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This is to all my friends not in my costuming circle (I found out about the exhibit from a costuming friend, so they already know ^_^): I'm planning on going to the Art & Love in Renaissane Italy exhibit at the Kimbell in Fort Worth some time soon as the exhibit ends on June 14. Anyone else interested in going with?
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And for the inquiring minds who want to know, still no bebe.

So, Saturday Matt and I went to the Lebanese Food Festival in Lewisville. We were joined by [livejournal.com profile] elizagoth and her boy who is getting remarkably tall. ^_^ The food, of course, was good! But this is me we're talking about and I love food. ^_~

Afterward we went home and watched the next installment of the John Adams HBO miniseries that we've been Netflix-ing. I must say, they've done a phenomenal job with this biography. I am thoroughly enjoying it, especially since I really didn't know that much about John or Abigail Adams.

Then, Mom came by that evening while we were watching Miracle (I watch a lot of movies these days as it's easier to keep the feet swelling down if I'm prone). We chatted and watched a bit of the movie while she waited for Dad's meeting to finish. Wish she could have stayed longer - I love hanging out with my mom.

Since my due date was Saturday, they wanted to do a sonogram, which I had this morning.

Pregnant girl stuff here. You are warned. )

I wonder if she's going to wait to be a birthday present for Lex. That would put her being born on Oct 13. Fun, fun!
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First thing Saturday morning, Matt and I headed over to Keller and picked up a glider chair and ottoman at a combined garage sale. It was in excellent condition and an awesome price. What a deal!

Then, the Greek Festival. I had a ton of fun! Matt, my sister, Lex and Carol and I all went together. We arrived there around 11:30 and parked across the street in a Jewish school's parking lot. The entry cost was much better than I thought originally - I thought if you wanted their "Lunch" you had to pay the entry fee of $5 plus the lunch cost of $11. But no! The lunch included a general admission. So the excursion started out awesome!

Since we were all starving, we immediately made our way over to the food booths and were served a very yummy Greek lunch of herb roasted chicken, Greek meatballs, Greek salad, rice, olives and flat bread. Can't remember if it was pita bread or what. But it was all about the good. After we ate, we got what they called a baklava sundae, which was vanilla bean ice cream with this baklava moosh dribbled on it that was super tasty. Plus we tried some, uh, greek donuts for lack of a better name. Basically donut-hole sized fried bread that was glazed in a honey sauce stuff. Mm.

After enjoying the food and watching a painfully cute group of children do some Greek dancing in traditional Greek clothing, we took a tour of the chapel. The festival is at a Greek Orthodox church, and they have done an absolutely wonderful job on this facility. The chapel (not sure if that's what they call it, but for lack of a better term, it's what I'll use) is absolutely gorgeous. The murals and such were painted in a medieval style, so we just wandered through and absorbed the atmosphere. It made me want to put on some medieval clothes, though. It would be SO a photo op! Well, aside from the huge pregnant thing. ^_~

After that, we wandered over to the shopping area, where there were several cool booths. The coolest one, though, was this lady doing the enameled eggs thing. Ah! I just wiki-ed it and found 'em. They're traditionally Ukrainian apparently, and hers were just beautiful. She was doing a demo right there and I could have hung out for a while just watching but didn't want to take up all the space.

There was also a booth set up as a grocer, only they didn't have any rose jam, so I was sad. Once while Matt and I were in Columbus, Ohio, we found a Greek grocer and they had rose jam and it was good stuff. But none here. Ah, well. Can't have everything, I guess!

After we finished up in the shopping area we headed out. It was definitely a fun time.

This past weekend I also got a pedicure for the first time ever. I got the "deluxe" one and they massaged my poor swollen feet and legs, in addition to doing my toes. It was super nice. Sunday I spent the whole day resting in my new chair and watching movies. It was so very nice.

Coming up this weekend, the Lebanese Food Festival. If Vee hasn't come by Saturday, I'm going to go to that. If she has, then I'm sending Matt to get me some food! ^_~ Mm. Lebanese food!

So, every night now I poke at my belly and tell Vee to come out. But she's already being defiant and she kicks me instead. I think she likes her dark, warm place. The little rascal.

However, at the visit today, the midwife said she had the feeling that it would be "soon." What's soon, you ask? I have no idea. Mostly I feel the same - heavy and cumbersome, but over all in good health and spirits. In fact, the midwife and several other people have commented on my positive attitude, which is somewhat puzzling to me. Am I supposed to be grumpy by now? Tired, certainly, but I'm still just me.

According to the midwife, Vee is very, very low. So low the midwife couldn't even feel Vee's head. So that's positive.

Maybe she'll listen to me tonight.

Veeeeeeeee, come out!
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And one more cultural event this weekend (thanks so much, Guen!!):


I am pretty darned sure I'm going to the Greek Festival this weekend. Greek food. Hm. It's lunch time and I'm pregnant. Maybe I'll make the call after I eat. ^_~
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So, I know I can't dance (I mean, really, I'm 9 months pregnant), but I am so excited about the fact that they're starting up céilís again!! Please note, it really doesn't matter if you've never danced at a céilí before - they will gladly teach you. This is forwarded from my Conradh email group:

Greetings dancers!

A new season of céilí dances kicks off this Saturday evening. The dances have moved from the studio to the ArtCentre of Plano, a charming art gallery with a wooden floor located in the heart of historic downtown Plano. Nearby are shops, restaurants, and the Fillmore Pub, as well as a DART light rail stop, all within easy walking distance. The ArtCentre is located on the northwest corner of E. 15th Street and Avenue K in Plano. Check out their website http://www.artcentreofplano.org/ for more photos, parking info, and a sample of the current exhibition.

Best of all, we get to dance again! Mimi and Allison will provide the tunes while we celebrate the joy of dancing. Bring a friend, spouse, or neighbor -- you can even BYOB if you like. (Just beer and wine please.) Don't be shy; most dances are taught, and new dancers are always welcome. The particulars are:

Date: Sept. 27, 2008
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Cost: $5 for SCMA members, $7 for non-members. (Supervised children under 13 may watch free.)
Dances: céilí and set dancing
Address: 1039 East 15th St., Plano, TX 75074
Parking: on the street or in a parking garage north of the ArtCentre. See http://www.artcentreofplano.org/directions.

See you Saturday!
Michael & Susan
Céilí dancers, callers, enthusiasts

Edited to add the following:

I dug around some and found a linked website here:


All at the ArtCentre of Plano, mostly once a month from 7 PM to 9 PM.

September 27
October 11
November 22*
* Special 3-hour party ceili, 7:00-10:00pm!

January 10
February 7
April 4
May 16
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Today my work day was awesome. First there was this event called "Passport to the World." It was just upstairs from my office and there was all kinds of interesting foods and beverages from places like India, Turkey, Pakistan, Mexico (of course), Bangladesh, China, Egypt, and Nigeria. I ate enough tiny servings of these things that I was quite comfortably full when I was done, so I'm going to go through the foods I sampled:

I didn't actually get to try any of the food from the Pakistan booth. But they did have some green soda that I tried. I thought it was going to be like Thailand's green Fanta, but it was definitely different. It tasted like rose flavored cream soda. I could have sat there smelling it for a while. It was quite tasty. Oh, and you'll hear me say that a lot - all the food was yummy! But anyway, like I said, the Pakistani food wasn't out yet so I had to move on.

The Scotland table didn't have any food, but I knew right away whose booth it was. It was funny - their sign said "Failte gu Alba" and I stopped and was like "Ah! Scotland!" The guy at the booth smiled and said "Yeah." I grinned and told him his sign gave him away to me, not the kilt since he was on the other side of the table. I chatted with him a bit, and he has been here since August. I told him my husband and I liked football, and he asked me Celtic or Ranger (Heh). He claimed to "not care." He was wearing a Black Watch kilt. Since most his family's from England, he felt better wearing black watch, heh.

The food from Bangladesh was really tasty. I tried a beef dish with curry, which about a "medium" spiciness per my Thai-tuned taste-buds. It was a very, very dark curry and resembled a Mexican dish I had once. They also had a chickpea curry, which was only a light spiciness. With both they served a lightly fried rice seasoned with tumeric. For desert, they had these little, sweet, rose-flavored kind of "cheese" ball. Yum! Oh, and the drink they presented was this yogurt drink that was sour and spicy. It wasn't what I was expecting since I'm used to sweet yogurt drinks but it was very interesting and still yum. One of the students had impeccable English and was in traditional bangladeshi clothes. The clothes looked very well suited for hot climates. He was very charming and out-going.

The Mexico table had tacos. Of course, we're all familiar with tacos, heh. ^_^ I only had one since I was sampling. I had chopped beef rather than chicken.

The Nigeria table had several different things. I saw the fried plantain and immediately got excited. I love fried banana. However this was different than what I am used to - it was salty! They quite reminded me of potato chips, with a slightly smoother texture. I also had a tiny slice of meat pie, with ground meat (beef I think) and potatoes. Salty. They offered a beverage - a tiny cup of soda that tasted like fizzy molasses (but consistency of soda, too). It was really good.

The India table was one of the best presentations there. Of course, all the ladies were in their saris and looked fabulous. I've always thought India has some of the world's most beautiful cultural clothes. One lady had a presentation of the famous people who are Indian, another had a presentation about Indian dress traditions, and more were serving the food and describing what was in it. It was a very good presentation over all. Of their food, I had a chickpea curry dish with diced tomatoes and lots of cilantro. It wasn't spicy (hot), but salty. They served it with lightly fried rice seasoned with tumeric, and a few lentils scattered through out. For a beverage, they had a very spicy ginger tea.

The table for Turkey was pretty - they had all these abstracted glass eyes that apparently are pretty common there, used for protection against the "evil eye." Cool! They had four different pastry kind of things, but I only tried two - one was a potato pastry (I don't know what it is called). It looked like baklava, but instead of sweet, it had potato in it and was salty and yummy. The other was a cake with toasted peanuts on top. It was drenched in a light sweet syrup.

Over all, the Passport to the World was awesome. Too bad they only have these once a year!
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Hm. I haven't done an update in a lil while. Lessee. Things I've done. Well, aside from sewing and WoW.

Two weeks ago Thursday, Matt and I went to one of the last showings of Macbeth by Shakespeare in the Park. It was a pretty good performance, with one director's interpretation that I was "eh" about - the three witches were from the future and gave Macbeth a gun. He only used said gun at the very end, but "eh." Other than that, though, the acting was good enough. The priest was hilarious. Lady Macbeth did a pretty good job, too. Over all, I refused to let that one interpretation bother me.

It was a gorgeous night - during intermission, our friends ran to their car and grabbed a blanket for Matt and I, as it had gotten quite cool. But sitting outside on such a lovely evening, eating fruit, crackers, cheese, etc, and visiting with friends and watching a play made for a truly lovely evening.

Sometime I want to go to Shakespeare in the Park in costume. I don't really care what era. Napoleonic would be nice. Or Victorian. Mostly because I love those two, heh. I wonder how popular Shakespeare was during the 18th century.... And really, mostly because I just want an excuse to go anywhere in costume. I'm tellin' ya, if I lived in the boonies on a farm like I do in my little dream-world, I would wear a costume every single day. Modern clothes are boring.

The following Saturday had us out at Ormsby Ranch for our SASS regional match. Matt and I didn't shoot. It costs $100 for the four days, which would be ok, except we planned on only the one day, so it was kind of out of the question. We meandered around and watched the other shooters. Unfortunately there weren't very many vendors. We left early to help with set up for the evening dinner, and then of course dinner and then home. Another lovely day!

Last week was pretty normal. The Thurs game is going nicely. Well, "nicely." As in, I'm thoroughly enjoying it, but my character sure isn't! We're still stranded in the black, my character's little sister had to kill someone, but we did uncover the person who planted the bombs. And we found another ship that was stranded, too, that has parts which maybe we will be able to recycle.... (that's where the game left off)

Friday night Matt and I cleaned up the living room and dining room, both of which needed it badly. But now it's more than habitable. It's hospitable. Yay! Next up, the computer area. We're going to be doing an overhaul there soon. And the garage. I think at some point in November we're borrowing his mom's truck and making a run to the dump.

Saturday morning I went to Sam Moon with [livejournal.com profile] elizagoth and another friend, who had taken away my chick card AND my costumers card for never having been there. So after successfully restoring my chick and costumers cards, Elizagoth and I had lunch and did a little more shopping near her house, and then I headed home to do some more cleaning before the invasion.

Matt had finished cleaning up the tub and so we straightened the living room together. Voila! Suddenly our house has a lot more space.

Family showed up at 4pm for a get together celebrating Lex's 3rd birthday. Annie and Dave and Lex, followed shortly by Rob, Sioux and Kyr, and then a little later Mom came, too. Dad wasn't able to make it as he was feeling ill. We had pizza, cake and ice cream, and played around a little. Totally not enough time, though. T_T We need another Family Day! Except this time, the whole day. :D

We headed out for the FC Dallas soccer game. Mom came along, and I think she had fun. FC Dallas lost, though. We sat right next to the Inferno, which is a very enthusiastic fan group of FC Dallas. They like to taunt the opposing team's goalie since we're right behind one of the goals. Last time they were calling him a bald leprechaun because he was wearing green. This time they chanted something about bleach blond hair being for girls. They're a pretty funny group. ^_^

So, that's it for now! It got a bit longer than expected!
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It's not on their site yet, but I started getting antsy about it so I called. It's on December 8 and 9 this year (I didn't ask the time. Whoops) and will be $10 per adult. For my non-costuming friends, it's still a lovely experience. For my DFWCG friends, I'll bring it up at our October meeting, too, just for good measure. ^_^

So, here it is, well in advance:

WHAT: Candlelight
WHEN: Sat Dec 8, 2007 & Sun Dec 9, 2007 (Time TBA, but it's afternoon/evening. I'm thinking probably Saturday)
WHERE: Dallas Heritage Village
WHY: Because it will be fun!

EDIT!!: PS: Whoops! I won't be at the October DFWCG meeting - Matt just reminded me that we will be in Cleburn at the big shooting match. So, I'll email the yahoo group!
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This lecture should be a lot of fun! We'll be looking at a LOT of actual clothing from 1850 through 1900, and from what I've been told they're in excellent condition. If you want to go with Matt and I, please let me know before Saturday morning. If we don't hear from anyone, we're going to leave early and run errands! ^_^

Exploring Antique Clothing

"Date: Saturday - August 11th, 2007, Start Time: 02:00:00 PM

Hal Simon, Chief Curator of Dallas Heritage Village, will be giving us a lecture on antique garments from the museum's collection dating from the mid-1800's to the early 1900's.

The class will be held in the old school house, second floor, at 2pm on Saturday the 11th. Since the site will be closing around that time, please park in the parking lot across the street from the park. Use the delivery entrance, next to the donkeys' paddock. The white school house is toward the back of the park.

Light refreshments will be provided, and the dress for this event will just be street clothes. If you follow the Event Website link, the schoolhouse is building #17.""

Fee: $1 members and Students with valid ID / $3 non-members

Dallas Heritage Village
1515 S Harwood St
Dallas Texas 75215
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Hm.... Matt just reminded me that it's that time of year again. I am really looking forward to this season!

They're doing Romeo and Juliet and Love's Labor's Lost this summer, and then Macbeth in the fall. I don't think I've ever seen Love's Labor's Lost. Or even read it, for that matter. Very cool. Plus I bought a picnic kit last year and have been itching to use it. It's very nice, with settings for four - with some pretty, high quality plastic goblets and everything.

I'm also very, very tempted to have a regency gown of some sort ready by then.... It starts in two and a half weeks.... Dressing up and sitting in the grass having a picnic and watching Shakespeare sounds like a ton of fun.
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I had a wonderful weekend. The weekend started off with playing Matt's game. It started out a few months ago as a low-fantasy d20 game in a setting that Matt cooked up but we've now fully switched over to GURPS in the Conan setting. Heh. There's a learning curve for all of us since it's been so very long that we've played, but I'm pretty pleased with the system change over all, and we've kept all the important elements of Matt's original setting, too. Oh, and welcome to [livejournal.com profile] kalar who has joined the game, too! ^_^ (PS Even though my character didn't warm up to yours right away, I'm glad you're playing!)

Friday night went into Saturday morning and Matt and I went home about 4am and promptly collapsed. My sister called Saturday morning to inform me of her plans shifting and that she wouldn't be able to make the rest of the day's events. T_T However, we rescheduled our stuff for Sunday afternoon, so all was well.

After [livejournal.com profile] annawick called, we slowly got our engines going so we could head out to Fort Worth for the day's activities. First we went to the Japanese Gardens, where we met up with several others from the DFWCG and wandered around and took pictures. Matt and I were total slackers (plus I forgot about my ninja costume) and didn't dress up, but [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson and Dawni looked fabulous. After feeding the coi and taking pictures, we headed over to the Kimbell Art Museum to check out their Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World exhibit. Talk about some beautiful paintings! I was going to pick up the exhibit book, but they were sold out. T_T

Matt and I seem to take a long time in exhibits. Ah, well. After finishing up there and saying our goodbyes to the other DFWCG-ers, Matt and I headed over to the Mercado Juarez in Dallas and had some awesome food. Then we went to the Cinemark at Vista Ridge and watched Wild Hogs. Thanks so much for the recommendation, [livejournal.com profile] lance_work! It was a hilarious movie, just like you said it would be, heh.

Sunday was a nice, lazy morning, and then a nice mellow day at church. I had to take the 14 and 15 year old class, too, because the teacher's wife just had a baby, but they're good kids too, so everything went smoothly. After church, my sis and the Lex came over to play. Much, much fun was had. I mean, he was fun before, but now he's almost intelligible. It was cute. We drove up and Annie was already there waiting. I leaned in to get Lex out of his car seat since he was half asleep. His eyes opened up and he looked at me for a sec, groggily trying to figure out who I was. Then this little smile crossed his face and he said, "Jay!" My heart melted. What a cutie! Plus I got to hang out with my sister, which is always a bonus. We watched a dinosaur movie, chased the kid around, and chatted a whole lot.

Then, I went to bed and woke up this morning refreshed. What a great weekend!
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The weekend fun (long-ish)... )

In other news, with more information later, we're going to Thailand this year! Whee! So! If any of my sewing friends can give me specific information on what types (weaves?) of silk fabric that are period correct for for either Victorian or Regency, I would be very, very grateful! :D
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Hey, yall! This is a public service announcement. This upcoming Saturday is Loi Krathong, a pretty big Thai festival. It will be celebrated with much food and fun at the Buddhist Wat in Keller TX. I would give you their website but it's very, very sad. Just know that the address is 13075 Sehapayak Road in Keller, TX 76248 and festivities are underway starting around 6:30pm. There will be a LOT of good and unusual food to consume there, so bring cash for the vendors. A good amount of the funds go to the wat itself for its mainenance and expansion. If you have any questions, let me know. :D
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KELLER, TX 76248-0822
TEL : (817) 430-1365

For any of the curious, there is a Buddhist festival this coming Saturday. If you want to see a traditional Theravada Buddhist temple and enjoy a little piece of Southeast Asia, come to the festival. There will be yummy food, too, for the culinarily adventurous.

I got this description off some website (sorry, forgot which one):

"One of the most beautiful and popular festivals in Thailand is Loy Krathong. This takes place on the full moon in November. During the evening, many people will go down to their local klong (canal) or river to float their krathongs. They believe this will bring them good luck. The krathongs (see picture above) contain a flower, a candle and three incense sticks which are lighted before being placed on the water. The people usually make a wish at the same time. Some people believe that if the candle remains burning until the krathong is out of sight then their wish will come true. By the end of the evening, there are hundreds of flickering lights bobbing up and down on the water. Quite often there are also firework displays as well as shows and beauty contests for everyone.

The Loy Krathong festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom, about 700 years ago. It marked the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest. It is based on a Hindu tradition of thanking the water god for the waters. The farmers of Sukhothai used to hold a festival of floating candles. One year, a beautiful woman called Noppamas, who was the chief royal consort, made some special lanterns for the festival. She made them from banana leaves and shaped them like lotus flowers. The king was impressed with what he saw, so he announced that krathongs would be floated on the water every year from then on."

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