After reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In a couple of times, I finally had a chance to write a review about it. Check it out here .
I always think I have seen it all as far as traveling goes, and trips can’t get any worse…. delays and extra nights spent at the hotels are nothing new to me. I have had American Airlines paying my golf rounds and fancy breakfasts in Hawaii. I have had limos picking me up from the airports after cancelled flights.
But it’s a different game in Alaska. When you get stuck here, you do get stuck. No limos, no golf rounds. Nothing but too-bad-you-are-on-your-own attitude.
The other day I was in Valdez when a local airline decided to leave me stranded there for hours. And Valdez airport is not exactly the place where I would love to spend hours. On top of that, the airport is surrounded by the mountains so in order to land there, the pilots must have visual to the runway. Then add the constant fog and low hanging clouds in to the equation, and yes, there is a good chance to spend some extra time in Valdez. So my day flight didn’t come in to take me out of there, next flight was hours later and fog was already thicker than peanut butter, and was getting even worse… Valdez is about 6 hours from Anchorage by car, so my obvious plan B was to get a rental car and drive it to Anchorage. If there had been rental cars. The only available option would have been a 24ft U-haul truck. And believe me, I was seriously thinking of hopping in and zooming away. In fact I made a decision to wait until the expected departure time of the next flight, and if it hadn’t taken me out, I would have been uhauling myself and my colleague back to civilization. Even if it had meant driving against the night.
I have never driven or even ridden a U-haul but girl gotta start somewhere, right?! Well, this time U-haul was just a plan: 7 hours behind the schedule I was back in the “city”. My flight was the last and only flight that was able to make it in and out of Valdez that night. Other flight didn’t even try to fly there, thanks to the cloud cover that was creeping in more and more. Instead, that second flight of the night returned Anchorage after being in the air for 15 minutes.
However, killing time at the airport turned out to be
nearly a mission impossible with all the work I had to do…. in addition to getting hungry. And there is nothing, not a single service at the airport. So the problem got solved by getting a very overpriced rental car for few hours, just to get to a coffee shop in Valdez downtown. And the coffee shop turned out to be the best experience ever. If you ever find yourself in Valdez, stop by at Rogue’s Garden . They had a lovely selection of teas, my coworker greatly enjoyed his coffee, and the coffee shop’s service was excellent. Superb place to visit! And next door there was a knitting and quilting store, Smiling Seal Sewing where I found some Plymouth Kudo yarn. What could have been better timing for a new knitting project!?
At the end I was able to make the best out of yet another travel hassle – little bit creativity makes life a lot better. But I have to say I’m rather stuck at Chicago O’Hare for a very long time than even a few hours in Valdez. Or any other Alaskan town.
P.S. I’m writing this at Fairbanks airport. My flight is delayed by 90 or so minutes.
… just to replant ourselves elsewhere, and bloom wherever we are planted. In the military, moving is part of the life – whether or not we like it. We go to places where the military needs the service members, and unlike people sometimes believe, we do have limited saying regarding to our locations. Earlier this month our household goods aka HHG, or life, was packed up by movers, loaded into crates and sent to Lower 48. A month later we will (hopefully) get re-united with our possessions again – in the beautiful state of Tennessee.
I made a mistake with the movers. I let them to pack away all of my crafting supplies. Everything. Even all the themed envelope seal stickers for fall holiday cards, and return labels too. Obviously I didn’t think too much.
So last weekend I did a quick trip to Michael’s, and got (yet) another set of double pointed knitting needles and some yarn. Thanks to my lovely in-laws for Michael’s gift cards… Sunday I was glancing through Ravelry , looking for some patterns….. and basic socks sounded easy enough, especially with the multicolored yarn that I bought. And sock projects are small enough to take with me to coffee shops, planes, wherever. Before this moving transition is over, there sure is a risk of friends getting socks as Christmas presents. I have to admit, I am already eyeballing some cable sock patterns. Might need to get that cable needle too :-)
So after one lunch break and an evening in the coffee shop (white reading for another grad class exam…) later the sock #1 was done. And I am about to start its pair as soon as I am get on my flight this morning.
Do you like knitting or crocheting? What are some of your favorite things to make?