Thursday, December 4, 2014

I understood Russian while I passed out

This morning I had a lovely local experience.  They are always lovely and quirky and local.  For boring reasons I was sent to a local clinic for a blood draw.  I had to fast which was part of my problem.  I checked in using mime.  I went to the back room, again with mime.

I started feeling a little funny when I had to stretch my right arm across my body to lay flat on the table to my left.  I felted funnier when they cleaned my arm with what smelled like industrial strength rubbing alcohol.  I shut my eyes tight and after a minute the lab lady seemed to get that I would not be opening them again to help with our mime dance.  And then as my head hit the table, I know without any doubt or very many Russian lessons, that she said "They sent me a fainter!" and maybe some curse words.

Luckily it was a quick faint.  I guess that is lucky?  Before I knew it I was sipping a juice box and being dragged across the hall for snacks and more drinks.  What was across the hall you wonder?  Why a Baskin and Robbins of course.  From what I could tell, it is in business to be the labs break room and cafeteria.  And they sell breakfast here which I did not know was a thing.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

the never ending scarf



I started binge watching 'The Assets' recently.  It is pretty good.  Probably more interesting if your posted to certain parts of the world.  It helps get the knitting done anyway.

The scarf/cowl is actually for a teacher friend here who has helped me in many many ways.  I think she will appreciate the mohair.  My skin would not….


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Xmas DIY



I have been hauling around a metal wreath frame for way too long.  So after seeing a wreath on Pinterest and then seeing some dirt cheap sparkly roping at the Metro this weekend, I knew what I had to do.  I think this could also be made using a homemade wreath frame out of cardboard.  Also, every single post we have been at sells this sparkle stuff.  Slightly tacky but I am hoping it looks modern simple….

It is lying on top of this holiday's Girl Scout quilt.  What is a Girl Scout quilt you ask?  A simple block quilt so my 9 year old Girl Scout will have a keepsake to sew all her extra patches on.  At least that is the plan.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A quickie



We have a cat, a very bad cranky cat.  He is a Tonkanise variety street cat from Malaysia.  He is not my favorite cat, but he is our cat.  A few weeks ago he and his bad case of pica conspired to try and kill him.  What?  Why?  How?  He got a bad case of string gut.  Yes, it is a thing.  This foul tempered beast lives with a knitter and likes nothing better than to eat hand knit items.  Wool is his preferred snack of choice.  If it is all locked up tight Fort Knox style, he will open dresser drawers and eat sweat socks.

This morning we discovered he had eaten holes in not one, but two, of my daughters hats.  So, today I am knitting up a quickie hat.  Yarn is some KFI Cashereno I have had since Beijing days and pattern is Purl.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

more with the $$$ felt



I hate felt.  H-A-T-E felt.  Or I thought I did.  Until I bought some big $ 100% wool felt for these a couple of years ago.  My craft life changed.  Or it didn't.  But at least I thought about making things with felt.  Enter this crazy (good) Mmmcrafts lady.  Next up in the line up are these snow birds.

Also, I found this blog the other day.  TH is good for something besides stupid complaining sometimes I guess?  This woman can sew!  Way better than me!  It is always so exciting to find another crafty FS type in blog land.

an exhausting but great week



My best pal from Beijing days came to visit this past week.  She left at 3 am Friday morning and I have a terrible cold and am exhausted, both signs of a good visit?!  We went all over town and then we took the fast train and went all over St Pete.  We bonded in Beijing over knitting.  And we continued in Russia.  It was good.  Also, according to her, the famous deli with the mechanical puppets out front, has the best macaroons in Russia.  She is an expert and flew home with a dozen passionfruit flavored ones in her purse.

Things have been looking up all around.  The husband got his handshake, and I think it checks some boxes for me - a stand alone house with a yard, smaller schools, but still Europe.  The middle one had his first sleepover a couple weekends ago.  Yes, he is 11 and has never had a sleepover or been invited to one.   I think it went okay.  The guest was a mild mannered boy his age.  Mine craft was played, goofy you tube videos were shared.  Frankly it was way more low key that girl sleepovers we have hosted.  Less shrill perhaps?

Now off to haul down our air purifier, we have had a thing here this week….

Sunday, November 2, 2014

it was too much



I had a bit of a fit a month or so ago at our travel arrangers office.  For three years every single time I got wind of a performance of 'Peter and the Wolf' I went to get tickets and they were sold out. So I had a fit and got special guest of the director tickets.
Yesterday we went to the Stan and Dan theatre to see said performance.  It was too…um, Russian for my taste.  The orchestra was fine.  Russian oboists helpfully sound like actual ducks.  Last chair violists sit and pick their nails and a cellist could not stop yawning.  I get it, this is not the piece to end all pieces.  But the musicians were fine.
The MC however drove me nuts.  She was at least a pack a day smoker.  And seemed to be only wearing a bra under her suit jacket, which to me, seemed an odd choice for a children's performance.  She was good, I guess? at her job of being over theatrical about everything.  But the whole taking small children from the audience and having them perform was weird.  As was the dancing and running in circles by all the children, except my two.  I think I will stick to boring conservatory concerts from now on.  No dancing, no running.  No theatrics.