I guess I neglected to mention that I'd be gone, huh? Brad and I left on Monday to go to Michigan to see his family. Before we left, I finished up the tree skirt - not having more than one glue stick, and no fabric glue in the house, I did the stupid thing and stitched on all 9 yards of sequin string on by hand: I also blocked a bunch of stuff: Pattern: Apricot Jacket from Rebecca 25 Modifications: None Needles: US 9 Addi Turbos (7s for tubular cast on) Yarn: 4.5 skeins of Cotton Ease in Strawberry Cream Date Started: September 1, 2008 Date Completed: November 30, 2008 Time: 3.75 hours for the first sleeve, 3.5 hours for the second sleeve, 5 hours for the back, 3.5 hours for the left front, 3 hours for the right front, 4.5 hours for finishing for a total of 23.25 hours. I also blocked the Boteh scarf: Pattern: Boteh Scarf Modifications: None Crochet Hook: 4.25 mm Yarn: 1.5 skeins of Claudia Hand Painted Fingering in Blueberry Toast Date Started: December 1, 2008 Date Completed: December 12, 2008 Time: 10.75 hours Also blocked, the Noro striped scarf and a hat: Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood Modifications: Tubular cast on and cast off Needles: Addi Turbo US 7 Yarn: 1.5 skeins each of Noro Silk Garden in 224 and 272 Date Started: November 16, 2008 Date Completed: November 30, 2008 Time: 8.25 hours Pattern: Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood Modifications: Kept the 2 row color switch-off to match the scarf. Also knit 1x1 rib for the edge instead of 2x2. Meant to knit the ribbing with the US 6 and the body of the hat with US 7, but accidentally got those switched. Needles: Addi Turbo US 7 and US 6 Yarn: .5 skeins each of Noro Silk Garden in 224 and 272 Date Started: November 29, 2008 Date Completed: November 30, 2008 Time: 4.25 hours I still have two more knits to block and post pictures of. Anyway, so I got all that done and then we left for Michigan. We had a lovely dinner with Brad's high school friend, Erin, then spent a day visiting with Grandpa M and Florence. Brad and I decided to pay for the "I can destroy the rental car and walk away" insurance, and I got in a lot of practice snow driving. Specifically, snow driving in the country in Michigan, where all streets are not plowed. And then there was an active snow storm, and I made it. :) I now feel Boston snow ready, though I'll still work from home when possible. :) Anyway, then it was Christmas Eve, and I woke up with stomach flu at around 5 am. After an extraordinarily rough and disgusting morning, Brad took me to the ER at 2 pm, where they gave me 3 liters of saline and some meds to stop the disgusting stuff. So I missed Christmas Eve dinner (which was the good one :( ). I was on clear fluids later on that night. Christmas day was pretty rough too, with only bland, soft, food. We were supposed to drive down to Indianapolis that night, but we decided to put it off until the morning. I did feel well enough to see a movie that night, and we took a family picture when we got back, with Brad's mom, sister, and brother: Next day, I remembered to get one with us: Then we went off for the three hour drive to see Brad's cousin, which ended up being over 6 hours, with some time spent at a complete stop. We only got to see Amanda and Collin (and their two new baby girls, Ava and Zoe) for only a few hours as a result. :( Then we rushed off to the airport, which ended up being a total waste, as there was heavy fog, delaying our flight for hours. After the originating plane was diverted to Cincinnati, then finally arrived, they told us all to rush on the plane so we could beat the fog. We did, and the doors were closed, then they told us that all but one crew member had maxed out on hours, and weren't legal to fly. So, we all got off again. Thankfully, because the official reason for cancellation was crew, we got a free hotel and breakfast vouchers, which after comparing horror stories with people the next day, I am even more thankful for. Still, this is the third time I've been stranded overnight, the second time this year, and I'm sick of it. Better to be stranded with Brad, though. Anyway, so we finally got back yesterday. It was a great trip as far as the people went (we only saw people we really, really wanted to), but otherwise, worst vacation ever. Thankfully, we have another week off of work. We did Christmas last night, and shockingly enough, Brad's socks fit! :) Yay! I had meant to go to Knitsmiths today, but I've been on the couch all day. Still recovering - I'm hoping to be back on the treadmill on Tuesday.