February 03, 2008

meanwhile, back at the ranch...

So, here it is Superbowl Sunday, and I am once again relaxing in my hotel room with Domino's takeout pizza, wine-in-a-box (more details later about that), and the Super Bowl on the television, alternated with the Animal Planet "Puppy Bowl" with the "Kitty Show" halftime show. I got in to Illinois last Sunday afternoon, for two weeks of training for my job... Tom is sometimes gone from home from early Monday morning till late Friday night; I knew this would seem a lot longer than that, but I didn't realize how quickly I would get tired of eating in restaurants, and living out of a hotel room. Luckily, my parents live about 3 hours west of Chicago, so I took the rental car Thursday afternoon (no work on Friday, due to an unexpected computer system outage) and visited with them, and my sister Judy, for a couple days. I made it back into the Chicago suburbs this afternoon, and got settled back into my hotel room right before the football game started. Tom sent these pictures early this morning... this pic is of all the pets relaxing yesterday on the couch... Butters looks like she doesn't really appreciate the interruption, doesn't she??

Tom spend a good portion of last night outside with the telescope- the temperature at home in Arizona was in the 40s (as opposed to well-below-freezing here in Illinois!) last night, and he set the telescope up... he said he didn't even expect this pic to work but it turned out quite nice, in my opinion. There are special cameras you can get to attach to the telescope and the computer, but we don't have anything like that- just the regular 35mm digital camera held up to the eyepiece on the telescope, right now... These are flowers from the amaryllis bulbs I have planted... they're set up on the island in the kitchen, to get light from the window (and to keep them out of reach of the cats). I had a feeling they would start blooming while I was gone; hopefully they'll hang on till I get back on Friday night. (The forest of green behind them is a pot full of paperwhites that haven't started blooming yet.)

It's amazing how long two weeks is, when you're not where you want to be. Two weeks of vacation for a whole year seems really short; two weeks till final exams is no time at all, when I was in school; two weeks living in a hotel room (when I'm really a "homebody" type of person) is waaaay too long. I did bring some crafty supplies (a few colors of acrylic paint, some papers, some ATC blanks, embellishments, that sort of thing...) with me, but I really don't feel like breaking any of it out when I get in to the hotel after work/dinner in the evening. I said something to that effect when I was packing my luggage- maybe I wouldn't even use them, and Tom commented "but it will be comforting to know you have them with you, just in case..." He knew just how I felt, even though I couldn't express it!

In other news, the 2008 Art Unraveled class schedule and instructors has been announced... I need to figure out which classes I want to take, so I can ask for those days off from work. I am really fortunate to have one of the premier "art retreats" within driving distance!! I heard about this event even before we moved to Phoenix, but I never imagined I would actually get to go! (for future reference, here are some of the classes that sound interesting to me: Printing Blocks MacGyver Style with Traci Bunkers, any of the classes with Kelly Kilmer, Brassy Brazen Backgrounds with Gail Russakov, and probably lots more. Well, it's back to the Puppy Bowl on the Animal Planet channel, for me... oh, and as for the wine-in-a-box, it's something I saw in the liquor section of the grocery store... wine in 4 single-serve waxed paper boxes... "juice boxes for adults" is what the advertising said, which is pretty appropriate... and it's not bad, for $6!

4 comments:

Felicia said...

Everything about this post was a delight. The pets look so cozy :)

crimsoncat05 said...

thanks, Felicia! they do look comfortable, don't they??

K said...

I love the photo of the cats and your collie snoozing together, they look so happy and confident!
The photo of Saturn is very interesting, it must be great to star gaze in the desert. Once when at home in England, I was in bed the curtains open, when I actually saw, from bed, the Northern Lights!!! They were beautiful. Certainly a once in a lifetime happening! Have a good day.

Trulymom's Creations said...

I love the picture of Saturn! It looks great. :o)