I am quite pleases with myself because I finally did two things that have been hanging over my head for ages but just couldn't seem to get around to. Neither was particularly challenging - but one involved filling in forms which I hate, and the other parting with a large amount of cash.
The first was renewing Edward's and Sam's passports which expired last October. We have to get them from the British Embassy in Washington DC and the forms can be downloaded from their website. They will be getting the new style of passport with biometric information in, which means they have to send in a finger in a special ice pack (which is returned immediately to be sewn back on again) so that their fingerprints can be recorded. Actually that bit wasn't true - I should have saved that up for April 1st! These new passports contain a microchip that records facial measurements from the photograph. What that means is that they are a lot more stringent about the size of the face in the picture. We took our own pictures and Gary spent ages messing about with PhotoShop and stuff but the measurements on the screen just wouldn't match what was printed. Then he discovered this marvellous package for $10.00 onthegosoft Passport Photo and the job was done in minutes. Now we just have to get someone important to sign them to say it really is them, and we can get those in the mail. I hate trusting important documents to the mail. At least they have tracking now, and the Embassy use FedEx to return the new passports.
The other thing I did was register for my final course for my MSc (just the dissertation to go after this). I am doing Object Oriented analysis and design for business systems, which is basically what I was doing at work anyway, so should not be too difficult, though I hope I will learn some new stuff. The course starts in May and the exam will be in October - I will get to mingle with other real students at the University of Utah to do that. I had to ring up to book my course because I am an awkward customer - they don't usually offer the course in the USA but I started my studies before we came here so they let me continue, and I have to go through the same explanation every time. They won't mail my stuff directly to me - I have to have a UK address and they forward it - at great expense - which is annoying as I have to pay extra for the course as it is. Anyway that's all booked now and I am looking forward to having something "serious" to do with my time, which I sometimes feel is slipping uncontrollably away from me.
Knitting - I have printed out some knitter's graph paper from the link in the Knitting Resources list down there on the right - no a bit further - yep there, you got it. And I have been doing some tessellating with a view to coming up with yet another design for my TKGA vest. I have some cream, grey, and dark grey wool that I could use. I don't have anything that is saying "I am the design of your dreams" to me yet, but I am working with hexagons which give nice possibilities with three colours.