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The Winners Of The Two Books Are…

Katheryn & Rebecca, chosen entirely at random are the winners of Boyfriend Knits and Farm Animal Knits!  They’ve been notified, and as soon as I hear back with their street addresses their books will be in the mail and off to their homes!

Speaking of being off, we’re heading out for warmer parts!  We’re dog sitting for a friend in La Jolla, and a few friends have graciously agreed to pet sit for us here chez Landy, so our own warm, furry friends won’t be alone for the holidays, either!

Today is packing day, tonight is going to see the Arrow (British Advertising) Awards at the Walker (a Holiday tradition!) and tomorrow, at the crack of whenever, we’ll be up and hit the road.

stpaul_hillbilliesWe’re budgeting between 9-13 hours of driving a day, depending on how we’re feeling, road conditions (snow!) and just general stuff.  We’re nothing if not flexible.

Our modus operandi for long trips is to pack one suitcase each and put that on top of the car (in our luggage holder) then keep stuff IN the car that we’ll use on the way (a few day’s clothes, underwear, meds, toiletries, books, games, pillows, etc.)

Hannah and I went on a long trip through Ohio/WV this past summer and we grew to love our Huyndai Elantra Wagon.  I’m certain that on this trip we’ll grow to love it even more.

Screen Shot 2012-12-20 at 11.59.09 AMWe tend to be a family that travels well together, and we’ve picked a bevvy of good audio books we can [hopefully] all enjoy (YA plus some interesting history stuff…)

I would LOVE to introduce the kids to one of my favorite books, “A Town Like Alice” during this trip.  Usually we’re a Harry Potter listening family (LOVE Jim Dale!) but this time we’ll be immersed in Artemis Fowl & the Pathfinder series.

We also – shockers – talk a lot in the car.  I look forward to that, too!  (Or at least I will when I climb down off of my rocking chair on the roof and pick the bugs out of my teeth…)

We have found a doggie!

IMG_0160Chase is a 3-yr old poodle, a rescue dog, being fostered by a lovely family in Bloomington, MN who will keep and love him over the holidays until our return on Jan 4th.

He comes via PetFinder, and we met him in our home yesterday.  He seems calm and happy, a little uncertain (as one would expect a rescue to be) but DEFINITELY deeply in love with his foster mom.

She insists – and we’re glace to comply – that she be kept up on how he’s doing (all she’ll have to do is read the blog!)  It’s obvious that he has deep feelings and a very intelligent face & eyes.

So we’ll be rushing home to a new pet, some new breaking in, and hopefully lots of new doggie love!

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9 thoughts on “The Winners Of The Two Books Are…

  1. Anita

    Wonderful news that you have found a dog – and that your family is venturing off for a holiday. I love your description of how you travel. I remember reading out loud for hours and hours during family trips when our daughter was young. We covered 2 Harry Potter novels that way.

    My hubby and I recently adopted a labradoodle rescue. The poodly part of his personality makes for a very interesting dog – intelligent, and independent. He’s also very loving and gentle. May your new dog learn to love all of you as much as he loves his foster mother.

  2. Tony Starratt

    Yay for Chase! And Yay for you, for giving him a new home. He looks lovely. Hope that the cats will cotton to him.

    Hey, Annie, I recently finished my first pair of socks, using Cat Bordhi’s techniques in Personal Footprints and Sweet Tomato Heels. My husband’s grumbling a bit at the cost of the yarn, but I am restraint itself (modest yarn staff, mainly cheap acrylic), and I could have much more expensive hobbies … I’m looking forward to doing a lace (remember Boot Camp?) pattern pair next.

  3. kristi

    Having just listened, I’d give _Travels with Charley_ by John Steinbeck a whirl. It involves a road trip and a standard poodle, plus an interesting perspective of America at a moment in time by one of our great authors. I read it first in high school…. Gary Sinise does the reading. Also, if you haven’t listened already, any and all RadioLab podcasts.

  4. Debra

    Our cocker spaniel was a rescue too, he was found on the Lexington Avenue line of the subway. Rescues make great pets. Enjoy your new poodle!

  5. Rebecca

    Hi Annie:
    I think I might be the Rebecca who won and I see that I had a typo in my web address. I put .nrt instead of .net. If it is me, I am very excited. Can you email me again? I am surE you don’t remember but we met at Lisa’s shop Unraveled in Vancouver years ago.

  6. Mundi

    So happy for you all and Chase…..that you have found each other! We presently have two Standard Poodles and can’t imagine life without the cuddles and the comedy.
    Enjoy your Road Trip!!

  7. Metaphor Yarns

    “A Town Like Alice” is one of my favorite books. I think the kids will like it. Pair it with Bill Bryson’s hilarious “In a Sunburnt Country” for an Australia festival.

    Chase is very handsome. Poodles are very intelligent (but I’m probably biased). Good luck with him.

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