I only sketched once and that was today because I remembered it was Snippet Sunday. Oh, wait, not true; I did another tiny sketch the other night. Just fiddling and poking at my illustrated book project. Not really anywhere near it in my head. I'd like to get there, but I have to take care of the broken stroller complaint first (finally got a certificate of irreparability that we've been needing) and get the icky Stolen Car Angst out of my system.*
In other "creative" news, I've been spending a lot of time helping my MIL clear land for and plan a chicken coop. I've drawn up building plans. That counts right? Oh, and I've dismantled shipping pallets. Not so easy and makes me think twice about all those pallet projects I've pinned. :P
* It is less the stolen car that is causing me stress and more the fact that we're going to have to pay an enormous penalty to Egyptian customs if we don't get it back. That we have to pay and be penalized for someone else's crime infuriates me.
I was going to post earlier today and then learned about our car being stolen. That kind of knocked the wind out of my posting sails.
I'm going to do it now, though, late though it may be, because I want to look at something pretty before I go to bed.
I haven't taken many pictures in Egypt, but being back in France makes me want to capture all the nature I can, a digital hoard to take back with me to the desert. So this week, I took some whimsical photos of flora:
J realized it this afternoon when he went out to get groceries. A witness said it happened around 2 a.m.
Our car is old and not one that would typically be stolen. There are two likely possibilities:
1. It was stolen for parts,
2. It was stolen for "ransom."
Regarding possibility #2: A Korean gentleman in our neighborhood had his car stolen some months back. He was contacted and asked for 12000 LE for the return of his car. He told the police; they pretty much shrugged and said he should pay it, so he did.
If we are in the same boat, J says he won't be paying. When he made the police report, he was disgusted by the lack of concern, etc. and feels that we can't expect much help from the police at the station where he went. Tomorrow, he'll try to get help from people associasted with the embassy.
Good thoughts/vibes/prayers are requested.
Sometimes things suck. At least we have a lot to be grateful for, like the fact that no one was hurt. :-<
ETA: A conversation with frigg made me realize that I forgot to share something else: we can't buy another car to replace ours. We are only allowed to buy one during our stay in Egypt. If anything ever happens to your car (breaks down, is totalled, etc), you can't buy another. I'm too tired to look up the exact law, but I think this only applies to cars with diplomatic plates. So, if we don't get ours back, we'll have to finish the remainder of our stay carless.
Here is a sampling of spring on this side of the Black Mountains:
No photos yet because the model is in bed, but hopefully I can post a couple tomorrow. The pattern, as I've stated many times, needs serious work, and I don't know that I have the time or energy to put into "fixing"* it and making a tutorial to help out any other people who might like to try their crochet hooks at it. I would have loved to, though. Priorities, priorities.
Glad to have that project off my hands.
Come Sunday I hope to have writing progress to post here.
* By fixing it, I mean not only make the directions clearer but adjust measurements to fit kids as I know (have) them. I made the 18-24 month size, and it is understandably a bit long for Junebug, but Sprout, who is 4.5 can wear it. I can barely button it around Junebug's waist, even after adding rows to the buttonband. The sleeves were also too narrow at the wrists. I upped the size to the one for 36 month-olds and STILL had to add rows up the sides to make the sleeves big enough...
Time to head to the shower then bed, for lo, the alarm will sound at 3:30 a.m. J and I will have to lug two kids and all the bags down four flights of stairs because the elevator has been out of commission for almost a week. Going to refuel for a day (hopefully half a day) of traveling.
But this time tomorrow, I'll be in France, listening to a chorus of night-loving insects instead of incessant car horns. Can't wait.
Catch you from the other continent...
Since wrapping up the zero draft, I haven't touched my kid's book.
This week, I worked a bit on Junebug's sweater. Stil have to finish one sleeve and then put it together and make the hood. Will I finish before we leave for France on Thursday?
I doubt it. :P
Revision and further research are in my future.
This week, however, I need to focus on getting Junebug's sweater finished. I know he will need it in France. I really need quiet and time alone to make progress, two commodities in short supply around here. :P