My first trip to Fresno proved successul on many accounts. Like I said, I got to see my DC's hometown, including the old elementary and high schools, houses lived in, and even the hospital in which he was born (and where his mother still works)! And I must have done something right, because the folks dug up old footage of the violin- and viola-playing (and contest-winning) days. It was adorable! DC's dad seemed to have more of a tickle as we watched, laughing over bygone fashion and hairstyles. Then came karaoke--which allowed me to score a few bonus points (thanks to those years living in Japan). One of the best parts of the trip was Sunday morning brunch. I'd sung the praises of brunch and the self-serve waffle bar of college days, and then awoke to find that DC's mother had pulled out their old waffle machine and run to the store for batter mix and fresh berries. It was such a treat, and I felt truly, truly blessed. As if that couldn't be beat, the folks presented me with an early birthday present, since they won't be down when my actual birthday comes. It was, really, the sweetest thing.
Don't think I left the agricutural heartland without any homegrown goodness. We stopped by a local specialty shop to stock up on goodies for me to take back to fam and friends. The Sierra Nut House is such a cool place! I chose Jordan Almonds for my dad (his favorite), ginger candy for mom, cantaloupe candy, mixed nuts and berries, and dried cranberries for myself, a treat to sprinkle onto salads (and a substantial difference in freshness compared to what you can get at the supermarket). Yum!
In addition to that, the entire family called, searched, and brought me to a local yarn store! Janna's Needle Art was a great store, full of a variety of yarn, a table full of laughing ladies, and a very cute poodle. Of course I had to get something. After a lot of ogling I chose a skein of sock yarn in a purply color that I don't have much of in stash--and that DC's mother liked. I'm going to knit her a pair of socks. I later found out from the proprietess that it was dyed by a friend of hers. So I am glad I chose something unique and local.
Neither of the photos above shows the beauty and depth of the yarn's variegatedness, but I'm including both as examples of the effects of light and background on photography (something I'd like to learn about properly). The one on the left was taken in natural morning light; the one on the right was taken at night by (harsh) flourescent light.
Unfortunately, I'm unable to share some of the more interesting photos I took of on-the-road scenery because the files are way too big. It was a bit of a gray weekend, but I had some cool shots of the ribbonlike car lights along the grapevine, fruit orchards in bloom, and snow on nearby hills (it's been chilly!).
I remembered to change the camera settings for last weekend's road trip to Phoenix, but ended up not taking so many photos. I also brought along some knitting, but hardly got to it, despite six hours on the road each way. DC and I hardly even had any music on; we just talked and enjoyed each other's company. I managed one photo shoot for the socks, though. The camouflage blends right in with the desert scene!
In Phoenix we stayed with DC's friends and had dinner with each of their parents the two nights we were there. On Saturday afternoon we went to visit an old college friend of mine, who I hadn't seen in years. I finally got to meet her husband and her younger son, who is now two! He and his older brother (now a very precocious five-year-old) are the cutest! It was the greatest type of weekend--full of friends and families.
This was the first real roadtrip for DC and me (he says Fresno doesn't count); and it really solidified that we are good travellers and good companions. Which is great news. I'm looking forward more and more to our upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. And we're planning another roadtrip to the Bay Area for later in the summer. It's nice not to always travel alone!
A couple days of focused knitting on the bus and I am already further along than this picture, snapped yesterday morning. One great thing about the pattern is that it lends to ease of row-counting. I go by "section" as my ribbing shifts back and forth, so the going along is quick. Huzzah! I've finished both short-row heels and have moved on to the leg cuffs, which means these babies will be done, blocked, and ready to give well in advance of my dad's birthday.
Two road trips in as many weekends is as much as a girl can handle. We did indeed have a good time, but I like that we will be at home the next few weekends. There's much going on and much to be done before we take off again. I'll come up for air here every now and again to keep you posted!