April 2013 Goals

April 2013 GoalsApril is going to be a bit of a weird month. But weird in the best possible way. I will be out of town for two weeks out of four, so I’m going easy on the goals and aiming for a lot of enjoyment of the things I’m going to be doing.

Eric and I are going to some dear friends’ wedding this weekend, and then we’ll be in Monterey for a week for a conference. I am going to get to see my friends Steve and Kendra (yay!), and I plan on doing some exploring while Eric is at the conference during the day. But I also want to spend some time working on my book proposal, now that the book itself is almost finished (eee!) Agents and editors, here we come.

Since we’re traveling by car, it will be gloriously easy to bring my cross-stitch and my knitting. Hurray! I love the design I’m working on embroidering now, and I would really like to finish the blanket I’m working on and knit up a bunch more preemie hats.

Whether I’ll be here or there, I really want to savor spring. It won’t be too long before it’s too hot to do much outside, but these sweet days of cool breezes and floral fragrance are to die for.

My other trip this month is up to San Francisco to meet my parents for a week of fun! There is so much I want to do, and so many people I want to see! It makes my head spin. I haven’t been back in over a year, so there is going to be a lot of eating, a lot of shopping, a lot of appreciating the outrageous range of spring flowers that grow in a rainy climate.

We are also going to eat at Terra in Napa, where Steve is chef de cuisine! I am super excited for this one!

And, as always, there will be tons and tons of pictures.

Update, May 2013: Well, April, you were a lot of fun. Eric and I had a blast in Fresno at our friends’ wedding, followed by a great trip to Monterey, followed by an even more awesome impromptu trip to Berkeley! I took my cross-stitch with me and worked on it along the way. One little project is underway, and I have plans for a few more. I hardly did any knitting in April at all, but I think I will come back to it. I always miss it after I’ve been away for a while. Spring was definitely savored (and the Bay area was so unexpectedly warm on both trips that I had to buy extra short-sleeve shirts! I am so not complaining, but it’s becoming comical how off my aim is in packing for the weather!) Just being with my parents would make even a trip to the garbage dump exhilarating, but we truly had just a beautiful time. A big part of that was getting to have dinner at Terra, where my amazing friend Steve is the chef. I have never had a meal like that one, and it wasn’t just the food–it was the love. My mom and I wrote down all nine or ten courses of the meal right away so we wouldn’t forget them. It was one for the ages! Picasa tells me I took 519 pictures in April. 519 happy little reminders of this wonderful month. Hope yours was great too!

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