I'm back after a long hiatus, and this post might explain a little bit about why I took that time. There seems to have been a theme to most of this weekend's activities - Small Business. We spent the weekend patronizing small businesses, the same ones we usually go to, but organizing this list made me realize that we really do shop local and support small businesses most of the time.
1. I picked up my new ice skates. We're really fortunate to live near a stupendous skating shop where they really know their stuff. I ordered the skates a couple of weeks ago and they finally arrived. It took 90 minutes to fully fit and adjust them, and they are super comfortable.
I needed to get skates because I started taking ice skating lessons. I haven't skated since I was in elementary school. I'm happy to report that I can still skate, though I most certainly need work. The instructors at the skating school asked me if I needed a stack of crates to push around and I said no, and they were pleasantly surprised that my estimation of my abilities was accurate. I'm working on skating on one leg right now.
2. We made two trips to our local donut shop. I went by myself after picking up my skates and, surprise, surprise, I didn't have donuts.
I had a breakfast wrap. It wasn't much to look at but it was delicious. El Esposo went back another day and got donuts. If you look closely at the photo, you will see a hint as to my next small business stop. . .
3. I had a mani/pedi. I kind of drifted around for a while, but last year I found a nail salon that I love. It is owned by two hardworking Vietnamese ladies. While I was there this weekend, one asked me to approach my son's piano teacher about teaching her piano. She was nervous about calling him herself due to the language barrier, so I said I would take care of it for her. I'm going to be the go-between!
4. We took sons number one and three out to dinner for their birthdays, which are very close on the calendar. This was probably the biggest business we went to - we went to a local sports bar that has three locations. The eldest chose the spot. I know that he and his brothers often ate there with El Esposo, as he used to work really close to it.
5. I blocked some knitting. I've got a sweater on my woolly board and the yoke from Tin Can Knits' Lush cardigan pinned out for blocking before I pick up stitches on either side and knit the rest of the cardigan.
6. I went to my morning small group exercise class at the gym on Sunday morning. This is a trial run for my trainer, only to continue through July, then we will see if it carries on. I hope it does and doesn't. It cuts into Sunday morning knitting time, but it's also really good for me. The last time I did small group exercise sessions with a trainer, it was the same thing - Sunday mornings, which ruled out knitting.
7. I tried a new product from our dairy. . . I've never seen it anywhere else. It's Moxie jelly. You all know how much I love my Moxie. This is good stuff.
8. I got my hair cut.
9. We went out for Mexican food on Monday.
10. We went to the cemetery. My middle stepson was murdered a few months ago, which is why I have been quiet lately. His headstone was up in time for this weekend, and it was the first time we had a chance to see it. I'm probably not going to be discussing this topic much on here, as it is still really difficult. At this point, we have put together a scholarship in his name at his high school, and the grand jury investigation is almost over, so we should soon know whether the person arraigned for the murder will be indicted.
I haven't knitted much since this happened, though I have read a lot. Escaping into the alternate reality of books has been a good way to cope. I have picked up a languishing sock recently, though, and I am hoping to make some progress on Lush in the coming month.