Saturday, October 25, 2008  


So this week hasn't been too bad at work - mostly because I just don't care anymore, so am willing to do what I have to, but am no longer going out of my way to try and prove myself. Of course, I haven't slept properly in what seems like forever, but is actually just this past week, so the exhaustion isn't helping my mood. I love the irony of the third trimester - the last time in my life I'll have to sleep like a normal person, and I can't sleep through the night. Figures!

So anyway, this week is FINALLY over, and I can look back fondly on what I was doing this time last week.... RHINEBECK!!!

On the drive up, we saw beautiful fall foliage (and stopped like good little tourists to take pictures)...

... at the hotel room, we engaged in some group handspun-quiviut-detangling...

... and then, on Saturday, got to the main business of the trip... friends, fiber, food... and adorable border collie puppies!!!!

And did I mention the food? The apple crisp at this place was unbelievably good. My only regret was that it was too cold to get the ice cream, and I had to settle for the whipped cream. Wow - now I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

And remember that cute little border collie puppy? Hopefully, when he grows up, he can herd this little guy - a four-day old lamb that was so full of cute that it was almost painful!

There were some older relatives as well, including some cashmere goats...

...and some sheepies that looked so warm and toasty all snuggled up together, but who didn't seem to be interested in having me join them to get warm!

On Sunday, we managed to sneak in another few hours at the festival before we had to hit the road for the ride home. First stop? Lamb chili for breakfast (yes, it is just that good).

Since I had, ummmm, accidentally purchased a sweater's worth of grey cormo from Foxhill Farm the day before, I tried to concentrate on the beautiful scenery rather than the beautiful yarns. I love fall!

I wasn't alone in having a "cormo problem." Poor Elspeth accidentally tripped and fell into a pile of cormo-silk, and then just had to buy it. Doesn't she look so sad about the whole chain of events?

And to top the trip off... right before loading up the zipcar to head back to DC, I got to see my first pumpkin-chucking competition. True, I only saw 1.5 rounds so don't know who won, but I still think it counts. See that tiny little dot above and slightly to the right of the girl in the pink jacket? Yeah... that's a pumpkin. The sound they make when they hit the ground was AWESOME.

And here's a good look at some of the machines used to propel said pumpkins. When we left, the team that was winning was from the local high school - what a way to make science fun!


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