Friday, May 29, 2009
Yesterday after work, my mister and some of his men friends went to buy supplies to work on our deck. I stayed behind and went on a walk with the beast. I returned and began to order a pizza for the menfolk online (did you know that if you order pizza online, you get an internet discount?!) and the doorbell rang. The beast knows that the doorbell means company and he gets all wound up so, of course, he beat me to the door where I see a man, perhaps in his mid-twenties standing there. I had left the front door open as we were expecting people but this was not one we were expecting...
Here's a cliff notes version of our conversation. I will omit the parts that have no relevance to my story.
Him: Hi! I'm blah blah blah and I'm collecting points so I can go on this trip to blah blah blah. All you have to do is sign up for a magazine and I will get these points.
Me: Um, I don't really give out money for anything.
Him: (loudly) I'm not asking for your money! I don't need your money! If you want to give me your money then I'll take it but I am not asking for money.
Me: Ok then. Well, I don't need any magazines.
Him: You can donate them to a charitable organization.
Me: No thanks, I'm not interested. If my husband weren't busy he might be interested. (my mister will entertain anyone with conversation, I on the otherhand ...)
Him: (very rudely) So what you're saying is that your husband has more personality than you do.
Me: Well that's a nice way of putting it!
Him: Well it's true obviously.
Me: Thanks again but I'm not interested.
So he turns around, takes two steps, spits in our yard right in front of me and walks off. Seriously?!? How about not insulting who you're talking to? How about not spitting on my front walk? How about not selling things door to door! If I want a new magazine, I would go out and get a new magazine! Lord knows one thing I do NOT need more of are magazines!!!
I am one of those people who can't stand door to door solicitors! If there is some sort of service I am needing, some magazine I need to subscribe to or some religion I need to convert to, then I will seek that out myself. Grrrrrrrrr. I think it's time to buy that No Solicitors sign I've been putting off....
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday night, I spent some time at Lovett's Gallery to listen to a discussion about Charles Loloma and his evolution of jewelry. I wasn't able to stay for the entire lecture but really enjoyed what I heard while I was there. Incredibly interesting stuff!Before leaving town Saturday, I had to run errands to the vet and the flea market. My kitties are starting to hit the senior level I guess so we had to make a little unexpected trip to the vet to get one of them checked out. For now everything seems ok... After the vet, I went to do a quick run through the flea market and really scored! There was a little man there perhaps in his mid 60s who had two tables full of all sorts of beads! Apparently, his wife had passed away and left behind her huge collection of her beads. The Oklahoma Bead Society came to his house and helped him with market values of all her stuff and how to go about selling it all. I was lucky enough to happen upon the Flea Market the day he set up! I went crazy!!! There were such great deals, such beautiful beads and some rare finds! After this trip, we finally left town!
The beast has a very peculiar way of sitting on steps. His bum goes on one step while his front feet are on a lower step. He does this at home out back and will sit there for hours watching the yard activity! He is such a nerd :)
I spent several years working in administration at a local architecture firm here in town. While I worked there, I became heavily involved in volunteering for the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and loved everything I experienced with them! One of my favorite things to do with TFA was to join along on their bus tours through the state. Historic homes of Tulsa, Outlaws tour, Art Deco tour and two Route 66 tours. The Outlaws tour and the Route 66 tours were moderated by the amazing Michael Wallis. If you don't know him, you should! He's a gentle giant, a true blue story teller, a voice that you'll never forget, a historical well of information and an all around one-of-a-kind kinda guy. He's authored many books about Route 66, was the historical consultant for the movie Cars AND was the voice of the sheriff's car in the movie! Ok, enough about Michael, more about my story ;)
On one of my Route 66 tours, this one shared with my parents, we stopped at the Rock Cafe in Stroud, OK for dinner and butt darts. Who doesn't love a good game of butt darts!?! Let me explain. You are handed a quarter, are asked to squeeze your cheeks (the cheeks of your butt, that is), place the quarter in between the clothed cheeks, waddle about ten feet while holding the quarter in the aforementioned place, squat down over a Rock Cafe coffee mug and attempt to release the quarter into the cup. More difficult than it sounds. Probably not what you want to do on a first date but it sure was fun to watch and belly roll laugh while trying yourself! Believe it or not, yours truly was successful in her Butt Dart attempt and won that very coffee cup I scored in! Man, I am the epitome of classiness, huh?!?!
About a year after that unforgettable experience, I heard news that the Rock Cafe had burned down. I was truly truly saddened by this news and hoped that I would someday hear that it had been restored. Low and behold, today I got that news! I can't wait to stop off at the Cafe sometime in the near future and see if the mister has the same butt darts skills I have! Ha!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
As many of you know, I teach English as a Second Language to adult learners which I LOVE. I finished up my coursework for my Masters in TESL last fall and am loving being done finally! It took me longer to finish my Masters than it did my Bachelors! Well, one of the required courses is the internship class and I decided what better way to intern than to travel abroad to do so! I LOVE to travel internationally so I hopped on board a trip to Hungary that was being planned and completed my internship in Budapest!
Here's my trip in pictures and cliff notes for you!
Firstly, did you know that Budapest is actually two cities that are separated by a river? We stayed on the Buda side in a little cute apartment in a building that looked pretty scary from the road. Inside of the building though, a sunny and charming courtyard appeared with an efficient and cozy apartment for us to stay in.
I spent many of my evenings reading in the living room while everyone else went to sleep early so I grew quite accustomed to staring out of the window. This is a shot taken of my view from the living room apartment window during the day. See, the buildings do look a little scary from the outside! I've always felt a common feeling in all of the Communist block countries I've been to. Hard to explain but there's just a different feeling...
We interned at two different schools, one of which was a Hungarian public high school. I thought the school looked like a Hungarian Hogwarts! For those of you who don't follow Harry Potter, Hogwarts is the school the little wizards attend. There were twisty stairwells, basement classrooms and a castle-like feel to the school. At this school, we observed around 16 English classes in progress, taught students in small groups, interviewed students learning English and interviewed English instructors. It was so eye opening and informative, I reflect back to all I learned at that school so frequently to improve my classes. The students were ridiculously bright and driven to learn.
See the big mess of blonde hair in the back? That's me before I cut it all off! Don't worry, it will be back like that in a year or so...my hair knows no bounds...
Working in a small group....
Another thing I try to do when I travel is find bead shops! You didn't think you'd get all the way through this without some jewelry talk, did you?!? I spent a few days traveling alone to do some antiquing, beading and hair cutting. I was lucky enough to find TWO bead shops while I was there! I picked up some of this and that and securely packed them in my bag (that would later be gone through in locked airport security while I stood and wondered why with an armed guard behind me! Turns out a few of the small palinka bottles that I had wrapped up looked suspicious in the xrays and needed to be securely checked. THAT was an interesting and frightening experience...movie quality!) and got them home in one piece!
Monday, May 18, 2009
A shot of the car loaded up with all sorts of junk! I sometimes joke with the mister that I only married him because he had a car big enough to fit all of my crafting stuff ;) If you look closely, you can see the purple taco stand called Tacos el Velvet Elvis. Those guys were SUCH a hoot! They set up outside of Mercury Lounge on the weekends which is located at 18th & Boston in Tulsa. I strongly suggest saying hi to them if you ever see them out! They will def make you laugh! Did I mention that our booth was set up between the taco stand and a winery??? I think we had the best spot in the festival! ;) The winery was Whispering Meadows which is based out of McAlester and we fell in love with everyone we met from there! I think we'll be making a trip to McAlester to see the winery in person!
Saturday morning's setup was delayed as our tent was broken in the wind storm from Friday night. We hung out for a while that morning while waiting for a backup tent. Here's April and our dear friend Sarah who makes some really kickin jewelry from her Santiquity line. Def check out her stuff! It was a blast to have her set up with us this weekend!
A shot of the wind stricken street Saturday morning. Almost all of the tents that were on our stretch of the street were damaged from the quick storm. Boo!
Our tent stayed put BUT we thought it would have been a good idea to tie onto the other tents next to us. Strength in numbers, right? Wrong. The tent next to us went flying and took our tent's leg with it! Lesson learned!
Another surprise Saturday was turning around and seeing HUNDREDS of people walking down the street without their shoes on! I was first very excited thinking that they were hundreds of eager shoppers but then realized that it had something to do with the band Hanson that played at Mayfest and their desire to make poverty issues in Africa more real here. I realize I'm not explaining it well at all but perhaps a google search would be more informative ;)
The wind was a blessing and a curse all weekend long. We got a kick out of a necklace that almost fell to the ground but was saved by duct tape. Is there nothing duct tape can't do????
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Well, our tent did not fare well in the storm. Ok, well it somewhat did. We thought it would be a good idea to tie onto the tent next to us which was blown away in the 10 minute storm...well, when that tent went, ours stayed put but it tore off the leg of our tent! There were also 'roof' pieces that were broken as well. First Street this morning looked like a war zone.
After receiving a second loaner tent, sales started and were great all day long!!! This is def a show we will do again! I can't even begin to name all of the people I have gotten to see out there over the past 24 hours but I can say that it's been so much more fulfilling than I thought it would be! I was pleased to also have my mister and the beast hang out for a few hours today :)
We've got one more day left tomorrow from 11-5! I hear that tomorrow is supposedto be BEAUTIFUL so you should come out if you haven't already!
I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful weekend! I will post actual pictures after everything is over with and I have the energy to upload goodies! Until later!
Friday, May 15, 2009
We broke down the booth and secured it to the best of our abilities so it would withstand this storm that has recently blown in. We are crossing our fingers everything makes it through! Really all that is left outside is our tent, tables and chairs!
If you didn't make it out today, don't fret, there's plenty of time to come tomorrow and Sunday!!! Our specific location is slightly east of Detroit on First Street on the North Side of First. Confusing enough?? ;) We're in between the taco stand and the winery....two VERY important things ;) Bring your dogs, bring your family and bring your smiles because it's a great show to support :)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Saturday, May 16th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 17th, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Our booth is W17 which is said to be located at the west end of 1st street. I hope you come by and say hi!
So since my neck/should has been all screwed up this week, I haven't been able to work on large pieces BUT I have been able to work on some small projects! Those of you who have been beading for a while know that you tend to accumulate LOTS of beads, some of which you may never see yourself using. Having been beading for ten plus years, I have loads of beads that I just never knew what I would ever use them for...until lately! I've been making beaded bookmarks! Some are on hemp, others on brushed leather and some on beading twine. Simply enough, each strand has a series of beads on either end and is meant to be placed in the pages of your book! I am all of the time losing bookmarks in my car or under the bed so I personally don't invest in bookmarks that seem to be worth lots. I also enjoy playing with bookmarks while I read and these are perfect for swinging around while daydreaming in a book! Some are longer for textbooks and some are shorter for smutty romance novels ;) Thought I'd give the new idea a try!
The other small project my shoulder will allow me to do is work on earrings. Here's a few that I've put together the past couple of days.