July 30, 2012

Patchie [Photographs]


By far, this is one of the most popular pictures I have ever taken. I'll post more pictures from the concert soon, but this was from The Annapolis Irish Festival back a couple weeks ago. Look ma, I nailed a silhouette!

July 27, 2012

The Cape: Day 3

I was going to call this a Way Back When[sday] post because I haven't done one of those in forever, and then halfway through typing the title I realized it was Friday. Where on earth is this summer going?! I mean, don't get me wrong...I am so excited to get to the end of August I can barely stand it because faire starts up and I have my trip to Atlanta, but still. Did July even happen? Wasn't it the fourth like...last week?

Our third day on the Cape was another low-key one. We tried to do a little shopping at the local flea market but because it was so early in the season it was pretty much a bust. We had dinner plans with my cousins and aunt and uncle so we knew we didn't have time to have a full beach day, so instead we went to The Beachcomber for a few drinks and appetizers, and then took a leisurely walk on Cahoon Hollow Beach - a beach where my great-grandfather used to fish almost daily back in the 60's.

Desktop12

Desktop13

We had a great relaxed dinner with my family that night - with everyone being "adults" now it's hard to get all of us together. They are working all the time and not everyone lives at home anymore. We used to spend every waking moment of each summer all huddled together in the back yard in the giant sand pit my grandfather made for us, digging holes and playing games and running through sprinklers. We hit an age where we started to divide a bit - their oldest sibling and I became teenage girls before the rest of them hit that stage in life, and the gap suddenly felt huge. To come full circle the gap is gone, but so is the time. It's a little sad. But it's also wonderful to be able to all sit around and really connect like we used to when we were kids.

After dinner we watched a storm roll through and then booked it down to the bay to see if the sunset was any good. I think it was my favorite sunset of the trip.

534728_10101386763323504_1789687938_n

Desktop14

559327_10101386763503144_2015313043_n

Desktop15

Back in real time, mom, dad, and my brother left for The Cape this morning while I house sit for the next two weeks. My heart aches to go with them, but I had my turn already. I will say this though - I am looking forward to a couple low-key weeks before my favorite time of year starts!

July 14, 2012

Patchie [Crafts]


So way back when Chrissy came to visit last October, she talked me into cosplaying Doctor Who for the Day of Wrong at faire. It was my first real venture into cosplay, and boy were we popular. Like, couldn't take 10 steps without being stopped for 15 minutes worth of pictures popular. The Boy was sitting at home that day telling me friends of his on Facebook who had never met me were uploading pictures of Chrissy and me. People are still talking about it popular. And at the end of the day, she turned to me and said "so you're coming to Dragon Con, right?" and how could I not agree?

I have been to three Con's since, dressing up at each one. I'm building a wardrobe of cosplay costumes and keep getting ideas for more. I've started a facebook page. My desire to craft and build is out of control. I'm knitting like a crazy person. I've mocked up a dress pattern I hope to get a good jump start on this weekend. I'm building a set of faerie-esque wings. Last night, I found myself looking up how to make chain maille because I had a really cool idea for a Thor cosplay pop into my head. Is there a craft I don't know how to do? Teach me!

Maybe I miss college. I mean, I know I miss college life, but maybe I miss the classes too. My major was pretty hands-on and I took a lot of hands-on classes. Maybe I miss learning. It is nice to learn at my own pace, though.

But the best part? This post basically sets up the fact that numbers 9, 16 & 23 on my 26 before 27 list are getting knocked out rather well! The sewing machine set me back a bit because I thought we had one, then we didn't, then I thought I was goign to have to buy one, but a super generous friend stepped forward and told me I can hang onto hers long term - she never uses it. I picked it up yesterday and was really excited that I remember a lot more from my one semester of costuming than I thought I did. I hope it all turns out as well as I think it will!

I think it's official. I think I'm one of those people. I think I can add "Cosplayer" to my ever-growing list of hobbies.

July 13, 2012

The Cape: Day 2


Day 2 of our Cape vacation was another very low key one...breakfast with Grandma and then a decent amount of time spent down at the ocean. The best thing about going up there in June is that you don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get into the more "public" parking lots ("public" is in quotations because townies have stickers that get them in free...but it's all the same lot and spaces fill up very quickly).

319379_10101386762300554_2067131641_n

I'm glad we got in as much day beach time in as we did this year even though it rained two days. Last year, because we went in August, we had to rely on my family getting us out to the Outer Beach, which they could only do on the weekends because they work. Since we were there this time before "peak season," we had a little more control over where we could go and when. The down side? I am very allergic to cottonwood trees. Guess what is in full bloom in June up there? Thank God for Claratin-D.

After dinner with Grandma, that night we went to the Drive In movie theatre to see Brave and The Avengers. Talk about a double feature! I hadn't been to a Drive In since the third Pirates movie came out, and The Boy hadn't been since he was a little kid. Considering it was rainy and not sunset-worthy, it was the perfect night to go!

376484_10101386762370414_1774535143_n

We only had about 5 minutes of rain total. Considering they were calling for 60% chance of rain all night, I think we did rather well!


July 10, 2012

The Cape: Day 1

Last year our drive from Philly to The Cape was a breeze...we arrived around lunchtime, had a great lunch with Grandma, and really managed to get a lot out of that day. This year...no so much. Luck wasn't on our side and we sat in over an hour of traffic near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, and again in Connecticut. We still got to The Cape around 2:30, but it was hot. And we were a little cranky because we had tried to push through without lunch, only to get there after lunch time. But Grandma was ready for us with cheese, crackers, seafood dip, and lobster salad. We went for a swim in the freshwater sand-bottom pond across the street from her house, and then enjoyed a glass of wine and reading on the front lawn when it started to cool off later in the day.

529326_10101386762140874_1768009686_n

292475_10101386762031094_472151147_n

That evening we went to the bay for sunset, but the bugs were biting and there wasn't a cloud in the sky, making it a bit lackluster. We swung by the ocean for a bit before we ran out of light and then called it an early night.

Desktop11

Not an exciting start, but a good relaxing start. I think it set the pace for the rest of the vacation too...mostly relaxing days, and then heading out and finding things to do in the evening. We both really needed the R&R this time around, and I think we succeeded!

Day 2 coming soon!

July 9, 2012

Patchie [Melts]


It was so hot this weekend the dog melted.

(First Cape post will go up tomorrow!)

July 3, 2012

Patchie [Procrastinates]


It's taking me longer than I thought it would to edit all my pictures from The Cape. I came home and have been pretty busy ever since, but at least it's things I want to do (time by the pool, lunch with friends, a cast party, family dinners and time with The Boy). And with tomorrow being a holiday and then a busy weekend following it, it may take a little more time. But I will share them, I promise!

 I'm already brainstorming another getaway. Is that sad? I don't think I'll be able to fit one in before faire season starts (besides the trip to Atlanta I already have planned), but The Boy and I may have something a little bigger in the works for the spring. I hope so!