Monday, March 17, 2008

Dogs, Hogeye, Spinning Yarns & Sushi!

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, last weekend was darn near perfect.

As weekends tend to do, it all commenced Friday evenin
g. Both of my dogs passed their beginning obedience class test at Tulsa Dog Training Club, so of course (of course!) there was a graduation ceremony. There were handmade mortar boards for the occasion, various demonstrations of dog obedience and cookies for dogs and humans. There were probably 100 dogs there--what a hoot!!

Since Alex is home on spring break I required him to attend to take pictures. Hubby had to go too to handle one of the dogs. Obedience graduatio
n or not, my attempts to handle 145 pounds of dog split between 2 leashes is alway a disaster. Alex reluctantly participated and entertained himself by taking only 150 photos, just half of which were mom-shots. (those are the horribly unflattering ones your kids take of you at the worst possible angle). Anyway, I told Alex that dog graduation was merely the initial phase of my week-long plan to subject him to maximum parental dorkiness. I figure that will encourage him to do well in school and become gainfully employed so as never to be tempted to live with us again. (I do like having him here, but . . . )
Anyway, here I am with graduate, Chai.

And the black guy is the very charming Bentley.

Saturday I blew off the usual house cleaning chores in favor of attending the Tulsa Handspinners Guild meeting. They are interesting folks with interesting information to share. !!Bad pun ALERT!! No point in re-inventing the wheel. ARGHHHHHH.

Saturday afternoon knit nite Emma her mother and knit nite Eric all came over to try out my spinning wheel. By the end of the day Emma had procured a used Kiwi (wheel, not fruit or bird). My contribution can hardly count as fiber enabling since Emma arrived at my house with that wild-eyed I'm-gonna-get-me-a-wheel look about her.

And, speaking of spinning I've plied this Colonial top.

AND, I'm making the so-called scarf from my handpun Corriedale in the mermaids tail colorway. I got 180 yards of 2 ply at 9-10 wraps per inch from 5 ounces (141.75 gm) of fiber. So, it's heavy worsted/aran weight. And my first knit from any handspun.

Sunday found us up at 4am to get loaded up for a (drum roll) bike race. Alex and 2 of his buddies decided to go to the Hell's Kitchen race in ('nother drum roll) Hogeye, Arkansas.
In keeping with the spring break onslaught of dorkiness, his Dad and I both insisted on going. Besides, one should never miss an opportunity to visit

Last year in this particular race Alex was super-fit and expected to finish in the top 3, if not win the race. BUT, he went waaay too hard, ate too little, blew up, bonked and finished dead last. Actually, not last--he was 19th, but it felt like last place because he expected to win. This year the field was bigger, he's not training as much and honestly expected to spend the day as pack filler (that's an unflattering term for guys who race, but have no hope of ever winning or placing). BUT, he felt good, rode a smart race and came in 5th. So much for expectations, the power of positive thinking and all that. I'm sure there's a lesson here, but I can't quite put my finger on what it's supposed to be.

This was pal Connor's first bike race (he's a runner who did a personal best 5K time of 16:11 on Saturday, beating his previous record by 31 seconds! Go Connor). This was pal Will's 4th race. They both finished in the top 15 of their category.

Alex, Will, and Connor.

AND NOW, the moment you've been waiting for
(I know it's supposed to be: "the moment for which you've been waiting" but that sounds stupid, even to me)


The volcano roll at Fuji

Don't remember what's in it, don't care--go get one.


Knit and fall back in it said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all. Too bad it had to end with a Monday morning.

Marianne said...

Now see, that's what I was figuring, it's YOU having all the fun (plus Emma, her mom and Eric :^) I wanna come over and play (she says sounding for all the world like a 2 yr old)

Mercy. You and your man make gorgeous humans...your daughter is a beauty and..sheesh...Alex? mercy, just mercy. Congrats to him and his fellow bikers.

Mmmmmm, sushi. I think I've had the volcano roll but I wouldn't swear to it... I WILL keep it in mind the next time we're there... that's usually where we have our birthday dinners, there or downtown, YUM.
Hellooooo Chai and Bentley!

Emma said...

Hee, sounds like a fun weekend, indeed. Glad the rain held off for the bike race, and congrats to Alex! Congrats too to the adorable graduates.

Fannie Pie said...

Okay, no posts, skipping knit night- either you're hopelessly tangled up in your stash yarn or have been abducted by aliens. Those are the only two rational options.

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