Saturday, April 14, 2012

Home again!

Makes me equal parts sad/glad. 
I do so love being in a place where so much is within walking distance (downtown Arlington) and I love love love the novelty of the subway in DC. (I hate driving and rarely do it.) 
 (Don't always love the loooooooooooong escalators to get into some of the subway stations though. These epically long ones make me dizzy. And they take forever.)

But I miss my kitties and my stuff when I'm gone. If I ever 'happen' upon an extra half a million dollars or so (hahaha!) I know where I want to buy a condo in the sky. :)
Hotel view. Walk one block to the right for subway. Walk one block (or many blocks) to the left for lots and lots restaurants and markets like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc.

My Fitbit tells me I have walked 35 miles over the last six days, with 25 of those miles walked between Monday-Wednesday. (And Fitbit doesn't lie. He doesn't know how.) I am...................very tired. I think I need a week of an epic amount of sleep to get back to feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. (Also: I need to retire one of my beloved pairs of Merrells because walking 8+ miles one day in them has caused much heel pain in my right foot that does not want to go away.) 

So we are taking it easy for the rest of the weekend before getting back to work on Monday. Though everything is already unpacked, washed, put away and...........what was that about taking it easy?? Speaking of which........... ridiculous candy colored new luggage I bought for this trip. My old luggage was falling apart at the seams and looking mighty shabby so I got a set of three of these COMPLETELY OVER THE TOP and OMG PURPLE (!!!) ones to replace them. So me. :)

I did work on some crafty projects at night in the hotel, getting up to the heels on a new pair of stripey goodness socks and the start of a little Queen Bee project. 
 The knitting created quite the kerfuffle though at the US Capital as I was refused entry by security specifically because of my knitting paraphernalia. Pfffftttttt! WEAPONS INDEED! I did not appreciate their suggestion to 'throw it out'. (I MIGHT BE A LITTLE BITTER over the whole thing because we never went back for a second go-round there. YOU DON'T DESERVE ME OR MY KNITTING US CAPITAL.)

Leave to me though to find a yarn store at any time and any place. *ahem*
I had taken brief note of a couple yarn stores in DC but had no particular urge to specifically hunt them down or anything. Fast forward to Wednesday when we were off looking for a textile museum (very interesting but WAY out of the way vs. the usual DC tourist trappings) and I noticed we were on Connecticut Ave. where I thought I remembered there was a store.........and I looked up and it was *literally* about 100 paces away. Hehehe. Too funny!

SO OF COURSE I HAD TO GO IN. It was meant to be! And I always love adding some new-to-me sock yarn brands to my stash. The drawstring bag is sooooooooooooooo soft. *pets*  I wouldn't take the saying too seriously though if you plan on going to the US Capital building. JUST SAYING.

Oh well, that's it for today. I have a lot of food shopping to catch up on because we cleaned this place out before we left. Nary a vegetable or can of Diet Coke up in the joint. MUST FIX IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!


Cole said...

Looks like a wonderful time! Love the new bag... actually, both of them!

Leslie said...

What a nice trip. Watch out for those I once smuggled a cross stitching needle into jury duty so that I could stitch while waiting to be called. Another potential juroir threw me under the bus but the gaurd was cool and told me to keep it hidden while I was working on it.
I forgot about all of the walking in Dc... I am heading to nyc on Wednesday, lots of walking there too!!

Margaret said...

Looks like a great trip! How ridiculous though on the knitting needles at the capitol. Geez! Loooove the new yarn stash. And the bag -- hysterical! I love it! Notice how I zoom in on the stash. lol! I haven't been to DC in years. I'm fine with that. :D Welcome home! Love the suitcase btw! Nice that you got a whole set!

Anonymous said...

Ooooo...that yarn looks lucious!!! Must have been a great shop. I even like the SIGN! LOL

Welcome home!

Sylvia said...

Glad you had a good trip - and that is am amazing amount of walking!! LOL. Yay for finding a yarn store!

Vickie said...

Thanks for sharing. I have never been to D.C. You got great stuff. :)

valerie said...

What a great trip! It sounds fantastic except for that Capital bit. Really? Knitting needles are weapons. Pu-lease! Love the new yarn and bag. So glad you had a wonderful time!

Carol said...

Oh, I sure wish I had been down there with you, Melanie! My youngest son lives right in Arlington--not far from your hotel! I just love visiting the DC area :)

You sure won't lose that suitcase in the airport--what a fun design! Glad you were able to work on a couple of projects in the hotel as well as come home with such lovely yarn. Sounds like a great trip all around...

Veronica said...

Love reading about your NYC trip. Gosh, that purple suitcase is just divine! I want myself some purple suitcase too. LOL!

Knitting needles = weapons? Okaaaaay... Well, at least you got some pretty yarn and another lovely purple bag ^.^


kathy b said...

Purple luggage will be so easy to spot.
Love your hues of purple colored yarns.....jealous actually

Julie said...

Knitting needles as weapons? how silly, bet it was a man that said that to you!
Loving the purple bags, both of them.

Catherine said...

Sounds like a fun time. My oldest sons's school went there last Thursday. Love the luggage and the goodies. Sounds like they are a bit over the top with your knitting needles being considered weapons. Maybe you should have protested by sitting on the steps all day and knitting! ;)