I’m back in South Africa, and mostly recovered from a marathon flight home. In total it took 29 hours from the time I left the hotel in San Francisco to touch down on the tarmac at Cape Town airport. We had nearly 3 hours sitting on the runway in New York while they sorted out mechanical problems with the plane, then they added extra fuel so that we could fly faster and made up some ground, so it wasn’t completely terrible.
Travelling for your job sounds much more exotic than it really is. In reality, you spend a lot of time in meetings and hotel rooms, and there’s not much time for sight seeing.
We stayed in the heart of the San Francisco financial district, not far from this very cool building. I really enjoyed walking to and from work each day.
It was my birthday while I was in San Francisco, work provided this beautiful cake (actually I got to choose from a catalogue of cakes and picked it out).
Almond tart underneath! Yummmm.
We did get taken on a bus tour of scenic points. Here is the obligatory Golden Gate Bridge photo:
Unfortunately, the day we were to go out with a colleague on his boat on the bay I had food poisoning and spent the time communing with the bathroom instead 😦
I did manage to make it to Vacaville outlets. One of my male colleagues has a very organised wife who sent him with a list of shops to visit along with a list of what he had to get. Since his daughter is only a year older than mine I followed him and scored some very cute clothes for a certain Gorgeous Girl. I also spotted a JoAnns. I had 30 minutes (it’s hard when shopping with others). This was the loot.
The blues are for my next quilt. The bottom two fabrics come from Britex Fabrics, from the remnant floor. The pink Michael Miller was a bargain, even with the exchange rate (which we will not discuss), the other one not so much, but I’m hoping there will be enough in it for a skirt for me.
I left a baby behind and came back to a toddler. Gorgeous Girl took her first steps while I was gone – 4 steps on the lawn outside…she just thinks she’s so grown up now!
I ran out of time with my latest pair of socks before I left, so these got finished when I got home.
I’ve decided it’s time to finish up some knitting UFOs – no I am not avoiding blanket stitching down the tree and the snake on the quilt because I can’t decide whether to do it by hand or machine… Seriously though, it’s a kids quilt, should I stich the fusible web applique down by hand or machine (keeping in mind my machine skills aren’t real great). I also can’t decide whether to try and match the thread to the fabric or go for the black country style look.
Here’s a quick reminder of the quilt in question.
Opinions welcome!! I’m quite stuck.