Saturday, February 28, 2009

I'm Done!! Vacation was Great!!

I'm done!!
Parker's socks got done last week on our way down to Daphne Alabama. WOW...must have had 30" of knitting on size 1 needles! Kendra was over last night and I showed her the completed pair and she just shook her head and smiled. I put them next to her and they easily went to her knees, but I'm sure if she put them on they'd be longer.

It's been a while since I've taken the time to post anything. Knitting is still going well. I'm definitely suffering from 'Wintertime Sleepiness' and don't do much when I get home from work except 'plop and watch'. Bill & I have a love of NCIS and it's now on every weeknight at 5:00 with 3 back-to-back episodes. The pathetic part is we've seen them all before!

Vacation was Great!
Bill picked me up from work at 3:30 on Feb. 17 (Tues) and we headed south to finally make it to my sister Jo's place in Daphne, Alabama (only been trying to get there for several years). We drove just south of Nashville and spent the night, then finished up the trip on Wed. morning. We got all but 1 chapter of John Grisham's Appeal listened to on the drive. We had a great time. Walked the beach. Ate at some great restaurants. Toured the USS Alabama. Went to Mobile for a Mardi Gras parade. Went to Biloxi MS to a casino. Of course, I wasn't as lucky as everyone else. Bill got into a poker tourney and came in 3rd place ($140 with a $30 buy-in...not bad for 3-4 hours) Dick immediately won $100 at a quarter slot machine. Jo & I spent the entire time playing penny slots and having a great time. She was up about $35 at the end of the day. I was down a little under $20...BUT...actually I was UP $80. On the way into the casino, I (kiddingly) asked Bill if he was going to support my gambling and he took out his wallet and gave me a $100 bill. So...I used MY $20 bill to start gambling...hence I ended up a winner, too!

The food was absolutely fabulous. Ate way too much fried food but it was sooo good. One day for lunch we went to 'LuLu's' which is Jimmy Buffett's sister's restaurant. Jo had her cookbook, and after looking thru it, I decided to buy one, too. There's the history of LuLu's in the front, which is a really neat story. I would highly recommend dining there if you ever find yourself in Daphne, AL.

We got up early on Sunday and drove the entire way home. We made great time. Only problem was a 20 min. delay near Covington KY. Even tho Bill did all the driving, I was extremely tired. I hated to face reality and go to work on Monday!

I completed most of a worsted weight shawl on the trip home. I'd started it last fall and it was just waiting patiently with other UFO's. I need to go through my stash to see if I've got another skein so I can do the decorative finishing edge, otherwise need to search ravelry and see if I can find a skein to purchase/swap. It's triangular and looks really neat. I've probably got it about the right size but need to put it on waste-yarn and try it on. Figured it may as well get done so I can wear it before warm weather sets in. My next shawl is going to be with lace weight yarn and probably rectangular. Now to find a pattern. I'm NOT doing 'yarn-overs' since I find them a royal pain in the butt. I know they look great, but I need more of a 'no brainer' when I knit. That will probably be my summer 'car' project on our trips to the boat on Lake Erie.

Time to make a black raspberry (aka yum-yum) pie for Marshall's birthday dinner tomorrow.