Thursday, January 31, 2008

My Cat, Toto

Toto is a great pet. She basically doesn't do much except eat and sleep and look cute. When people come over, they often comment on how big she is. She's a hefty girl, and she looks chubbier because of her long fur. She has some cute habits. She sleeps right on her back. She sometimes grinds her teeth when she sleeps. And she covers eyes if it's too bright. After I feed her and she eats a little, she tries to "bury" her food by scratching around the bowl. She will only eat her Pro Plan cat food and will not touch any cat treats or people food. She will only drink water from the bathroom. She often sleeps right between Sejin and I. She seems to know what a pillow is for, because she always needs to have her little head resting on it.

The bad side to Toto is that she sheds A LOT. we're always using the lint brush/sticky brush to get her hair off of our dark clothes. Also, she does have sharp nails, like most cats, but luckily, she's not as destructive as some.

Friday, January 11, 2008

It snowed

Woke up to snow on the ground this morning. It gets pretty cold in Seoul, but we still don't get a lot of snow. It's kind of a treat when we do. Apparently, in Gangwon-do, where Sejin did his military service, they get quite a lot of snow. Perhaps a weekend trip might be nice in February. Anyway, here in Seoul, it never stays on the ground for long, so I thought I'd snap a few pictures. What's new? Well, Wednesday night I shot a commercial for a Korean product called Koko's Pet Dryroom. It's a room that uses infrared lights and fans to dry your pet after you give it a bath. It's kind of like a microwave, but apparently it's not harmful. So, I went to the pet shop which uses this invention and the shoot only took three hours. The director was in a big hurry, which was odd. If this commercial actually airs, it will be total cheese. But I have a feeling it's just a sample, and then a new one will be shot with real actors. I don't mind, I got a nice wad of cash for playing with the pets for three hours. Sejin came with me, and he really enjoyed himself. The crew put him to work translating, of course. I felt kind of bad, but he said he had fun.
Here's the pet shop where it was shot:

Crafts. Um, not too active on that front. Haven't really had time. I took the Baby Blue Blankey out of hibernation, so I guess that's a small step forward. I finished the first panel and started the second. It would be nice to finish that some time in this decade. I also started Pink Blush Doilie. I'm making sure not to start off crocheting so tight because I'm wearing out my hands on these doilies. I'm even getting callouses.

I'm feeling the urge to start making toys again, and since crochet is so fast and easy, I'm going to try my hand at amigurumi. Last time I was at the Kyobo bookstore, I picked up one Japanese book and two Korean books, since the patterns are so cute, and crochet charts are international. I haven't tried anything in them yet, but I've looked at them at least 100 times because of the cuteness inside. I'm really looking forward to trying something, most likely when I'm finished the books I'm working on -- that I should be working on right now -- OOPS!
Here are some of my favourite pages from the books:

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

More Doilie Success

Very happy with White Fan Doilie. It really worried me for a while because it was ruffling. I managed to save it, though, by crocheting so tightly my hands ached for hours after finishing it. It was worth it. It's so pretty.
I think I did it with smaller thread than's pretty small. But it's cute and pretty and looks nice on our night table.

Very tired today, as usual. Luckily, I can sleep in tomorrow because we're moving offices and the movers will be there all morning. I have to resist starting a new doilie tonight so I don't exhaust myself!