Where the heck did the weekend go? Here I sit at 8:40 PM and a 4:45 AM wake-up taunting me over the fact that I have to finish packing, complete my absentee ballot and do myriad other things before I can go to bed. The weekend — what a whirlwind!
Okay, there’s plenty of evidence that the weekend was full. Saturday I enjoyed both knit group and a trip to Denver where Dale and I enjoyed a lovely meal with Marc and Katie (John and Betsy’s daughter and her husband) and then went with them to see Chelsea Handler. And then today we played 18 holes of golf with the General’s “mandatory” fun day.
Knitting was needed. I hadn’t touched a needle all week what with my team’s responsibility to host a high level conference. The conference went off with only a minor hitch or two and the principles were very pleased. Nonetheless, I was dying to get at Julie’s Joint Socks. I will see her this coming week, and would certainly like to have finished them by then! The good news is that I’ve rounded the heels on both and am down to cuff knitting, so I’m optimistic that I can make it…I don’t see her till Thursday and I do have a day’s worth of travel tomorrow. Christy’s husband Ben came along to this session. He’s mostly interested in knitting because of his work dyeing, and he hasn’t been knitting long, but he’s very good at it. You have to love the work he put in to figure out the correct width of his scarf to get the vertical pooling of the rainbow colors. Yes, he did the dye work himself. Anne faced the frog pond with the piece in this photo. It’s a bulky knit sweater with big cables in the front. It really seemed to be flying along till she one of us said, “Gee, that seems pretty narrow, even for you, Anne.” She held it out, then measured, then realized that there was no way it was going to fit. An amazingly poised woman, she merely said, “You know, it seems like I figure out a lot of mistakes at group…” and then started reminiscing over a number of other such realizations. Fortunately, she’s a process knitter and will enjoy the re-do, but she certainly would have preferred getting it the right circumference in the first place. Christy is on the left working on some really pink socks and Kir is to the right working on silliness.
I got home just in time to leave for Denver where Katie is working on her graduate degree in Sociology and Marc is working for the Denver Newspaper Association in their interactive customer engagement efforts. Their apartment is tiny, but warm (in the best way) and we were honored to be their first real dinner guests. We enjoyed some nice wine, a baked cranberry-pineapple glazed chicken dish (and pilaf and spaghetti squash), a tasty and light mascarpone and fresh fruit dessert and then headed downtown. Chelsea was appearing at The Paramount. The theater is very old…1929 art deco. Unfortunately, their acoustics weren’t the greatest and we missed a lot of lines, but we heard enough to laugh loud and long. Heather McDonald was the warm up act and she was funny too. The only decent picture of Chelsea from our seats (and it wasn’t really so great anyway) was one for which I had inadvertently turned on the flash…and promptly got “tsked!” by the usher. We all had fun — parted company at the parking garage and Dale and I headed home.
We got home around 1:00 AM and I realized that Allen would be getting up right about then to head for the airport. I got ready for bed and then called him to say so long…it will be awhile before we get another chance to talk. He informed me that the swatches are on their way back to me, that he’s very pleased with the ideas and that he wants the double-stranded yarn with the K3-P1 ribbing. I never should have given him the choice of double-stranded yarn if I had my heart set on the single strand plus seacell. Oh well, I’ll save the sea cell for myself. Right about now he should be arriving in Hong Kong with further passage to Malaysia where he’ll be meeting his submarine and finally starting his first job in the Navy. I hope to hear from him by e-mail in the not too distant future. (Sniff! My baby boy!!)
This morning we dragged out early to get moving for the General’s Fun Day Outing. I think I bristle at these mostly because they are for “couples” — and the General explicitly spells out that a couple consists of one male and one female. Ostensibly this is to keep the golf evenly played, but it still bugs me. Dale is becoming interested in improving his game so I’ll probably hook him up with some lessons for Christmas. He’s really got a pretty natural talent already, so with some lessons he might become a force with which to be contended! We got home around 5:30 PM (Fun Day Dinner included!) and I screwed around till I realized I really had to get busy if I wanted to go to bed at any hour resembling sanity.
With that, this item (write blog post) is complete and I must finish packing and preparing my absentee ballot. Then off to bed. Hope you have a great week!