Friday, December 26, 2008

they are "elder americans."

let us feast, originally uploaded by nirbhao.

not senior citizens.

family time.

today was balmy, with temperatures in the mid thirties.

if only we were talking celsius.

I paid lip service to the little baby jesus on giftmas eve. catholic school crush (who we have since determined has cooties)'s parents sat in the pew behind my family. we shook hands at the sign of peace and they looked as if they feared I might explode on contact. I smiled and said, "peace be with you, Mrs. Catholic School Crush-- Mr. Catholic School Crush."

I still wonder which if the two of us they are angry with. maybe both. maybe neither. I don't like to believe that things in life can be so far broken beyond hope of repair.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


, originally uploaded by nirbhao.

I'm done with the beardcore hat. it's okay. it is not my best work, but I like it enough to still give it to Shane.

(this is John, by the way-- not Shane. John is a very good sport.)

my friends are the most amazing people ever in the whole wide world.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

getting personal

I finished my first year of law school.

four years ago, at about this time of year, I was desperately trying to keep my life together-- in active denial at the implications of the hours and days I just couldn't move. given as much work as I've been doing this term, I can't figure out how I actually sat for my exams, knowing that I would be having heart surgery in a matter of weeks.

[edit: last time was when I had the upcoming surgery. I'm doing great now.]

I feel like I'm standing at the peak of a very tall mountain. I'm giddy. I can't believe the distance I've covered. I can't believe I stood there, down on the ground, which seems so very far away.

but it's windy, and now I have no idea what to do with myself. every possibility is open to me, and it is all good. it is wonderful.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

day off (kind of)

homage, originally uploaded by nirbhao [EXAM WEEK].

yesterday, a classmate, who I don't interact with very much, approached me and told me that he wants this bowl.

a lot of people want it. I think I might have to sell it.

I will also be making a Karisa Wilson bowl, for Karisa, of course. this type of glazing is fun, and hopefully I will improve with practice.

I don't have an exam today, but, of course, I have a lot of studying for my next two. I'm not worried about torts, but property... man. my goal is to pass the test.

I've been using iwisdom to collect and organize information for my classes. it's a kind of bottom up outline. today, I got excited about my research and writing class because I think it will that powerful of a tool.

nerd for the win!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

lie, but truth

I threw myself a pity party so righteous it inadvertently became a weekend festival. getting port-a-potties on such short notice can be a real chore, though.

a friend agreed with me when I made a statement that is the emotional equivalent of 'this makes me look fat.' yeah, it stung. it occurred to me that if I don't want people to believe those things, I probably shouldn't work so hard to convince them.

I think I was reasonably justified, but, like my brother says, "excuses are like assholes; everyone has one and they all stink."

I watched root of all evil: bloggers v. drinking games this morning. (giggle*snort)

while reading post secret.

ahhaha I bet that's only funny to me.

awesome news:
the glaze firing is done. it only took about 12 hours, which means I'll be able to open the kiln and see my stuff tomorrow after my exams!

yeah. exams. I am having a mild attack about exams. I'm less than a week away from being finished with my first year of law school. it doesn't feel real.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008


I decided to use every piece of cookware in the house.

I was not successful, but I have a lot of cookware.

I made gluten free bread

delicious gluten free brownies

hardxore real butterscotch pudding
the real deal

it's really hard to find, which makes no sense to me. anyway, hooray!


I showed Shane his beardcore hat yesterday. I think he likes it so far. the plan is to have it finished by the 18th, when I have the touch-up work scheduled.

finally, please keep us michiganders in your thoughts. many of my friends and family aren't sure they will have a job at the end of the month. michigan is already an economic black hole, and I fear that we won't be able to recover from much more damage.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

heads are not 30" around

maybe I should felt it, originally uploaded by nirbhao.

on the plus size, I could have mad this hat into a sweater. it would be the world's warmest and softest sweater ever.

I started over, which is actually a pretty good thing. I can fix my retarded 'r' without double stitching, AND, more importantly, I can change something that would only mildly itch at my brain. as it was, when the bottom was folded up, the main color would be the opposite main color as the rest of the hat. now I can make it so that the main color will be the same no matter which way it is folded up. I will probably also make the logo right way on both sides, like I did for the text. I'm not entirely sure about that, though, because I don't think the backwards logo will be fatal.

in other news, I believe I trimmed my best foot ever in the entire history of trimming feet.

it is effing gorgeous. I should only keep pieces I am this proud of. really. I'm not quite that confident yet.

finally, I found a great software program to manage my law school nerdiness, such as case holdings, hilarious quotes, and elements of claims, crimes, and defenses. and types of property interests and how to create and dissolve them.

now I just get to input these quotes from all of my completely disorganized note cards.

on the plus side, I can categorize in a number of different ways, such as topic (e.g.: rule 11 or future interests), subject, judge, court, and holding and dicta. yes, I am that big of a nerd.

now I just have to decide the order of doing things. I was hoping to be done with civil procedure yesterday, but I just have a tiny bit more. should I input when I am done with the class or when I am done with all of my classes? also, I'm going to have to take my case holding timeline off my studio wall. should I put stuff back up and soon as it is input?

really what I would like to do is put the case holding timeline back up on sunday, when I do my glaze firing.

also, I'm doing a glaze firing on sunday.

Monday, December 1, 2008

second quarter century

I'm flattered into embarrassment by my friends' and family's kindness and generosity.

I also love social networking websites' birthday notifications:
ravelry gave me cake
ravelry cake

and sg gave me a balloon
sg ballon

I had a bit of a 'duh' moment yesterday.

Palmer came with me to the library. the library has so much static energy, especially near exam time, that it's hard to even hold still. Palmer is completely stabilizing. better than any drug out there.