||[Jun. 10th, 2008|09:25 pm]
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Quiet weekend. As was the previous one. But I was determined to break out of my comfort zone, somehow. That didn't happen until Sunday, but it was worth it (see below).
Friday night, I went to Fired Up to pick up the Iznik plate that has been languishing there all winter/spring:
I'm not counting it among the A&S 50 items because I started it last fall and let it sit there for far too long, half-finished. I finally finished painting it last month...then didn't pick it up until Friday. 2008 starts the A&S 50 list. One item thus far, this knitted purse:
The purse, I'm keeping (especially now that I have a lovely bright blue belt to suspend it from, purchased at Crown Tourney last month). The plate is going up for silent auction at WW, so if you like it, bring your checkbook!
Saturday I did something like 10 loads of laundry, including some garb that really needed it, two down blankets that I'm using as my summer bedding this year (mmmmm comfy), and reds. I keep forgetting that all my favorite tops are red, so if the red bag hasn't been done in awhile, that fact explains why I am feeling bored with my current clothing selection.
Also, I talked with eatsoylentgreen, who is neat-o, and I hope I get to talk to him again, though I can't chat while at work. (I wouldn't even if I could. I'd never get any work done.)
Sunday I was not sure what to do with the day. It rained; swimming or a walk were not in the cards. While I almost always feel like shopping, I don't always think it's a great idea. And the folk dance party I was invited to by a vague acquaintance was probably cancelled (see: rain). So I started picking at the locks keeping me in my comfort zone. They didn't hold long.
gregory07 had invited me to a party, hosted by his friend Casey. "It'll be Epic people and Lawrence people, sometimes both, very chill," he said, and I couldn't see anything bad about that...so I took the plunge and went. Casey had 3 premises to the party:
1) Everyone attending had to make at least one sock puppet.
2) Everyone attending had to play a power chord on his electric guitar.
3) Super-secret thingy we all had to do later.
When I arrived at his house, there were craft supplies on every surface: yarn, fabric, googly eyes, plastic noses, feathers, pom poms, beads, and lots more I didn't even get to. Various friendly and entertaining people began showing up (including a little eye candy...I really should not be ogling men that young, but, well, if you'd seen them...). Absolutely everyone did all three things, even the two people who seemed really shy and started out saying they didn't think they wanted to make a puppet. Several people made more than one puppet.
There was a punk puppet decorated with porcupine quills, an emo boy puppet with yellow hair and an argyle vest made out of another sock (this is the one I suggested your name for, colinblackthorn, and people thought "Colin" was perfect), a slutty groupie puppet with badly applied purple lipstick, a pregnant trailer-trash puppet with pom-pom boobs that kept popping out from under her tube top, and a flying pig who kept zooming around, among others. And of course Gregory flouted convention by sticking the head from a monkey stuffed animal on top of his sock, giving it a hat, an earring, a cigarrette, and a feather boa, and calling it French Monkey.
The super-secret thingy turned out to be that he had rigged up a green screen in his basement, lit by really bright work lamps, and we all had to give interviews as our sock puppets! With the bunch of people who'd been invited, and the fact that we'd all been watching Sifl & Olly DVDs all afternoon while crafting our puppets, this turned out stupidly funny. It's anyone's guess whether Casey will be able to use the green screen for its intended effect, but it doesn't really matter, the process was the fun part.
This is Freya. She was made from a sock that had been to Pennsic a few times, some Russian ecclesiastical silk fabric samples, buttons, a plastic animal nose, beads, and yarn.
Freya is portraying a first time SCA event attendee. Her garb is basically a tube of fabric; it was going to be a Viking apron but she has no shoulders for the straps. No one has told her yet that she can't name herself after a goddess.
But she is having a REALLY fun time with the medieval people and all!
Oh, and Freya has a tongue piercing; she wanted me to make absolutely sure you could see it:
After the show, we played Casey's Wii. I refused to box (pacifist, dontcha know), but enjoyed the matches between the various partygoers. It's possible that Gregory was just a bit too enthusiastic in hitting his wife's character, but then, as he kept saying, "It IS Violence Against Women week...or am I misunderstanding how that works?" (You'd have to know his sense of humor. He also told me the world's worst Jewish joke. I am pondering whether I will ever have the guts to repeat it.) Then there was virtual bowling. I did much, much better on the Wii than I ever have bowling in reality...which is not saying much. I came in 4th out of 4, but there was something deeply satisfying in those two strikes I got!
This week: very glad to see sunshine today, finally. After dinner this evening I went for a walk down by the boat slip at Marshall Park, across the street. Lake Mendota is ridiculously high (yes, non-Madisonians, what you've been hearing about southern WI flooding is true; thank goodness I live on a hill). You should see the areas around the Nau-ti-gal on my way to work. The non-floating piers are nearly underwater.