Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Large Body of Water

My Dearest Corwynne,

You may want to stop the soldiers of the white city from seeing the magic contained with in this letter, you know how touchy they get when I send you "magic".

Your affectionate friend,

So enjoy some Great Big Sea, playing just for your birthday!

Entering Spinsterhood

My Dearest Corwynne,
I was pleased to hear from you so soon after the party. You are not wrong about the Old Maid festivities. Although parts of it were rushed due to your unrelenting work schedule, the time that you did have was put to the best possible use.

Thursday’s Great Big Sea concert was quite possibly the best concert I have ever been to, and we definitely had the best seats I have ever had. I ordered the cable that I need to transfer the pictures from my phone to the computer, once it arrives I will post them off to you. There is also the possibility that I will post the video as well, if I can figure out the intricacies of the palantir box.

It would have been wonderful if Deana could have made it, but she deserved her rest. I would have loved to spend more time with Kathryn and Andrew, but I now understand the difficulties of working around babysitters and I was glad to see them. Your brothers were quite a treat. I have always enjoyed Sam, and this has not changed….even after the "spilling" out of my car. Your other brother Chris, was less known to me, and I didn’t know what to expect of him. Even with his overly excited clapping which ended in my being knock over, I find that I still have not met a member of your family that I do not enjoy greatly.

Friday was a gorgeous day. Sam and Chris left shortly after feeding the boys pudding and we went off to Bethal Park in search of party attire. It was extremely lucky to find matching outfits for them. There was a bit of an argument with Leggs about it though. We walked into the store and Leggs saw that they had tuxes and I swear he swooned!

"The sons must have these. They must show their regard for Corwynne by the manner of their dress."

I tried to get him to understand that it was a matter of cost. In the end I just left him to drool over the tuxes so I could find something more suitable.

With that done we headed to the zoo, or the kazoo as Logan calls it. The sons enjoyed all the animals immensely and as always, the playground was a big hit. Leggs was predictable distracted by the trees that surrounded the animal enclosures and we didn’t see him again until the kazoo closed. Finally, with the boys in bed and you returned home from the day with the blue hairs, it was time for the party favor prep. It turned out to be pretty fun….filling sachets, sticking stickers on candle holders and watching chain reaction…good times.

At the risk of being even more long winded than normal, I will continue with my impressions of the party proper while it is still fresh in my mind.

To begin with, your dress was faboooo! Your hair and makeup added to your ability to belie your true age….you looked 20 tops. And even in this reality you rated a ballroom, junior ballroom, but still, and it was lovely. I very much enjoyed watching the present table get more and more full as the guests arrived. Kathryn did a wonderful job arranging the music, with just the right amount of Great Big Sea…in other words…lots.

Dinner was very good and the toasts were very funny and touching. As was the empty seat for the old maids of the past. That seat even got it’s own piece of cake! Between dinner and cake, Deana and I developed a bit of a bond.

I am glad that in the end you decided to open the gifts during the party. It seemed to amuse everyone and I was dying to see all your loot. I am sure that some of the loot, especially the flat screen TV will go a long way to lessen the King’s grumpiness.

Gifts followed by more drinking and dancing always make a good time. I enjoyed watching the dancing very much, but fretted for your well being during the polka with Chris….it looked to be a bit too taxing after such a long and full day…but you rose to the challenge. Brennan, Arwen, Logan and Mai running around and dancing was a great sight. They had such a good time. Then to the after party.

What a lovely laid back gathering…until your crazy upstairs neighbor started with the bowling ball juggling practice….I still think it was being done to distract us from the sound of the chainsaw he was using to cut up the dead body, but since I haven’t seen him wearing the rubber suit I can’t be 100% sure.

I can’t remember a more enjoyable party. I had a wonderful time, as did the sons. Thank you so much for including us.

Your affectionate friend (who is now alone in her 30’s),

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Post Party Wrap-up

My Dearest Kendrah,

Well, we did it. The Old Maid Party came and went and I think it was a smashing success!

The weekend of birthday festivities began on an excellent note with the fabulous Great Big Sea concert on Thursday. I'm glad you were able to switch weekends with RG and bring the Sons and that I was able to secure a babysitter. Who would have thought I'd be looking for a babysitter? I AM the babysitter! But Julie and the Sons seemed to hit it off and aside from Sam "spilling" at a stoplight in the Hill, the evening was great! I look forward to their new album and a new tour! Huzzah! It was disappointing that Deana wasn't able to go, but Aragorn used the ticket and seemed to enjoy himself immensely. He was hardly sulky at all about the OMP!

I hated to dump you and boys all day on Friday while I worked, but at least my brothers were around for a bit to entertain them and feed them pudding for breakfast. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures at the zoo! The folks at work took me to Fuel and Fuddle for lunch where I tasted the Great Lakes Commodore Perry. I keep meaning to mention it to your father. I was so glad to get home that night so I could help with the favors, especially since the King went into a sulk about the party again and was not at all helpful. I thought the guests were suitably pleased with their personalized "Maria's Old Party" votive holders and lavender sachets. Kudos to Kathryn for thinking of using the real lavender! It was beautiful!

Saturday was a bit of a, shopping, getting to work on time! It was great that you were able to pick me up. And the Sons were so adorable, all freshly washed and wearing their little matching shirts! We looked pretty darn good ourselves, I must say. Sarina did a lovely job on my hair and make-up even with Aragorn "accidentally" jiggling her elbow while she was trying to do my eyeliner!

My show is almost over so I must post this letter and get on with the cleaning and removal of patrons. I look forward to hearing your impressions of the party prep and to writing the remainder of my memories from the party itself.

Your Affectionate friend,

Sunday, April 15, 2007

As long as there is no painting involved!

My Dearest Corwynne,

The painting stage of the house fix up is complete... I can hardly believe it. I kept track (just for fun) and the grand total is 115 hours in 8 days....almost all of it painting...except for the joyous hours I got to spend peeling wallpaper off the bedroom ceiling, there is no joy to compare with that, let me tell ya. All that is left is the removal of the carpet and the cleaning of the floors. Then it will be time to actually move. The fun just keeps on comin'

That being said I bet it will come as no surprise that I am very much looking forward to the party this weekend and am happy to help out in any way that I can as long as there is no painting involved...I am quite sure that you would not ask such a thing of me in light of current events. It will be good to be around people again. Leggs hung out while I was painting, but refused to help because he didn't want to get to close to the evil yellow color...and felt the need to practice his speech for an upcoming Tree Summit. People without paint and with a more varied pool of conversation will be an excellent change.

I hope that the blue hairs haven't driven you too crazy. I will be adding pictures from the weeks work onto the totally geeky website I have made for the house tomorrow, and you can see them there. ( Tell the King I look forward to his assistance on Friday.

Your affectionate friend,

Saturday, April 14, 2007

party planning

My Dearest Kendrah,

I know you have been embroiled in house painting and other moving preparations over the past two weeks, so I wanted to give you a quick update on the birthday plans.

First, concert-wise, Kathryn is calling the Rex to confirm when the doors open and the seating arrangement. I still have an extra ticket. I'm waiting to see if Deana can come. I could give the ticket to Aragorn, but it's so much easier when he just sneaks in. Chris is flying in early Thursday afternoon and I'm working 'til 5. Once get conformation on when the doors open we can arrange a meet-up.

Deana has everything set at the hotel for the shindig Saturday night. The final count is 39 including Mai and Arwen. I'm putting Kathryn on arranging music. Your project for Friday will be assembling the votive holders and filling the little bags with lavendar. Kahtryn hopes to pick that up at the co-op on Thursday. If the king wants to help, please let him. He may not be very good at arts and crafts, but I think he's feeling a bit left out of the whole planning thing.

I still need to order cookies and flowers and print out the manifesto. BTW-I talked to Stan for an hour this morning. I have to rememeber to send him directions. He knows a lot about goats.

The matinee performance of the show-from-hell is about to end, so I will post this missive and get back to my blue-hairs. I look forward to seeing pictures of you're newly painted house. It will be difficult to recognize without all the yellow!

Your Affectionate Friend,

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Spring is here...or not!

My Dearest Kendrah,

I am certain Leggs will come around in time. The Eldar are very set in their ways sometimes and it will be a big adjustment for us all. I am confident all is for the best. Aragorn is very excited at the prospect of spending a weekend with the Honourable Lord Amron collaborating on carpentry projects. Let me know what's being planned and I'll be sure to get it on the king's calendar.

Our spring celebration went very well. In addition to the Oestre Egg hunts (one for kids, one for adults), I taught folks how to make egg rattles and led a sing a-long of spring themed songs. A good time was had by all!

I'm starting to get a few RSVPs back for the party. I'm still a little panicked but not too much. I fixed that glitch on my registry, so it's good to go. We need to start working mathoms. My hell show opens April 11 but at least the shows aren't very long. I will probably have to go into work on party afternoon, but I'll make sure there is someone to cover so I can leave when the show starts at 3:30. That should still give us plenty of time to get dressed and get to the hotel.

I just got some beautiful light purple wool from Ebay and I'm dying to get sewing with it. I'm planning to make a Viking Apron dress for the Artisans Competition at Wellspring in May. It makes me twitchy staring at the fabric and not having time to work on it! Speaking of Wellspring, just one more month until I find out if I got elected to the Board of Directors. I'm trying not to be twitchy about that too. ARRG! We hates the waiting!

Well, I should go...I want a cookie...I should look into the possibility of obtaining one.

Your Affectionate Friend,