Hello Columbus!

Today is the start of my trip to Columbus for TNNA (the National Needlearts Association).  I love coming here.  Although a teeny city compared to NYC, there’s a great market (North Market) with fresh food and even better ice cream (Jeni’s) that I’ll gladly wait in line any day for.  

Luckily for me, it’s slightly cooler in Columbus than in NJ, and tomorrow I’m going to attempt 9-10 miles prior to the trade show opening.  I’m not sure how smart a plan that is–i’ve got to be on my feet for 8 hours tomorrow, but it’s Juneathon and the Old Port Half is fast approaching.  On Ravelry, I posted several invites asking for company.  Funny how nobody’s taken me up on that yet.  

Today I did not schedule any exercise, figuring that the walking between the hotel and the convention center in inappropriate yet really attractive footwear several times would suffice.  The walk between my hotel and the show is about .25 miles one way–so far I’ve made the trek 5 times (1.25 miles).  Good enough!  Now downstairs to the hotel bar for a Stella, then out to dinner with some of my yarn peeps!

Drag my hand behind you like a chain behind a truck,
Sparks over your carpet while I chase you through the darkness
Somebody’s supposed to fall in love, but nobody even calls
Somebody’s supposed to…

Tear this place apart until you find me hiding, silently I wait
You’ll be excited just to see me someday, everything’s okay

Summer and gold throw their colors at the dark,
A mother tells her son; “Darling, look at the sparks.’
You hold my attention without even trying, a beautiful reflection from firework eyes

But never means forever,
Desperation, and hanging in the backyard at night

Somebody’s supposed to fall in love

Tear this place apart until you find me hiding, silently I wait
You’ll be excited just to see me someday, everything’s okay

Love, don’t forget to bleed so slowly
Holding hearts we melt over the fabric of your floor,
I’m holding her just like she’s gold, but
I’ve been running from the sun
Oh no, no

And if I ever catch the ones who hurt you, I
I’m hoping that God looks away this time

Why would I let you go?

Tear this place apart until you find me hiding, silently I wait
You’ll be excited just to see me someday, everything’s okay.

—  Pierce The Veil, The New National Anthem.

American yarn has been our theme this TNNA and we rounded out the day at Imperial Yarns of Oregon. Erin is a worsted weight wool, both springy, crunchy and soft. We bought all 9 colors and sweaters worth of all. The patterns from this company are gorgeous. I am so excited to get this yarn into the shop.

Are we there yet?
Day 2 at TNNA was unending. The show is going well, and then I had excellent Thai food for dinner. I was tired and went to bed at a fairly reasonable 10:30, and was promptly awaken at 3:45am by the guests in the room next door. Not their music, or TV, just really LOUD voices. I sleep fairly soundly, but this conversation sounded like it was coming from the foot of my bed. I waited about 20 minutes, during which there was no sign of abatement, so I knocked on their door to ask them to lower their voices. Now I’m a tall girl, and I think that can be intimidating, but I also know that when making a request, it’s best to do so politely. So I asked quietly and with a smile. Their reply?



Because, and this the excellent logic behind their response, they paid the same amount of money for their room as I did. Which I guess entitled them to disturb other guests in the wee hours of the morning.

I went back to my room, and tried to fall asleep again, to no avail, so I went to the front desk to request a room change. The two women must have heard my door close, and they followed me to the front desk to argue. Unfortunately there were no empty rooms in the hotel, and I had to listen to even better logic as they kept interrupting my (again quiet, bordering on sleepy) conversation with the front desk manager.

The end result: late night knitting, very little sleep, and my hotel bill halved as an apology for the inconvenience. Today, I’m dragging, regretting having knit when so tired (too many mistakes), so my juneathon effort consisted of 20 minutes on the elliptical in the hotel gym.

Juneathon stats:
Elliptical: 20 minutes
Noisy neighbors: 2
Running partner found: 1(met someone in the hotel elevator in running gear and at the same trade show–agreed to try a 3 mile loop tomorrow)!