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HOTEL EVERLAND June 9, 2008

Filed under: paris,travel — lynne @ 7:53 pm

Through some grace of the universe, hubby and I will be spending a night in the amazing art installation/hotel ‘pod’ known as Hotel Everland. I became obsessed with this place the moment I saw it on Paris Daily Photo (thank you Eric, so, so much!) and have been double clicking the shortcut I put on my desktop constantly since last fall. One can only stay for a single night, and you have to arrive at the reservation page at the precise moment they release a night, 60 days in advance. For special nights, they’ve done auctions on Ebay, and the winning bids have been between $4500-9300 USD!! I’d started thinking it would never happen, but on Memorial Day, while filling time before picking up hubby at the airport, I clicked just for the heck of it, with the vague feeling “maybe this time…” Well, an unfamiliar page popped up, that looked quite like a reservation form. I got a little nervous- hubby was in the air, so I couldn’t consult with him, and of course securing the reservation meant not only paying for the ‘room’, but also getting to Paris and accommodations for the rest of our stay.
I decided that I’d keep filling out the form until it asked me for money. At first I thought I’d be entered into a lottery to reserve that night, but I got to the end without being asked for a credit card, and in a few minutes I’d received an email telling me I had a reservation! I was over the moon with glee, but also nervous because now I had to convince hubby we should DO THIS! or figure out how to cancel the reservation.
And as if the day wasn’t weird enough already, when I got to the airport I saw hubby standing next to Michael Kang of the String Cheese Incident- our favorite band. So surreal… I got to introduce myself and shake his hand- what a powerful little being that man is! So after that excitement, I got hubby into the car and told him the news. Since we had already discussed and dismissed the idea of going to Europe this summer (bad exchange rate, exorbitant airfare) his first reaction was- no way- too expensive. But such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity needs more consideration than that, right?
So next day, I called my parents- I thought I should talk over the idea of pressing this issue with hubby with my elders. I knew that if I pushed, hubby would relent, if a bit begrudgingly, but with the poor economy I wasn’t confident about allotting a good portion of our savings to something so extravagant. During the conversation, my Dad got on the phone to hear my tale, and then hung up. A few minutes later he picked up the phone and said- why don’t you see if there’s a Marriott you can stay in- I have all these rewards points that we’ll never use up and maybe you can use them. OH! MY! I called Marriott and they said yes, the points can be gifted. Then I checked their website and found a hotel in a reasonable location, clicked the points icon and saw the number it would require, and thought, no, that’s too many points. But when I called my Dad back and told him how many, his response was “is that all?”.
SO: we are going! We’ll stay for free at the Marriott Rive Gauche in Montparnasse- an area that held no interest for me, but that on study looks to be pretty interesting. It was, in the ’20s and 30s, the heart of the Bohemian culture in Paris, where Picasso, Hemingway, Cocteau, Matisse, Modigliani and others lived and hung out in the local bars and cafes. And in far better accommodations than we could ever afford ourselves- imagine, a comfy bed in Paris! And since this will be our second time there, we’re looking forward to long, slow days (Paris is pretty far north, and we were delighted to learn how late it stays light in summer!) checking out the various neighborhoods and soaking up the culture.
No doubt there will be more ravings as our trip approaches…

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Bad Blogger! March 31, 2008

Filed under: knitting,procrastination — lynne @ 6:13 pm

Well, they’ll never let me into DeStash with this kind of attention to my blog… I don’t know why it’s so hard to just sit down and do this, at least every week or so- it’s not as if I’m not at the computer pretty much daily…

I’m leaving town again for a week, (a work trip, but I get to visit my family back east too!) so for some reason that got me to at least stop by my own freaking blog… I admit to happily reading other blogs on a daily basis, but the typing? Not so much…

I have been knitting though- mostly on a shawl for my dear friend. I just LOVE the colors, but had an interesting time getting to the final selection: I asked the recipient to select colors from a particular group, and then tweaked one color to better fit the pattern design. The four colors we came up with looked just awesome together, both in the bag and through my teleidoscope. And with the first three colors knitted together, it was still awesome… then it came time to add the fourth color, and when actually knitted into the shawl, it looked just awful. That was a mystery to me that I still don’t understand, but after a bit of searching and one false purchase (see- I really do need that Destash thing…) I came up with a fourth color that I (and the nice lady at my LYS) think looks fantastic! I love the colors so much that it keeps me working on the project much more than usual. In fact, other projects are getting ignored in its favor. I’m even taking ONLY the one project on this trip.

I’d post an in progress picture, but that might ruin the impact of the FO for my recipient…. hopefully by late summer I’ll have it ready. And hopefully, I’ll post again between now and then!

 

Actual Knitting Content! January 28, 2008

Filed under: knitting — lynne @ 9:59 pm

Well, no excuses… it’s been a rough few weeks but here I am again… and I have knitting to show you!

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This is my first (and so far only!) actual garment (not including socks), completed in fall of 2006. I knit this adorable Mason Dixon baby kimono for a friend’s new baby, and it’s been so long that the baby has grown out of it long ago. But I wanted to post it here as part of my chronicle of knitting adventures. It’s made from less than two balls of sugar’n’cream cotton- can’t get more affordable than that. This pattern is geometric genius- I loved knitting it and watching it take shape. I had heard that the sleeves were kind of tight, so I added a few rows there, and in so doing learned that I should have started the neck shaping later to account for that- next time!

From my web-wanderings I think I’ve decided that I should try the EZ baby surprise jacket next- sounds like it has the even more geometric excitement!

 

Happy!! January 4, 2008

Filed under: holidays,procrastination — lynne @ 8:14 pm

You know, belatedly… happy 2008 to anyone reading!

This holiday was a frenzy of fun, friends and food… a great time, but a bit of recovery required! We had a lovely little new year’s eve party with lots of Champagne, and our good friends spent the night and continued the party new year’s day with quiche, mimosas, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and a walk by the Bay. The first day of 2008 was gloriously sunny and clear here in the SF Bay area- a good omen, I hope, for the coming year. I’ve heard a superstition that odd years are harder than even ones, and I’m hoping that’s the case this year ’cause I could really use a good one! The last few evenings of 2007 we had just awesome sunsets, so that seems to be good omen too in some way… or perhaps I’m just groping.

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(sorry about the flash on the rosemary hedge, but just look at that sky! this was taken on Christmas day at mom-in-law’s house high in the Berkeley hills)

I’m the kind of gal who’s just chock full of good ideas, but has a really hard time moving them past that point. This year, if I can move just ONE of my many ideas forward into actualization, that will be enough for me to call it a success. Now if I could just figure out how to choose the one to focus on…

 

happy! December 25, 2007

Filed under: holidays — lynne @ 8:53 am

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FESTIVUS!!! December 23, 2007

Filed under: holidays,knitting,yarn — lynne @ 8:36 pm

Happy Holidays to everyone (anyone out there?)!

I’m a bad blogger- but I guess I knew that going in. I’d taken this yarn pr0n photo a week or two ago, while daydreaming about what I’d knit with these two yummy yarns:

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Representing for those California hand-dyers! 

On the left is some yummy Vivace bamboo yarn from Yarn Place (www.yarnplace.com). At the Knit & Crochet show in Oakland this fall they had the Soliel tank from Knitty knit up in this yarn, and I’d been wanting to make that top but didn’t know what yarn I’d use- et voila!

And on the right we have Argosy Luxury Yarns Haiku 4-ply: 55% silk & 45% cashmere- oh yes it’s yummy! (www.argosyyarns.com) That will be a scarf, probably the Yarn Harlot’s one-row scarf pattern, for moi as well (to go with the winter coat hubby got me for my b’day this year)- yeah I’ve got the purple thing. Have since I was 10 and my sister and I got to choose our room decor when tossed into one room by the birth of our baby brother. We chose purple dotted swiss (remember that stuff?) bedspreads & curtains, and when the curtains were drawn it created this ethereal purple glow that may have affected me permanently- but in a good way, I like to think!

It is my intention to post ‘the tree photo’ soon- I have a real Christmas Tree lust, and I want to share it!

 

Crikey! December 8, 2007

Filed under: family,holidays,paris,travel — lynne @ 5:07 am

How time flies by at this time of year…

The trip east to see my niece as Clara in the Nutcracker was just wonderful- got to see my brother as well as the rest of the fambly, and the performance was so much fun to see. My brother-in-law got to be Drosselmeyer, and I think he was pretty nervous, but he did a great job. And of course my niece was angelic. The most perfect, beautiful little Clara I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. My sister reported, however, that after the last performance she was weeping broken-heartedly because now she’d been Clara, so that was done and she’d never get to do it again. I guess after five years of  striving for it, having it be over is pretty hard- especially when you’re 10! She does get to keep her nutcracker though, so that’s something…

On another note, on my flight home they showed a Discovery Channel special about the human body. In the part about our skeleton they talked about the honeycomb structure of the bones, and how it’s that interlacing structure that makes them stronger than steel. In fact they’re so strong that Gustav Eiffel studied their structure and incorporated that study into his design of the Eiffel Tower. Now come on- can I not get away from that dern thang??

I know I’m not the only one feeling plowed under by this busy season, but OY! What with Thanksgiving and then hubby’s 50th celebration and the trip back east I am so behind on my holiday-making I’m not sure I’ll catch up. I’ve already accepted that I’ll have to spring for Priority Mail to get the gifts back east in time for Christmas. We got our tree, but hubby flew away for work again today (last time ’til next April-yay!!) and there’s just so much to do!! I’ll be making soap this weekend so it’s ready for next week’s Hannukah celebration with hubby’s family… then there’s cookies (I like to give those to my acupressure clients too,) and tree decorating to be done. Can I get an aw poor baby, or is there too much company in this boat?? I do love the holiday season though, starting with Thanksgiving, (as Jon Carroll says, how can you argue with a holiday that’s all about gratitude and good food?!?) and always strive to keep my appreciation and enjoyment of it separate from all the commercialism.

(PS- OMG! I just re-read where I referred to ‘the bones’ of the Eiffel Tower…)