July 30, 2008

Veni, Vidi, Beani

Filed under:News!,Photography,Travel — Aileen @ 06:21

We came.

We saw.

Note: one of the bags of yarn

We beaned.

Heidi, thanks for showing me such a great time! I had a hard time trying to decide whether to pack you or the yarn in my case.


July 26, 2008

Gusty Metropolis

Filed under:News!,Travel — Aileen @ 03:42

…also known as the Windy City. I’m visiting Heidi this weekend and let me tell you, it is great to see her again! Today while she was at work I decided to acquaint myself with the city. I went to the Art Institute which, despite being a fabulous building, was disappointing overall. They are doing a lot of renovations at the moment and all the paintings I wanted to see – Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Picasso – are on vacation.

I took a stroll down by the lake, down to a place called Navy Pier.

I got to see the site of the first Ferris wheel.

George Washington Ferris came up with it for the World Fair (Fayre?!) in 1893 to try and top the Eiffel Tower. Each capsule held sixty people and had a bar. Now that’s what I call a ferris wheel!

I took an architecture boat tour.

I took a pile of photos of buildings but I have no idea what any of them are now so… you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it was great. I really enjoyed how there has been a concerted effort to unify buildings from contrasting periods by keeping small motifs consistent.

Tomorrow, Heidi and I are looking after yarn business. Hopefully there will be some juicy spoils to share!


July 20, 2008

Goodbye, Vermont

Filed under:News!,Travel — Aileen @ 04:24

Goodbye to the horse that decided to take me on a gallop down a rocky hill.

Goodbye to the funny general store down the road that sells not only the advertised but groceries, the paper, handy pocket compases, crocs, sport axes and doe urine.

Goodbye to sitting out on the deck watching fireflies and bats. I’m gonna miss you too, deckchair.

Goodbye sudden thunder storms…

…bears treading through the woods…

…flowers in the garden…

…and fruit that feeds robins the size of crows.

Goodbye fine dinin’.

I hope I come back again.


July 18, 2008

We all scream for ice-cream!

Filed under:News!,Travel — Aileen @ 14:28

Yesterday was the day for local sights.

We visited the Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream factory outside Burlington. They take their quality control very seriously. You never know when ice cream is going to jump out of the bowl and hit you in the eye.

Do you think this is more for the visitors’ peace of mind or for the delivery men?

We visited the flavour graveyard where retired flavours are put to rest. This one is for Alb, Donny and every other Lebowski fan out there.

…And I think they may be exhuming this one in a few months.

We hit up the Vermont Bear Factory while we were at it.

“Our Obama and Hillary bears are currently sold out…”

Today I think we’re doing a mountain trail on horseback. Stay tuned for action shots of me falling off in my best Clint Eastwood impression.


July 15, 2008

“Live free or die”

Filed under:News!,Travel — Aileen @ 14:21

Inspiring motto, no? We passed through New Hampshire on our way here but the sign passed by too quickly to get a photo. Obviously, NH takes its freedom very seriously.

The house where we are staying is the kind that has old skis on the wall.

There is a big stone fireplace, squishy couches, yellow and blue deck chairs and a long, long lawn where I saw a groundhog rooting around yesterday morning. I feel like I am half in Knitter’s Almanac and half in The Shining. Quite the mix but I’ve been sleeping well enough so far!

Yesterday was our first full day here. My sister sliced her index finger open while making lunch. We decided to go kayaking in the afternoon and see if it would stop bleeding, but it didn’t. So, I sat with her for two hours while she got stitched up. I know some of you guys might not like to see bleeding fingers over your cuppa so you can look here for the before stitches, doctor stitching up and finished product. (None are really gorey at all, promise).

Kayaking was great, by the way! I didn’t bring my camera for obvious reasons and anyway, it’s sort of hard to capture oneself in all one’s kayaking glory.