Saturday, January 30, 2010

Teaching and Good Days

First thing, let me say: SNOW ROCKS! We got a huge ice/snow storm over the last couple of days, and campus shut down Friday! No classes, no chapel. It was awesome! Like having two Saturdays! It was amazing! The roads and things started melting and such today though...but as the day wore on it got cold enough that all that melted stuff froze again! Scary to walk on, but I'm really really hoping that we get some more or it stays bad enough that Monday's stuff is canceled too as its my 21st birthday! And no, I won't be out drinking. That's just ridiculous. If I wanted to be a drunken fool I'd have started long ago. Luckily I have more logic and intelligence than that.

Secondly: I'm once again wrapped up in too many knitting projects for my own good! I've been diligently working on the jacket I started long ago, and I now have the back piece, front right, and a nice little bit of the front left finished. Sadly I'm almost out of the yarn I need, and I'm flat broke. Sadness. I've got a scarflette in the process that I really need to finish. I picked a very complicated pattern and so it's deterring me a bit. My shawl is coming along very very nicely. I'm 3/4 of the way done! I LOVE it! I've got a simple scarf I need to finish for my mom, and I'm thinking of frogging it and starting anew on some circulars. Simpler that way. And I've recently been commissioned to do some fingerless gloves for a couple of people. Oh, and I started and finished a hat for a good friend, and I want to start on a scarf for him with his name on one end, and the name "Bakura" on the other end. Inside meanings for the win.

Wow, far too much to do, plus school. Yeesh....

Lastly: The extra time yesterday gave me time to teach one roommate how to loom knit, and she's made herself a hat. And it gave me time to teach another roommate who's great at crochet how to knit! Such a fun time!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

More Renewed Passions

Ahhhh salsa. Such a wonderful and exhausting dance! Marcus and I had a wonderful time! Even though they taught it much differently than I was taught, we both found a middle ground and had an AWESOME time! I miss salsa and dancing and everything so much....and I wish I had the money and time to go every week. Its a time to let loose and have fun without having to resort to some bar or club...which is not at all where I want to be.

School days have resumed, and my classes are many and difficult, but I think they'll be alright. I've got a lot of work I have to do for them, and the thought of it makes me tired, but I have confidence!

Everything is finally moved in and unpacked! Now, what to do with these stupid boxes....

Anyway, I've started another project (without finishing the others of course....) and it's a shawl! I'm using a lovely pink and black variegated boucle yarn so it'll be soft and warm.
The pattern can be found here!

Also, I've done well on my resolutions! I've been closer with God and have been trying to take hardships in stride, even if there are a lot of them. And I've started a "Couch to 5K" running plan that's going to help me lose weight! I've successfully completed week 1, now...just 8 more to go!

For any interested in this simple program, here's the link:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Renewed Passions All Around

Firstly: I LOVE DANCING!!! Oh my goodness....Marcus and I didn't know how to do half the dances, and the one in the lesson they offer before the dance was the Tango, which was exceptionally fun. They play songs and tell you what dance its supposed to be (Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Rumba, etc.)! I know how to salsa rather well, we learned the tango as I said, and I know the very minor (musical theater) basics of waltzing, so we at least attempted all of those! they also do this "Snowball" dance thing where a few people start out, and then in the middle of songs they say "snowball" and everyone already dancing has to go find a new person from the people sitting down. That's how we learned to rumba! So great! Everyone was so nice, and it was really the best night ever! Especially after an extremely draining and stressful three weeks at home. Seriously awesome.

After dancing, my two boys and I had a "Chick Flick" night, because I caught Marcus watching one over break. I hate them, so we chose a few. Sadly, we could only find 2 of the 4. But they were great! Princess Bride and Ever After. Both incredible movies. And my boys loved them both! After that, my beau went home and Marcus and I crashed at our friend's place that we were at for the night. (Don't worry...she's married) But neither of us wanted to sleep (though it was 4:30 in the morning) so we danced again! To Phantom of the Opera music no less! Great great times. Best. Night. Ever.

Greatest part: This coming Saturday is a FREE Salsa night at the dance place!!!!!! It's so incredible!!! Salsa's what I'm good at, its free, and more dancing!!! HOORAY!!!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dancing and Babies

Man time goes at a rather steady exhausting pace when you're ready to leave somewhere. But I can't say its going slowly. Just...not fast enough.

Epically exciting news however! There is a wonderful dance place (not a nightclub, dance hall, or any of those places with drinking, smoking, and highly disturbing "music" about sex) but a legitimate ballroom/latin/swing place. It has lessons for 1 hour before the actual dance starts, and so my good friend Marcus and I are going this weekend! I'm soooooo insanely excited. You may ask, why not take your beau? Simple: 1. This place has a strict dress code. Men have to have dress slacks, tucked in shirts, dress shoes, etc. In other words, things that will make my poor beau miserable. 2. He doesn't dance. Not at all, unless he's being really sweet to me and waltzing with me in private. So, I'm going with Marcus instead. My beau is well aware and totally fine with it.

I haven't done dancing like this since Salsa/Merengue lessons in high school. And that was crazy fun. I just hope I remember some of it!

As far as knitting, I haven't been doing a lot sadly. Still writing, and I've knit some, but its difficult when babysitting small children. Heck just stopping the 1-yr-old from killing herself with my needles is hard enough! But it comes with being a knitty Aunt Did!

Happy New Year to all!