Monthly Archives: May 2006

SUMMER!

School’s out (click for ecard)! I’m a happy, happy girl, but still busy. Gotta write a presentation, go to Memphis to give said presentation (poor, poor me), return and pack and MOVE INTO MY HOUSE! Yes, I bought a house. And somewhere in that packing, moving madness will also come the repainting of the ubiquitous pink room.

In other words, don’t look for any new Left o’the Mississippi until, say, July.

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Teeny tiny sweater

My more-or-less sister-in-law (her brother and I are amicably divorced) announced late last fall that she was pregnant with her first child. Being the dutiful and loving mol sil that I am, I immediately cast on to knit a baby surprise sweater,  a nifty little origami-like pattern that knits out all funky but folds up into a tiny garment (hit the forward button). I am not a fast knitter. I knit and knit and knit, and finally had to face the fact that by the time I finished the baby surprise sweater, the baby would be entering junior high.

I knit slowly, but I crochet like a fiend.* So yesterday, I looked around online for a crochet baby sweater and found this neat pattern at Crochetme.com. I pulled out my pathetic amount of knitting and started and, after about 3.5 hours of crochet and sewing up, I produced this: (click to enlarge):

SweaterThe green block is really more of an eye-popping lime green. And the green block and turquoise block and matching trim are there because, after knitting the whole back, arms, and part of the fronts, I ran out of yarn. The store here was also out of that yarn, and the nearest Hobby Lobby is 60 miles away. So I bought the lime green and turquoise and decided hey, what we have here is a design feature!

I think the cute dragonfly buttons help pull the whole thing together (the flys’ bodies are also eye-popping lime green in real life):

ButtonsSo that’s how I (mis)spent my weekend.

*giggling maniacally with smoke pouring from my ears.

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In which I redeem myself….

As some of you may already know, based on my frantichappy email of last week, I was selected to receive the BGSU Graduate College’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2005.* I got the check and plaque today and was further informed that my dissertation will be entered in the Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation competition as BGSU’s nominee.**

Wow. I haven’t represented an entire school since the spring of 1981, when I was Yerington High School’s entrant in the Lions Club speech contest. In that instance, I performed creditably until the regionals when, 3 prior wins behind me, I stood speechless**** (not a good thing at a speech contest) during the impromptu speaking event, thus losing the contest, the $300 scholarship,***** and a nifty clock radio. I can still picture my English teacher sobbing in the third row.

In short, I hope BGSU isn’t betting the payroll on my next win.

*they wrote they found my dissertation to be "an outstanding and sophisticated example of scholarly research." I bet they say that to all the winners…..

**and my chance of winning that is, I’m sure, in the negatives….kelvin.***

***and if you know anything about the kelvin scale, that’s my point.

****And for years afterward, my father would occasionally look at me and say, "For 18 years we couldn’t shut you up, and then when it really counted….."

*****back when undergraduate credits were $25 each, $300 would pay for most of one semester.

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