*sigh...* this life calls to me..........
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
The Warrior and Tranquility.
I was so excited to learn how to solder that I bought a whole soldering kit that night! I finally had the time to play with it a couple of days ago, and made this bracelet for my sister-in-law Shawna's birthday.
Her name collaged on one side, faces on the other.
Big time fun! I can't wait to do more!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Now it's time to catch up on the big goings-on in my life lately. Last week I had the good fortune to be sent to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a Dual Language Education conference. I met some wonderful people among the presenters and other teachers in attendance, like José-Luis Orozco, pictured here - beloved singer of children's songs, and a very funny guy!
New Mexico is one of those places where I can imagine myself living some day, both for its artsiness and its earthiness. I adore adobe architecture - its organic quality and the way the terra cotta color glows in that desert landscape. Santa Fe is the quintessential adobe city. The streets downtown are narrow, making you feel you have traveled back in time to the days of travel by horse and wagon, but the shops and galleries are very chic and up-to-the-minute. I wanted so badly to spend much more time there! I was so mad at myself for forgetting my camera in the car the afternoon we walked around town - by the time I realized it we were too far for me to ask everyone to wait while I ran back to fetch it. But here's a great website where someone smart posted their gorgeous Santa Fe photos. I guess I'll just have to go back someday so I can take my own [good] photos! But in the meantime, here's a few that I did snap the day/evening before:
CUTE ladder and fancy folded towels in our hotel room.
wait for it........
YEAH! They would be Los Lobos! Can you believe the conference organizers booked them for us?! And as conference attendees we got to go to the concert for free! ¡Guau! They were awesome, of course, and we danced the night away. Best part of all, on the last number they let a few dancers up on stage - Karen M. and I ran up and danced right by the lead singer during La Bamba! (Karen H. took a photo of us on her cell phone, which I have not received yet - sorry!) I can't believe I did this, but SOOOOOOOOO glad I did - what a thrill!
Now, from Nuevo México to Viejo México -
This is totally unrelated to the conference, in fact the event happened back in September, but I never got around to posting the images. It just seems somewhat appropriate to put this together.
My friends Blanca, Santa, and Andreina are in Danza Azteca, a dance group dedicated to the traditional dances of the Aztec people. What incredible costumes and headdresses, ¿qué no? And you should see the dances!!! You have to be quite the athlete to master the deep knee bends!
El jaguar was the leader of many of the dances.
La Calaca: Amazing costume! And I was told this dancer was also the creator of all the feather headdresses.
Gorgeous plumage! (My friend Andreina is dancing behind the woman in the foreground.)
Danza Azteca: Blanca in white, center front; Santa in white directly behind Blanca; Andreina kneeling on the far left. An amazing group! I feel priveleged to have been invited to see them perform.
Next post: I have finally learned how to solder!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
dipping my fingers into the barrel of lentils?
the vibration of greennexttored?
in the moment?)
do myimaginaryfriends have livesmoreinterestingthanmyown?
or shall i awaken and create my own dreamworld?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama was elected!!! I was overcome with a euphoric sense of optimism.
I was relieved, too, that Bill Sizemore's evil initiatives 58 and 60 were defeated. I had never been so tense about an election. I'm happy it's over, and happy with the results!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The next day was Halloween. No school for kids as it was a teacher workday, but I still had to get dressed up. I went minimalist - just every day stuff from the closet to get this Beetlejuice-esque effect. It makes me silly happy to dress up for work - Long live the tradition!
Also for next year: I definitely want to participate in Día de Bloglandia. Thanks to Deirdra for mentioning these blogs to me! I'll probably spend hours looking through all the links...
I'm sad that I didn't finish Grammie's tribute in time, but I will definitely keep working on it and set up an altar next year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday!