Progress!

Ellie's too cool for school. Good thing school's out for the summer!

Ellie’s too cool for school. Good thing school’s out for the summer!

Hot dog! I finally got word this week that my project has been approved for data collection at the local university! Yay! Hopefully I’ll have a sudden influx of summer school students who want to take a survey for extra credit.

It’s interesting to see how different this round of data collection is from my Honors Project data collection. My HP looked at rates of unit cohesion in military units after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” My participant recruitment was done over Facebook, and I posted several hundred messages on official military base and MWR pages asking for military members to take my survey. Those who took the survey were entered into a drawing for three gift cards. This time, however, recruitment is a lot less hands on, and is limited to students taking psychology classes who are looking for extra credit. There’s not a whole lot of action until the end of the semester, of course, when everyone is looking for a last minute grade boost.

Along with starting an outline of my intro section for a possible article, I’m taking a class for my Victim Studies certificate that I’m doing through the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The class is called Gender, Race, and Crime, and it’s one of the best classes I’ve taken. I’m supposed to be working on my midterm at the moment, and I have a paper due at the end of next month. It’s nothing too difficult, but something I’d like to keep on top of.

I’ve also made quite a bit of knitting progress as well! I started a chevron throw blanket for my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law. I showed it to my brother this Sunday over Skype, and he thinks the colors I’ve picked are right up his fiancees alley. Phew! I’ve almost moved on to the third color out of five. I’m enjoying this project for sure, but I didn’t really think about how uncomfortable it would be to knit a blanket in summer in Florida. Yuck. I don’t think I’ve stopped sweating since the middle of May, and I’m having this blanket pile up on my lap makes it necessary to stop for a break every now and then.

Sorry for the poor lighting! Knitting at night with navy yarn doesn't make for the best pictures :)

Sorry for the poor lighting! Knitting at night with navy yarn doesn’t make for the best pictures 🙂

This is my first time working with Cascade 220! I love it! It's machine washable too.

This is my first time working with Cascade 220! I love it! It’s machine washable too.

The garden is starting to shrivel in the heat. Did I mention it’s hot out? Yep. Upper 90s + 70-plus percent humidity = Nasty hot weather that feels like its over 100 degrees. The only things that are really thriving are my roselle bushes and my ground cherry plants. Spencer tried a ground cherry for the first time last night. They taste like pineapple, which is his favorite fruit 🙂 Yum! They’re producing like crazy now, so I’m hoping to have enough to make a thing of freezer jam by the end of the month.

Roselle in front of the porch, with the ground cherry plants in the pots off to the right side.

Roselle in front of the porch, with the ground cherry plants in the pots off to the right side.

Ground cherries in their husks.

Ground cherries in their husks.

And finally, I’m making some more progress on one of my 101 in 1001 goals (reading all of Jane Austen’s books). And yes, that tea in there is iced!

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2 thoughts on “Progress!

  1. One of my friends is reading all of Jane Austen’s works this year too, and looped a bunch of us in to her book club so that we’ve adopted the goal as well! We’re doing one a month, and started in June with Northanger Abbey, which I had never read before and really liked. Did you choose a specific order to read them in, and what was the rationale for that order?

    • I don’t really have a specific order. I did read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility since I’ve already seen the movies. By that token, I should have started Mansfield Park, but I just happened to see Persuasion on my Goodreads list while checking out some ebooks…so there we have it 🙂 I think Mansfield Park will be next, followed by Emma and Northanger Abbey.

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