"I hate waiting."

As you might guess, I'm a bit impatient. I had hoped that picking up a pair of knitting needles would help me learn about the virtue of patience... but it seems I just want my projects to go along as quickly as possible.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Psst! is anyone out there?

Ok Ok. I was the one who was missing. Well, most of you know where I am/was, and believe me, I'd rather be blogging and knitting. Er, knitting and blogging about the knitting.

Surprise (not), that I have no actual knitting content to discuss. I am casting on like a mad fool, with almost no actual intention of finishing any project anytime soon. Recent cast on projects include another sweater for my adorable niece, who has just begun to crawl, the ubiquitous Noro Striped Scarf, and the Modern Log Cabin.

Reasons that I barely knit
1) a belief that I have carpal tunnel or tendonitis in my left wrist. very uncomfortable, which is made worse when I knit for prolonged periods or on larger than usual needles (anything bigger than a US 7)

2)my doctoral comprehensive exams. basically, the faculty assess whether we have learned what we were supposed to have learned in the last three years, by way of torturing us slowly and surely over a period of almost a month. First up, is two days of writing in class, where we are not allowed to use our notes or books, but expected an answer a series of essay questions thoroughly and citing relevant literature. A stupid futile exercise in memorization. THEN, they send us home with a take home portion, a 20 page paper where we address another three questions. THEN, we wait while they read our written portions, and then schedule our oral defense. Three faculty and one student. Where faculty can ask us any question they want. I am waiting for my orals defense, which takes place on Tuesday. Knitting girls beware: if I fail, I'm packing up and coming home, b/c I am NOT doing this again.

3) Cosmo: sigh. My lemon kitty has earned a new nickname. Lemon kitty is still appropos, but his recent surgery has left him looking a little... frankenkitty-ish. He looked like he had an eye infection, but several vet appts discovered that he had a tumor wrapped around his eye, and that he has lymphoma. So, we removed the eye, and now he looks like a rakish pirate.


"Arrrrrggggghhhh. I'm a pirate kitteh!"

so. to sum up. I am alive. and sorta knitting.

8 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

Oh, poor Cosmo!! *scritch scritch*

And poor you! Good luck...

I can relate to barely knitting - it's been messing with my shoulder/neck lately. *sigh*

6/15/09, 6:38 AM  
Blogger StarSpry said...

Poor Cosmo! I hope he's doing alright!!

Your doctoral comprehensive exams sound crazy! Good luck tomorrow.

6/15/09, 11:50 AM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

Wow, that's some craziness with the comps process. Good luck tomorrow chica! I'm rooting for you. As much as I want you to come back home, I know you will do great!

I hope Cosmo gets better!

6/15/09, 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Oiyi said...

Omg, Cosmo has been through hell! But now you ahve a pirate kitty. That's cool. Seriously, I feel really awful for Cosmo. Hugs!

6/16/09, 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

Pirate kitty! Oh, Cosmo, I'm so glad you've got a good mom, you've both been through so much. Are you at least helping her with her homework?

6/17/09, 4:04 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

My best to both you and Cosmo.

If it really is carpal tunnel, you need to treat it and not push too much.

6/18/09, 8:57 PM  
Blogger knitseashore said...

Good luck with your defense!!!

I hope poor Cosmo will be all right now that his eye was removed. I had a human colleague with a similar situation and she is thankfully doing much better.

All the best to you both!

6/24/09, 9:30 AM  
Blogger lesley said...

well waiting with baited breath. how did comps go and how fares kitty?

7/3/09, 11:03 AM  

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