Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UPdates

  • Winding UP: grades are in, syllabus for next term is done and printed, the first few weeks of class are pretty much ready to go, and so I can wave goodbye to the teaching obligations of my job.
  • Writing UP: I am almost done with a revise and resubmit for one paper, and am through the 'hard part' of another paper (just have the discussion to write up). Yesterday I spent the morning cutting 1050 words out of a 4500 word paper, co-written with one of my former PhD students. Lucky for me, his writing is a bit 'flowery'.
  • Soaking UP: I finished the Magic Scarf (well, the knitting part) and here is the last section.
          It badly needs blocking and I have a dilemma. The scarf is almost eight feet tall, and I have       no  where to lay it out. So I think instead of blocking with wires I'll have to steam iron block it. Not great,    but I think my only choice. I did give it a bath and it opened up quite a bit, so that's nice. I also have the drop stitch cowl in the sink right now since that one is done too.
  • Warming UP: I've kept up taking a two+-mile work every Tuesday and Thursday with the dogs--we leave at about 7am. Usually by this time I've given up on the walks because of rain, but it hasn't been a problem this year. What is hard is that December is usually our coldest month (what is UP with that?)  and this December is no exception. I keep reminding myself that when I lived in Chicago and Boston, I went JOGGING if it was above 20 when I woke up. So walking the dogs in 26 degrees weather shouldn't be that hard. But it is. It is cold! But they like it a lot, I guess lots of good smells.
  • Gearing UP: now that school is done I guess it is time to get going on Christmas. Gifts are done but not wrapped. Tree is UP and decorated. Cards are in progress. I have printed out cookie recipes and plan to shop for cookie stuff today. 
  • Catching UP: on reading! I have a few books in the works--"Under Sea, Over Sky" because the second book is set during Christmas and I thought that might be a good Christmas book. The new prequel to His Dark Materials. But I'm fascinated---FASCINATED--by Tina Brown's "Vanity Fair Diaries". She was the editor of VF when I was involved in advertising (and hence tangentially to the publishing industry) and had seen at some luncheon or another many of the people she mentions. So it's fun.
  • Knitting UP: I'll have lots to show in the days to come. Obviously I've finished the Magic Scarf and the cowl. I have cast on and have worked the 'hard part' for the snowflake scarf. I have cast on for a hat. I'm hoping the mitten yarn comes today so I can cast on for that. Today's goal: finish Tim's Christmas gift.
  •  
  • So I think that WRAPS UP this UPdate. What's UP with you?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about blocking it in sections (wetting only the portion you can fit). Would THAT work?

Kim in Oregon said...

Dee--yes, that might work! BRILLIANT!

kathy b said...

You are getting lOTS done KIm!! Glad school is under control. ON with the holidays!
Will Calypso be seeing Santa?? Will you be seeing Calypso?

Kim in Oregon said...

Yes--I will visit him tomorrow and next week for sure!