November 29, 2008
Yesterday was the day it happened…I FAILED. I thought with no life, certainly I would be able to post for 30 days in a row…WRONG!
Yesterday, the day after Thanksgiving I did what I would have done if I was home in the States…I watched QVC. Not TV QVC, but online QVC. Thanks to internet technology I was able to sit right here in front of my computer with my knitting and watch QVC, item by item for HOURS. I totally forgot about the posting.
I even had put thought in to what I would post about…the airport bazaar. I went yesterday with Scott and Vangie. It was MUCH better this time. It helps if you actually go to the airport bazaar and not to what you think is the airport bazaar as we had done before.
This bazaar was like nothing I had seen before. Row, after row, stall after stall of purses. Big purses, small purses, black purses, purple purses, fake purses, real purses, clean purses, dusty purses. You name it. There were MILLIONS to choose from…no really MILLIONS! I wish I had remembered that I had my camera in my purse. I was amazing.
We went in search of pashmina shawls. They have a great selection there and for prices that just can’t be beat. I found great deals (well Vangie did) for 1 manat a piece for large scarves that I’ll use as Christmas decoration and then 60 qapik for a tie scaves. I’ll use those in my china cabinet for a little bit of color here and there. BEAUTIFUL. I also purchased some pashminas to keep on hand for times when I need a last minute gift.
I was hoping to find yarn. There has to be yarn there…somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. I’ll keep asking and see what I can find out. I did find a nice surprise though…linen kitchen towels. In Belarus they make the most awesome linen towels. I purchased several of them while I lived in Belarus and wished I had purchased more. They get so soft and absorbant when they are washed. They are my favorite kitchen towels. They day before I had sent a message to my friend Dana who is still in Belarus telling her that I would trade her $20 in linen towels for $20 in pashminas. There was one stall at the bazaar that had linen towels, the designs looked familiar and after inspecting the tag I found that they were made at the same factory in Belarus….JACKPOT. They were reasonably priced so I bought 12 of them. I wish I’d bought more…LOL. I’m sure we’ll be going back. There was still so much of the bazaar that we didn’t see. I have to go back. This time to take pictures, purchase more pashminas, linen towels and to find that yarn!
Here are a few pictures that I found on the internet…this will give you an idea of what the bazaar is like. By the way, I will NEVER go to the bazaar on the weekend.
Ok, picture this. It’s a windy day in Baku, dust, dirt and trash are blowing about. It’s getting colder outside. Flu season is in full swing. People are coughing, sneezing and walking about and here comes a cart of bread. Yep fresh bread. Bread that you are supposed to purchase after it’s been pulled all around the bazaar in and out of crowds of people some of who touch the bread while attempting to choose the perfect loaf. GROSS! I would never buy this bread.
Ok, not all of the guys use carts, some use these trays. Same deal. GROSS!
This is a hat stall, but picture this as purses….hundreds of purses….about 100 stalls in a row. Both sides of the aisle. INSANE. How many purses do they need in Azerbaijan? How many HATS?
These pictures look like they were taken outside. I don’t know if these stalls still exist. They may, the airport bazaar is now in two sections. We only covered a portion of one section yesterday. The portion we were in was in makeshift warehouse type things. Still dusty, still dirty. We were at least out of the direct wind.
I’m going to try to finish out my 30 day pledge. I mean come on, it was the day after Thanksgiving…the airport bazaar and QVC…I couldn’t fit it in!
November 27, 2008
This year in keeping with our Thanksgiving tradition we joined hands around the dinner table and announced what we were thankful for.
This year I said that I am thankful for the health of my family and friends. Each person in turn said what they were thankful for and then when it came to one of our guests, a Marine he said that he was thankful for the food. He said that he couldn’t remember when he’d had a home cooked traditional Thanksgiving.
So in addition to being thankful for the health of my family and friends I’m thankful that I gave this young man something that he shouldn’t have gone so long without…a home cooked holiday meal. I was also thankful that when I offered leftovers to take home, the young man took me up on my offer, saying that one of his favorite things was a turkey sandwich the next day. Mine too. I’ll be having one for breakfast.
November 24, 2008
Today on Oprah (of course) one of the stories she was discussing was Time Magazine’s Invention of the Year. The company is 23andMe and they have developed a saliva based genetic test that provides DNA analysis for 90 diseases and health traits. It also providesancestry information via analysis of mitochondrial DNA and Y Chromosome analysis.
This technology is fascinating. Not only will you finally be able to learn where Jr. got his red hair, Doctors may be able to prescribe more effective medications, and it could be of great benefit to couples who need genetic counseling prior to having a child. It just may provide that much needed wake up call for many of us to start taking better care of ourselves.
There is obviously the possibility that you could also learn some information that you may not want to learn, like your risk of developing colon cancer is high than normal. But just think, of how you may be able to change your life just knowing that information. You might be a little more inclined to take better care of yourself, to eat better, maybe finally quit smoking?
There are several other features such as contributing your data to research, sharing data, etc. I think this is a great product and the price is pretty reasonable considering all of the valuable information you are getting.
Now I have another item to add to my wish list. Maybe a birthday present?