Today I am mailing off my application to test for my LCSW. This is an application 2.5 years in the making, and I am really, really proud. (All I actually had to do to get to this point was work, organize my supervision, and take some classes. The testing is still to come. But I am still proud that I stuck with it, making sure I got what I needed.)

I am knitting, on some socks (which are much farther along than you see here but it is grey and rainy) and still running (so far i have run 25 miles this month, and plan to run today, which is pretty far for me. Of course some people do this in a week, but I am still happy with it.)

Lots of parentheses here, sorry about that. Life keeps going in steps, one at a time. And I am happy to have finished this one.

And a scarf I finished, for good measure. It is 100 percent alpaca and incredibly soft and squishy. I am not smiling because I look silly when I do so in pictures. I should work on that.


My new job, that is.

I started on Friday (it was supposed to be on a Thursday but my clearances didn’t come through until Thursday. I was offered starting on Friday, or waiting til January 3rd. I admit that I was tempted to take the month of December off, but that isn’t very realistic). I haven’t started any actual work; orientation goes through Tuesday, and then work will actually start on Wednesday. I am going to call my supervisor sometime tomorrow and find out what unit I will be working on and other basic information about my job.

I received some very pretty yarn in the mail this weekend, and I am unsure what it will be.

It is 1000 yds of silk lace. I am seriously considering Juno Regina and the Victoria Shawl (without the border– just the center pattern with a garter stitch edging). Any thoughts (or other suggestions)?

(otherwise on the knitting front I am halfway done with the first sleeve on the cardigan, and finished with the first monkey sock.)

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.

Monkey socks finished (size 1 needles, Socks that Rock mediumweight yarn in Blue Moonstone).

Job interview next Tuesday–unsure what exactly the position calls for, but I feel like I need to be proactive. My other job is still ongoing, but continues to be unstable as it is unclear what the company that owns us plans to do (ie sell us, shut us down, keep us open. It is completely undecided and therefore I am finding it very stressful).

Running is still coming along nicely–I ran 20 minutes for the first time yesterday (and finished the 5th week of the program ) without stopping–outside–and traveled 1.85 miles for a 10:50 minute mile. Pretty damn proud of that.

Out to dinner with T. Baby shower for a friend at work, and then licensure supervision this weekend. Sorry blogging has been so sporadic and crappy–worklife has been taking its toll.