Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What I did on my spring vacation

OK - this is the non-knitting post, for those of you who want to skip ahead to your next bloglines feed!

Mom and I drove into Boston on Sunday morning (I flew into Hartford and she drove in and met me there - we drove into Boston after) and stayed at the Holiday Inn at the end of the D Green Line (in Riverside), which, much to my amusement, is where we stayed about 15 years ago when I went to Boston the first time - crazy! We walked to the T station every morning and didn't have to pay to park! I enjoyed some quality knitting time on the train, though I didn't see but one subway knitter (and I couldn't see what she was knitting, just her motions), and no, it wasn't THE subway knitter!

We saw the Boston Ballet which was very nice - lovely dancers and we had great seats - thanks mom!

We also walked around Boston (and yes, we had dinner at Legal Sea Food for mom!), and went to a place that I really wanted to visit, from one of my favorite books!

Sadly, we saw them before they were decked out in their new holiday finery. We also got to pet some cute puppies on the common - made us miss our babies less!

Monday we shopped - hit the yarn stores and Filene's, Macy's and a few others. And then did the wait from hell for my sister to arrive. Blech.

Tuesday was more yarn shopping (after we finally woke up!) and a visit to the JFK Memorial Library and Museum which was very cool for the nerd in me - though wicked cold with the wind blowing off the water!

Wednesday we drove into "western" MA - with stops at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art which was cool, though small. One highlight was the car out front painted to look like it belonged in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And look - snow! It snowed on and off all day Wednesday - I wanted to take a picture of the sock in the snow, but didn't get a chance.

We also went to WEBS Wednesday and Thursday (yipes!), and shopped some more on Thursday and Friday (in the nature of full disclosure, I did have to buy another duffle bag to drag back all my crap!) in some great outlet mall sales. Now if it would just be warm enough here to wear them! It's supposed to snow tonight!

Saturday we headed into The Big Apple and got to see The Producers which was great! Thanks again mom!

That's pretty much it. Aside from the tons of yarn stores in NYC I didn't have time to see, and the many others in Boston, the only thing I wanted to do was go to the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield. Perhaps I have a bit of an obsession with picture books......


Yesterday was The Girl's 8th birthday - we kept it low-key, but she was very excited by her new Chuck's - brown and pink! Her feet are almost big enough for me to steal her shoes. Can't wait! She got some gift cards that she had to go spend today - one to JoAnn's where she got yarn to knit some "sweaters" for her half sister and brother and mom - all out of one skein of yarn! When she decides she's going to do something, she doesn't pull any punches! I'll keep you posted!

Oh, and The Husband brought me back a gift from his ski trip - I love it!

Finally, my first contest! My lovely husband is somewhat notorious for taking forever to unpack his suitcase. After our honeymoon it took him 2 weeks to unpack it. And he only did so because he ran out of underwear. He got home from his ski trip on Sunday evening. He put his bags down in this chair. He has not touched them since.

So, to win a small prize, leave your guesses in the comments or email me (knitnlit AT hotmail DOT com) - with date and time you think he'll unpack. For my part, I will say NOTHING to him about the presence of his suitcases, or that I won't do laundry until he unpacks them. Also, to keep the playing field even, he has to work his second, evening, job for the next four days. If you leave your guess in the comments and you don't have a blogger profile, leave your email address too so I can contact you!

And one last note - I think I'm at my breaking point with blogger so I've started to research my options. Anyone who has a non-blogger blog, could you let me know what you like/dislike about your platform? Thanks so much!


  1. First of all, Happy Happy for you and your girly! She's got some big feet!

    I give him until this Sunday at 10:00am because I think he'll need something out of there.

    And I'm totally loving WordPress. I got my own domain and installed WP. Sometimes it takes a little bit to load but it's MUCH more reliable than stupid blogger.

  2. I have a husband with this inclination as well - I predict he'll last until Tuesday the 28th of March. Of course, I don't know when he'll run out of clean socks ;-)

  3. Happy Birthday to The Girl!! What a cutie! It's so cute that she wants to knit sweaters for everyone- that must be some skein of yarn! I need to find out where she shops. ;-) Sounds like you had an awesome time in Boston! I'm so envious that you got to go to the Eric Carle museum. I know it sounds super-dorky, but I saw part of his place on Mr. Rogers (I swear I was watching with the kids!) and it looked really neat. The Producers, too! Double envious! Hmm, I'll say that it'll take the DH till next week Saturday, 4/1 to unpack. ;-) Take care, Jenn! :-)

  4. The question is, does he sit in that chair when he has down-time? Because that would move him to, well, move the stuff. I will go with Saturday (3/25), sometime around noonish, because he might want to veg a little right around that time.

    Your trip sounds like it was so fun! Boston (and New England in general) rocks and I dream of moving there.

  5. Sounds like a fun vacation, I love the picture with the ducks.

    I predict 4/5... I know it's way out there. Lol.

  6. Anonymous2:49 PM

    I think Scout is right...Sunday morning...
    I love seeing vacation pictures, thanks for sharing!

  7. trek checks in for Wednesday, 29 March at approximately 7:43pm.

  8. The T shirt is great :)

    As to teh luggage dilemma; well one usually takes more for a two week trip then a week long one so I would think (unless reading in a comfy chair is important) that it will take twice as long. 4 weeks(yikes I lived with someone like that)would be April 14th.

    I love literary vactions. Makes the books and the authors seem that much more real.***CV