In the Bleak Midwinter

January 26, 2014

Nothing is better than coming home to a warm, welcoming fire after a cold, stormy and rainy day out …

… and nothing helps beating the January Blues better than a little touch of colour:

Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock [colour: Poppy]
Needles: 2.25mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

Three weeks into the New Year I can report that I am doing quite alright with balancing my time between work on the PhD [Third year!!! Things are starting to get really serious now…] and other things I enjoy in life. There has been socialising, there has been knitting, and there has even been some time for a little non-PhD-related reading. There is, of course, still plenty of room for further improvement [especially as regards not thinking about the PhD/not feeling guilty for not working on the PhD when doing fun stuff], but hey, also small steps are good steps [especially when taken in such happily coloured socks!] …

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2013

I come from a family of collectors. Basically, this is just a fancy way of saying that we don’t throw stuff away no matter how useless, tasteless or downright horrible it is. Which is why my parents still have this plastic Santa doll from the early 1980s…

Isn’t this the weirdest, creepiest Santa you ever saw? I sometimes lovingly refer to him as alcoholic sex-offender Santa. And it gets even worse when you take off his hoodie:

I mean, seriously, doesn’t he look just like Walter from Breaking Bad dressed up as Santa? Kind of makes you wonder what he might have in his sack. And don’t forget that, as the carol says, he sees you when you’re sleeping…

Nonetheless, [m] and I wish you all a Merry Christmas with loads of presents, food and jolly company (or, you know, peace and quiet if that is what you prefer instead). Oh, and I hope you’re not too creeped out by plastic Santa – we didn’t mean to give you nightmares before Christmas ;-)