2. It's dark when I leave the house.
3. It's dark when I get home from work.
4. It's cold enough (even in California) that it took me two weeks to realize I hadn't been outside for longer than the length of time it takes to walk from the train station to the front door (about 15 minutes), because I had somehow convinced myself I wasn't ever outside by choice.
5. It's cold enough (even in California) that I'm currently wearing two shirts, a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and handknit, fuzzy wool socks, and I'm still a little chilled. This probably has something to do with my uncanny but dependable ability to choose apartments with inadequate heating systems. This one ranks somewhere in the middle-- better than the last apartments in New York or Paris, which each had one source of heat, by the single, uninsulated window, at one far end of the single room I was living in, but colder than anywhere I've lived in the last three years. And we were living to the north in the last three years. Portland got snow this week. It's not clear we've even had a hard frost yet, but I'm still cold.
6. It's cold enough (even in California) that I keep getting distracted by new knitting as though I'll somehow be able to knit this new project fast enough for it to have some sort of influence on my body temperature. Clearly this is a vicious cycle, as evidenced by the piles of not-quite-half-done accessories that surround me.
7. I have no pictures (see numbers 1-3) of knitting (see number 6), even though I did knit a swatch on the drive to the California Math Council-North conference in Asilomar this weekend.
Here's an instagram of the beach, instead:
Quick note, though, on The List I'm not posting (because very little has changed-- two puffs and four ounces and an invisible swatch): my halfway point, week 25, happens to coincide with the new year. While I'm still interested in clearing the needles, and working my way through the most immediate of queued patterns, I was thinking of structuring my 2014 knitting around a head-to-toe theme (you know, because I've done so well at meeting my 2013 goals. (That's sarcasm. Just in case it's not coming through properly)). Would anyone be interested in joining me?