I’ve Got the Power

I’m just heading home from a couple of days of meetings at the Delta Montreal Hotel. I’m not particularly fussy about hotels: clean and a good restaurant top my list. What makes me really LOVE a hotel is access to power outlets. It’s a little thing, but when trying to recharge everything before another day of meetings, it takes on monumental proportion. And this hotel rocked!

There were cords by the bed (a personal favourite)

  

A power bar on the desk 

  
And a well lit outlet with a mirror outside the bathroom (another favourite)

  
This is in sharp contrast to the Montreal airport, where we’ve had to MacGyver a fix to keep out chargers plugged in:

  

On the Road

Another week of summer has slipped by seemingly in the blink of an eye. Work tends to be busy in July and a bit more relaxed in August and I’m hoping that holds true this year too! This is one of those stretches that it feels like every time I turn around I’m heading somewhere else.

Last Wednesday I hit the road (or ferry as the case may be) for a work road trip to Prince Edward Island. The ferry does provide for a bit of knitting time (the car ride not so much):

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The first night was spent at the Future Inn in Moncton. It’s one of my favourite hotels in that city and we frequently have meetings there.  It was recently taken over by Four Points by Sheraton. I had thought the rooms were quite nice before, but they’ve certainly been spruced up in the year or so since I’ve been there:

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The stairway still smelled like new carpet!

Thursday and Friday were spent at the Rodd Brudenell Resort in Georgetown, PEI. Those days were best described as:

good room, good food, and good press. :-)

After a quick weekend, it was back on the road to Saint John. I had a great lunch of Bay of Fundy halibut:

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…knit a bit more on my sock:

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and attended a meeting.

Really, I don’t just knit and eat when I travel…

Purple Slippers

Just before last Christmas a photo of a pair of red slippers went viral in my Facebook feed. I received several “subtle” hints for a pair, but given the debacle that was my Christmas knitting, they slid to the back burner.

 

Fast forward to this summer and a birthday. I had purchased some yarn that with the intent of knitting them at some point.  I grabbed my needles and started in.  I have to say, the foot was the craziest-ass thing I had knit for a while.  I couldn’t figure out what the heck was going on but I kept reminding myself to just follow the pattern.

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The leg was knit separately and sewed on.

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I made a modification to the foot: I did a three needle bind off instead of sewing up the foot.  I think it made a nicer finish (and I hate sewing).

In the end, I liked the finished product:

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Purple Slippers

Pattern: 150-4 Little Red Riding Hood Slippers

Yarn: Viking of Norway Balder (468 Lillia)

Needles: Knitter’s Pride Marblz 6 mm (US 10) DPNs; Knit Picks Nickel Plated Interchangeables 6 mm (US 10)

Notes: Knit as pattern except for three needle bind off on the foot.  The yarn was soft but a bit splitty. It’s a true, rich colour.


Linking up with HardKnitLife‘s Freshly Finished Friday.

TV Watching in the Social Media Age

Over the past few weeks I’ve struggled with logging onto social media while attempting to still be surprised by a TV series.
As a disclaimer, I’m not a huge fan of spoilers. I believe they’re called spoilers for a reason. In the past I’ve gone looking for them, and then been let down when watching the TV show.  I grew up watching soap operas and in the weekend paper there would be a synopsis of what happened that week and a cryptic statement about what was coming  up in week ahead. (“Joe is shocked”; “A stranger comes to town”). Nothing that would cause you to say, “Man, I don’t need to watch; I know what’s coming”.

Living in Canada, the major U.S. Networks are available on cable or satellite, so we see them in real time. Living in the Atlantic Time Zone, we sometimes get them an hour earlier. 😀  Some shows I don’t care if I watch them in real time (I don’t see a lot of spoilers for Blue Bloods in my newsfeed) but shows like Survivor or the Amazing Race I make sure I stay off social media if I’m late watching (or if we pause live tv because we’re gabbing).  All that to say, in a world where you can google and find out just about anything in 30 seconds, I like to “not know” when I settle in to watch tv.

Which brings me to my latest conundrum.  Last winter on vacation in Florida I watched an episode or two of “When Calls the Heart” on the Hallmark channel. I had read the series of books and enjoyed them and once I got beyond the fact the show was the same but different, I enjoyed the fact that it was different. I fell in love with the show so I liked their Facebook page. I started googling it to see when it would be available in Canada. The Hallmark Channel isn’t available here, but frequently their successful shows are picked up by a Canadian specialty network.  I finally found it was coming on Superchannel (a movie network). I changed my satellite programming and watched the first season, not really knowing much more about it than what I’d seen on vacation. Because the American run had finished before it started in Canada, there was limited or no conversation about it on social media.  I truly watched with no expectations of what was to come, so when Jack Wagner showed up late in the season, my teenage self shrieked “Frisco!” in shock. (My adult self may have too).
Season 2 aired this spring, this time starting just a few weeks later in Canada.  In the weeks leading up to the U.S. premiere, I realized I wasn’t the only one who loved the series.  While at first that was reassuring (popular shows tend to last longer than unpopular ones) I realized that the 3-4 week time lapse was going to be an issue.  Not only was the show’s Facebook page showing previews of that week’s US episode, but the stars live tweeted several episodes and the show became a social media sensation. 

And I had to wait a 3-4 weeks to see what the excitement was about.

I ended up knowing some things that we’re going to happen, but I managed to not know how the finale ended.  I gasped when I watched it Sunday night.  I was surprised, and glad I was.

Now, I’m watching social media with fans in both countries anxiously waiting to hear that season 3 will be made.  I’m watching season 1 again on CBC. And I’m trying to decide if finding out the latest news about my favourite tv shows is sometimes more information than I should have.

I’m wondering what your thoughts are about knowing what’s going to happen on your favourite tv show?