Thursday, June 14, 2007

I am not my f****ing khakis.

Please excuse the reference in the title, but it's been my mantra for the past few days. (I actually curse with the best of them, more often than I should probably, but I thought perhaps I should avoid it in the title of a blog post). I wonder what Chuck Palahniuk would think of me quoting Fight Club on my knitting blog?

This is one of the things that is taking up a large chunk of my time these days:

Rather disgusting, isn't it? My entire childhood bed is piled two feet high with all of the clothes that I own (minus the clothes I was wearing when I took the picture, of course). In my defense, a rather large chunk of that is clothes I wore in high school. Since college I've been traveling around a bit, always with only what fit in the back of my '95 Honda Accord. I'd bring a large bag of clothes, and then fill it in whenever I got where I was going. So that's how I got here, with doubles and triples of pajamas and jeans, and about 40 sweaters/sweatshirts. So every day I work on getting rid of a little more. (Check out The Seven Things Project for a little inspiration).

1. New York City area yarn store adventures.
2. Job search/moving plans.
3. New knitting projects, plus progress on some old ones.
4. Spicy tuna sushi recipe!

Most recent podcast: Quirky Nomads.
Currently listening to: Mozart's Lucio Silla, K 135: Overture, on WQXR.
What I should be doing: Cleaning. Working out. Applying for jobs.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bad blogger! No cookie.

Amanda tagged me, like three years ago, for the "7 random things" meme. I've been putting off answering this for a few reasons -- first, I've been avoiding my computer like the plague (I've been glued to it for two years, and I'm enjoying this brief respite of Having Nothing To Do). Secondly, I feel like I don't "know" seven bloggers. So this morning I searched all of the knitting blogs I read regularly and feel like I have at least a one-sided relationship with, and it turns out: only two, as far as I can tell, have not filled out memes. So I'm tagging Kim (whose blog regularly makes me snort) and Alli & Adrienne (I love reading their knitting adventures in Alaska). For the rest, I'm following Deb's lead: if you read this blog, and you haven't been tagged (and you'd like to be), consider it done. Leave me a comment, and I'll come on over and check out what you have to say. And we can be blog buddies.

Before the meme, though, a preview of things to come, if I don't crap out and conveniently "forget" that I said I'd blog about them:
  • Tour of knitting stores in NYC
  • New yarn acquisitions
  • Moving and cleaning angst
  • Upcoming projects
Lara's meme rules:

Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those who are tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

1. It does not bother me as much as it bothers everyone else I know that I do not yet have a job.

2. My sister and I are ten months, three weeks, and six days apart. I'll give you a moment to do the math. Excellent. As kids we looked very similar, and loved to tell strangers who asked if we were twins exactly how close in age we were. I never understood why my mom told us it was okay to tell strangers we were twins until I was much older, and understood the **wink, wink, nudge, nudge** reaction and my mom's supreme embarrassment.

3. I am the least methodical person I know. I jump around from section to section when I write papers. I work on six projects at once. It takes about five seconds for me to get distrac -- ooh, what's that?!

4. I am twenty-six, and the longest I have held a full time job is eight months. The looming necessity of a full-time job with no end date freaks me out a little. Perhaps this is unsurprising given #3.

5. In four years I lived in five states. From 2001-2005, I lived for at least three months in: New Jersey, Alaska, Washington, Arizona, and North Carolina. Doing my taxes is fun.

6. For a very long time I wanted to be a veterinarian. Then I found my school's Natural Resource Management program and instantly fell in love. The whole pre-vet track was just too competitive for me, and I realized I'd much rather spend my days looking at trees.

7. I could probably eat sushi at every meal for the rest of my life and be completely happy. Making sushi is my favorite dinner event, and my spicy tuna (mmm, spicy tuna!) is better than any I've tasted elsewhere.

And, a picture. I'm spending the weekend at my parents' new house in north-central Pennsylvania. This morning I woke up to this:

Most recent podcast: Lime and Violet.
Currently listening to: NPR's Weekend Edition.
What I should be doing: Nothing.