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August PS FO

A whole different kind of FO this month. I am still working on that scarf. But there is no way that it will be finished in the next few days. The PS rules say we can do anything, so this is what I am counting for this month. I spent the past weekend and Monday night sitting at a table with my 300 photos, photo corners, scissors, a glue stick and a brand new black photo album with white pages.


I didn't want it to be a super fancy & cutsie-style scrapbook, but I also didn't want to just slide my pictures in 4x6 slots. I collected a lot of things along the way - ticket stubs, brochures, business cards & subway maps - that I wanted to include. It took a long time, but it feels like a great accomplishment! I am really happy with how it turned out. And now when people ask to see my photos, they are ready to be seen. The idea of people with dirty fingers flipping through my stacks of pictures and getting them out of order .... I just can't handle it. Call me anal if you will, but it drives me to drink. : )


Traveled down the road and back again ...

Okay ... so not to go on & on about the Dream Cruise, but I had to share this photo . See? I am not the only one who hates the Dream Cruise. ; )

Hmmm ... life is weird lately. There's lots of good (work, travel, friends) and some not so good things going on (maybe I will get to those in another post). I have to say that without my awesome friends - life wouldn't be nearly as good. I am just saying ... remember to thank your friends for being super fantastic! I feel like singing the "Golden Girls" theme song right now. Here is a picture from our fun, ridiculous, silly, drunken & fantastic night out. Here's to getting home at 4am!

Here's to good ideas!

I have not forgotten ... this is a knitting blog. And after being home for a week, I finally pulled out the knitting again. And if Stacey is reading this - I know you are going to make fun of me ... because I still haven't finished this scarf.

slowly slowly said the sloth

Yes, I did start it in November of '05 & I really want to finish it. When I joined Project Spectrum, I figured this would be a perfect project to work on for the month of August (neutrals). It takes me forever to make any progress though - with all those short rows. I am thinking it is not likely that it will be completed before the end of the month. But I am working on it.


Eff the D C

It makes for a long week when you come back from a trip. I am happy that it is Friday. Tonight, I am hanging out with some friends and going to see a band. Should be fun!

For the rest of the weekend, I will be trying (with all my might) to avoid an event that is unfortunately taking place right down the street. Ok - Detroit ... the Motor City, right? I get it. But every summer, all summer long people enjoy "cruising" on Woodward Avenue. And those who are not cruising enjoy pulling out their lawn chairs and sitting in parking lots along Woodward to watch the cruising. Now, I am all for having fun and doing what you like. But this is absolutely pathetic. And during the 3rd week of August, we get to experience the "actual event" which is called the Woodward Dream Cruise. This event causes extreme amounts of rage in me, as 16 miles of a major road are a bumper to bumper traffic jam for days before and during the event. I cannot stand it. If I didn't just get back from a trip, I would scoot out of town - and fast. I needed to get that off my chest - thanks!

I hope to post more pictures of my trip soon. Here are a few, just for fun! My trip in B & W ...

vatican museums
three coins in the fountain
riding on the metro-o-o


Ciao Roma

I am back from my trip. Safe & sound and without much trouble in the airports in light of the UK terror incident. An airport official threw out 4 lip glosses of mine - not a big deal - I'd rather be safe. Really glad that I hadn't purchased any wine, because I would not have wanted to pack that in my luggage.

It was a fabulous time - pretty much non-stop for nine days. We walked our feet off. I really wish I had taken a pedometer to track it all. I think Paris was my favorite of the 3 cities for the architecture and churches and ease of getting around (awesome subway there). I loved the coffee and pastries and lovely cafes in Paris. For food, I would have to say that we had better meals in Italy. We actually found a restaurant on our first night in Rome and ate there all three days. It was sooooooo good and they had a big enough menu that we tried lots of different things. It may sound strange, but I think it is really easy to find a mediocre meal in Europe, so we just went with what we knew was great. And not one single dish that we had at that restaurant could be described as mediocre. Our waitress was fantastic too.

And the gelato in Italy was to die for - I tried: coffee, hazelnut, rich chocolate, chocolate, Nutella, melon, kiwi & raspberry flavors. I know that makes me sound like a huge pig ... but the servings are small and they often will give you 2-3 flavors in one little cup.

On my next trip to Europe I think I may break up the pace a little bit. We didn't have much chance to sit and relax. When you only have a few days in each city you need to go, go, go and make sure you see everything you wanted to and I always feel like "Am I missing something really cool? If I walk a few more blocks will I find a shop, a piazza, a fountain that will blow me away?" So maybe some time spent in Chianti or Siena would have been good. Just sit at a winery and enjoy the country side. I have the travel bug now. I want to go back to Italy to visit Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. I want to go to Germany & Switzerland, to Ireland & Scotland, to the Netherlands, to Prague ... the list goes on. If only vacation time and frequent flyer miles were never ending. (sigh)

I didn't knit one stitch (I made a last minute decision that I didn't want to chance losing my Denise needles at the airport).

I did find a knitting store in Florence, though. On "the other side" of the Ponte Vecchio, turn right on the street that runs along the Arno and there you will find the Beatrice Galli Yarn Shop. I bought a few skeins of a very pretty yarn called Stampato Extra - it is a 100% Australian Merino, made in Italy.
I don't have an exact plan for it ... but a scarf is likely.

Okay ... one more thing. Cats & Rome, they go hand in hand right? I was walking down the street in Rome and look what I saw. This is no set-up. A cat sitting on a pizza box. Can it get more Italian? Haha. : )


Outta here ...

Okay ... my flight leaves for Paris tonight. About 5 hours until take off. I am finishing up my packing as we speak. And I am so excited! Can you believe that tomorrow at this time I will have just finished a delicious french meal? WOW!

I am thinking that I will not have the opportunity to update this here blog. But I will post pictures and tales upon my return. Until then ...