Only because Lola hates that song did I pick the title . . . that and it can't hurt to have 'sex' in the title. Obviously if I am posting at 9:40 AM on a Monday, there is something amiss with the weather. This being the Poconos, that could mean rain, snow, sleet, hail, or sun . . . today it is a combination of the first two and a half. Lucky for me, I can post before the holidays and parent/teacher conferences, which begin tomorrow at noon.
I probably should have guessed that this wouldn't be an easy trip when I sat on the plane in Newark for 45 minutes waiting to take off and then another 30 for reasons unknown. Needless to say, I was thrilled to touch down in Columbus and see Lola in all her big-belly glory. Yes, sweetie, you are big . . . but only in the tummy. Betty likens it to how Bridget Moynahan looked before her little one hatched. From the back, you would never guess Lola was pregnant, even when she was running after Gus in the fabric store on Friday morning (question: why would a store in Columbus, Ohio, invite Amy Butler to town for a trunk show/book signing on the day of the OSU/UM game?). Mom was suitably surprised when I rang the doorbell so that was nice. The Other Sister was also surprised as were her kids. I think I had more fun this weekend playing with the kids (or getting them riled up with "disgusting" talk of farts and poop and burps). Beaner, our niece, wears a lot of pink, but she is as rough and tumble as they get. I started a "Sassafras" club with her, probably because I knew it would irritate the Other one. Gus was as hilarious as ever and made ups songs for every occasion ("Grandpa said 'Lay back down and go to sleep' then Ava came and got me up") and continues to make me laugh on a regular basis. Lola, you have a great kid there and TBA already has a very loving brother.
On the knitting front, I actually finished something - amazing, isn't it? The first Veil of Leaves sock is done and was autumnal in nature. I had just enough to get to the toe so that's where I started with the Oregon Red Clover Honey. Not surprisingly, I forgot to write down the directions for the star toe, but Betty rescued me with a quick reading of the directions. Thankfully I brought along the Plane Project from the summer and got through about four repeats. Amazing how this project comes back to you. Because of the three hour delay, on and off the plane, the knitting kept my attention away from all the bumps and ill-behaved fliers with me. Note to other passengers: a shrill laugh is not charming, neither is making comments about how much the carrier owes you for your wait. For the young lady who had a panic attack, I felt your pain, both for the situation and for the stares of the other passengers. Thanks to the pilot who said he would get us there before the day was over and just call it "same day service" - much appreciated. To my seat mate who merely smiled, said how pretty the yarn was, and then never said another word - THANK YOU!
Meijers in Springfield had a bevy of British candy bars; many literally jumped into my
shopping cart. The kids and the Flyer got some candy . . . I had some
nifty tees waiting for my arrival! If I don't post before Thanksgiving, may you all have a happy and stress free one. Enjoy your families and take some time for knitting. Since it will be a traditional Ava Thanksgiving, that means ordering most of the food from Wegman's and spending time without washing tons of dishes. The girls leave the day after Turkey Day for Orlando with Bunnylips and family, so the Flyer and I are considering a quick run into the City when we drop them off at Newark - crazy, don't you think?
PS - Happy birthday, Tricia! Lucky you - getting to spend it with your kids on a snow day!