Sunday, March 25, 2012
I think the fundraiser event was a big success; the results are not in yet but it appears like we brought in quite a good amount of money and a great time was had by all. The live auction part had such items as a week's vacation in a cabin in the Pocanos, a week in a chic getaway in Monterrey, a week timeshare anywhere in the world, and the opportunity to make pledges.
Julia Sweeney was charming and very funny. I enjoyed her much more than I anticipated. She read several chapters from a book she is writing; a memoir that is both poignant and funny.
I decided to go for colorful. The last I wore my LBD was to the memorial for my friend a few weeks ago, and I decided that since things emotional have been so heavy recently, I would go for light and airy. It was good for my mood and morale. I found a very sweet banana fiber shawl that was warm, soft, airy, and went well with the dress.
Our town is probably one of the last vestiges of hippy culture; at any rate, anything goes at events. I had packed my LBD and black heels in the car in case I got there and found that I was way off in Lala Land in terms of wardrobe choice. Most people were dressed up, but colorfully. It was a good choice for me and the LBD stayed in the car where she belonged.
The disappointment for the evening was that the dollhouse I spent so many of my resources, time, creativity, and financial, only brought in half of what I hoped to bring in. The bright side is that it went to the parents of a child who I know is going to love it and who will have a wonderful time making furniture for it and playing with it. For that, it was worth it.
I won't be doing that again though. For one thing, even after I said what I wanted to be the starting bid, the starting bid was less than half of what I wanted them to put on it and less than a quarter of the fair market value. In the end, it went for what I had asked to be the starting bid.
Oh well, on to my next project which will be just for fun. I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Tonight is the big scholarship-fundraiser-gala-dinner-comedy-
show-silent-auction. Julia Sweeney (Pat from Saturday Night Live) will be performing. My pretty Victorian cottage will hopefully be adopted by some parent or grandparent for one happy little girl for exorbitant amounts of money.
I don't dress up often, there is a rare need to around here. Usually, I wear my elegant LBD; with some kind of simple jewelry. It's my standard Go-To wardrobe item.
A couple of days ago, I dipped into the new little boutique in town. I tried a couple of dresses on and did not like the way they fit across my hips. Since everything else looked great about them, I was pretty disappointed. The owner said she had just the thing for me and pulled this skimpy little dress off the hanger and handed it to me. I took one look at the cut of the dress and how colorful it was and said, "No way!" It simply looked too skimpy. She insisted I try it on and ran to get the right undergarments, a brooch to match, and a little shawl to wear with it. When I tried it on, it actually looked cute on me. I was quite surprised to find myself buying it because it is nothing like what I usually wear. Which is actually WHY I bought it.
Putting it on today, I began to second guess myself and wonder it I should go back to my old standby, my Little Black Dress.
I know I will make my own choice by this evening, but how do you weigh in on this? Fun or Formal?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Well, it's 3/14 or 3.14 - Pi Day today. Of course we had to celebrate with chocolate cream pies. The decimal point is made by a Rice Dream Pie I bought for my student with milk allergies.
Somehow, we managed to fit Pi Day in today. We started the day with a trip to the symphony. It was a wonderful concert which was called American Kaleidoscope. All of the pieces were from American composers and based on different American folk music. The children and the chaperones all enjoyed it.
When we got back at lunch time, I left the children with the science teacher and made a quick run to the store to get the ingredients to make the pies, as I had been so focused on finding drivers for our field trip that I had forgotten to pick up the pie necessities. We whipped up a few pies, and enjoyed a math celebration before taking off on our afternoon hike.
It was a hot day today.... really - 75 degrees. I know 75 will feel great after it's been 90 and humid, but we got hot and sticky this afternoon. The children really enjoyed playing in the river and cooling off.
We saw our first snake of the season, a lovely little garter snake. She stopped to pose for us.
After school I had an appointment with my podiatrist. She had been thinking that I had a neuroma and had made some pads for my insole, which seemed to help somewhat. What was fortunate is that I had my appointment after walking 5 miles so she could see how the base of my toes swell up after I have been walking. After seeing that, she is changing tactics and treating my foot for capsulitis instead. She thinks I have an injury to my toe joint that I keep re-injuring. Now I have a little toe brace to try out to see if that stabilizes my toe joint and helps it heal. I hope it does the trick. She said it could take up to a couple of months. One thing I am glad of (I think) is that she is an athlete and doesn't suggest cutting back on my walking; rather she is more focused on making my walking less likely to aggravate the injury.
Daffodils are blooming and chipmunks are flirting.... spring feels fully sprung today!
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