Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Fond Farewell

This won't come as a surprise to the lonely few that read my blog, but I've decided not to post here any more. I have another blog for writing (which I won't post a link to for various personal reasons) where I update regularly. It has been interesting, and quite fun sharing my tango adventures with people.

Besos y abrazos.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thoughts on Music

I've listened to what we in the tango community term nuevo music long before I started dancing tango, in fact I started listening to dance music back when disco was all the rage.

Back in the early 90's, disco re-invented itself by calling itself techo. When I moved here in 1999, I used to scrounge the electronic/techno section at HMV looking for great techno music. Like tango music, not all of it sounds great.

In the '90's, Stephan Pompougnac released his first Hôtel Costes compilation. His third cd included the song "Last Tango in Paris" by the Gotan Project. When I started dancing tango, that connection was enough to push me in two ways. I purchased Gotan Project cds, but also purchased Stephan Pompougnac's compilations and individual cds as well.

That gave me a broad base to choose from when I started to create a playlist. But I discovered music for enjoyment doesn't always translate well to music for danceability. Techno music breaks into two categories: songs with a very regular beat, or songs with a very jazz inspired sound.

In my opinion, the jazz inspired nuevo music doesn't work for dancing tango. No beat or rhythm exists to latch on to. And the other, regular beat should never be confused with tango with its long sweeps and dramatic pauses. But they are perfect for the regularity of the milonga rhythms.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'm On

Tonight I dj for the first time. I have my playlist locked and loaded and my iPod (two actually, just in case) charged and ready to go. Right now, I'm listening again, just to make sure that my music choices will create that amazing tango connection we all know when we experience it. And to make sure the cortina only plays 30ish seconds of the song like it is supposed to.

Not only could I create the foundation for an amazing evening, I've also got the potential to wreck an evening for an entire group. And a group with visitors. Okay, breathing now. Reminding myself I can do this. Wow, the pressure.

But hey, if nothing else, I'd dance to this.

Monday, October 05, 2009


Looks like I'm going to take a small step sideways from the dance floor to the dj booth. Well, that might be a huge step. It won't be regular, only the occasional Sunday night for the practica. I have one night worth of music set up. This could be exciting. Or a bit like jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool when you don't know how to swim. My first night will either be October 18th (depending on whether the guest teacher also wants to dj) or October 25th. Cross your fingers and wish me luck.

Or come out and laugh--your choice.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Art (or Creativity) and Ego

Last night watching So You Think You Can Dance (Canada), a fellow got eliminated in a fit of ego (mostly his). He also tried out last year, and wound up disqualified at the same point--ballroom. The judges pointed out that last year he also had trouble with this form of dance and that he should have expected it to come up again this year and prepare himself by taking a few classes.

He rolled his eyes. Yes, rolled his eyes. So they tried to instruct him, give him pointers on how to improve. Not a bad concept, after all the judges are all professionals and teaching is part of what professionals do.

He rolled his eyes. Yep, again. After much chest thumping swagger and eye rolling on his part, he stormed off the stage, dragging his enormous ego behind him. He yelled at everyone from the judges to the camera man (who lapped up the drama and followed him for several minutes of amazing, over-the-top ranting).

Wow, I did mention the guy had a big ego, right?

Which brings me to the point of this post.

In the arts of any form, park your ego at the door. Take classes, watch YouTube, ask questions. Give yourselve a large dose of humility and learn from those that are better than you are.

And never, ever assume you've arrived and are the best.

Because you might just find out you are wrong.

Monday, August 10, 2009

On Following

Last night at tango, I watched someone I'd consider a top follow dance with a fellow from Argentina. What I saw made me question my own dancing (as it so often does). If this person lacked extension, didn't have any dis-association and bad posture, how do I look when I dance? I've often wondered that.

Anyone want to volunteer to take a video?

Friday, July 31, 2009

More Corpse Pictures

So the corpses are trickling home. I need to get my brain to figure out how to do a photoshop thingamy on all the pictures. Now that they've started arriving at their home destinations, I can reveal that not only did I intend for each corpse to look a certain way, but for each piece to look like one corpse if read sideways. Hum, that's not very clear when you read it.

I've got background fabric rust dyed and ready to go for my own unfractured figure, just haven't gotten it started yet.

So here is the intention:

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Lady

Well, my corpse is home and I finally found the time to take pictures of her. Here she is in all her glory:

And a square by square view:


Upper torso:

Torso (complete with fully bendy arm):

Lower torso:

Feet (don't you love her fuzzy pink slippers):

The words read:

Black bell sweetly undulating creepy tombstone.

That one might need some punctuation.

Monday, July 20, 2009

40 Years Ago Today

The first man walked on the moon. I still remember sitting with my parents watching that incredible event. I always expected that by now, we would have colonies living on the moon. Isn't life strange. Now the space program barely exists, except as science fiction. For a small period of time though, fiction and fact melded into one reality.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Creep Factor

I've decided on my writing blog to do daily writing prompts. I'm a smidgen surprised what comes out of my head, though. Not really urban fantasy, just very strange stuff. This one started out courtesy of Trevor who gave related an interesting little story. I used that to pose some what if questions. I didn't realize it would involve a book burning (gone wrong of course).

Monday, June 29, 2009

Ooh Travel

In my inbox this morning I received a post from Chris Guillebeau on his upcoming around the world trip. He sent a link on ways to purchase a round the world plane ticket.

Oh gee, you know what I want to do now, don't you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Reservoir

I subscribe to a blog called the Happiness Project. I came across it at a point in time when things felt a bit bleak for me. Most of my life I've been a cheerful person, but the last few years have tried me almost to the breaking point. Although a number of things that occurred are by no means the worst I've experienced in my life, they felt like almost insurmountable odds.

Then today, she posted this quote from Samuel Johnson:

It is a common mistake on the part of cooler, self-contained natures to assume that those who have a giving and ebullient character are what they are only because they cannot help it—that they are fed from a spring that will never stop rather than a reservoir that can be exhausted. Hence the feeling of stark disbelief or unpleasant shock on the part of others when the reservoir of effort and energy—for it turns out to be a reservoir—is almost gone….the principal reward for those who give lavishly rather than meagerly is the expectation that they remain true to form and continue to give.

And burst into tears. Yep, now I understand. Hum, now to figure out how to refill the well. I think my trips to Argentina are the beginning of that renewal. I felt the best I've felt in years during my last trip.

I try now to limit time spent around those that would drain that reservoir. Like Johnson said, those without the reservoir would drain us completely dry without thought to our own emotional energy. Because they think our energy/joy is limitless, they don't think to help us renew. Ask me how I know.

I used to be the ebullient person. And I remember every day what I've lost and how badly I want to be me again.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

A Little Leonard Cohen Love

Okay I'll confess. I love Leonard Cohen. I first heard him on CBC sometime in the '90s. I remember sitting in my car listening to find out who this amazing poet was. His voice is gravely and I know many don't like it. But the poetry. OMG, he could sing to me any time he likes. In fact, I came back from Argentina earlier than I could have just to go to his concert. Screamed myself hoarse and wound up so exhausted I almost fell asleep in the second half, but worth every minute.

Two people recently mentioned that they don't like his song "Hallelujah". Both people mention that the song only has one word repeated over and over again. That word being hallelujah.

Um, no. It is a song about David and Bathsheba and Samson and Delilah (thus the reference to hallelujah as we are talking love of biblical proportions). Both are love stories laced with obsession. David saw Bathsheba sunbathing (naked) on his neighbours roof. And decided he had to have her for himself. To obtain her, David sent Bathsheba's husband into battle where he died. Um, yeah.

Samson was so obsessed with Delilah that he allowed her to bind him and cut off all his hair. Doesn't sound so bad, except he lost all his superhuman strength when she did.

Yep, a song that only has one word in it. Here it is so you can read the other words it also includes:


Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

And yes, I know not everyone like Leonard Cohen. It is all a matter of personal taste (even if I tease you if you don't like him).

Monday, June 08, 2009

The World According to Seuss

Because I like it when the people around me are happy, the odd time I need a smack upside the head reminding me that I'm not responsible for other people's happiness. There is one person I know that is never happy with... well, my existence. This individual has said things that have ruined one relationship and possibly damaged others. To repair the one relationship, I'd have to say things best left unsaid. Defend myself by cutting another person down? Not going to happen. But as a result there is a trail of hurt feelings and confusion (or at least in my mind).

Then the other day I ran across this quote by Dr. Seuss:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

Yeah. That's it. Sometimes I forget not to care what certain individuals think about me. Being who I am in this situation, without all the walls and barriers I've created to keep myself safe... wow, that's a challenge. Is it worth the risk? Certainly, if it repairs that one broken relationship.

And right now, I've actually got nothing to loose.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Wait and See

In the end I went to the cafe to dance (of course). In reality there was never much doubt that I would. It will be interesting to see what happens from this. I thought of staying home, knowing full well that if I did, certain people would claim I'd gone elsewhere to dance. Granted, I posted on facebook that I thought any decision would be a bad one (even though for me it came down to going to the cafe or staying home).

My support probably doesn't count for much any more because of the malicious rumours someone else started about me, but at least in my own heart I know I did what was right.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


I didn't actually realize Tango by the Sea is this weekend. Not that it makes much difference. I'm too broke to attend anyway. But apparently they have a milonga planned for Friday night. Which means the cafe will be deserted--the cause of my dilemma. With no one to dance with, staying home makes the most sense. Why bother wasting both time and money to sit around and look--bored.

Oh right, I remember. Gossip. And not the good kind. The kinds where certain person(s) will accuse me of going to the dark side.

Which wouldn't be true. I shouldn't care, but I already find myself unable to fit within the local tango community. And lies of that nature hurt.

So the question is, do I ensure no one lies about my whereabouts by going in on Friday or do I choose to stay home and get some writing done. In the end maybe it isn't such a hard decision. After all, I know the truth.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Don't Stare

We've all heard it, learned and accepted it as universal behaviour. Staring is considered rude. And I've lived by that rule for my entire life.

Enter Buenos Aires. You know, that whole cabaceo. Here at home, we talk about how tricky it is to figure out. It exists on a plane we don't understand. One that involves outright staring. No subtlety. No looking away. Just complete eye contact until the guy breaks off or asks you to dance, which ever comes first.

My first trip to Argentina, my upbringing overrode my instincts and I couldn't maintain eye contact up to that break-away point. I'd always wind up looking away first. Which gave the guy the signal that I wasn't interested. Although I knew I'd missed something, I had no idea what.

That didn't happen on my second trip. This time, I wanted to get kissed. I knew in order to do that, I had to signal interest. Enter the stare. Ha, no breaking eye contact for me. It netted me a ton of dances (and not a shabby number of kisses either).

Now I'm home. Where staring shouldn't be allowed again. Except I keep forgetting. Last night, I went to the theatre with friends. During the intermission, I'm talking to one of them and a very attractive fellow walked by. I stopped talking. Mid sentence. And stared at him. Until out of sight.

My friend pointed out that she'd noticed him earlier as his seat was only two rows ahead of us. Oh. Nice. I was comfortably nestled in my seat by the time he returned. Instead of sitting he stood as if looking for someone. Maybe he'd already spotted my adorable blond friend. I did mention she's adorable, right? Then our eyes met. And I didn't look away. Neither did he.

I realized enjoying a moment of eye contact here at home is just as wonderful as it was in Buenos Aires. This time, it didn't lead to a dance or even a kiss, but there will be other moments and I intend to look at them all.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Missing Buenos Aires

I'm having a hard time re-adjusting to life at home. I miss Argentina so much it resembles homesickness. I think every night of the dancing and how much I want to return to once again experience the crowded milongas. How much I long for that certain embrace, the sense of complete bliss from a perfect dance.

I dream of the men and their tender kisses. Thinking about it today, I realized I had forgotten how wonderful it feels when someone kisses you like they want to give you something, not take it from you.

Every day I check my email, just in case kikki and Eduardo found something for me. And I'll continue to check every day until they do.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

That's It

Well, the last milonga has been danced for this trip. Tomorrow I catch a plane home. I spent an absolutely wonderful day with kikki and Eduardo. It was the perfect ending to the time I spent here. We went to a corner parillia near Eduardo's new studio and ate so much carne I didn't think any more would fit. Then we went for coffee and dessert and sat some more. We talked about tango and culture, connection and so much more.

kikki is going to keep her eye out for an apartment in Palermo for me. Yipee. That makes me very happy. She said that as the US economy suffers, the Argentine has gotten stronger. I'm sure that is true elsewhere as well. I'm not in a rush, though. Hopefully I'll know enough Spanish by then to be able to communicate. They want me to come back again in November (of course). OMG, do I wish I could.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sigh, Almost Over

Wow, down to three days remaining. I find myself unwilling to run around and do the tourist thing. Much like my last trip, I behave more like I live here. I haven't yet picked up anything for two of my girls, mostly because I don't know what to bring back for them. Neither would wear the exquisite silver jewellery for sale at the street markets. I'm thinking maybe scarves, but I'm not sure if they would use them.

So instead, I bought a small bag of strawberries--the best I've eaten in years. I remember picking wild strawberries with my mom. These taste much the same. OMG, moan worthy.

Then, I thought of the small bookstore, Fedro Libros, on Carlos Calvo. I purchased the new Bajofondo CD and Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood. In Spanish. That meant I needed a Spanish/English Dictionary. The whole thing cost me 80 pesos (so little less than $30). Now to try to read a book without really comprehending what I'm reading--sort of the way I learn anything.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Such Sore Feet

Last night at Boedo Tango I danced solid from 8:30ish until well after midnight. I only left because I couldn't stand up any more. My feet were so sore, but in a good way. I didn't sit out one single tanda in an entire evening of dancing. Not one. All without once having to use cabeceo. The guys came to me and asked. One after another. I was in heaven. Until my feet started to ache at about 11:30 from the constant dancing. But did I go home? No. Not until 12:30.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ooh, the Beads

I spent part of yesterday in Once with Mollie. This is the fabric/fashion area of Buenos Aires. Well, more than that. Shops with everything from shoes and bras to bead and fabric are clustered together in about a six block radius.

Bead stores line both sides of one block. At home, metallic beads are extremely hard to find and a bit pricey besides. For twenty pesos (about seven dollars) I bought several bags. We wandered across the street to another store, and I fondled larger bags of bugle beads but didn't buy any.

Of course this morning all I could think about were those large bags of beads. So I went back and purchased more beads. I couldn't believe that these huge bags of bugle beads are only five pesos per bag. They are huge. To give a sense of scale, the coin on the bag is a loonie.

Now to figure out if I should go back and buy even more beads. The tricky thing is I usually go hunting for beads when I want something specific for a project I'm working on. Sometimes I have them, but often not. I can imagine the frustration at home when I think "If only I could go to Once."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Recoleta Cemetery

On Saturday I spent the afternoon wandering around Recoleta Market. Nothing in the market appealed to me much this time around, but maybe because I was so anxious to wander through the cemetery. I actually wound up spending more time there than the market. Over 100 pictures later, I think I have a solid enough feel for the place to use it as a setting for the novel I'm working on. Woo hoo, that was actually one of my reasons for wanting to come here. The photos will act as reference as Buenos Aires is my intended setting. After the milonga with the neck licking incident, I'm going to re-write the start of my NaNo from November completely incorporating pieces of the first NaNo that fell by the way side.

Even though I have such an aversion to spiders, I became obsessed with webs. But really, how could you not:

And look at the crypts, holy cow there must be at least a vampire or three in there somewhere. I knew it!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Yesterday in La Boca I had an amazing idea for an art quilt. A while back, I did this little experimental quilt using some fabric sample things in vibrant blues and greens. It reminded me of La Boca, so I called it Dreaming of La Boca. Taking photos yesterday, I thought of revisiting the idea but with photo transfers (or actual photos) and the same vibrant colours. Will have to wait until I get home to work on that. The wonderful heat here has snapped me out of hibernation and I can hardly wait to get back to working on things again. Hopefully it will actually be warm when I get home.


I’ve noticed a number of changes this time. There seem to be boarded up shop fronts and a number of stores that I remember are no longer open. I went to La Boca yesterday, partly in quest of a replacement for the shawl I lost in the airport the last time, and partly to take photos. I’d forgotten it was Good Friday and wondered if anything would even be open, but instead there were tour buses, bodies and some kind of festival in progress. But the one place I kind of remember wasn’t there. There don’t appear to be any shawls like I remember this time around—of course maybe I just don’t remember it accurately.

On my second day here, I walked along Sarmiento from Abasto. Two years ago, there were blocks and blocks of lingerie shops. This year, there are only a few. I’ve noticed that other places as well.

It might be the season. It is fall now, so maybe traditionally the tourist industry drops at this time of year. And it could be that it is post CITA. I remember taxi rides last time were a daunting experience with so many vehicles jockeying for position in limited space, but haven’t had that so much this time. Although they still love to drive fast, at least this time they aren’t trying to drive faster than the next guy.

Prices have also increased from the last time I was here. I remember buying a large steak for anywhere from twelve pesos up. Now, it would be impossible to find one for less than twenty pesos. Sigh.

It does surprise me to go a milonga and find it almost deserted though. That is something else that has changed from last time. I don’t remember there ever being a time that one was less well attended than home. But so far three have had poor attendance. I also wonder if this is a post CITA lull. Unlike last time, I’ve only danced with milongeros so maybe some of those milongas that were crowded previously were mostly tourists.

And the dancing has changed for me. But that is a good thing. Now the cabaceo works easily and well, I’m getting dances until my feet almost feel like they might die, the men are trying (sometimes without success) to tell me where to find them minana. Tonight, I'll try Club Leonesa. Maybe that will be the right one. Not like last night.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Kiss the Boys—or Not

Okay, I know I said I want all the boys to kiss me. But really, I only meant some of the boys. Or maybe it is the whole falling in love thing. Them, not me. What is up with that? On the dance floor last night, one decided to lick my neck in the middle of a dance. Talk about an uncomfortable embrace. He had his head all craned around trying to nibble and I’m trying not to get neck cramps.

Then the next guy (or should I say first as he declared his undying love before my ass even hit the chair) bought me coffee, then wanted to kiss me on the dance floor. Hey—that whole coffee thing doesn’t mean the same when purchased at a milonga does it…

So I’ve changed my criteria. Only the hotties my age are allowed to kiss me. Like the guy with the hat.

The milonga last night was the best yet. The venue is fairly new, only a little over a year old. And huge. There are three separate areas to dance, tables so far away from the dance floor that you couldn’t use cabaceo from the back tables if you tried. It turned out it didn’t make much difference. Where I sat, the guys streamed back and forth from the dance floor to… I don’t know somewhere. All I had to do was watch them as they came past. I didn’t get there until three hours after the milonga started for reason I’d rather not go explain, but it didn’t really make much difference. One of the fellows told me the he’ll be at Gricel tonight. Might have to check that out.

I wonder if the guy with the hat will be there

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Banking Problems--Again

Once again with the banking issues in B.A. One bank spit my card out telling me I wasn't allowed to bank there, another told me the transaction or card number were invalid. Like last time, I've emailed the bank to ask if there is a way to access my money. Maybe they only need to verify I'm actually where I'm trying to use my card. Aargh, no pesos = no milongas. And limited anything as most places only deal in cash.

Went to Maipu 444 last night. Another horrible milonga with only a few people in attendance. Not fun. Not like El Beso with wall to wall bodies. So I'm going to compile a list of places to dance as well as places to purchase shoes.

I found two new shoe stores yesterday (ooh, bad girl), but mostly only tried on shoes. One (ToDo Tango located near Darcos and Flabella) has wonderful sexy shoes for only 310 pesos. The red pair I found were about the same (hum, name of store slips my mind and I'm in a cafe so can't look at the shoes for the name).

My time here won't be much fun without pesos, so hopefully this gets sorted out soon. Last time I was here, many machines had no money and won't let you complete a transaction, but with the one machine spitting out my card, it makes me wonder. Ah well, things always work out.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Still Here--And Alive

I arrived safely in B.A. (although more than two hours late). My ride gave up on me so I had to hire a remis and try to contact him when I got to the apartment. Try talking to a person that speaks only Spanish when you speak only English! Ha, that was fun. Thank god for the taxi driver who could act as an interpreter for me.

The apartment is small but serviceable. For the price, it is very nice. No stove, but a hot plate and a fridge that sounds like an airplane when the compressor kicks in. I can still sleep through it.

So much to say, and so little time. Here are the highlights:

Jose, the apartment owner, took it on himself to take me to Gricel my first evening. Old time milongeros. I managed to dance fairly often as he knew a woman that introduced me to people after she danced. And okay, some might be lower on the dance order, but still wonderful.

Saturday evening, I decided to go to Ideal in the hopes of connecting with friends from Victoria that I know were there. Except they were at the dinner theatre at 9pm. I saw them from the balcony (along withEduardo), but not at the milonga. Bummer, Nino Bien is apparently the best milonga on a Saturday night. Now I know for next week though.

At Ideal, someone fell in love with me. At least that is what he said. I understood enough Spanish (and his few words of English) to know I'm the love of his life. As he said: "I love you for you." Whatever the hell that means. But he could kiss fairly well. He thinks I'm going back to Ideal next Saturday, but the dancing was so bad that isn't likely.

Went to El Beso last night. The woman sat me at the back so I knew I wouldn't dance much. But I saw Marissa. That hit all my happy buttons (and enough that not getting to dance didn't much matter). One fellow from Friday night was there and was more than willing to dance with me.

Bought three pairs of shoes already and only one were on the promised "I'm only going to buy two pairs of shoes). Oooh, sexy black half pump, half open toe. They are so exactly what I wanted for a black shoe. On an interesting note, Neo Tango is so close in price to Comme il Faut now (only 40 pesos different). Susana Villerolle is also only in the same price range. It makes Comme il Faut an acceptable purchase.

So much to do! I'm taking more pictures this time and hopefully will get to upload some to my computer in the evenings so I can post them as I go along.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

OMG, Panic or What

On Sunday, Mollie and I agreed that homestay would be a wonderful way to stay in Buenos Aires. She wants to become fluent in conversational Spanish (and I want to learn enough to say yes--or no--when the guys ask to kiss me.) We found a place, available on the necessary dates, via one of those online booking agencies. Received a nice little email stating that "your request was successfully sent." Not that the space is confirmed or anything. And that they would confirm the request within 72 hours. Omg, three days? Don't they know I'm on a tight schedule?

So I waited. I didn't sleep well. But I waited. Nothing. So I sent an email asking them to please confirm the booking. Still nothing.

In the meantime, another friend sent me a list of potential apartments for rent. I sent an email to the one she stayed at last year and had a confirmation of booking this morning in my inbox. It is even less than the homestay option. And the best thing? It is like going home. Only a couple doors down from the guest house I stayed at last time I went to Buenos Aires.

Okay, now I'm excited!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Buenos Aires Bound

I booked my ticket! I leave on April 1st for approximately three weeks in Buenos Aires. A friend will join me for approximately two weeks in the middle section (and she'll stay for a bit longer on the other end) and OMG, I'm going to Argentina again!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Argentina ?!?

Airfares are only $700 round trip from Seattle to Buenos Aires during April ($770 from Vancouver). Time off is confirmed (omg) and now I only have to wait for a friend to figure out dates. But hey, if hers and mine don't quite coincide, I'll book the tickets and go anyway. How can I afford not to?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wearing the Green

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone. Did everyone remember to wear green today? I had the hardest time finding any green in my closet. So I'm wearing teal. With lime green earings. Ooh yeah, that's a fashion statement.

So I have a challenge for all of you. Use green in your art work today. Green fabric, green paint, green thread. A green accent. Anything green. If you visit today and decide to do something with green, post a link so we can all see what creations are possible with the addition of a little spring.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sahara—Or My Life in iTunes

Note, you will understand the title if you read to the very end. I deleted rule three and four as I don't believe in tagging people. But hey, you can do it if you want. My thoughts/comments appear under the song title. Cause you all really wanted to know how I reacted didn't you?

My Life in Itunes


1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.


6. Have Fun!

Return to Patagonia--Lemon Jelly
Ha, you know Patagonia is in Argentina. Right?

You was it--Spoon
Was? You mean I am no longer it?

The Warning--Never Ending White Lights
Um, what exactly is that supposed to mean?

Come And Go--Turin Brakes
Ooh, I know at least one person who would have great fun with... that.

Aqualung--Jethro Tull
Like pneumonia? That's my life purpose? But I hate being sick.

Tell You Something--Alicia Keys
This about the most secretive person on the planet?

Stone Thrown--Turin Brakes
Nope, clueless.

Ramblin' Man--Lemon Jelly
What, my parents thought I was a boy? That's my problem.

The Birds and the Beats--Booka Shade
Well, half of that is right anyway.

The New--Interpol
Sorry, sorry. Read rule 3. Wasn't me, honestly. I wouldn't pick new friends. Unless...

The Fitted Shirt--Spoon
Yeah, yeah I know. Loose a few pounds.

Chips & Dip--Spoon
Um. Okay.

Within Me--Lacuna Coil
For some reason that makes me think vampire thoughts.

My hobby is a year? Not writing, not art, not tango but a year? Gee whiz.

Boy With a Coin--Iron & Wine
Hey what? I'd take a rich man. Really. Oh, maybe not.

Where Do We Go From Here--Alicia Keys
Yeah, that drifting is a real concern.

Headlights--Snow Patrol
That is so not the right answer. All the songs shuffle could choose from and it picked this one.

Sober & Unkissed--Sia
You guys should do something about that.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Winter Hibernation

It must be winter. The sewing room is cold and productions levels have dropped to below zero. I haven't accomplished any more on the writing front either. If it hadn't been for the newest round of Exquisite Corpse, needle and thread might not have been touched until I thawed out. But dispite the cold, yesterday saw my Corpse off to the post office. Sniff, I won't see it again for months.

This time we are creating a body, starting with the head and working down. The only guideline is 1/2 an inch of exposed. . . flesh. And we all know how tantalizing that little glimpse can be. To my group (if you read this), have fun.

Today is gorgeous and sunny, the blood is moving in my veins again. Hopefully somewhere inside is a kernel of an idea. Something to stimulate the thinking processes so I can create something. Anything. Writing, art. I don't care. I'm tired of the boredom.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Plotting and Planning

It started with snow. More than a skiff. The kind that you have to shovel to find your vehicle before going to work. The kind you get stuck in--more than once.

It ended with an email from kikki: "How are you enjoying the snow?" What? Enjoying the snow? Not at all. So I started dreaming of Argentina instead. Warmth, shoes, tango. Did I mention the warmth. Or the shoes.

The decision is made. This year for sure.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Encrusted Beading

I wonder if the rules for cooking also apply to fabric art exchanges? You know the one--don't try out anything on company that you haven't first eaten yourself. I think that ensures you don't poison your guests. Or have them clamoring for a recipe you made up as you went along.

When I received Mary Anne's corpse in the mail, I stared at it for days. In reality, more than just days. It's simplicity left me a bit clueless. Well, extremely clueless. Thoughts of what to create ran around in my head--probably thoughts closer to panic.

Staring at it, I realized a had a bag of cabochons my grandmother gave me floating around somewhere. One piece, a beautiful ebony black, looked perfect for the shape of the square I had to work on.

But Mary Anne's guidelines specified that she wanted a lighter colour in the centre. I drew out a design in my Studio Journal using the dark cabochon and added squiggly lines around it. Placing the white cabochon on the drawing netted a similar result, so off I went. To Michael's to buy beads.

This is the first time I ever did encrusted beading. Knowledge and finished result weren't even near one another, so I kind of figured it out as I went along. The photo was taken before I upgraded camera's, so unfortunately is quite blurry.

Hum, that was fun. Now I can try it out on the guests.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Not Really a Resolution

I don't do New Year's resolutions. I posted about it here and on my other blog here. Why make a promise to yourself that you will only break in the end anyway. Besides, if you think there is something that needs changing or fixing in your life, why wait until January to do something about it. Like Kevin Johansen says: "Timing is the answer to success, Do it now."

So instead of a resolutions, I picked one word to live towards for the years. This year, I want to be fearless.