Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Birthday Surprise

The Birthday Girl, Erin and her Surprise, Leilani aka Mimi. Yesterday we had a very long adventure to celebrate the DD's birthday on the actual day of her birth. I very nearly didn't go as I had given up my ticket to Wicked for Eriy's cousin and I hadn't slept well the night before. So, I was grumpy and not so sure that I wanted to spend the whole day out of the house. In the end it was a good day had by all.

Anyhoo, we left the house at 5:30 am to drive to Boulder for breakfast with another birthday girl, Katte Beth (her's is on Monday) at the Boulder Tea House. Erin and I hit the WalMart in the Flat Irons before hand to finish up some grocery shopping in anticipation of potentially being snowed in. Mark, Darla and Aidan joined us as well as the surprise that wasn't, Leilani aka Mimi, who flew in the night before from CA and stayed at the Judd House until we all met up for breakfast.

After breakfast, I took the whole gang to Gypsy Wools also in Boulder, to look at and fondle fibery goodness. Darla found some bamboo and merino to spin together for socks. Aidan got a BIG foam mat for his needlefelting projects. I got some lovely lavender fiber to spin(think I will ply it with the silk/wool that I have going) and Katte got some yarns and patterns for a mitt and scarf set, that I am going to knit for her.

Then we headed into town for the Wicked Ticket Lottery sign-up. I gave up my ticket for Mimi, so she and Erin could see it together. Sadly, I didn't win a ticket in the lottery. That means I get to see Wicked in London next year. Sad for me, NOT! The gentleman with his back to us in the brown leather jacket in the waiting group is Don Stewart. We met this fellow conspirator while waiting in line to get in the lottery for tickets. He joined the three of us and we all entered for 2 tickets each. As we only needed the one for me we would give him the other and vice-versa. Don didn't win either, but he was going to try again last night and today as this is it. Wicked ends this evening and moves on to Cleveland...

Since the ticket lottery sign up started at 11:30am and the drawing was at Noon and the show didn't start until 2:00pm,we had time to kill. So, we hopped on the 16th Street Mall shuttle and went down to the Tattered Cover at 16th and Wynkoop in LoDo to peruse the books and be inside til the show started for the girls. We sat in the knitting/art/craft area on the second floor and rested the feetsie and looked at the books. The Joy of Sox which has two patterns by my friend, Gina House was on the shelf and it was the first time I got to really look this book over. I so want to add this book to my collection of knitting books. The girls left me at the Tattered Cover when it was time for the show and I pulled out my knitting (I had a pair of socks with me). I discovered a huge mistake and put them aside to peruse the magazines. My phone rang and it was Sheila checking to see if I had gotten a ticket. She also wanted me to know she and her friend, Sue were heading to The Lamb Shoppe for the afternoon stitch in. Since I was at loose ends, they very kindly came downtown and picked me up and took me with them. It was a very satisfactory way to spend the afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to the shop and my visit with Sheila and Sue.

After the girls picked me up, we headed home to the Springs in the snow storm. We had planned hand built pizzas for the supper, so we stopped to pick up the fixings at the Whole Foods after we got Pan's supper at the Pet'sMart. We were smart to stop even at the lateish hour as this is what we woke up to...


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

OH. OH. I am soooo lusting after the yarn and the shop.....Dang!
Am still knitting the almost stockings. Needs ribbing. When I post the pics on-blog, you will laugh.
They would be stockings on a normal sized woman instead of an Amazon..... >:{
All in all, you day turned out okay....right? ((hugs!))


SleepyEyes said...

AWESOME!!!! What a great day for you and Erin!!! Thank you so much for mentioning my name and the book. Even if my sock designs weren't in it, I'd still love that book.

I'm jealous of your terrific day!

Hugs ; )

Diana Troldahl said...

What a lovely day!
My Sis-in-love (Lynn of colorjoy) has a pair of socks in Joy of Sock, too. (The hot waves).

I am excavating. The you know what for you know who will soon be in hand!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well I can see why you gave up your ticket! but I did see wicked and it is soooo good.
And I never sleep so I totally get the grumpy thing. BUT I have never heard of the sock thing but it sounds really cool.
you seem to have had a lovely day.

Kathy said...

You sure know how to have fun, Leslie. Yarn stores, book shoppes, pizza, new people and places....and Wicked in London? Oy, don't get me started!

Glad your DD had such a wonderful birthday, too.

I Wonder Wye said...

What a fun day! I am loving the purple yarn and love how soft bamboo's probably stronger than wool. Seeing Wicked in London sounds excellent - you are so lucky! I posted about being in London for our honeymoon - love it, love it. thanks for coming by the other day.....

Lynx said...

Oy! the yarn and book stores sound fabulous, but seeing the last photo? I am *SO* not moving to the Springs any time soon! Keep all of that nasty white stuff that you can; less for us that way!

Why am I here at the office instead of home knitting the five more hats that I need done before noon tomorrow?!

Happy belated to Erin!!!!!