T is for Travel

The week has been far busier than I had anticipated, and today capped it off. I had an all day meeting in Merced, plus a ton of follow-up work that needed to be done once I got home from the meeting. So at this point I’m pretty much wiped out and really looking forward to this month being over.

On the plus side, a trip to Merced means I get to pass my two favorite billboards on Highway 99 – the one advertising headstones, and the one for a furniture store that proudly proclaims “Come check out our stool samples.”. Some day I am going to pull over on the side of the freeway and get a picture of that one. And also on the way home, I was toodling along one of the back roads out of the city, and happened to glance to my right and was a bit startled to see camels. Or maybe dromedaries? Whatever it is that has two humps, there they were, ambling lazily around in a paddock. See, sometimes there are perks to business travel.

Anyway, in more excited travel news, tomorrow morning I’m off to Monterey with a friend to go to the Knit Wear Love (opens pdf) retreat in Monterey, and I won’t be back until late Monday. We get to take classes with Clara Parkes, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Fiona Ellis, and Amy Herzog. For those of you non-knitters, I realize those names mean nothing to you. Just substitute those four names with some high profile names from your hobby / sport of choice, and then you might get a small understanding of why there was a lot of excited squealing when we got notification we’d been able to get in.

We’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while, and this week there’ve been emails flying back and forth as we try to figure out what to pack for the trip, and other critical logistics. No, I’m not talking about what to wear (my intention is to grab all my knitting-related nerd shirts and some pants and call it good). I’m talking about the *important* stuff; namely:

  • What yarn stores will we be going to on the drive down.
  • What knitting projects are we bringing with us.

Alas, as I write this, I have yet to pack a single thing. I have tracked down a sock-in-progress project, and found a pattern or two on Ravelry that might work, but that’s as far as anything’s gone. Possibly I am starting to panic just a wee bit. Possibly. But I am good at quick packing – years of business travel trained me well on that one. And we are doing a yarn crawl on the way down so if I, for some bizarre reason, fail to bring something important for the classes, I will have ample opportunity to pick it up on the way.

And now, as the official end of April (at least here in California; can’t speak for the other time zones) creeps ever closer, I think it’s time to sign off and go to bed.

The letter T is brought to you by the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

  • It’s okay – I didn’t pack until last night either. And we are leaving in less than an hour and I’m still debating whether I have enough knitting. :)

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