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08 April 2011 @ 09:41 am
Right! On to the weekend!!  
So first and most importantly, it is my lovely wife's birthday today. Happy hippy hoppy birthday, kimatyza!!!! I love you!!!


Second, the yarn club is filling up... over half the spots are spoken for already and I can't really do much over 10 people I don't think. Whoa! I'm really excited. I've seen a draft of Mary Anne's folktale, and it's absolutely fantastic. SQUEE!!

Thank you to everyone who's been signal boosting. It's been great and you all are wonderful!


I'm in the mood to write but am super busy. Plus I've been waiting to get the Futurity website fired up but don't have the time or bandwidth to set it up right now. Halp!! Now what??


We're going to Jordan at the end of May, with a bit of a pit stop in Istanbul beforehand. I spent a lovely evening night before last with my MIL finding Kürkçü Han, which is the "yarn courtyard" of the bazaar area. I would shout out directions to her from an out of date map, while she flew around in Google Earth telling me there was no street like that, that couldn't be right. It was almost as good as the real thing. I felt like a Secret Service agent making dry runs of the President's convoy or something.

B will be taking a cooking class there, at a swank Turkish hotel literally around the corner from where we'll be staying (eschewing the swank Turkish hotel for a cheaper but very nice apartment since honestly we won't be in the room much anyway). One of the things she may be learning to cook is one of my favorite dishes, which I've known as "Red Sonja," and it is one of my favorite dishes ever. It's basically just little red lentil patties but is SO GOOD. We eat them at Mundo, which if you are ever in the Astoria area, ZOMG. You must go try. The food is amazing, I am deeply in love with half the waitstaff and it's one of the few restaurants I have ever felt truly comfortable having my kids at while having a leisurely, European-style (as in 3 hours at the table and a lot of sangria) meal.

Anyway, Red Sonja FTW and next I talk to you about it I'll know the proper Turkish name.

Speaking of, reyl and other Arabic speakers... what are my essential Arabic phrases for when we're in Jordan? All I know is as-salaamu 'alaykum. Which gets me in the door but not much farther. :D

Oh!! ETA to add the Jordan itinerary. This is designed for kids and mine are beside themselves with excitement. G is very, very into the Crusades right now so this is really for him, and he is absolutely thrilled. We fully expect him to go native, lead a rebellion and never leave.


This weekend is a party for B, and if you are local (or even if you're not), you're invited. Saturday at 5pm, roll your own sushi and gaming.

Sunday I work on a test knit I signed up to do in a moment of total insanity. A shawl. Really. Test knit. But it's gorgeous!! LOL

What are your plans??
John "Virtual" Lynchj_v_lynch on April 8th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
I am super jealous.
lotusicelotusice on April 8th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)

Well, we'd love to have you all along!

Lisbethalbertesmor on April 8th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to your wife.

I've always wanted to go to Istanbul, drive over the Bosporus from Europe to Asia, but the summer when we planned to, it was just too hot, we took a ferry down at Gallipolli instead. Love Turkish food and Red Sonja sounds like Mercimek köftesi.

And my plans...Well you inspired me to look in my turkisk cookbook, so who knows ;)

Edited at 2011-04-08 02:20 pm (UTC)
lotusice: palmlotusice on April 8th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah!! I just looked it up. That's exactly right. It's SOOOO good. I'll probably live on those and coffee the entire time.

Aww, can't wait to see the fruits of your cookbook-looking!! Post about it??
Lisbethalbertesmor on April 8th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
I might post about it, if it turns out good ;)
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lotusice: knitlotusice on April 8th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)

Well. Not to enable, but there's a group for that, you know.

This is the shawl. Isn't it pretty? I love the little flower detail at the bottom.
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lotusicelotusice on April 8th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Muah hah hah hah!!!

Hee, have you seen the movie??
Angel Wolfangel_wolf on April 12th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'll make a list of phrases for you tonight while I'm at work. Any specific phrases you want?