In case you are wondering what I have been doing lately, here’s the answer. A few days ago I flew from Seattle to Chicago to Dublin. I had been planning to return to Dublin soon but not quite so soon. Sadly I received the news that a very close friend had passed away early Easter Sunday morning. It meant a lot to me be with the family and friends to attend the funeral. At such short notice I got the last seat on the flight from Seattle to Chicago and then was on the connecting Aer Lingus flight to Dublin. In Seattle Airport I purchased this book of New York Times stress-free crosswords – easy, relaxing puzzles, edited by Will Shortz. I am ordinarily not much of a crossword puzzle doer but this book was just the thing for my trip. And I worked on these puzzles almost all the way home. The time flew by, like me as I flew over all those states and Canada and the Atlantic Ocean from Seattle to Ireland.
When I travel I usually immerse myself in a book but this time I only read a little bit. I started Sigrid Unsets’s famous trilogy Kristin Lavranstatter, for which she won the Nobel Prize in 1928. And very good it is. It’s pretty serious reading so maybe that’s why I found it easier to try to do the crossword puzzles.
I love the cover of the crossword puzzle book – the bicycle is very like the one I purchased just a few days ago. Alas, I left the bicycle behind in Seattle.
On the Chicago to Dublin flight we had individal screens – that’s the way to view a film on a plane. So I did watch Nine and found it enjoyable enough.
And finally, a bit of crochet. This is the state of one of the projects I left behind in Seattle.
And I found this notice in the Irish Times today – the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project installation at the Science Gallery on Pearse Street behind Trinity. On view until June 11 so I have plenty of time to go and see it.