Archive | March, 2010

Ten Things Tuesday – March 30

30 Mar

Ten recent Pandora “discoveries” and subsequent iTunes downloads:

1. Rise – Eddie Vedder

2. One Day – Matisyahu

3. New Soul – Yael Naim

4. Mercy – Duffy

5. Stitched Up – Herbie Hancock and John Mayer

6. All the Right Moves – OneRepublic

7. More Time – Needtobreathe

8. No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature – The Guess Who

9. Everything Falls Apart – Dog’s Eye View

10. Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros

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Love Story

29 Mar

Last night we had Dinner and a Movie again at Nikki’s. Amanda was there, too, as usual. We had intended to go walking, but the weather turned out to be cold and rainy. Not very good for walking outside. Anyway, we went to Nikki’s house to make dinner and watch a movie. Our choices were Love Story and The Way We Were. We decided to watch Love Story, because that was the one Amanda and I had never seen.

The dinner we made was delicious! We had whole-wheat pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and scallops. Yum! So many of my favorite foods all in one dish. We also had a nice salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta (for me, because I don’t like blue cheese). Nikki had made these cookies she said were island cookies, which were kind of like chocolate chip but with cranberries, coconut, and almonds. There were pretty good, and I ate a few more than I should have.

The movie was pretty good – kind of melodramatic for my taste. It’s one those that you hear a lot about, and always want to watch, and end up being a little disappointed when you finally do see it. I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but it was jus kind of talk-talk-talk with not much going on. I wasn’t expecting a big action flick or anything, but it just seemed like there was a lot of discussion about all these problems and not really much else going on. I’m glad I saw it – it’s one more to cross off my list of Best Picture-nominated films – but I’m definitely not going to rush out and buy it anytime soon.

It had a lot to do with class and society, which I don’t think is really so much a big deal these days. At least not when someone wealthy wants to marry someone who’s not, and risks being disinherited. I don’t think that kind of thing is so common these days. Maybe that’s because almost everyone I know is middle-class, so we’re not getting out of league or anything.

Anyway, the night was still fun. Great dinner, pretty good movie, good company. I like having movie nights with Nikki and Amanda.

British Men Sundays

28 Mar

I have invented a new tradition, quite by accident. It’s called British Men Sundays. It started last week when I watched the entire 5-hour A&E mini-series version of Pride and Prejudice (you know, the one with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy). And this afternoon, I was lying around the house, flipping through TV channels, trying to find something worth watching. That was a little challenging, considering there’s nothing on Sunday afternoon TV anyway. But I happened to run across the movie What a Girl Wants, which I’d never seen before but thought I would watch. While it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen by a long shot, Colin Firth was in it, and was of course adorable. So you see, I’ve invented this tradition without intending to.

So I’ve decided that every Sunday afternoon, I will watch a movie with a good-looking British man in it. I don’t think this will be too much of a challenge, do you? No, I think it will be quite nice. So my plan is to watch all Colin Firth movies for a while, then switch to someone else, like Hugh Grant or Ewan McGregor (yes, Scottish and Irish men count in this project). Not sure yet what it will be next week, but I’m looking forward to watching all these men with cute accents!

Hot Tea and Totes

27 Mar

Today we had our spring fundraiser for the Museum. It was a lot like the Gala, except that it was basically a big tea party and brunch for ladies in town. There were quite a few of them dressed up in their hats, and I might have even seen a few with gloves. I invited my mom, grandmother, Aunt Mary, and Amanda to come to the tea. I thought it would be an event they would all really like. I think they had a lot of fun, and they even saw some people the knew there!

They served brunch and had both a silent and live auction. The name of this event being Hot Tea and Totes, you can imagine what it was we were bidding on: purses! The theme this year was gardening, so there were several gardening baskets, bags, and other assorted items in addition to purses and bags. Each purse came with a little surprise inside it. I’ve been helping Kim and Kristine wrap these presents all week, and I’ve been lusting over so many of them! I had my eye on quite a few of those purses. And some especially because I knew what was inside! I was working during the silent auction, of course, so I didn’t have the chance to really bid on anything. And by the time I did, it was all too expensive.

Amanda bought a really cute purse that I had had my eye on. It was a Jessica Simpson purse, which neither of us felt good about considering that we don’t really like her, but we just couldn’t help but love that bag! It was just so adorable, so I’m glad she got it. She’d had a crazy week at school and has had some family issues going on lately, so I think it was a good indulgence for her to have. I know she’ll get a lot of use out of it. If I’d gotten it, I’d carry it everywhere!

The food was delicious – we had an open-faced sandwich, fruit salad, bean salad, and a scone. And of course, tea. Because I was working the event, I didn’t have time to really sit and chat with everyone like I would have liked, but I did get the chance to eat. I had a lot of fun today; it was something different other than being in the museum or going on an outreach. The Gala was definitely bigger and more work for everyone in general, but this smaller event today was still good. It was fun to get to dress up and go to a tea party, even if it was a little cold!

On the Road Again

26 Mar

What a busy day today! I had two outreaches at different schools all day long, and I’m thoroughly exhausted! Probably not as much as the gecko, though, who came with me for both events.

The first one was another camp fair at Towne Acres. I actually have all the camp information finalized now, so I handed out a ton of flyers for it. The kids all got to meet the gecko, too. She’s always a big hit. I know I say that every time I take her anywhere, but it’s true! People love meeting her. She was so good the whole day – she didn’t really seem to get too tired until much later in the day. I don’t know how she feels about getting petted so much. I hope she likes it, because she sure does have to put up with it a lot!

This fair was a little weird in the way they had the classes come through. It was the middle of the school day, obviously, so there were classes going on and kids walking through at random times. We were set up in the hallway, so it got pretty tight when a lot of people came through at once. But each class came through all together at a certain time of the day, and they just kind of walked through quickly and got as much information as they could. I’m sure it was information overload for them, because they just kind of walked up one side of the hall and down the other, grabbing information from different booths when they could. Most of them wanted to stop and pet the gecko, but I didn’t really have much time to talk about her. I think most of the kids got our camp information, but they had so much stuff to carry, they really needed bags! A lot of stuff got dropped in the hallway, and caused some traffic jams. It was a fun day, but it was definitely different.

The great thing about doing this kind of event is all the other exhibitors you get to meet. There were people from all over town there, everywhere from Doe River Gorge to the public library to a local Tae Kwan Do studio to the Boy and Girl Scouts. Just a wide variety of people serving in different settings. It’s nice to have some down time in between groups coming in to get to talk to them about their programs. It’s a good way to network and find new connections for potential partners and programming in the future. Even if the day was weird, it was fun to get to sit back and talk to the people working around me.

Anyway, so that was the first part of my day, until around 1:30. Raja and I came back to the museum for a while to rest (well, she got to rest – I did some more work!). I had to get all my stuff together for the next event, which really wasn’t that difficult considering they were similar. This evening’s event was the spring carnival at Woodland, where my mom teaches. I was set up right on the main hallway, where people had to pass by to get to dinner in the cafeteria. It was a good spot, because I had a ton of people come see me. Raja was great with these kids, too. I’m sure she was getting a little tired of it by then, but she really stuck through it like a trooper. I actually started getting pretty tired! My mom went to get me something for dinner, and I had to put Raja back in her cage for a while to “take a break” while I scarfed down what I could of my dinner really fast. Of course, people came up to talk to me the entire time, so that was a little challenging. But it wasn’t too bad, and most of the kids I told to come back in a few minutes when Raja’s break was over actually did come back to meet her.

There were tons of families out there; this was their big PTA fundraiser for the year, so I think it was pretty successful. I know I had lot of people come see me, and I don’t think that was even everyone who was there tonight. It was kind of nice to have my mom there with me. She just kind of popped in and out because she was helping serve dinner and do other things around the school, but I was glad she got to see my whole display and watch people with the gecko. She’s seen Raja several times at our house, because I sometimes bring her home when I have events like this after hours or that start early the next morning.

I’m starting to see that this job is going to be an almost around the clock thing. It’s going to be very different from week to week, so I won’t have a set routine all the time. I kind of like that – variety is the spice of life, after all!

Letterbox

25 Mar

I got the cutest packet of letters from South Side today, thanking the Museum for coming out to do the fossil program last week. They were just adorable, and hilarious! It’s funny to see the things kids write and draw. I have a feeling they were studying adjectives, because the letters are all filled with words like “spectacular,” “tremendous,” terrific,” etc. Words that most second graders don’t normally use. In fact, words that I don’t normally use! I loved it – they were so, so funny! I’d forgotten how much kids can be entertaining.

Almost every letter had some kind of little drawing on it. Some were definitely quite elaborate – taking up the whole page with their exhuberance. It was so funny, and so cute! Stuff like that really makes all the stress and planning worthwhile.

I had an event tonight for the Chamber of Commerce. It was some sort of after-hours thing, where all these non-profits from all over town came to set up booths and give out information on their organization. It looked like it was pretty well attended, but it was hard to tell who was from other booths walking around and who was actually there at the event. I only counted a handful of people who came up to talk about the Museum, so it was a little disappointing. I wouldn’t say I had a bad time, but it was tedious. They were serving dinner from a local restaurant, which seemed to get a lot more attention than the presenters. The people I did meet were really nice; most of them had been to the Museum before or had supported us in some way, so there wasn’t a lot of new information that I gave out. But still, anytime I can get out there and promote the interests of the Museum is a good thing, to keep us out in the public eye. I wouldn’t call this my most successful event, but it was an event nonetheless.

Table for Two

24 Mar

I had dinner with Alli tonight at Cootie Brown’s. I honestly cannot remember the last time we got together – it has to be sometime in January or early February, I would guess. I guess it was sometime in January, because I hadn’t told her about all my AmeriCorps news yet, so that would put it the very beginning of the month. It just doesn’t seem like it’s been that long! Time has really flown by – and that’s a long time to go without seeing someone!

Dinner was really good, as usual. I’ve never, ever had anything there I didn’t like, and considering how long I worked there, that’s saying something. I’ve pretty much had everything on the menu. I had the delicious grilled veggie sandwich, which I haven’t had for quite a while. In fact, it has been a long time since I’ve even eaten there. That’s definitely not OK. There’s not enough of that delicious food in my life.

It’s so nice to know that you have friends that, no matter how long you’ve been away, will always be there for you, just like it was yesterday that you last saw each other. Even though I was actually in her wedding and watched her get married, it’s still mind-blowing to me sometimes that she is. I just don’t feel old enough for that. And yet, I know lots of people who are married. Most of them are long-lost friends I keep up with through Facebook, but still. There are more than a few who are. Alli is probably my closest married friend, and it’s still weird to think about. I don’t think she and Andrew are like most other married couples, or what I would say is my idea of married couples. Granted, they are still very young, and have been married almost two years now, but it’s still so weird to think about.

Anyway, enough rambling. It was nice to see a good friend tonight. We’ll have to get together more often, because I miss that kind of friendship!