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February 22, 2006

Random Wednesday

Knitting , Olympic Knitting 2006 , Randomness , Today on the Internets

1. This is really the first down time I've had since my trip, and... I'm tired. Really tired. Even the combination of caffeine and Franz Ferdinand was barely keeping me awake at work this afternoon. But tonight I did not have work or class. So I came home, took a quick nap, went to a nice dinner with friends, and am now home, in my pajamas, watching the Olympics and drinking chai. Yay.

2. Meet my cute little avatar:

Yahoo! Avatars

3. Have you seen BlogShares yet? I haven't had time to totally figure it out, but it seems to be a fantasy stock market game - with blogs as the companies! Don't you want to know how much your blog is worth, and even who "owns" shares of your blog? Yeah, I thought you did. Click on the link and get sucked in like I have. :-)

4. Olympic knitting is... going, I guess. I'm a bit stalled, still on the cuff of the second sock. I just haven't had any time. But I'm determined to finish.

5. Speaking of which, I have a few media links to add to the KO links list. I'll get them on there soon. I promise.

6. I used to laugh at my mother and her "power naps." I insisted that the idea of just closing your eyes for 5 or 15 minutes was preposterous. Couldn't actually help. Um, apparently I just wasn't tired enough then. Because now I get it. Totally. It's a lifesaver. And man, does the "not quite asleep" state produce some funky dreams. (Including those involving kissing people about whom I generally do not think in that manner. Weird.) But yeah, I'm totally behind this concept now. Thanks Mom!

7. Like many knitters, I'm often torn between knitting/starting whatever I want and trying to actually finish things. I recognize that I'm a process knitter, and that knitting is supposed to be fun and there are enough deadlines and stressors in the rest of my life. But on the other hand, finishing is kind of fun. And my unfinished projects are numbering, well, in the dozens by now. And just knowing that they're there adds to my general guilt level.

So I'm going to try a compromise. A new system, of a sort. It's pretty simple: ten projects are allowed to be on the "actively knitting" list at a time. If I want to knit something not on the list - either something new or an unfinished item - then I have to finish one of the list items first. I think this actually has a chance of working. Ten is a reasonable number, I think, to keep track of, but it is large enough to allow for plenty of variation. And maybe by the end of the year, all my projects will fit on that list of ten. (But don't hold your breath.)

Posted by Kat at February 22, 2006 10:45 PM

I've just peeked at Blog Shares a little bit - it looked intriguing but I decided to wait until I had a bit more time (after the Olympics, in theory).

Cute avatar! Hope you get rested up from all your "gallivanting" around. :)

Posted by: Chris at February 22, 2006 11:33 PM

ten sounds like a good number. power naps ROCK they really do help ! heh. i have been exhausted lately too and we're out of hte house the next two mornings agaaaaaaaain. ack. what am i htinking?

Posted by: aisling at February 23, 2006 12:16 AM

The ten projects idea sounds very reasonable. Will you post your projects and process here? We'll keep you honest.

Good luck with the sock. It's coming down to the wire, but you can still make it.

Posted by: Ivy at February 23, 2006 08:22 AM

10 projects seems reasonable. I tried 5 but I crashed and burned-- maybe I just need to broaden my perspective.

Posted by: kendra at February 23, 2006 09:10 AM

Power naps are are worthy of worship! I used to mock a manager of mine for taking them, til I tried them myself and realized what I'd been missing. Irene said she's bringing in a pillow and afghan for the recliner in the break room...

Posted by: Erica at February 23, 2006 11:41 AM

Power naps are awesome. If only I could find the time to take them...

I like your idea of sticking to a 10 project list. I need to do something similar.

Posted by: Kat at February 23, 2006 09:20 PM

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