On Thursday I had just eaten with Jason, I think that’s the night his mom made awesome Pad Thai. I checked my e-mail to find that there was a gardening meeting going on at that very moment. I took off and showed up nearly an hour late but they were still at it brainstorming and the like. The room was full of shaggy hairstyles and fuzzy sweaters, some grubby bare feet, lots of big mugs of tea. The conversation was all so exciting, nothing got accomplished but I found out that there is a whole group of people here where I live that want to learn backyard sustainability, that want to have cooking classes, learn to cook healthy food, that there are medicinal herbalists, that there’s organizations out to get this sort of thing to be independent of donations. I was so excited just to drink it all in. That night I also got an e-mail about a pie contest/fund raiser, so on Friday at about 10:00 Jason took me shopping and I started baking apple pies at about 11:00, poker was just ending. On Friday Carol also had a going away party at Carolina Brewery, she has a new job at Wake Med, it’s the hospital in Raliegh, she has left UNC, the hospital that I work at. I got to meet more doctors and assistants and hear Dr. Carol Shores stories. My favorite:
There’s a great apple pie recipe I found on line that people have liked so I made 3 for the various events happening for the weekend. Saturday was also Spam Jam, one of the Shores’ friends hosts techno, a bonfire, and a food drive at her place. I brought a pie for that but I later realized that my midnight math had gone down the tubes and I hadn’t made it with enough butter. I did find Ben though, and he’s offered to give me a lesson. I guess he’s a pastry master and soon I’ll be a pastry pro. For other learning things, I’ve also learned to do some knitting, made baby booties with a heel and everything and what I am really excited for is that I was telling Carol how I’ve always wanted to learn to give stitches and she says if I bring her pigs’ feet she’ll teach Dreya and I how to do real stitches.
I accomplished another goal of mine as well at Spam Jam, fire poi. I never knew about spinning balls of fire hung from chains till I saw street performers in Poland on my European trip in 2000 and I thought it was the coolest thing. I figured it would take at least as much time to learn that as it would take to learn to juggle, too much dedication but Jen, the Spam Jam hostess, has been giving poi spinning lessons at the beach trips using tennis balls and then someone else brought their fire poi and. . . well, I was spinning fire poi, it was awesome. I only had one minor burn on my forearm and some singed hair but it was awesome. You feel the heat rotating around you and you can hear the rush of the fire. Just awesome. The balls hang a little shorter than an arm length. It’s all about spinning them at the same time without the balls knocking together, there’s lots of tricks and ways to do this to make it look really cool.
Saturday Jason also had a paintball tournament. He’s on a 3 man team. They did really well, moved up a few spots and qualified for regionals which will be held in Charlotte in a few weeks. It’s too bad all the tournaments are on Saturdays.
Sunday was Renaissance Festival! It was so fun! You have no idea. I was all dressed up like a milk maid. Dreya has a black velvet corset that she let me borrow. Jason was all dressed up too in really cool boots, and a pirate outfit. He even brought his sword. Carol came with as well which was great because we talked her out of moving her office to come to Ren. So it was Phil, Kellye, and the rest of us. I can’t even describe how much fun it was. It was a whole fantasy world, everyone was part of it, all the booths and food kiosks were in on it. There was jousting, tricks, belly dancing, lots of awesome outfits. It was a perfect warm golden fall day and I was just giddy the whole day. I don’t think I stopped smiling. Carol found a soft grayish, purplish vest that totally completed Jason’s outfit, it was absolutely perfect with his gray shirt. “I’m buying that for you.” She said just like that. As we were leaving the shop Carol and Kellye got distracted by a rack of capes. There was a perfect olive green one that they pointed out to me. It had a fancy metal clasp just like on Lord of the Rings. I tried to keep my distance because I really didn’t want to fall in love with a cape I couldn’t afford. Besides, I would only consider a cap with a pointy hood. I was explaining this to them as they turned the cape around and there was the perfect pointed hood. I bet it was almost 3 feet long. SO COOL! dang-it! Well, then they wanted me to try it on. So fine, I would try on this totally awesome cape and tell myself that I could learn to make it oneday, it even had braided trim all along the edges. “That cape was made for you, I’m totally buying it for you,”Carol said, and just like that I have an awesome awesome cape. I think I’ll wear it today actually.
I suppose the indulgent shopping made us giddy as well. After that Carol decided Russell needed a vest to complete his pirate outfit. We used Jason as a model and found a very regal top for him, it was sort of scarlet brocade, laced up, with wide shoulders, very King Henry, very cool. Well, after more looking around and seeing the various shows Carol was finally getting convince that she needed a better pirate outfit and so we went back to the costume shop where she found a corset to match Russel’s vest, a very full red petticoat, a ruffled black skirt with splits up the sides to show off the red underskirt, and an off the shoulder black peasant shirt. The last purchase of the day was at a leather shop where I made Jason try on a green muskateer hat. The underside is green suede and the top is black, it even had a gold ostrich plume to finish it off. It was perfect with his long goatee. We all coerced him into buying it, it was horribly expensive but I say it’s worth it. Now I have my very own muskateer.
What a weekend. The pies, the party, being productive, feeling like I was contributing, feeling all homey, making contacts in my community with people who have similar goals. A cozy bonfire, accomplishing wild and slightly dangerous tricks that I had never thought I would do. Being all dressed up and feeling so girly and rugged at the same time in this beautiful fall time. It was absolutely such a perfect weekend. There was so much adventure and so many new things and yet I was feeling more established in my new place. Ahhh. . . .