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Resting Rooms

Bedford Springs Bath Notice

Bedford Springs Bath Notice

Do you remember the highly fashionable, pampering, relaxing rooms that fronted public restrooms? I particularly remember them being luxurious in department stores.

Whatever happened to those nice ladies’ restrooms of long ago?  I remember them being very fancy with vanity tables and a sitting area in the first room before a room with stalls and sinks in the back.

I think Nordstrom still has this set up; I’ll have to check it the next time I shop there.

I was in my local department store the other day and saw a shabby facsimile of the past:

Local Dept. StoreThey tried, but are nowhere close to the old glamour!

A few days later, I was saw this in the NY Time Magazine:

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However, this was an ad for an (expensive, of course!) apartment house in Manhattan. I’m sure that they would not be happy if they saw me using their ad in a post about the waiting areas in ladies’ rooms!

Well, then I got on a kick…paying special notice to ladies’ rooms.

I went to the Bedford Springs Spa and Resort, where they were abundant!
Bedford Springs Resort Lobby Ladies Room

Bedford Springs Resort Lobby Ladies Room

The ladies’ room in the lobby was very fancy, with a long hallway, making the ladies’ room seemingly huge. Interestingly though, only two stalls.  But at least there’s a nice bench for waiting one’s turn!

The hotel room was nice, and the bathroom had a little vanity area that is tastefully done:

Bedford Springs Resort, Hotel room bathroom

Bedford Springs Resort, Hotel room bathroom

and the ladies’ room outside the spa had an interesting area too:

Bedford Springs Resort, Ladies Resting Area

Bedford Springs Resort, Ladies Resting Area

I hope this post is utterly fascinating to you.

I think there are more pictures to come…I’m thinking a coffee table book…or maybe one to keep in the bathroom instead?

Vacation Planning

Mindy Sweater I am planning for an almost two week long vacation next month! Forget about what clothing, suitcase, toiletries, etc. to bring…I am deciding first and foremost what knitting project should come along!

Here are some details to consider:

– 2 8 plus-hour flights

– 2 2 plus-hour airport waiting times

– I aim to bring a carry-on suitcase and a tote bag

– Traveling with a group, so there may be some “waiting for others” knitting time

– Lots of sightseeing, food, wine and fun!

This leads me to believe that my project should not:

  • Be too complicated, but at the same time not too simple
  • Have too many pieces to keep track of
  • Have too many needles to bring
  • Be boring!

Here are my choices, at least in my queue!

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You know this had to be the first option! The project that is supposed to be completed before I start any others.  I included this picture to show that I’ve finished the cuffs of both sleeves.  (Yes, that’s as far as I’ve gotten since my last update, which I now realize was way back in JULY!!! when I was starting the first sleeve.  Looks like other life activities have gotten in the way of knitting time over the summer.)

However, this one does not meet much of the criteria – I would need to bring too many pieces because the sleeves get fitted to the body, and that would be just too much to carry along, and may require more concentration than available when I reach that point of the pattern.

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Here are some lovely yarns (Madeline Tosh) that I picked up at Vogue Knitting (VK) Live in January to make an entrelac scarf.  This seems to fit most of the criteria, except for the complicated part. Since it would be my first entrelac project, it may require too much attention especially at the beginning…which would then become an end of the scarf and those mistakes would be most noticeable when worn.

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I absolutely love this yarn!  This is from Dragonfly Fibers and is beautiful and brilliant! I bought this after taking Melissa Leapman’s class on double knitting at VK Live.  I can’t wait to see the juxtaposition of these two yarns in the double knitted scarf I’m going to make.  But yes, I know what you’re thinking and I agree. Too complicated, and too many opportunities for frustration of not paying attention or not keeping good track of where I stopped. So…not a good choice for my trip.

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Another good contender from my VK Live expedition…this wonderful yarn is going to be another Anemone hat…for me!

However, this choice falls into the too simple category. This would be my 3rd or 4th in this pattern, and would be too boring for those long plane rides.

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I bought this as part of a KAL (Knit Along) this year.  I knew I couldn’t participate in the timing of the KAL because I was working on LD’s sweater, but I liked the pattern and wanted to do it. So I bought this lovely (Manos del Uruguay – Maxima) yarn, and the project’s been calling out to me for some time.  However, it would be too much yarn to bring in my suitcase and as I knit it, it would become a bulky project to schlep along.

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And here is the last choice…a wedge scarf pattern, using short rows…another inspiration from a VK Live class in January where Laura Bryant tried her hardest to teach me how short rows work.  This is my perfect opportunity to understand it through experience.  The instructions are simple enough, the yarn (Lorna’s Laces) is one of my favorites, and it will keep my attention in both the project and in picking it up when I have a spare few moments here and there.  Plus, if I finish it on the trip, I’ll be able to wear it, and it won’t take up any extra room in my suitcase!

A Good Trip

I recently went to the Columbus, Ohio area for a business trip.  The most wonderful and often surprising things kept happening.

  1. My flights were on time.
  2. I was able to keep my bags with me and was not forced to check them at the gate.
  3. The Gate Exit area at the hotel had a wonderful Lichtenstein sculpture (Brushstroke) waiting to greet me.
  4. The co-worker that I had arranged to meet at the airport to share a car was also on time, coming from an entirely different area of the country.
  5. I had a wonderful time connecting with a sorority sister whom I had not seen since college.
  6. I got to experience Graeter’s ice cream (black raspberry). Delicious! I am a fan!
  7. The hotel clerk did not gouge me the $4 for a bottle of Fiji water.
  8. I did not get disconnected from my call with Orbitz when I tried to change my flight to an earlier time and was on hold for 5 minutes.
  9. The US Airways person at the counter did not charge me the $75 to change my flight.
  10. Even though my flight was cancelled due to the rain storms in Ohio, I was able to get through to the US Airways emergency line right away and got to choose the flight back the next morning.  As I was getting my things together to leave the airport, I heard an announcement telling people to be patient about getting an attendant on the phone.  Go, me! I didn’t have any issues at all.
  11. I was able to get a hotel room through my company’s travel agency even though other people were told there were no rooms.
  12. I called the hotel shuttle to pick me up at the airport. They said that the shuttle would be there in 10 minutes…and it was!
  13. I asked the bartender/waiter in the hotel restaurant for a water with a lot of lemons, and he actually did it!  I told him I was happy to experience a man who listens.  He just smiled (praying for a good tip?).
  14. The 6:05 AM (ugh) shuttle to the airport was on time.
  15. I was in Zone 1 for boarding.
  16. For both flights!
  17. That made my heart go pitter patter.
  18. Both my return flights were on time.
  19. And then the icing on the cake.  The car service sent a limo instead of a sedan to take me home.  What a treat!

I told the driver about all the good things that had happened to me during the past few days and he advised me to play the lottery.  I reasoned that good things happened when I didn’t ask for them, so I wasn’t going to jinx it by playing the lottery. He urged me to buy a ticket anyway.

I haven’t bought one yet.

But I do have Mah Jongg tonight…big winnings in my future?

(for those who don’t play Mah Jongg, the hand values are under a dollar…)

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