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I'm a costume designer, makeup artist, teacher, mom, sewer, knitter, baker, want-to-learn-how-to-do-it-all, blogging, Costumed Beagle enthusiast. I am not always pleasant, although through intensive cupcake therapy I have learned not to throw knives at people anymore.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fancy Math

So I'm a few minutes past midnight posting tonight...sorry.  My day sorta....happened.

And I'm exhausted now, so I have nothing to offer you except STATS!


I thought maybe if I put it all in caps you'd get all excited and forget stats is really just a fancy way of saying statistics, which is just a fancy way of saying fancy math.

But here you go.

In just under a week, you've given me over 400 hits.  As of this moment, I've had 9,784 hits to my blog.  And my birthday is still 13 days away, so there's no real pressure on you or me, because we only have 216 more hits to go which averages out to just over 16 hits a day.  So if you miss a day,  no worries.  We're good.  But don't stop coming.

I would still like the 3 followers, which I don't think is too much to ask since you are clearly coming here anyway.  Don't ask me why this is important.  I don't know.  It just is.  Or it isn't, in which case, if it isn't that big of deal, why not admit that you are coming here?  Or not, whatever.  Its only a old woman's birthday wish.  (Does guilt work you?  If you are one of my many Mormon friends, it should...)

What about bribery?  Do you like cookies?  What about that pumpkin cake I baked yesterday?

Ok.  Now the computer screen is starting to dance in front of my eyes, so I'd best be going now.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Welcome Fall!

It is officially fall!

The BEST time of the year.

To celebrate, we pulled out the pumpkin.  And the cream cheese (which is really a year round phenomenon, but pairs perfectly with pumpkin).

Let's just say, we're off to a good start this week.

If you want this recipe, you can find it under my "Satisfy The Sweet Tooth" board on Pinterest.  Oh yeah.  I'm on Pinterest too.

This might be someone's favorite.

Actually I'm MUCH more popular on Pinterest.  You can follow me if you want.  All the cool kids do.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Peace be With You

Today is International Day of Peace, which follows close on the heels of Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Extra Points to the person who can draw believable connections between the two.

Anyway, I only learned of this because they were doing Pinwheels for Peace at Wm's school yesterday.

I LOVE stuff like this.


I love that my son's school was an active participant in the day and that they include this in his education. I love that every kid in the school made a pinwheel and stuck it in the lawn to mark the day.

Maybe this next generation will get it right...if the trajectory stays on target, there will be a lot less bigotry, misogyny, and hate of people who look and believe differently, so maybe.  Maybe.

I saw this posted on Facebook last week from Humans of New York:

"What's something adults do that they shouldn't do?"

"Punish kids.  And war."

Here's hoping.

Friday, September 20, 2013

If I Had Words...To Make a Day For You

So...you know that scene in Babe, The Sheep Pig where Babe is sick and the Farmer dances for him?

I LOVE that scene.

So, this morning, there may have been a little Maroon 5 on in the background (I may have a kid who is totally into all pop music...) and I may have tried my hand at dancing for Huck.

This was the result.
*You may want to make it full screen for the full effect.

Someone clearly was not impressed.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Oddities and Such. Again.

There is a never-ending supply of weird things in this world.  I haven't posted on these in awhile, so I guess its time.

Um...I wonder why America is obese.

Next: An excerpt from an email I got last week

BABE... i guess your not getting any of my email huh? ive been
tryign to email u so many times but this dam laptop is such a piece of
garbage and keeps freezing.. anyways how u been? 

In case u dont know who this is its ME Adriana.. we used to chat a bit on facebook and then
I think u deleted me :( haha.. anyways guess what... I got 2 things to
tell u.. both good news.. 1) im single now.. yup me and my bf broke up
about 3 months ago... and 2) guess where im moving? RIGHT EFFING NEAR
U.. lol... ur actually the only person im gonna know there.. well 3
cousins too but i cant chill with them lol..

She goes ON and ON and ON and then gives me code so I can watch her "work" for free.
Wow.  Thank you.  Moving on.

Now a few choice items I found whilst looking for other things.

These speakers dance.  There was a video...but I didn't know how to save that.  But you should be thankful, because I've been suffering from nightmares ever since.

In case you can't see this one very well, the title of the book is "Bang Ukraine: How to Sleep with Ukrainian Women in Ukraine."


Some one at Mod cloth needs to have their hand slapped.  Marketing 101: When designing for plus sized women, please refrain from naming your product with any of the following descriptors: elephant, warehouse, whale, BEACH BLANKET, or anything else that might make your plus sized gal feel less than dainty.  Geez.

So I needed a new dog gate and did my homework looking for one.  Apparently, people who looked for dog or safety gates also often order the Titan Classic Spandex dome cap or as we like to say around our safely contained dog areas "doo-rag".  Thanks Amazon.  I DO need that.

And I've started getting MORE of these.  Only now they are for "seniors" (and not the high school kind) or like this one 50+.  PLUS.  How OLD do they think I am??  For the record-the 50 plusers kissing in this add do NOT make me want to date.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Birthday Wish

OK.  So I had this idea.  So.  You all know I listen to a LOT of public radio.  And they just started their "fun"d drive.


I was looking around at the stats stuff on this blog, and although I don't have all that many actual publicly admitted followers, I think I probably have a pretty steady following of people who come here (probably to make fun).  So steady that last month I hit my all time high of 728 hits for the month.  And I didn't even blog that much.  And then I noticed today that I've had 9, 361 hits for all time (I still blame the Russians).  AND my  birthday is in 20 days.

So I here's the thought.  WHAT IF you all gave me 639 more hits for my birthday? That would only be an average of 32 hits per day.  And what if I promised to put something up everyday??  WHAT IF??  The possibilities here are staggeringly boring and dull.  However, I do like to be indulged.

BUT WAIT.  It gets better.

And WHAT IF some of those people that come here (you, right there) ALSO became my follower?  For REALS.  If I'm at 17 followers now, probably 20 is a realistic goal.  Goals are important.  That's how do all that fundraising stuff for KUER.  Oh man, WHAT IF I could get Doug Fabrizio, no, NO....WHAT IF I could get IRA GLASS to do a spot for me on why you should come to my blog for two weeks and become my follower...OH man.  Some dreams are just too big.

Don't mock me.  I'm not a spring chicken anymore and birthdays come with less and less fun stuff.
But I also like cake, if you'd rather do that.

Monday, September 16, 2013

September is a Gateway Drug

Today I started back up on the ole train.  I've been driving most days since I was doing a show and lugging costumes back and forth, but today marked a new era of less driving, less rage, more blogging.  (I know...you live for this.  I'm doing my best.)

Yes, I took this while driving down I-15.
But it was a quick point and click.  I didn't look.
I'm impressed by my non-photography
Today as I was gazing out the train window I was struck by how beautiful it has been this past week. It rained nearly everyday for a WEEK.  That is pretty much equivalent to pink elephants on the moon in Utah and everything was suddenly green again.  And everything has that wonderful fresh scent.  Outdoorsy maybe?  Yes, it smells outdoorsy.  And clean. The air is clean and the clouds have been super fluffy.  And the temperature dropped about 20 degrees...and that's when I remembered



Which is probably made even better because August is THE WORST.

I love fall.  And I like September a lot, because it gets us there.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Whatcha Up To La?

September is pretty much always a crazy month.  In addition to people (including myself) starting school, all the other class (art, dance, theatre, music...) get agoin' too.  Also, there are a billion shows.  Not as many as last year, thank goodness, but still plenty to keep me running.

Sorry for the crummy pic...better ones to come, I hope!
Last week I opened Deseret, a pioneer musical, at the Covey.  This show is brand new!  Written by a local semi-retired Doctor; this show had a top notch production team.  And it is pretty fun if you are into pioneer gal love triangles and the occasional flashing of the petticoat. Info on this show here.

I have also started working on BYU's fall opera, Die Fledermaus.  It hits the stage mid-October, so watch for more on that one.  I get to design some awesome fancy dresses for that one.
I know that is a pretty quick run-down, but I needed to account for my two week hiatus.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Where Are The SHEEP PIGS??

The Citizens and I watched Babe a couple of weeks ago...and then I noticed that The Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic was Labor Day weekend.  I am going to be in Tech Rehearsal all day tomorrow (Labor Day) so I promised a fun thing for Saturday.  So off to see the sheep being herded by the dogs we went.

The Heber Valley really is lovely.  The competition is in Midway and apparently Swiss Days were in full swing too,  so for a teeny place that probably only has a population of 4,000 people, it was pretty packed.

We rolled in just in time to see June from Canada compete.  Fascinating.  The course is quite large and the dogs are very very fast.  They have to herd 5 of them down a hill, through a set of gates to the center of the ring, go around a pole, back up another hill through gates across to yet another set of gates-back to the ring where they have to split the sheep into two groups and then into a pen.  They have twelve minutes and they have all these whistles to tell the dogs what to do.

Most of the dogs had trouble at the very end, getting the sheep into the pen.  A couple got disqualified for biting the sheep (to be fair, they only did this when the sheep were getting pretty annoying, so I didn't really blame them). It was pretty hot, so after they finished they got to jump in a big tub of water.

We ate fair food and at one point Wm disappeared and reappeared ten minutes later wearing a cowboy hat.  The hat came with free swagger.  It was good fun all around.

It is still going Monday if you care to trek on over and see the finals.