Tuesday, May 27, 2008

marathon memorial day weekend

Well, we didn't go camping again, because the weather on Friday and Saturday was rainy and gross in the Pecos, but we did have an awesome memorial day weekend.
Matt worked from home in the afternoon. We went shopping for his big trip to Wisconsin and I spent a little birthday money. We went out for dinner and came home to snuggle and watch season two of Little Britain.
We slept in and then got up and cleaned around the house - although we failed to get it all the way clean. Matthew seemed to iron every piece of clothing he owned, while I ran to the LYS for some lace weight black alpaca. Which I found! The Suri Elegance is divine and will work beautifully for the shrug. It is light as air, has a really fuzzy halo and will actually keep me warm. And at 800 and some odd yards a skein, I am sure there will even be enough left over to make a scarf or small shawl.
I also spent a bit more birthday money on two hanks of merino/silk lace weight in delicious colors (see the steel colorway bellow) and some lamb's pride worsted in a nice burgundy color to make the Mrs. Darcy cardigan.
After I arrived home and photographed and catalouged all of my new yarn. Matthew and I headed over to the gym. On the way home I mentioned that with all the tourists in town for the holiday it would be fun to go "on vacation" for the evening. So, that is exactly what we did. We came home, got dressed a little nicer than usual and headed out to be tourists in the town we live in.
First, we got some sub-par gellato at this place across from the library that I had always wanted to try. Eating disappointing Ice Cream seems to be a very touristy thing to do, so I marked it a success. After that we sauntered about until we arrived at our destination, the roof top cantina of the famous Cayote Cafe.
Despite some sub-par service (again, what can you expect as a tourist), we had a great time. The drinks and food were great, and the people sitting next to us were from southern California and one of them was a knitter! I love making friends on vacation.
Above: Me with my hybis-kiss mar-tea-ni, Bellow: the view
After dinner we went out into the Santa Fe night in search of more vacation fun. We found ourselves at del Charo a little bar by the Supreme Court building that we go sometimes for lunch. Seating was scarce and we found ourselves sharing a table with a really nice couple from Chicago just getting away for the weekend. Like I said, I love making friends on vacation! When we got home we decided to make a fire out in the outdoor fireplace, drink Santa Fe Brewing Company beer and toast Marshmallows. It was a perfect Santa Fe vacation.
Well, we were going to go hiking, but lets just say we didn't exactly feel like it after all of our "vacationing" the night before. We spent a lazy Saturday laying about, until late afternoon when we headed out to see the new Indiana Jones flick. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great. We were both rather put off by the whole "interdimensional" beings in flying saucers thing. There were a few cool parts though.
We finally made it hiking. We hiked up to the peak of Atalaya Mountain, which turned out to be far more strenuous than it's moderate rating would imply, but the reward of breathtaking views made it well worth the effort.
Above: Scarlett and I enjoy the views; Bellow: Abundant wildlife that Scarlett did not eat.


Erin said...

Oh, the spontaneity of non-parents!

suze said...

haha...i just saw our lives intersecting amongst the interspacial beings or whatever those damned crystal aliens were called! i'm totally jealous of your recent yarn purchases. i've had to be horribly frugal lately, so the stuff i've bought has been on the cheaper side (luckily, mom-in-law has been gifting me nice yarn!). my secret project is the sheldon turtle stuffed animal. so cute and so quick!

santa fe looks awesome. i have a hiking urge now.

Susan said...

Great nature pics! Also, I must add that you look very toned in that mountaintop picture! You could be one of those Title Nine catalog models: sporty women from enviable scenic locales.