I Am Like a Little Kid

January 16, 2009

I have been in a state of constant excitement for the last couple of days. Yesterday, it was because Bill was flying in from California. Today, it is because my mom is driving in. I am like a little kid when it comes to expecting guests. I have gotten so little done because I can’t concentrate – the anticipation!!

Aside from the fact that it will be nice to be with my family, there is a lot going on this weekend in the metro Washington DC area. This guy, Barack Obama, is being inaugurated this weekend. Maybe you’ve heard? I am so excited.

Bill and I went to the inauguration eight years ago. We were relatively new to the area and figured it would be an experience. It was very cool. I want to say that we went without a lot of planning, and I don’t know why but we brought a transitor radio with us. Best thing we could have done. We were far from the Capitol and couldn’t hear a thing, but we were able to get Bush’s speech on the radio. There we were, holding the radio, surrounded by complete strangers who huddled around us to hear. It was cool. We also got lucky because the motorcade passed right in front of us on the way from the White House to the Capitol and we saw the President and President-elect on the way to the ceremony. Okay, saw is a strong word, but they were in those cars.

I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent trying to come up with our plan for Tuesday. And I still haven’t gotten it nailed down. The biggest issue is getting there. Do we drive to the metro station, park and then take the train into the city? If we do this do we get to the metro station at 3:30am when the parking lot opens? Do we drive down to a closer station to park or park at the end of the line? Do we take a bus at 5:30 that will take us closer to the city and metro in from there? We have a general idea of where we would like to stand if possible. I’m also going into this with no expectations. I just want to be down there with however many millions or people end up going. I have maps of where the jumbotrons are going to be. I know the general layout. I know to use a toilet whenever I see one regardless of whether or not I have to go. I have a general idea of what I want to do afterwards to be able to get on a train to get home. I know what I am going to wear. Truly, getting there is what we really need to figure out. And a plan for meeting up should we get separated. Minor things, really. (smile)

There’s a concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday that we are going to go to. It will be our trial run. I think they are only expecting a million people for the concert. (smile) The concert will be televised (for free) live at 2:30 on HBO and replayed at at 7pm EST if you’re interested. Look for me. I’ll be in a black coat with a teal scarf… (smile)

And if this all isn’t enough, my birthday is on Wednesday! And my mom and Bill will be here to celebrate!! I have not spent my birthday with my mom in a really, really, really long time. I wonder if she will bake me a cake?

So if you are wondering what this post has to do with the picture, the answer is nothing. But I feel compelled to always post a photograph. Actually, these are socks that I finished while I was visiting my west coast home. They are Jonesy’s Toe Up Socks from Mountain Colors. The yarn is Mountain Colors Bearfoot. They took me about 14 months from start to finish (I spent a lot of that time NOT knitting them). And they are photographed on sock blockers that Bill bought me for Christmas! I really enjoyed the pattern – a faux cable as I like to call it. I was concerned about how much yarn I had so they are a little longer than anklets. As it turned out, I had just enough yarn. I also have decided that I really like toe-up socks because if one sock equals one skein you can just keep knitting until you run out of yarn. These were one skein = two socks hence my concern about yarn. But I don’t like the toe as much as the toe from the top down socks I am currently working on. Everything is a tradeoff. But this is the first pair of toe up socks I’ve done. There are others and maybe I will like those toes more. And in the interest of full disclosure, the top down socks I am working on are the first of that kind too. I am new to socks, but completely hooked!

If I was looking for a way to tie everything together I could say that these were socks I plan on wearing to the inauguration on Tuesday, but that’s not the case. They took me so long to do I am scared to wear them.

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