It seems that since October started we have just been so busy! For starters, we began language classes again, so now that we have those classes and a babysitter coming three times a week, we're busy with class, homework, making sure there are snacks (for the tutor), and making sure the apartment is clean (for the babysitter...Turks are apparently very judgmental and picky when it comes to a clean house). We also had a guest for a couple of nights, had lunch with my old Turkish teacher, started planning our next vacation (it's a surprise!) went to a birthday party, and Shannon has just been working a lot. So, it's just been busy, busy, busy around here!
It's cold enough for a hat now! (Plus, if you look closely, you can see her 2 teeth).
I feel like I have gotten some "big" things accomplished, though. I washed the cushion covers on one of our couches. Shannon spilled coffee (oh, ok, actually Lane did it, but it was Shannon's coffee!) on one of the cushions so I took the cover off and washed it. After I put that cover back on and it was next to the others, it was apparent how dirty they all were, so I had to wash the other covers as well! I perfected my chocolate chip cookie recipe (outside-of-the-United-States version). I have been keeping up with vacuuming our apartment and keeping it dusted. I've made lots of baby food in the last week (pumpkin, green beans, avocado, and apples). I redesigned the blog (I'm still not happy with it but it will have to do for now). And I got a lot of necessary emails written, finally.
Mmm...chocolate chip cookies!
Our heat got turned on this past Friday night! That's a big deal over here, because unlike in the US where apartments just have thermostats and you can turn the heat or the air on as you wish, here the entire building's heat is controlled by our doorman...I think. Our doorman came by and asked us if we wanted the heat turned on, to which we heartily replied, "Yes!" (In Poland and Ukraine the entire city gets heat at one time and I had assumed it was the same here. It appears as if it's not the same, but I'm not entirely sure exactly how it works here. All I know is that I don't get to decide that I think it's time to turn the heat on!). This past weekend was so dreary...Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were cold and wet (in the upper 40's or lower 50's (9°-12° Celsius) and it just poured down rain all three days. We pulled out all of our winter clothes and put up our summer clothes. We got out our down comforter. Lane was wearing legwarmers (thanks, Diana!) under her clothes and even sleeping with them and socks under her pajamas. We were very grateful when Mr. Doorman turned the heat on, and Lane started sleeping through the night again (I think maybe she had started to wake up in the middle of the night because she was cold and not be able to get herself back to sleep).
This is what it looked like for 3 or 4 days last week.
So, that's been life around here. I've also been pondering two questions that maybe my readers can help me out with?
1) Concerning proper blog etiquette: How do you go about answering questions that readers post in your comments section? Do you answer their question in your comments? Or do you go to their blog and answer there? I'm never quite sure what I'm "supposed" to do and end up doing a combination of both and then feel guilty, like maybe I chose wrong. Help!
Playing in the grass for the first time! (Yes, for the first time. All previous times she has either cried at being put on the grass or it's been too wet).
2) As we are approaching the holiday season for the first time as a family with children, we're thinking about traditions that we want to begin for our family: Thanksgiving traditions, Christmas traditions, birthday traditions, and so on. We know that Lane will be too young this year (and probably next year as well) to remember them, but we thought it would be good to start working on them, thinking about them, and planning for them. This brings me to my question: what do you do with your family/children to make holidays special? My friend Margo makes her kids birthday pancakes in the shape of their age. My friend Tina's kids get new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and then sleep in them that night. We're considering "stealing" these and making them our own traditions as well! I'm looking for any and all ideas, because we want more suggestions to steal for our own family! Please comment and let me know what you do in your family!
So, there's a bit of randomness to satiate your dying curiosity as to what's been up in Scarbrough Land. I'm going to be trying out some new recipes in the next week or two, so check the recipe blog for updates on anything I have success with!