Friday, May 27, 2005

Inquiring Minds Wanna Know

Where the hell have I been this year? I get it all the time. "Why haven't you updated your blog?" "Why are there no new pictures everyday?" "Why have you abandoned your website?"

Well, here's your freakin' answer:

Students Named to Deans' Lists
More than 1,400 University of Oregon students have been named to the deans' lists for scholastic achievement during winter term of the 2004-5 school year, according to Anne Leavitt, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

The deans' lists are compiled for fall, winter and spring terms during each school year. All undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students, including National Student Exchange students, are eligible.

To qualify for the lists, students must be in good academic standing and must have completed 15 or more graded credits for the term. This is a change from last year, when students needed only 12 or more graded credits to qualify. The required minimum grade-point average is 3.75 on a scale having 4.0 as a straight-A average.

Altogether, 1,405 students-out of 15,461 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students- made winter term 2005 deans' lists for their respective UO school or college

ladies and gents... I was one of them. I got a 3.86 for Winter term. I was very, very busy and stressed out.

and in order to counteract the stress... I took up knitting. When I'm waiting for a class to start or riding the bus or sitting on my butt at work, I've taken up the needles and yarn and I've learned to enjoy a few quiet moments learning how to be crafty. I really like making items and even more, I like giving them away. Here's what I sent to my mother for mother's day:

"It's Not A Scarf!" Wrap

I call it the "it's not a scarf!" wrap because it was the third item I made and finally, FINALLY it was bigger than a scarf...and it turned out well. While still a rectangle shape- it took much longer to do and it's given me a new appreciation for the art of knitting. And I was only doing basic stitches too. I was tempted to keep it for myself since I wore it for the pictures and I felt so sophisticated but after finding out how much mother likes it... I'm glad to have given it away. After spending hours and hours on something like that... getting used to the feel of the yarn... the way the project forms in your lap... it feels like giving away a child. Knitting, like most art forms, is an act of giving birth. And it's bittersweet to have to send the child off into the world and start all over with a new one.


Blogger Laurel said...

Wait a minute...are you wearing a *sweater* in that picture??? C'mon--it's basically June!!! I am *not* packing a sweater in my bike panniers, so please do something about the weather up there for me. Thank yew.

-yr cuz

8:35 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

p.s. gorgeous non-scarf! i'm glowing with pride. : )

8:36 PM  
Blogger Alder said...

Hi, there! Nice looking wrap. You are multi-talented. That rich purple is a good color for you--it goes well with your dark hair and eyes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. You must have searched most of my archive to find that old tattoo photo I posted. (Now I get worried wondering what idiotic things I might have said on my blog in the last few months that you might have read...) You're right, I don't particularly like that profile picture, either. A lot of pictures of me I've seen don't really look like me, not like my self image of myself. Kind of like the voice on the tape recorder phenomenon, I guess. Maybe I just haven't found the right photographer yet... ;)

Also, congratulations on making the Dean's List. Kudos to you!

If you want to drop me a line sometime, send me an e-mail at You're a very creative person, and it would be nice to get to know you. I'm in Eugene every month or two. Maybe we could get together for a cup of coffee sometime?

Best wishes!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Your "it's not a scarf" is beautiful! I've tried taking up knitting, but I can't seem to get the hang of it. Glad to see you've come back to the blogging world.

11:43 AM  

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