Yes, I realize it's been over a week since I posted.
Pretty sure it's mostly because my knitting has slowed down to a crawl. I don't have much more to show you from the last time I posted pics. Well, that's not completely true:
I cast on another gift knit for my other senior dancer soloist- a pair of U of M socks for her first year at college next year as a Golden Gopher.
The one nice thing? This is a fantastic travel knit, so it'll hopefully be finished with a trip down to the cities next weekend for our last dance competition. Car time = lots of knitting time!
There officially are 6 projects that I have listed as WIP on my Ravelry page. 3 of them have deadlines that are looming uncomfortably close, and I haven't actually cast on for the last of my gift knits for dancers yet.
This isn't taking into account the Ivy League Challenge, which might be more of a lofty dream at this point than an actual thing I can accomplish in the next 2 1/2 (??!!!) weeks. What was I thinking? Completing an entire fair isle fingering-weight vest in the midst of competition season and the last half of the semester?!
Haha, ooooh boy do I make myself laugh...
Right now I'm aiming at finishing solo and duet gifts before our competition showing, since that's the last time my solo and duet dancers perform. :( We'll see if that even happens.
In other fun news, school has ramped up like crazy. I have a stack of papers to grade and only 3 weeks left in the semester. Luckily, I was assigned a couple of classes for fall semester, and hopefully I get at least one more to help with the whole income thing. Big changes I'm excited about? I'll be teaching an online course for the first time ever! Second big change?
I switched books for my College Comp II class! While this may seem like a tiny change to some, for a teacher, it's huge. I've been using the Writer's Reference since I began at LSC. It's a great reference book, but it doesn't have a lot of engaging readings or templates for writing rhetorically. Graff's They Say/I Say is a fantastic tool for students to use (hopefully) beyond my class for any discipline, and has a lot of great essays for the students to read and comment on for class exercises throughout the semester in regards to argumentative writing.
Done nerding out about teacher stuff. :)
(Gotta have a least a little bit about that once in awhile!)
Oh, and remember that partially dislocated kneecap?
I've graduated to kinesiology tape to support keeping my kneecap in place when doing my regular activities! Super happy about that. A week of not climbing and gentler dance made me very antsy. While I do have to do the tape during more intense activity (basically dance and climbing, which is 6-7 days a week for me), the doc hopes I can wean off of it in a month if I keep up my rehab. Bam!
Since I had to be gentler last weekend, I did my first Lake Superior dive for the season!
The water was a balmy 36 degrees, and I enjoyed a dive off of the Two Harbors peer with my dive partner Josh! It was great to get back in the water, get used to my (new to me) drysuit, and get excited for diving in Key Largo with my parents in a couple weeks and wreck diving in Lake Superior this summer!
This weekend is the third of our four dance competitions, so I'll be running around, cheering on my dancers, and maybe even squeezing in a workout at VE during one of my breaks since it's a 5 minute walk from the performance hall.
Hopefully I will have some knitting to show you come Sunday evening...
Hold me to that, please...