Theo is sleeping late today (thank goodness!) which gives me a little bit of time with TWO hands on my COMPUTER! Things are not exactly getting better (5 am is not a suitable bedtime) but an hour up and about without a baby attached to my boob? I’ll take it.
It’s August! August is here!
Although I was just telling Andreas yesterday that August is my least favorite month (solely based on “mouthfeel” and how the word sounds), I’m pretty thrilled that it’s August because one way or another, I’m having a baby this month (because there is no way I’m carrying it around for more than 31 more days. No way.)
To celebrate, I thought I’d start in on the photo-a-day challenge. Even though I definitely doubt that I’ll be able to do it every day, I thought I’d at least give it a go, and it’ll lend yet another much-needed distraction from the growing impatience. So:
1. Something that starts with N: “Nerd”
I figured doing a photo a day would force me to learn a bit more about our new camera (although let’s face it, it’s almost 9 pm and I’m really tired, so not much experimenting today…).
I had planned to go to the botanical gardens over the weekend with Andreas and experiment there, but it’s still going to be unseasonably warm here in Denmark, and I don’t think I can make it without ballooning up, fainting, or just complaining a lot. However, tomorrow is the day Andreas has predicted for the baby to arrive, and seeing as it’s going to be really hot, I wouldn’t mind one bit! (considering the hospital has good air conditioning…)
So I promised a while ago that my next post would have pictures! No wonder it took me so long to get around to actually posting this…
A quick update: I’ve been busy! Not like working-during-finals-week-and-packing-and-moving-all-at-the-same-time busy, but still busy. We’ve been pretty social (well, social for us anyway) and went to a gaming meetup, I’ve had doctors appointments, and I got to see my sister-in-law and her wonderfully cuddly daughter a couple of times. We also have birth class, and still a good bit of shopping to do for the baby! I was planning on taking it easy and relaxing for today, since the weekend will be busy with seeing Andreas’s family, making buns for my niece’s party, and then the party itself, but they decided to jackhammer all day long in the courtyard, and it’s driving me insane, so as soon as the laundry is done, I’m hanging it up and going out shopping. Anyway, I’ve still been rather bad at taking photos, but I’ll share a few that I have!
We made donuts again! I’d been wanting to for ages, but didn’t want to end up eating them all myself, so we waited until we got together with Andreas’s family, and could share. We made them thicker than we normally would, and they turned out delightfully puffy and biiiiiig! It only made 15 or so this way, so we didn’t even have any leftovers, which is a blessing because they’re much, much nicer the first day anyway.
Here’s Andreas being cute and frying donuts. I insisted he needed some new shorts, and convinced him to get the kind that roll up a little bit. I’ve been pretty satisfied recently about the gradual changes I instituted into his wardrobe (lots of stripey shirts, and pants that fit, and are a bit skinny instead of all saggy-baggy-butt.). He even admitted he likes his clothes a lot more these days.
This is my view. And yes, it’s almost always stripes. For some reason, the majority of H&Ms maternity clothes are ALL stripes. Of course, I’m not complaining, because I’m the biggest stripe-fan I know.
We also made spanakopita again recently! With frozen phyllo dough, it’s actually really easy. I accidentally cut the strips to the wrong size, so we ended up making some triangley pockets and the rest into a loaf-sized spanakopita pie, which was just as delicious.
Those…well, those are Mud Hen Bars, and they are awesome. I used to make them for the parties my Spanish class would have (not sure exactly why they were on the list, since we usually had Latin American-ish food, and they don’t seem particularly Latin American to me, but they’re delicious, so I never questioned it). I had all the ingredients, and decided to go for it (in half-recipe form as I almost always do these days) and was I ever glad I did!
This was a pretty standard dinner of potato kugel, sauteed zucchini, cheddar cheese, and some fresh tomatoes. It reminded me so much of home, though that I couldn’t help but take a photo.
That’s about all I’ve got for now! The heartburn has been attacking big-time lately, which makes it hard to sleep, and when it’s not heartburn, it’s plain old insomnia and/or early hours construction work, so I’ve been really, really, really tired. But I hear it’s all par for the course, and I try my best to just get on with things. After this weekend, I think things will slow down for a bit, so I can slowly get more baby things together, relax a bit, and maybe take more naps!
It actually seems as though the jackhammering has been finished while I took the time to post this, so maybe even a short nap before meeting Andreas for some shopping. That way I can possibly (possibly) stay awake for a game of Settlers tonight, as Andreas’s sister is staying with us over the weekend!
I know that it is about time for a post with some pictures, and not just some pictures, lots! And it’s finally here!
Now, to prepare you for this post, I have to tell you that I love owls. I LOVE owls. Anything owly and I like it. Automatically. And I’m incredibly thankful that they are “in” right now because they are everywhere! So I am busy collecting as many owl things as possible, so I have enough so that when they’re not stylin’ anymore, I can still have my owls.
So, it’s Ayyam-i-Ha! I know that doesn’t mean much to a lot of people, but for the Baha’is, it’s party time! It’s sort of our version of Christmas, although there’s nothing specifically religious to observe or celebrate. In the Baha’i calendar, there are nineteen months, with nineteen days in each. This leaves four “leftover” days in the year (five in leap years!) that fall on Feb. 26th through March 1st which are earmarked for Ayyam-i-Ha, a time of celebration, being with loved ones, doing service, helping others and anything else nice you want to celebrate.
This year, I hadn’t had much planned. To be honest, I got a bit caught up in Valentine’s Day, and the end of February really snuck up on me. My family did a “Secret Camel” (it’s a long story, but it’s basically the same as secret santa) exchange, but I sent my gift off weeks ago, to make sure it got there in time, and kind of forgot about it after that. To help out our camel-partners, we each made a list of things we’re interested in/would like to get as gifts and sent it to my mom who was doing the coordinating. Somewhere in my list was, of course “anything with owls.”
My parents have had a box of some things I left behind when I moved that I’ve been wanting recently, mostly because my laptop battery was all but dead, and I ordered a new one to their place to send to me (because even with the shipping, it’s less than half of what a laptop battery would cost me over here). So I was really excited when the box came, and it also had Ayyam-i-Ha goodies in it!
Now that I had some little gifts, I wanted to make sure Andreas had something to open, too, so I whipped up a quick little surprise…Let’s start with that one. To preface this, I made this, for Andreas’s sister and her husband when they were expecting their little girl:
It was big and bouncy and…well, big. Andreas loved it. So, for Ayyam-i-Ha, he got:
This little guy! He’s maybe eight inches tall, very round, and bounces off of everything Andreas throws him at. The most impressive part is that I knitted him up from start to finish in less than four hours. You can just call me Speedy Needles.
Anyways, this was only the beginning of the owly goodness! The package included this lovely lady (which Andreas also loves):
So sweet! And her eyes have cellophane in them, so they crinkle. I have a feeling the baby will enjoy this one.
But that’s just the beginning! What the package mostly consisted of was the afghan I crocheted after Andreas and I got engaged, which we are now using to cover the couch, since the couch is not a particularly pretty color…
If you don’t want to cuddle up onto that couch with those owls and all the pillows, I think there’s something wrong with you. But wait! The owls aren’t finished yet!
We’re pretty excited about our new calendar! Especially now that we actually have social engagements and have things to write on it! Another gift consisted of this, and Skittles (YAY! Skittles!):
I’ve been looking for a good candy dish for a long time now, but haven’t really found the “perfect one.” Luckily, my mom did! It’s owly AND green. That gives anything double-score in our eyes! We also got some candles which was wonderful! We’ve been candle-fiends recently, partly because we don’t have any little lamps in the living room yet, and partly because we just love them. We got some nice simple candle-holders from IKEA (where else?) and I’m falling in love!
And last, but definitely not least was my present from my secret camel! The day before we opened the presents, we went to visit Andreas’s sister because she had cake leftover, and what better reason is there to get together for an evening than cake? Anyway, she gave us the lovely gift of a baby-book! It’s something we both wanted to do, and knew we wouldn’t keep keepsakes or write mementos if we didn’t have a structured book to put them into, so we were so happy! And my secret camel (my little sister!) included the following in her gift! (along with a generous skein of green baby yarn!)
Baby’s first presents! I keep cuddling the sleeper. I can’t help it! And finally, there was also two more big skeins of wool from my mom, which I already have plans for! But first, I have to finish this little number:
Everything is so exciting right now! Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!
So as I said, over the weekend, we started putting together our IKEA things. We’re still far from finished with all of it, but we did manage to get the sofa together, which is really the most important thing. One of the worst moments in moving is when, after lifting heavy things and losing small things, you look around for a place to collapse for half a moment, and there are none, so you have to sit down on a box and hope it’s filled with sturdy, non-fragile things. So, in an effort to avoid that moment, we put together the couch first. It was a good decision.
That color of cover was on clearance, so although it’s not the nicest color, we can always buy a nicer one when we have a bit more cash on hand. We were extremely glad we started with the couch because it went really smoothly and easily. The bed that followed was a lot more complicated, and my thumb still hurts from those dang allen wrenches. If we’d started with that, we’d have gone home long before the couch was finished, and wouldn’t have anything to collapse onto in times of moving distress!
Yesterday, we moved basically everything we have to the new place, so while we wait for it to have internet access, we’re basically staying in our apartment in Sweden as overnight guests. It’s nice to be on the home stretch, and although we don’t have much food here, we’ll work it out. I’m just excited to go back and do more organizing/cleaning/setting-up work!