Saturday, April 01, 2006

I'm so sorry, Uncle Tommy

I fear that I may have inadvertently put a hex on my uncle. I got a call from my mom this morning. Their visit has been postponed because Uncle Tommy has the flu. Remember I complained on Thursday about my social life interfering with my knitting? I think I made my poor uncle sick!!!! My punishment was that I didn't find out in time to make it to SnLive at Jennifer's. I did, however, sit and knit most of the morning and have gotten through the short-row heel on my second Bestus Buddy sock. I wouldn't say it came out good, but it's better than the first one.

We spent Thursday night and all of yesterday at what I consider to be Disney World for grown-ups, Mohegan Sun Casino. We took advantage of a mid-week special to book three discount rooms, and six of us went up to have some fun!!! The hotel is gorgeous, but usually WAY out of our price-range.

I promised Christine that I would take pictures. Of course, I forgot to get one of our room in it's pristine state when we arrived . . .and couldn't bear to take any once the bed was slept in and the towels unfolded. (OCD never takes a vacation . . . but I draw the line at making my own bed in a hotel room just to take pictures!!) I did take a couple near the shops and by the Taughannick Falls.

Fishies are the store window.This picture is a store called Odyssea. The windows and door are comprised of a huge aquarium full of tropical fish.

I should probably explain that we have two casinos in Connecticut, but they are only allowed on Native American property. The Mashantucket Pequot tribe has Foxwoods and the Mohegan Tribe has Mohegan Sun. It is a beautiful casino heavily influenced by their Native American heritage. The martini bar is nestled in a huge crystal mountain called Wombi Rock in the Casino of the Sky section. Taughannick Falls is a huge indoor waterfall that houses Todd English's Tuscany restaurant. This glass sculpture stands right in front of the waterfall.

A glas sculpture near the indoor waterfall.Aside from seeing the sights and eating some good food, the nickel slot machines are my favorite part of any trip to Mohegan. (Okay, I'm not exactly a high roller!!!) For most of the trip, Lady Luck was not with me. I was down to my last $20 when she finally caught up with me and I won most of it back on one very generous machine!! Alas, no yarn spree for me - instead I choose to keep my winnings in an envelope for the next time we make the trip to Mohegan Sun. This way, I'm always playing with their money!

I promise my next post will have actual knitting content again. Maybe I'll even have that other sock done and be planning my next pair . . . . and there is a good possibility my April Project Spectrum sock yarn will have arrived. For now, why don't you head over to meet my new blog-pal and fellow Connecticut girl Mari, who has made it through the struggle with HTML and Blogger bugs and gotten her new blog all set up and customized. I'm sure she'd love to hear from you!


Ragan said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun at the Casino! :)
I can't wait to see pictures of those socks!
Here's hoping that your Uncle feels better soon!

amandazen said...

Poor Uncle Tom :( Karen you need to use your powers for good not evil :D.

Sounds like you had a great time. Neat pictures, my favorite is the one of the glass sculpture...I have never seen anything like that.

Happy Knitting
Amanda :D

Ya-Ya said...

Hi Karen,

I am so excited that you gave me a "plug" on your blog. That was so nice! I love this blogging thing. My husband just asked me, "what's the point?" I say, "It's so much fun to see all the knitters out there!" Blog away, I love to read about your knitting adventures!

Anonymous said...

I've been to Foxwoods but haven't made it to Mohegan yet - though RR wants to go pretty bad ;o)

Glad to hear your friend figured out that pesky HTLM to get her blog working (though she might have had a better chance at using HTML) *grin*

Sonya said...

Looks like you had a great time! The pictures are wonderful. That glass sculpture is amazing!

Jen said...

Good move. Definitely play with their money instead of yours. It's hard though.. I know how much I want to buy yarn right now but shouldn't...

So soryr your uncle got the flu. Hopefully he's feeling better now...

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

I am not a gambler but that is because I know I can get pulled in pretty hard if interested (hence no video games for me!). However, I do like Mohegan even though my FIL worked at Foxwoods. And remind me to post a funny story on why I don't play slots...

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