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If I thought life was crazy before, it’s even crazier now. I’ve been run off my feet today, not running from one place to another for about 40 minutes tops and that was between engagements. I started out with two hours out by the beach for a field practical which was simply freezing, it didn’t help that I hadn’t really realized just how windy it was out. By the end of the exercise, my hands where blue. I then headed back to help someone with their stats until 2, though she did give me chocolate for helping and it’s good for me to go over things again, in my mind at least. Then it was back to my room to get ready for archery. Archery until 5, I managed to shoot a half Portsmouth, only 237 which isn’t very good but I’m just getting back to form, so it’s not that bad, will just have to do better next time. Then ran into town for a meeting about PhDs which was very instructive and it seems that I might be able to get home fee classification afterall, makes me rethink New Zealand a little bit. Then ran over to the expand meeting, which I actually missed, but I’m not actually that bothered, I’m not sure if I even really want to do it this summer. Then back to Melville to get changed for Catherine’s dinner. Had a very nice time, it was good to see everyone even if Sally didn’t show which was sad as I really wanted to see her/give her her birthday card.

Anyhow, I have another action packed day tomorrow. To tell the truth, I enjoy the business though it makes it hard to do anything else, at least I’m not feeling as depressed as I did last week.

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Pattern: Silver’s Sock Class by Kristin Bellehumeur

Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Wool Solid in Grey (approx. 84 g)

Needles: 2.75 mm / US 2

I started these way back in April as a first project for my mom to get back into knitting. However, she is not ideally suited to the intricacies of sock knitting so I finished off the first one in mid June and realized I’d made them too long to fit my mom but the perfect size for my father. I started the second sock in late August/early September and finished them just recently.

I am quite proud of the fact that I’ve gotten much better at knitting on dpns without getting laddering. Though my stitch picking up for the gusset is horrible and leaves holes up the edge, I really need to figure that out before I start my next pair of socks.

Life has been a bit of a whirl wind over the past week or so. I started off by going down to Edinburgh for an archery meeting last Saturday, before which I also went for my second run of the program (but more on that later). I managed to go do a bit of yarn shopping before hand, I may have bought a bit more than I was expecting to but I’ll do a yarn dump in a little while when the yarn that is coming in the mail gets here. The meeting was great and I’m all buzzing with ideas for the club and ways that we can improve our program and competition placing. I zipped back home on the train right after to get here on time for my dance auditions, I was strongly encouraged to go though I wanted to as well and was accepted into the advanced class. Which I attended the next night. Three nights of intense dancing and two runs later I wake up monday morning (when I was supposed to do my third run) with a stuffy nose and a scratchy throat. I’ve been taking it easy and well stocked with zinc and vitamin C and Echinacea tea but I’m still stuffy. It’s really depressing because I don’t feel up to going running at all and I haven’t been fencing either because I’m scared it will just make me feel worse. My greatest fear as that having sort of put it off for now, despite it being a very good reason I won’t get back to the running or fencing. I’ll just have to be a bit more disciplined with myself.

I bought an old bicycle off a friend last year because lets face it I live a mile at least away from where I need to be very morning and I usually have to leave twenty minutes early if I want to make it even remotely on time to lectures, lets not even think about early. I’ve been terrified to ride it because of the whole other side of the road thing and the fact that the cars do really whizz along. Any how, I finally went and bought a pump because my wheels were a bit flat and I’ve been riding the last few days. It really is amazing how much quicker it makes it to get to class though I find that I don’t know how to get around now that I actually have to follow the roads and one ways. That and the fact that it uses slightly different muscles than walking, so I’m a bit sore after.

Now to the fun work bit. I have a nice semester in many ways, my lectures are over by mid November and most of my work is handed in or presented before than as well. Which mainly means the next few weeks will be hell before my nice lazy roll into the Christmas break. Currently I’m stressing because I have a presentation to give on my dissertation on Friday, a dissertation which I’ve barely looked at the data, much less input it all into a spread sheet (I’m in the process) I suppose I can get away with the most preliminary of stats especially as I will only be working with half of my data. And I’ve got a hand in for conservation due on friday, of I’m going to be busy tomorrow. It will be internet displacement time. That is whereby I make myself do work by removing myself from the corrupting influence of the internet. Joys.

At some point in the past few months I made plans to start running when I got back to uni this fall. It’s a great form of exercise that you can do just about anywhere and I’ve always said that I have bad ankles and that keeps me from being able to run. Well that’s just an excuse I figured. My friend Sarah found this site program c25k which builds you up over the course of 9 weeks to being able to run 5k. It’s designed for people who haven’t done any running before so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I bought running shoes right before coming over which were somewhat expensive so that was one motivation for me. Anyhow the weather just hasn’t been cooperating over the past few days and I finally got to go on my first run this morning. There is a link to podcasts on the site which essentially tell you when to walk and when to run and I really liked using them. It was harder than I thought it was going to be but it felt good when I was doing it and I’m really looking forward to going out again. It’s sort of like when I started playing the cello again back in second year, it felt so good to do it that I couldn’t get enough. I have two more runs to complete the first week which are the exact same as the one I did this morning and I hope/anticipate that they will get easier as I do them. It really makes me motivated and excited to go running again which seems like a really weird thing.