Hello. It’s another Monday and time to assess how I did with last week’s goals and lay out my goals for the upcoming week.

Goals from last week:

  • Write Medieval section of Chapter 2 – I wrote this section, but upon finishing it up on Friday, decided to reorganize Chapter 2. This means that the sections I’ve been writing for the last month are going to be streamlined into one section, instead of making up half of the chapter.
  • Notes for Modern section – not completed; see note above.
  • Collect information about IKAP focus for each historical section – I have the data for the Ottoman Period (1716) and possibly Venetian (c. 1700), but need to acquire data for Late Bronze Age (Linear B?) and modern periods. The modern data may necessitate research in Athens this summer to look at the agricultural census.
  • GIS – did determine what I need to finish for erosion modeling and the list is frighteningly long.
  • Greek language – finally completed.
  • Exercise 3 times – Biked at the gym two times. Did not work out with weights.
  • File 2009 taxes – completed and accepted by the various institutions.
  • Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics – completed shawl and blocking!!!

Here’s a picture of my completed shawl as it was laid out for blocking.

And now on to this week’s goals:

  • Write climate and vegetation sections of Chapter 2 – I have most of the notes I need for these two sections (working on climate notes today) and should be able to get them written this week.
  • Research settlement and land use in study area – going to focus on Bronze Age data, although will work on other time periods as I have time.
  • GIS
  1. re-digitize villages – need to outline villages more closely
  2. work on land cover classification – must work on getting this done if I’m going to get to erosion modeling
  3. derive slope and aspect – simple operations using the DEM; should be summarized by square and sector
  • Exercise 3 times this week – more biking
  • Knit 5 repeats of fishnet lace and garter sections – 75 rows total (15 rows per section x 5 sections); this is a scarf knit with laceweight yarn, which is new for me. The laceweight yarn is proving to be a challenge so far, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.
  • Greek: review colors and listen to HAU Modern Greek lesson 1. Introduction – adding a new source of Greek lessons.

Another week with a variety of goals, hopefully achievable before next Monday.


I love coffee. I drink it almost every morning and sometimes in the afternoon if I treat myself to Starbucks. I think I may be addicted. Yes, I drink other caffeinated beverages (tea, soda), but if I don’t have coffee too many days in a row I have problems. Problems like the headache I’m fighting right now. I took ibuprophen and tried to take a nap, but neither of those helped the headache. Then I remembered that I haven’t had morning for two days in a row.

To get my coffee fix, I decided to make a double Greek coffee (also known as Turkish or Byzantine coffee). The steps for making Greek coffee like they make it at the village cafeneion are below.

Start with Nescafe Classic instant coffee mix (very important, no substitutions allowed). This is the same instant coffee mix that is used to make yummy Greek frappes, which makes it a staple for me. You also need water. I fill the cup I intend to use (in this case a teacup for a double Greek coffee) so I don’t have too much or too little coffee. If you like your coffee sweetened, you can also add sugar.

Pour the water into a vriki (or small saucepan), then add a heaping spoonful of Nescafe into the mix (I’m making a double, so I added 2 heaping spoonfuls). I felt like making this Greek coffee medium sweet to sweet (metrio to glyko in Greek), so this has 2 spoonfuls of sugar added into the vriki.

Stir the nescafe and sugar just until dissolved in the water, apply heat and wait until the coffee starts to boil.

As the coffee heats and gets close to boiling, you will see a foam form on top of the coffee. Do not stir!! Just wait until the coffee starts to boil.

Once the coffee mixture boils a little and the foam thins out a little, the coffee is ready!!

Pour the Greek coffee into your cup and enjoy! If it helps, imagine sitting in a Greek town square (plateia) underneath a shade tree, drinking your coffee and visiting with your friends.

I’ve had a very productive week. Writing out my goals really helped me focus and get work done. The goals weren’t too large so that I couldn’t get them done in a week. The only goal I didn’t finish was doing the landscape and watershed modeling in GIS. I did get the holes and peaks in the DEM taken care of and should be able to finish this goal next week.

Speaking of next week’s goals:

  • Write prehistory and ancient sections of Ch. 2 – This includes outlining the prehistory section and taking notes for the ancient section.
  • Read “Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day” – Checked the book out from the library and just need to read it. I’ve seen the book recommended and am interested in what it has to say about editing drafts of text.
  • Model terrain, watershed, and streams in GIS – Repeat of last week’s goal, but with DEM already created and in good condition.
  • Get climate/weather data for 1998-2006 for IKAP area – In the near future (weeks away) I’ll need to write about present day climate. This data will also be useful when I get to doing the erosion modeling.
  • Go running 3 times – I’d like to work on my personal fitness and am going to try running again (Couch to 5K plan). I got an ID card to the community fitness center and a 20-visit pass to use the running track (14 laps to a mile – ouch), so no excuses for not running.
  • Create a weight training plan – Checked out another book from the library about weight training for women. I’m going to read through the book, set my goals (mostly arms and upper body so I’ll be stronger for excavating this summer), and plan out the weight training to start the week after.
  • Finish scarf for friend – I started a scarf yesterday for a friend (very fast pattern knitting lengthwise) and plan to have the scarf finished by Thursday when I’ll be meeting her for lunch.
  • Learn Oct 09 Greek vocab (Useful Verbs) and review verb conjugations – Need to keep working on that Greek!!

I purchased a Learn to Spin Kit online yesterday from The Bellwether. I’ve been thinking about learning how to spin for almost a year now and I finally decided to do it. I’m very tempted to purchase the book Respect the Spindle, but will wait until I’ve tried out spinning with the kit I bought. Looking forward to learning a new skill.