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April 19, 2006

Catch-Up Randoms


1. The weekend: After driving down to CT on Saturday morning, I headed to New Haven in the afternoon. I hung out with a college friend at a nifty chocolate cafe called Moka, and then parked my car in a garage and headed to meet Lauren at Yarn LLC. No need to get into detail, but we'll just say that I was not impressed with that store. Anyway, we then headed to the Masters Tea given by Annie Modesitt. Annie was really interesting and friendly and great, and I'm looking forward to reading her book.

But then Lauren walked me back to my car. Well, she tried. But the parking garage was closed. Apparently, this garage closes at 6 pm on Saturdays and isn't open at all on Sundays. It was 6:15, everything was locked up tight, and no one was to be found. I hadn't thought to check the hours when I parked, because I wasn't really aware that parking garages closed like that. Most of the ones I've used have not. So anyway, Lauren's very obliging FHBF drove me back to my parents' house. I ended up having to stay until Monday instead of Sunday - and therefore take a vacation day - and to add insult to injury, the laundry I had planned to do at my parents' house was locked in the car. I did manage to ransom the car out Monday morning, and of course had to pay for the privilege of parking there all weekend.

On Sunday, I helped my parents host brunch for 20 - hence the seven dozen eggs. Scrambled eggs, two kinds of French toast, quiche, cake... brunch foods take a lot of eggs. I got to meet two little cousins I'd never met, and it was a fun day all around. Except, of course, that I couldn't come home. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

2. Knitting! The Asymmetrical Cable Hat went very quickly and is almost done, but I've been mostly working on Birch. It's probably about half done by now, and feels like it's going quickly, for the moment at least. It'll probably get to the black hole stage at any moment now that I've said it was going quickly, of course.

3. And I finally managed to update the knitting WIPs list on the sidebar. The reading one too. Yeah, the reading is a bit out of control. Plus...

4. Library books! I'm not sure if I mentioned it here, but I gave up library books for Lent. So I have had a wonderful time at both the school and public libraries this week, and now I have all this exciting stuff I want to read.

5. I'm watching some figure skating that Teddy TiVo found for me while I was gone over the weekend, and Sasha Cohen just skated to Celine Dion's version of "God Bless America," and they were all talking about how patriotic and yay-U.S. and everything it was. Um, people, Celine Dion is Canadian. Just saying.

Posted by Kat at April 19, 2006 06:25 PM

Oh, major bummer about the car - that had to be really $$$. But very cool to get to meet Annie Modesitt! It's probably time reread Confessions...

If you gave up library books for Lent, did you end up buying more books? Or just not reading?!?

Posted by: Chris at April 19, 2006 06:48 PM

Ohh I hate those locking parking lots/garages. Some of our on-campus lots lock after 7 pm, so if you have a night class there is always this mad dash to run and move your car to another lot before they lock you in.... sucks yo.

Posted by: Angel at April 19, 2006 08:08 PM

Not all garages in New Haven close early.

Also, next time you're down here, try Yarn Barn in Woodbridge. It's not a barn, but still. They have an eclectic selection of yarn and are extremely helpful consulting about projects.

Posted by: alice at April 19, 2006 08:17 PM

Now. What was the point of giving up library books for lent? It isn't like, a bad habit or anything. Unless you are like me returning them late & racking up fees. haha.

Posted by: aisling at April 19, 2006 10:09 PM

Kat, I was in New Haven, too, this weekend, but I just parked illegally in the lot near Modern, so I lucked out. One night, though, I know they're going to enforce and I'm going to get towed...

Alice, thanks for the recommendation on the Yarn Barn. It's not anywhere near the Book Barn is it?

Posted by: sprite at April 19, 2006 10:32 PM

I'm not a fan of Yarn LLC either. The Yarn Barn in Woodbridge is much, much better, and is only a few hundred yards off of Exit 59 on the Merritt/Wilbur Cross.

Posted by: Kat at April 19, 2006 11:56 PM

So much New Haven knowledge in these comments! We of course didn't go out of our way to visit Y-LLC. I hope the dozens and dozens of eggs went well. Btw, D decided he would take the interstates home and he refuses to admit that it was longer!

Posted by: Lauren at April 20, 2006 12:32 AM

Nope, the Yarn Barn (which isn't in a barn) is nowhere near the Book Barn (which is in several barns). As someone else pointed out, the Yarn Barn is convenient to the Parkway, while the Book Barn is way out in the country.

Posted by: alice at April 20, 2006 07:57 PM

That sucks about your car being held hostage all weekend! That would drive me insane.

I'm curious too, did you end up buying more books than you would normally giving up library books for Lent?

Posted by: Carrie K at April 23, 2006 01:31 PM

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