So I went to my very first Winter TNNA, in sunny (but not that warm but more than warm enough for me) Long Beach, California.
I don't usually do this, but this time I had to. Why? Because lucky me, I got to do a book signing for Knit a Dozen Plus Slippers! Unfortunately, the books didn't make it there, but we made do by offering to send the books to the people who came by the booth. I chatted up the book and sat on display for an hour, which was weird but kind of fun.
I also managed to catch up with a lot of people I've been wanting to catch up with, enjoyed being outside without a coat, and petted tons of yarn, some of which I managed to take home with me.
The weirdest thing about California (yes, I had never been there before!) was that the restaurants all had calories listed on the menus. While this got in the way of wanton eating orgies (couldn't claim ignorance, you know?), it did keep me in line diet-wise, which was good. I'm down 40 pounds since Labor Day and hoping to be down 75 altogether sometime this summer. Thankfully, Weight Watchers doesn't prohibit Taco Bell, or I'd never make it.
The plane ride was tedious, but my friend Jae and I found something very excellent in the Sky Mall catalog called "Bigfoot the Garden Yeti". Yes, that's exactly what it was. Also, apparently you can get dog crates that look like end tables so you can just stuff your dog in the furniture when you want to go out. Who knows, it was funny, but maybe it was just hunger-induced delirium since they don't even give you a lousy bag of peanuts anymore.
Exciting things? I saw the design I did for spring Classic Elite on the cover on the upcoming pattern book (!!) and lined up some good stuff for the months to come. Also, I ate my first piece of cake in 4 months (thank you delicious cake at the Soho Publishing booth cake and wine party-- I had to eat it, it was networking, right?)
So now, back to the snow, back to the cold, and back to a lot of work I need to finish since I spent the weekend not doing those things.