Are you having trouble waiting days in between my posts? Always wondering just what, exactly I'm doing or thinking about? Well, have I got a solution for YOU! Look over there, to the right.... I've joined Twitter, expressly for the purpose of putting a little twitter box on the side of my blog. This way I can write about things I might want to share, but don't warrant a full blog post. Now, I can hear you say "Well, most of us who read this thing are your friends on Facebook anyway, so why not just do more status updates?" This too, dear reader, is for your benefit. Do you have Facebook friends who seem to be updating you on their every thought throughout the entire day? Do you find this a bit much? Well, I do. I don't want to subject my friends to SO much inanity on their News Feeds. But if it is on my blog, well, then it was your choice to come read it; I'm not forcing it on anybody. But for you addicts... come get your fix! :-)
(I can feel the collective rolling of many... OK, several, eyes)
Finally finished that second sock, so I officially have my first pair of hand-knit socks! Huzzah! They feel so nice! This could be habit-forming. ;-) So the stripes don't line up identically, and later I learned how to do that, but so what?! They are unique, and quirky, and I like that.
...but the journey of 9,041 miles won't take many steps, just a WHOLE lot of sitting and waiting! :-)
Red: total miles; Fuchsia: flight time; Blue: layover time
A nice short flight to JFK, where we will then park ourselves for just over 9 (!) hours. Next is the transatlantic flight to Dubai, which lasts 12 hours 45 minutes. We'll be there for a little over 6 hours, so maybe it would be possible to leave the airport and do some sightseeing? I hear they'll give you a short visa to do just that. Finally, we leave Dubai and arrive in Kolkata, India 4 hours 45 minutes later. Quite the trip! Definitely my longest. I think when Dad and I went to Korea a number of years back it was 21 hours or so, including a 3 hour layover in L.A. If this one didn't have such insane layovers, the flight time wouldn't be as long as that, but these layovers come close to doubling the time.
How do people keep from losing their minds on these kinds of trips? I plan on bringing lots of interesting books, my travel journal, maybe some knitting or crochet, sleeping mask and earplugs, neck pillow.... what else? Any good travel games or anything that two people can easily carry and play together? We leave in 3 weeks, so I'd better figure it out!
After taking a two-part class at my good ol' JoAnn, I just finished knitting my first sock! I love this self-striping yarn... it makes these fun patterns all by itself, without me doing a thing! The yarn is a nice cozy wool/ bamboo blend, which will feel amazing to curl up in on upcoming chilly nights. I thought about waiting until both socks are finished before posting, but... *spoiler alert*... the other one will look just like the first one, so use your imagination! ;-) Here's a visual progression of the sock....
Do you ever wonder about what kind of grammar mishaps you are making all the time? No? Maybe you notice certain mistakes that everyone seems to make all the time, and it drives you a little crazy, wondering if anyone bothers to go to school anymore? Well, check out this little article, and you will start noticing them all over the place! One thing I hear a lot, which has annoyed me for a long time, is when people say "less" when they should be saying "fewer". That nice ice cream sandwich has fewer calories and less fat, not less fat and calories, thank-you-very-much national commercial for certain unnamed major brand!