Sunday, March 12, 2006

Back in Egypt

I'm home again. Finding it hard to get back into the swing of things. Still feeling groggy after all that travelling. We got in last night (sans two out of three pieces of luggage, one of which went to Cincinatti without us and the other which is just plain missing) and I slept really well, but still felt it necessary to take a nap with the kittens this afternoon.

Our time in Florida was wonderful and refreshing. Clean air and sunshine does wonders. It was so relaxing to be able to smile and look a man in the eyes without giving the message "I'm a slut" and to walk along a sidewalk without men hissing and clicking their tongues. And to cross my knees and let the sole of my shoe show (very big no-no in the middle east). And crossing streets at crosswalks where the cars actually stop. Yup, it was good to be back in the States.

I didn't end up doing any clothes shopping - pretty surprising. I did buy a bunch of seed beads tho - as shown in the picture at the top. Most of these will be for bead embroidery projects (my patriotic one which I've been working on for years and the eye I started last september) but some will probably end up in jewelry if I ever get back into that again.

I managed one trip to the quilt store, buying almost-solids and fabrics without too strong of a print - the kinds of fabrics I use most these days. All of the beads and most of the fabric was in my carry-on and amazingly the rest was in the one duffle that made it. Woohoo. What didn't make it back (yet) was all the kitty treats and the quilting book I bought.

I did do some work on the Little Devil Thready I took with me - he's almost done. But I didn't really do much handwork. I did get some books from the library (oh, dear sweet library, how I've missed you) and finished "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova (too long and I expected more from the end after trudging all the way through it) and "The Lincoln Lawyer" by Michael Connelly, who's always a good read.

We didn't go to a single movie. I was only interested in Woody Allen's "Match Point" and there wasn't a chance in heck of getting my hubby to see that one. We did watch a lot of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" which wasn't hard since it's on for hours and hours every night.

That's everything I can think of that's even vaguely interesting. I have scaffolding outside my windows so I'm going to be a mole woman for awhile and probably pretty darn cranky about it. Good to be back and good talking to ya'all.


Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Tonya we missed you so much! I'm so glad your back, but even happier for you that you had a great trip. It just sounds so relaxing.

But what really surprised me is all the things we do here in the states and don't give it a second thought and then comparing it to Egypt. It just never sinks in until you actually hear someone tell about it who you "know".

Which makes me think of the book I'm reading that Lucy told me about. I'm just so enthralled with what the woman - An - went through in her lifetime and during the war. You learn about all the horrible things, but this book just makes it so real. You need to read it.

dot said...

Welcome home or back. Sounds like you had a good vacation.

Bonnie K. Hunter said...

Welcome home! I'm so glad to see your words again! I'm sure the kitties have missed you greatly, and I know we did too. I never knew about the crossing of the legs thing....different countries have different customs, that are sometimes SO hard to understand!

When I was in Japan, we were told it was polite to slurp our soup, and great to burp out loud, but heavens forbid if anyone sees you blowing your nose! Just gotta wonder about people sometimes....and I'm sure they wonder about us as well!


Lily Mulholland said...

Welcome back Tonya. Glad your goodies made it to Egypt safely! Damn those airlines :)

Looking forward to seeing what you do with those beautiful beads.

We missed you!

Darcie said...

You're back!!! You've been greatly missed. I was so excited to see a comment left by you in my blog. Woohoo!

Your beads are delightful. Thank goodness the airline *knew* not to mess up a beader's goods.

You get some that we can all get back to having a good time now, OK! ;-)

Darcie said...

OH! Did you get a tan??? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Just look at all those orange and lime green beads! Finally, a color scheme I can relate to! Welcome "back"--email to follow.

Laura said...

Glad to hear you had a nice relaxing time in Florida! I can't imagine living somewhere where they have different customs. I am so set in my ways I fear I wouldn't be able to change. Welcome home!

Finn said...

Hey Ton, good to see you back with the kitties..*VBS* Bet they are glad too. Good to hear you had a good time, and other than travel weary, you felt "vacationed".

Cher said...

lovely beads...hope your quilting book shows up-I am sure the cats were delighted to be able to nap with you.

Granny said...

Glad you're back! I've missed reading your blog but I knew you were having fun and on a much needed vacation.

Judy L.

Holly said...

You're back!! Sounds like a wonderful vacation.