First of all, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out of lurkdom to say hello. I love “meeting” people who read my blog, and I love seeing old friends who’ve commented in the past, be it once or many times. You are always welcome to drop in and say hello. No need to feel shy — we are all friends here, connected by a common thread, be it knitting, or kitties, or both! Or whatever reason you stop by. If you prefer to lurk and never comment, well, that’s okay too!
I will confess that I am guilty of lurking myself. It’s so easy to be a lurker when you read blogs in a blog reader. I use Google Reader. I used to use Bloglines, but last fall, Dani turned me on to Google Reader and I haven’t looked back. (By the way, Dani’s ill, poor baby, with strep, and feeling lousy. Pop over to her blog and give her some love.)
Anyhow . . . yeah, I read in Google Reader all the blogs on my list that publish a full entry rather than an excerpt. Nine times out of ten, I’ve not been able to go to blogs hosted at blogspot, so I’m afraid I almost never leave comments there. But I can read the blog posts in my reader.
But I’ll try to do better. Some days I’ve just got too much going on to take the time to comment, but on the days that my pace is less frantic, well, I try to leave some comments here and there.
Y’all asked a number of questions in your comments to yesterday’s post. I think the most frequent question was how the Inauguration will affect my day.
Next week I have Monday off from work (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday) and federal offices in the Washington DC area are closed on Tuesday for Inauguration Day. So I get a four-day weekend. Not too shabby, eh?
A goodly number of roads in Washington DC will be closed down on Inauguration Day. Here is a Google Map that shows the closures for the parade. (My office is smack dab in the middle of that.) A number of highways and bridges will be closed to all but emergency vehicles, so the only way to get downtown will be via public transportation, which is supposed to be overloaded.
The news media has been doing their best to whip everyone in this area into a frenzy. No cellphone service due to overloading! Grocery stores will run out of bread and milk! Don’t leave your homes! Stay away from your vehicles! Treat this the same way you would a natural disaster, like a hurricane! (That last piece of advice was sent in an email alert to residents of Arlington County, VA.)
Will I go downtown for the Inauguration? The answer is a resounding NO. Since I slog into the city every day for work, the last thing I want to do on a day off is slog into the city. Watching it on television is fine for me, thanks.
So, I’m off from work on Monday and Tuesday, I will go to work on Wednesday (assuming I can get there and the city hasn’t imploded from the sheer number of people there Tuesday), then on Thursday I’m going to Minneapolis for a couple of days, for the opening of the Bohus exhibit at the American Scandinavian Institute.
So it’ll be an odd week.
Speaking of Minneapolis . . .
The temperature here is supposed to drop a bit over the next few days. That means highs during the day right at freezing or a bit below, and lows in the teens. That will be the coldest we’ve seen so far this season, and slightly colder than usual for this area. It doesn’t get really cold here. So I’m wondering how the Minneapolis temperatures will affect me. I see that it’s really cold there right now, and by the end of next week, when I am going there, I think it’s supposed to be a bit warmer, but still a heck of a lot colder than I’m used to here.
Good thing I own a very warm coat . . .
Oh, and the sunrise picture I posted yesterday that I took at 7:30 am? I’d been at the office for an hour and a half when I took it. Yeah, I go in to work really early. That’s one of the perqs of where I work — you can pretty much make your own hours, as long as you work the required number per week. I go in to work so early because of traffic. Even when I get on the train (at 5:15am) there are a lot of people there. But I do get a seat. Getting up and going to work that early sucks, but I leave work pretty early in the afternoon, which is a good thing.
Oh yeah, the contest.
I asked the random number generator to choose 6 comments to receive sock kits. It chose comment numbers 207, 287, 400, 599, 638, and 850. These comments belong to:
207 – linda-kay
287 - Cindy K
599 – greta
638 – Sarah O G
850 – chandra
Congratulations to the winners! If you are one of these folks, please go to my pattern listings at The Loopy Ewe and pick a pattern you want. (It’s okay to pick one out of stock.) Use the “contact me” form here to email and tell me the pattern you’d like and let me know your mailing address. I’ll make up a kit and send it to you.
Again, thank you to everyone who left a comment!
“I liked the comments that talked about how pretty I am.”