Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Thursday morning, Hubster and I left town for a three-day weekend without the Bean. It was wonderful. This is the first time I have ever spent a night away from her and I hate to say it, but I didn't really miss her. We had some much-needed time to ourselves. It was lovely and quiet and wonderful.


Austin. We splurged and stayed at the Four Seasons which is luxurious to say the least. L'Occitane toiletries in the bath. I covet the bathroom. I didn't take a picture but we're talking marble countertops, lovely bath that was big enough for me to lay down in, down comforters which required us to turn the AC down to an obscene level. Even the bar snacks were plush - wasabi peanuts, candied pecans, and three kinds of olives presented on little trays on your table. And they don't anything so crass as to deliver your morning paper by leaving it by the door.

They hang this on your door.

Here is a view of the sunset from the hotel's dock on the lake. You can see all the people lined up to see the bats. Yes, bats. The Congress Street Bridge in Austin is home to a huge colony of Mexican Freetail bats and every night people line up at sunset for a view of 1.5 million of bats taking off for their nightly feed. It's amazing.

Fiber fun in Austin was found at the lovely Hill Country Weavers.

The turquoise yarn is a skein of Lamb's Pride Burlyspun. The color is much more intense in person. I fell in love with the color. And two skeins of the elusive Koigu!

We went on a tour of the Capitol as well. I've been through this building a number of times but it never fails to be interesting to me.

The dome. If you stand in the exact center of the star in the floor underneath the dome, you can hear an echo of your own voice if you are talking normally. But you have to be exactly in the center or you can't hear it. Very cool.

The details in the building are amazing.

The hinges at the capital building in Austin.

More fiber frolic and a stay in a caboose tomorrow!