Monday, November 21, 2005

Harry Potter, Turkey Trot, and more

So on Friday, before going to the opening of the new Harry Potter movie, my mother and I went to a memorial service for her mentor. Apparently, this man taught my mother a lot about people of color, and how to encourage students who by most considered to not really have any chance of a good future. It was kind of neat because it brought up a lot of memories for my mother that I had never heard before. It helped explain a bit how my mother got to be who she is today. Also, I met all of these people who I don't remember because they new me when I was baby. One of these people was my first pediatrician, who actually might end up being one of my attendings during my third year. I also got to see me godmother, who I haven't seen since before I started undergrad and was ecstatic to see.
After that, my mother and I went to dinner then off to Harry Potter. Now we made a big mistake and only got there about 15 minutes before the show started (I had purchased tickets early that morning). We really didn't have any expectations of sitting together, but when we got there, no seats were available. We got the usher and he refused to ask people to move coats until after to movie started. I was a bit ticked off. Why would you wait to ask people to move their coats until after the show started? That was totally beyond me. We did get seated together in the very first row. I think that they forgot a couple of important things - I wonder how they are going to deal with that in later movies. Besides that, I really liked the movie.
Saturday I went to an anatomy review and babysat - nothing terribly out of the ordinary there.
Sunday morning, Chris and I ran our first Turkey Trot. It was a 10K and the furthest I have ever run. It was in a suburb of Chicago - and because it was a pretty small suburb, we were zigzagging up and down the residential streets. It looked as if they were trying to show off all of the houses that were for sale because it seemed like there were at least 3 houses for sale or under new construction. I am happy that we did it though. We ran at a pace that was pretty good for me too. The next obstacle is the half marathon, and then the marathon - as long as no major injuries occur.
That evening - I had sushi for the 2nd time. The first time was this past New Year's Eve and I had gotten sick. This time though, we asked them to just put the wasabi on the side rather than on every piece and I had a much better experience. I would definitely eat it again. It was kind of odd though because Chris and I were the only ones eating there the entire time we were there. The only people that came were for carry out. It was an interesting phenomenon.
This week, I will be heading to Little Rock and be spending Thanksgiving with Chris's family. I then come back to Chicago for my first final on Monday. I then have another exam on Friday, one on Monday, then finals on that Wednesday and Friday. Then I am off to Florida with my mom to spend time with my great aunt and my mom's cousins for the weekend. I then come back to two more finals on Monday and Wednesday then finally 2.5 weeks of winter break. Needless to say I have a busy few weeks coming up. I'll write again when I finally come up for air.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

It snowed today

So yes, I know, most people don't like Chicago winters. But even though I complain when its cold and I have to walk outside, I really like snow. Especially in Chicago because the city actually takes care of the streets. (That wasn't always true of St. Louis). So yeah for a light dusting of snow. Maybe that will help get me in the holiday spirit since I have been dragging my feet. I am totally disturbed by Christmas decorations in malls the first week of November and eggnog in the grocery stores before Halloween. Whatever happened to the Christmas season starting with Advent? I guess I just refuse to buy into it until Advent start. Oh well I guess if that makes me a grinch - at least until December.

So I have been tagged

I'm not sure that I have been knitting long enough to have good answers, but I will try.

What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with? I am currently knitting with a worsted weight 100% wool from Knit Picks, and I have to say it feels so soft while I knit:) But I am happy with anything.

The worst thing you've ever knit?
I actually like everything I have knit. I did make 1 sweater though that I don't think is quite long enough, but I'm going to make it again and make it a bit longer.

Most valuable knitting technique?
Well, I hate weaving in ends, and in fact have 2 projects sitting around that just have weaving or joining left. So when joining yarn, knitting with both ends so that I don't have to do as much weaving in of ends makes me happy.

Your most favorite knit pattern (maybe you don't like knitting it, though it was fun to knit)
I would have to say my current WIP. It is my first lace pattern and is just making such a cool pattern as I am going along.

Best knit book or magazine?
I don't have a favorite magazine, but I recently ordered Interweave Knits and am looking forward to it. I will always love Stich N' Bitch because it is how I learned.

Favorite Book? Same as above.

Your favorite knitwear designer?
I defintely don't know enough to have one.

Your favorite knit blogs?
The only one I read with any regularity is Wendy Knits.

The knit item you wear the most (and possibly a picture of it)?
That would most defintely be my mohair pink sweater. A picture can be found in my archives from early this year.

Who should be tagged next? How about Lindsay and Cecily. Are you part of Knitting Episcopalians?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Latest Happenings

So things have been pretty good lately. I just found out that I passed my exam making it 8 passed exams. For my 7th exam I was sure for days that I hadn't passed, but I really had. I think I was driving my mom and Chris nuts because I was so upset - but it worked out.
I have almost finally finished my first knitting project since I have been in school. All that is left is weaving in the ends. I made the Drop Twist shawl from Knit Picks. I did start my next project because I really didn't feel like weaving in the ends, so I really just need to sit down and do it. I started my first lace project which is a scarf - I thought it was a good way to try making a lace pattern. Its coming along well - and I am making more time for my knitting because besides my running, its one of the few things I can do by myself to calm down. Hopefully I will weave in the ends and can post a picture of it.
This Saturday is the physicals event at my mom's school - so trying to coordinate for that has certainly kept me busy and my inbox full. I am excited that it is going to happen though.
Also Sunday, I went to my first ever All Hallow's Eve service. It was a neat experience and I am really glad I went. Before the service, we had food, fellowship and pumpkin carving :). Next year, e are hoping to extend the festivities to the community and maybe even have our own pumpkin patch. We had a fire pit going and candles lining the pathway. It was great.
Besides that, I am just trying to keep up with all the school work and keep running and just stay afloat. My next race is November 20th and is a 10K. Just building up for a half marathon hopefully in March, then the Chicago marathon in year. It is going well though. It is hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the holiday season - probably my favorite time of year.