Tuesday, April 26, 2005  

One Final Down, Three To Go

We are COMPLETELY out of food. We are almost out of the emergency food, including that random can of soup in the back of the pantry - the one where the label fell off, but you're pretty sure it's chicken noodle. So today, we went to the grocery store after our Property final. What did we buy?

That might just get us past the next exam on Thursday.

After the kodak-moment, we busted out the cookies, and I was EXTREMELY disturbed. First, here's Ernie, the cookie -

After a three hour exam, when you still have studying to do before you go to bed, and the beer is getting warm because you've been taking pictures of it instead of putting it in the fridge, you are NOT AT ALL disturbed by the prospect of eating a cookie shaped like a strange little elf. No, it takes something much more disturbing to give you pause:

What is Ernie, a lobster? Do you need to dunk him head first to put him out of his misery? If you dunk him feet first, do you prolong his agony with each bite until he finally succumbs to the pain and fudge-filling loss?



Happy Birthday!

also, go wish Kristine a very happy birthday!


Monday, April 25, 2005  

At Least Someone Likes All the Studying!






Friday, April 22, 2005  


Doesn't Mariah look nice? I love the collar - I think she'll be amazingly cute -

one teeny little tiny problem? apparently, even though i COUNTED the fronts before joining, I am incapable of the most simplistic matching exercise:

So now I'm trying to figure out how to fix this... at least I have plenty of yarn!


Tuesday, April 19, 2005  

For All of Us Old-School Video Gamers...

Can you believe someone in my law school class never had an original nintendo???



Friday, April 15, 2005  

Giggle Giggle Snort

And that, my friends, is for ONE YEAR.


Thursday, April 14, 2005  

Another Week...

I actually managed to finish a project yesterday – a mini-ipod cover for my friend Kati. It took me WAY too long to finish this because I kept forgetting to work on it! Luckily, it turned out ok – the perfectionist in me wants to re-do it to make it fit a bit better, but, considering that I didn’t have an actual mini-ipod to work with while knitting this, I think it came out well.

I’m also SO CLOSE to finishing the yoke of Mariah. I thought I was done with it last night at the Happy Place, but when I tried it on again after putting it on waste yarn, I decided I need to keep going for another inch or two. I’m short rowing the neck, and I LOVE the way it makes such a lovely curve in the front. I will never go back – it’s short rowing all the way! Speaking of the neckline, I’ve definitely decided AGAINST making the hood. I love the delicate way the sweater drapes thanks to the Calmer yarn, and I think a hood would spoil the effect. Instead, I’m going to follow Kristine’s advice, and knit a long strip with the same cable from the ribbing, and whip stitch it onto the neck. I’ll leave the stitches live, though, until I’ve had a chance to pin the cable neckband on and give it a look – that way, if I decide to do something else instead, I won’t have bound the whole thing off. Who knows – I might manage to finish this sweater before I go to Alaska in May! And, thanks to Cindy’s generous offer to give me her unbelievably gorgeous Chicago that she just finished, that will give me a total of 3 cardigans in Calmer – perfect for the summer! (Ok, so maybe Cindy might have mentioned something about me “not getting my damn hands on her sweater.” But I’m SURE she meant that she wants to wrap it up in pretty paper or put it in a nice gift bag before she gives it to me. She’s so sweet! )

Speaking of the Happy Place, I finally bought my inventory yarn – my reward for doing inventory back in January was to buy a project’s worth of yarn at a very generous discount. My purchase?

YUMMY. It’s 20% cashmere and 80% extra fine merino wool, in the color “brownie.” (Perhaps it IS possible to combine yarn and chocolate!) It is unbelievably soft, and I’m desperately hoping I can wear it against my skin. I’m thinking I might be able to squeak two sweaters out of this – I’m thinking one cabled cardigan, and one very plain pullover. I might take a look at the other colors and buy a couple of skeins in another color as an accent for the plain sweater, if it looks like I’ll be running too short to make both. Of course, this is all assuming that I ever manage to actually KNIT anything with this yarn – I’m VERY tempted to pile it on my bed and roll in it. :)

Cricket was sulking this morning because I wouldn’t let her play with the new yarn. Apparently, she is a cat with discriminating tastes – but even with the amazing discount, this yarn is NOT in the kitty-toy price range, so she’ll just have to sulk. Poor kitty…

Here’s another picture from last weekend – have I mentioned how much I LOVE the cherry blossoms?

And finally, a quote that literally gave me goose bumps when I read this case for my Constitutional Law class -

"Nothing in our Constitution is plainer than that declaration of a war is entrusted only to Congress. Of course, a state of war may in fact exist without a formal declaration. But no doctrine that the Court could promulgate would seem to me more sinister and alarming than that a President whose conduct of foreign affairs is so largely uncontrolled, and often even is unknown, can vastly enlarge his mastery over the internal affairs of the country by his own commitment of the Nation's armed forces to some foreign venture." Justice Jackson, 1952 (concurring, The Steel Seizure Case).


Monday, April 11, 2005  

WHEW - Quite A Weekend!

This weekend, I competed in the Moot Court Competition. Basically, you make a 15 minute oral argument in front of a panel of three appellate judges, who ask you as many questions as they can manage. Bad news? I spent all afternoon Friday doing the arguments, and then all day Sunday. Fantastic news? I was in the top 10% of the competitors, so I made the Moot Court Board!!! Considering there were almost 500 competitors, I really didn't expect to make it to the finals, much less onto the Board! Luckily, when I found out the good news last night, we discovered we had a bottle of bubbly on ice, so were able to properly celebrate.

The other great thing about this weekend? AMAZING weather, and my favorite DC thing ever- the cherry blossoms!!!

I LOVE the cherry blossoms - one of the few touristy things that is ALWAYS worth it. The only years I've missed them were when I was at college, and my spring break always came too early.

There was also the tiniest bit of knitting on Mariah - I ripped back the sleeves, and spent WAY too long re-constructing the cables on the sleeves. They still weren't perfect, but, applying the "horse rule", I decided that they were fine. Especially since each cable took over two hours to re-shape - the problem was that, to continue the cables, I had to alter the cable pattern since, at the very top of the chart, the cables follow a slightly different pattern in order to "end." But now Mariah is joined, and I've started short-rowing the neckline:

And here are the re-constructed sleeves:

Cricket is also enjoying the beautiful spring weather, although she is NOT enjoying her little squirrel-friends, who seem to enjoy sitting right outside her window and yelling at her.


Tuesday, April 05, 2005  

Clean Sheet Night Deluxe

Once you've ironed them, you can't go back.


Monday, April 04, 2005  

Hitting A Snag

I'm zipping right along on Mariah... but then I decided to try her on. Good news? She fits really well, and I think she'll look amazing. Bad news? I need to completely change the yoke instructions since I'm not doing a hood.

The problem is with the tops of the sleeves - the instructions say to stop the center cable and start the ribbing pattern again. Unfortunately, I hate the way that looks.

So I need to rip back and start another repeat of the center cable. At least it's already off the needles from trying it on!

Cricket was completely unimpressed by my knitting-trauma. She spent the entire weekend sleeping on me, or, if I had the audacity to stand up, on the bed.


Friday, April 01, 2005  

Iron Mittens, and Four More Weeks

According to the irregulars, my mom's mittens are probably bulletproof. I'm knitting them with dk weight yarn - on size 2 needles. My unblocked gauge is about 9 sts/inch. It's probably a bit excessive, but the goal was to make very warm, snuggly mittens to keep the momma's hands warm. However, the resulting fabric is, to put it mildly, DENSE. So, around Christmas next year, keep on the lookout for a new superhero - Mitten Woman! I have made absolutely no progress whatsoever on these in the last 3 weeks. SIGH.

I have, however, been occassionally knitting something - Mariah! I'm now to the marathon of the beginning of the yoke. I expect that this will take a LONG time for me to finish, as last night, during my hour of knitting time, I completed exactly 3 rows.

Cricket watched CSI with me - I think she got a little scared (although she would never admit it!)

And four more weeks until Finals - AHHHHHHHHHH!!! Plus, the next two weekends are taken up with Moot Court stuff. But May 5, it's all over - and I get to celebrate with some sheep and wool! I just have to make it through alive... :)


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