I always find the links between memories and our physical senses completely fascinating. On Monday I had gone to the cafeteria to grab some lunch. When I saw that these Chinese-like meals were being served, I opted to the place that Rasha introduced to me — Chen’s Restaurant. I figured if I was going to eat Chinese food, then at least it should be good.
Back into the subject of memories and our senses… The aromas, tastes, sights, and textures of my meal never ceases to bring me a smile. I could see Rasha sitting across from me in the booth while we discuss our past and present stories. She is currently in Bali at a Buddhist monastery, going through an illumination of her self-being. Jealously, I found myself wishing to be there too. Coming back to reality, I sketched the details of the intarsia scarf rattling to be released out of my head. The other Hokie Hope scarf is finished, but I need to block it before its photoshoot. I know, I know… I need to break down and just block one night soon! When I came back from my lunch, I snapped a quick photo of the sky before heading back into the office.
No idea why, but the day somehow felt better. When I came home, a box from Barbara was waiting for me at the door. I was so excited about this unexpected surprise, that I forgot to use my pink yoga mat when I photographed its contents. 🙂
The irony is that I fell in love with Barbara’s bunny and his sweater. So much so that I bought and downloaded the pattern. Little did I know that he would be mine! With much internal debate on what his name should be, I decided on Virgil. I thought about Gino, but that is a stretch from “Virginia” and I really wanted a name that reminded me of home. Virgil Bun now shares the top of my monitor at work with VT helmet-clad Schatzi Bear. Richie bought the little bear for me when I was in the hospital in February 2003 for facial cellulitis. He has sat alone for quite some time, and he now has a buddy. 🙂
That night I knitted up my first square for Hokie Hope. I had found some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in a rich shade of orange while out at Sakonnet Purls. Half of the square had to be redone because it became lopsided. When I re-knit the second half, I ended up with so much yarn, I think I can create another square! When I do the next squares, I will photograph them all together for one pretty picture. And, I have another surprise package to talk about. The one from my Secret Pal arrived yesterday, and I want to put it in a single post. Promise! =:8