Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sir Elton John

Sunday, April 22, 2012
I still remember thrift shopping with my mom a few months ago and hearing the radio commercial for "Elton John solo" and seeing the look of "WE HAVE TO GO" on my mom's face. My dad bought the three of us tickets for my mom's birthday (which is today). We got "limited view" tickets, which were the cheapest and the "limited view" printed right on the ticket scared us all a bit. We got there extremely early (after eating at Biaggi's) and found our seats... I didn't zoom for the picture above. I guess this is limited view... I thought it was perfect view. Granted, we didn't get to see his face a lot of the time, but I love watching peoples' hands when playing piano. We couldn't believe the luck we had. I got the end seat (no one next to me!) and no one was directly behind me either. Perfect seat for a boundaries person.

Since we got there so early I was able to walk around and get pictures of the big screens on either side of the stage (which we were behind and thus only saw backwards) and I was able to zoom close enough to read the set list!

The show was sold out. And I don't remember seeing an empty seat by the time he got into the third song. (Idiot people were still trying to find seats when he'd already started. I don't understand that. But I rarely understand human behavior. And this is why I will never be a therapist. I don't want to hear about your stupid life and decision to show up late to an Elton John concert.)

I had issues getting any pictures in focus. I could blame my camera or shaky hands, but meh. I took 153 pictures and got some gems, so whatever. He was so amazing. I won't pretend I know every Elton John song by heart and I won't pretend I ordinarily care for live music, but this concert was perfect. He is the most talented piano player I've ever witness (besides Chico Marx). Not to mention his voice...

This was my favorite lighting. He played every song you'd want Elton John to play. I was only disappointed (being a child of the 1990s) that he didn't play "Circle of Life" from the Lion King.

But then he did. In the encore. And he played Can You Feel the Love Tonight and everyone died. And that was that.

So last night was pretty great for me. Hope it was for you, too! Today is my mom's birthday, so I ate homemade enchiladas and cake. I finished all the work for one of my classes and am trying to get chunks for the other classes done here and there. I've got pages and pages of sketches and ideas for 909 and the blog, so stick around!

Have an excellent Sunday evening! (I will because I don't have my morning classes tomorrow!)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Some Birds and Catch-up

Thursday, April 19, 2012
{A little bluebird in the neighbor's tree.}

I've never had such a busy month in my life. I've been wrapping up projects for my classes and starting the "final" projects. I've been traveling a little and baking for my dad's birthday party. And in the last week I've developed a terrific sinus infection. I'm plagued with these year-round and this one came at a horrible time.

{Another bluebird on our fence. Just before sunset the birds were everywhere!}

I've been developing my plans for 909 (new patterns, major shop updates and future craft show plans) and trying to make time to sew and crochet. However, my lack of good sleep, headaches, and first priority being my schooling has pushed 909 to the wayside.

{A beautiful male cardinal who stared me down.}

I feel the sinus infection slowly retreating and my last final is on May 2, so things are going to get muuuch smoother (I say this, but things never quite seem "smooth" do they?) come early May.

I'm really excited about some of my updates and cool opportunities I'm getting (thanks to Emily!).

Ooo! One more thing: if you have any suggestions on point-and-shoot cameras, that would be amazing. I'm replacing my 5-year-old Olympus and would love your input!

Hope everyone's been doing amazing! Stick around for exciting junk.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Here and There

Sunday, April 8, 2012
{Some pretty cups to hold my crafting tools and pens.}

{A shelf full of books I wish I had time to read.}

{A little book to hold some patterns.}

{Some exciting new packaging tools.}

{Tincaps opener.}

{Easter goodies.}

{A finished zipper log!}

{Benefit splurge/pick-me-up.}

{A tote bag I made for my mom.}

I finally got some new stuff made for the Firefly and have a good chunk of my major papers for my classes completed (at least outlined). I also have a lot of new ideas and a 20% off coupon for Joanns, so once my classes are over with (early May), I'm really going to devote myself to 909.

Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Rascals

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I had a super busy week last week and want to get a leg-up on this week's homework, so this post is short and sweet. I realized I hadn't posted puppy pictures in 542,205 years.

This week should bring a HUGE step toward a shop update. My stuff is expiring left and right and sales have been low, so it's time to boost production.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your Sunday!