Today is the day that Obama is sworn into office. Yay! I’ll be watching this on TV in half an hour. In the meantime, I’ve just gotten done speaking with Penny Kile about grad school figures and apparently there is a 34% increase in the number of applicants this year compared to in previous years. :(. This will trend will likely spread across the board to other schools and this just makes my pool more competitive. Bummer. I guess if I don’t get in, I can always get a job or travel doing something glamorous, but I want to be a scientist … so help me… please?
Finally, I finished knitting the turn a square hat designed by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. It is soo awesome and keeps my head warm! The best part is that I have enough leftovers to make another hat 🙂
I gotta head to a TV to watch the inaguration! Change has Come!
So I’ve come back to Austin from a long break from academics. My break has been a whirlwind of sorts and while I could say all that has happened, it would probably bore you and I don’t feel like going into it anyway. I’ll just suffice it to say I had a great break and life is good.
Some changes have happened recently. I found out that I will be teaching 2 sections of the advanced analytical lab this semester. Originally, I was under the impression that I would be teaching the non-majors section, but now I’ve been switched to the majors section which will likely involve tons of grading which I am not looking forward to. Other than that, not too much else is going on here. My latest project of finishing my knitted handbag has finally been completed! It was a super quick project and I’m pleased with the results…
I just finished my personal training semester orientation seminar and am now just relaxing. Despite my workout earlier, I may go for a run since it is such a beautiful evening! I’ve also begun knitting a sock… hopefully I will have 2 socks by the end of knitting them.
In any case, I’m going to soak up the sun before it sets and I promise to post more now that I am not so busy doing holiday stuff!
I went to the annual NYE party at the Seales a couple of nights ago. It was fun as usual. This year it was a bit more subdued, and amidst the sound of Dick Clark’s NYE playing in the background, and the firecrackers sounding off outside, I managed to eat more than I have in the past month altogether, and catch up with friends. This will likely be the last NYE I spend at the Seales because I will *hopefully move on in life* and the Seales will be moving to east Texas and inevitably there will be schedule conflicts and long distance relationships are hard period.
This year I’ve resolved to be happy wherever I am at. I feel like much of my life is wasted pining over things that are beyond my control (grad school/economy/job offers etc) and this year, instead of pining, I will do something to fix the problems and/or do something productive to take my mind off of them. This holiday has been a breath of renewal for me. I’ve gotten into knitting, intend on hitting the rink and gym more, and hope to get out more. Now that I have a car as my accomplice, there is nothing stopping me.
In addition, I am resolving to start and keep a blog. We’ll see how many readers I get, haha!
I finally finished making the scarf for Erin, (I’ll post pictures later), and today I signed up to take a knitting class so that I can learn to knit in the round and do raglan shaping. I’m excited and can’t wait until Sunday so that I can get my knit on. 🙂
I hope all is well for you in the New Year and wish you good luck.