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October 15, 2004


I made it to Christchurch! Jim Greenberg, my supervisor, and I flew out of Denver at 3:50 yesterday; had a four-hour layover in LAX during which we ate and caught the end of the last presidential debate (you all better be voting) and tried to watch "Old School" on my laptop; had just enough time in Auckland to walk from the international to the domestic terminal and grab a lamb-filled pastry; and arrived in Christchurch on time at 9:30 or so. I am now in my nice cozy (tight, some would say) single at the YMCA on *wireless* internet, freshly showered and in clean clothes and thinking seriously about lunch. My computer clock still says 5:29, but that's Boulder time; here, it's 12:30 PM on Friday.

It's nice to be back in Christchurch. It will be nicer after I get a full night of sleep. The weather is mostly cloudy but pleasant; the Y still smells like the Y, with the same people working the front desk; and the air smells strongly of spring. I need to motivate to go find some food (I've got a kabob on my mind), and maybe do some shopping. I'm going to hit the outdoor stores for a warm shirt or two, and am considering getting knitting supplies so I can learn to knit. I like the idea of knitting, because in those times when I am sitting idle but supposed to be paying attention--in a lecture, for example--I can still do something that feels productive when I get bored. The problem is, I don't know what I'd want to make. I'm not huge on knitwear--I prefer fleece, or at least wooly wear lined with something yummy to the touch. I'm not sure yet how I'm going to resolve this. Any craft ideas? It has to be something that can at times be mindless.

We're scheduled to get our clothing issue on Sunday afternoon and to fly out for McMurdo on Monday morning. Jim and I both hope to get down there on time. Rumor has it 400 people worth of flights were backed up a week or so ago, but apparently they're caught up and flights are going as scheduled. Hope for good weather.

Posted by beth at October 15, 2004 12:21 AM


what a surpise to see you made writing in your blog a priority on your arrival to new zealand! this could be a sign that maybe you will keep your readers happy with more words (than last year) on your great adventures. :-)

Posted by: wilma - mother of beth at October 15, 2004 3:29 AM

knitting ideas? presents! people love to get handmade things for presents! even if you don't knit for yourself, you can give someone a scarf that they will think is the most awesome scarf they have ever seen. that way you can do your christmas/birthday/whatever shopping done while you are sitting in lecture :)

Posted by: tanja at October 18, 2004 2:12 PM