Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Step away from the TV

I've been participating in the "newbie" boards over on the Weight Watchers web site, and find myself posting the same helpful information over and over again. So, I thought I'd start yet another blog where I could dump my various treatises and manifestos as they evolve from my postings. At some point, I won't need to repeat myself over on the WW newbie boards, and I can just post links :)

This week the sixth season of "Dancing with the Stars" began and I must say it's so full of filler that I'm wondering why I bother, other than to see people I am friendly with doing their thing in all its glory on the TV. This week was very long...there was the men's show, the women's show, then a long recap that contained basically both shows, then an elimination show that contained clips from the previous shows. It just went on and on. I guess ABC's advertising department is happy. I wonder if this will be the death of the show? I liked it a lot more when it was a happy fun sweet 1-hour long show. Contemplating all this has made me rather ornery for some reason.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Spring in My Step

The weather in San Francisco is always nice, but with the arrival of Spring it's now outdone itself. It has been so incredibly nice lately that I, who really am not a fan of anything involving exercise, got up this fine Easter Morning and went for a walk.

This week I finally took the plunge and purchased my first digital SLR camera, a Nikon D-60. I've also signed up through the Digital Photo Academy for a photography workshop from Alissa Everett. I had taken her Beginner's class a few weeks ago and was utterly inspired to do more with my photography. This should jump-start me with my new setup so I can take some great pictures when I go to Alaska with my mother in May!

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Way to San Jose

I spent the weekend competing at the City Lights Ball dancesport championships. I had a really good time, and really enjoyed myself out there on the competition floor.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Feeling So-Sew

I've been making my dresses for ballroom dance competitions for a decade now, but I haven't made a new dress since 2006. I'm in desperate need of a new one, but at the same time I've had the biggest mental block about starting a dress.

For some reason the block completely dissolved today, to the point where I was seized with the insane idea that I could start a dress at 2:30 on a Friday afternoon and have it ready to wear at 10:00am on the next Sunday morning. I got down to work, and might have actually achieved some level of success, except I made a really stupid fabric choice. Oh, the fabric was beautiful, but it wasn't the right kind of stretchy. I thought I could make it work and I couldn't.

At least now I'm wanting to sew again! For a peek at past projects, check out my DanceSport Image site.

I'm also going to start a blog to teach people how to sew a basic ballgown. I did this once before, in 2002, but I know so much more now. Also, there is actually a decent commercial pattern available now: Burda 7879. If you're interested in following along, go order it from Sewing Patterns and check out my Sew along with Laura blog for more information.

Monday, March 3, 2008

In Space, No One Can See Your Underwear

Last night Susie and I went to see Carrie Fisher doing her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking," at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. I've always thought Carrie was very funny, having read "Postcards from the Edge" and seen the movie too. But I didn't realize just how darn hilarious she is until I experienced her in person. Her show was a long rumination on her life, featuring visual aids such as a family tree delineating her parents' various marriages, which illustrated how her daughter is 'related' to some associated offspring of one of Elizabeth Taylor's marriages. That part of the show was titled "Hollywood Inbreeding 101."

The best line for me, though, came when she was talking about her first experience in her Princess Leia costume from the first (the real first) Star Wars movie. George Lucas informed her that she couldn't wear a bra under her flowing white gown. When she asked why, he explained "there is no underwear in outer space." There's some theory about how when you go up to zero-g your body expands, and you could end up being strangled by your own bra. Never mind that artificial gravity had obviously been mastered in that Galaxy so Far Far Away.... Carrie had to be taped up with gaffer's tape for shooting every day.

And to think that at that moment, she had no idea about the tin ashtray bikini coming her way in the next film....