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Friday noontime randomosity

Looking forward to first Weekend Without Plans (okay, without plans that involve going anywhere for any length of time) since J&H closed. Last weekend was in Michigan, at the lovely wedding of brainiacfive's cousin. Slightly bittersweet, as bride and groom and their beautiful 2-year-old daughter live at the edge of the French Quarter. I gathered that all their friends from there made it safely except for the originally-slated best man, who was on duty at Charity Hospital when the evacuation was called. Everyone was assuming he was safe, but there had been no word from him yet. :-/

Bride is a German/Irish girl from Michigan. Groom is son of an Indian university professor who grew up in various locations around the world before ending up in Wisconsin. Basic ceremony was Baha'i, and incorporated Catholic, Hindu and uniquely New Orleans traditions. Outside at a park/farm, which was pretty, but unfortunately meant some things (including the vows) could not be heard at all. There would be pictures (notably of Bride leading the second line procession waving her parasol, in her beautiful fluffy white American wedding dress and veil, rhinestone tikka, and plenty of narrow gold bangles; and of various and sundry small children having a blast on the dance floor at the reception), except for the part our camera is wending its way home through the good offices of irish_horse, in whose car yours flakily left it after our too-short visit. *facepalm* All in all, quite the memorable occasion, even with the specter of tragedy shadowing so close. Which, really, is such a New Orleans thing in and of itself.

With Monday off, I finally started making some headway on the basement. Got everything cleared out of the sewing-area-to-be and stashed elsewhere in the basement, which took me less time than I was afraid it would. Then hit Menard's and got everything (I think it's everything!) I need to patch a few gouges in the concrete, give the walls a new white seal coating, and paint the floor so it'll be smoother and easier to keep clean. Once that's all done & dried, I can move in the desk and shelves and get the workspace organized and ready to use. Ridiculously excited about this. Six months without a sewing room = cranky Val!

MiniElphie is in the building! :: blinks at webpage :: Which appears to be a good thing, as she's now sold out. Dude. Again, there would be pictures, but, camera. She, er, looks like the picture on the site. *shrug* (And she really does resemble Idina.) Excellent quality, but with Tonner I knew that. Oh, and the stand base is a chunk of the Yellow Brick Road. *giggle* I'm really, really tempted to get a Glinda now, too...

I feel like I should be posting more about Katrina, but..."others have it covered" seems like such a copout, but I don't know that I have anything else to say. I have thoughts about what government should or shouldn't have done, and about the face they're putting on, and not all those thoughts are pretty. But I really, really don't have the heart for talking about those thoughts with others, whether to debate or to commiserate. I just want people to be safe and get to rebuilding their lives, and am taking stock of what is within my ability to contribute to that. Anything else...it's just not where I feel my energy belongs.



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Sep. 9th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Camera will be on its way to you wrapped in bubble wrap in a nice box by noon on Saturday. ;)
Sep. 9th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
(SUNG) Save Big Money at Menard's!!! :D
Sep. 9th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
*minigloat* Speaking of Elphie, Idina Menzel was playing at the local hotspot here on the Vineyard on Sunday. I got to go see her. *squee!* She was, of course, COMPLETELY AWESOME! I already gloated a bit in my blog. So now I figured I'd come over here and make you hate me. ;) Must saunter away now. My work here is done.
Sep. 10th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
Definitely gloatworthy! :: envyenvyenvyenvyenvy ::

:: toddles off to your blog to see what she played ::
Sep. 10th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
I assume you've already heard of this book, but on the off-chance you HADN'T, I wanted to let you know about it. It's a sequel to "Wicked," which... remind me again, did you like that or... ;-D *snickers*

Son of a Witch, by Gregory Maguire
Sep. 10th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Thanks! I had heard about it, although didn't realize until shadowmaat mentioned something about seeing an advance copy about six weeks ago that he was that close to done with it. It went fast -- IIRC, it was pretty late last year that Maguire posted on a board about being 40-some pages into it!

I'm almost afraid to read it, because I have some definite theories about the ending of the first one, and the fact that "The Witch" (and not Elphaba -- she had completely stopped referring to herself by name several chapters before) died of something we'd never been given any concrete proof was actually physically harmful to her. But I rather doubt those theories will be borne out. *shrug* Still, I'm looking forward to seeing where he goes with apparently following Liir.
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