Knitting goddess · movie star drool · new books (yay)

I am just, well, …

…bleah. I’ve spent the last month trying to catch up from being out of town and haven’t done a very good job. I am inundated with work and I can’t seem to concentrate on much of anything. Except knitting. I’ve made considerable progress on my tank but I’ve been having trouble reading. Or even watching TV for that matter. My couch-potato skills are not working right now.

So instead of reading books, I’ve been buying quite a few of them. Confessions of a Spoilsport by William Dowling was a really good sports memoir about how Division 1a sports is ruining higher education; got a few more Barnes and Noble Shakespeare titles (Hamlet, King Lear, and Julius Ceasar); picked up the Portable Professor What a Piece of Work is Man (lectures about the seven great tradgedies of Shakespeare by Harold Bloom); the Wrinkle in Time boxed set; Michael Dirda’s Classics for Pleasure; Ulysses (stop snickering). Someone stop me please!

In research-related news, I found out that we got the CDC grant that we applied for back before Easter. The acceptance came while I was in Europe. This means there are two ginormous, grant-funded multi-year studies to design and submit to IRB as well as the two clinical trials we are starting at Christmas. And the boss has yet to hire new grad RAs so it’s just me doing all of this right now (oh, and the other RA who is useless, so let’s not talk about that).

In other news, my youngest brother gets married this weekend. I don’t even have a date. Meh. I’ll go play with my neices.

Current book-in-progress: Wide Sargasso Sea for BNBC Literature by Women November, Classics for Pleasure, I finished re-reading the UK versions of TN1-4, Death in Venice and, oh, everything else I’ve started but not finished recently. I’m also entertaining a review of The Red Tent because Anita Diamant will be online at BNBC in November.
Current knitted item: After ripping out the aforementioned crappy dart shaping, I finished the front (the re-done darts look very nice) and I’m past the shaping on the back. Just a few more inches until I need to decrease for the straps. Then I really need to start on Christmas stockings. Oh, but I have to knit a scarf instead (I hate being volunteered for things) so I’m going to knit it with cotton yarn. Ick.
Current movie obsession: After dumping my digital cable (friggin’ Internet still costs about $50, then basic cable another $50 – WTF?), I bumped up my Netflix. So I’ve been drooling over the nearly 400 movies in my queue (is it obvious that the selection is better than anything at the local rental places?) and have recently become obsessed with the Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Gaskell’s North and South. Richard Armitage is so gorgeous – in a few years he could be the next Rochester if there are any new Jane Eyre adaptations. N&S is probably going to be my next acquisition.

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