Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lettin' Loose!

On Sunday I took me some ME time, which was very fun!

After spending the morning recovering, sitting on the back deck and enjoying the warm temps, suddenly it was 3:30 and I had to scoot over to a knitting group BBQ with my goat cheese and almond salad.

I felt as though I should arrive early because, well, I had the salad... So I showed up EXACTLY at 4:00. Don't you love guests like me?

I knew I was "early", but the day was spectacular so I sat outside and watched the show - nothing as exciting as a Minneapolis neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon!

I have no idea why I get shy like that, hanging back, not wanting to see folks when I arrive someplace. But it happens before classes, sometimes, too. It might come across as aloof, or - heaven forbid - snobby, but most of the time it's an odd kind of shyness.

Finally I was discovered by my hostess - but there's nothing like a chat with a 5 year old about dogs to erase any sense of shyness.

The day was stunning, Minnesotan's basking in 65+ degree weather, and the group was so much fun! Who knew a little deck could hold so many happy knitters? I had two (TWO!) beers - obviously I have excellent taste as Blue Moon just won the World Beer Cup. I wonder if it was full of beer...?

I also ate a full plate of cheetos. Breakfast of champions. I was feeling incredibly indulgent, and I helped myself to some chips and a bison sausage. So good!

Then home - more knitting - but I'm at an impasse on several projects. I keep getting to a certain point, then I rip out because it just isn't "coming" as easily as I'd like. I'm waiting for yarn for a few projects, and I'd really hoped it would show up before I leave for Portland tomorrow!

I've never been to Portland - or Oregon - and I've really been looking forward to the trip! I'll be teaching at two yarn shops, alternating days, and giving a lecture on Wednesday night. The lecture is based on the book I'm currently putting together, my first time giving this particular lecture, so there are nerves involved with that.

I'll be teaching at Abundant Yarns (who is also sponsoring the lecture) on Thursday and Saturday, and at Knit Purl on Friday and Sunday. Monday I fly home - woo!

The kids were sad when I told them I'd be going away tomorrow (they always act like they didn't know I was going, even though I've been discussing it for weeks!) but I'm hopeful the weekend will be warm and nice and mom's absence will be overlooked...

Gerry put together 100 sets of Flip Knits for me yesterday - they continue to sell quite well - so I'll take a bunch with me to Portland. Better enjoy the chance to take books with me while I can, soon Northwest will begin charging for that second checked luggage bag, and I don't know ANY knit teachers who can travel with just one bag...
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Blogger Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Teehee--I always try to travel out with just one bag, but I often seem to return with two!

April 22, 2008 10:04 AM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

have you thought about shipping stuff ahead? i know it can be a pain, but, depending on how much northwest is going to charge for that second bag, it might be cheaper in the long run! i know DHL is dirt cheap on ground shipping (cheaper than the post office's priority, and almost as quick (we sent boxes to st louis and t hey got there the next day! (from omaha))). just a thought

April 22, 2008 12:16 PM  
Anonymous mwknitter said...

I don't know the explanation for that odd kind of shyness but I suffer from it too. I was a very sickly child as a preschooler & consequently spent little time with children my age - mostly adults. As a result I was painfully shy. I think perhaps it's a hang over from that or maybe I just never learned the best way to join a group. I think it has a fear of being judged & found wanting at its' core (at least for me). At any rate, in new situations, I tend to hang back & hope others will approach me & 5 year olds are definitely better at making one feel welcomed!

April 22, 2008 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

I love hearing about your fun adventures in MN. I can picture every moment perfectly... I can't wait to get back next month!!!

Happy Travels!

April 22, 2008 2:07 PM  
Blogger OfTroy said...

i think that sort of shyness is very common..

no one ever thinks i am shy.. I don't act shy.. i have learned to smile, join, talk... but i still feel the anxiety--i just don't let it stop me from doing things i want to do.

April 22, 2008 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Rosie said...

Hi Annie, I also suffer from that type of shyness and anxiety. It seems more common to me now. Have a wonderful trip to Oregon. Rosie

April 22, 2008 9:07 PM  
Anonymous ellen kelley said...

Have a wonderful trip. I think (hope) that you will love Portland. A hundred years ago, I went to college in Portland and now live about three hours south of there. It is a lovely city! I hope the rain clears up by the time you arrive.

April 23, 2008 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Alison said...

I also get very shy when I arrive at a social situation or a class I'm teaching, and I also worry that I might come off as aloof. But it usually breaks down as I get more comfortable, and then I become quite the opposite of shy.

Happy trails...

April 23, 2008 9:36 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

Portland is beautiful! Especially in spring. Enjoy your trip!

April 23, 2008 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmm, beer and cheetos. I was kind of bummed to find out Blue Moon is made by Coors, though.

April 24, 2008 4:09 PM  

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