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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Grab yer booty and say "aaaaarrrrrrrrrrr" + VIDEOS!

You know what time it is....
Pirate Ball Stuff time.

Here are some photos and words and stuff and at the bottom of the post are two videos of my performance. Enjoy.

About the outfit:
I'm wearing a long sleeve sheer wrap top but despite the top being a 2X it still wasn't enough to cover my bosoms. So I wore a bodice over it for support and extra color. I tucked the sleeves upwards into my bra straps to keep the bodice straps from slipping down when I dance. Make sense?
The sheer top and 35 yard skirt are from eBay. Yes the skirt is made from 35 yards of material!
The yellow bodice was handmade by a friend. I'm wearing it inside out since the outer part is a dull orange - just not bright enough.

Me and husband.

The turnout was bigger this year. There were a lot of unfamiliar faces and many people came from out of town. Yippee! We did our usual live music, silent auction and costume contested hosted by Jack Sparrow.

Here is the official crew of the Pirates of Texaaaaarrkana.

And you asked for it so here it is. Me dancing!
I am performing two Russian Gypsy influenced dances.
(Prepare for my list of excuses)
As my skirt is too gathered, I was robbed of a little yardage from my skirt and I was unable to flourish as much as I would like. Had I have known that beforehand, I would have had a much bigger skirt made.

In the video you'll notice a distracting bosom gap in my bodice. Sorry - just giving you warning. I loosened the side laces of the bodice and ran a dress rehearsal and realized I needed to let it out more so the front would fully close... but I forgot to do that. So yeah... bosom gap.
A no no in rennie costuming.

The first  dance is to a traditional Gypsy song, Hai Ne Ne Ne.

The second dance is to Gogol Bordello's "Start Wearing Purple".
I just couldn't give 100% in this routine.
At the very beginning of the dance my feet cramped up horribly and I was extremely out of breath from the tightness of the bodice. I pushed through this routine praying I wouldn't black-out. I was getting tunnel vision and my chest was aching but dang it I made it. I clipped out a little bit of the dance and improvised with some crowd interaction to give myself a break.
That's the business of show folks.
And lesson learned:
I will NEVER dance in a boned bodice ever ever ever again.

The part with my husband was improvised as we decided not to do the "pull purple scarves from wife's bosom trick". I failed to replace that gag with something else.  He had no idea what I was going to do and neither did I.  I saw his standing there and thought,  "Sure, why not?"

Bodice free is the way to be!!
(end of the night strip time)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bragon Doat

Saturday we went to our town's first dragon boat festival. I had never heard of dragon boat races until  I saw the event being advertised and thought it sounded pretty cool.

 Local businesses form a team of 20 - plus 1 person to beat a drum rhythmically at the front to sync to rowing. 
And then they compete against each other in these beautiful long boats - just a few at a time and then they move on to the next round and then finals and then...

Well... I don't know. We only saw the end of one race and the next one wasn't for another hour.
It was hot as eff out there and we didn't plan to stick around an hour more.

The event wasn't really my ideal festival (are they ever?). There were some bounce houses, and just a couple food vendors and a few others selling crafts but there was no live music or anything like that. It felt like the event was really more for the people participating in the actual races.
Each team had their own tent and chairs and barbecue pits and food so it was kind of hard to tell who was an actual vendor and who was just chillin' with their teammates.
The turnout for participants was massive though! I wouldn't think that this kind of event would stand a chance in Texarkana because it's so new to us -  but with it being fun and sporty - it was perfect for this town. 

I forgot to charge my camera's battery before we left so these are pretty much all the pics I managed to get.  We didn't have a blast of a time or anything like that but it was a nice family outing. Since the event was by a lake and in a well maintained public park, the scenery was pleasant enough to make it worth the stay.


As many of you have probably already heard, one of the worst mass shootings in US history happened last night at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL.
50 people were killed and over 50 were injured.
It was an Islamic terrorist attack conducted by one man.

He gave warning of his attack three days in advance but no one listened.

I've heard claims that a man in California was stopped by police and was found to be carrying large amounts of ammo and pipe bombs. He possibly could have been headed to a gay pride parade.

I'm terrified there might be other attacks planned as this is Gay Pride Month.
Please keep our nation in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, June 6, 2016

...but do you REALLY know the muffin man?

Hot diggety dawg. Watch out ya'll - she's wearing pants again!
These pants have been in my closet for a couple of years and I was mostly just hanging on to them for costuming purposes. I'm not sure what kind of costume I would need them for but if you know me - you would know that I would need them for a costume. That's just how things work around here.

As you already know - I hate pants but I've got nothing against and nice pair of loose fitting trousers every now and then. The problem with these is that they're white with pockets and the pockets show though horribly and my undies show though no matter what color I wear and I've never had a top long enough to cover that fact...
Or so I thought.

I totally forgot about this dress shirt thingy.
The pants and top were handed down to me and I'm not a fan of either items but together I think they did ok. I got a lot of compliments on this outfit today after church though. I think it was the shocker of seeing me in pants. Do pants make chicks more attractive?
...or is it just me?
Let's choose the latter.

So in other news, the fruits and veggie diet didn't go as planned. 
Eating that much fruit and bland veggies drove me to the point of break after just two days so I just started throwing it all in my juicer.
So now I'm juicing and eating a super low cal vegan cabbage soup for substance - sometimes a simple paleo meal like a veggie-egg scramble if I'm too too too hungry.

Although I've cheated a few times, it's actually a pretty easy diet to follow. 
 And the cheating as for a reason! I was sick to death of having to go to the bathroom every thirty minutes and I don't mean to just go wee. But things are kind of starting to erm, balance out I guess you could say.
I have no idea how much weight I've lost - that is if I've lost any at all but I do feel a little happier and more energetic. I'm going into my second week and I'm pretty sure I can keep this up!

In other news, my city got an Asian market!
If you know anything about Texarkana then you'd know how impressive that is!
This town is LACKING in culture so hard it hurts so everyone has been totally flipping out over this place.  Yesterday I totally broke my diet with some canned eel and shrimp chips but hey, I say it was worth it! I was cerebrating! 
And plus it was like 100 calories for all of it so no big D.

Do you have an Asian market where you live? Do you go to it?
If a theme song played every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Monday, May 30, 2016

eating my food's food...

What's up with me?
I'm on a heavily plant-based, low sodium, no-carb diet and I hate it.
Oh, the horrible things we have to do ourselves to prevent heart disease and diabetes. Torture.
TORTURE I tell ya!

Have a nice Memorial Day my fellow Muricans.
Enjoy your stupid barbecue and potato chips.... and barbecue flavored potato chips.
But I will have beer.
Hops is a plant.

Enjoy this pic from back when I  had time to play dressup and do weird things in my bathroom.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

And some stuff and some things and that other stuff too.

Yeah, yeah, yeah - we're house hunting.... kind of. I'll explain.
Since we discovered a few months ago that buying a trailer and living on the road would cost MORE than our current living situation - we've decided to just go ahead and find a house to settle in to. We're most desperate to get out of this blasted trailer park. Since my husband is no longer the manager, the park has gone downhill fast. Two trailers burned to the ground just a couple months ago from a meth lab fire.
When my husband was manager, he researched every single potential tenant on his own free time to make sure everyone coming into the park was a decent person. 
Decent people don't cook meth...
We gotta get outta here.

We're wanting to buy a house on no less than 2 acres (there's lots of land to be had here) and start a garden and my "fowl farm" that I've been dreaming of for years (little known fact about me). Yeah I want a farm with all kinds of ducks, chickens and peacocks and maybe even an emu or ostrich... why?
Have you seen how much ONE peacock or ostrich feather costs???  I'm gonna be rich from selling feathers! RICH I TELL YA!! What's the deal with feathers? Well if you're into renaissance faires or any kind of costume making or haberdashery then you'd know - you'd know....

▲▲Hold up, ya'll. ▲▲
Can we stop and take a look at the cork floors in this bathroom?
The pink is AWESOME but but cork floors in a bathroom??? EW.

Moving on - a friend of ours is wanting to remodel and sell his house that he kind of abandoned about four years ago. See, his wife got cancer and took a sudden turn for the worse and passed away here. So yeah, he had zero interest in staying here. He's remarried and would like to go ahead and sell the house but he's still not comfortable going into the home. 

His new wife has been trying to redo the house in her spare time while he's out of town but they're needing to do a bit more than just painting. So he're where we come in.

An idea has come up that we move in and take over the remodel in exchange for little to no rent.
The home owner would pay for materials and we continue to fix it up for him. This should be no problem at all.
My husband is quite the handyman. He's a diesel mechanic by trade but he can do carpentry, masonry, electric stuff, plumbing, everything... but remember to take out the trash every other day. Ahem... 

I'm not sure what the plan is after we finish the house since we really have no interest in living there permanently. We're wanting a more rural setting and this house is in the burbs and is entirely too close the the neighbors house.
I've always said - if you can open your kitchen window and ask the neighbor if you can borrow a cup a sugar, you're too dang close.
I grew up on a farm and my husband grew up on a peach orchard. We're used to having our space. 
Suburban life ain't for us.

Buuuuuut - our credit is awful. I'm up to my ears in medical bill debt and I own nothing except a car I paid off in my mother's name and my husband doesn't really own anything either. So yeah... a home loan is going to be pretty hard to obtain, so I'm hoping we can stay in the house after the remodel, pay off some debt and build our credit so we can get a house we really want. Sounds like a plan, yeah?

But, nothing is set in stone just yet - we're all just kind of shuffling about ideas.

My ideal home is a 6 bedroom mansion with a ballroom and dance studio .... with my birds and the feathers and stuff.
And an elephant...
And a vegetable garden...
And enough land to host my own just-for-fun festivals...
And pirate treasure hidden somewhere...

... and a monkey butler.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Two in One

Today is Mother's Day AND me and the husband's 6th wedding anniversary. What a neat day huh?

Before I get into what we did this weekend, here's a little tribute collage to our 6 years of dressing up and having fun.

So anywho - yesterday we went to two festivals. Yeah, the nice town's folks did it again. Planned two major events on the same day. Not cool. Not good for anyone. 

The first festival we went to was the second annual wine festival hosted by the Alzheimer Alliance something like that non-profit. It was lovely just like last year. The music was WAY better. Great arts and crafts and food. Not a single redneck in sight - just nice blend of old money, yuppies, art farters, quiet hippies and pseudo-hipsters. We didn't go into the wine garden since the $20 it would take to go in would buy us a giant box of deliciously mediocre wine or more food.

We got smoked boudin and my fave, crawfish and grits.  

We stopped by the next festival downtown - Railfest which um... kind of was not very good. Downtown hasn't been doing well with their events lately. I'm not sure what's going on with the city's event planners but I hope they find the help they need soon to make these events better. Maybe one day when I'm ready to re-join the workforce it'll be me? Oh, who am I to say I could do any better than them, though? I might make things worse with my crazy ideas of  gothic circuses and fairy festivals.
At this festival I came I across my crew promoting the faire in costume and selling a few awesome goodies. 

 And River got this great shirt to review from SoulFlower. Did I mention was added to their "Vibe Tribe" for 2016? I'll be writing for their blog a few times until it's time to recruit the new batch of "buds" for 2017. I'll post this month's SoulFlower post on my other blog where all the product pimping happens.

BOOYA! And since the husband is helping me with housework today I should actually have time to read your posts from the week! YAY! 

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