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December 29th, 2009
11:22 am

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This holiday has been rough so far.  I came down with a horrible cold Sunday before Christmas.  I'm still recovering. 

Even though I was sick, Christmas went pretty well.  We had it at our house.  My parents came up, my Aunt came over, Brians folks, siblings, and his grandma came over.  The food turned out really well. 

We had a standing rib roast.  I need to figure out the thermometer thing that I guess came with the oven.  I used some guess for temperatures and times that I found on the internet.  The times were geared for a med rare piece of meat.  It was so wrong.  Dad and I decided we'd check it an hour before it was supposed to be done and we watched with horror as that thermometer quickly got to 120, then 130, then 140, 150, 160, and we just took the thermometer out and moved the meat to set.  The meat sat there until we finished the rest of the food.  Dad carved it and we found that even though it was not pink, it was still nice and moist and Brian stood there helping himself as dad was cutting it off the bone.  

So I gave my new oven a workout.  I discovered a few things.  
1.  roasting veggies on convection setting didn't work as well as I'd like.  They cooked, but they didn't brown.
2.  carrots really need to carmalize to taste good. 
3.  parsnips are not my favorite. 
4.  the top oven really needs to be cleaned. 
5.  if you open the bottom oven and have your face right there to see whats in it, you get a steam bath.  I've actually known this, but that didn't stop it from happening. 

Give me 20 years,  I'll have it figured out. 

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September 1st, 2009
09:49 pm

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I've been told that I should do algebra now.  They do character theory on finite groups.  I've been banging my head against the wall trying to learn the analysis and I've been *this close* to giving it up.  So if the reason I did good enough on the quals is that I did well on the algebra area...  I think I'll give it a try.  

I don't feel like a wasted my summer.  I do feel a sense of relief.  I think I'd have something more inteligent to say, but I had to switch my teaching to 7:45am because group theory was at 8:50 (when I was teaching).  I think it'll be a few days before I am less sleepy.  

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August 6th, 2009
04:17 pm

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We're planning an intervention.  If you've been in the US for 2 years, its time for you to start wearing deodorant.  It will make your students and your peers much happier. 

Holy crap I can't breathe. 

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July 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

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BLAH and BAH.

I woke up late.  I had brownies for breakfast.  I'm wearing a shirt that's too small.  Its 12:30 and I haven't started studying.  

I need to change my shirt, get my shoes on, have some lunch, and walk to my study place.  Time to get moving already!  (AND eat something healthy..)

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July 22nd, 2009
10:36 pm

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My tendencies to be a perfectionist come out really badly when I knit.  I'm half way through the 3rd pair of socks.  The first pair has a gauge issue, but otherwise are perfectly acceptable socks.  They won't fit any woman I know and no man that I know with feet that big would be caught wearing them.  The second pair is very nice, they fit and there are no noticeable mistakes.  If I discovered a mistake it would bother me until I fixed it.  

So today at the knitting group, one of the other ladies is knitting socks.  She's using a different technique, but otherwise they're the same basic pattern.  Now, she had just remarked about how beautiful my socks were.  I've got one almost finished, I just have to graft the toes and I'm on to the second.  I examined her sock and noted a few things that would drive me batty.  She wasn't consistent when she did a few things and I could see them.  Now, I'm not perfect.  If I had done it right, the pattern of my sock would be different, I would have been able to carry the pattern down the heal, and they'd look pretty darn cool.  Instead, I screwed it up and knit the entire leg before I noticed.  I'm learning that mistakes like that are "intentional".  So I improvised.  Then I couldn't remember if you ssk at the begining or K2tog at the begaining, so I guessed.  I did it backwards, but I was consistant.  So who cares?  As long as I do it the same on the second, only someone who's proficient at knitting socks will notice.  

Apparently I'm the one proficient at knitting socks that noticies the mistakes on another persons sock. 

I'm going to have to work on my praise of other people's work so its genuine.  Hopefully I can be helpful enough that people can look past that. 

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July 18th, 2009
10:32 am

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housekeeping...
My parents have finally joined facebook.  I'm not sure finally is the right word, but it works. 

We're having overnight visitors to our new house.  This is really the first time, as when my parents were here we were still sleeping at the apartment.  I'm going around making sure that all the things upstairs are looking somewhat nice.  Its really hard to make things look really nice because, well, we just don't have much stuff yet.  The downstairs looks pretty homey, the upstairs, not so much.  Oh well, at least I can get things clean. 

The smell of a pot roast cooking does wonders for making the house "homey". 

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July 15th, 2009
05:32 pm

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knitting
The other day I was knitting at starbucks.  I don't knit there often, I'm usually there to do math.  Of course knitting in public gets some attention from the people around. 

I actually got attention from another knitter though.  She invited me to a knitting group on Wednesdays at the barnes and noble.  I have half a mind to go... I need to meet more people around here. 

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July 13th, 2009
10:35 am

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I have a thousand things to do today. 

go to the bank:
pick up the water filter for tridge.
send in for a rebate
pay a doctors bill
dishes
study study study! 

Ok, well thats not really a thousand things.  But if I ever get moving, it'll take me all day. 

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July 11th, 2009
02:22 pm

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new washer
So after a discussion about buying a new washer or buying one from someone on craigs list:  we opted to buy a washer from craigs list.  Brian found someone willing to sell us just the washer from his set for $100, he'll deliver it, and he'll guarantee it'll work for 90 days.  Seeing as it costs $15-$20 to wash a weeks load of laundry at the laundromat, that sounds just fine. 

I suppose we'll know for sure when he gets here. 

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July 9th, 2009
11:01 am

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Things never turn out the way you expect (or hope them to). 

we decided to replace the whole roof after we got quotes.  I'm still at a point of being glad for that decision, but its a tad more expensive than the quote.  See, the quote doesn't account for the amount of wood that needs to be replaced.  So we had our number and well, how much wood needs to be replaced?  Hopefully not too much, just where it's visibly buckling.  (we hope).  

They arrive this morning and start removing the two layers of shingles.  They start in the back and I watch for a bit.  The guy who's in charge informs me that I hate to say it, but we're going to have to replace all that wood.  Now, the back of the house wasn't buckling.  They move to the front, and even I, with my untrained eye, can see that the shingles are coming up with a layer of plywood.  So all of thats got to be replaced.  

Its $40 a sheet of plywood.  I'm seeing dollar signs. 

And the washing machine crapped out on us last weekend. 

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