Hello there - I hope all of you had a good day yesterday, whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving. Ours was lovely. We all spent the day relaxing, particularly the kitties, who could be found in various permutations of this all day long.
Not that we were any more energetic - though we did get up a few times to move along things for dinner. And dinner was really yummy, with of course lots of leftovers, which is part of the reason we always cook so much - we love Thanksgiving leftovers! The Tim's pumpkin pie was especially good this year. Apparently he did something different, but was not willing to disclose the secret. As long as I get to enjoy said pie, I really don't care, you know?
He's been at work all day, and I have had a both productive and relaxing day. I got up later than my usual time, but still nice and early to head out for a chest x-ray. It's walk-in, and I have learned that if you get there shortly after they open, you are in and out almost before you can hang up your coat. That taken care of, I came back home for a cup of tea, and a little break to get some laundry going, and then ventured out for some gift cards.
If you are in the Philadelphia area, and want to go out on Black Friday to do some shopping, but don't want to deal with the ridiculous crowds, I can attest to the fact that in Center City, there are more people than on a usual weekend day, but no crazy crowds, since most people would rather go to a mall. So I headed to Lululemon and Lush for some gift cards for my Arizona great-nieces and -nephew. I stood in line a grand total of *maybe* ten minutes combined for both places. I was home again in under an hour. As the day goes on, it does get busier, but as I said, there are never crazy crowds. And the kids that I was buying gift cards for fall into the category of people who would rather choose their own gifts, and I know they like both of those stores. So it's win-win as far as I'm concerned.
Then I had the chance to work on some knitting. Since The Tim wasn't home, I decided to work on the fingerless mitts I'm making for him. I had gotten to the point where the thumb gusset was finished, and wanted to see if I could get another chunk knitted today.
I'm pleased with how they are coming along. (Can you see my reindeer stitch marker in the upper left?) I've still been trying to work on them when he's not around, and though it's working well, today I screwed up a few times, so what could have been A LOT of progress turned out be an acceptable amount. I got the hole for the pinky finger set up, and the ring finger finished.
The pattern is not overly difficult. Like most things, it's fairly straightforward, if you pay attention and read what you are actually supposed to be doing! Apparently, I felt that was only partially necessary ... until suddenly things weren't quite working out like I had expected. So it was time to do some un-knitting, and then setting things up the way the instructions read. At which point I was able to go along quite easily. My next chance to work on them when he is not around will be on Sunday, so maybe I can actually finish this first one, who knows? In any event, I'm happy with what I've been able to get done so far.
So that's been today. We'll have some leftovers for dinner, and then probably watch some shows we've recorded, and it will have been a good day. I'm always happy when it works that way!