I had an Eseme visiting last weekend!
I hadn’t seen Eseme in five or six years (she’ll know the specifics; I just know it had been ~forever~). So this was a very special occasion, and not just because she drove 8+ hours each way to see me (and the kitties).
(Not that it won’t be awesome if I manage to see her once a year, like we discussed!)
We greeted her on arrival Thursday night with homemade pizza and equally homemade ginger ice cream, both of which I’m rather proud of.
Friday we let other people do the cooking — my favorite diner for breakfast/brunch, my favorite Thai place for dinner — and in between, because I live in the Finger Lakes, we went out and tasted at a winery, a distillery, and a cidery. (She drinks a whiskey drink, she drinks a winey drink; they skip the lager drink, she drinks a cider drink….)
Oh, and my favorite ice cream place.
Saturday, we spent approximately all afternoon shopping, most of that at Hobby Lobby (there’s only one in the whole state of Maine!) and then at our local ReUse center, which is similar to the Habitat for Humanity Restores ( https://www.habitat.org/restores ). Between the two, I ended up getting, notably:
* Some Washi Tape.
(This is my new thing. It’s endless)
(I mean… After we bought washi tape at Hobby Lobby, I went online and bought us both some at Ali Express. Which, being Ali Express, won’t get here for like 5-30 weeks (yes weeks) so it will be a surprise when it gets here).
(for those of you going “what is this thing?” – https://www.cutetape.com/creative/blog/2012/6/what-is-washi-tape – Although at this point, many people call anything narrow-ish and decorative and adhesive washi tape. For instance, one of the ones I bought was a zebra-printed very thin duct tape. Definitely not of the same origins as Japanese paper.)
* Some clearance yarn (of course) and knitting needles.
* a frame for a mini I bought from @Fax
And then from the ReUse Center, another frame (later spray-painted black for my postcard from Antartica), a Holly Hobby plate for Merit (long story, but that’s a cat), and some more knitting needles.
So all in all I’d call that a win for a shopping trip..
We hit the Commons – this is something Ithaca is known for, an area of two blocks long that has been blocked off to car traffic and is just for walking and shopping. We had a blast there, too (I believe Eseme got a tiny dragon or two and I got some vinegar) and then bac home for dinner and s’mores. (With a pipe torch!)
All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful trip! I sent Eseme home Sunday morning with a good breakfast, and I hope I get to see her again soon.
In the meantime, I can always mail her more washi tape…