There and Back Again

Happy Friday, everyone!

I survived my whirlwind trip to Connecticut and back. Out on Tuesday, then a job interview on Wednesday morning and a return trip Wednesday afternoon/evening. Lickety split.

For those of you who don’t know, I lived in Connecticut once upon a time. Back when I was in graduate school at Yale. But on the flight over I was trying to think when the last time was that I had been there. And what I came up with was my thesis defense, which I believe was in September of 1999. That’s a while ago.

Most of the trip was traveling, which was fairly uneventful. I woke up at 5am on the day of my departure and my first thought was that I DID have a knitting project I could scrounge together to take with me! That’s pretty good for someone who doesn’t have a stash. It was a quick mother’s day gift that I finished before I was half-way home on Wednesday, and I was super glad to have it, since USAirways has exactly 0 in-flight entertainment these days. (They do not even have monitors installed on the planes. Seriously.)

Anyhow, on the flight from Philly to Hartford I dropped my purple rubber point protectors for my knitting needles and couldn’t find them. It was one of those little jets where there are only 4 seats across the plane and the tall guys can’t stand up all the way. I had to keep myself from laughing when I realized I had four middle-aged men in business suits all up and looking around the floor trying to find them for me (and they were found!). Hilarious.

I took my camera with me, but I didn’t manage to get any photos between it being dark when I got there, not having much time, and there not being much of interest to photograph where I was staying. And I was disappointed that in February there wasn’t any snow on the ground!

So, instead, I’ll treat you to a couple of photos of what it looked like when I lived in Connecticut. This is Wallingford, CT, during the blizzard of 1996. Feast your eyes!

Connecticut Blizzard of 1996

Despite there not being even the slightest speck of snow on the ground, I have to tell you that when I stepped out of my car at the hotel and took a deep breath, it totally smelled like winter.

Do you know what I mean?

I couldn’t pinpoint it to anything in particular, but maybe it’s some combination of really cold, dry air, rock salt, and sand. I’m not sure, but as soon as I smelled it I realized it was a smell I hadn’t smelled in a while (for some reason Tahoe didn’t smell that way).

In case you’re wondering, I think things went pretty well at the interview. I have no idea when I’ll have more news, but I’ll continue to keep you posted!

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1 comment to There and Back Again

  • Glad to hear your quick trip went well. Got my fingers crossed for you.

    I do know what you mean about it smelling like winter. It’s hard to describe, but it’s something in the air. We’re having an extremely mild winter, so I have already smelled spring in the air. Er, maybe that’s just my wishful thinking.

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