Hello, 38.

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Today is my 38th birthday. (It’s also the start of Ramadan, so I send good wishes to all who celebrate!)

38 doesn’t seem like an especially “interesting” birthday, though I suppose it does mean that it’s now been 20 years since I was in high school. Time has been really weird this year because of the pandemic, but also because I’m getting more and more older than my students (I teach first-year writing) each year. This semester, a student who was researching music trends from when I was in high school referred to that time period in their paper as the “late 1900s” which just sounded SO bizarre to me! But I guess that’s me: a late 1900s baby!

Fully vaccinated!

I got my 2nd COVID vaccine shot on Wednesday last week, and it really did a number on me, but I’m so so grateful to be able to slowly let go of the terror I’ve carried for the past 13 months about how vulnerable my damaged lungs and wacky immune system issues made me.

Virtual CCCC means watching Roxane Gay's keynote from the couch, while knitting

Last week was also the virtual Conference on College Composition & Communication, at which I helped to lead a couple of Standing Group meetings (Cognition & Writing, and Language, Linguistics & Writing) and a workshop – thankfully, all of those things took place prior to me getting my shot, which meant that when I was knocked flat afterward, all I needed to be was an audience member, and I could do that from the couch, with my knitting. Which meant that I made a pretty good amount of progress on my embroidered flower sweater, between the knitting I did while waiting after my shot and the knitting I did during the various talks I attended, including an INCREDIBLE keynote talk from Roxane Gay.

sweater progress - back hem finished!

I finished the back bottom hem during a talk yesterday. I’m giving the sweater a split hem, because I just like them!

sweater progress side view
I’m really delighted with how it’s turning out! Since I took these pictures, I finished the front hem and started on one of the sleeves; maybe by next week I’ll have at least one sleeve finished!
Sweater progress; front view

Once the sleeves are finished, I’ll finish the embroidery and do a good blocking. You might not be able to tell from the photos, but I added a few bobbles at sides, around the hem split, to be embroidered into flowers, and I plan on adding a couple of flowers at each cuff on the sleeves. I probably won’t actually get to wear this sweater until next winter, but it’ll be worth the wait, I think!