|October 4, 2007 @ 10:08 am|
I just realize that I haven’t posted in quite a awhile! I feel like I’m so behind on everything. Last week we got the word that Michael’s father passed away. He had a long 7 year battle with throat cancer. I’m glad that we got to visit with him last year and that the kids got to play with their grandfather a bit. He will live on in our memories, my most fondest was when I went to see a dress rehearsal of one of his plays (he was a drama professor, as well as a theatre director and light designer). It is really cool to see him at work – I just knew him as “dad” or “Tom”, but there, he was “Dr. Soare”, and everyone worshiped him. And the play was excellent! Michael will go back to the states for his memorial in a couple of weeks, and then we will all fly back out there in December.
In other news, I’ve been busy with the opening of the new Wollmeise shop. There were a lot of loooooong nights trying to figure everything out, taking pictures, uploading pictures, creating the stock, filling in the info, etc. But I *just* made it for the 10pm opening, in fact I was a couple of minutes late. It was very successful though. There are still a few bugs/issues to iron out, but other than that, it was a success. Everyone loved seeing the pictures of the yarn in different intensities, as well as seeing the actual yarn. On her “old” website, it just shows the colors in medium in the sock yarn (I think). But now you can see the sock yarn, lace yarn, worsted weight, test skeins, and the new 80/20, in most of the different intensities. I am so proud of my work and I’m glad to have helped someone out as well as enable other knitters!
I also went to Oktoberfest twice now, and the second time was the best. This was the first time I actually drank anything, because I’m not a beer drinker. We went to the wine tent and we also found a vodka shot area. Very nice. Can you believe they were selling Grey Goose by the bottle and it was 175euro. I’m not kidding. Anyways, after one shot, we went to the famous “toboggan” ride, where drunk people have to stand on a conveyor belt to take them half way up a slide thingy, and then they take stairs the rest of the way up, and then come down the slide. Well, it’s the funniest thing ever to watch drunk people fall down. And I was no exception. Mardi went first (she almost fell, but some guy came to her rescue), Bob did an athletic pose and made it up, and I fell right on my ass the second I stepped on and everyone cracked up. Then we sat on a table with a bunch of Brits, and they were super funny. I think your whole experience is all dependent on who you sit next to. They were so drunk and once they found out that Michael was carrying a bag, there was no end to his harassment. Anytime there was a lull in the singing or talking, they would all chant “man bag, man bag, man bag!” and point to him. We were all laughing so hard! I want to go again before it ends this weekend, it was so much fun!
Bob and I also went on a Saturday night to do some night photography. I really enjoyed it, something that I haven’t ever really experimented with. The problem was that there were a billion drunk people who think that you’re there to take *their* picture so they’re constantly jumping in front of the camera. And totally bummed if you don’t take their picture. But I got some good shots, even though it’s been done a billion times before, it was great to just go out and shoot for a change.
As you can tell, not so much knitting going on…
Comment by alala
Made on Thursday, October 4th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm
Oh, dear, I’m sorry to hear about Michael’s dad. I lost mine oh, must be 14 years ago now. I think of him every day, usually in response to something one of my sons does. Hugs to Michael, I hope he’s feeling all right.
Comment by Bobbi
Made on Thursday, October 4th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm
Such nice memories of Tom. Enjoy them!
OMG…you TOTAL enabler!!!! Thank you for helping Wollmeise get a shop up that’s easy for ordering!! I’m thrilled to know that there is now an easy way to order directly. Thank you for all of your work!
Comment by Ingrid
Made on Friday, October 5th, 2007 @ 11:44 am
So sorry to hear about Michael’s Dad. Your memories of him are lovely – thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see you next week!!!!!
Comment by KelInCal
Made on Friday, October 5th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm
Great work on the Wollmeise Shop, and great Fest photos! Sounds like you’re having a great time!
Comment by pamela wynne
Made on Friday, October 5th, 2007 @ 8:26 pm
I’m so sorry to hear about Michael’s dad. It’s so hard to lose a parent.
And Re: Wollmeise Shop: Hot damn!! Woo hoo!! Go you!!
Comment by WonderMike
Made on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm
The Wollmeise site looks SUPERB!!!! Well done and, my god, the photos. You must have carpal tunnel. Eeek. Love the ROCKTOBERFEST pics. You sure know how to celebrate. :-)
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