Monthly Archives: January 2008

Issues

Tonight I was working on the SCAN Bourbon Street in Shockoe Bottom center pieces, which are masks, made by kiddies. There are about 95 of them, and I decided that most all of them needed “sprucing up”. So, for about an hour, I glued on more feathers to each mask. They are really cute, so I am not sure why I felt the need to spruce them up…. oh well, ’tis my OCD coming out…

Vases full of beads will hold the masks (once each mask is put on a stick – tonight I put 48 on sticks – colored pencils! very clever, I thought). However, I don’t want the beads put into the vases pell mell – I want the to have stripes of color, which means grouping the beads… I think my committee will think I am a freak! But I want things to look a certain way…

And luckily for us, the venue that we are holding the event, Main Street Station, is quite beautiful in it’s own right. It recently went through a renovation – so nothing can be hung, taped, secured, etc to any surface. Which makes things easier for us.

I am excited for this event! Lots of hard work and hopefully everyone will have a good time. We’ll be raising money and awareness around stopping child abuse right here in the community that we live in.

NKOTB

Big news for NKOTB fans…

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Joey McIntire was always my favorite one… I cannot believe he is now 35 yrs old!

I met him once at a Long Island wedding (which was held where Ralph Machio of “The Karate Kid” had his wedding) of one of Boom’s friends – and actually got a photo with him.  I need to find that picture!!!

Thanks, Boom, for making sure I am on top of all NKOTB news!

Old Rag

On Saturday, a group of us from RIC and C’ville met up to do the Old Rag hike – an 8-mile, fairly strenuous / technical hike about 2 hours from RIC. There were 9 of us – Boom, Gretty, me, Quattro (Gretty’s bro), JP, Ali, Chuck, Jules and Whit. A VERY good group of peeps – fun, nice, all athletic and talkative.

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It hasn’t been warm, but I was unprepared for all the snow and ice that was all over the trail!

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Heading up, it was a little warmer – there was a little bit of sun out. And Jules was kind enough to bring us all sammies from one of everyone’s fav sandwich gas station in C’Ville! So that was awesome, when it came to lunch time!

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Here we all are at the top of the mountain. We asked some guy to take our photo – he had to come to us – about 200m away -very nice of him. Quattro is right, thought, people like helping out other people.

Going down was less technical (not so many boulders to climb over / around) but more tricky in that gravity was pulling us down. and much colder – after hugging granite boulders (which do not conduct heat well – they actually suck the heat from your hands and feet) and with the sun hiding, we were all pretty cold.

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I fell numerous time on the way down. Ice and my precarious sense of balance in good conditions are not a good mix. But we all got down unscathed.

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Here we all are safely at the parking lot. and we are all smiling, so it couldn’t have been so bad. One of the best part of the trip was on our way home, we stopped at the Pizza Palace and got 3 pizzas for us all to share! We all just sat around and talked, found out Whit was going out on a date with a boy who was born in 1982!!!! Craziness – but so fun!

It was really great spending the whole day outside, getting some exercise and getting to know the peeps we were with a little bit better. Since Gretty was the common factor, of course all the peeps are quality 😉

Whirling dervish…

I have started waking up in the middle of the night due to worrying about the SCAN Board of Young Professional’s Bourbon Street in Shockoe Bottom fund raiser I am chairing…

I woke up around 2am – thinking it was much later but wondering why I was so tired…  and then again around 4am… I finally got up at 430am to clean before the cleaning lady (she came this morning).  I got tired again and went back to bed from 6-7am…

The folks that work at the SCAN office likely think that I am a cr@ck head, as I am always talking 100 miles and hour and whirling about like a dervish…  sometimes I feel like I am all hopped up on caffeine, but I don’t drink coffee or sodas.

At yogidy this morning, I wasn’t into it.  I dunno if it is b/c my sleep was off last night or that I was running a bit late (and coming from the dentist, of all places) but I definitely couldn’t get my mind to quite down.  And twice I remembered Boom and I this summer (right after the tragedy) – and all the day trips we took and how good he was to me, and it brought tears to my eyes both times.

After this event, I am going to try to slow it down a little.  Sometimes I think whirling about it not way for me to be… about a week and a half left to go!!!

Combatting excess

To try to combat all the stuff that I have, I am going to try NOT to buy anything for as long as I can. Clearly, consumables (food / toiletries / etc) don’t count – I am just talking about stuff like clothes (ugh), shoes (the pain!), fabric (oh no!), gift wrapping supplies (not really?!), fabric / ribbon (but I love it all so!!!), art supplies, scrappin’ supplies, and so on. I love to prepare for projects, but when projects don’t get executed, all my crap starts to pile up… (I may need to make 1 exception – need some fabric to complete some throw pillows I have been talking about making forever – and I finally have the pillow forms…)

And, compared to some of the people that sew out there, my fabric collection is not really all that large. But it seems overwhelming to me and I just want to get it all under control. And use it up – and rediscover things I remember purchasing but haven’t seen in ages… For some reason, I have a real soft spot for ribbon -I could buy ribbon until the cows come home! And not to use for any particular reason, just b/c I like it.

(To Boom’s credit, he just looks at all my stuff and shakes his head.  He likes all my projects, but doesn’t really understand why I have so much stuff.  I have culled it down and little and reined it in some.  I guess I just have too many ideas and not enough time!  Like everyone else in the world…)

What brought this all on was I have a baby shower to attend on Sunday. And I have the gift (very cute! part is home made!) – but not the “right” boxes to put the gift in. So I was thinking I should go to buy some boxes today… but then I was thinking – that is such a waste, to buy boxes that (hopefully get reused) likely just get thrown away. And I have lots of gift wrapping stuff (other boxes, bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper, etc) so it is not like my gift will look like crap, but just not exactly the “vision” I had in my mind. Which may be good – for me to let go a little about the small things that in the end don’t matter all that much…

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. And how long it last… (clearly if there is a HUGE sale somewhere and not buying would be like LOSING mola, all bets are off) Wish me luck!

Al’s Bach Party and Flikr

Trying to use Flickr – the photo management website of choice for bloggers (as much as I can tell), but not working out well for me…

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UGH – none of the code that Flickr provides works on this WordPress blog… highly annoying…

Anyway, trust me and go check out Al’s Bach Party photos! Too funny!

Rice Crust

After yogidy last night I went to dindin with Cubby last night at Can Can – a local French-esque restaurant.  I had an entree of all seasonal squashes with spinach and arugula – very yummy!  Boom had headed over to C’ville for interviews yesterday and he thought he was going to have to stay for dinner.  (Thus the reason I made dinner plans with Cubby even though I just got home Sunday night).  Anyway, because I went out, I told Boom to head up a frozen pizza I had picked up at the grocery store earlier on Monday.

As we all know, I am trying to lead a veg head lifestyle, and am up for trying different things.  So I got 2 Amy’s Kitchen pizzas – 1 with a rice crust and 1 with soy cheese.

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Boom had headed up the rice crust pizza, and when I got home he was practically scraping his tongue – it was SO DISGUSTING to him.  I took a bit and it seemed ok to me, but I had just eaten a large meal, so perhaps my taste-buds were a little full already.  He had to put half of the pizza in the ‘fridge, claiming it was “too much” for him. and then he made himself a peanut butter sandy.

Anyway, I ate his leftover pizza today for lunch – honestly, I couldn’t tell that they were made from rice as opposed to wheat.  When I emailed Boom as much, this is how he responded:

Threw up in mouth.

What a little DB!!!!  I bet if I had heated it up without letting him see the box, it would have tasted just fine to him…  hmm, that will be a good test in the future…

Fashion Week

Since Fashion Week 2008 is soon to be upon us, I thought I’d post my experience of Fashion Week 2007. It was AWESOME! I bid on Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors tickets in the fall of 2006 at the Richmond SPCA’s Fur Ball (their big fancy fundraiser). I took Yarb, as her Christmas gift – and we had a BLAST!
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We were one of the lucky ones – you can’t BUY tickets to Fashion Week and we were going to be inside the famous tents at Bryan Park…
Our first show was Oscar de la Renta.
oscar-sign.jpg oscar-mass.jpg This was the mass chaos before the show started.
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The models at the end of the show.
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Some famous people at the show…
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And Oscar himself!
I’ve retrived the emails I sent from NYC to my friends post show:

today was the oscar de la renta show – it was just FABULOUS! so awesome! here is what socialiterank.com (unfort, this website is no longer active) has to say:
TOP FIVE SHOWS TO BE THOROUGHLY INFESTED WITH SOCIALITES:
Oscar de la Renta: He’s grasping 10021 between his magical fingers and he’s not letting go. For the society, this is THE show to score tickets to. The ladies will gasp, cheer and applaud at every look in a beautiful, privileged unison.
– and –
Right now, the real 10021 divas are gracing the front-row seats of both the Carolina and Oscar shows.
it was totally unreal – the whole experience! the paparatzi was there in full effect – barbara walterspiper perabo were the main famous peeps that we saw. the creative direcor of Elle was there as was the editor of Elle Decor. lots of socialites (i am assuming, since the photographers loved them and i didn’t recognize them!) and that was all before the show started!oscar’s evening wear was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! i loved most all of his dresses! the models were sooo thin – and tall. the dresses were simple, classing and yet modern at the same time. lots of fur trim – gorgeous pinks and also black and a lovedly taupe dress with a tulle skirt. new trend – black hose / tights with everything!

i was literally sitting on the edge of my seat the entire show! it lasted around half an hour. our seats were pretty good – maybe 4 rows up – so definately peeps sitting behind us and the standing room was at the very top. the music was also really great – somewhat techno but still melodic. i really, really enjoyed the whole thing! all the socialites were carrying HUGE bags – i feel like i need to get a new, and REALLY BIG bag.

we ended up wearing skinning jeans and sweaters. it was much better to be dressed as we were, than to be one of the ones “trying too hard”. and we fit right in!

anyway, i’ll write more after the micheal kors show!

xoxo

p.s. scooter – full length puffy jackets are all the rage here in nyc! you are so cutting edge!

And our second show was Michael Kors:
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Here is what I emailed after the show:
i just got back from the Micheal Kors show – INCREDIBLE! that is all i can say – it was effing INCREDIBLE! lots of star sightings, so let’s start from the beginning…the first celeb we saw was Anna Winter (Editor-in-Chief of Elle; the character that “The Devli Wears Prada” is based off of…) with her was her Editor-at-Large of Elle, I dunno his name, but he is a really tall, African-American man. He was also at the Oscar show on Monday. She is super thin and stylish, as one would expect.

the next celeb spotted at the show was the Dutchess of York, Fergie. She looks just like she does on tv. seemed very friendly – some random peeps were going up to her to talk to her!

the bald guy from “what not to wear” and “fashion police” was there – in a bright orange jacket. he was also at oscar’s show.

the next celeb we saw was jane k., the secretarty from ally mcbeal. she has a lot of blone hair! and is quite petite.

so… the next star was a biggie – jeanne’s lookalike Kim Catrall from sex in the city! she looked great! ee got some great shots of her after the show when she was talking to the media. i’ll send them out once they are downloaded.

the donald was there with melana – he looks exactly like he does on tv! she was wearing a huge fur hat – and looks very glamorous!

both this show and the oscar show was in the main tent, there are smaller shows in the salon and another smaller tent. this time we sat on the other side of the tent than we did for the oscar show.

the music was much more pop-ey than at the oscar show. mainly “groove is in the heart” and some gwen stefani. and sportsware made up most of his pieces. he did have some male models as well. neutrals were everywhere – and lots of fur. the few colors that did show up in his clothing were orange and blue. but mainly just grays, khakis, browns, blacks, golds and silver. he also had patents leathers.

large bags were everywhere. on the models and spectators. i am coveting a chanel black patent leather bag – huge! i went to saks to see if i could just hold it and check the price, but they had none left! i saw no less than 5 ladies carrying that bag!

for you richmond gals, tinsley (mercer) mortimer was there – and she is ranked #2 on socialiterank.com (the last ranking time frame she was ranked #1).

i didn’t wear a drop of make-up the entire time i was in nyc! i didn’t even shower for this show (i did for oscar) – just call me pigpen 😉 the ponytail is quite in, which makes me happy! and so are skinny jeans / pants. i felt out of style when i was not wearing skinny pants – even the men are wearing skinny pants!

i am headed home in a few hours – hopefully i’ll catch up with you all in person soon!

xoxo

And here are other random photos from our fun 5 days in NYC…
et.jpg Yarb & I in Bill and Juan’s apartment (they took 2 apartments and made into one, very Sex in the City-esque)
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Here is all of us – this was a Sun or Mon night – we went to dindin and then out DANCING at a gay club. Very fun. I felt like such a city gal!!!!
Thanks, Boom, for letting Yarb and I go up yo NYC. It was the experience of a LIFETIME (though I’d love to do it again… and I hear SCAN has gotten their hands on some Fashion Week tickets to auction off at the Progressive Dinner event…).

Wrinkles!!!!

My friend Kandy got a new pup for Chrismas – a Vizsla names Peyton. He is adorable – I haven’t yet met him in the flesh, but I cannot wait! You be the judge…

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SOOO cute! I have to see him before all his wrinkles are gone…

Boom is biased against him since Peyton is the name of the QB for the Colts, who are the NE Pats arch enemies… funny email from Kandy, when she was sending out these photos:

Jams (her fiancee) named him, mostly because he paid for 83% of the purchase price. As Vizslas are running dogs, he recognizes the honorary naming is a misnomer, as Peyton Manning is really not very mobile.

Books

I have been reading a bit – had some time when I was on the cruise…

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Kim had this book – and it is all about being vegan.  After reading the small section they have on how animals are treated, I cried and cried.  I haven’t eaten any meat since.  I just can’t.  This book has me wanting to do more research and also read more about lots of subjects.  Which is good – I like it when books make you think, and then also make you want to take action (of any sort).

When Marm, Dad and I were at Costco, I also picked up their cookbook:

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I will be making the veggie enchaladas this week and the vegan choc chips next week.

I am not sure that I can become vegan just yet, but I am willing to try to be a veg head (vegetarian) for now.  Hasn’t been too hard – and really, I haven’t missed anything too much.  But I did make chocolate chip cookies today (to use up the choc chips we currently have) and used eggs in ’em (to help use up the eggs we have).

I am undecided if I will eat eggs moving forward.  I do love them and can see how I might miss them.  Someday I’d like to have 2 hens in my back yard so I can gather eggs from them – keep them in a fenced in area where they can cluck about and have a small hen house for them to sleep in.  I think I will try to go to the farmers market on Thursdays to buy my eggs.  When Jojo and I were part of the organic farm share, the hens they had did have a small hen house, but were allowed to roam around as they wished.  As it should be…

I txted my friend Kandy to let her know I was becoming a veg head, and when she txted back wanted to know why, I replied  “Because I need a change” and really I think that is my main selfish reason why (along with various other more altruistic reasons).

Whilst roaming the book section at Costco, I also picked up the following:

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I had heard a lot of buzz about this book and had been wanting to check it out, so I got it.   I finished it on the plane ride to CLT (to get home to VA) – and it was good.  Funny and amusing and brought up a lot of ideas that are interesting and that perhaps I can do a bit more research on…  At one point, it did bring tears to my eyes.  So I would recommend it.

And currently I am reading the following:

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My great friend, Coco, loves this book.  She is really smart and intellectual and an ENGLISH major, so I have been intimidated by this book for some time (I think I got it around Thanksgiving 07).  But, since I had finished Eat, Pray, Love and my flight was delayed, I had no choice but to start reading.  And I am really liking it!  There is a family tree on one of the first pages (THANK GOODNESS!), and I keep having to refer back to it – I am bad with names and lots of the names are very similar or have other names within their names.

While I was away, Boom and I talked and he said something to the effect that he wanted to watch less TV and read more. I really hope he is sincere in that desire.  as I don’t have too much of an issue cutting out TV, and I would love for us to spend time next to each other reading.  Dorky, I know, but good, I think.