This year has certainly kicked off with a big bang and I can't believe how busy January has been!
I just crossed out this coming Monday morning in my diary and will either sleep in or spend the morning at the beauty parlour, depending on whether I can actually haul myself out of bed for a pampering session.
We have been shopping (cardigans, shrugs and leggings to transform our minis and sleeveless tops since the official dress code in Qatar requires shoulders and knees to be covered) and entertaining relocation agents; applied for all sorts of clearance certificates and submitted those to Foreign Affairs for Legalisation after the Attorney took it via the High Court for Authentication. A final stamp from the Embassy and The Husband's work visa is in place and he is off to Qatar tomorrow. Let's hope that they don't take their sweet time processing our residency permits since we will only join him after all of those are in place.
The fight to locate a misplaced/missing unabridged birth certificate here at Home affairs is also in full swing. For goodness sake, when will this country's Home Affairs Department actually get their own affairs in order? The absence of proper systems and the volume of missing documentation boggles the mind. We just laugh, it is part of the experience of living the way we do.
Meanwhile I take time out at night to work on my patchwork crochet blanket. This is a sneak peek of the squares and colours, but you might be interested in knowing that I am also using stronger colours such as red and purple in the design. I have a soft spot for the simplicity of single crochet stitches and the blanket consists of 100 squares all hooked in the same pattern. Single crochet also seems to be a clever solution to a yarn that splits just by the eye staring at it. I am using Reaasah by Kismet yarns, a 100% cotton worked up in a hook size 5mm. I find it interesting that the cream/natural does not split at all. Hmm perhaps the splitting can be attributed to the dyeing process?
This is all for now, enjoy your weekend!
Oh, I couldn't resist - this is what the more vibrant squares look like.