Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Today is the first day of school, and I lurved my classes today. I'm taking Audio Preservation and Organizing Information, the latter with a professor who reminds me of a less-neurotic Ben Stiller with a little Mo Rocca mixed in. He was wearing Campers which immediately excited me, and although the class may have a bit of a mathy bent we are learning more about XML so I'm excited. Audio this afternoon ended up being an intro to the history of sound recording which was extremely interesting. I'm actually looking forward to doing my homework tonight. I only have classes Mondays and Wednesdays, which is nice, but mny hours at the Architecture Archive will eat up some of that free time.

This is what I did yesterday:

7 or 8? pattern repeats on Branching Out. Can't wait to get this baby done and blocked.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I need to start going to bed earlier.

Unfortunately I've been staying up LATE recently, and here it is 1:43 AM and I'm blogging. Awesome.

I ran the 10-miler yesterday- it was hot and sucky but my legs actually felt really good. I enjoyed the run until about mile 7.5 when I just wanted to be in the AC drinking a gatorade. But I got through it, and the heat is (sort of) on it's way out. At least it's the very beginning of the end. I might just be overly optimistic, though. I moved back to Austin today, so the day was spent watching track on TV ( I have a big crush on the heptathlon world champion, Carolina Kluft, and I want to hang out with Kara Goucher, btw), lounging about, going out to Jason's Deli and finally me packing up the car and the beasts and heading out. Olive stayed with my mom this summer because of S.'s cats and I think she remembers the apartment...she just puked under a chair. Lovely. Hopefully that doesn't reflect her displeasure at being back here with me. I'm looking forward to school starting on Wednesday, if only because I will finally have some semblance of a normal schedule again.

In knitting news, I cast on for the Hanami stole tonight. This is my first lace project in actual laceweight and the little stitches are sort of breaking my brain. The yrn is really pretty, though. Really pretty. I'll try to take a picture tomorrow. Anyway, I'm off to bed.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


This is my blog, Oddly Satisfying. The title is fairly self-explanatory, as I've found the majority of my interests these days seem to fall into the "And this is interesting...why?" category to various people.

Take knitting- I'm hard pressed to fully explain the knitting obsession to anyone not out there in knitblog land. No one quite gets the pleasure I derive from spending hours kitting on tiny needles while listening to podcasts or watching episodes of The Office on my laptop. Or the quickening of my pulse when I walk into a yarn store and see shelves full of the mythical yarns I've heard talked up online. I'm a new knitter, one for whom the online knitting community and the craft itself are almost synonymous. I'm fascinated by the internet just as I'm enthralled with knitting, (hence my career choice). I learned how to knt a couple years ago, but never really made it past garter stitch. After school got out in May I declared that I'd teach myself to really knit this summer, with a tentative goal of knitting socks. Pretty ambitious for someone who still needed to learn to purl. Well, I did it, and now in August I've got two more pairs on the needles, I'm knitting Branching Out from Knitty, I've joined two knitalongs and have amassed somewhat of a stash. I'm obsessed. Still waiting for that Ravelry invite, though.

Runningwise, I've just started training for the Houston Marathon in January. My goal is to break 4:00 (I ran 4:22 at the Austin Marathon this past February) but I have a Secret Goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, which would require me running 3:40. That's 8:25 per mile. That might be an overly ambitious goal, but I guess ambitious goals are good. I have a 10-miler scheduled for today. It's looking like rain which will make it cooler, so fingers crossed for rain but no thunder. My mileage is at 30-32 mpw right now, and I'm looking to max out at 55 mpw this training cycle. I've never been one for gadgets but I'm looking at getting a Garmin gps device once I'm a bit more flush with $$- it will help me keep track of mileage as I don't usually run marked trails in Austin.