Wednesday, October 31, 2007

elephant puzzler

how to make crafty and abstractly artistic costume elephant ears cheap and easy. suggestions welcome. (the nose will be made from a slinky and elastic)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Some Variations and Crooked Conversations

A brief update in some stolen spare time:

Thursday I took my sister to her first Umphrey's show! My own first was just a touch over a year ago (last July to be precise). Incredible time had by all.

10/25/07 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
Set I: Out of Order> Visions of Parin> In the Kitchen, Great American1> I've Got a Feeling1> Great American1, 13 Days> JaJunk
Set II: The Crooked One> Cherub Rock, Mail Package, Miss Tinkle's Overture, Much Obliged> Pearl Necklace2> Hurt Bird Bath
Encore: Pay the Snucka

1 Benny Yurco of Turkey Bullion Mafia (Guitar)
2 Chris Friday (Vocals
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Two observations - Miss Tinkle's Overture may be the sexiest thing to hear live. Pay the Snucka was the best I've heard it yet.


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Not to be cryptic, but I'm slightly amused by some recent bloggular activity. A certain person seems to be experiencing certain life circumstances reminicent of my own about 6 months ago. Ironically, she was one who opted out of being a decent person and it seems karma has caught up. Not that I wish this nameless person pain, but I can't help but doubt that s/he's realized the parallel and considered their part in my summer misfortunes (they're not one to get much beyond their own life). I don't know the details, as we've lost touch, nonetheless, I do chuckle at the universe sometimes.

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I'm going to a Burning Man Decompression at the Museum of Arts in Queens this weekend. The theme is Concrete Jungle. My costume is beyond bitchin. I've got butterflies. Seriously.

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Work has been beyond nuts, I'm a touch overwhelmed. Some things are coming up mid-Nov that will be a challenge personally. We'll see how it goes. I'm still in a holding pattern regarding "Getting Involved!" and "Getting a Life!" But I'm sure they're coming.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dress-up Party


Brilliant Idea:
We play dress up. Everyone brings dress-up decoration (from their own collection, or local thrift store), we compile in a dress-up box, and everyone gets to go through and decorate themselves to excess! Boas, beads, tiaras, giant glasses...the whole nine. Let's discuss...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Family Friend

I've noticed that one gets introduced as a "family friend" when one stops dating the son but still hangs around family functions (I get attached, ok?!)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

There's no place like Soulive





Last Friday my cousin Samm got married - the first of all my cousins (26 total). It was a beautiful ceremony, followed by a reception where no drinking or dancing was allowed. Stripped of my families two wedding talents, we left shortly thereafter. (The bride and groom were just 20, and dancing is a sin).

I dashed from Troy, NY Saturday morning to make it to Boston. The first time in my life I won something cool it was two tickets to Soulive. Soulive is awesome, and I wasn't tempting karma by not going just because Boston is far and I haven't seen my family in years (my grandmother was at the wedding, I haven't seen her since my high school graduation). I got to Boston, found some on street parking by my friend Jenn's house, and had 30 minutes before the doors opened. Then I got a call that the girl I offered the extra ticket to missed the bus and wasn't coming. Rather than scramble at the last minute to find someone else to go, probably someone who wouldn't appreciate Soulive as they should be appreciated, I made a big girl decision (tempting karma in mind); I went alone. And gave the extra ticket to the kid with dreads behind me. He didn't believe me. I think that's GOT to be good for some extra winning karma, right?

If it's in my 5 year plan to move to the West Coast, I'm certainly going to be there not knowing anyone for awhile. I should prepare for this by getting over my discomfort of going out alone. I not only stayed for the entire show (it was incredible!)I talked to some strangers, deflected a drunk frat guy (who looked a lot like the last drunken frat guy that hit on me in Boston...coincidence?) DANCED, and had myself a grand little time. Side note "I'm not here with anyone" was a surprisingly strong pick-up line. I'm more than a little creeped out by that.


Then Jenn and I went out "just for a little" keeping in mind that I had to work in northern NH at 11 the next morning. We went to 3 different bars, had $10 martini's bought for us by a guy so drunk he forgot to come back and talk to us, and got home somewhere around 3.30. I woke up 4 hours later, drove to Hanover, and worked a full day shift. So worth it.