At last my longtime friends came for sunset-viewing and dinner. About time :-)
I need to feed more people in 2014. There hasn’t been enough of it lately. But cooking and serving up to a table of friends just feels right sometimes. A lot of the time. Except when I don’t want to :-)
Posted by suchwildlove on December 1, 2013
My last half-day in Sydney was spent with the favourite-family-that-is-not-my-own. As a teenager, I babysat my neighbour Pip in Weetangera. Decades later she moved to Pasadena and we became adult friends. She now has three kids who, for some reason, regard me as a fairy godmother who bestows them with unique handmade gifts.
As always when I spend a night with Pip’s family, I felt very hugged.
It was a wonderful ending to a full-on two weeks.
Posted by suchwildlove on October 28, 2013
I’ve realized that, while I love to sew, I don’t really like sewing apparel. It’s because my size fluctuates so much; fitting is a real drag. Those dresses I made last summer? They are currently a bit, ah, snug.
Enter the knit wrap dress. It’s stretchy — duh — and it wraps … thus accommodating minor changes in girth. Back in October 2012, I tried on one of Elizabeth‘s versions of Butterick 5454, and it fit me very nicely, thank you. We have similar body shapes, though my shoulders are narrower and waist longer, I think. But really, with a pattern like this, and a busy print, who can tell? ;-)
She was sweet enough to trace off her modified pattern and send it to me. Then she was kind enough to gently nag me for a month or two, eager to see my version. I’m ashamed to say it took me many more months to finally sew this baby, and then another few weeks to buy steam-a-seam and a twin needle so I could finish the edges. And then it was too hot to wear it to work.
But today, oh yes, today! I wore the sucker! And I kinda love it.
I got half a dozen unsolicitations, and I was extremely comfortable all day long. So much so, I was inspired to spent an hour trolling the ITY knits at Michael Levine’s. Four more versions, some tights and scarves, and I reckon I have my winter work wardrobe set.
Posted by suchwildlove on September 19, 2013
Thank you, SCOTUS, for finally allowing my dear friends to become legally wedded wife and wife.
Posted by suchwildlove on July 28, 2013
Her nickname was Lolli, and she was a juicy sweet woman who dressed inappropriately for this community college language class. She was maybe in her early 30s, and I learned one day that her third marriage was ending.
“Well,” I primly assumed, “I guess you won’t be going there again.”
She looked at me guilelessly, her freckled face open. “Why not?” she asked. “If there’s love, why not? Why would I close myself off to love?”
I don’t think that marrying everyone you love is a wise idea. But the thing I remember the most: she wasn’t mortally wounded. She wasn’t building walls against future intimacy and commitment. She still believed that love was a good thing, even if it only lasted a season or three.
She wasn’t scared.
Lolli, I haven’t thought about you for years, but tonight I raise a glass to you, and the example you give me. I won’t show as much cleavage or belly as you loved to, but in other ways, I’m lowering my defenses.
We are all flawed, and love is a good thing. Mazel tov, my friend.
Posted by suchwildlove on April 22, 2013
They started as strangers. After 2 hours, they were friends. It was fun to watch.
Posted by suchwildlove on April 14, 2013
We finally got together tonight. She gave me spices for my birthday: ras el hanout, madras curry, chinese five spice. She fed my body with salad and my heart with anecdotes. Despite our many differences, we are soul sisters.
Posted by suchwildlove on April 5, 2013
The funeral was nearly over when the bikers arrived. When we heard the revving engines, my siblings and I looked at each other and grinned. We had NOT been enjoying the Mass (requested by a religious member of the family), so this raucous cacophony was most welcome.
Geoff’s mates headed the funeral procession to the crematorium, then joined us at the pub for his wake.
Troy, Adrian, Duane, Phil, Ken, Millsy … thanks for helping us send him off. You made the day so much happier.
Posted by suchwildlove on December 12, 2012
Besides working and hanging out with the bf a couple of times a week ….
• had a few dates with girlfriends I don’t see often enough, and more are on the calendar.
• been making gifts like a madwoman; I will post a bunch of photos in a few days, all together so my peeps won’t know which one is coming their way.
• planned a trip DownUnder for the birth of a certain little missy.
• almost kicked my month-long cough to the kerb. Such a relief. I’m back at the gym. Wow it feels good.
What I haven’t been doing enough of:
• calling my family
What have YOU been up to? What have you not been doing enough of?
Posted by suchwildlove on November 13, 2012
I hung out with my Malibu buds this afternoon/evening. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my life?
Posted by suchwildlove on November 3, 2012