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Times they are a-changin'.

I haven't posted here in a super-long time, and there is lots going on. The proverbial chips have fallen, and things look pretty good, overall.

This is the first year that Gary has called me about the faire before I sent him a note indicating what I'd like to do. There have been years where I haven't received a contract before April. Mine's already mailed off. We are, at last, laying Lady Mary to rest, at least for a little while. I longed to do something different, and this seems to be the year. Spanish Princess. A totally individual to me dialect. New costume. Brush up on my Spanish. Get familiar with Spanish history during the 16th century and give myself a crash course in plausible Catholicism. Not to mention still being the language guru, employee trainer and promotional liason, once I get there. Good thing I have four months...

Dancing is still great. I enjoy the classes and the people. I still love going out on Mondays to dance with whomever comes out of the woodwork. Last night, I had the second closest thing to birthday party that I am going to have this year: the birthday jam. On the Monday closest to your birthday, you are invited into the birthday jam. All the birthday boys and girls dance in the middle of a circle, and they are passed among just about as many dancers as can find a window. I had a great time. Loved having the opportunity to dance briefly with some of the all-stars. I am seriously considering attending a dance weekend in Boston in March, but need to think on it just a little bit more.

The first closest thing I had to a birthday party was the small, almost impromptu celebration I had at mom's with her, Jimmy, and Colin. Jimmy wanted very much to open all of my presents. Colin wanted very much to sit in my lap, drink my Earl Grey, and put his fingers in everything. Mom and Jimmy made a cake, and I laughed a lot. It was so great to spend time with her and to see my little boys (even if my car got stuck in her neighborhood due to the piss-poor plowing of her street and the silly number of tiny hills that my civic could not manage).

For the rest of the week, I've decided to keep it mellow.  I figure that if I make any elaborate plans, some horrible snowstorm will come through and freeze everything up and cause me to need to cancel, at which point I'll be snowed in and horribly disappointed about it. Better to keep my head down, eat something fabulous for dinner, then go to dance class.

In the past year, I've done some decent things. I made a Queen dress, (which really was so fucking rad that my mind is still just a little bit blown). I learned to knit and crochet. I've done a little actual work as an actual seamstress. I've re-evaluated my relationship with the good folks at MTC so that we can keep working together (and so that I can be happy about the circumstances under which it happens). I've gotten to know Baltimore really well, and I still really like it here. My nephews are both happy and healthy and mom is doing well.  All in all, 30 was pretty awesome.  Looking forward to 31.

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lthoman
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Yesterday Rachel came home from school saying she learned it was almost "Hedgehog Day," (I think she may have been slightly confused) and I thought of you.
lthoman
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Now I feel like I must make a disclaimer that I do know your birthday is tomorrow. But the birthday post deserves the "Happy Birthday," no?
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