I had a great day with Ali yesterday. I delivered her vanity and a few other things, and saw her apartment (she has a nice, big room), and then we dropped off her car for new tires and went out to lunch -- her choice. First, we made a stop at Radio Shack -- I needed a new battery for my cordless phone (ack, it cut me off during a conversation with DAD the other day) and a headset so I can knit or crochet
or clean... knit or crochet while I talk on the phone!
After lunch, we skipped over to a nearby Goodwill where I scored an old Steve Martin album and a book, and Ali found a couple of pairs of pants for work and a few little things for the apartment (cleaning stuff!). Hancock Fabrics was also close and I was so happy to have an able assistant to choose fabric for lining my Larger Than Life Bag!
I didn't have the bag with me for color matching and I didn't have the pattern for yardage requirements (so my yardage is... um, let's say... very healthy), and thank goodness for Ali and her artist's eye. I think she's only seen these squares a few times on the blog! I was not so sure about these choices and I kept asking, "Are you sure this wouldn't be better? How about this?" She was nice, but firm, replying, "THAT?? In THOSE colors?" in a way that came through loud a clear, and was later rewarded with some flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth stuff that caught her eye.
Isn't it perfect? I'm so excited to finish now!! The dark stripe will be the outside of the lining and the lighter stripe will be the inside of the lining. Yeah. Let's see if I can pull that off. And I'd also like pockets.
We picked up Ali's car and it's insane how happy we were about new tires. I'd been talking with a nice guy at the tire place on the phone a few times -- checking options, making the appointment -- and he happened to be the one to handle our paperwork in the end. Turned out he was young and cute and I think my daughter knocked his socks off -- well, actually, she left him speechless. I swear. He was telling us something terribly important (I'm sure) about the tires, blahblahblah, looked at Ali and totally lost it -- admitted that he couldn't remember what he was saying! Too funny. I love this stuff -- life is never dull.
Ali zipped off to work and I had a few minutes to spare before I had to pick up Maddy -- not enough to first go home -- so I did the only thing I could do and made a stop at Iris, my LYS. I picked up a few skeins of worsted -- some 220 and Lamb's Pride to go with the Galway -- to work out the HEX, and I chatted with the owner. She told me about a Master Knitter Interest Group they're starting and this might be It. I recently read about Marlene's fabulous success in passing Level I on the first go -- and this has just been on my mind almost since I began blogging.
I'm glad y'all see the humor in the words we pick up and use -- even at a young age, even when we don't really know what we're saying, even when those words really aren't part of everyday language. Honestly, my sister and her family do not F-this and F-that all the time, nor do I, but kids just seem to pick up on all that stuff that's bad in no time -- like cussing and candy! There were some caramels on the table the other day -- Mack had never seen them before, but somehow he just knew... "I want that!"