Sunday, April 13, 2014

are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Why, yes I am. Thanks for asking! Well, actually we already went.
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Saturday me and family went to Scarborough Renaissance Festival  in Waxahachie, TX (3 hour drive). Even though I'm the director or our town's renaissance faire this is only my second renaissance faire to attend (besides my own). The trip was mostly for pleasure but a little of our time was for networking, hobnobbing and handing out my card to any merchants that might be interested in selling at my faire in October.
Since the weather was expected to be pretty warm and my baby belly is getting too round for my gowns, I decided to go in a comfy gypsy outfit that I whipped together from stuff in my "miscellaneous costume pieces" bag. The cotton chemise and green overskirt are both from Etsy and the purple silk sari skirt is from eBay.
And in this photo of me eating a strawberries and cream crepe - I'm realizing I'm not wearing a lick of jewelry. We changed into our garb in the parking lot and I forgot to put on my jewelry. I felt so naked without my dripping gypsy accessories that I almost ran the quarter of a mile back to the car to get it. But alas... I don't run...
At the faire, we stopped three time so I could eat. My appetite was outrageous! I guess I was burning some serious calories with all that walking.
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It's been almost 8 months since River last wore his adorable little nobleman's costume and it still fits with plenty room to spare. I'm hoping we can get another year out of it.
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Enough of my chitter chatter. Enjoy these pics.
  Gorgeous belly dancers.
 Husband and River.
Lane entertainer, Widdershins
  The prettiest henna artists I've ever seen.
 Caleb and River watching lane entertainer Hands on Dulcimer
 There were very many interesting outfits there including a girl in her quinceaƱera gown and this steampunk couple. 
 One of Scarborough's most popular acts, Don Juan and Miguel. 
 Moor of Dundee singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to River.
I'm not sure who this flamboyant gentleman is on the left, but the big warrior on the right is Sholo the Nubian.  He stands at the gate and doesn't move a muscle. He's pretty intimidating.
  Stage act, Queen Anne's Lace.
My husband laughing with relief when this Scotsman leaned in to kiss him but air-kissed his cheek instead.
Sweet relief! Stripped out of my sweaty layers and into clothes that you will ONLY see me wear around the house.
Of course on the way home I got SUPER hungry again so we stopped for some always delicious IHOP (International House of Pancakes).... so um, yeah... I wore my house clothes in public. Woops! Oh well. 
And as you can see, River was done for the day.
So that was my Saturday! How was yours??

Thursday, April 10, 2014

but it's not a lot...

Wow it's been seven whole days since my last blog post. I usually read the blogs I'm following after I make a post, but since I haven't posted in a week that means I've missed 95 of your posts. 95?? Sheesh. What could you people possibly be up to out there?!?! 
So what have I been up to? Well, I cleaned my bathroom for the first time since Halloween. No lie. Now it's all pretty and sparkly and smelling oh-so nice. I have no idea how I let that much time pass between cleanings. 
The photo coming up is pretty irrelevant to anything I'm going to talk about - I just want to share with you this poster I have above the toilet. Isn't it fitting?? Flush art?
 Naruto Whirlpool by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1853
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I've been doing tons of faire work daily and this requires me to be in front of my laptop for hoooours as day. Often times I find myself getting a too riled up realizing all the things that need to be handled between now and October. I know that seems like a decent enough time to plan a renaissance faire but I've got a baby coming this summer so I've got to get as much done as possible. 
Sometimes I just need to step away and take a little breaky-poo.
Strolling around clearance shopping and shopping for 99 cent jewelry on Ebay has become my favorite things to do during a break. The other day at K-Mart I found these nail polishes super duper marked down for 78 cents each. The lime green rocks my world AND it's long lasting. I've gone since Sunday with barely a chiparoo.
I got this great necklace and and owl ring for 99 cents each on eBay. There's more jewelry to show but it didn't come in until after I started this post. 

Yesterday at Salvation Army I got this great handmade kid's blanket for River. It looks so fresh and new - I don't think it's ever been used.

 I got  two pairs of suspenders to add to the husband's man-ccessories collection. Now that he's starting to care a little bit more about fashion I can finally buy him the things I would wear if I were a dude.
 And lastly I got this great Southwestern themed cotton handkerchief... that I accidentally ripped after hastily tearing the price tag off to get this photo. Boo!
 
Well, the number of unread blog posts is now up to 102 on Bloglovin' and I gotta get back to work...
So I'm going to go away now.... ADIOS!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

tattered

I am a such a cheapskate when it comes to shopping. I bought this cute yellow wallet last year at Salvation Army for a couple bucks after carrying my last one until it disintegrated. Well, as you can see I did the same with this wallet. It wasn't until I was constantly finding my cards and driver's license on the ground and in the bottom on my purse that I realized: ugh, it's time for a new wallet.
While running errands yesterday I decided to stop by Salvation Army to seek out a new wallet. Honesty three dollars is actually more than I wanted to pay for this plain black wallet but it was the only one there that didn't look like it had been run over by a car.
So, of course if you're in a thrift store in search for just one thing, that doesn't mean you're going to walk out with just one thing...
I got this super cute heart print table cloth(?) crib sheet(?) Whatever it is, the edges are finished and the  possibilities for uses for this thing are endless. 
And duh, I got some books. I can't remember the last time I paid more than two bucks for a book. Eh, probably never.
I got this great purse for three dollars. It's pretty big - it'll be good for smuggling booze into the theater. I could probably even fit couple bottles of wine in there with room to spare for two glasses and a Subway foot-long and chips.
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Later that evening me and the family went to a friend's house for burgers. They have two kiddos;  one's a little younger than River and the other a little older so he had a blast playing with them. Poor thing doesn't get to to interact with other children since the majority of our friends with children have moved faaaaaaar away or got eaten by dragons.
Their little boy was super fascinated with River's hair and stroked it and patted it every chance he got.
Ok, party people. I'm off to rob some banks... and by rob some banks I mean clean the bathrooms for the first time since Halloween. See ya later!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

over there

Today we decided to do something we've never done before...
We went to the park.
HOW DARING!
The weather was decent, the sky was clear and there was goose poop everywhere and we had a nice time.


I'm wearing a shapeless "one size fits all" sundress with a shirt over it to give it some structure so I don't look like a huge hippie tent. And hey! My bump is bigger than my boobs!
 I look like the letter "B". HEE HEE! Now you can't un-see it.
Dress: NY street festival last summer
Shirt: Old Navy clearance rack
Chucks: Salvation Army
Corduroy backpack: had it since my first year of college ten years ago
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This is the first time I've worn these awesome butterfly wing sunglasses. I got them in a 2 for $10 sale at Romancing the Stone (Earthbound Trading Co.) months ago and completely forgot about them. Aren't they the best?! Well, not the best but pretty darn close.
And um... here are my toes.... because.... why not?
Ok bye! Hope you all had an supertastic weekend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

walk with me

Yesterday started waaaaaaay too early for my taste. I woke up at 7am to be at the doctor's at 8am for my glucose test and first ultrasound.  On average I wake up at 10am (we're night owls) - I really needed those three more hours of sleep. I was a total zombie. Not only was I exhausted, but I was starving as well since I wasn't allowed to eat breakfast because of the glucose test.
Elevator "selfie"...
And wearing my winter coat in the freezing cold waiting room, scribbling in a little journal waiting for my ultrasound...
The whole ordeal took three hours. First I had to have blood drawn, drink some orange juice stuff, go to my ultrasound, get more blood drawn, sit in the waiting room for an hour and then have more blood drawn. Both of my poor wittle arms look like this.
After being sleep deprived, starved to death, poked unmercifully with needles three different times - I got to my car and found I left the lights on.... so the battery was dead. Thank God one of the husbands from the same waiting room I was in just so happened to be walking by. He gave me a boost and all was well...
On the way home I stopped at a donut shop and ordered two dozen donuts to share with my husband. I honestly didn't think about how many donuts that is - I just ordered something. That's a lot of effin' donuts. Not only did I get all these donuts but the cute little freckle-faced Korean store owner threw in two dozen chocolate glazed donut holes as well. I guess that was God's way of trying to make me feel better after having such a crappy morning.
Gift gladly accepted. Divine donuts are tasty donuts.
After a breakfast of about... ahem... six donuts, I took a much need nap dressed in polka dots and sailboats. 
When I woke up I took River out for a "walk" since he ate a whole donut - which is the baby equivalent to me eating those six donuts. He's already getting a Michelin Man look about him so a little exercise is a good thing.
The little dude can't walk without holding on to something yet, but we're working on it.
See?
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