Sunday, October 26, 2008

Impressions of a Sunday Evening

On this lovely week-end night, I am:

Making: Custom-ordered rings. A couple is getting married next month and want all Mozambican-made things for their wedding. They commissioned a pair of rings from me, which is a great honor. I just finished the woman's: it has 2 salmon-colored natural coral rondelles nestled around a silver disc, and is wrapped up in sterling wire like a bird's nest. The man's ring is more complex, and I will complete it later. It involves metal stamps, coiling and melting fine silver into balls. Photos to come.

Watching: Pria eating my homemade cat food (such a satisfying thing, akin to feeding your husband a hearty meal). Rico with his feet propped up on the red sofa, laptop on his stomach, surfing the internet.

Tasting: Traces of the square of Cadbury's chocolate I ate a while back. Casillero del Diablo cabernet, nicely mellowed after about an hour breathing.

Listening: Mostly to silence, as much a that is possible in a house with 2 other people (we have a houseguest/friend here at the moment) and 2 cats in the middle of a capital city in Africa. Occasional conversation from the building guards downstairs. A stray song as someone walks by, humming at night. The sound of my fingers typing on the laptop.

Wondering: How I can better manage the supply of jewelry items given that I'm not going to the US very often these days, and South Africa doesn't carry many sterling silver or goldfill items. What to wear tomorrow. How to put together my Halloween costume given that I don't have much time this week. How to pay for a Mozambican vacation at the end of the year in South African Rand so that we can take advantage of their currency devaluation.

Planning: To call my dad in a few minutes. I'd like to call my Grammy, but I fear it's a bit late.

Loving: Reluctant Memsahib's writing. Watching the cats play together. The tuna salad I made for dinner (green peppers, pickles, onion, lemon juice, fresh basil and sesame seeds with the slightest touch of mayo). The satisfaction of having taken 2 naps this weekend, totally unusual for me.

Missing: family, Azul, northern-hemisphere autumn, watching the cranes in New Mexico, huevos rancheros, shopping at cool stores (for clothes, makeup, groceries), a functional postal system, all of my kitchen-ware in my storage unit in California...


Jo Ann v., a writer on the D-List said...

We have changed our time up here... maybe is not that late ? :-)

Safiya Outlines said...

Looking forward to seeing the rings, they sound fascinating.

P.S You've been tagged!

Ali la Loca said...

~Jo Ann - Apparently, according to my mom, time change in Italy (and in the US) is only *next* weekend. I can never keep this stuff straight!

~Safiya - Two of the rings, unfortunately, went to their owner before I remembered to photograph them. The other two - the engagement ones - are still here with me and I will photograph as soon as they are finished!

I've just done your meme. Thanks for the tag!

Alina Popescu said...

Ali, you miss autumn, I miss summer, let's switch for a couple of days, what do you think? :)