Semester Down

I am officially finished with my first semester of sophomore year!  I had my last final at 8 AM this morning and I totally rocked it.  It was Northern Renaissance Art and I know I did well.  I also think I did pretty well on the other 3 finals.  I managed to stick to my final study schedule making my life much easier and enjoyable.  I was able to spend the time that I wasn’t studying (which meant most of the day) going around LA doing fun LA things with my friends.  The main reason for this is that one of our friends is transferring to a college closer to his home and wanted to do some LA things before he left.  We went to Little Tokyo and ate tasty Japanese snacks, The Last Bookstore which is an amazing bookstore that you cannot miss and where I bought a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and Koreatown for some tasty Korean food.  We also went to Hollywood one evening where 2 of my friends and I each got small tattoos together (not the same tattoo thank goodness).  I got a small outline of the boa constrictor that ate an elephant from The Little Prince on my hip.  I would take a picture but it’s still healing and doesn’t look to awesome at the moment.

I’ve wanted a tattoo for a while, but it was only recently that I decided what I would get.  I remember reading the opening of The Little Prince when I was a little girl and absolutely loving the story of the narrator drawing a boa constrictor and the elephant.  Part of this is because snakes are my favorite animal and part is because I love The Little Prince because it draws attention to how everyone sees things a different way and how it’s okay to look at things a little differently.  Anyway, I’m very happy with the experience and quite enjoy the tattoo.

During these study days I also managed to get some personal reading in.  I read University Park Los Angeles: A Brief History by Charles Epting.  It’s a book from History Press which puts out some really lovely books on the history of different areas.  There are quite a few on various parts of Los Angeles County and they pair written history with historical photographs.  A lot of what I read I already knew — knowledge that comes with attending USC and paying attention to one’s surroundings — but there was even more that I was delighted to learn.  An added bonus is that I actually know Charles Epting.  He’s a junior at USC (and already written a book — I have some catching up to do) and I work with him on one of the archives.  Just talking to him, it’s clear how interested he is in the history of USC and the surrounding area.  I highly recommend it.

I also got quite a bit of knitting done.  The longer size 5 cable needles arrived making the knitting a lot easier on my wrist and hands.  I managed to finish All the Shades of Truth last night and am quite pleased with how it turned out.  It hasn’t been blocked so the edges are still a little wavy but I love it.

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 I love the way the rectangles go in different directions and how the borders are different sizes.  It really does remind me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.  It was also incredibly easy to knit although the rows were quite long for the final borders — over 400 stitches.  I’m glad it’s done though because I’m in need of a smaller project to knit.  

And that new project is Razor Cami!  i’ve had this project in my queue for ages — like since I joined Ravelry.  I finally bought the yarn to make it — Rowan Cashsoft 4 Ply in Kiwi — and have knit about 5 cm of the 6 cm ribbing.  I love how small and light it is compared to the behemoth that All the Shades of Truth became at the end.  Should be a quick, fun knit.  

That’s about all.  I think I’m going to go enjoy more of my break.  We’re probably going to be headed to Venice Beach and the Santa Monica pier for one last hurrah before everyone leaves for their respective hometowns.  

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