Monday, September 25, 2006

Planned Spontaneity.

I wouldn't say that I am the most spontaneous person. No, in fact, I like a plan. So, in general, if I am traveling anywhere then I would like a few weeks of lead time to get myself mentally prepared. It's not just traveling either. If I want to go to a movie or out to dinner, I usually plan it at least in the morning. While I was in Austin early last week, Rykert decided to drive to Louisiana to see his family. It was well-timed as I was out of town for most of the week. In an uncharacteristic moment of spontaneity, I booked a ticket and flew down on Friday to spend the weekend. We had a nice visit despite the stress-filled ridiculousness that is the current American air travel system (I have been on 8 flights in the past week, and not one of them was even close to being on-time. Yesterday I actually ended up booking and rebooking on 3 different airlines).

We were treated to good food some of our favorite haunts, bike riding through my old neighborhood and the French Quarter, and good company. We had a great time, and once we are both fully employed we hope to make a few more long weekend trips for visits. The feeling in the city is different from when I was living there well before Katrina, but improved since our last visit last November. It's certainly quieter and more subdued. I was shocked to find restaurants closed at 8 on a Friday night and bars nearly empty.

One of our stops was The Quarter Stitch, a very cute needlepoint and knitting shop located right off Jackson Square.
quarter stitch
I stop here everytime we are in town. I picked up three skeins of Noro Kureyon in a color that I love for yet another felted bag, I'm on a roll. The best part of this shop is how they package your purchase.
yarn in basket
Here are the goods.
kureyon3

During the airport layovers of the past week I did manage to do some reading.
books
These are quick reads, but interesting stories that keep you interested while passing time in the airport. I'm pretty sure that each will be or has been made into a Lifetime Movie. Not destined to be literature classics, but fun reads.

I also managed to do a little knitting.
kureyon bag 1
I started this bag at the Cedar Rapids airport last Sunday, and finished it on the first leg of my New Orleans journey on Friday. I love the colors, and can't wait to throw it into the washer.
Other than that, I worked a few rows of Rykert's sweater. But ultimately while waiting in the airports yesterday I wished that I had not sent my new yarn purchase to Iowa in Rykert's car.

Here's a clue about what we will be watching tonight...
superdome
On that note, I had a celebrity sighting at the Riverwalk in New Orleans. I saw Joe Horn of the New Orleans Saints. I wish I had realized it sooner so that I could have made a fool of myself by saying something ridiculous and asking for a picture or something. He really seems like a really nice guy, read this to learn more.

But I returned from my trip so that I could make a long scheduled appointment with an orthopedist. Bad news...
bad news

8 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Ruby Banshee said...

Damn! Well, at least Iowa has really good orthopedists.
Looks like you had a great trip. That's my favorite Kureyon colorway.

Debbie said...

There's a reason I don't run. Okay, there are lots of reasons I don't run. But that's one of them. Darn it.

Laura said...

Oh NO! Stress fracture still there? Well, guess what?! I have a stress fracture in my ankle of my bad leg. Was on crutches all last week. My doc doesn't want to put me in a boot b/c I already have muscle loss. So I'm wearing an air cast. YIPPIE! We match!

Wool Winder said...

Well, if you have to travel by air again, at least you can get in the pre-board line. Traveling is good for knitting, reading and adding to the stash. Looks like you did well in all three areas!

BAM said...

Uh oh, foot troubles. Wishing you quick healing and better feelings. I have never been to New Orleans, but your posts always are touching. It is nice to have such good memories and be able to enjoy the areas that are so meaningful to us.

Gina said...

Oh no! I hope your foot troubles get righted quickly. NOLA subdued? Hard to imagine...

Knittripps said...

I am a planner as well. Good for you for adding a little spontaneity to your life in your own terms! It sounds like it was well needed and well deserved.

Megan said...

Awww, that's too bad, but I'm glad you had a fun trip!

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