Sunday, July 20, 2014

Orlando

I went to Orlando for work last week. It was my first "working" PhD residency.

In addition to it going well, we had some good food, including grilled baby octopi:


I'm sure I had never realized that I needed a TV in the mirror of my hotel bathroom.  Not!  How weird is that?


Outrageous light fixtures seem to be a thing in convention hotels.  And wild carpet.  I failed to photograph the carpet but here's the chandelier from the lobby:


Happily, I seem to be approved for TSA pre-check most of the time.  I'm not sure how it happened, but I will not complain.  I love not having to take off my shoes or take out my laptop and toiletries bag.  Except the buckles on my shoes set the thing off and I had to take off my shoes anyway.  Lesson:  travel in Toms after this, even if they don't match as well:


I love being a librarian.  In the old days, when I worked for the Evil Airline That No Longer Exists, I didn't like telling people I was in the airline business 'cause they always told me their worst travel horror stories.  In stark contrast, everyone loves librarians ... and who doesn't enjoy being loved?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I'm Usually Better at Keeping a Secret

I was just so excited about these Superpower Mitts that I couldn't wait. I showed them to Girl-child on July 4th. They're for her birthday in November.


I guess sometimes I'm just no good at keeping secrets. Besides, she just had her wisdom teeth out so she's been sick and needed a surprise.


Also, I finished Itineris.  Rose the Gypsy gave me the blue yarn and I purchased the greet at Yarnover.  There's another hank of blue. My plan is to make another something so that RtG can have one and I'll keep the other.


And I (finally) started my big lace project for the year.  It's the "without" version of the With or Without Shawl.  It's not Estonian but it has a lot of nupps, so it's in lieu of an Estonian shawl (my goal was to make something Estonian or Orenburg style).


I'm not sure about the nupps.  I guess I'll look at them over the next few days and decide if I should keep going or rip it out and start over.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Holy Cow!

I don't think I've ever seen window washers without a little bit of scaffolding to stand on, but there they were yesterday:


And it was a pretty windy day, so I'm sure they were getting quite a ride!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Odds and Ends

We continue to make national news because of the flooding. Lake of the Isles' pedestrian path is mostly underwater which makes it no fun at all to walk around - dodging the bikers and rollerbladers kinda sucks. The fence on the sidewalk here is actually half of what it looks like - the extra half is the reflection of said fence in the water.


This is a self-portrait I took on said path about three weeks ago when it was dry: 


Here the pedestrian path is like a little river:



In the meantime, once again I have unidentified growing objects on my balcony.  If anyone knows what this please do tell



This is what the flower of the plant looked like a couple of weeks ago:


I finished a hot pink sock:


And I also went to DC again, this time to meet Boy-child's landlady, a.k.a. his DC Mom.

The fact that they're holding up the edge of the platform of the Metro in DC like this is a little unnerving, I think:


But a pleasant lunch was had with said landlady.  I also got to see an exhibit at the Phillips Collection which was good.


Now it's back to the salt mines.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Houston

I was in Houston this week for work. I don't believe I've ever been to Houston before.

We stumbled upon a gathering in a park after dinner on Wednesday.


This little girl had on an outfit that was a cross between Pebbles Flintstone and Hello Kitty.  She was adorable.


Not a good photo, but hopefully you can see that the one guy is playing an accordion and the other guy is playing a washboard.  It was a Zydeco band.  Lots of people were dancing.


This building, part of the convention center, looks like a Lego building to me.


The Hilton has Chihuly light fixtures in the lobby.


And psychedelic carpet.


It was awesome.


I believe this is the entrance to an underground parking ramp.


There are lots of exotic plants in Texas.


And this just proves that Georgia O'Keefe lives on!


I used to be mad that George Bush got an airport named after him, but Houston Intercontinental is such a dump I'm not upset about it any more.