enduringplum: Dr. Girlfriend by Deviant Art user "Cowkitty"  (Golden)
( May. 12th, 2009 10:02 am)
My mom, Miranda, and I will be departing for Denmark this Tuesday! I'm so looking forward to seeing Miranda and Bedstemor meet for the first time, as well as to seeing all my relatives and my lovely cousin Katie who is making a special side trip to Denmark to visit with us all for a week; she will be doing an internship at The Hague this summer, which focuses and expands upon the work she has been doing in water purification (she was in Nigeria last summer!) through Princeton. I know traveling with an infant will be challenging, but I'm looking forward to that, as well, and feel privileged to even have the opportunity to be so "inconvenienced."
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enduringplum: (Brown Sugar)
( Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:53 am)
It's always very sad to say "farvel" to Bedstemor and I always look forward to my next visit, but I am glad to be home and to have had a good night's sleep in my own bed, beside my husband, with my dog on the floor beside me.

After a long, annoying flight (kid who would not stop drumming/kicking the back of my seat and whose mom could not say "no" to him more than twice; each time he would whine for something the third time, she would give it to him) and the airline losing my baggage, I'm home! I'm waiting for them to deliver my baggage to me, but fortunately I had put some of my clean laundry in my dad's suitcase (to help him cushion a big bottle of mead), so I'm not without underwear.

I'm still exhausted and sore today, so I'm just going to take it easy and maybe do some light cleaning around the house. The swelling in my feet went away, but I had some terrible Charley Horses in each calf last night and my calves are still sore from them this morning.

The house looks mostly great! It just needs a good sweeping, a bit of a dusting, and the counter tops need to be cleaned; I already shined my sink this morning! The yard looks incredible because Carl paid some guys to mow it who happened to already be working in the neighborhood, but they also weed whacked and edged everything.

During breakfast I took care of all the bills and mail that had built up while I was gone, since Carl's not much of a house wife and didn't open any of it. :)

Happily, the pool is still blue! All I'll need to do to it is add more water, slightly adjust the chemicals, clean the filter basket, and backwash the pump.

Conrad, of course, was thrilled beyond belief to see me and, according to Carl, is now able to relax for the first time since Carl got back. The cats are cats, but a couple of them seem to have noticed that I was gone. The ferrets are always happy to see anyone who seems likely to let them out for play time.

Our baby was moving very vigorously last night when I finally got a chance to lay down for the first time since I woke up at four in the morning in Denmark (their time), so Carl finally got to really see how active our baby can be; he seemed sufficiently impressed and amazed. I have an appointment with Esther for ten-forty-five on Tuesday; if anyone would like to join me for some mi doson at the Doson Noodle House afterward, let me know and we can try to make arrangements.
We're leaving for Denmark on Wednesday, June 11th! I've got a million things to do before we leave and not enough time (or energy) to do it all, but I'm sure Carl and I will be able to get almost everything done - I hope!

We're planning to go to dinner at Kanno on Saturday night, as our last meal in America for two and three weeks, respectively. The dollar is so terrible that we certainly won't be eating out much, if at all, while abroad, aside from getting lunch at one of the restaurants in Tivoli Gardens while we're being tourists. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm going to have to find a healthy, tasty Danish snack that travels well for my purse, or we'll be stopping to buy food every hour and a half... do they have string cheese in Denmark?

So, if anyone would like to see us before we go, you can either come over to help clean this weekend or join us for dinner at Kanno! Either is fine, of course, just give me a call to make a plan.

Freak Out )

Update: The kitchen is almost to where I can stand it again. I can live with the other rooms being not completely spotless, but I can't be content unless my kitchen floor is spotless, I can see my reflection in my stovetop and counters, and my sink is shining. I still need to mop, but I'll have to get a real mop first; the Swiffer is great for cleaning every day, but I want to really mop the floor before I leave for three weeks, because I don't think it'll get done while I'm gone.
enduringplum: (Brown Sugar)
( May. 25th, 2008 07:56 pm)
I didn't have time to do any quilting this week, which was extremely irritating, but I just got caught up with everything else... you know how it goes. I did make it to my knitting group, however, and I'm looking forward to going this Wednesday, even if I just continue knitting my zigzag scarf; the meringue yarnis fun to work with.

I had started a baby blanket, but I can't find it since moving; I hadn't completed much of it at all, but it's still on the circular needles, which I really do want to find.

I also can't find my beginner's knitting book, which I want to find because I'd love to make a simple baby sweater or cardigan. I found a pattern on Ravelry that looks pretty simple, but I don't know how to make things like button holes, so I'd love to have the book handy to guide me through those techniques. There's no telling where it is at this point, though. It may be packed in a box somewhere, forgotten somewhere in our former closet at my parent's house, or buried in a stack of books in our office.

I would also like to knit some baby socks, but I think I'll need some devoted instruction from someone knowledgeable about socks. I could be worrying about it too much, but socks just seem tricky. Baby socks might be a project Bedstemor and I can work on while I'm in Denmark for a few weeks; a quilt isn't exactly an easy project to travel with, after all.

I know it's okay to fly in the U.S. with knitting needles, but I'm not so sure what the regulations are like abroad. If anyone has any idea or can point to a website where I can find out more, I would really appreciate it; I can't sleep on those long, international flights, so it would be wonderful to be able to knit while everyone else snores.

Baby Clothes )

Now I've got to put away the baby clothes I've sorted through, freeze my leftover red beans and sausage, and clean out the 'frige; there's a mysterious and slightly funky odor the origin of which I haven't been able to determine, so all the drawers and shelves are going to get a good washing down.
enduringplum: (Gush)
( Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:25 pm)
I need to run errands, but I can't stop eating long enough to get in the car and actually go.

16 Weeks and 1 Day )

After we had lunch at Pho Tau Bay, Carl and I went to the post office to get the necessary documents to get our passports in order, which makes our trip to Denmark seem much more real than it has up until now. We're both very much looking forward to it. We just need to find a reliable house/cat/ferret sitter; Conrad will be staying with my parents' dogs who Ginger will be looking after. We're going to look in to hiring The_Ugly_Knight's cousin to care for our pool for the three weeks I'll be gone, unless our house sitter proves to be proficient at pool care or really wants to learn.

I've got to save more money, because even though we'll have access to the WIC program for some supplies and food for our baby, I don't want to have to worry about a high grocery bill. The problem comes with trying to eat organic food and fresh produce; my doctors insist that it's better for me, especially because I have PCOS and an auto-immune disorder, and I believe that, but we just spend too much money on food every week. I'm glad there are websites like the Hillbilly Housewife, books like Clean House Clean Planet, and that I know how to make my own laundry detergent. It's also fortunate that we're not afraid of using reconstituted dry milk, soaking dry beans, and making personal sacrifices, because otherwise we wouldn't be able to save what we need to have a baby and remain independent; I also don't know what I would do if Carl didn't understand so well how important it is that he always keeps a good job, even if he hates it.

Totally off topic, but I'm excited about it: I ordered twelve boxes of the raspberry black tea from The Original Ceylon Tea Company and I can't wait to get it. I haven't been drinking any caffeine since we began seeing Dr. Lu, aside from the occasional soft drink (which I've cut out due to the sugar), and I can't wait to enjoy a daily cup again! I love that tea. If anyone wants to buy a box from me, just let me know; I got the tea at a cheaper price than it is sold at the stores and I'll be happy to pass the savings along. :P
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