December 14, 2007


Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:05 am by Jenn

Today was a productive day.  My application is complete and ready to send in so that I can do some work with the AODA (American Overseas Dietetic Association).  This is an opportunity for me to become more familiar with the nutrition issues and nutrition practices here in Belarus and build my resume at the same time.  I’m hoping that this position (which is totally voluntary) will open the door for some other volunteer opportunities.  There has got to be something I can do to help someone. 

Katya was off today so I actually cleaned the apartment!  Yes, that’s right.  I swept, scoured, vacuumed, dusted, wiped AND took out the trash.  It’s amazing how much dirt accumulates in such a short amount of time.   Scott even said it looked good so I must have finally done something right around here.  I don’t think I’ve ever posted about this before, but I am the Oscar to his Felix, and trust me he makes Felix look like Oscar.  It’s insane.

Happy Light

When Scott came home today he presented me with batteries for the camera so now you can see a picture of the “Happy Light”.  This is supposed to mimic the sun and make me feel happier during the long, dark winter months.  I haven’t used the happy light.  Maybe I should use the happy light.  I’m not feeling so happy.  I’ll try it for a week and see what happens.  I wonder if Tickle has a test to measure happiness?  How long do you think?  20 minutes a day for 7 days?  (Note to self – check in to Vitamin D supplement).

Second Sock

Now that I have a working camera you can also see the “Second Sock” in progress.  Don’t look at the first sock, I just put it in the picture so you’d believe that this really is the second sock.  Now that I’m on the second sock I realize that I didn’t do such a great job on the first sock.  I’m thinking about a third sock or maybe re-knitting the first one.  Still undecided.  Hey who cares anyway, it was my first sock.

Scott and I attended a martini party tonight.  It was a going away party for someone at the UN.  We meet the neatest people at these parties, people from all over the world.  It is just so much fun to listen to everyone talk and the stories are usually really great.  Tonight the following countries were represented:  USA, Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Japan, Turkey, Turjikastan, Russia and Belarus.  It was quite a mix.  The martinis were great, I had tried lemon drop and blue raspberry.  I wish I’d had a dirty martini.  I love them, but didn’t think it was a good idea to do that after the blue raspberry.  All around the room were quotations about martinis.  My favorite was “I like to drink martinis. Two at the most. Three I’m under the table, four I’m under the host.” – Dorothy Parker

New Desk 

This picture is long overdue.  Scott and I had been furniture shopping for a cupboard/cabinet to put in the kitchen.  For some reason this apartment has no storage space.  At one time there was storage and they had it removed so now, I’m putting it back in by adding practical pieces of furniture.  Anyway, we were in the furniture store and Scott commented that he liked this desk.  When I got home from Poland it was in the hallway.  We have a LONG hallway with a sitting area and the desk sits off to the side of the sitting area.  It looks nice and gives us a place to put some of our stuff.  It is similar to my Grammy’s old desk which is waiting for me back in the states.  Waiting for me to settle down.  2111?

Oh, I almost forgot, it looks like I may start working part-time at the Embassy in the near future.  More on that as I’m able.  Not in my field (nutrition), but hey.  It will give me some money to support my new swapping habit!  Don’t forget, the Hot Cocoa Swap sign ups start this weekend.  SClick the button on the right side of the page for more info on that!  This is going to be a good one.

Well I’m going to wind down for the evening.  Time to drink some water in hopes of avoiding the dreaded “hangover” in the morning. 


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