Thursday, May 20, 2010

At the Mercy of an Ash Cloud

I have been ignoring my blog and Etsy shop lately, not out of disinterest, but more from distraction. My husband and I have been planning a trip to Ireland so I've spent most of my evenings researching the Emerald Isle, reading about culture, and of course places to see. It wouldn't surprise most people that know me that I have a spreadsheet with daily itinerary including links from the itinerary to the attraction's most relevant website, as well as what time we leave, how long it will get there, how long I expect to stay, the phone number if available, and each day has a linked Google Map from one stop to the next (*crazy...*). At least I can joke about my obsessive compulsiveness.

We're renting a car and my husband will be doing the driving on the other side of the road and we'll be sleeping mostly in bed and breakfasts. I'm half packed, trying to go lightly, and yes I have my vouchers, passport, umbrella, phone cards, camera, camera, video camera (thanks Diane!), backup camera and backup batteries for the backup camera. I have my house and cat sitter all lined up. Actually, the only thing we need is for the ash cloud to stay far away from our transatlantic route until we have safely landed in Shannon. ("Here she goes about the volcano again," says anybody that knows me.) I'm not too concerned about the flight home... I won't whine if we get stuck over there a couple extra days!

Fortunately the ash related flight regulations in Ireland have eased up and the cloud is not over Ireland as of right now, but it really depends on which way the wind is blowing on the day we take off.

This month marked the 30 year anniversary of the eruption of Mt. Saint Helen on May 18, 1980 and I was reminded of a necklace I had made a while back called Mt. Saint Helen. The howlite
pendant, wrapped in sterling silver wire, and the howlite beads are white and gray like ash. I actually already have blogged about the piece, but here is one more picture link of it.

Perhaps after my trip I will rename it Eyjafjallajökull, or simply the Iceland Volcano of 2010 as some refer to it. And then I promise I will never talk about the volcano again...


Magda said...

Very beautiful and stylish! I like it:) Especially this stone in wire!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Thank you!