47 Questions

I saw this over on A Twisted Yarn and thought it would be fun to do as well.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6.30

2. How do you like your steak? Medium well

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Inside Out (we only get to go to the movies when we are home in Australia and they are usually Gorgeous Girl’s picks

4. What is your favorite TV show?  If you are the One a delightfully quirky Chinese dating show (Gorgeous Man hates it so much he leaves the room. I believe you have to have spent some time in Asia to appreciate it as all my friends who have lived or worked in Asia love it while most others remain mystified).

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?  Being as nomadic as we are I’m happy to say home is where we are all together. I’d love to spend some time in Europe, or Canada, or even go back to live in Australia.

6. What did you have for breakfast?  Yoghurt and coffee

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Anything Asian

 8. What foods do you dislike?  raw fish, fish curry

9. Favorite Place to Eat?  any place with  good food

10. Favorite dressing? It’s very rare for me to put dressing on a salad

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?   right now our car isn’t working and we are trying to get our new one cleared by customs.

12. What are your favorite clothes? Anything comfortable

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?  China, Germany

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Definitely Full

15. Where would you want to retire?  No idea

16. Favorite time of day?  Evening.

17. Where were you born?  Adelaide Australia

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?  I usually only watch the Olympics and the State of Origin

19. Bird watcher? I’m an educated amateur. I’m married to a bird-watcher so I notice them, but don’t keep a list as such.

20.  Do you consider yourself attractive? Yes, but not by conventional standards

21. Pets? No, current living situation is not conducive to pets.

22. Any new and exciting news that you’d like to share? I’m presenting a paper at a big conference in the USA early next year.

23. What did you want to be when you were little?  I wanted to be a teacher, I ended up being a teacher and now a university lecturer.  

24. What is your best childhood memory?  Escaping into books.

25. Are you a cat or dog person? Mostly a cat person, but I did love my husband’s dog very much.

26. Are you married? Yes, 19 years.

27. Always wear your seat belt? Yes!!!!!

28. Been in a car accident? Yes.  A few…

29. Any pet peeves?  Several

30. Favorite pizza topping?  Vegetarian: feta, olives, spinach, eggplant, mushrooms.

31. Favorite Flower?  Not sure I have one, I miss my African violets, but enjoy growing the orchids here.

32. Favorite ice cream? vanilla

33. Favorite fast food? We only eat fast food when we are visiting Australia, McDonald’s seems to be the one we go to most often.

34. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? None

35. From whom did you get your last email? Step-mother-in-law

36. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I don’t have a credit card.

37. Do anything spontaneous lately? No

38. Like your job?  Yes

39. What was your favorite vacation? The last one to Fiji was pretty good. I’m really looking forward to our upcoming one to the USA.

40. Who’s your favorite actor/actress?  Don’t have one.

41. Last person you went out to dinner with? My husband.

42. What are you listening to right now? The hum of the air conditioner.

43. What is your favorite color? purple

44. How many tattoos do you have? none

45. Coffee drinker? Everyday

46. How many children do you have? 1 daughter. She’s pretty cool.

47. What was the last book you read? The last paper book I read was Hitler’s Furies a study of female participation in the Holocaust. The last book I read on the kindle was The Woman in the Photograph which is about the author’s search for her mother’s past. Her mother was a Holocaust survivor.

If you play along please leave a note in the comments. I’d love to see your responses.

Greetings. I didn’t mean to disappear for over a month, life just got kind of hectic. Since the last post we have had a birthday party for a certain Gorgeous Girl, I’ve turned another year older and the teaching part of the semester has come to an end. Now the marking can begin!

I have managed to sneak in a few stitches here and there. I bought some blocking wires earlier in the year and picked them up when we were in Australia in July. I finally got to use them. I love them.

This is a little scarflette for Gorgeous Girl.


The colour is a little off in this picture, the light is not so grey. Pattern is lacey baktus from Ravelry. I miscounted the amount of yarn I had, so it is not symmetrical.


A close up. Yarn is a handspun single from superfine South African Merino. Dyed by me. Gorgeous Girl tried it on this morning and assured me that it doesn’t itch :)

There will hopefully be pictures of her wearing it in the snow in a few months time. We are hoping for a white Christmas (travelling to the USA).

There is another handspun shawl blocking at the moment, so hopefully it won’t be another month before I post again.

Making little things

It’s that time of semester when life is pretty hectic and I only have a few minutes here and there for crafting.

In my spare time I crocheted a fan bookmark using embroidery thread.

crochet fan1

I also made two birthday cards. One of them is for Gorgeous Girl who turns 8 today. Seems like just yesterday that Gorgeous Man logged on to the blog to announce her birth!

flower cards 2

The flowers are drawn onto paper that Gorgeous Girl and I dyed with shaving cream and food colouring a few months ago. I then cut them out and glued on to the card. Stems and leaves are free hand with a sharpie and watercolour pencils.

We opened presents this morning and feasted on pancakes and ice cream. Right now she’s out somewhere in the neighbourhood playing with friends. We are having a small playdate with two friends from school and an afternoon tea next weekend to celebrate.

This afternoon I need to make cupcakes for her to take to school tomorrow.

Feeling blessed

I belong to a local group on facebook. It’s a place to share news of impending shortages such as fuel, security alerts/areas to avoid for the next little while as well as a place where people who are leaving sell items they don’t want to take home.

Last week Gorgeous Man alerted me to a post offering free quilting magazines. A few text messages later and we had arranged for the very generous lady to drop them at Gorgeous Girl’s school. I was working when she was in town and wasn’t able to meet up with her in person. There were far more magazines than I was expecting.

magazine haul

Here they all are sorted out. Gorgeous Girl counted them and said there was over 100. There’s enough to keep me in crafty reading for quite some time. There were about a dozen in the pile that I already have. I’ve given some to a friend who has just started doing crafty things in the last few years and a few others have been put aside because they have projects I think people I know might enjoy making.

I got a lot of knitting done this weekend, but haven’t taken any photos yet. I’ve come out in a horrible itchy rash – this happens about once a year here – so I spent a quiet weekend at home on the couch with my knitting and new (to me) magazines to keep me company.

Back to work today thankful for the air conditioning in my office. The antihistamines from last time seem to be preventing it from getting worse. I’m hoping to avoid a trip to the clinic and injections.

In addition to the Independence Day celebrations at Gorgeous Girl’s school there were also some where Gorgeous Man and I work.

This tree house was built for the occasion. It is the traditional house of the Koiari people.

Koiari tree house back

This is the side view.

koiari tree house side

Front view.

koiari tree house front

Gorgeous Girl and I climbed up to have a look.

in tree house

Gorgeous Girl climbed right to the top.

GGin tree

The students dressed in traditional costumes.

traditional costumes

There were demonstrations of how to prepare traditional food.

preparing food

preparing food2

These girls are preparing coconut milk.

preparing food 3

Students from other Pacific Islands also dressed in traditional costume for the occasion. These girls are from Rarotonga (Cook Islands).


I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience this first hand.

Small things

There’s been a  few small things coming off the needles lately.

This is a little baby hat. I don’t have a person in mind for this. It will probably go to charity.

cotton hat1

This used up some left over yarn from a cardigan I made for Gorgeous Girl a few years ago. It felt good to get those little balls of yarn out of the stash.


I also knitted up a tiny Christmas stocking. One day we will won’t be travelling at Christmas time and I’ll be able to have a tree.  It’s 1.5 inches high.


This was quick and it also taught me a new technique – short row heel. Pattern details are here.

In the meantime it sits in a ziplock bag waiting for the day it will be used.

A cowl

I’ve had this cowl finished for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to sewing in the ends and photographing it.


I tried a few patterns but in the end decided to let the yarn speak for itself.

It’s going to live with The Calico Cat. I hope she likes it.


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