Friday, December 2, 2016

So, November

I'm going to do a picture dump, like Kate does on her blog. I don't have ridiculously cute babies though, but I did manage to get a few pictures of her ridiculously cute babies on my camera so there will be cuteness. And Matt isn't so bad either. 
My only picture from our anniversary date. Red Lobster and then a movie after. Jim did go along, but I didn't take a picture of him. 28 years of marriage! Whew!  

Matt at the Minne Mini robotics meet. We were there only a short while (Matt was there all day) but we did get to see Matt and the KING TeC robot

the robot shooting boulders into a fortress

robot grabs a boulder

We babysat Jackson and Emma Thanksgiving morning so Katie and Christian could run/walk a 5k. We had fun activities planned for Jackson and water beads, which he called bouncy balls, was one of them. 

Then there was the pompoms and tubes activities, which occupied Jackson for nearly 20 minutes

We had to go walkies and Jackson brought along a "book" (Lego instruction manual) which Jackson read to himself, and said "The End" at the appropriate time. He also said, "Hey Bud"

Jackson having a moment on the floor at the club where we had Thanksgiving dinner

My sibs, me, and our mother.

Magic wants the shiny pretty things

Sister Jen and I went to the Downton Abbey costume exhibit at MOA. What fun! It was cool to see the actual costumes worn by some of the cast. The stitching and beading and 20s fashion was glorious and a wonder to behold. I even enjoyed seeing the wear and tear of use on the outfits. I would have been afraid to do anything wearing those outfits.  

Ruffle butt leggings! 

At Jim's hip surgery checkup, the assistant took one look at my outfit and asked "Lularoe Carly?" Yep. I'm a fan. I've had several people see me out and about wearing something Lularoe and they will ask. It's a cult I tell you,. But a very comfortable and cute cult.

Jim's new titanium hip

A Christmas bauble

favorite new Christmas assortment of decor

Monday, November 14, 2016

My three play costumes

Because I want to remember the fabulosity of my play costumes reflective of the early 1980s. They got progressively more outlandish.
I'm keeping the pants. They're comfortable and warm. The pants, shirt, and shoes were from the thrift store. Jewelry is from my personal collection. 

The Miami Beach t-shirt was all because in the previous scene, I had mentioned I was going to Miami Beach. So presumably, by the second act, I had returned and got myself a neat t-shirt. I'm keeping the t-shirt, which I purchased online. I made the pants, which I am keeping. Shoes and belt were from the thrift store, both of which I donated to Prior Lake Players. Headband from a craft store and donated to PLP. Jewelry again is my own.

People laughed when I came out on stage in this outfit. It was supposed to be NOT SEXY, because I complained that "Harry says I dress too sexy" and Olive replies that Harry is an unusual man. I made those metallic blue leggings. They are SWEET and I'm keeping them to wear forever. The skirt was too short in the back, but that's  my own fault since I sewed it as well. The cropped shirt was originally a long-sleeved, too-big shirt from the thrift store, which I then cut up. Both the skirt and the shirt went into the trash. The shoes were thrift store as well, but I LOVE THEM and will not part with them. Hair band, made by me. Jewelry again, my own. I got lots of compliments on my outfit from people who came to see the show.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Last marching band concert

Another last. Next year is going to be weird not going to any of these events. It's true that Hayley and Paul and Jimmy didn't participate in marching band their senior year, but Hayley and Paul did do Fall concert band so there were THOSE concerts to go to. Anyway, Matt is now done with marching band. I think he had a good time. He never mentioned quitting.

Behind the big tall guy

Gotta get that bell in front of his face every time

at attention in the back row, but you probably can't pick him out

More bells up

Saturday, November 5, 2016


I went from teenager to adult in the 80s. I formed my fashion foundation then, in the era of neon, petroleum-based fabrics, and BIG HAIR. It was glorious!

So imagine my glee when the directors of the community theater play said that we would be going with an 80s vibe in set decor, clothing, and HAIR. (Yes, I enjoy community theater, and especially being in it. This play is The Odd Couple--Female Version, and I play a sweet, thick-skulled Trivial Pursuit-playing character named Vera)

In order to achieve BIG HAIR, I had to not wash my hair the day of the play. Then I had to hair spray it, and curl it. I used a curling iron. Then I hair sprayed it again.
Pre-stylin' curls

Our stylist got my hair to STAND UP by ratting it. That is 6-8 inches of hair standing straight up on the top of my head.

Prior to getting into costume
volume is up to 11

Prior to my second scene

Is this not 80s? Prior to my third scene
I would do this everyday, but it's a lot of work and I have other things to do. I guess that's why I like community theater--I have a reason to put on way too much makeup and fuss for hours over my hair and neglect my household chores.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This was Halloween

I have the song This is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas playing in my head. Well, just the one part when they sing "This is Halloween". I don't know the rest of the words.

It was a quiet Halloween, except for the little people that came over. And we did have more trick-or-treaters than last year. But we still have lots of candy left over. Yay! (or Boo!)

I'm holding a delicious little pumpkin

And Granddaddy gets to hold her too

We had a construction worker show up

In a surprise move, the pumpkin actually turned into a princess with a beast. 
Now I have to take all my Halloween decorations down. Definitely a Boo!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Senior pictures photo shoot without the senior pictures

Matt had his senior pictures taken last weekend. Jen, my brother's wife, was kind enough to come out for the weekend to take the pictures. The following pictures are not the senior pictures; they are my pictures of the place we went to have them taken: Mills Ruin Park, which is a fun little park set down by the Mississippi River by St. Anthony Falls, where there are ruins of a grain mill that exploded. There were many people there taking pictures and I can see why. It's a pretty place. Matt's requirements for industrial, decrepit, and nature were all met in this little park by the stone arch bridge.
the stone arch bridge. We are on the downstown Mpls side

Jenny crouching down under one of the stone arches to get a cool picture of Matt. 

Minneapolis framed by an arch

some mill ruins in the park

an archway in the ruins

that black sticky out thing is part of the Walker Art center. Haven't gone there yet, but it's a goal

more ruins

even more ruins

mountain goat Matt

arches and rusted steel

Matt's indie album cover, should he record music

I love the smokestacks. It looks so Russian Industrial/Communist

I just like the bridge a lot, ok?

The photographer with her grandniece

Monday, October 24, 2016

Rehearsing has nothing to do with riding in a hearse again

..even though it should.

A few pictures from before the play begins. 
Flo sits with the two Spanish guys

View from my seat onstage. The script won't be there some opening night. Dang. 

Makeup trial

The Pure-a-tron is onstage. Don't know what a Pure-a-tron is? Come to the show and find out. 
My costumes are compiled (all 3), but I need more jewelry. The hair is still TBD, but the hairstylist says she's going for an 80s Madonna look for me. My bio is written for the program, my lines are mostly learnt.  This will be fun!  Nov 4-5, 11-12 at Twin Oaks.