December 18, 2008

Smarter than the Average Bear

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 4:19 pm by Jenn

I finally gave up on trying to get my pictures to load to my computer the usual way and found another way to get them where I wanted them.

SO FINALLY, here are some pictures that I’ve taken over the past few days. 

Cookie Exchange – sorry to disappoint, but the pictures I took of the cookie exchange are after the actual event.  I get so wrapped up in the people that I forget about the pictures.  It’s different here than at home.  At home if someone wanted something they would just get up and get it themselves.  Here it is really like having company!  One poor woman asked me for tea and I went in the kitchen, turned the water boiler on and then totally forgot about her til I saw her about an hour later, drinking punch!  I apologized and she said not to worry about it, but still….WOW, I screwed that one up.

picture-011  This is a picture of the boxes that I gave my cookies away in.  They were too big, but they were festive!

picture-012  This picture is what was LEFT OVER after the exchange.  I had everyone bring one dozen cookies to the party and people were splitting cookies (from an RD perspective – YAY!) and skipping cookies so there were many more leftover than I thought there would be.  Of course I didn’t think they would ALL be gone, that’s for sure.  I wound up packing most of these cookies up and giving them to the Marines.  Of course most of the party participants baked cookies for the Marines too so they have a LOT of cookies to get them through the next few days at least.

picture-010  This picture shows how some of the cookies were packaged for distribution!  Very festive.

Knitting News –  I started the Palindrome scarf a few days ago.  I decided it was time to give these cables a try once and for all.

picture-015  I’m knitting this with the yarn I received in the HSKS6 swap.  It’s Patons Soy Wool Stripes in the Natural Blue colorway.  It’s really soft, I like it and cables aren’t that bad.

First snow –  Here are a few pictures that will give you an idea of what the snow looked like around my apartment.  Danny’s pictures were much better.

picture-016  Our balcony…We are almost at the top of the building so I was surprised to see that much accumulation on our little balcony…I guess the wind must have really been blowing.

picture-018  View from the balcony.  It wasn’t a lot of snow, not even an inch, but it was enough to cover up the dust and some of the brown and make it look pretty for a while.

Airport Bazaar – This is for you Jen!

picture-029  Outside it was a cold, yucky day.  This area of the bazaar sold fabrics.


picture-031  Inside, if you can call it that.  It’s just kind of got a roof, not really a solid roof, just pieces with plastic tarps to cover holes.  Anyway, here is a picture of just one of the many purse stalls.  Notice a theme?  Black…everything is black here…ok, well that isn’t true some things are lime green or REALLY bright red.  LOL

picture-030  This is the sweater/clothing section….for as far as you can see down the aisle…sweaters.  Also notice the cart?  This one is empty and there isn’t that much foot traffic, but in other areas there are a LOT of people and carts going in both directions.  They drive the carts like they drive the cars, crazy fast with no regard to other people.  One cart driver actually had the nerve to push me out of his way….I said in my best Russian “EXCUSE ME” and then in my best English, another word that I won’t write because I don’t want to have to label this post as “Adult Content” for holidailies. 

picture-032  Here you have more purses and some bed coverings.  It’s so random.  Really there is not any real rhyme or reason to why these bedspreads are by the purses and not by the other bedspreads a few aisles over.  Who knows?

picture-028  The (a) persimmon cart.  These persimmon look like they’ve seen better days.  They’ve probably been driven up and down the aisles of the airport bazaar for a few days now.  I haven’t seen it, but I”m sure there’s got to be a fruit section here somewhere.  Also, let me point out the seeds/nut shells, plastic bags and bottle caps.   You can’t walk very far in Baku without encountering one of these items.  I was lucky enough to capture a picture of them all together.  One big “debris” family. 

picture-025  Shoes, many many stalls of shoes….notice the rack of stiletto boots? The color?  Black of course, to match all of those black bags two aisles over.   I wish I would have focused more on that.  I have YET to photograph any really good stiletto pictures for you. 

picture-024  This is not “the pashmina” stall, but just one of the many pashmina stalls scattered throughout the bazaar.  Pashminas while popular, do not rate a full aisle.

picture-026  And last, but not least, while I was photographing shoes these two jokers approached me.  I thought they were offering to take a picture of me, I politely declined.  Instead they wanted me to take a picture of them…with my camera…a picture they would never see.  Okay.  Here’s your picture fellas!

So there you have  it, the Airport Bazaar.


December 17, 2008

It’s COLD Outside

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 10:44 pm by Jenn

Today a bunch of us loaded in to a van and headed out to the airport bazaar…in the snow.  I was able to find the pashminas that I was looking for and I even purchased a turtleneck sweater.   Today was NOT the best day for airport bazaar shopping however.  It was cold and muddy and miserable.   I’m still not able to get the pictures from my camera to my computer so that will be a post for another day.

I am still trying to thaw out and I have a headache from being outside in the pollution all day today so I’m hitting the sack…goodnight.

January 8, 2008

It’s Cold Outside!

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 11:15 pm by Jenn

My new down coat is keeping me VERY warm, from the calves up!  My calves are freezing.  Today I was walking Max and the only thing I could concentrate on was how cold my calves were.  My neck, torso, arms, butt, thighs, were all warm, my calves were COLD!  I came inside and of course decided I needed a pair of long johns.  Of course I don’t need them inside, I only need them when I take Max for walks, so I thought well that’s crazy to order something else to don when I venture outside.  I’m going to find something that makes sense….that’s when I found these


Um, seriously?  I know Max wouldn’t want to be seen with me in these!  Now I know why leg warmers were invented.

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