Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WIP: Gray and yellow, gray and yellow, gray and yellow

I read my post title in a Wiz Khalifa voice.Your mileage may vary.

Anyway, I thought I'd show my progress on my friend's wedding quilt. As you may recall, she got married last Friday. For my part, I just finished piecing the blocks. But she's known me since 2003, so she knows this is very much par for my course. And she's too busy enjoying sunny San Diego with her new hubby to care very much right now. :)

I think it's going to look great, if I ever get around to finishing it! Right now I'm busy hyperventilating because I have to teach my first college course three weeks from today! Holy crap! Also, it is harder to write a syllabus than it seems like it should be. And I'm teaching a college course. At Cornell. The gravity of the situation is catching up with me. :)

This will eventually be almost twin size, so this is only the first few rows.

Like everyone else, I'm completely digging watching the Olympics. I'm enjoying seeing Nebraska's only Olympian playing well in women's volleyball (Jordan Larson)--Huskers represent! And I really loved watching the women's gymnastics team win gold last night, even though thanks to NBC's much-maligned tape delay, the suspense was gone. It was cool to see them grow visibly more confident as the evening progressed and then to just see on their faces that they knew that they had nailed it. In the interview they did, Bob Costas pointed out that none of them remembered the last time the U.S. won gold in gymnastics (1996). Of course, that's true, but so hard to believe! Kerri Strug sticking the landing on a sprained ankle was so iconic, and doesn't seem that long ago!

Does anyone else find it strange to see NBA players at the Olympics? They just seem so out of place, especially when you see moments like the Tunisian player getting Kobe's autograph. I might be a terrible American, but I kind of want Team USA to lose in basketball. They just seem like such arrogant prima donnas who don't even care that they're there. I've felt that way ever since Kobe floated the idea that they deserved to be paid in spite of already earning $50 bajillion for being an NBA superstar. It just seems a gross contrast to a lot of these other athletes who are happy to be there and who work other jobs to support themselves while they train. So if they magically get upset, I won't really shed too many tears for them. :)

/sports rant

Anyway, Kobe aside, I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday and Lily's Quilts Small Blog Meet!

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18 comments:

  1. Yay for a little bit of progress! I've had to teach three semesters so far in grad school (and hopefully I'm done!) but it's been all chemistry labs that you just basically supervise and grade and don't do any real course planning. Hopefully you're teaching something you want to teach!

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  2. I like the gray and yellow!! Plug away and it will be done soon!

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  3. Ha! Your quilt colors are lovely, but I also just really wanted you to know that I also really don't like basketball's team USA. The rest of team USA is fine (archery, gymnasts, etc) but....Kobe's (et al) soundbites really do make us all sound like incomparable asses. Spoiled asses.
    There, I've said it. I must be UN-American.

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  4. Yea, uh huh you know what it is, every quilt I do, I do it big. lol

    Looking good! And congrats on your teaching position! You will do great - you aren't a PhD student by accident! ;)

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  5. The quilt blocks are looking great! Will make for such a fab quilt!

    Good luck with the teaching! How exciting!

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  6. I purposely don't watch basketball [men's or women's] in the Olympics because they get so much national attention during their own season that I want to make sure under-appreciated sports like archery and fencing get their day in the sun.

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  7. Balancing school and everything else is always a tricky thing, but I love what you've done on this quilt so far. Great color scheme!

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  8. Visiting from Lily's quilts. That quilt is going to look amazing, look forward to seeing it finished.

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  9. Lovely blocks and I am loving the Olympics as well, probably the only time I really get into sport ;-)

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  10. The first time you teach is scary, but it gets better very quickly, promise! Just remember that you're in charge, and don't be afraid to say you don't know the answer, but you can find out for them after class. Students can smell bullsh*t :)

    I don't know if you're a knitter, but if you are (or perhaps even if you aren't), there's a great resource on the 'Facebook for knitters' site, Ravelry. One of their fora is ITFF (Ivory Tower Fiber Freaks). 99% of chat about teaching and academia, which lots of old threads with advice for new university teachers about writing a syllabus, etc.

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  11. You're teaching at Cornell!! How incredible is that? Way to go, Lady. :D The quilt you're working on is really super neat. Looking forward to watching it emerge!

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  12. Your blocks are looking gorgeous! And Cornell! Awesome - yes, one of those moments where reality comes and slaps you and says Congrats! this is what you have worked so hard for - you've arrived :)Best of luck with your class!

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  13. Looks like that will be a beautiful quilt! And congrats on the teaching position!

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  14. Good luck with the teaching :) And with the quilt! I'm enjoying the Olympics too, so exciting having it in the UK

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  15. Your blocks look great! Good luck with writing the syllabus :)

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  16. Pretty pretty. I really like the colors you choose.

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  17. The quilt is looking great! And really who reads the syllabus? I mean that one class at the beginning of the semester was the only easy class of like 3 years of college ;) Good luck and breathe. Or drink. Both work well - just not together!

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