Check out this beauteous stuff:

Sock yarn #2 from the All Raveled Up sock club. Do I have even a clue what I’m going to do with it? Of course not. But it’s pretty!

Now, I’m currently doing a swap, and I’ve got the Windowpane Socks KAL coming up next month. And I’m months behond on Christmas/birthday knitting. So I clearly have quite enough on my plate (spilling over the sides of my plate onto the floor in puddles of yarn, more like). But I was just reading on Ravelry about the Knitting Olympics, and I feel the uncontrollable urge to sign up for that as well. I’m not sure why, there’s really no “point” to it—it’s just a personal challenge to knit some specified object in a very short period of time (that happens to encompass my vacation, I believe, but knitting at the beach doesn’t seem like the best idea—sandy yarn). Anyone else thinking about becoming an Olympian?

And oh my gosh, I’ve been tagged for a meme! I feel so popular! And I mean that sincerely (I know people might be confused, as the tone of many of my posts is often quite sarcastic). Yay! Thanks knittymuggins!

The rules of the game: each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? In general I had just finished high school and was getting ready to move away for college. To almost the day, I was driving to the beach with my friends for senior week. It’s hard for me to believe this all took place 10 years ago, it seems like yesterday. I count myself among the lucky though, I had a great group of friends in high school (which was all girls Catholic school, for those who will now form an opinion of me based solely on that ;)), and we’re mostly still friends today (we had happy hour last night!).

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?

Pack up everyone’s prizes to mail

Cast on for Josh’s Christmas socks

Remember to photocopy my insurance card so I can bring it in to work as proof of insurance so they don’t start charging me for insurance here

Watch the Orioles WIN

Pick a date for our summer barbecue, or at least a few candidates

3. Snacks I enjoy: hmmmm, I like almost anything as a snack, depending on my mood. In the summer, definitely ice cream sandwiches.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: first, pay off our student loans, our house, our parents’ houses. Buy ourselves a new home on the water in Annapolis and a beach house somewhere too. Travel the world. Invest wisely and then be bums. Maybe I would have my own yarn store!

5. Places I have lived: various neighborhoods in Baltimore, MD (Brooklyn Park, Parkville), Lewisburg, PA, Laurel, MD, and now Columbia, MD. We’ve vaguely considered moving to Texas, but we prefer to stay here near our families.

6. Jobs I’ve had:

Movie theater – 2 different theaters in high school, selling tickets, selling concessions, cleaning theaters, etc. On the plus side, movies were free! I didn’t enjoy being held up, though.

Waitress – at Friendly’s. I started out as an “ice cream chef,” for lack of a better term, making the sundaes (as a result, I had oddly developed muscles in one arm from scooping ice cream), and eventually waited tables. It sucked.

Intern—at about a million places, including a newspaper and a bunch of non-profits doing Latin America-related work

Research assistant—I co-wrote a paper about the impact of the U.S. sugar industry on hemispheric free trade agreements. It’s actually available online! I don’t know why anyone would want to read it, though.

Program Coordinator – Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (Univ. of Maryland); my first job out of college. Very boring, but I copyedited a book and my name is in the thank yous.

Specialist – here I am today at the Organization of American States working on hemispheric drug control policy.

7. Peeps I want to know more about: ok, clumsyknitter, knittapleez, stitch bitch, knitidiot and knitty ripper, play along if you want to!