Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oh, you know, just law

My best friend called today to ask how my holiday was.  Holiday?  I forgot we had one.  You mean that day that I didn't study and instead ate food, played Wii and fixed my computer so I could take an exam on it?  Oh yeah, I forgot about that.  Since then its been a never-ending blur of outlining, writing a paper, eating and having nightmares about outlining.  And that doesn't seem to be ending any time soon.

I am not nearly done outlining.  Gasp.  Not really.  I'm not terribly worried.  My schedule for studying involves 3 full days per course, and since I only have 4 exam courses, that works out so I don't have to "start" until Monday.  That is a misnomer of course, since I have to complete the outlines preferably before I "start," which will not be done.  

Where I'm at:

Natural Resources: done-need to review it
Criminal Procedure: done
Con Law: 1/2 done
Trusts and Estates: 1/4 done

I am over halfway done with all of them, but they aren't really all equal.  For example, Natural Resources is only 20 pages total, while Constitutional Law is 32 pages at 1/2 complete.  Clearly I did the easier ones first.

Today I slept in a little and started working on a paper for my non-exam class, the one I did my externship through.  That got really boring so I dozed off and laid in bed for a nap.  I had a nightmare about waking up from my nap and realizing it was 7:30 pm so I panicked and woke up.  I had been asleep for 45 minutes and it wasn't quite noon. 

DH says, "You know maybe law school wasn't the best choice for you.  It seems to stress you out too much."
My response, "Too late to change horses midstream."

Because that's where we are at.  As soon as I take these pesky finals, I am midway through law school.  Honestly, I never thought it would happen.  But lookit, we're very very close to being halfway done, its kind of crazy.

In other news, I have been knitting.  (It keeps me sane and makes sure I don't have those pesky nightmares every time I close my eyes)

Ok, this one I technically made last week.  The Birthday Cowl made with beautiful silk handspun from my friend Susannah at Harvest Moon Garden.

This one is a sideways Tudora from Knitty.  This is made with some Alpaca and Silk by Blue Sky Alpaca that was given to me by Courtney who said she didn't need it anymore and had too much yarn.  Wow, I never have too much alpaca and silk, just too much acrylic.

Well, there is more, including my first ever sockweight handspun, but its been dreary outside and rainy so no pictures yet!  I'll put those up soon.  If I ever finish this outlining!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Criminal Procedure and stress

This has been my life this weekend:

I guess I shouldn't complain too much.  I am in law school.  But I spent so much time on my computer at my desk today that my wrists hurt.  Sitting in the lounge chair, however, my wrists aren't pressing on the uncomfortable (but trendy looking) edge of my macbook.

Yeah, so I never thought I'd want one of those mushy wrist things.  But I totally do.  Luckily my mother thinks she needs to buy me one, so I might have one soon!  

But whenever I am really busy with law school, I have to knit.  Knitting is my stress relief.  Lord knows I've been under stress lately.  So what have I done?  Spun 4 oz of superwash merino from Knit Fit Knitting.

I'm not sure they sell roving on the site, but I picked this up at SAFF in a cute little plastic take-out style box.  By the time I really stopped at her booth I was low on funds, so I wasn't able to pick up one of her cute bags, but I really want one!

No picture right now b/c Blogger is doing something crazy to my photos.  But later!

I've also been spending some time at Chore Wars (Knit Wars).  This is a website along the lines of a role-playing game.  Lime and Violet started a team and I think it now includes 2,000 people.  For each knitting or spinning related thing you do you get experience points, you can go on adventures and various other fun things.  Yeah, so that's been a drain on my spare time :)  That's ok, its really fun!

Also, I spun up 2 oz of an alpaca batt I picked up at SAFF.  I don't know if its the alpaca or the fact its a batt, but I couldn't quite get my tension right.  Its overspun in parts, underspun in others and overall quite bumpy.  I've got another 2 oz so I'll try again.  But its still really, really soft!

This hat is the One-Skein Noro hat.  Its really simple but is really cute.  I have one problem though.  DH gave me this yarn a few years ago when he gave me a book called Holiday Knits (I think) and I was supposed to make ornaments.  Well, I didn't, and I'm making up Christmas presents so I figured I'd use this skein of Noro Silk Garden lite.  The problem is that I'm not entirely sure that I found all of the unfinished ornaments.  So hopefully I'll make it to the end!

If not, I suppose I can frog it and try again.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ups and Downs

Tuesday was great and I'm thrilled for Barack Obama.  I think he will take this country in the right direction and really be a good president.  But enough politics-this is a knitting blog!

Sunday DH and I went to donate the money we raised at the ALPO bake sale to the shelter.  I also took the money I made from SAFF that I had pledged to donate to them.  There was this beautiful little dog running around inside the lobby area.  She was some sort of mutt, maybe some beagle, maybe some rat terrier, and was just about Max's size.  She was younger though, having been adopted a few months ago from the shelter as a puppy.  Apparently they adopted her and when they were moving, brought her back.

That makes me so angry!  A dog or cat or bird is a lifetime commitment.  Not for your life, but for theirs!  I understand if the owner passes away, or is suddenly incapacitated, but because you are moving?  Unless you are moving into prison, you can take your animal with you.

But I would not want the option to not be available.  I love to do the offsite adoptions, and I'm hoping to do one today, but I don't want to force animals on people.  I don't want them to be spur of the moment decisions (unless you are a responsible pet owner no matter what).  I suppose it is better that Tiny comes back to MOAS than get left outside on her own when the moving truck leaves.  

I wish I could bring her home.  I wish I could bring them all home.  But I know that our home is as full of fur as it can be.  There's a delicate balance right now between Max and the cats, and the bird of course, and our budget is strained as it is with food, litter and vet visits for the animals we do have.  I would not want to bring another animal into our home and have our current animals suffer for it.  Also, I think another dog would antagonize the cats too much and make them miserable.  Max deserves to be an only dog for a while at least (until we have a bigger house and fenced in yard and lose a couple cats).  

I cry myself to sleep sometimes thinking about them.  I wish every dog and cat at the shelter had a chance at a happy home.  I know the shelter does a great job, but it is no substitute for the love and affection that a family can give an animal.  Thinking about the animals gets me thinking about children in foster homes and wow, I really can't go that route right now.

I suppose my best bet is to continue to try and raise money for them.  I tell myself that every dollar I raise gives each animal a few more days to stay at the shelter, and a few more days equals a better chance to be adopted.  The shelter there is really great anyway.  They aren't a "no-kill" shelter, but if the animal is adoptable (i.e. not wild or feral) they really will keep them until they are adopted.  I suppose there are probably exceptions, but I've seen animals stay for months while waiting to be adopted.  I've seen animals fill up their quarantine areas because the rest of the shelter is full.

Ah, but it makes me sad to think about it.  If you read this, and are touched like I am, go to MOAS's website and donate.  You can select an animal that has not been fixed yet and for $35 they will fix it, which makes it that much more adoptable. Of course you could always just donate to the shelter and they will use it as they see fit.  If you live in the Athens area, or near an animal shelter, do what I do.  I found out that they really use a lot of canned dog and cat food when an animal is post-op or won't eat for some reason.  So when I'm at the grocery store I pick up a can or two (about$1 or $2 worth) and cut out coupons to use on them as well.  Max and the cats don't eat it, so I give it to them.  Every couple of months I bag up the bottom of the pantry (where I keep it) and drop it off.  I end up giving a lot while not spoiling my budget.

And remember, 10% of the purchase price at BlueMutt Designs goes to MOAS.  I've posted about 20 new sets of stitch markers and can't wait to bring more money to them!