Wow. How long has it been since I've posted? It feels like ages. I'm still reeling from the start of the school year, even though I'm halfway done with my third week of classes, Older Daughter is onto her fourth week, and Younger Daughter is solidly involved in her second. I am starting to feel like the schedule is coming under control; I'm not saying it's easy, just that I know what's supposed to be happening at any given moment, and what should be coming next. We'll get there.
On Saturday, I went up to Clear Lake for the day to do fieldwork. It was a wonderfully productive day, and I left, as I always do, feeling a deep sense of satisfaction at what we got done. But it's also a long day, involving a 7:10 am flight into Sacramento, 100 miles of driving, almost six hours of work, and then all the driving and flying in reverse. One way and another, I'm on the go almost 17 hours by the time I get home.
I so wish I'd had my camera on this trip. The California landscape has entered the season of sepia, and the hills are all in shades of gold and brown and taupe. I tend to think of California's seasons as color-based: verdant, gold, sepia, gray. So much more evocative (and accurate) than spring, summer, winter, and fall. Of course, wet, dry, fire, and fog might also be more evocative, no?
Sunday morning, I finally got my longed-for chance to sit and knit. I finished the mitts (finally!), which Younger Daughter promptly put on. I had to bribe her to take them off, and she's tried to wear them to school the last two mornings (I've pointed out that we're still in the dry/sepia season, which is not mitt-appropriate). The camera battery is dead (so it wouldn't have done me any good on the trip even if I had remembered to take it), but here's a photobooth picture, so that you can see the finished object that they are (I'm clearly not proud).
Is this one better?
I'm kind of wishing these were for me... Maybe she'll get tired of them? To recap, these are Laura's Sugar Push Mitts, which (I just popped over there to check) she has just released. I knitted them in the leftover yarn from The Knittery that I used to knit Younger Daughter some socks with over the summer. The pattern is very intuitive and fun, and a fast knit, if you're looking for some instant satisfaction, or if you have a gift that needs to come together very quickly.
Knitnana tagged me for a meme, which I don't often do, but this one seems like fun. I'm not going to tag anyone else (since everyone who's on my shortlist is also entering into the beginning of the year madness!), but I hope some of you pick it up; let me know if you do so I can come see the answers.
What are the last three things you purchased?
Oatmeal raisin cookie
Sandwich for lunch
What are the last three songs you downloaded?
Ummm...None? I don't really download a lot of music, although I'm considering getting Fiddler on the Roof (I only have it on tape).
What are the three best places you visited?
What are your three favorite movies?
Pirates of the Caribbean
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Twister (I know, I know)
What three things can you not live without?
What would be your three wishes?
For the world to be a place that I want to leave to my grandchildren
(Boy, there's just no way to answer that one without sounding a) trite, and b) like a beauty contestant, is there?)
What are three things you haven't done yet?
Walking on that glass walkway over the Grand Canyon
(And I'm never going to do those things, either!)
Name three things that freak you out?
Big crowds (especially at amusement parks; Disneyland = nightmare)
Exposed heights (see above)
What are your three favorite dishes?
Mole (imagine that with an accent on the e)
Spaghetti with really good ragu
Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting
(Can I have more than three, please? Because I need to get butternut squash, chard, and goat cheese lasagna in there, too...)
Name three things you are good at?
What are three things you are currently coveting?
That's it -- I'm not sure I'd call it me in a nutshell, but it's what I've got at the end of a long day of teaching. Thanks for thinking of me, Knitnana!
I'm at work on something new (remember that Icelandic laceweight?), and I have a special contest/opportunity to support a good cause post coming up in the next day or two.