The word of the year* is accountability. Primarily I intend this as accountability to myself. Less Candy Crush, more washing dishes. Less lazy, more action. Less procrastination, more goal setting on large projects. Less making to-do lists that I proceed to ignore, more making to-do lists that I don’t ignore.

Call it “I spent all that money on therapy; maybe I should have something to show for it?”

What I won’t do is subject you, my friends, to too much navel-gazing. No weekly accountability check-ins (that I’d probably forget to post, anyway), but hopefully some reflections on what it is to recognize victories and to overcome set backs.

Three weeks in to the year, reflection number 1:

My very first intention of the year was to commit to going to shul (synagogue) every Shabbat morning. The very first Shabbat was the day after Rosh Hashanah…and I slept through shul. I was disappointed in myself, but have turned it around. Of course I wasn’t going to miss services on Yom Kippur, I was awakened by three rambunctious children the following Shabbat staying at friends’ in the suburbs, and I committed to leading part of the service yesterday. Concrete commitments equal a greater likelihood of following through, even on those things that are important to me on their own. (Obvious? Maybe. But it helps to recognize it on my own!)

And reflection number 2:

I really need to get back to using a GTD tool. I hope I remember my password for IQTell!


*5774, the Jewish year that began on Rosh Hashanah, the evening of September 4.



Did you know that it isn’t immediately obvious that a hyphenated last name is alphabetized by its first letter? I’m going to start alphabetizing my last name by one of the letters in the middle. Because that makes perfect sense. (Dear Mom and Dad, I had no idea that people are so stupid when it comes to hyphenated names. Thank you for not giving me one.)

But wait. Check out this excerpt from an alphabetized list of chemicals from the EPA (40 CFR 372.65):

Chemical name CAS No. Effective date
Abamectin [Avermectin B1] 71751-41-2 1/1/95
Acephate (Acetylphosphoramidothioic acid O,S-dimethyl ester) 30560-19-1 1/1/95
Acetaldehyde 75-07-0 1/1/87
Acetamide 60-35-5 1/1/87
Acetonitrile 75-05-8 1/1/87
Acetophenone 98-86-2 1/1/94
2-Acetylaminofluorene 53-96-3 1/1/87
Acifluorfen, sodium salt [5-(2-Chloro-4-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy)-2-nitrobenzoic acid, sodium salt] 62476-59-9 1/1/95
Acrolein 107-02-8 1/1/87
Acrylamide 79-06-1 1/1/87
Acrylic acid 79-10-7 1/1/87
Acrylonitrile 107-13-1 1/1/87
Alachlor 15972-60-8 1/1/95
Aldicarb 116-06-3 1/1/95
Aldrin[1,4:5,8-Dimethanonaphthalene,1,2,3,4,10,10-hexachloro-1,4,4a,5,8,8a-hexahydro-(1.alpha.,4.alpha.,4a.beta.,5.alpha.,8.alpha., 8a.beta.)-] 309-00-2 1/1/87
d-trans-Allethrin [d-trans-Chrysanthemic acid of d-allethrone] 28057-48-9 1/1/95
Allyl alcohol 107-18-6 1/1/90
Allylamine 107-11-9 1/1/95
Allyl chloride

See those two that I bolded? I’ll be back when I’m done crying over the end of the world as I know it.

A procrastinator’s paradise

Hello lovely people!

Today is one of those days where I have SO MUCH TO DO I’M TOTALLY FREAKING OUT THAT IT WILL NEVER GET DONE so I’m sitting on the couch being a bum. You know how it is. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with my to-do list. Suffice it to say that my thesaurus assignment turns out to require some printing and drawing (paper? what’s that?) and my research paper on the Library of Congress subject headings requires looking at journals that are so old they only exist in print and Passover is in way too soon so there’s a lot of cleaning involved and I’m lazy.

Right. Wasn’t going to bore you all.

It’s one of those days where anything I could think to do would achieve procrastination on anything else. So off I go!


A subject that I haven’t discussed in this space but that is of interest to me is foster care. Another is my perpetual singlehood. This post is inspired by two posts on facebook yesterday, one on each of these subjects.

The first was a link to a horrifically bad adoption photolisting. Photolistings are the “advertisements” for kids who are typically hard to find adoptive families for: older kids, sibling groups, kids with disabilities or “behaviors.” The photolisting was for four siblings. There were bios for only three of them. But never fear, none of the three have distinguishing or misshapen birthmarks! (Seriously? What the hell type of information is that?) One of the kids was described as being (paraphrasing here) happy, outgoing, energetic, sad, and shy. DID YOU READ WHAT YOU WROTE? In response to the link, some people wrote photolisting-type bios for themselves.

The second post was me putting out there for the world a request to be set up.

And so I present to you: me, photolisting style.

“DC.Nerd is 36 years old and enjoys telling people that means she’s ‘square.’ She is capable of doing household chores independently but requires frequent redirection to remain on task. She is friendly, shy, compliant, and tries hard to please. She has good dental hygiene. Her pet fish is an important companion. Her favorite foods are hamburgers (and fries), ice cream, and strawberries, but she keeps kosher so will not eat ice cream after a hamburger. DC.Nerd survived law school and has a good job, but she also likes school and is in getting a masters degree in library and information science. DC.Nerd loves her nephew who lives in Florida.”

Let's see…

With school on top of a heavier workload, not only have I not been blogging, but I haven’t been crafting. Or reading all of your great blogs. Just call me massively out of the loop.

Last year I set a few goals; there was the 36 by 36 stuff, project vegetable, and operation just because. NONE of those have turned out as hoped. And you know what? It’s okay.

I’m hoping to still do something momentous to mark my birthday (which is now is just over two months), on account of 36 being an auspicious number in Judaism and on account of my 18th birthday being rather a disaster. To have that day be exactly halfway past in my life is an important milestone for me. But I haven’t figured out yet quite what I want to do. I want it to be casual but nice, have some external benefit (as in, money to charity? something else?), and be affordable. I would totally do a happy hour at a bar if only I could eat the food! More brainstorming is in my future, I can tell.

In the meantime, I have some projects on the needles that I am desperate to finish, if only so I can move on to new things without feeling totally overwhelmed. I have a month off from school and am hoping to finish the sweater and sock I have in progress, knit a coffee sleeve, and… And what? I always have too many ideas for my own good!

I’ve been learning a bit of html (well, I knew a bit of html, back in the late ’90s) and css as part of one of my classes, and am working, in my mind, if not on the computer, on combining all of my online presences into one. We’ll see how long THAT takes!

Until I make it back to this space, I wish you all wonderful holidays. Feel free to send me your cookies.

Checking in

Hi faithful readers,

I’m still here! I haven’t been posting on account of being So Busy–for a while I was doing two jobs at once with a coworker on maternity leave, then I was doing two jobs at once while going to school two nights a week, then I was doing two jobs at once while going to school two nights a week and observing the Jewish holidays.

I barely picked up my knitting, and let’s not even talk about the disastrous state of my kitchen.

But the holidays are over, and I start a new job tomorrow, one where I will presumably be doing only my own job. (My poor former boss is now going to be doing three jobs at once–his, mine, and my coworker’s–until he is able to hire replacements for us. I cannot even begin to express how bad I feel that he is being left in the lurch like this, but it isn’t my fault, exactly, and I’m excited for my new job.

Still in school, of course, as it’s just my first semester. But life should hopefully be manageable with just work and school, and I’m looking forward to picking up my knitting.

My new job is walking distance from home, so while the weather is nice I should get a good deal of knitting-while-walking done.

And just a quick note on blog appearance (though I imagine that any of you who are reading this are doing so through a blog reader): with this blog, my local nerdy blog, and now a blog for school, I wanted to develop some sort of “signature” to tie them all together. You know of course that my favorite color is purple, so I’ve chosen a single shade of purple and a single shade of gray (#dcdcdc, because I truly am a dork) and am working on those being the colors I use across my online presence.

I’ll be back in this space when I have something worth sharing!

An olympic task

I know, I know. I’m not supposed to be using the word “olympic” lest one of the myriad olympic committees holding various copyrights come after me. All the hubbub about this surrounding ravelry made me seriously contemplate participating in the Ravellenic Games.

Friday morning came around, though, and I hadn’t yet picked a project, when all of  a sudden it hit me: I have yarn to make a mittens/hat/scarf combo, and wouldn’t that be perfect.

But I couldn’t find the stitch dictionary I needed.

So I came to a better conclusion: during the Olympics, I would clean my apartment.

A huge, dare I say, olympic-sized task.

It’s Sunday and I haven’t really gotten started yet; yesterday was Shabbat and today is a Jewish fast day, but I’ll get to it, I promise. Just as soon as I catch up on the “(1000+)” items in my blog reader.