We missed Writers Weekend this year.
For those of you who’ve been around here a while, you will know that WW is a staple of my mental health system. 4-5 days every late winter to get away without the kids and the daily stress and just recharge. But for a lot of reasons, mostly scheduling, we just couldn’t make it happen this year.
I think that’s part of why I went so far off the rails this summer. Vacations with my family are good, but they are a certain kind of stress on their own. I need that away time to regroup, and when you travel with other adults, and especially other women, it’s just so much easier. We take turns cooking, and who ever doesn’t cook cleans up. Everyone cleans up after themselves, and offers to get things for the others while they’re up, and are otherwise pretty quiet. It’s calm I didn’t have that calm grounding me this year, and as things spiraled out of control over the summer, I craved it desperately.
The New York Sheep and Wool Festival, colloquially known in fiber communities as Rhinebeck, is coming up next weekend. Nikki and I used to go up and stay with my mom until she moved to Virginia, and then 2 years ago we stayed with Gabe. A couple of months ago as we started making plans to go this year, I had the inspiration. What if we rent a house up there and stay for a long weekend? Maybe do some workshops, definitely do some sight seeing, and otherwise just chill. Nikki, thankfully, thought this was a great idea, so I went on HomeAway and AirBnB to look for a place. We found a cute little house just up the road from Woodstock that we would have all to ourselves, complete with fireplace, fire pit, and a sweet little kitchen. We booked it Wednesday to Sunday, and I got the time off from work, so now we’re just counting the days!
Obviously we’re going to the fair on Saturday, and Gabe and Pam are coming up for dinner on Friday night. Thursday will be an adventure because Nikki is getting a tattoo! I’ve never seen one done, and she’s been working with the artist long distance, so she doesn’t even know what the design will be other than involving ravens, her totem, so it’s very exciting! And maybe I’ll get one, too… Probably not, because that’s money I could be spending on fiber, but we’ll see. In the meantime, I have 5 days to finish my sweater to be able to wear to the fair. So I’ll be spending a lot of time in front of the TV knitting this weekend. Good thing I still have 8 episodes of Luke Cage…
So expect lots of Rhinebeck/Woodstock talk over the next week or so!