Friday, September 24, 2010

Small Victories

{Slow But Discernible Progress}

Small victories of the week: despite the fact that the carpenter was missing some digits (*not* the most reassuring mark of competency) he stretched some beautiful canvases for me. Major score. Also, we're on a first name basis with Anhil, who makes the best omelets and masala chai in the village. Double score. So this weekend will be spent priming canvases, eating omelets, washing laundry (read: beat clothes in a bucket of soapy hot water, rinse, repeat), and possibly exploring the neighboring valley on foot. Also, trying to avoid being the victim of a monkey ambush. More on that soon. Obviously the fact that an ambuscade of primates is a legitimate concern deserves its own post. Have a fabulous weekend, muggles.



23 comments:

  1. Is that your kitchen he is cooking in or his kitchen?

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  2. Must ask Anil to make masala omlettes for you. Will go well with the masala chai

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  3. It's funny how the littlest victories are the easiest ones to not see but can be the most rewarding. It's awesome that you are finding your groove halfway across the world. :)

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  4. your lovely trip is making me ache to go back to Turkey!
    Color me envious over the canvases, I haven't quite mastered that yet.
    Are you using a regular gesso?

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  5. your little nest is so dreamy...it's making me long to take a trip (I've been dying to go to Thailand!)...can't wait to see what you paint :-) Happy travels!

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  6. you're such a muggle-face! i love that you made friends with the omelet man - this is VERY important. have fun trecking around india this weekend! will miss you at my birfday party! xoxo

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  7. well that explains why maybe the monkey didn't get a point.

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  8. Nothing like a fresh canvas and a delicious omelet to make life seem oh so very complete.

    Loving your adventures.

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  9. No WAY was the carpenter missing digits. Maybe he lost them in a monkey ambush?

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  10. All the best carpenters are missing digits or parts of them. Or maybe I'm biased, after one too many trips to the ER with my dad and stepdad. To be fair, they've had all of theirs reattached, so the evidence is less obvious.

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  11. Monkey ambush!? I hope pictures will be accompanying that post.

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  12. Monkeys shmonkeys, m'dear: that BUG is SPECTACULAR. Whenever you stare and stare and can't decide whether they be mandibles or legs, well, that's a good bug.

    You bashers of laundry, summers of phalanges. I cannot tell you, whatever it is, how much I want that first painting.

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  13. does KAMKURU! mean anything yet? (my only word of hindu/hindi besides namaste)

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  14. there is so much to digest lately...love all your posts...they look so lovely...but REAL monkeys that are free to roam about scare the crap out of me...i definitely could only do what you are doing if i had to...to be young and adventurous!

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  15. Thanks, all!

    Priya- that's Anhil's little tea shop in the village. Our "kitchen" is a propane burner and a sink that drains into a hole in the floor. So not a lot of culinary action happening in the Nest any time soon;)

    Embell- WILL DO! Thanks for the advice!

    Kelly Ann- didn't lug gesso over here with me so I'm using some (gasp) ACRYLIC HOUSE PAINT I found in the bazaar. It takes about five or six applications with lots of sanding in between, but after a few tests it seems to be working great.

    Rachel- so glad the he-folk in your family have all got theirs reattached!

    Deb- wait, I don't know kamkuru?! What's it?!

    Re. monkeys and insects: more pictures to come. Promise.

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  16. Nice to hear you are making friends in your new neighbourhood, masala chai, sounds nice! How is it different to normal chai? Love the pictures of your house, the windows and the light are wonderful. They remind me so much of my days in a little house we rented in Kathmandu [minus the trees you have out your window].
    Your painting of the flower is beautiful, so languid and graceful!

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  17. Lucky you! I love your posts. Why not a trip in France in another life =)

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  18. To gesso canvas we used to use Fevicol ( you'll get it in any hardware store), water and zinc oxide. All mixed up, can't remember the proportions.2 -3 coats with sanding inbetween will do the trick.

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  19. Avoiding a monkey ambush is not something I've ever had to do. Must be tricky. Here in Portland our biggest wildlife adventures of late involve Scout's all-night mouse hunts. Doesn't sound as wild or as bloody as it actually is. Blech.

    Loving your updates!

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  20. OK, seriously! Must hear about the monkey ambush - SOON!

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  21. oh no! not the acrylic house paint!!
    that really made me laugh...mostly because I was thinking you were going to say something completely different.

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  22. I will never complain about walking a couple blocks to the laundromat again after thinking you're beating the dirt from your clothes in a bucket! Ow. Cheers to omlettes and adventures!

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  23. holy crap! anil is bald???? anil used to have lots of hair!!! awwwww. anil..............great parathas anil....i love you lily--more please-pictures of dinker and chitranjan sil vous plait!!!
    oxoxoxo deb

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