Wednesday, August 29, 2007

sewing a rainbow at greenbelt

I spent most of the Saturday sewing many metres of scarves together for the ikon event. I don't know the exact measurements but there must have been over 40 metres donated from ikon members, friends, family etc. Thanks so much to everyone!

I found a shady spot and laid them all out end to end.

Then I sewed them and rolled them up for later that evening.

Meanwhile others were making the 'Tower of Truth' dress for Jayne to wear.

More words later. First day back at school today and going to Donegal on Friday so lots to do. My feet still hurt from all those late night walks to the 'nice' toilets at the top of the campsite. Click on the 'some photos' link to your right to see a couple more of ikon at greenbelt.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Greenbelt '07

I'm just home and have to get ready for work tomorrow, so I can't say much now. Lots to say though. Here's some pics of our ragged bunch of lovelies. Stole the one of laydee Jane and the winged Cary from Cary's blog.

Get back to you when the washin's done....

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Hendrix Years Revisited

Yup. That's me at the back with the Leo Sayer. Sister and cousins also included.

Thanks to Mags for the memory. I love this photo.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Books and Telly

Firstly. I was right about my Harry Potter prediction which makes me glad I didn't write about it last time. I am really glad I was right (and not just because of the being-right-for-once). I really really wanted the thing that I thought might be the case to be the case. I love it when a plan comes together.

And then. I have been in Spain this week. I am whiter than ever. This is mainly because of factor35 but also because I spent a lot of time indoors sleeping or reading Harry Potter. It was a good holiday. Constant sun doesn't mean a lot to me personally but being in the sea and on the beach and in the pool makes Ana very happy indeed and a happy Ana is a happy Anamomma. Apart from sleeping and Pottering the other great great Great thing that I stumbled across this week was

House. Why hadn't I heard of this before? Maybe I had and didn't listen. When Ian suggested giving it a go I have to say I had reservations. Hugh Laurie, funny guy, but could I ever see him in any other role than the prince regent in BlackadderII ('I'm happy as a Frenchman who's invented a pair of self-removing trousers')? Not to mention that in House he would be playing an American doctor. I really didn't think I'd be able to buy it. He has always been so English. I was wrong though (see what I mean? Always wrong about this stuff!) We have seen four episodes so far and The West Wing is going to have to be postponed for a while longer I think....

Think Cracker in a hospital with a better looking protagonist. It is less dark than Cracker but with just as many psychological treats. And almost as much gore I might add. This I can put up with for the sake of watching Hugh Laurie (who I didn't realise could act this well. Sorry Laurie) skulk about a hospital with the dream boy of my teenhood (Robert Sean Leonard), a woman who I recognise from The West Wing and some guy who I'm sure used to be in Neighbours as they try to solve the mysteries of human physiology ... Seriously, it's good. Funny, clever, ironic, intriguing, human....

Also nearing the end of the first season of Carnivale. I fear it is going the way of 'Lost' (ie. nowhere really), but unlike Lost I want to watch it anyway because it's so lovely and well shot, well acted, well spoken. And of course I love all the religious references and the Steinbeck feel of it all. Dust to dust. It is really nice work. I'm holding back from posting the Yeats poem again but in case you missed it the first time have a gander here. All things circus freak will always make me think of this poem. Got to always lie down where all the ladders start.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

It's been a long time comin'

Sorry for the delay. Summer and all that. Here's what I've been up to:

  • Took Ana swimming for the first time. I think it was the most exciting day of her life thus far. Goes down as one of mine too perhaps.
  • Have been reading Harry Potter but only just starting the final book now. No spoilers! I am saving it for a day or two. I am so excited. My theory is (edit: I have deleted this as ian protested. he hates me voicing my theories about the way books/ films will turn out. I don't know why, they are normally wrong). I can explain this theory, and it does go beyond my love of Alan Rickman and the beautiful nomenclature of 'Severus', but I don't want to talk about it. Let's not talk about it, OK? Please!

  • Working hard for Ikon. Very excited about the Greenbelt gig now!
  • Clearing out the garden. Uprooted a big scary tree with Ian. Took a good few hours of digging, pick axing, stomping, shoving etc. One broken shovel and a lot of sweat and it's gone. The nice tree surgeon took care of the others (in about 10 seconds with his fancy uprooting machine). We now have a garden instead of a jungle and there is room for a SHED! I am going to have a shed. It's going to be MY SHED! A shed of one's own! Woo hoo!
  • Reading 'Blankets' by Craig Thompson (many thanks Cary). I wish great graphic novels weren't so damn quick to read. It is fantastic. Any suggestions for other graphic novels of this ilk (autobiograhical or at least not sci-fi or fantasy etc.) would be most welcome. I have read 'Maus', 'Persepolis' and 'Ghost World' and I don't want 'Blankets' to be the last one. They have all been wonderful. And too quick in the reading.
  • Getting a story I wrote on the Greenbelt website! Another 'Woo Hoo!'
And apart from all this, getting wet in the rain like everyone else and contemplating the year ahead in school, not running very often and discovering Facebook, liking 'Carnivale' a lot and not liking 'the West Wing' quite as much as I want to (conversations need to be had about this with the die hard fans out there; Why do I look at Martin Sheen as the president and think of Robin Williams as Mr Keating?!), going to the cinema with Ian for the first time in a very long time (to see Harry Potter- fab), seeing Foy Vance in concert and realising how long it's been since I saw any live music and loving being able to find a quiet spot on the floor with a view directly to the stage where I could sit on my own and doodle for a while... lovely lovely.....

So it's been a good summer despite the crappy weather.

Get back to you when the shed's here maybe.....