Sunday, April 27, 2008

PROM

Last night was Andy's junior prom. She looked amazing! Her date is a very sweet and shy boy who we all think is pretty cool.

They looked like movie stars. Andy in her flowing gown and Rick in his interestingly stylish no lapel tux and bowler.















There was much curiosity about how Andy would do her eyebrows. The answer of course is with an unmatched style and flair.























After several hund
red pix the kids piled into a white limo (to Melanie Griffith saying "I'm not Liberachi's god damned boyfriend" in my head) and headed off to Nagasaki to eat sushi. They danced the night away at the armory and then headed to the high school for after prom (consisting of rock climbing, raffles and assorted other games until 4am). I'm sure she will sleep all day, so it will be dinner before we get the gory details on the whole experience.


Fantastic!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

quilts




So, yesterday my gals and I went to Paducah for "the big show". I t was a lovely day as weather goes and more fun that a barrel of monkeys company wise. Terry had a giant corn dog for lunch.
Andy was huge in Paduch as always. She had ladies stop to tell her how beautiful and amazing she was at least 20 times. Some of them going so far as to stand ad stroke her cheek like I do
(get off my cool aide beetch). She even made up a new game, I can't post the title (it is soooo inappropriate) but we laughed so hard I though they might ask us to leave for having too much fun.
This always one of my favorite road trips. It's so inspiring to see the results of all of these talented folk's hard word.
This year the prevalent themes seemed to be alphabets and Hawaiian appliqué, although I did not see a single Hawaiian appliqué alphabet (maybe next year). To me it was very different show as far as color choices. The winners were all very dark and sort of solid looking (even though several of them were made with hand dyed fabric). I'm sure it's just a trend in quilting that I have not noticed because I wasn't paying attention ( much like geometry class).
I won't show pixs of any of the quilt without permission, but here's Andy with one we titled "the Emperor's new quilt".
The quilts were fantastic and the # of venders overwhelming. There were so many wonderful fabrics and trims. We bought bits and bobs from so many places. I even learned that all the years I have been going that there was an entire section I didn't even know was there. I though Terry was trying to sell me an elevator pass when she said "let's go to the pool area". We had a total blast with Tom at the Bernina booth talking about non sewing things.

I bought this unreal fabric (no you can't have it Jes) from a lovely Australian couple.













Then there was our new favorite eatery. It's on the strip as you head out of town. If you don't know we are great lovers of non chain restaurant food. "Yesterdays" did not disappoint. The outside of the building was covered in steel and neon and inside was a sea of formicah and chrome in red, white and black. Then there was the food; all the burgers are hand pattied doubles, the fries are like Zesto's and they have all manner of ice cream concoctions. it was delicious! next time we go I'll shoot pix of the outside of the building and be sure to ask what a "concrete" is (it's in neon on the front with other words like "shakes " and "ice cream").

Friday, April 18, 2008

EARTHQUAKE!

















This was the battle cry of my loving brothers as
they thrashed back and forth like drunken party guests inside my cardboard play house. I recall standing outside my corrugated domicile eyes wide with horror at the impending doom my blow up furniture was facing. It was so nice of them to play with me. I'm pretty sure that play house lasted 3 weeks.

fast forward 30 years

we were awakened at 4:30 this morning by a real earthquake. Oddly enough, not a regular occurrence around here considering we live on the largest fault in the US. It seemed to last for a very long time, perhaps due to our only being 38 miles from the epicenter. I know nothing of how these things work. All I know is that it rumbled long enough to awaken our entire household at an indecent hour. Most of us were able to sort of go back to sleep and the damage report upon waking, well, there isn't one. a few things wiggled around (the ironing board and my dresser) and one of Andy's Ramones figures fell over (but that happens if you slam the door).
So, all is well here and as far as I know downtown Evansville did not fall into the river (a common prediction in the "big one" senario). I'm sure it will be all anyone can talk about today.




P.S. Hello Dolly opened last night and was amazing just so ya'll know!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

a new day

let me just start by saying not being able to sew sucks!
I am like a teenager who's not allowed to text (not my teenager she could give a rats ass about things like that). I walk past the sewing room and sigh a lot. I know that if I keep up my rehab I will be able to do it again.
The up side of all this is that I have a new job that I dig and that will allow me to really expand in a lot of ways.
Yesterday brought me back to center with 2 phone calls about art shows; one for a group show at an art gallery and one for the solo museum show that I set up back in march. They are both great opportunities and I am looking forward to them.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

ERRT ! career change

well, the last few weeks have brought lots of pain ( of all kinds). It turns out that the muscles in my dominant hand are rebelling due to over use and (dare I say it ) age. Ten years of constant abuse finishing needle point has cornered me into laying aside my day job. I have resigned my great, flexible, challenging, constantly new and interesting job. I'm sure in time something new will come along. For now I'm trying to be open, patient and utilize lots of ice, meds and stretching.
this too shall pass.