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Saturday, March 27, 2004  
Good things about travelling, not in chronological order:
  • travelling with friends and doing lots of chatting
  • good things to eat when the groups willing to try something out of their experience and is patient enough to wait on a busy friday night
  • having a trip organizer who does orienteering for fun and so is well-prepared AND not easily turned around
  • meeting friendly people wherever we went
  • seeing some inspirational and thought-provoking stuff and ok, more hawaiian shirts than you would have thought existed in the 40's and 50's
  • Spending a little more time in the kid's section of a museum because the things to do were SO much fun
  • clean soft sheets in a motel room that wasn't overheated
  • and who knew that a free continental breakfast might include make-your-own waffles in a waffle iron?
  • helping a stranger who knew nothing about making waffles get her waffle by convincing her that if she would leave it cook, it would indeed come out of the waffle iron and be a cooked waffle!
  • the front desk of the Fairfield Inn called a half hour or so after we checked in to see if we were happy with the room and to remind us that they were available 24 hours if we needed anything
  • there was no major road construction
  • we stopped at Wrights factory outlet in sturbridge and bought 30 packages of binding for $3. And some other stuff.
  • The last quilt shop we stopped at had 2000 bolts, all yummy and some exceptionally happy, helpful staff folks and the store used macs. What's not to like? Thanks Quilter's Way in Concord MA.
  • Thanks Janet for being the instigator/driver and Mom and Pat for making it a fun trip!

Written at: 3/27/2004 10:22:00 PM

Wednesday, March 24, 2004  
Thanks to Designweenie for this:

Michael McDonough’s
Top Ten Things
They Never Taught Me
in Design School
Sigh. If only all of life were so easily Top Ten'd. I'd excerpt part of it, except that it's all so good. Go read it. And then read it again.

Written at: 3/24/2004 02:58:00 PM

Sunday, March 14, 2004  
In the list of things that are good:
  • a day that isn't warm, isn't cold, but the breeze has that just right feel on your cheek
  • sitting in a small town restaurant, working on the next idea and being glad for a familar place, good meal and time to work
  • wandering around the grocery store and resisting the urge to overbuy
  • a new CD by a new to me artist in a genre I'm not usually keen on - and the music floats my boat
  • upcoming day off
  • upcoming guild get together over long weekend
  • realizing that I'm further along in the currently-being-sewn project than I thought
  • listening to the new ideas bubbling up while doing the peaceful work of sewing small squares of fabric together.
  • Call with good news from happy family members
  • doing small chores that can be annoying but instead turn out to be gratifying
  • taking a moment to appreciate those small chores once done
  • watching the sky turn day by day towards spring

Written at: 3/14/2004 09:42:00 PM

Friday, March 12, 2004  
Just a quick little blizzard this morning to remind everyone that it's March and not May. Remember how, Mother Nature was saying, so many years there's a big blizzard in mid-March? It's not too late for that so don't be going on so about it being spring already! Blam. Parts of the route I ended up travelling this morning had 4-6" of snow on top of the nicely rutted roads. I took the "back way" to avoid the parking lot of cars and semis at the bottom of the first hill you need to go up and down. Couldn't tell if there was an accident or what but I got tired of watching the 4WD folks decide - hell, I can get up that -- pull out go up the oncoming lane of traffic in the face of down-coming semis. ick. I took the nice quiet newly-plowed route. Nope - not spring yet folks! Sorry robins.

Written at: 3/12/2004 02:37:00 PM

Monday, March 08, 2004  

Why are Mom and I smiling? Look at the beautiful quilt behind us! Another view.

Written at: 3/08/2004 09:13:00 PM

Sunday, March 07, 2004  
Moonscape or Mushroom, you decide
Small rock (diameter about 1") found alongside road
Old Chatham NY area.


We have our first knowledgable report in on what the mysterious rock is: fossilized coral! How cool is that? Thanks to Janet's sister Nancy for the quick answer. And who knew that I knew people who knew people who would know the answer to questions geological? Wow.


Another confirmation from a geologisht that it's fossilized coral. And also that it's quite likely to be from this area, from a time when we were all under ocean water. Very nice.

Written at: 3/07/2004 03:15:00 PM

Driving in the late winter sun
the road bumps and bounces along
the hills and valleys, a bright stream
echoing the grey green water that
leaps up and out
and into view.
Trees and sun slash the shadowy woods
into ribbons,
the sky too bright to smile at
and cloudless.
When I get to the top, having swum upstream,
I shift and enjoy the coast downstream again
rollercoastering my way home.

Written at: 3/07/2004 02:26:00 PM

Monday, March 01, 2004  
Now here's some research worth doubting. CNN is reporting that there are "very few bloggers on Net"
The study was largely based on random telephone surveys of 1,555 Internet users taken from March 12 to May 20, 2003. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

That survey found only 2 percent of users keeping blogs, although a preliminary analysis of follow-up surveys from early 2004 showed the figure increasing to about 7 percent.
uh..... yeah. Not only don't I see that the study they're reporting is very useful (certainly not all "internet users" do any kind of web page building at all let alone blogging), but you and I both know that if the headline was confirming "The impression out there... that a lot of the blog activity is very feverish" the rest of the article would be how blogging was going to end civilization as we know it.

Written at: 3/01/2004 01:03:00 PM

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