Friday, November 30, 2007

Another Day

No matter what happens in life we hope and pray to live another day. No one I know has died recently. This is not about that. Is is about surviving the troubles and stresses each day.

Another day promises something better. Today could be so terrible that we cannot wait for another day.

Its like a new begining only instead of a new year it just a new day. An chance for things to get better just because we were rewarded with life another day.

Another day could mean that is just like any other day. "Yesterday the grass was green today is just another day."

Somethings do not change. Regardless of what we do we cannot change them. Noone wants to change the grass but even those who do cannot get the green out of grass.

So what do I mean by another day. I have not got a clue. It was something that popped into my head so I decided to blog about it.

Hopefully we know the things we can change so we do just that, and the things we cannot. We ignore.

Monday, November 26, 2007

PROJECT RUNWAY SEASON 4

I have never been devoted to any television program. I am loyal to some and other I care less about. But even the shows that I watch loyally can be dismissed without a second thought. But I am devoted to Project Runway.

This show starts out with 15 designers’ ends with 3 who will design 12 outfits for a Fashion show at Bryant Park in NYC. The judges, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, Heidi Klum ( who is also the host of the show ) And a guest judge which changes each episode. And we must not forget TIM! I love the way he talks.

So far 2 episodes in and I can’t wait for the next one. I know I have watched these 2 episodes at least 6 times (Thanks to BRAVO TV) and each time I see something a little different.

I have been a seamstress of sorts for over 20 years. However any photos of past accomplishments were lost in a fire of the family home several years ago. I have contacted several people that I have made gowns for in the past in the hope of rebuilding my photo album.

I am reminded and inspired to start again! I do not want to become a rich person from the garments, quilts, soft furnishing, curtains and such that I make. I just want to be the best I can be. Accomplished!

While watching the show I watch how the constants construct the garments. How true the actual garments is to the sketch drawn. How they convey ideas into an article of clothing. How to pitch your design to an up and coming fashion icon.

I actually have a note book with me and make notes as I go along. This notebook will end up getting lost in the sea of notebooks that I have. Notebooks, with dates I constructed something for myself and what adjustments I had to make for it to look right. Notebooks, of things that I actually gave up and because I fixed them too much. Once it was a gown but the hem was not straight. So I cut it so straighten it but it still was not straight, so I cut it again, and again soon it was a mini dress that just looks horrible because it was meant to be a gown. Or a jacket pocket whose welt is not quite right so the fix it meant now it had patch pockets. Notebooks, with designs drawn to perfection but wrong fabric used to complete the look. I keep them all and look at them from time to time and remind myself what I should do and what I should not do.

While watching the show you have the people whose attitude you just cannot stand but give them there props when it comes to the art work. So far Christian is all talk he is so annoying. He either needs to truly produce something that knocks the wind out of us or just shut up.

I love Romi’s work. The gown is simple beautiful. It looks like it would feel like a goddess to wear that dress.

Elisa and Sweet Pea should have won the second challenge. It looked like something you would find in Steve and Barry’s.

Victorya’s dress and vest, I don’t know they did not look right together to me. But Hey I’m not going to wear it

Simone was the first to go. Loved the color combo and actually if I would have been the judge Elisa would have gone. But She did complete the one seam garment beautifully. Even if it was a bit on the heavy side about it showed more skill.

Marion was the second to go. What happen to him has happen to me before. It was a beautiful knit mini. I hung it up and just over night it had stretched to a skirt that was mid calf. And you could see through it. Simply amazing what the wrong fabric will do.

Anywho, I am waiting to the 3rd espisode and taking note of it all as I continue in my endeavor to MAKE IT WORK!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Family Traditions

Every family have traditions. Some revolve around pagan holidays or worldy traditions and some happen by accident.

One year for what ever the reason we all found ourselves over my cousin/Aunt Polly's house, since we were all together and everyone was off from work or school the next day some one suggested " lets watch movies all night".

Who knows, it could have been a challenge to see who could hang (stay up all night) and then go out in Field service the next morning. So we went out and rented movies and stayed up all night watching movies and eating snacks.

The next morning, Bridget would get up and go out in field service the next morning, of course she is one of the first to fall asleep.

Those of us who did stay up all night continued watching movies into the next day and then would go home around 3:00 or 4:oo to sleep because we had to work in the tomorrow.

We have been doing this for at least 20+ years and none of us can remember what started this family tradition. None of us are ready to give it up either.

We are much older and often look for more comfortable ways of laying around watching movies. Thick workout mats, air mattresses any thing that would make watching the movies more comfortable.

Through the year we have had several children added to the family. Latisha was about 8 or 9 when we started. She the first grand baby in the family then came nashawna, she is now in College, then Jazimine, Jaylssa they are young teenagers this year and then Taylor and Taian have join this family tradition. Oh Yeah, this tradition is only for the girls. We also have adopted people into our family who have participated in our family movie night. Felicia, Terri, both of whom are not here this year. Felicia dropped out long time ago. Terri was in Italy otherwise she would have been here. Danita, Atina, and Drena came one time but never show up again. Charmine join our family about 8 years ago and she has been apart of the family every since and she keeps with the family tradition faithfully. She is the only one who ever brought a male to our movie night but it's okay he was nursing at the time. Jayden is the only male to come to movie night. I don't remember her bringing Little Lee or Keelyn to movie night. But I know Jayden was there overnight. Stacey lives in seattle, she acts like that is an out. She come some time but she had missed quite a few. Brenda's illness prevented her from coming this year otherwise she would have been her as well. Domonique claims to keep forgetting when it is. She claims that she will be there next year, we will see.

We are getting older and it's funny watching after sitting on the floor watching a movie getting up is funny. We are all a little unstable and those who are near one of us as we get up and ready to lend a helping had rather the feel the weight of a sister falling on us.

I say all this becasue these are fun times we laugh and talk and if we have seen the movie before we talk a little more. Sometime we get snappy with family and usually there is not reason for it. But we love each other and soon that is over and forgotten.

Debbie and I are usually the one who survive all night long and into part of the next day. That has even changed a little this year.

So continuing our family tradition we are at movie night. We scream and jumped during "Disturbia". Most feel asleep while the rest of us tried the figure out what "Catch and release" was about. Laughed during "Surf's up". Suprise how good "Man of the Year" actually was.
For one reason even though we watch a lot more movies i can't remember them.

Anyhow I plan to have next year off so I can be more involved in the planning of everything. The cake decorated like a box of popcorn was fantastic.

I love my family traditions.

Friday, November 2, 2007

In my own little corner.

As I started to think about writing this I was reminded of my favorite part of the Cinderella play that aired on TV when I was a child. While her stepmother and stepsisters were getting ready for the ball. She sat in a little chair and sang a song of all the imaginary places she would go to and all the things she would do while sitting safely all alone in her little corner in her own little chair.

November 8 is the 4th anniversary of my marriage to Tag. Three months before this date we made our plans, first of which was to make sure we had to whole week off from work. We talked about the places we could go, the people we could visit, the things we could and how much it would cost. Redid the budget so bill would get paid and we could still vacation.

We talked about visiting Terri in KY. She had been having some difficult times being alone and I just wanted to reassure her that she was close enough for us to get to her and just hang out with her for a couple days.

We talked about visiting the Murphy is SC. It had been a while since we heard from them and so it would be nice to visit them and see Debbie and Michelle. They have boat like the gateway clipper fleet here in the city so it would be fun to try out there and have dinner or a lunch cruise would also be nice. I was sure that we could do this and visit Terri.

We talked about visiting his sister in TN. She just bought a Condo and the pictures are very nice and it would be fun to hang out there and pretend like we lived there. At least until she came home from work every day.

But not of these were very romantic vacations and focused on us just being together.

SL at work gave me a great idea for a vacation. I talked to Tag and he agreed that it was more like what he wanted to do. It was a beautify resort in Myrtle Beach. Big hotel rooms some had Jacuzzi tubes. It was confirmed that we would do this. However the money was not there for us to make the reservation. I wanted for him to let me know when to set it up. That day never came.

The problems with plans are that they are always changing so those are imaginary until they happen! Because while you are planning you are imagining all the things you will say, do etc.

So Monday October 29th I learn that he made plans to do work on the weekend of our anniversary vacation. I asked how this is to be. It was explained to me that we were not staying the whole week. Oh, then he said we have to use your pocket money for the trip.

My pockets are empty with my pocket money in it. O, please man! So no anniversary vacation. So should I just sit all alone in my own little corner all alone in my own little chair? Yea, right!