Journal

Housewarming

I work with really nice people. I was a little nervous because I’d invited thirty people over and only thought they would all fit, but hadn’t tested it. It was great; my apartment has a perfect configuration for parties because all the rooms open off of a center foyer. The foyer is fairly large so people can spill from one area to the next with no problems.

We had a lot of food, and I’d been told that Icelanders always show up with a bottle of wine when they go to parties because of how expensive alcohol is. Yep. Every group that arrived had a beverage and it was all consumed by the time people left at three a.m.

The Menu
Hummus with Pita Toasts
Dried Apricots with Goat Cheese and Pistachios
Antipasto-stuffed Baguettes
Spinach Tortolini with Pesto
Three Bean Salad
Cheese and Crackers (Raclette, Taleggio, Gorgonzola, and Norwegian Brie)
Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl and Veggies
Grapes
Chips and Salsa
Cookies

The spinach dip was a huge hit because it doesn’t exist out here. I had an interesting time in the grocery store trying to find the right packet of soup mix. Shopping in a foreign language is always fun.

Haircut

I went to have my hair cut today at and feel pretty good about it. I like the cut, but I’m worried about working in it, because Sigrunn didn’t completely believe me when i said that I had to tuck my hair behind my ears. There’s nothing quite as bad as having hair in your eyes when your arms are jammed in a puppet.

I’m having company tonight for a housewarming, that’s why there are wine glasses on the sideboard behind me. Speaking of, I need to go cook!

Balancing Icecream

I’ve just been practising balancing a quadruple scoop fake icecream on a cone. Ah, the joys of puppetry.

In a related story, I don’t think I’ve mentioned that Fridays we have icecream at lunch. They don’t normally serve dessert, so everyone gets very happy about icecream Friday. It’s like we’re all kids again.

Jumping rope

I spent this morning trying to jump rope as Ziggy’s live arms. This is actually really, really hard because the rope has to be two separate pieces in order to get past the puppeteer, but I had to spin them in synchronization over my head with the ends swinging out of frame. It was really hard.

Then I had to play basketball and football. I’m sure you all know how good I am at that, being the avid sportswoman that I am…

Slooooow morning

There has only been one puppet in a shot today. The rest of the time we’ve been sitting around reading or working on other things.

Yoga morning

I got up early today to come in for yoga and the sky was beautiful. My photo does not do justice to the delicate blue of the sky or the heather pink of Mount Esja, but at at least you have a sense that waiting for my ride can be lovely. It’s also brighter out than it looks, but my camera is not very sensative.

The Anchorman

This was a stupid movie that was a lot of fun. I went with Sarah, David and Raymond last night after work. I think we all needed something silly to laugh at. It’s not a brilliant film, but I laughed out loud repeatedly.

Fading Daylight

Apparently we lose seven minutes of daylight each the morning and seven minutes each evening. When you add the overcast to the mix then the shift in daylight is really quite astounding. When I got here last month the sun came up at five a.m. and set around eleven p.m. Now it’s up at seven-thirty and down at eight-thirty.

Esja Mountain

After work last night I went for a walk on Mount Esja with Richard Wolanski. Richard handles all the green screen keying and a lot of special effects. He’s also an avid hiker. Fortunately, he took me on an ‘easy’ hike. It was a rapid ascent, but on a good path, and he stopped frequently so I could catch my breath. I am so out of shape.

The link that I’m putting it doesn’t show the sections of the mountain that we were on, but it was too dark to take pictures with my camera. If we go again during the day I’ll be sure to bring some.

I almost forgot!

I can’t believe I almost forgot to tell you about this. Yesterday I was in the puppet shop talking with Adam (one of the wranglers) and Magnus came in. I figured he was there to ask Adam something so I started to sidle out, but–! He had come looking for me. He said, “I’ve really noticed all the little touches you’re adding. The extra life you’re bringing to the puppets and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it.”

I was floored. I said things about how happy I am to be here, and that I’m proud to be working on this project. Which is true. But I’m still very freaked out that he came looking for me. Raymond told me later that Magnus had been on set looking for me. Kinda cool, huh?

Come visit me!

Iceland Air is having a fare sale. You have to sign up for the email lucky fares to see it, but it’s a $299 roundtrip out of D.C. Woo-hoo!

Yoga & Massage

This morning we had an energy yoga class. This is the first time that I’ve taken a yoga class and I really liked it. They are planning on doing this on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next couple of weeks. I also just came back from a massage. Both relaxations were needed because edatarack.com, the site that hosts my website went down today with no explanation and no warning. I am very, very angry at them, especially since the help email for the company was also down. Hopping mad.

The Mayor

I’ve spent the morning assisting David with the Mayor. That’s always fun. The only thing that’s a little odd is that my hands are too small for the gloves, so I have to wear a second set underneath them to give a little extra puffiness. After we come back from lunch we’ll be dialing a phone. Ooooo. The excitment and glamour of puppetry.

Roshashanah

Yes, we all know that it was a day late, but people had to work yesterday and Fightnight was last night. Anyway, David’s wife Julie had come out from NYC and Steina (Stefan’s wife) is interested in Jewish cooking, so they had a Roshashanah dinner tonight. There were nineteen of us at the dinner table and it was a really great evening. Lots of good conversation.

At one point, Stefan came running into the room and said “The Northern Lights!” so we all ran out onto their deck and stared up at the sky. At first it was very faint, and then the entire northern face of the sky lit up.