That assumes that I can pack for Los Angeles pretty quickly. Clothing isn't much of an issue, because the convention is pretty casual. And for the first time in years we do not have to pack for a room party. No stand-up Elvis, no bowls and cutting board, no flyers and lighted Las Vegas sign. Just us, our car, our clothes, and books that I want autographed. I really love this convention in Los Angeles because will be able to chat with dozens of friends from all over that I only see at conventions. (Hope to see you there, Ruth). However, I do miss having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It really makes the most sense to drive there on Thursday and not have to get up at o'dark o'clock and drive there Friday morning. I usually cook a make-up dinner sometime in December as I love cranberries and mashed potatoes and dressing. At least this year I might get a chance to actually shop on Black Friday (I have coupons for JoAnne's). Usually I am sitting a table or on a panel. My first panel (Fiction 2008) on Friday isn't until 3pm.
It is approaching the end of the year and I still have these outstanding goals:
- Start Hawaiian Mandala and finish at least 8 of the 12 parts.
Well, I started it, but I have only finished Part One (without the beads) and half of Part Two. Since I knew I couldn't finish the entire piece in one year, I'm not too unhappy that I have fallen behind. I'll put more time into it next year.
- Finish another Michael Powell piece.
If the Michael Powell piece that I started actually had the right chart, it would be finished by now. I am thinking about taking this to Los Angeles and working on it, but I might actually accomplish this goal more easily by starting one of his Mini-Christmas Windows.
- Finish the plastic canvas Christmas ornaments.
I'll work on them when I get back from LA. There is not too much left to do.
- One exchange or RR piece.
Too much travel. I just don't feel comfortable with an exchange when I don't know where I will be six months from now. I may try again in 2009, but I might just not be a good candidate for an exchange.
- Start and finish Bothy's Cut Thru Rocket.
Well, it is started. I'll just carry it over until next year.
- Sewing projects
I have done none of them of that I set as a goal and haven't even finished the Hawaiian Shirt that I was doing for James' birthday. I need a better sewing setup before I am going to get in a sewing mood.