over it, and a meme

Gah, I am so over this child's tomten. I'm close to finishing, though, so I'm going to stick it out until it's donedonedone. I've got a bit of the sleeve, an applied i-cord around the edges, ends to hide, and I suppose I'll have to get a zipper for it, too. Because even though I'm over it, this thing has been so many hours of coma-inducing garter stitch, I want it to look nice for its future recipient. (Note to self: when trying out an EZ garter stitch design, don't choose skinnier yarn than she calls for and then increase the number of stitches by 30%. It's a really really dumb idea.)

I've decided not to save this one for Anya. It'll be a long while before she can wear it, I'm really not so enamored with this particular green, and some child in Afghanistan probably needs it way more than she will. I just hope Afghans for Afghans will take an item that is not part of their current campaign...I should probably check with them about that before just sending it off blind, eh?

Now, because I didn't have anything more interesting to show you knitting-wise, here's a meme I swiped from My Fashionable Life. There's nothing about knitting in it. Enjoy.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
Holy cow, 10 years ago. Let's see. I was in between my sophomore and junior years of college. The summer of 1998 was a good one. I spent 3 weeks as a counselor for the KY Governor's School for the Arts (excellent, excellent program, and it's free for anyone who makes it in), then I went to Europe for about 6 weeks to visit friends in France and do a music/German program in Salzburg, Austria. After that, I went on a long road trip with my now-husband, whom I had just started dating. The fact that we didn't drive each other crazy after spending 2 weeks driving to the West Coast and back in his Chevy wagon (affectionately named "Bessie") boded well for our relationship.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
go to the park (check)
walk the kids to sleep (check for Daniel, not so much for Anya)
clean the kitchen (sigh)
fix curried kidney beans and chapatis for dinner (will happen eventually)
practice the music I can't quite sight read for the six auditions I'm playing for this weekend

3) Snacks I enjoy:
Bread and jam, cookies (I have no willpower with homemade cookies), graham crackers with peanut butter, walnuts, fresh fruit, half a grilled cheese sandwich Daniel didn't eat for lunch

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Set up my kids, my parents and my brother so they never have to worry. Buy a bigger house and put solar panels on it. Buy a grand piano to put in said house. Set up an endowment for the school of music so they can buy some really nice historical instruments. Get a vacation home in Italy and take my whole family there every year. Buy Stuart some t-shirts that aren't fraying at the collar. Give lots and lots to deserving charities. Adopt a whale.

5) Places I have lived:
New Mexico, Kansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Austria (it was only 5 weeks, so it doesn't really count, but it's so much more exotic than any place I've really lived)

6) Jobs I have had:
Server at Sonic drive-thru (I lasted a month), receptionist, waitress (I lasted 2 days), camp counselor, drink stocker at the Interlochen Arts Camp store (they didn't trust me to run the register; apparently upon first impression I come off as really, really stupid), piano teacher, accompanist, grad student/teaching assistant, mom

7) Bloggers I am tagging who I will enjoy getting to know better:
I don't tag anymore! I found out that some people actually don't like it. Plus, I enjoy getting to know everyone better. Do the meme, leave me a comment, I'll go read it!


Anonymous said…
Oh, the garter stitch. I can see why you're over it before it's done, I have to ration the garter stitch very thoroughly lest I start to lose all faith in the world. Courage!

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