Thursday, July 18, 2013

And We're Off

Kid and I are off to Moscow on Monday.

picture from Wikipedia "Moscow" page

We're going for 10 days to visit my friend, the one who left all of her cats in my charge and temporarily moved there. We'll be staying at her house in a small town 70 km from Moscow. Small town means population of close to 70 thousand people. Just to compare, our ville has just under seven thousand...

I haven't been to Russia for 23 years and I have no idea what to expect. I'm not a citizen because in 1990 when we left for Israel, these two countries didn't have diplomatic relations. We were forced to "reject our Soviet citizenship" and we had to pay for it! My mind still burns and smokes when I try to understand it (just imagine Tom and Jerry and the steam pouring out of Tom's ears. That's it).

Anyway, I've been watching a bit of the Russian TV. The country has changed so much and in other aspects not at all. It'll be a very interesting anthropological experiment or an emotional rollercoaster for me. The Kid is a different story. First thing he asked was: Do they have french fries and cornflakes over there? They do? Well, it's OK then".

Our suitcases are pretty much packed. I wanted to do one of those "Polyvore on the floor" posts but I did't feel like laying my clothes out on the floor for the dog and cat to walk all over. I'll just say that the color scheme is black-white-neutral with pink accents. I'm taking 5 pairs of shoes for 10 days - two pairs of flats, pink heels (just in case), Zara beige slippers and sneakers in case it rains.

I don't think I'll be able to post anything from there. I don't have an Ipad and posting from Iphone seems impossible. Maybe I'll instagram something (I'm yeoldesocks if anybody's interested).

Lots of stuff to do before we leave. Organize enough food for the Husband, take Lulu to the vet for the second shot, take Kid to hairdresser's, finish packing, do the laundry, call cellphone company to cancel unlimited internet for the duration (I'll be using Wi-Fi over there). There must be some other chores that I don't remember at the moment. That's why I write things down old-fashioned way, in a weekly diary).

And there is still some work to be done. I'm translating a certain TV series about a mysterious Dome that covered a small town somewhere in America. Among other things.

See you in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cool Shades

Living in a climate where the sun is shining 360 days a year presents certain challenges. OK, maybe 350 days a year, but who's counting? It gets to the point where you wake up in the morning and grumpily say: Oh no, it's sunny again! That bloody sun!
I must apologize to everyone who doesn't enjoy summer for 9 months every year. But too much of a good thing can kill your mood anyday.

So what accessory would be most important? That's right, sunglasses. I love me a good pair, or should I say, a collection? Be warned, you'll see a lot of pictures that look right back at you.

Today I decided to share my sunglasses collection with the world. What?! You can't expect to see cat photos 100% of the time on this blog! I've counted 14 pairs that I wear all the time, some more often than the others. I'll start with the fanciest ones.

These Miu Miu ones were my birthday present. They are the most expensive sunglasses that I've ever owned. I love them. The only drawback is that you can't wear them on your head. Oh well.

These Karen Walker Number One I bought on ebay. I paid about 170 bucks for them, and they seem to be a real deal. Mind you, I don't care if they're fakes, their quality is great, so whatever.

These are from Zara. Inexpensive and very-very nice cat-eyes.

These Nine West beauties are two or three years old. Still love them and wear them a lot.

Next is my Aldo collection. I love Aldo sunglasses, they protect my eyes from the glare and I don't squint when wearing them. That's a number one rule when buying sunnies in my book.

These are my latest purchase. I've been looking for Karen Walker's Super Duper on ebay but they are way too expensive for me. I was so happy when I saw these! They don't have the arrows on the arms but I don't care. For 20 bucks they fit the bill nicely.

Retro sunnies for my summer dresses. They pinch my nose a bit but otherwise quite nice.

Sporty wayfarer lookalikes.

Black cat-eyes. Most of my sunglasses are brown, these are almost black. Very elegant.

Gucci dupe from couple of years ago. Not too crazy about them anymore but I still wear them.

The same but different. Mad color scheme.

The only aviators that fit my face were Aldo men's! Go figure.

I found these "Carolina Lemke" aviators in the street. Lucky me!

These are my Mom's. I'm not sure how old they are but they have a certain hippie vibe. I wear them sometimes with long dresses or skirts. My boho sunnies.

And the pair that gets worn most of all? My dog-walking glasses. Oldies from Aldo. They get all the sweat and they fall down a lot, but still alive and kicking. They are my go-to pair that I grab on the way out and throw on the counter coming back.

Wow, that was a lot of pictures.

But you didn't think I'd let you go without looking at my home zoo, did you?

Norman walked the great plains of the living-room yesterday. It's kinda tough because you have to keep all the windows closed.

But the big fan was on and Norman used it to his advantage. Lulu helped.
I was really worried that Norman's tail would get caught in the fan, but he kept it up.

And this is so cute, I can't find any words! There she is, my little frog!

That's all, folks!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day to all who reads this in the USA!

(Please don't worry, I didn't  use a real flag, this is my Kid's old bandanna)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

More Cuteness and Selfridges

I got lots of comments (hey, it is for me) and everyone likes Lulu. So I am posting more pictures of her.
She's mostly sleeping. When she's awake it's very hard to take her pictures. When she's asleep you get to look at this little face.

Lulu helps me with my work. She follows my translations closely.

Then she gets bored and tries to eat the monitor.

Then she reads some more.

And then gets behind the monitor to do some thorough dusting and cable scratching.

Then she gets tired and lies down.
This is Lulu's scratching post. Not the best design, I must tell you. I'll have to replace it when she grows up. But it's perfect for now and she likes to play on / in / around it.

And then she falls asleep again.

Her favorite spot is right in front of the TV. Good thing she's only little. Here she is, watching "Mr.Selfridge" with us. Love this show, by the way.

Speaking of "Mr.Selfridge", look what I found at the secondhand store! 100% cotton, pretty, flattering and vintage.

Look at the labels. It's from Selfridges! According to the Internet, Sidgreene is from the 70s.

Maybe it comes from the same home as the camel coat I found in the same store in March?

If so, bring it on, people! You have my size! I'll have your fashions!