Saturday, June 28, 2008

Oh, pooh.

Well, what can I say-- I took a nasty fall on the boat, in too big a hurry to make sure my feet were all the way over the doorsill. My lip has a nasty cut, so does my nose. I sprained my wrist, and probably ripped my Achilles tendon.

We head over to Anacortes tomorrow, have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon on Monday. Send good thoughts, please... If I don't need surgery, we won't have to cut this vacation short.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Deception Pass

Deception Pass
Originally uploaded by OriginalTwistedSpinster
This is a screenshot of the chart for our passage tomorrow through Deception Pass. (click through to Flickr to see more detail) Note the tidal current predictions at bottom. (yikes!) The software is Coastal Explorer.

Needless to say, I've got a bit of anxiety. Not a lot, but it's there. The Roketman has us on schedule to be going through the Pass at close to slack tide. Which is a good thing. He's been planning on doing this for a long time, what's a little anxiety when you're seeing your guy in seventh heaven?

The weather is awesome right now! It got up to 78F, and right now it's 9:30 and the sun is just now setting. It's been dusk for the past 45 minutes, my favorite time of day. And the water is like glass, which is remarkable even for being in the marina.

Today was moving in day, getting the boat checked out and provisioned. I cooked steak on the grill to celebrate. mmmm.

Life is good. I need one of those t-shirts.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Rainbow Bridge
Originally uploaded by OriginalTwistedSpinster
I could wax all poetic and get goofy about bridge metaphors, but I'm tired and I'm going to opt for boring.

We arrived in Seattle about 1pm, drove up to Anacortes Washington with a grocery stop at Trader Joe's in Everett. Tonight, we're staying at the Fidalgo Inn just outside Anacortes, and we'll check out the boat at 9am tomorrow. Most of the evening was spent in LaConner, which is where I got this shot of the Rainbow Bridge.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Marta tagged me... sigh, I was wistful about never getting tagged for this kind of thing, and now it's happened the day before leaving on vacation! LOL so I will do this, and not tag anyone else. I think everyone else has already done it!

"The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer."

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

This is hard for someone who doesn't remember stuff like what I had for lunch yesterday! In 1998, I was still living in Moreno Valley, commuting 40 miles to Claremont every day. The gas prices had just spiked above $1.35 a gallon (gasp!!), if I remember the timeframe correctly. The ex had lost his job and quit paying child support, and my reserves were getting very low. The Roketman and I had declared our love, and the time was right for him to move in with us. My daughter Becky had just moved out, and my son David was a senior in high school.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
Wow, only 5? We leave for a two week vacation tomorrow! I'll just say PACK!!! and leave it at that. Suffice it to say that we're each taking a rolling duffle and a rolling suitcase. The clothes are going to fit in the suitcase, and the toys in the duffle. What does it say about us that the toys take more room? For me, it's the SpinTech, the cotton, and the knitting. For Mike, it's the electronics.

3) Snacks I enjoy
hmmm. I've been able to train myself away from sweets, so now I try to stick with cheese (small individually-portioned packages) and Trader Joe's "Just a Handful of Nuts" packages. If it's the weekend, I'll make myself some flavored tea, like Tazo Chai, or Celestial Seasoning's Honey Lemon Ginseng. (note- the Tazo link is bandwidth-heavy. What can I say, I'm not above linking heavily in hopes of freebies!)

4) Things I would do if I was a billionaire
My answer is pretty much the same as when we played this game on Sheep Thrills-- I'd build a Thriller mansion, a commune for fiber people. Complete with cabana boys. (my own personal cabana boy would be the Roketman, of course...)

I'd finance the Roketman's Portager - the boat he wants to have built and retire to. The idea is to build it to fit on a trailer, and transport it (that's where "portage" comes from) across country instead of having to go through the Panama canal.

5) Places I have lived
Lived? Hays, Kansas and Southern California. Two places that are as different as night and day, without being good vs. bad.

6) Jobs I have had
I was a waitress for part of one summer. And babysat before that. Otherwise, all my jobs have centered around libraries. (here comes the CRS - Can't Remember Stuff - again... if I've had another kind of job, it was so long ago I don't remember!)

7) Five people I want to know more about
bwaahaha... I'll refer back to question 4 and say I'd take them on a fiber trip with Traditions Mexico instead of tagging them!

That's all for now... the next post will be from a BOAT! With his security clearance, the Roketman can't take his laptop out of country, so we're fitting my laptop with all sorts of new technology. Like the dialup card that slips into the slot on the side (I'm not the one with the expertise, much less knowledge of what to call it). And it'll have GPS, and navigation charts, and weather satellite links... and Heaven help me if it fails! I'll have a very grumpy Roketman to deal with.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Update on the weaving

Last night I was complaining about the weaving sample not collapsing the way I thought it would... I figured out when it was dry again that I hadn't gotten all the sizing out. So, I'll try again.

Today was a great day... I hit the 98c Marukai and got lots of neat little stuff, like fabric trays, and collapsible boxes, and a couple mesh bags for washing fleece. Then I got way too much stuff at Penzey's and made it to Mary G's by about 2.

It's been HOT HOT HOT here in sunny SoCal, and I didn't sleep well last night or I'd have gotten an earlier start.