So... tomorrow... It's September 1! Chris and I will be off on our first vacation together. I'm thrilled! I'm stoked! I'm so excited! (As if you couldn't already tell.) I've got my share of the luggage packed. I actually did that several days ago so I could bring the half packed suitcases over to Chris's house so he could do his clothes and such. We've been steadily shopping for things we need (like shampoo, snacks, extra clothes, etc.) over the last 2 weeks. Even still, it's amazing how many little details need to get attended to at the last minute. I ran around yesterday looking for luggage tags, a white shirt (for me because the white tank I had somehow got a stain), gum for the plane, and then I had to take care of a bunch of knitting "work," emailing patterns to test knitters, setting up email addresses so the test knitters can talk amongst themselves, etc. I still have a bunch left to do today as well. I need to write several emails to folks letting them know I'll be away. I promised myself and Chris that I wouldn't do any work during this trip. It's completely for relaxation, which we both need.
Since I won't be "working" I decided against taking my knitting with me. Yes, that's right, no knitting. I know myself and I know that I won't be happy following a pattern and I also can't just make something up for myself without turning it into a pattern and thus work. Knowing these things I figured it was better to just avoid the frustration by leaving the needles home. I won't be going completely empty handed though. Since I don't crochet very much and don't know enough about crochet construction to write a pattern or even know where to start with shaping things myself, I decided that crochet would be a safe and good craft to take along for the trip. I selected 2 patterns, 1 shawl and 1 lace top, for the lane ride there and back. (Although I'm expecting to do a lot of sleeping on the way back considering time and all that.) My pattern selections were the Heron shawl by Melissa McCurley and Marilyn by Kim Guzman. I love them both and I'm so excited to be making something specifically for myself from a pattern I think is pretty! Awesomeness!
I better get crackin' on what needs to get done today. There are emails to write and things to do.... bathing suits to search for... Chris needs a bathing suit. He tried 5 stores last night after work, but came up empty handed. Since he's working late tonight I volunteered to go on a swim trunks hunt. Wish me luck. It's not really the right season to be looking for this, but I'll do my best!