Powerful Powerless Lessons

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So it snowed Saturday morning/afternoon. Umm…isn’t it October. Who ever heard of a white Halloween? It was a bit odd. I had already told the girls we would go to the grocery for their Trick or Treating at noon, so we ran out to the car and braved the oddness.

About 3:30, Doug and I were playing with the girls in their room, and the power went out. It soon became clear it was going to stay out for quite a while.

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The girls informed Doug that they wanted to “Throw snowballs at Daddy!”, so they all bundled up and out they went. I stayed in and made dinner. Yet another reason I am fond of my gas stove! (more…)

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So much to do, so little time

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Honestly, since I left the theater, I don’t think I’ve understood this phrase as much as I do right now. Somehow I have forgotten how many hours there are in a day and have just taken on a bit too much. I guess that is the downfall of finally having a handle on my MDD for the first time in quite a few years. Guess I will have to learn about restraint again. ;^) So much to do!

On top of the WiPs I had already going on, a few weeks ago my sister~in~law called to say there would be a baby show for our niece on the 9th (last weekend). That’s right, do the math, I’m going to be a great aunt. Our niece’s mother is Doug’s older sister from his father’s first marriage, so I don’t feel quite as old, but it is still a bit of an odd feeling. Then again, I have an uncle who is 5 months younger then me, so I guess I should just chill a bit. (more…)

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Back in time

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The past two weekends were the annual Sands point Medieval Festival, where Doug and I always help out. We brought the girls for the first weekend, but not the second.

As always, Doug fought bravely. I think he was a good guy this year… (he’s the one standing)

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I helped out in the A&S booth, demoing various fiber arts, and enjoying the lovely days outside. The first weekend all four of us spent the night in the girls’ little 10×10 pavilion. It was a tight fit, but so nice in the morning to wake up with the girls.

Here we have Kyla inspecting the camp on Sunday morning. (more…)

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You mean I have to start watching a soap?!?!

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Many moons ago I was sitting in my first day of Make Up class at The Theater School at DePaul University, and met the boy sitting next to me, Mike. I was a first year costume designer and he was a second year actor. He didn’t seem to fit in so much with his classmates, I could relate. Of course, he was also gorgeous, so that helped, too!

As the year went on, we became friends. I was rather skilled at make up, so he tended to turn to me when he needed some help. I also worked in the costume storage rooms for my work study job. Occationally he would stop in when I was working and plop on down on a trunk to talk. He used to just open up about everything to me. He would tell me that he knew that he would always work after graduation, because of his looks, but that he didn’t know he had the talent to make him deserve that work. I knew he had the talent. I could look at Mike a see a good man with talent, but also (more…)

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Sunday

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Ten years ago from Sunday (tomorrow). It was a Tuesday morning. I woke up in my Queens apartment early feeling a bit…off. I got ready for work ~ Costume Shop Manager for the theater department at Adelphi University in Long Island, just a couple miles east of Queens. I dressed in all black, and wore dark make~up that morning; it matched how I was feeling. As I was leaving I grabbed a stuffed monkey my father had given me a couple years earlier. He had said that even if we may be on opposite sides of the country, even if we were on opposite sides of the world, I could hug that monkey and know it was a hug from him. I just had a feeling I was going to need that monkey.

I got in to my shop very early, it was the beginning of the build for Into the Woods for which I was also the designer, and there were a lot of costumes to make. So I put the monkey on a shelf, turned on the radio to Q104.3, classic rock, and got to work. I remember (more…)

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CraftHope, CAL, WiPs and other randomness

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I’ve been been up to a lot o’ knitting and crocheting and other fun stuff lately. Here is a bit of everything, just a random selection of my life right now.

I’ve been getting some really great reviews about my Tea Cup Bunting pattern. It makes me happy. If you want the pattern you can buy it now; it’s only $4, and it is oh so fun and easy!

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Tattoo Day!

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Here are some more vacation photos. This batch is from the Tattoo Day with some of my cousins and aunts.

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The picture above is all of the tattoos that were created that day. (more…)

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