Oh man! I made it all the way through December without writing a "Because I Said It Outloud" Update. I feel ashamed. So here it is:
Doula: I am co-coordinating the volunteer doula program at the birth center now with two fantastic women. I helped train eight new volunteers in December and we hope to get a bunch more in January. Sooooo exciting! I was in-charge of creating the January on-call calendar, though...what a stressful, complicated activity. I also attended two births in November, one of which was qualifying towards my certification (only one more to go!!!). The other randomly ended up being in support of the wife of a college friend of mine. That was weird at first but extremely exciting.
Sheep to Sweater: I went to spinning class. Soooo much fun. I need to practice, though, so I can keep up the skills/hopefully improve a little. I learned that my Local Yarn Store (LYS) has roving (prepared fleece) so I at least have a local supplier for basic spinning supplies. Made the (I think, pretty smart) decision to not necessarily clean my own fleece to be used in my sweater yarn. Still deciding whether I should try to spin all the yarn for a sweater or if I am satisfied just knowing that I could.
I've also been doing some seriously awesome knitting (IMHO). I made these Fair Isle Socks, this awesome hat, made some alpaca awesomeness for Devon (OMG Devon, I never took a picture of them!!! Send pictures quick!!), working on my multi-colored mitts still (gosh, don't seem to have a pic of those either....). Not that high-volume when I see it layed out like this, I guess. But I feel good about it.
Grad school: I've officially applied to all the programs that I am going to apply to. That would be joint JD/MPH programs at Emory, Columbia, Minnesota, and Michigan and just law school at Yale, Stanford and Georgetown (gotta reach for the stars, right?). I didn't bother turning in the UCLA application because it was too annoying (I'm ignoring the sneaking suspicion I may have destroyed a beautiful legal career in LA over paperwork issues). Now I have 10-12 weeks of nightmares about my letters of rec not getting to schools in time before I hear back from schools. Also, interviews at Georgetown Law (this week) and the Michigan School of Public Health (early February). Not sure where I want to go, so it would be nice to know where I am accepted so I can go visit a few places. With all the cold weather around here, I am beginning to think I should have chosen some warmer places...
That's what's up. More pictures of things next time