1. A reallllly long stopover is a lot more fun when you've spent the extra airmiles and gotten a business class ticket, and therefore, access to a business class lounge. Not only is there a seemingly endless supply of free beverages, fruit, cookies and sandwiches show up on a regular basis, and it is very quiet.
AND I can still kick my daughter's hiney in Uno, this time on a table.
2. Knitting is much better carry-on entertainment than reading. I am not a particularly fast knitter, but I am a rather fast reader. I brought two novels along - by the end of the Calgary-Chicago leg of this journey, I had 50 pages left to read.
The Noro mittens I am working on are much much much much much lighter, and I can read five novels in the time it takes to knit one mitten.
Also mittens are prettier than books.