Thursday, November 17, 2011

Back, and Better than Ever

Ghost of Fashion Past
I've just realized that it's been months since my last post. It's hard to believe, since time has just flown with all the stuff that's been going on here. I thought that once the kids started school again that I'd have more time to write, but was I ever wrong. Along with the new school year, new activities have popped up everywhere, and I just couldn't say no to trying something different.

So, along with my regular fitness classes, which have been an absolute fiasco this year (more on that later), I've also signed up for Latin dancing, which is mostly salsa, with a little meringue and cha cha cha thrown in for good measure. And best of all, I talked The Professor into joining me...and he loves it! Now there's something I never thought would happen. So, now my dreams are filled with enchuflas, aspirinas, and croquetas (because, yes, the names of the steps are just that weird)....and nightmares of accidentally mutilating my partner's feet with my sexy size 41 feet (that's size 10 for everybody in the U.S.).

As if that weren't enough, I also decided that our beat up old armchairs had reached the point of no return, and it was either fix them or throw them out. Well, having them fixed is ridiculously expensive, especially considering we bought them second hand for around 5000 pesetas (30 euros) twelve years ago, so I needed a cheaper alternative. And I found it, in a local furniture restoration class. So, now I'm learning everything I never always wanted to know about reupholstery and all it's mysterious tricks and techniques, but was afraid to ask. All I can say is, thank God I have a wonderful teacher, otherwise I'd be in big trouble (as well as having no place to sit).

Add to this all the boring (but necessary) bits of life, and there you have the reason why this blog has been silent for so long. Yes, to put it plainly, I've been busy. Busy, but I'm having a great time.

And is there a cherry on the top of this delicious sundae of busyness?  Of course there is.  What would a sundae be without the cherry?  And mine is that I'm going to be in a fashion show at the end of the month.  What?  Have I suddenly been "discovered" at the age, on second thought, let's not go there.... No, I haven't been "discovered" and I'm certainly not eyeing Gisele Bündchen, hoping to replace her as the world's highest paid model.  It's just a local show, and not even your typical fashion show, you know, the kind with models that look like they've been handpicked from a select group of  Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks employees of the month.

No, this is a show about the last 100 years in women's fashion, and we're all volunteers, so we don't have to be impossibly young and thin.  And we've been told to walk naturally, so at least I don't have to try to figure out how to walk like I have a 100 dollar bill between my legs that I'm trying desperately not to drop. Of course, I will be dressed either in a 70's or 80's outfit, so even if my walk doesn't make me look silly, I'm afraid the clothes will, because, let's face it, the 70s and the 80s weren't the most tasteful decades in fashion.  Talk about conjuring up the Ghost of Fashion Past. Unfortunately, all the really neat turn-of-the-century dresses were already taken by the time I got there, but it will be a fun experience, no matter what I look like.

Anyway, it's on November 26th at 8pm, in the Baluarte auditorium (Pamplona), and you're all invited.

But, in case you can't make it, you can watch the previous edition here (don't look for me, I wasn't in it last time around):
Desfile: 100 años de moda femenina from Aranguren Televisión on Vimeo.

So, I've got a lot going on, and blogging has taken a backseat, but I miss it, and I also miss reading all my favorite blogs, so in spite of all I've got going on, I'm going to try to get back to at least getting up the occasional post, maybe even do some new Photo Fun contests. So, check in every once in awhile, you might be surprised at what you find.


  1. Yay! I thought very fondly of your Photo Fun contests when I took this photo the other day, the subject of which was the same as the very first Photo Fun post, if I recall correctly.

  2. Yes, you're absolutely right...great memory you've got. And that is an excellent photo! Um, now that I've opened my big mouth, it looks like I'll actually have to come up with some new ideas...

  3. Great to see you're back! I also had a pretty long spell without blogging, it was really neglected, but now I'm back in full swing! ALl the best for the show, definitely need some pics of what you wear ;) Looking forward to more great posts!

  4. Good to hear from you again! how do you spell it? Upholstery ? Good luck in the class...good luck with spelling it too!

  5. It's good to hear from you again, Bud! I have been neglecting my blog, too, so don't feel bad. My current excuse is my new toy, the Kindle Fire :) Funnest thing I've done with it so far: streamed "The Spanish Inquisition" episode of Monty Python. Eventually I'll stop playing with it long enough to write a blog post about it ...

  6. Ben: Hey, great to see you too! I'm on my way to check out your new posts. And, photos, well, we'll see. ;)

    Oreneta: I'll need more than luck, but I have a great teacher for that. And, yeah, that is one of those tricky words, isn't it? Kind of like "bureaucracy"...I'm never quite sure how to spell that one.

    Bud: That sound really cool! Especially if you can watch The Spanish Inquisition on it. I'll be watching for a post on that. :)

    Windmill Tales: Thanks! :)

  7. I nodded repeatedly, knowingly, as I read here. Yes to thinking there would be more blogging time once the kids went back to school--only to wonder where that time goes.

    Also, size 41 feet? ME TOO!

    Okay, so I called and got my tickets for the fashion show, so look for me in the front row. The only hang-up now is getting a ticket to Pamplona.

  8. What a fantastic show! I´ll be looking forward to seeing you Mother Theresa .... what do you look like???