The Crafty Nerd Goes On Vacation: Part 1

No no no, not a vacation from posting – although I did unintentionally take one of those, and I’m sorry!  I’m going to stick to a schedule from now on – Wednesdays and Sundays will be my posting days, with an occasional Roundup here and there.  And since today is a Sunday…


Now, I really am on vacation – back in my home state of New York, in the lovely Adirondack Mountains.  Bryan’s grandparents have a cabin here, and I’ve been coming up here with Bryan and his family for about six years now.  We’re close to Lake George, which is a very touristy place, but far enough away from all the busy-ness of the town, which is wonderful.

2013-07-26 17.09.25I mean, come on, look at this beautiful view of the Hudson River.  Absolutely wonderful.  I’ve been looking forward to this all summer – and I am incredibly happy to be here.  All my classes are done for the summer, work has entered a lull (I taught a ridiculous amount of page layout and design workshops during the early part of last week, and that’s it for my teaching schedule for the rest of the summer), and it’s the perfect part of the summer to take a vacation.  So here I am, parked at the kitchen table in my pajamas and my Escher-inspired Doctor Who sweatshirt, with my laptop, writing this post while listening to the birds tweet outside.

Now, don’t think I take a vacation from being nerdy just because I’m on vacation.  My husband’s family (well, they’re my family too, so I guess you could say my family) is rather nerdy/geeky/what have you, and that doesn’t stop when we go on vacation.  We have internet at the cabin this year, for the first time in a couple of years, since my mother and father in law brought a load of electronics with them.  My father in law brought two tablets, a laptop, and an iPod touch just himself – however, I’m one to talk, I brought my tablet, my laptop, and a cellphone that’s been repurposed into a media player. But yes.  We have internet, and we are connected to the world this summer!  Unlike last summer, where I clung to my tiny little HTC Evo 4G, waiting for it to give me at least one bar of signal so I could check Facebook or my email or read my RSS feeds.  (I think I may have a problem, hahah.)

Anyway.  A strong and constant internet connection isn’t what’s making this vacation nerdy.  Bryan did spend a fair amount of time playing with technology last night, and I found a garage sale yesterday that was pretty much heaven – there was a family that was moving out of their house, and had to get rid of as much stuff as possible to make the move easier.  And there was so very much anime and manga for sale.  The girl selling it (she told me her name, but I’m horrible at names and can’t remember it), I don’t really think she wanted to get rid of it all – I know exactly how much time, effort, and money goes into collecting anime.  She had so very many manga series and quite a few anime series as well.  I picked up Reservoir Chronicle Tsubasa on DVD (or most of it, at least!), and pretty much the entire run of Fullmetal Alchemist in manga form (I think I have five more volumes to pick up to make it complete).  I ended up chatting anime/manga stuff with her for a while, as it’s been forever since I’ve had someone to really talk about anime and stuff with, and gave her my business card too in case she wanted to talk more. (If you’re reading the blog, hi there, and I promise your anime and manga will have a good home!)

Today is kind of rainy – so we may stick close to home, or do things that involve being indoors.  I’ve been working on crocheting this Game of Thrones-inspired capelet on and off while we’ve been here, and I’ve used up one giant skein of yarn already while working on it.  I’ll try and post pictures of it soon – it really is beautiful. Could end up shopping, too, or playing video games on my tablet… who knows?  Who cares?  It’s vacation. 🙂


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