For the last few years, I've tried to make a habit of posting five-item lists each day during the month of January. Since I seem to usually lose steam during week three, and I just started a two-week break from work, I figured I'd start the tradition a little early, and use it to add a little structure to my giant window of unscheduled time.
This weekend has been my first Christmas away from home, and so a new experience. However, because it isn't Christmas in Russia until 7 January, it doesn't feel very much like Christmas. I know it is on a conscious level, but I don't feel it very strongly here.
On Christmas Eve, I:
1. Discovered the excitement that is Virtual Choir 3.0. Downloaded and began learning a voice part.
2. Acquired yarn and needles for a hat I promised to a co-worker.
It was super foggy in Vgrad.
3. Ate a pizza from the street stand that I've been intending to patronize for months now.
4. Left my cocktail selection up to the bartender, which resulted in three very different, interesting, and sugary drinks.
5. Knit and watched Love, Actually, intermittently chatting with Amoeba.
On Christmas, I:
1. Woke up and was promptly invited to a puppet show, which was fantastic.
(L to R: M, Дед Мороз, fecknom, Снегурочка, and B)
2. Finished my co-worker's hat.
(Windscheif, by Stephen West)
3. Bought a grey and purple striped sweater. Thin, but very warm.
4. Ate dinner at the local German restaurant, and engaged in an obnoxious and tiring discussion of women's rights, privilege, victim-blaming, racism, and general giving-a-shit-about-the-world. (This was probably the part of the day that made miss folks from home the most.)
5. Talked to my family, and was thankful: I have no idea how people lived abroad or navigated long-distance relationships pre-Skype.
I'm settling in for another night of movies and knitting. The difference with tonight is that instead of knitting a simple hat, I'll be getting into the meat of this colorwork sweater that I've been planning for so long. It's going to be intense, but a friend reminded me (via blog) of a quote that suits this project well:
"Just don't worry; worry ruins your knitting."