Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Off to Vegas

I think I've been traveling too much over the past decade or so as I'm leaving tomorrow morning for Las Vegas and I have yet to pack a thing. I got the suitcase out, but that is literally the extent of what I've done. I have a lot to do to get ready to go, too. I HAVE to paint my toenails. I refuse to wear sandals w/o painted nails and I don't bother in the winter as I wear shoes and socks constantly here in Michigan. And it'll be warm enough in Vegas for sandals which will feel quite decadent in March. I like to let my nails breathe the winter months. I also want to finish the red mohair scarf that I'm knitting for my friend Lisa. It's close to being finished, I think.

Last night I did the dishes that were sitting in the sink. I refuse to go on vacation and leave dishes in the sink. I figure it would be bad form to do so just in case the plane crashes. The apt. is enough of a mess, they don't need stinky, dirty dishes in the sink, too. I should vacuum since Anna, Schneider's wife, will be taking care of the kids while I'm gone.

Over the last two weekends, I got the majority of the yarn stash organized into plastic tubs that I picked up from Bed, Bath & Beyond (made in the USA) using my multiple BB&B coupons. Did you know that there are people out there who don't know that they never expire? Tragic.

Lent started a good month ago and I never shared with you what I was giving up. Along with the usual junk food deprivation (absolutely no cookies, cake, chips, etc., except for Knitting Night because angel food cake isn't junk food) for the forty days, I've also given up buying yarn, books, CDs & DVDs. SK was not pleased when I said I was giving up yarn buying for Lent because she wanted to go to The World's Greatest Yarn Store. I told her that I would go with her, but she thought that it would be too cruel to have me go to TWGYS when I couldn't buy yarn. I told her that I could buy patterns, but she said, No. I thought that was awfully sweet of her…that and I think she's pretty well aware that she could give up yarn buying for Lent, too, if she were Catholic and not Buddhist. ;-) I.e., she has an even more impressive yarn stash than I have.

Let me put it another way for you. If, for some reason, money were to become worthless and we had to resort to some other form of currency and if that form happened to be yarn, I'd be the Bill Gates of the yarn currency to SK's Warren Buffett.

I've decided also (for now, we'll see how long this lasts) that I can't buy yarn unless there is space in my plastic tubs (meaning I have to knit from the stash and free up room), except for one last order from knitpicks that I have to place once Lent is over – specific yarn chosen by a friend for whom I said I would knit a scarf, and this sock yarn that I wanted but wasn't available until Lent had started. And then that's it. I better do a ton of knitting over the summer if I want to be able to go to Mary Maxim for their massive end of August/Labor Day Weekend Sale.

We have specific plans for Vegas, our trip out of Vegas proper this year will be Death Valley. HRH has a burning desire to go to Death Valley. The really funny part about this is that HRH simply hates being out in nature – but maybe our trips to Zion and Valley of Fire in the past year have made her slightly less queasy about it. Nature gives her the heebie jeebies. She just asked via e-mail if we want to go to Red Rock Canyon on Thursday and I questioned that she wanted to go. She said not really. She would go to the Red Rock casino while we went "snake-hunting." That's what she calls being out in nature – mostly because we hunt for things that will skeeve her out. ;-) What are friends for, if not to laugh at your fears and encourage them? Hell, the LB took a picture of a snake somewhere when he was out hiking and mailed it to both of us and even though she was sitting in her office in TO, she was still freaked out. Wuss. ;-)

Oh, I also need to update the iPod before heading out. There are songs I need to take off and other stuff (I:Scintilla) I need to put on. When will I find the time?

This all means that LL will only have to put up with catblogging this Friday at Fermicat's place as I won't be taking my computer with me. Enjoy it while it lasts, LL!

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11 Comments:

At Tuesday, 24 March, 2009, Blogger Evil Twin's Wife said...

Have fun on your trip! I keep my toenails painted year round. They never get a break. :-(

 
At Tuesday, 24 March, 2009, Blogger Kathleen said...

ETW - Yeah, but you probably want to look nice for the Evil Twin...Boris and Igor don't give a damn. ;-)

 
At Tuesday, 24 March, 2009, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I enjoyed I:Scintilla and heard they're working on a new album. :)

As for Death Valley, I read in wikipedia that only one person died, but that death was so famous they called it Death Valley. I think it was wikipedia. I don't remember, but I read that somewhere. Don't know how accurate that is. I do know it's the lowest point in America and I think all of North America if I'm not mistaken.

Never been there. I'm a water/forest guy and have been to well over a dozen forests and many many lakes in California, but no interest in deserts. Desserts, yes. Deserts, nah.

Didn't know that about BB&B. All I know is my pizza coupons expire within a few months after getting them.

 
At Wednesday, 25 March, 2009, Blogger Red said...

WHAT no cat blogging? See you could take a picture of a Vegas ally cat or a pole cat and blog it! Hee Hee. ! If nothing else, LL would enjoy that type of 'Cat Blogging'

I always loved the desert. I spent some time in 29 palms Ca, and my fav thing was the smell of the desert after it rained, seconded only by sunsets! SIGH. Have a grand time.

PS
I am good people and this is GOING to work and be fine! I promise.

 
At Wednesday, 25 March, 2009, Blogger LL said...

Things are looking up it seems. ;)

 
At Wednesday, 25 March, 2009, Blogger Beth said...

Kathleen, I need a ton of scrap sock yarn to do my son's blanket and a few Ravelers are giving me all theirs and the number one reason (beyond how kind those people are) is their stashes are so huge, they're embarrassed by it. One lady sent me two ups packages of scraps and said the only thing she asks is that I don't send it back. That really made me laugh.

 
At Wednesday, 25 March, 2009, Blogger fermicat said...

I'll see what I can do.

I detest packing and usually do it far too late in the game. I don't like that feeling that I have forgotten something, and also don't like to commit to what I will wear so far in advance. A girl's gotta have options. It was so hard to pare it down, I finally got a bigger suitcase so I can take it all!

 
At Friday, 27 March, 2009, Blogger dr sardonicus said...

Yarn. I'm beginning to feel the same way about yarn that LL does about cats...

Hope you're havin' a great time in Vegas!

 
At Tuesday, 31 March, 2009, Anonymous Suzy said...

Have a fabulous time! And Death Valley should be a carpet of wild flowers right about now.

 
At Tuesday, 31 March, 2009, Blogger Kathleen said...

ZS - Really? Excellent news on I:Scintilla. Their website didn't mention that. I'm fond of most types of nature - I thought Death Valley was incredibly beautiful and interesting. I hope I download my pics soon, so you can see it's worth the visit. Actually, up until very recently, it was the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere, but someone found a spot in Brasil (I think) that's lower.

Red - Fermicat picked up my slack this past weekend. Don't worry, I'll be back to annoying LL this Saturday.

LL - Don't get too excited.

Beth - That's so cool. I should ask my friend Elaine if she has any as she knits socks constantly. Remind me if I don't get back to you.

Fermi - I forgot the special "cup" in which I clean my contacts. *sigh* So, I had to make a trip to Walgreen's. My suitcase that is the right size is a complete POS and needs to be thrown out - I only bought it in Oct. 2007 and plastic pieces are constantly breaking off. It's pathetic.

Sorry, Doc.

 
At Wednesday, 01 April, 2009, Blogger fermidawg said...

I've given up my cats. It's a brave new world now. Yes, I'm a dog - no wait, a dawg - person now.

 

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