Monday, September 28, 2009

Hand Warmers

I found this easy pattern on Ravelry. As with almost all of my projects, I took it apart once and started over. All in all, it came together quite well and only took a couple of hours per warmer.The cuff covering my fingers can also be folded back so I can do things when them on.

Turkish Media

When Jonathan and I were taking our CELTA course, we would wait for the bus in the same place every day to go home. Here's the picture we were staring at:
A giant building with a picture of kids on it--some smiling, some not. And then, if you look to the right, you'll see Santa Claus spooning water out of a stream.

I'm clueless...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jobs

Well, after about 11 weeks of unemployment and 3 intensive weeks of job searches, Jonathan and I got jobs!

We were offered a job on the spot by a big language school in Istanbul called English Time. All things considered, it couldn't be a better position.

We were able to get positions at the same branch location, which is only about 10 minutes away from our apartment and they also promised us the same days off during the week. We'll be getting paid the highest rate for beginning teachers, each get a monthly stipend for living expenses, and a couple of bonuses for completing our 10 month contract. They are also getting us our residency permits and work VISA's. Though we still won't be making what we did in the states, we have very few expenses here, so we'll be comfortable financially.

The schedule is going to take some adjusting to. We'll be teaching 25-35 hours a week (which means LONG hours for teachers who aren't used to writing lesson plans),. We'll also be working every weekend, with split schedules during the week (meaning, we'll teach in the morning, have 5 or so hours off, and teach again in the evening). But, we'll be doing it together, so I'm not worried.

We're signing our contract today and will probably know more details about our start date soon. Thanks for your prayers!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Matching Hats

Jonathan's request for a hat as well as a long plane flight turned into this. I got the pattern from my favorite knitting website, The Purl Bee.

My hat fit perfectly, but I had to adjust Jonathan's a bit. I folded the bottom section in half and sewed it there so it would be shorter.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Original Aprons

This weekend turned into the weekend of cherries, daisies, and polka dots. I spent both Saturday and Sunday working on two new aprons. They were both original designs (or at least a combination of many different aprons). The first was a bit too small (though it fits our model-neighbor perfectly), so I tried something else with the second.


The moment Ali hears me turn on my camera, he runs over. Apparently he likes posing for photos.


All in all, I think I like the second the best. I got to try a few new things with making it more fitted, though the first is a bit more "June Cleaver" as Kylene puts it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Copenhagen, Denmark

After CELTA finished, Jonathan and I found an incredibly cheap deal for a 5 night cruise to Scandinavia that we couldn't pass up. The cruise left from Copenhagen, Denmark so we spent a day and a half exploring the city. (These panoramic photos are always really small, but if you click on them, they should become bigger.)
This is the B&B we stayed at. It was great because it had a kitchen, so we ate most of our meals at home. The lady who ran it was a retired music professor.
Our first day in Copenhagen, we discovered the BEST TARTS ever. We went back the next day for more.

The first thing we did was climb up to the top of this church. Most of the climbing is done outside of the building.

We made it to the top, but clung to the rail for dear life because it was so windy up there!

This is what the inside part of the hike to the top looked like.

Copenhagen is a beautiful city full of canals and little cafes on the sidewalks.



This is all we could get of the Freetown of Christiana, because once we entered, photography was forbidden. It's an alternative society that was started in the 60's and 70's. I guess they don't pay taxes and live a mostly hippie/drug-induced/communal lifestyle. As we came into Copenhagen, we noticed graffiti everywhere. The first thing we saw when we walked into the town was a table full of spraypaint for sale.

Here's a picture of the famous Little Mermaid. We weren't that impressed.


The clouds were amazing!
Here's a distant picture of the church we climbed to the top of.
Old lady on a bike. We couldn't resist the photo op!


Hans Christian Andersen's house.


We finished the day with a visit to the Carlsburg Brewery.
We didn't take the tour, but we did enjoy some beer. I got a stout and actually liked it!

We found a great neighborhood to walk through before we took the train back to our B&B.

Berggen, Norway


Our first stop of the cruise was Berggen, Norway. Apparently Berggen sees 300 days of rain a year, so we weren't surprised to spend the day cold and wet.


This is the entrance to the tram we rode to the top of Mount Floyn. We could have walked, but opted for a ride since the weather was so rainy.
From the top, we got an incredible view of the city.Jonathan gets tired of me making him take kissing pictures everywhere...but I do it anyway.
We decided to walk to the pond.


A Christmas tree in the wild!!!


We found this friendly bear at an even smaller pond we walked to.



We stopped for some coffee to warm up once we came down the mountain. Jonathan was actually not disappointed by the espresso!
I like this picture because it shows pretty clearly how I feel about posing next to seal skin for a picture.
The fish market was amazing! We didn't eat anything, but they had everything from crab to salmon, to lobster, to whale!




If you look really closely here, you can see a rainbow!