It has been quite some time since I last updated. A LOT has happened in the intervening time and I’m sure you are all curious as to whether or not I met all of my deadlines.
The last we heard of our heroine she was feeling stressed with too much work to do for school and her impending house guest. She did do a smart thing and make a list of the tasks that needed to be completed and managed to do everything on her list except the last item: she ended up NOT going insane, but it was a close call.
The dining room ended up being a terra-cotta color (a bit to orange-y, but that’s okay) and looks fabulous – especially since the living room is blue. The terra-cotta will contrast nicely with all the lighthouse/water pictures and all who saw the room marveled at the color choice.
The only near mishap is that she *almost* ran out of undies, but, that was a situation easily remedied.
The 3rd Annual NSKO was a success. All three knitters managed to complete at least 2 projects and made significant progress towards other projects, some of which cannot be mentioned at this time. K1Frog2 and I were very happily surprised when TinkerBell’s husband pulled the NSKO3 logo from my blog and made us all buttons to wear – which we wore all weekend long. It is interesting to me how few people pondered three otherwise respectable women all wearing the same button and fanatically knitting in public. I guess people really aren’t curious after all.
We discovered 2 new restaurants: Joplin Java, a combination coffee-house/music lesson store (and while you think that is a weird combination (to which you would be right) it actually works) and Big Ed’s BBQ – with wonderful brisket BBQ nachos! Both of which are in downtown Waukegan – who knew?
The NSKO culminated in a trip to a new yarn store in Milwaukee on our way to take TinkerBell to the airport. While the store had a very nice and large selection of yarn, the staff were…how shall we put this?…a little stand-offish. Not that I mind not being bothered and harassed constantly by a sales person, but when there were questions to be asked…well, let’s just say the service could have been a little friendlier.
The final event was lunch at a little diner near the new yarn store – a little Ukrainian place that was very cute and had great food. I had Hopple Popple and lest you think I’m making this up – it is a German dish. I Googled it. It is basically hash browns with onion, bell pepper, salami and eggs – sometimes with cheese, sometimes not (mine didn’t) – and it was very good. Come to find out – strangely enough – I’ve been making this for about a year now. Who knew? Jimmy Deans makes this potato/onion/bell pepper/bacon or sausage thing that you add to eggs and when I make it I add cheese. I’ve been hoppel-poppeling for a while and didn’t even know it!
I wish I could post pictures today but I figured that an update needed to happen lest people start to worry about my sanity, so you’ll get the pics next week.