November 2007


The knitting is not going how I would like.

The cardigan was going well, until I photographed it and realized that the bottom third or so is much darker than the rest. It is more obvious in real life. I am seriously considering ripping it out (sucks!) and making hat/scarf/mittens or something else (even though they won’t be super useful in southern California…) because the color obviously isn’t going to be similar enough for me to want to wear it.

The socks are going quite well though. I am worried that the yarn is going to bleed because it is turning my fingers grey. But it is very, very pretty to knit with (Socks that Rock lightweight in Valkyrie).

Going to the physical for the new job this afternoon.

I have been knitting a bunch, but no photos have been taken. I am still working on a plain top down raglan cardigan, which I think is turning out nicely. Next up is another pair of socks and then possibly the Central Park Hoodie in a deep grey.

Work has been … well, it’s been work. I honestly could not come up with a word. My boss has been out of town for the last 2 weeks, which is nice but my responsibilities increase 10 fold, and then I have to answer for my decisions (which normally wouldnt be bad, but I have no idea if she will agree with the decisions that I have made, and she won’t hesitate to undermine me if she doesn’t).

I have a tentative new job offer–I need to pass the physical and drug test/fingerprinting, and then the job will be mine. It is with county so the hiring process kind of takes forever, but if all goes as I am planning, I will start there Jan 3 (and end here Dec 21, taking the week of Christmas off for the first time since I finished grad school.) The people seem very nice, and I am hopeful I will like the work (medical social work in a hospital setting, which I have done before, with babies/children). It is actually the exact job I thought I would want while I was in grad school (or pretty close to it). Goodness, I am all about parentheses today.

I finished the Couch to 5k program last night, running my last 30 minute run (2.7 miles). I am really proud of myself, and plan to run the next 3 runs for 32 minutes, the 3 after that for 35 and then begin this 10k training program. I am not quite up to 3 miles yet, so that is why I am not starting immediately. I will have to start running for distance, not time.

Thanks for still reading this–I am hoping for some decent knit pictures soon.

Today I ran my first race. My goal was to run the whole thing, and I came pretty darn close–out of 36 minutes, I walked for about 30 seconds. Honestly, I probably would have kept walking if T hadn’t cheerleaded me that last mile (the race was a 5k which is 3.1 miles. which is the farthest I have ever run.)

I wanted to add a little more info, for my own reference if nothing else. My first mile I ran way too fast. I knew that I should stay at my own pace, yet with all of the people passing me, I just couldn’t go slow enough. Which meant that I was exhausted by half-way and at about 2.8 miles I really didn’t know if I could make it. It was really, really hard. There is no way that I could have done this before starting the couch to 5k program, but I am a little impatient it waiting for it to get easier. I am thinking about doing another race maybe in February or March, the same distance to see if the extra few months of running make it easier. I am hopeful that they will.

I am knitting, but no pictures so far–it is a top down raglan cardigan out of malabrigo. I am on the waist shaping, and so far it seems to be fitting, but I can’t seem to get a decent photo. hopefully soon.

Here is the race at the beginning, and then me and T afterwards.