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Embroidery, Fajitas, & FUN!

I should start every post with “I went to NY yesterday, ” because that’s basically my work life these days. It feels that way, anyway.

I know that some people feel energized and alive in the city, but not me. I feel overwhelmed and overstimulated and overcrowded. I like space and quiet, clearly not a city mouse.

Yesterday was especially bad because it was 1. a Monday, 2. FREEZING(!), 3. a long day, 4. dark before I even got home. By the time I got home, Tom had already fed the boys dinner and Littlest and I headed right back out for karate. I was all kinds of frazzled by the time I got home again (officially) for the day. Le sigh. 

But on to more fun things…

Our weekend was reaallllly fun! Last week, I made a resolution to spend the weekend doing enjoyable things and not worry so much about the day to day drudgery.

On Friday, we went with some friends to a party at an antique gallery. It’s hard to describe this place but I will try. It’s basically a huge, huge space filled with art and artifacts from around the world. There just happened to be a display on embroidery and veils. It was sooooo cool.

Check out this little gem about a woman’s value being determined by her ability to embroider. We’d be totally valuable in Central Asian tribal culture, right?!

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The garments were seriously out of this world. I, of course, was drawn to the ones that were done in cross stitch.

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Look at that! Actual cross stitches!

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Seriously! Cross stitched!

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Can you believe that women made these… by hand… a long time ago… with no artificial light… and limited supplies? My mind was blown.

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There were big cool wall embroideries too. Why can’t I be that free and creative? I am officially inspired.

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Tom was not as interested in the embroidery as I was. He wandered over to look at the paintings.

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Artistic people being arty.

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There was music! And food! And people breaking out in spontaneous dance! It was a neat change from our suburban life.


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Saturday we went out AGAIN! Can you believe it? We tried a new Mexican place. I ordered the steak fajitas. Is it just me, or do you agree that the whole point of fajitas is when they bring out the sizzling skillet and everyone looks at you wishing that THEY had ordered the fajitas because the smell is just out-of-this-world delicious? Needless to say, I was mighty disappointed when my fajitas came out ON A PLATE. NO SIZZLING. NO SMOKING. They were still delicious, but BLAH. ON A PLATE. What’s the point?

Sunday I went to a fabulous outdoor market with Stephanie! It was cold, but fun. See? NO DRUDGERY, just FUN! Unfortunately, now we have no groceries or food or clean clothes for the week, but it was WORTH IT!

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4 Comments

  1. The gallery looks very inspiring. Amazing stitching and I never thought of the limited light or thread supply. Yes! Design your own patterns/scenes, I’m sure they will be gorgeous. I can understand being intimidated and also needing to first copy the masters and then go out on your own. It’s a cold, completely grey day (welcome to the next 3-4 months) but your photos have added some needed color. Fajitas HAVE to sizzle and smoke and be a dangerous weapon on your table. I miss Mexican food. We don’t have good options in Zürich.

  2. I don’t even know what kind of food is eaten is Switzerland?! Is it like German food? French? Something totally unique?

  3. In Zürich, food is VERY expensive. Going out means you’ll spend $60 – $120+ per person. Pizzas range from $20 – $35. Even McDonalds is double or triple the price. Anything “ethnic” is also triple the price compared to the US. Indian, Mexican, and Asian food is very expensive. I LOVE German and French food. A huge advantage is our location. We can drive one hour and eat IN Germany or France.

    I’ve talked with Fabian about this a lot. Swiss Germans don’t have a foodie culture. They have extremely wealthy people who spend $20 on a bottle of water, or $70 for one entree. But I don’t think their palettes are very advanced. Many times I’ve had overly salted food, which the locals have no issues with. If you like it spicy, you won’t find it in the restaurants. At home, women cook dinner every single night. This is not a left-overs culture. Compared to Romania and even the US, it’s shocking. Christmas dinner with Fabian’s family would be incomprehensible to a Romanian. Last year we had NO bread at the table and only 1/4th of the guests could get a tiny portion of seconds. They do bake excellent cookies though.

    I’ve certainly improved my cooking since moving here!

  4. Yikes! That is crazy!!! That must be such a radical change coming from NYC where you can get anything anytime that you want it!

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