Monthly Archive: September 2005

Sep 26

Quick update

Last weekend Jeff & I escaped to Grandfather Mountain for my birthday, as my grandmother has a place up there — you can’t quite see the house in the pic linked above (click to enlarge), which I took from the top of the mountain, but you *almost* can…it’d be just off the right hand side of the screen at the top.  Grandma bought her first condo at Grandfather sometime in the early 70’s — I don’t remember exactly when, though I know it was before 1976, as I remember watching the bicentennial fireworks from the top of the tallest bridge. 

The bridges, in fact, have always been one of my favorite things about the property — you can walk all the way across the lake on the bridges, going from island to island (which Jeff & I did Friday night after arriving rather late.  Thankfully Jeff thinks ahead and had brought a flashlight…).  BTW, the plan is for my brother to be married on one of the islands next summer — should be gorgeous!

Saturday morning, after having brunch on the patio overlooking the lake, we drove around the club (Grandfather Golf & Country Club — they have no website!) for a while looking at all the houses (which are *incredible*), then went up to Grandfather Mountain (the “attraction” part) and saw the animals in the nature habitats (my pics of bears and whatnot) and walked across the Mile-High Swinging Bridge.  Great weather and fabulous view, though Jeff made me nervous with all of his scrambling over the rocks like a mountain goat.

After heading back to the club, we took out a golf cart and tooled along the courses (two 18-hole ones) — whee!  (Although there apparently is some sort of governor on the engine, as we didn’t get nearly the speed up that we should’ve on some of the longer hills).  Then we went to the driving range and Jeff taught me how to hit a golf ball — and I didn’t suck!  Other than taking a hunk out of the palm of my hand (when I hit the dirt rather hard instead of the ball), I’d have to say it was an unmitigated success (sort of amazing for me, a truly uncoordinated person if there ever was one).

Saturday evening we took Grandma up on her very kind birthday treat: dinner on her at the club. It was tapas and jazz night (they had a little four-piece combo playing); however, by the time we’d eaten we were way too full to dance.  The food was incredible:  amongst other things, I had probably the best crab cakes I’ve ever put in my mouth, and Jeff’s lobster dumpling was just as good.  Eventually we rolled home, and slept the sleep of the extremely exhausted.

Sunday morning we woke up to a rainy, grey day (that was still pretty in a rather dismal way), which was just as well anyway as Jeff had work crises to solve via Blackberry and then we had to hit the road.  We had time for a quick stop at The Ham Shoppe to pick up sandwiches on the way out of town, but then it was just the long drive home. All in all, though, the trip was too short, but great anyway.

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Sep 15

for the bridesmaids in Drew’s wedding

Otherwise, feel free to ignore:

The top choices for tops

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Sep 13

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Does it worry me that someone whose IP address shows as the Department of Homeland Security in my logs looked at 25 pages on my website today?

Why yes, I think it does…

(Do I know anyone who works there? Maybe it was the Canada story? I still think it was the shoes…)

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Sep 12

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Movie meme stolen from xaviermuskateer

(under the cut)

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Sep 08

Look!  New pretties!

I’ve been making collaged pendants and I’m quite excited about them… these are mostly between 1″ and 2″ tall.  Some I’ve put onto ribbons, so they’re ready-to-wear, while others are awaiting their chains/necklaces.

This is the front and back of a single pendant:

And here’s another:

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Sep 08

Slightly overwhelmed at the moment.

Anyone know anything about shooting “still lifes” (still lives?) and want to help me with a photo shoot?  I have a super-wonderful idea for a Christmas card design, but it’s going to require some photography techniques that I’ve never tried before.

Basically I need to take a miniature model of a scene and make it look HUGE.  I have a macro lens (and that is seeming like the right answer from a gut perspective), but I’m not sure.  Any ideas?

I also need to start crafting in earnest (SERIOUS CRAFTING!!!!  ;-)  for the show this year.  Like last year, I’ll be doing the Holiday Shoppe (again, the extra “e” makes it classs-ay) at Cary Academy.  I’ll have jewelry, polarfleece hats, knitted and polarfleece scarves, bags and a wide assortment of “etcetera.”

I’m considering selling some of my photography, though I have reservations about whether any of them are the sort of thing that people would actually pay money for.  I was considering making notecards (which, because they’re useful, at least gives the photography a purpose…less pressure than hanging on the wall).  Good idea?

Finally, I *have* to get a better system for putting my crafts online.  Right now I’m manually adding them to HTML tables, which, as you can imagine, is making updating so onerous that I don’t do it very often.  I need to have a wee db, into which I can add simple info like product name, image, description, price and then have it display in a web page (preferably with little “buy” buttons).  This is completely beyond my skillset though… anyone want to trade jewelry (or hats or scarves or…) for db/web geekery? (Think Christmas gifts!!  ;-)

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Sep 06

D’oh

Apologies for repeating something that’d already been posted.  I was in NY last week and somehow I must’ve missed a slew of LJ entries.  Oh well. 

On another note:  any alums here who’ll be at the reunion this weekend?

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Sep 06

New York recap

Mostly so I’ll remember, but in case anyone else cares — New York Notes

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Sep 02

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Sep 02

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Through a fortuitous confluence of happy circumstance, Jeff & I got to have dinner at the Tribeca Grill last night

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