Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Vacation & Knitting again

After my horrible airline experience last week, it was nice to see this:

We went to Ruidoso, New Mexico for a short trip - its hard to believe that this is only 3 hours from the desert (which is currently 85 degrees - yay spring!) This picture was taken from a fabulous casino/hotel on the Apache Indian reservation. It's surreal to see a giant casino, complete with an underground parking garage, in the middle of a rural mountain area. Of course we weren't staying there, but since the view was so awesome, and the building so relaxing (lots of comfy couches), I'm hoping to scrape together the cash to stay there on our next visit. (Inn of the Mountain Gods)

Since I am currently on spring break (ahh, my last spring break ever), I've had a little time to knit. I started Green Gable, which I've had my eye on for a while. I know from experience that ZephyrStyle patterns knit up really, really small, so I bought extra yarn - Cotton Fleece on sale! I'm hoping to wear this to Maryland Sheep & Wool in May, so I have incentive to finish it within a month.

Also, the socks in a 2-stitch cable pattern are nearing completion. I'm not sure how much yarn they will take, so I'm knitting them to the same length, then dividing the rest in half. Considering that its already 85 degrees in March, I'm not sure how much use I will get out of them in the near future.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Travel Hell

Why it took me 32 hours to get to New Mexico.

8:30am Wake up

10:00 Arrive at school to wait for ride to airport

1:30pm Leave for airport

2:30 Arrive airport, start waiting

5:00 Find out flight is delayed 2 hours, so I'll miss my connection.

5:30 Am told that I only have two options: fly to Houston and stay there overnight, at my own cost, or leave the airport and come back in the morning. I call my roommate, who is able to drive to the airport to pick me up, but not until late. I also find out that my flight in the morning is at 5:30am.

9:00 Arrive back home (more than 12 hours have elapsed, and I'm back where I started.)

10:00 Go to bed.

2:00 AM Wake up

2:45 $86 airport shuttle picks me up

3:30 Arrive at airport, again

4:30 security opens - the line was HUGE, even though it was 4:30 in the morning

5:00 board plane

10:15am (mountain time) - arrive El Paso

2:15pm - arrive in Carlsbad

So, a journey that should have taken me 7 hours ended up taking me the better part of 2 days. I understand that airlines are delayed by weather, but Continental airlines refused to put me up in a hotel, either in Houston or Philadelphia, and offered me no other solution but to find my own transportation home again and then back to the airport at an ungodly hour. That was the only flight I could get on. I've flown a good number of times, and this was the first with Continental. I'm never flying with them again, and I hope you don't either!

Saturday, March 10, 2007


See this? This is reason why I haven't posted in a while, and why I haven't knitted anything seriously in about a month. I'm currently in the midst of editing 28 pages about this house. "How is that possible, how can you write 28 pages about one house?" you may ask. And now you know why I'm going crazy. Oh, maybe I should also mention that this house was demolished ten years ago, making this project even more "fun!" The monster is due April 23, so talk amongst yourselves until then. I'll give you a topic: "Grad school seemed like a good idea at the time."
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