Saturday, January 31, 2009
I'm (very) slowly getting the hang of things as far as school goes, and I'm starting to love it more and more every day. There's so much out there to be learned and explored, and I'm thrilled to be taking part in that adventure. Our first unit in the Indigenous Literatures course was about the indigenous people of Guatemala and the issues they have with their own culture and the atrocities that they suffered. One writer, Victor Montejo, actually wondered if his own culture was "interesting enough" or "worthy" to be written down. I just find that so amusing when viewed from the perspective of our culture where we record every event that happens to us (this blog included) because somehow, we think that we're all "special" enough that everyone should want to read what we have to say. And at the same time, we have people from another culture who are worried that their entire way of life is not "fascinating" (Montejo's term) enough to be written down for generations to come.
Now, I'm not planning to quit this blog in sympathy for the Mayan people, of course, because I love the outlet that it provides and I know that there are at least a few of you out there who for whatever reason are interested in reading what I have to say, but I think it's so important to keep things in perspective. Things that we think are earth-shattering may be nothing more than a tiny speck in the grand scheme of things. Maybe that would help us all to keep a better outlook on life.
I'm excited about our Super Bowl party tomorrow..we're having it at our friends' Robert and Tina's house and I'm going to make pigs in blankets and fried pickle chips!! Yum (and if you've never had fried pickles before, don't say a thing about it until you've tried it because I thought it was gross too, but once I tried one, I'll never be the same!!)
That's all for now; I'm hanging out on Blackboard conversing with my fellow students and watching Joey read for his class on Wednesday. Love to all.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I've started another one in a different color yarn for myself (it's a smaller yarn and I'm using smaller needles, so I cast on 20 extra stitches).
Kudos to you, Stephanie...this pattern was so easy and totally rocks.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I've been alternately getting excited about and being terrified of school over the past week or so. All of the sudden, I no longer feel like the self-assured, smart kid who knew what she was talking about. Every study question throws me into panic...what if I don't answer with proper grammar (since I haven't had to use it in five years??)....what if I'm completely missing the point of the question?? I'm going to have to figure out how to get over that, most definitely.
Tonight, I have to turn in my study questions and participate in a discussion for my indigenous literature discussion, and also probably post another post or two in the discussion for cultural studies. I'll have that reading done by the time lunch is over, so I'm not as worried about that as I was this morning.
What a boring, boring blog. I apologize for that.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
It's been a very busy, very high-emotion, dramatic week. There have been very bad things, very good things, and very frightening things. Last night was a nice chance to relax and forget about the week, to eat some tasty Japanese food and watch a little TV and zone out for a while.
I'm very happy to have the day off tomorrow. I have lots of reading to do for school. I'm reading I, Rigoberta Menchu right now and it's really affecting the way I view our own indigenous peoples. Her story of struggle as the ladinos stole from them and took their land really makes me think about what life would have been like had the same thing not happened here five hundred years ago. Please bear in mind, I'm not advocating any kind of drastic shifting of land ownership or monetary restitution. I think that, at least in part, our indigenous people have been pretty smart with their taking over the casino realm and I support any dollar that they can make off that (it's our own responsibility to monitor what we spend our money on; I don't blame them for capitalizing on our desire for excess).
That being said, I do think that we have to go back and recognize that there were points in time in our own history where we did not adequately give others the respect which was due to them and probably took things which weren't ours by less-than-honest means (and likely violent means also). I think we bear some responsibility to learn about history, to learn where we came from, and to let that view shape where we go from here.
There's a whole wealth of knowledge that remains largely untapped, both because we won't and because they are too wary to share it lest it be abused. I can safely say that while I do believe that violence sometimes has to be the answer to some problems, learning is most certainly always the first answer.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
It was so cold this morning; I helped load some vanities into the truck at Mom and Dad's for Dad to take back because they were the wrong size and my hands were nearly frozen by the time I got back in.
I don't have much else to offer. Joey and I are staying in tonight since it's been such a busy and tough week.
Friday, January 16, 2009
My desk is a mess. My friend Erin, who sits next to me, is bothered by this daily. So, she decided to redecorate my shelf:
I had my first Bento Lunch!! (it was the same lunch for three days, though):
It was roasted sweet potatoes, forgotten vegetable kinpara, sticky rice, and dry-friend tofu.
I have a callous on my index finger from knitting:
But I'm knitting this:
And it's making me very happy!! I was showing my friend Shannon how to do the purl stitch (she's already picked up casting on and the knit stitch....a FAST learner), and I started this little bit of something. I liked the way the yarn was striping, so I decided to keep going with it. I think I'm going to make it into another skinny scarf, but I don't know if I'll keep it. I may decide to try to put it up on my yet-to-be etsy shop in keeping with my desire to sell a craft this year.
So, I'm at the recording studio right now and we're having a pretty good time:). Yay!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
What I like most about our group is that we're not "church people." You won't find a group of people trying to one-up each other about how spiritual they are, or pretending to be someone that they're not. What you will find is a group of real people, of broken people, of people who need Jesus and who need each other. You will find people who may not fit in with a class full of "church people" (sometimes, I wonder if I would, myself). You'll hear discussions of poop (thanks to me), laughter, tears, love, support....you get the picture. You'll meet a group of real friends and, honestly, of family too.
I love it. It really helps to make the whole shebang worthwhile.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I'm already starting to feel the pressure of school and it's just barely started. Since the online program is much more self-directed than an actual classroom program, I'm having to figure out how to prioritize on my own and make sure I get everything read so that I can get my work turned in on time. One of my courses was moved to another professor, and we haven't even heard from him, so that's pretty nerve-wracking too...that's the one where I've got the assignment due Wednesday.
I did my fourth Couch to 5K workout today, and I also did abs and legs. I've lost two pounds since starting the couch to 5K...that's pretty awesome.
So, I'm hoping to still post twice a week when school gets in full swing, and to make my posts more photo oriented and more surrounding knitting, frugality, cooking, and fitness. Look for that and maybe a giveaway here and there. I'm also shooting to post a blog review every now and then of things that I'm currently reading and enjoy.
That's all for now...I've got to make some snacks for a potluck later today!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
So, I'm thinking about my resolutions or goals for the year, and I wrote a few things down last week that I figured I'd post:
1. To get close to my goal weight by July/August (which should be attainable)
2. To run a 5K in April/May (which I've already started training for)
3. To buy only thrift-store clothing this year (which I've been doing since April of last year!!)
4. To finish knitting my sweater by March
5. To learn to knit cables (I've already got the pattern and recipient in mind!!)
6. To give 100% homemade Christmas gifts this year (and not buy anything, even the packaging!)
7. To sell a craft this year, whether it be on Etsy, or at a local craft festival, or whatever...
8. To shop at a farmer's market this year (local produce, here I come!!)
9. To keep the house more organized and get rid of things when we don't need them anymore (Started this one on New Year's day!!)
10. To go camping!
What I like about what I've selected is that they're all a stretch, but I didn't pick anything that's just unattainable. I'm not setting myself up for disappointment, because my goals are much more realistic than they have been in years past.
Of course, our big financial goal of the year is to come as close as possible to getting the car paid off (if not getting it there altogether). That one is going to be a big stretch. We don't owe a ton on it, but more than we can pay easily each month. We're going to have to take our frugality to new levels to see what we can do to pay as much as possible while still having heat/ac/food/a roof over our heads, etc.
It's going to be an interesting journey!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Katie is such a cutie:)
We played Phase 10, which was a lot of fun....the game took 3 hours, and we had a great time! (Notice, in the dark background, Joey's silly face)
Joey had a lucky hand and rubbed it in our faces...
Onigiri (rice balls), one of the snacks from last night (I made something authentically Japanese)...they also made a good breakfast this morning:)
I already said this many times last night, but I'm just thrilled with how many great friendships we've fostered this year. I really do feel like I would be lost without them.
Another post will come later with my Goals for the year...I just wanted to take some time to share the fun of the evening. Love to all!