Monday, December 19, 2011
Well. We're in the United States, travelling back and forth across Oklahoma visiting family. Which means I will probably be too busy eating and napping to update the blog for a little while, so don't be surprised if the posts are erratic and/or non-existent. Have a Happy Holiday Season!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sorry guys, I fell asleep during the fashion show. It's exhausting to dress up and get your picture taken, so this will be the last fashion entry. Tomorrow, we'll talk about signs! Doesn't that sound exciting?

So here I am, posing next to Girija's awesome wood carving. I reported for duty at her apartment (she's my neighbor) for sari-tying boot camp. She dressed me (again), and showed me in detail how to wrap and drape my sari, and while I am still pathetically slow, I at least have a firm grasp on the technique. All I need now is lots of practice.

Another reason for ending the Fashion show -  I am not even remotely photogenic, and as you can tell by the above, I lean heavily toward very strange faces. Sorry. This is why it's always a good idea to hire professionals.
Friday, December 9, 2011
A few more of these, and I'll be forced to create a "Head Injuries" blog label for them. The below was the result of a Taco Bell staircase and Timothy's impatience to beat us to the pop machine.

He felt a lot better when we told him it made him look like the dog on Disney's Bolt.

The Head Injury Scoreboard is now tied. Tyler - 1, Timothy - 1
Place your bets.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I call this one my Christmas Sari, since it's got the greens, reds, and gold of my favorite holiday season. I'm a little wrinkled here, because the boys and I went shopping, and Tyler spent a lot of time in my lap.

The front (and wrinkled) view

Showing the color contrast

And the back detail on my blouse.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Since I forgot to take a photo of today's outfit, and Jason is late at work (he's frantically tying up loose ends so he can come back to the States for the holidays with a clear conscience), I'll just direct you to some videos that show just exactly how many ways there are to wear a sari. (Courtesy of

Ridiculous huh? Now you see why I was so excited about my tailor sewing the pleats in.
Monday, December 5, 2011
This is another of my "daily" outfits. I have a dupatta that matches this, but I usually forget to wear it. I haven't quite mastered the art of keeping the dupatta where it's supposed to stay on my shoulders, so I'm easily irritated when it falls off all the time.

I have learned the hard way that colored fabrics here are not at all color-safe. Just an FYI.

Friday, December 2, 2011
We interrupt this fashion show for a special announcement from our sponsors...The Random Photo team.

Bike accidents hurt just as bad in India

"The Team"

It's Halloween every day here.

Tyler once answered the door wearing only underwear, the pirate hat and patch, and a sword. 
The cable guys were surprised. He's permanently cemented their expectations of American behavior.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

One of my favorite pastimes here in India is shopping, and most of my purchases have been clothing related. So, I figured it wouldn't hurt to show off some of the fantastic clothing items available here in India, so the blog is hosting a fashion show. Unfortunately, all the skinny, anorexic models were unavailable, so I'm filling in. (or filling out, whichever you prefer.) Each day I'll post a pic and a quick description.

Even though the top and dupatta (scarf, I've also heard it called a chadar) are dry clean only, this is still one of my favorite outfits to wear. It helps that dry cleaning can be done here for less than $.50/ per article. I love the purple, and the material is a light silk and synthetic mix that keeps me cool.

The salwar (pants) worn with these were very surprising to me. When I first tried a pair on, I was shocked to find that my leg was too big, despite choosing the size I felt most appropriate. I later discovered that a good portion of the pants material is designed to stay below the knee, much like the 80's era leg warmers in the US. The top portion of the pants are enormous, and soothed my scarred self-esteem.

Here's a photo of the salwar portion of the shalwar kameez (I never have any clue whether my spelling is correct or not). The waistband of the pants is tightened with a drawstring, and the baggy part is covered by the top (which I am not sure what the proper name is?). The outfit is completed with a pair of sandals or heels. It took me a while to get used to these pants; because of the loose fit at the waist, hips, and thighs, it really feels like you forgot pants completely. I find it difficult to bend at the knee sometimes as well, since the pants (at least the ones I own) are made of 100% cotton, and are not stretchy at all. 

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