95) has been outgrown. Each page measures abouts 8 x 5 or so... prolly little bit smaller... and a two page spread covers an entire week. Well... this week... there is NO white space ANYWHERE on my planner. I have had SO many assingments and papers due this week and it's only wednesday. I thought two weeks ago was bad with tests and what not... no... (last week was spring break for us... usually the week before a long break the profs pile the work on). For some odd reason, my english professor decided it would be a good idea to read On the Road by Jack Keruac in two class periods. We had to have the first half of the book read by Monday and the rest has to be read before class tomorrow. We also have to write a paper about something about the characters morals or lack or something or other (can you tell I haven't really had the TIME to look at the assingment she sent us THIS MORNING via email!?!?!?!?!). Ok... So this book has 307 pages and each page took me about 1-2 minutes. Do the math to tell me how long it took me to read this book. (ok I'll do it for you.....10 hours at 2 minutes per page... dividing it up again for having it done in two class periods... that's 5 hours of outside work for ONE CLASS PERIOD). Did she just assume that we would read the whole damn book over spring break!? Umm... I worked and spent the week going to psych appointments (I have ADD) and dentist and getting Cal and Tay registered for ealry childhood screening and cleaning my mom's house because she's a CPA and during tax season she works 8am-10pm and my dad doesn't know which end of the broom does the sweeping. Callie and Taylor also had two skating shows that they were in (one saturday and one sunday plus a dress rehearsal friday night) and of course gymnastics on saturday morning. RAR....

So I didn't finish my knitting olympics project. I got REALLY close though. I have the front, back, and sleeves completed. I would have had it done though but I had to completely frog the front and redo it after I had already completed a front and back. The instructions were a little off and so when I did the back (I had done the front first) I went with my instincts and went with what looked good rather than what the pattern said. I still have to do the collar part and put it all together. I really like it though!!!! It's coming Amy!!!!!!!

I haven't picked up a knitting needle in so long. Like i mentioned above... I have ADD. I dappled a little bit with polymer clay and made a giraffe pen and a moose pen (which callie promptly broke the antler off of by accident and then started bawling cause I had just told her to be careful with it. I felt really bad and told her it was ok. It's just a pen for pete's sake! I told her mommy will glue it back on. She then showed the pen off to grandma and grandpa and great grandma and great grandpa (who had come to watch their skating show) and explained, "It's broken but Mommy is going to fix it.... It's ok... Don't worry!!!" She's so funny...

Doing polymer clay was nice over spring break when I was home because I could sit at the table with Cal and Tay and work on "projects" with them. I made them some play do late one night cause evidently all their super expensive play do brand stuff dried out and shtuff.. Jeez... what a big waste of money that stuff is... for pete's sake a kid can eat the homemade stuff and not get sick. Plus you can add KoolAid to it instead of food coloring and it will smell good too!

Oh! The point of my post! I'm only taking my English class to fulfill a humanities requirement here at school. Contemporary Literature is what it's about. We're (finally) over poetry (god I hate that stuff...) and onto REAL literature. We started off dappling in short stories and what not and spent a day talking about different classifications of lit. One of the subjects is a genre called hypertext and we were instructed to write a narrative in hypertext. I would explain what hypertext is... but if you are at all computer literate you know what it means in the computer world. Think of it in the literature sense as computer hypertext on paper... ??? get it...???? If not read my paper and you will understand:

Opening Ceremony

Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep. She slowly got up to hit the snooze button on her alarm clock (She hates the sound of the beeping but if it were set to wake up to radio, she’d continue sleeping, incorporating whatever song was playing into her dreams). Beep…Beep… Beep. After forty five minutes of hitting the snooze (she hit the snooze button five times, and each time she hits it, she gets an extra nine minutes in Dream Land), she sleepily crawled out of her warm bed. She walked to the fridge and grabbed a Diet Coke (making a pot of coffee in the morning takes too much effort. Besides, warm drinks make her slightly sleepy), and then sat down in front of her laptop to check her email (sometime last semester she realized that sometimes teachers will email the class in the morning and announce that class has been canceled). After deleting all of the junk mail (and being slightly irritated that when clubs send out mass emails about their stupid meeting that no one shows up for anyway, that they can’t ever get the information right and end up sending out four or five emails until they finally get it right; not to mention the fact that each of the emails contains a multitude of stupid little graphics and animations that clog up her inbox so much that she gets nasty emails from the computer people telling her to empty it out) she opened up her Mozilla FireFox internet explorer (she downloaded this program and prefers it to Microsoft’s explorer because you can customize the browser and make it pretty; the fact that it has superior “pop-up” ad blocking skills helps too) and headed on over to Bloglines.com (this is a site where you can subscribe to and keep track of different weblogs (a.k.a. online journals); it lets you know which blogs have been updated; she currently is subscribed to 80 blogs and all but two are knitting-related) and logged in.

She started at the top of the list and was a little confused (which usually doesn’t take much). Why are they all writing about starting on their Olympic knitting (the Knitting Olympics was started by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot over at www.yarnharlot.ca. During the 16 days of the “real” Olympics over in Torino, Italy, 4,000+ knitters (4000 or so signed up with Stephanie at her site) will be casting on and finishing (finishing being the key word here since many knitters have a problem with what are called U.F.Os (UnFinished Objects)) projects; rules were the project you chose to knit had to be challenging, you couldn’t start it before the flame had been lit in Torino, and you had to be completely finished by the time the flame was extinguished), she thought (or said out loud, since she talks to herself quite often too). She glanced over at her desk calendar (which has little bits of knitting information for each day of the year) and realized that yes, it was February 10, and yes, that meant that the Olympics started today.

Crap (she probably said some other expletive instead), she thought (or said). She hurriedly ran to her yarn closet and grabbed the pattern she had signed up to work on. She had received the pattern and yarn for a sweater that was featured in many magazines last fall from her friend Amy (who is opening up her own yarn shop in April 2006 called Yarntopia) in Texas last October. She hadn’t really looked at the pattern much since then. She realized that she didn’t even have the right needle size to do the majority of the sweater! Oh well, no time to worry about that now, she thought (or said). She got herself ready and headed to class (which, she was disappointed to learn when she checked her email, was not canceled).

When she returned to her apartment (which is always slightly messy because her roommates like to leave their stuff everywhere) for the day, she decided that she would cast on (start for those people who don’t understand the knitting language) for the sweater a little early since she’d be driving home when in the evening (the flame was lit at about 2:00 U.S. time (she thinks)) and the drive would take three hours. In a very short amount of time, she got to the point in the sweater where she would need the bigger needles (size US15 32” circulars) (the sweater is started on size US13 double pointed needles, which she had), stopped, packed her bags for the weekend home, and headed to the craft store (telling herself the whole way that she was only going to get the needles she needed and not more yarn).

The whole time the prof was explaining what hypertext writing was I kept thinking... good god that's easy!!! That's not hypertext writing... that's BLOGGING baby!!!! he he he... anyway... the story is about the morning I realized that the knitting olympics had creeped up on me. By the way... I got a ++ on that paper (she gives checks if they meet her expectation, - if they are below her expectation and a + if they exceed her expectation. I got TWO plusses baby!!!! I've been getting checks and mostly minuses so far this semester... needless to say I was extatic!!!

Ok... so it's after 1am now and I just finished up On the Road and decided to take a BlogLines break. Sorry for the incohesiveness of the entry (if you've even made it this far). I'm hopped up on caffeine and my ADD medication in order to stay up all night to complete this goddam homework!!! Stupid profs....

Pictures will hopefully appear in the next entry. I wanted to take a pic and post it of my planner covered in scribbles to show how busy I am this week but my camera seems to have run away. Probably eloped with Mamma's Boyd. Damn that Boyd!!!!


At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

What a good paper! It definitely earned every plus it received. Glad to hear that you are still doing well, if overly busy. On The Road in two days? Blech. I didn't like that book.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger mamma said...

That Boyd. He gets around doesn't he. Atleast if he's off on vacation with your camera he's not here to ruin my knitting.


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