Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hotel Story

 You know how I'm often amused by the hotels I stay in...funny pillow arrangements and all?  Well here are a couple of snaps from the Hyatt next to the Long Beach Convention Center  (actual quilt show content in the next post!)

First up is this ridiculous light fixture in the entry hall of our room:
 Really -- what's it all about? You could lift the apple out; Kathleen and I contemplated other things we could replace it with...  a handful of cherry tomatoes, for instance.

And the vending machine down the hall. Is this appetizing, or what? Just how old ARE those peanut butter crackers, anyway?
And finally, this link from Nancy's FB page for the 15 funniest autocorrects in text messages for July. It had us in tears (of laughter). Warning: there's some strong language in case you're likely to be offended, and don't read this at work because you'll truly make a spectacle of yourself!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The road to Long Beach

This is why people always complain about driving on the Los Angeles freeways:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Truly summer

The race update: he's just about to cross the half-way mark, which means he'll be able to open the little box of goodies I assembled for him -- a tradition I learned about when he did the race two years ago.  This time I solicited cards and treats from some of his family members in Wisconsin, too, which will be a surprise. Our 5-year-old nephew sent a container of bubble soap -- I wish I could be there to see Al blowing bubbles from the boat!

In the meantime I've been pretty lazy here at home, watching too much junk TV and knitting away on the Through-the-Loops mystery shawl.  I'm a couple weeks behind on it, but hope to finish before I leave for Kauai next Saturday.

I also finished binding an old round robin quilt that was done in an online group I used to belong to -- I wasn't really excited about it at first, and had no idea how to quilt it. On a whim, I took it to show a local quilter, Sue Fox, who suggested a simple grid of slightly wavy lines. She whipped it out in no time and I think it worked perfectly!
 Here's a detail of some of the quilting -- hard to see on the black background.