Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Yellow Brick Road goes to Kansas but the Red Brick Road leads to...

...well. You know.

My parents and I went back to visit Lawrence. Our trip in took two days and with everyone driving their share, the trip wasn't too terribly tedious. Listening to Harry Potter helped, too. And as soon as we rolled into Lawrence, we couldn't help but stop in our old field, the one that we always walked Daisy in. Fortunately, they still hadn't started any sort of developing but you never know when they'll start. Probably when the economy swings back up.
Mom and I demanded to go to The Half Price Bookstore since they don't have one in Utah (grr) and I spent a lot of money there. I tried to be careful because I knew I had to save something for the KC Ren Fest but hey, sometimes there's no saying 'no' to a load of good books for relatively cheap. Man, I missed this town. I missed the beautiful sunsets, the fact that you could talk openly to just about anyone and they were perfectly friendly, even if you didn't always see eye-to-eye. And the driving! People drive so WELL here! Utah drivers, you could so learn a thing or ten-thousand from these people. I'm just saying.
As expected, I loved the Renaissance Festival. I didn't dress up but it was so cool to see so many other people arriving in costume. And no one minded how we looked, the point was to just let loose and have a good time. And I so did. Daisy was an attraction unto herself. The picture to the left is Evil, who was cooing over Daisy, which he had renamed "Bloodlust". "Ohhh, who's a good Bloodlust? How many children have you eaten today? Awww..." Daisy ate it up because Evil was giving her the most amazing massage with his long, pointed finger gauntlets. I was tempted to get a bunch myself for her, but I don't think it would be as appreciated. After all, I'm short, blond, and a girl. Daisy prefers tall, dark, and handsome. So many people came up to pet her, I was tempted to put a sign on her "Pet the dog, $1. Licks and tail wags $0.50 extra". That would have paid for the Cinnamon Roasted Almonds at least.

While in Lawrence, I also got to see Mary and Celia which were both fantastic visits. I learned so much from them both and I am sorry that my own shyness with my camera kept me from getting pictures taken with them.

In the meantime, I did get some knitting done. Not a ton but the Foxface socks are finished. Mom enjoyed wearing the one as soon as I had finished with it and moved on to the next. It was a little chilly in the car and the wool sock made the travel home far better.

Not much else, it was quite a trip and I found that though I missed Lawrence like I missed a best friend, I am happy to move on.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

School days, fool days

For many, school has already started. For others, it starts today. I remember elementary school, somewhat. I remember it being a day of excitement, of dread, of anticipation. I always liked the blank pages of notebooks, the fresh pencils, the new seating arrangements, the feeling of the world on the brink of autumn. There were lunchboxes and new shoes. Hair done just so, school buses and Curtis and Joel. Good times.

I'm thinking that once I finish with my Associates RN, I would like to sign up to get my Bachelors, which would open up an entire range of options for me. Also the idea of going back to REAL school, not this online crap which I will never ever do again. Up yours, Excelsior.

So, everyone please enjoy school because a career isn't always what one dreams it would be and it's a time you can never get back.

P.S. I finished the Salto Socks and the gauntlets. Pictures and details coming once they are dry enough for me to photograph.