I sent The Spouse back to Moscow today with
*A fencing helmet, protective clothing, and a chest protector
*Items purchased from Ann Taylor and Victoria's Secret for a friend of ours (she bought them, we're just delivering)
*School supplies . . . sooooo much cheaper at Target than at World of Books in Moscow. Not to mention sooooo much calmer shopping in July instead of The Day Before School Starts.
*A cardboard cat scratching box. It's a clever thing that one of our evil cats actually uses, sparing our fine IKEA furniture.
His bags totaled something like 48 or 61 pounds. It seemed to change. But the Nice Lady at Check-In didn't say "boo" about it. Hurray.
I will be packing the following later this week:
*Two rubber spatulas. Mine died.
*A ginormous Zip-lock bag filled with Splenda packets.
*Some sort of little video recording camera type doo-hicky-gadget for a friend.
*A year's supply (I hope) of my Preferred Brand and Flavor of Lady Products. Maybe this menopause thing will start to work in my favor for once, and I'll get to stop importing these.
*Cough medicine. Extra strength. It's not that the Russians don't make cough medicine. I just wasn't terribly impressed. Didn't like what the Brits sold me last winter either. I wanna be silent as the tomb.
* Industrial-sized bottle of Febreeze. See earlier "cat-astrophe" blog entries.
Yet to be purchased: appropriate measuring cups. Like what Ina Garten uses. Not those dumb collapsible ones that seem to be all the rage these days. Does anyone actually use these things? I could see a college student-type buying a set once. But I can't imagine anyone ever buying these a second time. Aren't they going to wear out instantly? I already balked at the $30 price tag for the nice stainless steel ones. But it isn't like I never cook, right?
Oh, and today, I acquired a Ganesh pendant. He's the Lord of Obstacles and a Patron of Letters. Seemed like just the thing for me.
Departure: Thursday. We arrive in Moscow on Friday.
This event is coming up shortly upon our return. See anyone you recognize?