It was a rough summer. Nothing truly awful happened to me, for which I am very grateful. But it was very intense and stressful and my job ate up way more of my personal time than it ever has. This not only made me very cranky and not very fun to be around, but also robbed me of my ability to be a good friend and girlfriend. I don't want this to ever happen again. I don't like who I was this summer.
So, to quickly catch you up from all that has been happening over the last few months: the summer sucked and then it was over. And that's all I'm going to say about that.
So, needless to say, it was with great excitement that I headed out of town for a few weeks to shake off the negativity that seemed to be clinging to me for dear life.
First off, I spent a week in Juneau attending a conference for work. It's only a 100-mile ferry ride down the canal, but it's worlds away in terms of things to do, places to go, etc.
One of my first stops was Seaside Yarns, a new yarn shop in Juneau and what I now consider to be my LYS (since there isn't one in Skagway). The owner, Melissa, and I have been Rav/blog friends for awhile and I was so very excited to finally get to visit her new store.
She had already adopted her winter hours and wasn't going to be officially open during the time I was in Juneau, but she told me to call her and we'd pick a time and I could come in to see the shop even though it was closed....UMMMMM, WHAT?! My own private yarn store shopping experience? Yes please.
You're not going to believe this, but I forgot my camera when I visited the store. I know, I know. So I have no pictures of the awesome space and my time there. But you can imagine that it was glorious. I made about 50 rounds of the store, just looking at everything. It's not very often that I get to see yarns in person, so it was a treat just to check out the different brands that I only ever see on the computer screen.
And I might have spent upwards of *cough*a couple hundred dollars*cough* on new stash yarn. I don't know what got into me....just doing my part to support the arts, I guess. ;) I also picked up some of Melissa's A Tree Hugger's Wife hand-dyed and am designing a hat and cowl pattern to sell in her shop. Super excited to work with her! She's so awesome.
After Juneau, I flew to Ohio for a long overdue visit with my family. I was super pumped to meet my sister's latest little one, Halle. She is truly a little sweetie and such a cuddler. Well, not that a 3 week old has much choice when it comes to cuddling. They're basically stuck with whoever picks them up....and I picked her up a lot.
Nothing too crazy happened while I was home, which is just the way I like it. Light on the plans, heavy on just hanging out.
Here are some shots of my visit....and, no, you won't find any of me. I like to be firmly planted behind the camera. :)
|Zillsman and his mama at the Fall Festival of Leaves|
|Zills shows off his obsession with wooly worms.|
|HalleBear showing off her new shirt.|
|We were trying to get a good shot of all the kids but...well... this is about as good as it got.|
|It was equally as crazy trying to get one with GG Ginny.|
|We went on a snake hunt...and found some! Just little guys though.|
|Sassy enjoying a beautiful fall morning on the porch.|
|Jackson playing with a creepy antique fox fur that we found in the closet.|
|I think he was sick of me taking pictures of him.|
|We didn't know of any good hayrides going on, so we made one for ourselves with the four-wheeler and wagon.|
|Heading out for a walk in the woods.|
|Sassy loves Bapa.|
What have you all been up to the last couple months? Fill me in!