Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nerdy by Nature

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. It truly was a magical experience that has me excited to read the books despite my opposition toward fantasy novels (ones that don't involve Fabio anyway).

Okay, so we went to Star Wars weekend earlier this month and I loved it. This past weekend, we did the Harry Potter thing (um, poor word choice, perhaps?) and I loved that too. Folk that are into such things aren't usually known for their lack of geekiness. And I am beginning to find that the nerd is strong in this one (get it, like how Yoda says "The Force is strong in this one" about Luke?! ...oh my gosh, what have I become?).
In the town of Hogsmeade, it's always winter. Which means that if you work at Islands, you are going to be clad from head to toe in winter gab despite summertime Florida temps. Something us Muggles would never be able to handle.

But I suppose there are worse things a person could be into. Like meth, internet porn, the Twilight series (I say as though I didn't read every freaking book). So I'm a nerd. Try and suppress your gasp of surprise.
Upon our return to reality, I was delighted to find this package of goodies in the mail from my friend Judy. After polishing my lightsaber, receiving mail is my favorite thing. Not familiar with the Amazing Jewelry-Making Judy? Then you must go immediately here:
Where you will see such un-nerdy wonders as this:

Judy's package wasn't the only one that was waiting for me. Before we left on our trip, I had ordered some sandals and I was thrilled to find that not only did they fit perfectly, but are comfy and have the kind of Roman/Nautical/Hippie/Retro look I was hoping for.
Please pardon my pale legs and unprofessional pedicure. Focus on the sandals. Use the force if you must. Now that I think about it, they look very Obi Wan-esque. Perfect for the upcoming convention.
And in completely unrelated news that has nothing to do with this post, I altered this dress today! I'm pretty excited about. I had been putting it off forever -- I have no idea why because it took me less than an hour. As usual, I had to take the chest in (sigh) and this time, instead of adding length, I took the hem up about 4". Oh, and I had to make a matching belt. Because I'm a nerd. So I guess this wasn't as unrelated as I thought.

May the Nerd be with you!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Favorite Things

What a beauty, right? Last week I went to one of my favorite Nashville events: The American Artisan Festival. It was there I met Amelia Stamps and picked up this lovely piece. You can see more of her work here:

A couple weeks ago, I was crowned. Not the kind where I become queen and gain the authority to rid people of their heads. More like the kind where my Prince Charming is a dentist armed with numerous needles and high-pitched torture devices. He does the drilling, I do the drooling. It's not a healthy relationship, but we're working through it.
Another American Artisan purchase, this time for mom-in-law's birthday. She's a big bird watcher and I couldn't resist picking this up for her. Ceramics has definitely become one of my favorite things, both to work with and admire.

Did I mention that all of that pain and suffering (not to mention all of my woe-is-me theatrics) was only for the temporary crown? You can imagine I was a little more than anxious heading in for my permanent yesterday. To bring me happy thoughts during my dreaded time in the reclining chair, I compiled a mental list of all of my favorite things. Thought I 'd share 'em with you.
Favorite things that are consumed daily...when not all numbed up: Tabasco Sauce, La Croix Berry sparking water, Peanut Butter Ginger Chews, cherries and coffee by The Rogue Roaster.
The last time I was at the dentist, I was so numbed up, I couldn't eat a thing. I was on the a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and a sensible (liquefied) dinner diet plan. When I'm not drooling on myself, I am usually eating these new faves. I go throw food phases where I'll eat the same thing over and over until I tire of it. Kind of like listening to a favorite song over too many times. However, I don't see myself tiring of these favorite yummies.
How could this little girl not be on my faves list? I can't bear to fold the towel laundry and disturb this sweet baby.

Well, all of that ramping up and stressing out was for nothing, thankfully. I walked in, had the temporary tweezered out (yes, with tweezers. I coulda done that), the permanent snapped on and was given a lecture on the merits of flossing. No shots, no numbness, no pain. If I could categorize my dental visits, I'd say that one was my favorite.
One last favorite: This dress I scored at Forever 21 (I'm pretty sure they are going to start checking my ID soon. 21, I am not). It was a pinch too short so I added the eyelet at the bottom and a pinch too busty, ahem, so I took in the chest area. And paired it with a new belt, of course. I look all solemn and what not. Probably thinking about the repercussions of not flossing on a daily basis.

Here's hoping that your day is full of your favorite things!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lemme Give Ya Some Advice...

 Here's some advice: when the opportunity comes up for you to take a girlfriend road trip, do it. Especially if it's to a beachy local (that's right, I said BEACHY, though at times it may get a little bit**y).

I like to hear advice. And sometimes give it. Though I can usually tell when I've lost someone by their glazed over eyes and face that reads "why is this fruitloop giving me advice?"
 Beach advice: Be sure to swim past the seaweed when out in the ocean. I felt like I was swimming in miso soup and later looked as though I was wearing seaweed pasties.

Notice I didn't say that I like to take advice. It's not that I don't agree with the wise words,  it's just that I'm too lazy to actually do something with them. So I pass the good advice along to others. I'm an advice regifter. Kinda like those practical presents you get at Christmas -- like those socks with the lotion in them. How cool are those? My mom would so totally be into these, I think as I thank the gift-giver while carefully placing the present back into it's box so as not to wrinkle what will become my next Mother's Day gift.
Knitting advice: Always use a knitting counter. I didn't have one in the car for the trip and the pattern called for 7 rows knit, one purl. I had the genius idea of using candy as my counter. I transferred the candy from the box to my lap for each row. I know, I'm least I was until I started eating the candy thusly screwing up my pattern as you can see. 

My favorite place to read advice are those changeable bulletin board thingies that churches have. Every week they dispense with their wisdom. Mitch and I saw one the other day that read: Live like you were going to die tomorrow. After reading it, Mitch said "they forgot the most important part: but plan as though you were going to live forever. Wow. Did I marry Yoda or what? (though I think he woulda said "Plan as though, live forever, you will.  Herh herh herh"...or something)
 Not knowing where your food comes from can be a good thing. I tried to convince myself that the fish were only sleeping...until someone pointed out that they had sticks in their eyes.

Which reminds me of my other favorite Mitch-ism: "Stop giving a sh** what other people think". Okay then. So, I'm passing that one on to you. If you give a sh**, that is.

Oh and enjoy your summer. Now that's not advice, that's just a given!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Spinning Top

You know you are surrounded by die-hard fans when people start throwin' their underwear at the Star Wars characters...and the underwear happen to be mens briefs. 

I'm feeling a little dizzy. Been saying Yes! Let's do it! and Oh! Count me in! to one too many things lately. I feel like a spinning top, whirling around, trying to do more and more while going faster and faster.
Chewbacca attempting to autograph some kids hat which is difficult when you have furry man hands. At least that is what I'm told. I wouldn't know as I have the delicate hands of a lady. Except for that wicked middle finger which has a mind of it's own.

Don't get me wrong, it's all been great fun. Like Star Wars weekend with hubs, going to see Chihuly with some girlfriends, hosting an art party this time with kids and without grown-up drinks (which may or may not have helped us all) ... and all that in a week's time. Yeah, that's a lot. Now you see why I'm dizzy.
Can you tell I  like this project? The end result is just amazing. I think I'll kick off the school year with a similar project, now that I've got this lesson perfected.

 And while I love having fun things to do, it's when I try doing too much I hit spinning top mode: crashing into things and making huge messes while wobbling out of control. So, I'm going to slow down. Focus. Lock myself in my craft room and make stuff.
The Loft at Henpeck Market. I now have belts in this great shop. If you have never been you must go -- it is a country grocery store and restaurant on the first level (the look that Cracker Barrel attempts) and the most surprisingly big and fun shop on the second level. I am in the best part of the Loft: Jondie Boutique!

Because I've got plenty of work to do. Turns out that I've not only been saying count me in to friends, but other belt-related stuff too. Eek! Much to do!
All of which I plan to do...right after returning from this place: Sandestin, Florida. I've never been. Usually our Florida encounters involve theme parks but not beaches. I'm very excited. And a little nervous. I'm going with a group of pals from school...and I keep hearing this voice-over in my head:

This is the true story... of seven strangers... picked to live in a together and have their lives taped... to find out what happens... when people stop being polite... and start getting real...The Real World.

Yeah, I think we'll pass on the "lives taped" portion of Sandestin: The Real World. No one needs to see this spinning top in a bikini!