Turns out DH isn’t back til Tuesday 😦 For the Blueberry Watch, still no Blueberry so that’s good news, though she is more and more insistent in her movements so I think she’s getting ready to greet the big ol’ world.
Nothing much to report – working on the Knit Love Club stuff, getting the KLC yearbook ready for print, indulging in a little retail therapy. I ordered a pair of cashmere skeins from Ravenwood in the US, and some goats milk soap (in the hope they will be nice to my complaining skin). Got them the other day, and the cashmere is absolutely gorgeous. I’m not sure what to make with them – a scarf, a shawl…400 metres of fingering weight…will have to consider carefully.
Also got a lovely surprise in the post from my friend M – the cutest I love London tin which was a perfect little tonic for homesickness! A cute little toy for the Blueberry, and lots of Green & Black’s chocolate. YUM!
I’m getting a little fed up with being preggers – the itching is making me crazy and not being able to really sleep well sucks. I spend a fair amount of time in the bathtub – seems to be the only place that soothes the itching. Things have been relatively quiet, though my mom treated me to a pregnancy massage the other day which was really quite lovely. They had a special pregnancy pillow with holes for your boobs and belly. It was surprisingly comfortable. Given my internal furnace, I found it so hot that I one point I had to prop myself up and lean over to get some air. My therapist looked positively alarmed but I assured her I was just trying to cool down. I’d definitely go back for more… but will ask for the room to be cooler and no heated eye pillow!
Yesterday we were drawn out to the big lawn between all the apartment buildings by drummers – they had a pair of lions for an acrobatic lion dance, and a big ol’ dragon to welcome the year of the dragon.
I took a couple videos of the dances – pretty impressive acrobatics for the lions!
The whole city is decorated for the New Year. The IFC mall had set up a pagoda disply.
Orange bushes are everywhere – they are supposed to bring luck.
This is in front of our apartment block.
These funky little plant things bring fertility and closeness of family (they are called “five generations living together”)
We also took the monkeys to the park on Saturday, where we met with Meimei’s brethren. This chap is named Tarquin, another Lamma Island retriever (my name for Meimei’s breed) – he is 28 kilos! You can see how big he is compared to Deuce.
He seemded to quite like Meimei, though you can see here Meimei is none to pleased with the attention.
Tarquin is a gentle soul, and has a gorgeous coat and bushy tail. Meimei is definitely getting glossier and growing a thicker coat. I hope her tail gets nice and bushy like Tarquin’s. Really gorgeous dog.
Meimei did manage to make some friends she didn’t run from – Spicy the pug and Daisy the Shih-Tzu. I think because they were a little more sedate it was easier for her to get comfortable with them.
At home the two monkeys now have their new favourite places. For Meimei, it’s the corner of the sofa where she spends her nights. She is always super pleased with herself when she clambers up there.
Deuce on the other hand has taken to sleeping in Meimei’s bed – all cozied up inside like a little hobbit. So funny.
Lastly – a little video for Meimei’s peanut gallery: a little video I took the other morning of Meimei and Deuce relaxed and playing.