December 27th

So as you can see this month = fail.

This is technically only post 7.
However, I did start two new blogs.
Blog one is for crafts: It has 3 posts in it currently and will have one more before the end of the month. But technically I have written 2 more posts for that blog they just aren’t published yet (i try to get ahead). If I am going to be a serious blogger then I need to post a minimum of twice a week. and the only way I can ensure I do that is that I write extra posts on slower weeks so that I can use them on busy weeks.
The second blog is not yet public. I am just trying to research and start writing a series of posts before I publish any. This blog will be for me to keep up on things related to woman’s health. both the strange, the rare, and the well known. Things like birth control and health education and politics related to abortion as well as alternative treatments like vaginal steam baths and fertility acupuncture. cool stuff.
So, despite this being only number 7, I have posted 10 (the three on cleverthoughts) and I spent a lot of time designing blog number 1 and collecting information for blog number 2. so I must admit I am quite excited about this months tallies.

Holee-Bee Scarf

I technically created this scarf pattern a year ago, as a hanukkah gift for my brother. The particular scarf showcased here is for donation.
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© Designs by Ashbug


Product Description: As mentioned here, the yarn for this scarf was donated and the final product will be returned to the club on campus that is collecting them.
This pattern can be accomplished with basic knowledge of sc, dc, and chaining.
The pattern can be purchased on both etsy and ravelry for $5.00.

© Designs by Ashbug



Pretty Projects

As every crafter knows, UFO stands not only for Unidentified Flying Objects, but also for Un-Finished Objects. In an effort to complete my UFOs, I have restricted myself to the following 5 projects until their completion.

My current endeavors include 1 sewing project, 2 crochet projects, and 2 knitting projects.

1. A Challah Cover – self designed.
Basic Description: My husband, who studies the bible for a living, helped me design a pattern for the hebrew letters, which read “Shabbat Shalom.” The pattern was completed using tunisian stitch, a particular kind of crochet that requires a specific crochet hook. This website contains step by step instructions, with pictures, to orchestrate the tunisian stitch.
What’s missing: I have purchased some blue fabric to sew to the back of this challah cover in order to refine my edges and add that something extra. I have a date with my sewing machine on December 24th and hope to complete this project at that time.
Review: In the future, should I repeat this project, I will make the entire project much larger.
2. A Scarf for Donation – Designs by Ashbug.

Basic description: a group at the hospital where I work is collecting scarves for donation so I decided to make this one. Scarves are due on January 12th. I picked up enough yarn to make a single scarf and used a pattern similar to the one I designed for my brother’s scarf one year ago. Entirely crocheted, this project consists of single crochet, double crochet, and “loops” (self-defined).
What’s missing: this scarf currently measures 32 inches. The required minimum for donation is 4.5 feet or 54 inches. Due to the color pattern selected, the finished project will be greater than 60 inches.
Review: I am very happy with this pattern and have finished two scarves previously using this pattern, one for my little cousin J, and one for my brother.
3. Scarf for my cousin P – Using “Extra Warm Men’s Scarf” by Cotton and Cloud Shop

Basic Information: Using supersaver yarn, and this pattern originally found on ravelry, I am created an orange and blue scarf at the request of a younger cousin. This is only my third ever knitting project (my first being a sock and the second being a similar scarf for my husband for hanukkah) and as such it is very slow going.
What’s missing: This project currently measures. As my cousin is roughly 5 feet tall, I would like to make this a minimum of 5 feet in length.
Review: I absolutely love this pattern. It is certainly tricky and takes quite a bit of wrist twisting, but it knits up into a beautiful pattern. My wrist and forearm get sore after working on the project for more than about an hour at one time. I have yet to determine if this is a fault of knitting in general or the very tricky MK stitch used.
4. Warm Hat – Using “Delight” by DROPS design

Basic information: Again, I originally found this pattern on raverly. I started with a set of 5 US size 2 double pointed needles. Starting with the rim, this project is worked in the round beginning with a basic rib pattern.
What’s missing: this project currently measures just under 2 cm.
Review: In retrospect, this would be a lot easier on circular needles, as the pattern recommends. I am finding it difficult to keep 170 sitches on these needles without dropping any stitches. The yarn itself is less soft than I had anticipated and hope that my husband will enjoy the finished product.
5. Baby Blanket for Donation -Using “Baby Checks Blanket” by Coats and Clark

Basic information: This pattern uses single, double and triple crochet. Each square measures approximately 4 by 4 inches prior to stitching together.
What’s missing: All that is left to do is tie in all the loose ends.
Review: This incredibly beautiful blanket was very easy to whip up. My main comment would be to make sure you tie in your ends as you go. The blanket generates well over 100 loose ends. My second comment concerns the method used to join the squares. I used this method to join my granny squares because it was suggested that it would survive many washes. However, I do not like the way it bunched up the granny squares and upon further searching, I have discovered this method to join granny squares. My next blanket will use this method. In fact, I think the entire blanket used in that tutorial is beautiful and thus it may be my next blanket. Here is the tutorial for the granny squares in that blanket.


I seriously check my email about 50 times a day…

just waiting…


Big Moments


When people talk about life changing moments or the important steps of life etc, they usually talk about births, confirmation, bar/bat mitzvahs, baptisms, marriages, graduating college, finding your career, getting a house, but what they don’t talk about is getting a puppy.
I think getting a puppy is a very important life changing event in someone’s life. I am soooo incredibly anxious and excited about getting a puppy. Welcoming someone into our home (like a birth or a marriage) is, in my honest opinion, a very important step in someones life.
I wish I could say I was ready for this step, but I know that it would be selfish of me to get a puppy right now. We have so many things in our lives changing and so many unpredictable changes still yet to come. But that doesnt mean I dont dream about that little critter and long for it.
When we were in Arizona, we got to go visit one of my mother’s friends who just had a beautiful little baby girl. And they had a puppy. A little dog. Not really a puppy anymore but still full of energy. Anyways, she says it is small enough to be carried on a plane but still big enough to be full of energy, and it certainly doesnt resemble a rat or a football, like so many other small dogs that come to mind. I really think it would make an excellent first pet, since we probably will do so much travel with our families across the country.
But alas, you cannot take a little dog running for more than a mile or two, and a little dog cannot protect me from the dangers that come with running early in the morning in the sketchy area that we live in. thus a little dog is not really possible for us either.
Not to mention aaron has his heart set on a husky and I ultimately have my heart set on a rottweiler.
But it is important to note that this is one of those moments in life I look forward to, just like having a baby.

Life Decisions


I have been doing an awful lot of life decisions kind of thinking recently. You know, what to do if I can’t get into medical school as it is December 10th and I have yet to be invited to a single interview. But I was talking to my mom last night, and I realize, it really isnt up to me.

I don’t get to determine what I am going to do with my life. I WANT to be a doctor. either an adolescent OB/GYN or a pediatrician. I would make an excellent doctor. I love kids and women’s health and politics. and I want to be actively involved in community health improvement. I want to go into primary care. I want to know my patients personally. BUT I am at a point in my life, where I do not get to determine what I am going to do with my life.

Instead, some group of doctors that know nothing about me sit around and determine what I get to do with my life. They are making my life decisions. Not me. And frankly, i have no idea what they base those decisions on. Sure my MCAT wasnt perfect, but it was 6 points above the national average. and i have a solid gpa in both my undergraduate and graduate program and an infinite amount of research of all different types, hospital administration experience AND state health policy experience. Those were all life decisions I got to make. And I enjoyed every one of them. but now, I just sit on my heels and wait for someone else to decide for me. And if you know me, you know that I HATE it when things are completely out of my control.

Tribute to Talent

Post 3/24

I am listening to taylor Swift. I have a soft spot in my heart for her. I think she is beautiful and adorable and incredibly talented as a song writer and cute as a performer. sure her voice is no whitney houston or christina aguielera but the girl has class.

I really think her lyrics are super clever. And she wrote every single song on her most recent CD and the majority of her older two. I even paid for her CD, which sad to admit, is a rarity for me.

Here are some of the ones I like best

She lives her life like it’s a party and she’s on the list/ She looks at me like I’m a trend and she’s so over it/ I think her ever present frown is a little troubling/ And, she thinks I’m psycho

Cause I like to rhyme her name with things, but /Sophistication isn’t what you wear, or who you know/ Or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go/ Oh they didn’t teach you that in prep school/ So it’s up to me/ But no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity” ~Better than Revenge

“You were in college working part-time, waiting tables/ Left a small town, never looked back/ I was a flight risk, with a fear of falling/ Wondering why we’d bother with love, if it never lasts/ Do you remember we were sitting there by the water
You put your arm around me for the first time/ You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter/ You are the best thing that’s ever been mine” ~ Mine

The way you move is like a full on rainstorm/ And I’m a house of cards/ You say my name for the first time, baby, and I/ Fall in love in an empty bar/ And you stood there in front of me just/ Close enough to touch/ Close enough to hope you couldn’t see/ What I was thinking of ~ Sparks Fly