i am such a homebody. months like april has been so far just exhaust me.
two weeks ago, i drove down to richmond to see my dad and stepmother, whom i hadn't seen in something like two years. i stopped during my drive at millicent's yarns in cumberland, maryland (source of a gleaming skein of silk-blend chunky in chocolate brown that found its way home with me), at never enough yarn in winchester, virginia, and at knit wit yarn shop in sperryville. i bought a skein at each shop. well, i bought two in sperryville; the shop was packed with locally raised, spun, and dyed fibers, and i could not resist the undyed locally raised cashmere. i know. (p.s. i could happily live in any one of these towns. just saying.)
seeing dad and jean was pretty great, though i miss nathan like crazy. i learned more about the year leading up to him going away and the year he's had since. mostly, though, it was hanging out and napping and knitting, my three favorite things. saturday afternoon, lisa and i gallivanted in carytown (another yarn shop: the yarn lounge, where i bought another skein) and played at a favorite gift and card shop and ate barbecue. oh, and she also showed me her new house, which is GORGEOUS. i'm a little jealous.
saturday night, lisa and i went to the home of a third lisa (i know) for dinner. lisa a. and i met in the early 1990s, i think, when we both worked for the girl scout council in mechanicsville. she was always someone who could crack me up, and she did not let me down during our visit. we met her kids and got caught up on the past 20 years or so. our former boss, sue, and her husband, tim, were also there, and we skyped with another friend (jeri) and phoned another (roxanne)--lisa a., jeri, roxanne, and i had shared a teeny tiny office back in the day. it was wonderful to see and hear everyone again.
sunday, lisa k. and i kept driving down nostalgia lane by taking a trip out to camp for an open house. it was blissful. i soaked up every molecule i could of camp air and loved seeing how green and lush everything looked. it's really a magical place. after a wistful walk around camp and talking with one of the new rangers and some potential campers' parents, we headed back to richmond, stopping for a little smackerel of something to ward off the headache that threatened. i drove back to pittsburgh monday.
after two frenzied days of work, i was off again, this time to boulder to visit jen. she's lived there for more than two years, but i hadn't been out to see her yet. it was fabulous. both my visits with lisa and with jen felt like picking up a continuing conversation. true, treasured friends.
with jen, i shopped (yes, two yarn shops, each of which sold me a skein, but also some souvvies and yummies), knitted, napped, rode up a mountain (though i did get pretty car sick doing that), and went to quaker meeting. spent lots of time with her daughters, who are so great i just wanted to pack them up and bring them home with me. beautiful children inside and out. jen and i went for larkburgers (delicious) one day and vietnamese food with the whole family the night before i left. and i had my first-ever jamba juice.
i wish i could remember everything i did on these trips, but they're kind of blurry already. i have about a week and a half to recuperate before maryland. meanwhile, i'm inspired by all the folks i visited to grow the hell up. i know: i've said this before. so sue me. i'm trying again! eating more healthily, getting more exercise, taking better care of the house as well as myself. i've been interviewing professional organizers to come help me get the house feeling like a home and not a storage closet. i made a long-overdue doctor's appointment to address some annoying health issues. cooking more fresh foods. basically, being an adult. what a concept.