December 26, 2008

I Spun it All by Myselfies

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 5:36 pm by Jenn

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!  I did.  Scott and I celebrated with friends here at our place in Baku on Christmas eve with a festive taco dinner, Rock Band on the Wii and a Crazy Gift Exchange.  It was a lot of fun!  Things wound down somewhere around 12:30am, we cleaned up and went to bed.

Christmas morning I woke up and felt awful.  I’m not sure if it was the wine flu or a bug, but whatever it was wasn’t being very nice to me.  I finally felt up to opening presents around 1pm.  If you know me at all you know that this is highly out of character for me so you know that I felt bad. 

Of course Scott insists that Max open his presents first, and we have to watch and take pictures and make a big deal.  Max could really care less.  All he wants in the end product.  He is such a good dog. 

 

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Here’s a picture of our tree before the destruction.

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All that for two people.  We really should be ashamed of ourselves.  REALLY!  I got everything that I asked for and then some and so did Scott.  We shouldn’t need anything else til next Christmas…but of course we went to our friend Shannon’s house for dinner last night and we saw the Aerogarden….both of us commented on it which means…we’ll be purchasing that sometime in the near future I’m sure.

So, what was in all those boxes?  Well, I got the Wii Fit that I’ve been wanting and all of the kits that go with it…you know, so I have the socks, the water bottle, the fitness mat, dumbells, etc.  I love it!  I played last night and again this morning.  It really is a great idea.  I like the idea that I can set goals for myself.  I must admit that I was afraid to let the thing tell me my BMI…thankfully I have not shamed myself into the next category, but I am hovering just below the line so this Christmas gift came just in time.  I also think it’s neat the way the Mii (your personal Wii character) takes on your body shape.  Again, thankfully I’m not 1 inch shorter or 10 pounds heavier!  : )

I also got a tortilla press, cookbook and warmer.  I got some storage cubes that I wanted to organize my yarn/craft closet and I also got the storage unit (which I wasn’t planning on).  Scott also got me a portable hard-drive for my computer.  He always complains that I store too much stuff…pictures, documents, etc on my computer….now I can store them on this drive and carry it with me.  At some point I suppose I’ll be organized….but my current system hasn’t failed me yet (it did take me about 20 minutes to find two of his Christmas gifts that I forgot to put under the tree…see, proof that I am morphing in to my mother).

From my family I got a lot of nice things.  I got some roving for spinning in to yarn.  I got a spindle to spin the yarn on, some books on spinning (see the theme there).  I wanted to spin away yesterday, but my body and mind wouldn’t let me….so today I went for it….here are the results.

knitting-021  Not very pretty, but for a first attempt I don’t think it’s too bad.  It was a lot of  fun and I think I am going to perfect the drafting method before I move on to the roving that I got for Christmas.  I post about that another time. I have one more practice strand and then I’m going to go for it…

Here is the finished yarn .  

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This is about 7.5 yards.  I used the spindle that my mother gave me.  It is a Golding Ring Spindle.  I don’t have any comparison yet, but I liked it.  It is a top whorl spindle 1.9 oz and a 3 inch whorl.  Scott also gave me a spindle for Christmas. The one he gave me is a bottom whorl.  It’s heavier than the top whorl one.  It’s a Lacis drop spindle and it is a whopping 4 oz.  I don’t know what that means, but it is twice as heavy as the one from my mom….I don’t know if that makes thicker or thinner yarn.  I think thicker. 

My sister gave me some of her personal handspun and I love it.  I think I’m going to make an Unoriginal Hat with it, but not entirely sure… My mother knit me a shawl, which I admit I thought was a tree skirt at first!  I did curl up with it along with the headband (which keeps my ears so nice and toasty that I may sleep with it on at night) my sister knit for me and took a great nap on the couch yesterday afternoon.

Scott had yet another high tech Christmas with a 22″ computer monitor, Bose speakers and the new World of Warcraft game.  He also received Pittsburg Steeler socks from my mom and a Noro Stripe Scarf from my sister.   Again, I’ll post those pictures another time. 

I’m getting hungry so I think it’s time to try out the new waffle maker we received from Scott’s parents. 

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays – Wordless Wednesday

Posted in Journal tagged at 10:40 am by Jenn

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December 19, 2008

Holiday Humor

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December 16, 2008

Bazaar

Posted in Journal tagged , at 10:07 pm by Jenn

Tomorrow I’ll be heading back to the Airport Bazaar…braving the cold, and mud in the hopes of finding beautiful pashmina scarves.  Wish me luck. 

I have few specific people in mind but overall I’m just looking to build up a pashmina stash.  You know, for those “just in case” or “last minute gift” type things.  Pashmina’s are perfect for that.  I’m sure I’ll pick up a few for myself as well.  Last time I was there I saw a poncho style one that I thought was really nice.  I’ll be inquiring about that one if they guy still has them available.

I’ll also be making another stop at the stall that sells the Belarusian linen towels.  Those things are GREAT!  But I’ve already said that…a few times.

Scott wants a stand up musical Santa so I suppose I’ll be looking for one of those as well.  : )

I’m taking my camera this time be taking a few pictures of my own.  I’ll just need to figure out how to get them from the camera to the computer.

December 15, 2008

First Snow of the Season

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 9:33 pm by Jenn

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This morning when I got up to give Max his “go back to sleep biscuit” I noticed it was a little different looking outside…it looked brighter even though it was only 7 ish a.m.  That’s when it hit me…SNOW.  Sure enough, Baku had it’s first snow of the season last night.  It was still flurrying this morning.  I took a few pictures, but of course since my computer was fixed last week I can’t get the pictures to upload from my camera.  Thankfully, a friend took some pictures and posted them on his Facebook page today and was so kind to give me permission to post a few them here.

roof-tops  A few local roof tops with the first snow.

flower  I think that this flower is one from the garden at the Marine’s house.  Their flower garden looked really great this summer.

basketball  The basketball in the yard at the Marine’s house.

bubble  I think this picture is pretty cool.  I’m not sure of the name of the lens, but it looks like a bubble of the city.  This is a view from the Marine’s house toward ours.  See the triangle (kind of) pointed building just off center to the right?  Well if you look to the left of that building one of those is the apartment that I live in.  It looks kind of far in this picture, but it really isn’t.  A few weeks ago I walked from the Marine’s neighborhood to my apartment in about 20 minutes.

So there you have it.  Snow in Baku and the pictures to prove it.  One of the driver’s told Scott that there is supposed to be a “big snow” tonight.  We’ll see.

Thanks for the pics Danny!

Twelve Days of Christmas

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 6:20 pm by Jenn

When my sister and I were little we used to do a little song performance for our dad.  The song was called “Father Abraham” and he (my dad) would laugh so hard he would cry.

Today I came across this videoon youtube (while searching for a clip of my friend Heather on the Ellen show) and while it’s no Father Abraham, it did make me smile.  Enjoy…

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