19, and more.

Last Saturday I turned 19.  18 treated me pretty well; I learned many things both in and out of the classroom, and have met some people who have become very important to me. It’s taught me that I really do have the drive to achieve what I want, and also that I am who I am — an introvert who prefers a quiet night in anytime — even in a new environment with new people and a chance to reinvent myself. And, well, I like that.

There are also many things that I wish I had done, and I’m going to set down some plans and try new things next year. I’m also going to be an orientation leader in September for the class of 2015, and I hope I will be able to pass on some of the things I’ve learned.

Of course, there is always the list of 100 which is an ongoing project. I plan to accomplish quite a few things on there this summer, the first of which will be a trip to New York from May 5th to 8th, which I will document and report back on! The itinerary already sounds amazing, but I will be doing a little bit more research to flesh everything out.

Something else which has been on my mind is: Doctor Who! I was able to watch The Impossible Astronaut last Saturday,  and am looking forward to seeing what I’ve heard is a mind-blowing second parter this weekend. So many questions and so far, no answers whatsoever. Matt Smith is my Doctor, and Steven Moffat my showrunner — for though I saw some sporadic episodes of the RTD and Tennant era, I was not yet a devotee — and I believe this season will be the best, most intriguing, one yet. It is cruel to split up the season, but I will wait patiently…or impatiently…because I’m sure it will be worth it. I guess in the middle I will have to tided over by some Torchwood!

Bowties are indeed cool, and even better on a newly-converted Whovian who looks like a sharply dressed, ginger Doctor. I crocheted this using this Craft bow tie pattern, with some squishy Diamond Fine Merino DK in an eye-searing red and a 4.0mm hook.

It was a relatively quick project, and served its purpose for a formal social well, but if I were to make it again, I would definitely have sized it down. The fabric would also need to be stiffer to keep its form better, since the weight of the yarn needs to be taken into account.

I am actually thinking of writing a pattern for a knit-in-the-round bowtie, as the only knit pattern I can find right now is done in double knitting (this Knitpicks one) and fingering weight. And I think some Whovians would probably like that!

 

elisabeth sladen

Today, one of the most beloved Doctor Who actors, Elisabeth Sladen, passed away from cancer.

Even as someone who has only seen her in a few episodes from Sarah Jane Adventures and School Reunion, I am greatly saddened by this sudden news. As we look forward to the new season of Doctor Who later this week, lets remember those who have made the show so great in the past, and lets continue to make it even better.

i won, i won!

#99 on my list: “Win a contest, any contest”.
Well, guess what? Already completed!

I entered the Banner and Badge Design contest for Malabrigo March over at the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry, an annual festival of celebrating the softest, squishiest yarns I’ve ever had the joy of creating with. I had just recently acquired some more Adobe Creative Suite programs, and was eager to try my hand at making something — plus, a contest! With yarny prizes!

My first entry actually didn’t win, but I think it quite witty myself (and quite true!):


So there we are — first real item off the list. I can’t wait to see what prizes I’ll receive! Although I didn’t get to contribute any projects to Malabrigo March, due to being in a long-distance relationship with my yarn while at university, I’m glad I participated!

I think I’ll just daydream about holding some squishy skeins in my hand while I go back to hitting to books for my end-of-term exams…



100 things. 1001 days.

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to find a way to keep track — and be accountable for — my self-challenge of accomplishing 100 things in 1001 days. Some of the things on this list are things I’ve wanted to try for awhile, and may not be very difficult, but whose experience I think will add something to my learning journey. Other things are much more long-term, and will require some, if not substantial, effort.
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So here it is. This is the master list which I will edit to be updated as I achieve individual goals, and which will be linked to those specific posts.
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Here’s to the journey!
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Tuesday April 5, 2011 to Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013
Bold = completed
Blue = in-progress
Italics = planned/notes
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Reading
1.  Read 52 books in one year
2.  Read “Gödel, Escher, Bach”
3.  Read “The Origin of Species”
4.  Read “A Brief History of Time”
5.  Read the Scott Pilgrim series
6.  See Neil Gaiman in person
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Creative
7.  Knit a cardigan/sweater from superwash yarn
8.  Knit/crochet a blanket
9.  Make a better “Worry Hat”
10. Make something in colourwork
11. Create a mini holiday tree w/ handmade ornaments
12. Attend knitting circle/Crafternoon at least 5 times
13. Publish 3 patterns on Ravelry
14. Leave a secret in a PostSecret book
15. Do a series of three self-portraits, in different media
16. Learn how to do watercolour
17. Make a painting to hang in my bedroom
18. Illustrate 100 things in a collection
19. Hand-bind a book
20. Become a published poet
21. Quilt something
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Cooking/Home
22. Try alligator meat
23. Try haggis
24. Make sushi, and share with others
25. Bake a birthday cake for someone
26. Make pizza at home
27. Bake a loaf of bread!
28. Learn a recipe for perfect miso noodles and soup
29. Decorate for Halloween
30. Put together a first aid kit
31. Frame art in my bedroom – not just tape!
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Visiting
32. Watch a sunrise and sunset in the same day
33. Visit the Maritimes
34. Visit NYC (May 5th-8th, 2011)
35. See the Royal British Museum
36. See a Van Gogh painting in person (Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 6th, 2011)
37. Visit the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris
38. Attend the Gay Pride Parade
39. Attend a TEDx event
40. Attend a Doctor Who-centric convention
41. Visit three Kingston tourist locations
42. Go on a trip with my significant other
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Health/Activities
43. Try veganism for a month
44. Work out at least once a week for 4 months
45. Do 25 real pushups
46. Learn to skate
47. Learn to meditate
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Professional/Career
48. Volunteer at Sunnybrook again, in a university student area
49. Do well on the MCAT
50. Work in a research laboratory
51. Do research by myself – any aspect where I’m the major investigator, but may be guided by others
52. Research for application to medical schools, and beginning said applications
53. Research for application to graduate schools, and beginning said applications
54. Make a personal “business” card – for people I want to stay in contact with, talk further to, etc.
55. Get a summer job that I actually like
56. Open an Etsy store
57. Create a business card for said venture
58. Have at least 50 sales
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Organizational
59. Finish and organize this list of 100 things (April 6, 2011)
60. Clean out my email inboxes every month between the 28th to end of the month
61. Entirely transfer Hotmail account over to thisiscindyzhu@gmail.com
62. Get an external hard-drive and create a backup of all important things.
63. Get a file cabinet and create a comprehensive filing system
64. Maintain a meticulous spreadsheet of costs and profits for Etsy venture
65. Have at least $3000 of my own money in the bank
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Interpersonal
66. Send holiday cards
67. Write a love letter
68. Get someone a bouquet of flowers
69. Write and mail a letter to an author
70. Write and mail a letter to an illustrator
71. Give mom a great present, including a handmade aspect, for her birthday
72. Give dad a great present, including a handmade aspect, for his birthday
73. Communicate with both parents at least once a week
74. Write thank-you cards for all professors and TAs who have contributed to a good education
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Entertainment
75. Attend an opera
76. Attend a musical (Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre, May 6th, 2011)
77. Attend a comedy show
78. Attend a student-run play
79. Attend a midnight premiere
80. Attend a film festival
81. Watch five documentaries
82. Watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
83. Watch all three LOTR in 24 hours
84. Spend one weekend without the computer
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Personal
85. Really celebrate my 20th birthday (April 23rd, 2012)
86. Write a list of 100 things that make me happy
87. Keep an art diary – journal/doodle diary for everyday – for 100 days
88. Write a letter to my future self – 10 years down the road
89. Take a self portrait everyday for 100 days
90. Restart up a blog
91. Make a blog post at least once a week for a year
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Giving
92. Volunteer abroad
93. Contribute to 3 Kickstarter projects that I really believe in
94. Donate blood at least 5 times
95. Contribute to a neuroscience psychology study
96. Become Circle Leader or OT for Read4Fun.
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Other
97. Obtain a pair of comfortable, strapped, heels that I can actually dance in! (From Payless in NYC, May 7th, 2011. It actually doesn’t have straps, but is ideal in every other way.)
98. Learn how to pick a lock
99. Win a contest – any contest (April 9th, 2011)
100. Give a speech to applause
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beginning.

Welcome! I’m glad to have found a new space for new beginnings, and have some plans in store.


For now, I think I’ll just explain the name of this blog:

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“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”


— Neil Gaiman, “A Game of You” (Sandman Series #5)

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