16 October 2009

A Certain Degree of Okay-ness

Here it is, Friday evening. After two days of unusually cold weather (with RAIN!) for Philadelphia in October, and I'm actually not as depressed as I expected to be ...

You see, I really was hoping to make it to Rhinebeck this year (it takes place this weekend). A few months ago, I mentioned it to The Tim, and we even thought of making it part of a nice long weekend trip for the fall, as an "anniversary" trip (our anniversary is the 28th). But I never got my act together to make plans for anything, so that took care of that. Plus, I just figured I would have to work.

Then a couple of weeks ago, the schedule was posted, and it turns off that I am off tomorrow. I saw on Ravelry that a yarn store in the 'burbs was taking a bus trip, and there were still seats left. SCORE!

But ... then it occurred to me that I only have a few weeks left of my job, with no immediate full-time work in the wings to take its place and provide any kind of paycheck. So even if I just paid for the trip and bought nothing else, it would be a big chunk of money. And let's face it, who wants to go to something like that and not be able to at least buy one small thing? So I decided to do the adult thing and not go at all. I was pretty sad about the whole thing.

Then - the previously mentioned freaky weather occurred. For the past two days, in the freaky weather, I have spent the entire day - except for my half-hour lunch time - posted outside!! And though the half-hour lunch was indoors, which felt good at first, it was still in an unheated space, so after about 5 minutes, it was cold, even if dry.

According to the weather reports, another nor'easter is supposed to be here late tonight, into tomorrow, and be even worse than the past couple of days. Which makes me feel really bad for all of the people who will be at Rhinebeck for any reason.

On the other hand, I can stay home, inside, warm and dry. All day. Who knew that would ever sound better to me than being able to go to a sheep and wool festival? Don't get me wrong - if someone called me tomorrow morning and told me they had decided to go, did I want to join them, I would be ready in ten minutes!

But there is a lot to be said for staying home this year. I'm actually nowhere near as sad about it as I was before ... and there's always next year, right?

14 comments:

Jenn said...

Sometimes I'm a teeny bit jealous of the people who go to the big fiber festivals, and then I remember that I never know anymore when my next paycheck will come, crowds wig me out a bit and I get some overwhelmed around wool fumes. And yes, there IS always next year!

(I'm not jealous of anyone who is going this year! Freako weather!)

Kathleen said...

The skies are clearing out my window here in NYC, so I kind of wish I was going, but I'm going to meet an old friend to knit here in the city, and even if we go to the LYS I won't spend as much as if I were at Rhinebeck. Someday, when the finances are more stable I'll make the trip. Will you come with me? :)

Channon said...

It was never on my radar for this year, thankfully. Maybe next year we'll all be in positions to travel, shop, hang out and really enjoy the Rhinebeck experience...

Chris said...

Ah, being at home warm and dry with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee in your hand while it storms outside... Priceless.

Bookfool said...

There's an excellent little round of positive thinking going on, here.

Brigitte said...

Yes, there is always next year! And you're right - why go all that way, pay all that money, and buy nothing?! I couldn't do it.

Smoochies to the kitties!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

You know, I've never been to a yarn show. Not ever. Someday I would love to go but don't see that happening anytime soon.

What's the deal with the job? Do they shut down for the Winter? It is a waste of your talents - so it's probably a good thing to get you out looking for something different.

While your all snuggled and warm inside I hope you are sipping on some apple cider!

Too bad about ND. At least this year the games are close and exciting.

Marie said...

Good positive thinking. Yay for you!

Lorraine said...

Bridget- You know darn well you're going to buy some stuff- so why go? It wasn't meant to be this year, and there is always next year.

craftivore said...

It was bone chilling cold but dry on Saturday at Rhinebeck and wet and rainy on Sunday. My drive home included 3 hours of driving in the snow! That said, I still had a great time and I hope you can come next year. I bet a cup of tea and a cozy chair at home felt good.

Lisa said...

You had the kitties for company and some really awesome baseball. Does that help?

Tracy said...

A fiber festival...ooo...I dream of those. Oddly, we don't have any here, not that I'm aware of, and there's a big tradition of wool and knitting here. It's been terrible weather here too...it's the coldest October ever...bbbrrr... Fun to catch up with you a bit. I've been a bit MIA lately...Ihubby & I have been up to our elbows in some interior painting & wallpapering. Finally back in blogland and catching up. Keep warm and keep up the positive thinking! :o)

Lorette said...

Just think of all the money you saved!

There, did that help?? ;-)

Carrie K said...

Warm, dry and solvent has its charms! There's always next year.