Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday Rest

I've just enjoyed a lovely lunch, a very nice walk around this new, new, new area where the hotel is located (SO NEW! - a little scary, and VERY concret-eque, but definitely NEW)

... and now I'm about to go up to my room to rest a bit. Rest. The blessedest word in the world.

The vagaries of travel are such that if I wanted to fly out of here today, the only reasonable flight I would get me into MSP late, late, late - just too late.

So I decided to stay an extra night and take a decent flight on Monday. And, wouldn't you know it, staying over another night got me a huge reduction in my fare. Which MORE than makes up for any extra for the hotel room.

So Knitapalooza's happy (they save $$), I'm happy (I get to rest and not fly all night) and all's right with the world.

The extra bonus? Since we don't have HBO I wasn't going to be able to see the first parts of the John Adams series with Paul Giamatta. But now - in my cozy hotel room with HBO - I'll be watching it as I knit and sip some delicious tea. Yay!

Class Today
Today my class was Knitting with Wire, and it was tremendous. It was just about the best wire knitting experience I've had with a class (and I've had some great ones, so this is saying a LOT!)

It just seemed to be a perfect combination of good students, me feeling "on" and the planets being in alignment. What a lovely class!

Then I met with a student from a previous class to go over one of my earlier patterns with which she was having problems, and helped a late-finisher from my wire class get her bracelet good to go.

A nice chat with Myrna Stahlman and her husband (another Betty & Barney couple) and then my aforementioned walk and lunch. What a good day. Did I mention the beer?

Don't GO There...
I haven't brought up Gerry during my classes here much, and have actively dissuaded folks from bringing him up. I just felt more fragile about the whole thing this weekend - probably because of my recent 2 week separation from him.

But today I talked about it at the end of the wire class, then chatted about the situation with Myrna and her husband.

I do think it's good to talk it through - and every time I do I think I'm trying to convince my self again that it's REAL. Yes, a year later and it still just doesn't seem real that Gerry has Multiple Myeloma.

It's odd, I know, but it's almost like I'm trying to convince myself. It's like pressing the bruise to see if it still hurts, or putting weight on the ankle to see if it's a break or a sprain.

And I started to cry a little. Not much, just misty enough to smudge the mascara. Because I miss Gerry, I miss the kids, and now that it's been a year the honeymoon is over and the kids are seeing how hard it can be to make new friends. Or just one new best friend.

There is no such thing as an instant best friend - it takes time. I can tell that Max, and especially Hannah, are feeling empty (perhaps THAT'S because of my recent 2 week trip to our old stomping ground, too...)
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Blogger cmtigger said...

I needed to hear this today too. I've been here for about a year and a half, and even without any family complications it is hard to make friends.

March 16, 2008 3:29 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hey, Annie....I've been thinking of you, Gerry, and the kids and hoping things are gong OK. If you're ever back in Rochester (or just want a Wednesday road trip--we'll put you up for the night), be sure to get in touch! We'd love to have you knit with us at Dunn Bros. again!

March 16, 2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Annie, I'm sending many warm thoughts, prayers, and a nice stiff drink in your direction - it can be so hard to go 'home' again, and know you can't stay there - and it must be even harder with all the stress you've had the last year or so.

Hoping to see you again on your trip to Georgia, but I'm not sure I've managed to get into any of the classes soon enough : (

March 16, 2008 8:26 PM  
Blogger Skeinky said...

I have always found it wierd, that brand new section of Va. Beach. You feel so removed from the beach, like it doesn't exist, eh?

March 16, 2008 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All week I was looking forward to watching John Adams on HBO. Then about an hour before I suddenly realized we didn't get the channel. What utter despair. Til my husband said "phone the cable company and add it". What a great man ! So an hour later, like you Annie, I was cosily sat with my knitting and enjoying this remarkable series. Happy sigh. Jayne

March 17, 2008 9:09 AM  
Anonymous rb said...

Annie, have you published anything I can buy on how to knit jewelry? I want a pearl and wire bracelet, heavy on the pearls, and though I've looked on etsy and ebay, can't find one that matches the image in my mind... so I will have to make my own. I don't see you teaching anywhere near me soon. Any help appreciated!

March 18, 2008 4:47 PM  
Anonymous rb said...

OH! I just realized that sidebar is your book. Thanks - will order! :)

March 18, 2008 4:51 PM  

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