This year for the holidays I went on a whirlwind traveling tour of the US; 3 different time zones in 3 weeks! I had a really great time, but since we have to travel so much, part of me just wants to take a trip to Florida next year and have everyone travel instead. It’s a pipe dream, but maybe one day…
First stop on the tour, Philadelphia! I had a wonderful Christmas and was really happy to be able to spend the day with my family. I took the train from Huntingdon to Philly for the first time, which was a nice train ride. Darren flew to Philly from Chicago, and my dad picked both of us up and took us to Thai food. Afterwards we visited my brother, where I discovered that all seasons of How I Met Your Mother are now on Netflix. Lots of TV to catch up on!
On Christmas Eve we had lunch with my mom at the Broad Street Diner and then set off for some Christmas adventures. Darren & I went to Macy’s to see the light show, Reading Terminal Market to buy some gifts, and then Chinatown to one of our favorite restaurants, Penang. They have the best squid appetizer I’ve ever tasted. We continued our Christmas Eve tradition by playing Star Trek: Fleet Captains, a really cool board game. I got to be Star Fleet and Darren was the Klingons. I won, just barely. It’s a really fun game which we’re sure to get a lot of play out of. Since I had lately been rewatching Deep Space Nine, I played with the Defiant, a great ship.
Christmas day started with brunch around 1:00, including delish latkes made by me. Then we opened presents for a lot of hours while I worked on finishing my dad’s present, a pair of socks, while sitting with the puppies.
My sister loved the fingerless mitts I made for her.
My mom received 2 pairs of socks: bavarian cable socks which she can wear in shoes
and BFF socks in Hazel knits Artisan Chocolatier, my favorite yarn.
My dad opened his one sock
and modeled for me. I really enjoyed knitting these.
I didn’t make anything for my brother this year since he wasn’t sure what he wanted. Instead we bought him Times Up and Title Recall so he could play the game with his friends. We also played it together on Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Here he is posing with his “Happy Birthday Jesus” card.
I also received some awesome gifts this Christmas: a kitty from my dad
a chococat watch from my dad
a yarn bowl from my dad
Not pictured are a gorgeous sweater and pair of gloves from my sister, stylus and apple gift certificate from my brother, and bed set from my mom. My dad also gave me money for an iphone though I haven’t bought it yet. I need to do that soon…
The day after Christmas Darren & I flew to Chicago and spent a few days in the suburbs with his family. I knit his sister and brother-in-law gifts this year; a scarf for Lori and socks for Erik.
Here are better pictures of the knits since you can’t really see them above. The scarf is a melody shawl in Sundara fingering silky merino, and the socks are Hex socks in Hazel knits artisan.
In the Chicago suburbs I also got the chance to visit the local yarn shop and game store in Downer’s Grove. They are right next door to each other. It was mecca in the Chicago suburbs…
On the 29th we drove to Chicago to visit our friends Helen and Chris for New years. We got the chance to play lots of games
and it snowed for a minute when we went to dimsum in Chinatown.
I don’t have pictures from the next legs of this trip, but I got to go to Champaign to help Darren pack up and move, and I was able to see a few friends on the trip. It was really nice to visit Champaign and see friends and eat my favorite thai food. I do miss it there quite a lot. In Champaign I finished a pair of socks for me, Jubilee Socks by Cookie A knit in Hazel knits artisan colorway Starry Night. You may be sensing a hazel knits trend. I am trying to knit a skein a month of her yarn right now…
Then we drove Darren back to Huntingdon and spent one night on our new bed (his Christmas present to me). Then we went to Vegas, but I’ll tell you about that in the next post (when I can upload more pictures).
As usual, the holidays were too short, but I did have a really good time. I got to relax and knit a lot, give a lot of knitted gifts, play some games, eat some great food, see some really wonderful friends and family. What more could I ask for?