Friday, February 2, 2007

A return to normalcy

We are home again, and I feel like things are settled enough to get back to catching up in the blog-o-sphere.

Our trip was wonderful, and well timed too. We spent just under a week in the Riviera Maya Mexico. It is about an 60-90 minutes south of Cancun. We stayed at the Grand Palladium resort which is made up of 4 other resorts. We where at the "Colonial" section and had the ability to use the other features at the other parts of the resort as well. The compound was just huge, we got lost a few times the first day trying to find our way around. The natural vegetation of the mangroves made it tricky to see where we where in relation to other buildings at times. After we got over getting lost, I appreciated the vegetation. We even saw a boar one day munching on some plant and what looked like a capybara ran across a path. Overall the resort was really nice, but I think we had better service when we where in Punta Cana.
We traveled with a large group. About 30 people. We where invited by our neighbors who have done this bi-annual trip with friend for a while now. This was their biggest group so far. Everyone on the trip was friendly, and I loved that Kevin had other people there to entertain him. We have different vacation styles. I want to relax, Kevin wants to do stuff. Having everyone else there gave him more of an opportunity to be active. He tried to scuba but after the lesson in the pool he decided it wasn't for him. I did manage to get quite a few photos of him giving it a shot! He was not the only one who was not interested in scuba, only 7 of 30 went for the dive while the remainder of the group took Catamaran trip which included some snorkeling, some drinking, and a few sea sick individuals (including myself).
We spent a lot of time laughing about how cold it was at home, and dreaded stepping out of the terminal here in Pittsburgh! It is nice to be home again, I did miss our bed and the pups... but this work thing is over rated.

Knitty Bits

I got a bit of knitting done while lying on the beach... My first sock with the Trekking yarn is nearly finished. I am trying to use all of the yarn, so it is rather long now. However the a fetching mitt was much more fun for me and I knit one up over a couple of days. I didn't have enough yarn to do the second, but some leftovers at home from a prior project should be enough to finish it up! It is Mission Falls 1824 Wool left over from a hat project.Plus some secret knitting to be reviled later gave me the opportunity to realize I cannot count. Not once, but twice it was knit. I am working on the third try with stitch markers and more concentration.

Back on the Homefront

The craft room is no longer a messy pile of crap with no home. Rather it is now a home for my crap... or in my eyes my treasured knitting supplies. There are still a few to-dos left before it can be considered finished.
1. Curtain, might be a roman shade, but perhaps I will change my mind and do drapes instead? The fabric is just hanging out right now.
2. Cable line needs to be dropped into the room, so my TV can be hooked up. 3. Paint... to paint or not to paint. That is the question. If I paint I don't know what color to choose. 4. finishing touches, we have "art" to hang along with some square mirrors from Ikea.

Adios for now!!


  1. Lovely Mexico photos and the craft room looks great!

  2. yeah i especially like the sailboat (or is that the catamaran) photo! very cool!

  3. btw, c is me.... i was logged in as chris apparently...