Wednesday, July 8, 2015
It was a wonderful long weekend, starting with a family birthday celebration for our son (#28).
Saturday morning we went to our town's Fourth of July celebration that was mostly kid activities, a bike parade, etc., and a lot of fun.
Now my attention is turned to the anticipation of August when Steve and I plan to head to the beach for a vacation.
All year long at my day job, I schedule, coordinate, provide customer service, administer, plan, and strategize. So when it comes to my vacation, I want to do none of those things! No itinerary, no agenda. All I need to know is the check-in and check-out time and are the beach chairs and umbrella reserved. And it's so nice to not be responsible for hungry kids, bored teens, or the comfort of others (although I have wonderful, fond memories of those vacations too!)
I grew up in rural Wyoming, the daughter of a sugar beet farmer. I didn't see the ocean for the first time until age 25. We never took a family vacation. It was a big deal for my dad to take a day off so we could go to a nearby reservoir for a family picnic.
I do like to anticipate packing for what I'll enjoy while away:
What I'll read . . .
I normally read everything either on my Kindle Fire or Kindle Paperwhite. But on the beach in the sand, I like to read a summery paperback, so I've selected these two:
What I'll knit . . .
My daughter replenished my stash with five new skeins of Peaches & Creme. I love knitting with cotton yarn in the summer, and making dishcloths is a great way to try out new stitches and patterns.
The current one on my needles is the chevron stitch used in the ZickZack Scarf. I cast on 48 with size 6 needles, although if I make another one I would use a size 7. Have any of you knitters used Tahki Cotton Classic for dishcloths? I want to give it a try. I've read that the mercerized cotton is more absorbent, but the ladies in my LYS say it is less absorbent. What is your experience?
What I'll wear . . .
Swim suits, cover ups, monogrammed tote bag. I'll look like a walking Land's End advertisement, but I love their merchandise, especially the high quality swim suits that come in TALL sizes!
The chocolate stash!
Sharks? Not a bit worried, probably won't get in deeper than my shins.