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So, I only had to go to skip=240 on my flist to catch up. What gives? ;-)

Kripalu was *fantastic*. I'm going to try to write a coherant summation here, but for more knitting related info for those of you who are interested, see my blog where I'll be posting the workshop details shortly.

Thursday evening, my original plan was to go to Wolfe Fiber Arts and grab some last minute supplies, but they'd announced the closing of the store, so I headed to The Yarn Shop instead. That actually worked out well, because I noticed Karen Allen's name on the cover of Vogue Knitting and grabbed the magazine. There's a nice 2 page article on her, and it even mentioned that she was teaching at Kripalu that weekend! This was good because I got to actually see what sort of work she does--incredible colorwork sweaters. It scared me a bit, but I knew at least I was on the right track with the yarns I was taking. Crashed at [livejournal.com profile] automat76's house so she could drive me to the airport in the morning.

I started writing these and they are long, so I'm cutting day by day, with photos
Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Oh, and for anyone who might be wondering, someone did ask Karen about her role in the Indiana Jones movies at the end of the workshop Sunday, and she said that it was never planned for her to be in the second and third movies, but if the script ever gets done for the fourth, they've told her she's in it.

I also realized that I failed to take photos of any of Karen's samples of her work in my rush Sunday, but one of the other women from the workshop is supposed to be emailing out her photos to us soon, so I'll have those then.

Brrrrr....

Jan. 27th, 2005 03:44 pm
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A week from tomorrow, I'll be flying in for vacation at a locale which currently lists its temperature as "six degrees fahrenheight, feels like -10."

It's supposed to get up to a whopping 29 on next Friday.

Someday, I will take a non-off-season trip. Someday.
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I feel as if it's been forever since I've written here. And it kind of has. But I had adventures this weekend, so here they will be:

Friday: Went to meet kids at Club 185. Freaked myself out by drinking 4 pints of beer (5 according to the waitress, but I'm not so sure about that) and not really feeling it. I wouldn't have driven on principle, but still. I did drink a lot more than normal last week, what with random beer outings, a partylite candle party and such, but can one's tolerance really ramp up that much that fast? Odd. Anyway, 185 was cool, if a bit fratty/yuppie, and it was much fun to catch up with some of the kids I hadn't seen in a while.

Saturday: I got almost everything done on my errand list! Got up early, and was at the Aveda Institute for my haircut by 9:30. The girl was just starting in the program, but she did a wonderful job. I am addicted to that place, with it's stress relief massages and mini-facials and free makeup touchup included in nearly everything. Then I ran to the Wash n' Tan to do laundry, which was much overdue. Went home, played phone tag with [livejournal.com profile] spandita while washing dishes, catching up on email and such, then met him at Northstar Cafe for a late lunch. Oh that place is heavenly,if not supplied with enough tables for the number of patrons. We ended up eating at the couches, where I enjoyed a lovely beet salad. I don't even like beets that much, but this was heavenly!

Then it was phone tag with [livejournal.com profile] automat76 to determine our departure time, throwing stuff in my suitcase (luckily still sitting out from the holidays) and a last minute trip to Wolfe Fiber Arts for discount bin yarn. Picked her up, then we tried to stop at a bridal shop in Dublin so I could try on my bridesmaid's gown for my sister's wedding. I'm already peeved because I'm not liking that dress much, but I did my homework and printed out the dress and checked the store's website for hours, so I felt prepared. Perhaps not. They close their dressing rooms an hour before the store, and I must have an appt to try on the dress. Stupid !$#^%^ wedding industry. I think I'm ordering the dress on measurements alone now. I'm sick of that crap.

We drove on to Cleveland, checked in to our freebie hotel, where there was a church across the street broadcasting its service throughout the block. At one point, I actually heard the words "Give God a handclap." OK. Random primping, then on to the Beachland for the show. Only got minorly lost on the way there. The show was awesome. The room looked like a high school gym/auditorium, and it was *packed*. The Sadies were on first, and [livejournal.com profile] automat76 dubbed them "surfabilly." I concur. Then Neko Case came out and they played with her too. Excellent show, if a bit short seeming at first, but excellent. She's totally crazy. But in a good way.

Then it was back to the hotel for pizza and chatting. Mmmmmm...pizza.

Sunday: I awoke to the sounds of snowplows, as a snowshower had started during the night. We got ready, and checked out, and then made our way to Fine Points, which is a stellar yarn store. I overspent, but got good stuff for my trip to Kripalu, so it was worth it. Then we went on to Mentor, to the Olive Garden where my sister works. Minor confusion ensued over actually getting into her section, but eventually it worked, and we had our lovely lunch. Then it was back in the car, for the trip home. At one point, we decided to stop so I could refill my windshield washer fluid, and it was at this point where my car decided to stop shooting it out completely. So there were several unscheduled stops to toss fluid onto the windshield with a dixie cup in order to clean off the salt. Fun. (It's still not working, so I don't know if I knocked something loose or what.) Got home about 7:30, and watched Simpsons at [livejournal.com profile] automat76's place, then I went home and crashed out from a migraine. I don't know if it's the drive or what, but every single time I go to Cleveland, I have a headache on the way home.

That's a lot of time to be in a car anyway--I think I'm getting old. My right arm has carpal tunnel-esque symptoms coming back in it, and I attribute that to driving. Grrrrr....

Monday: A day off, and I got lots of ebay stuff listed and managed to get the colorwork on my next knitty submission finished, and most of my Magic Stripes sock done. So it was a successful day.

Whew. I'm almost glad to be back at work.
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I'm going to do the Yoga of Knitting at Kripalu with Karen Allen next month. I have three weeks to figure out what all I'm taking with me--there's a fairly long list of knitting supplies she wants us to bring for the classes. We'll be designing colorwork sweaters--eek! I think I know where my Wolfe Fiber Arts gift certificate is going.

I took the dorm option to make it a bit cheaper. So I'll be bunking down with 6-22 other women. Hopefully some will be other knitters in the group. The lights out at 9:30 thing will kill me. I think I'll be going up to the solarium and knitting there, then sneaking in later.

Stupid me didn't realize I couldn't book my flight online without my frequent flier number since it's a free ticket. So hopefully, my flight won't fill up before I get home and obtain the card to book it. Otherwise, I'm in a bind, because I already ordered my "shuttle." I will be picked up in a car by a man with a sign at the airport. I feel so worldly. It's going to come to $90 for the shuttle round trip, but that's a heck of a lot better than paying $200 or more to get a rental car that will just sit on the hill all week.

If my ebay sales go well next week (read: if I get my act together and do them) then I may call back and see if I can squeeze a massage in my schedule as well. That was heavenly last time (and caused [livejournal.com profile] automat76 to exclaim "You smell like a hippy" when she picked me up at the airport).
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Well, after hitting both coasts in one month, I am very happy to be at home for a little while. Have even temporarily abandoned by time-waster habit of searching for cheap airfares, because I sooooooo don't want to go anywhere right now. I am playing catch up at work like crazy because of being away all but something like 12 days in July. Wow.

Seattle was absolutely incredible. I want to move there so badly. And if the job keeps going the way it is and BestFriend and RW are really serious about going out there too, that makes it all the more likely. It's just so gorgeous out there, and you don't need a car, and there are mountains, and water, and ferries, and islands, and so on and so on.
Of course, yoga went a bit by the wayside while I was gone. I did make it to a "Hatha Flow" class at 8 Limbs while in Seattle, which totally kicked my butt (might have had something to do with having to hike up and down the hills to get there), but other than that, I only made it to class about 3 times in July. And not too much more practice here at home. But as of this week, I've been there 2 days out of the 2 days of the week. So I'm getting back on the right track.

Bought a bike right before I left for Seattle. I actually rode it to Kroger one night last week. That was an experience. I made it all the way back, stopped the bike, and then, while getting off of it, my messenger bag strap broke, so I fell and the bike fell on me. So now I'm the proud owner of a big ol' scrape. Joy.

The work situation is, well, hard to describe. The Wig/The Dozer or whatever you want to call her justs keeps on being herself. I'm getting closer to the breaking point, but the really really bad weeks seem to alternate with the weeks of not seeing her at all, so I'm not sure what's up.

If the perfect job in Seattle dropped in my lap tomorrow, I'd take it though. Anybody need a self-appointed web usability expert who can problem solve like nobody's business and write copy too??? Anyone???

Off to bed now. My campaign this week is to get more sleep and give myself a regular schedule.

Recent books read: Backpack, by ???? Fluff, but perfect for the plane trip; A Girl Named Zippy---very very good, but all too short. Currently reading (yes, simultaneously) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, The 14 Day Herbal Cleansing and biographies of Vermeer, and Virginia Woolf. So much for fluff.

'Night.
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I got a little out of habit in posting here, but I'll try to do some major updates in this post.

First thing, boy and I called it quits, and surprisingly to me, it was mutual. After playing phone tag for *two weeks* we finally got on the phone and he brought the topic up. We both agreed it wasn't working and have gone back to friends. I think we've each emailed each other once since then (this was about 5 weeks ago) which just reemphasizes that point that we are both too busy for such a relationship right now. So far, so good.

I still have the unexplainable, unrequited crush on HotGuy. Hmmmph. Have only seen him a few times, but never with the same degree of connection as the night of the haircut. He moves to Seattle in less than two weeks, and though I'll see him several times before then, I don't think I'll even bother thinking about it much anymore. Oh well.

I did find out that a guy at work has had a crush on me for approximately 2 years (the whole time I've worked there). It's nice to have something good at work, since the boss' boss is getting absurdly intolerable for our whole department. The strange thing is, I guess the boy with the crush is so smitten with me, he is too nervous to talk to me. I find this terribly adorable in it's own way. The funny thing is, I had always referred to him in my head as "The Cute Boy in Health Care" despite the fact that he was, until January, the only boy in Health Care. I do think I'd probably go out with him if he asked, but I can't ask him, or else he'll realize that my co-worker let out his secret. It's kind of like high school, but much more endearing.

I leave for Seattle tomorrow morning. I'm both looking forward to it and kind of wary about it. I've never traveled for such a long time (5 days) and such a long distance by myself before. But, I have been there once before and am familiar with the area I'm staying in. I have several activities planned for myself, so that I don't stay in the hotel all evening. I plan to visit at least one yoga studio, and to go to the Archie McPhee store (to do some bday shopping for friends). The conference I'm going to should also be good, and it's not such a terribly hectic schedule that I'll be over there all the time. Then again, I got to take a laptop from work with me, and I'd better churn out some work while I'm there, or there may be some grousing about why I really needed it in the first place. It really started as a just in case kind of thing, but I ended up taking on a couple projects to work on while there, so I'd better produce results. I'll probably be able to get the bulk on one done on the flight there anyway.

I'd probably better go finish packing. I got the suitcase done this morning, but the carry on is still sprawled on the bed. Must check the laptop battery as well. And it might be nice to clean up the downstairs a bit so that when BestFriend comes to water the flowers, she doesn't trip over everything. And then I get to come back to a clean apartment too. Yay.

Just realized that I'd fully intended to go on a bike ride this evening and I've waited until far too late. I've only had the bike a week, so I'm not up for nighttime riding yet. And now it will be a week before I can do it again. I'll have to go through all the soreness and such again. It's my own fault though.

Off to tackle the carry on and then to bed early so I can get up before STS comes to pick me up for the airport!

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