What have I been up to lately? Well.. it has been a busy summer. Lots of festivals, make-up for photo shoots and building a dinosaur and doing a body painting for the Amber Ball… and meeting Dan Aykroyd…
…you know, just stuff.
I built my Pachyrhinosaurus out of fun foam, sponges, a bed sheet and Elmer’s Glue – I actually took a week off work from the day-job to do it.
I did a couple of all night marathons to get it finished… I was so tired one night I knocked my pail of diluted Elmer’s glue onto one of my chair seats, the floor, the walls, the carpet… well, at least it was the same chair I got blue latex on when I was making Macbeth’s head. And it’s not like we use them for eating on or anything.
On the day of the Amber Ball (which is for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum) I also did a body painting of a Velociraptor on Candi (who is one of mom’s part-time aides.)
Both the Dinosaurs were posing for photos and roaming around the Ball. There were over 1000 people there and it was very formal – black tie with medals. We got to watch/hear The Tenors perform (amazing!) and Dan Aykroyd performed too, amongst others. There were a lot of dignitaries there, including Dr. Phil Currie who the Museum is named after – here we are with him!
There was a photo booth set-up in the corner and hundreds of people came over to get photos, most with one or the other Dinosaur, or both. Sometime the Dino Hunters were included too!
I had painted the museum logo on Candi’s back so in a lot of photos it is just her back.
(You can view all the photos taken at the photo booth if you like – there are some gorgeous gowns, etc! http://majphotography.shootproof.com/curriemuseum)
And, I will explain my butterfly net… we roamed in pairs, a dino hunter with each dino for protection basically. I roamed with Candi who had the Velociraptor on her front. I would say to people “be vewy vewy quiet… I’m hunting velociwaptors” and attempt to “catch” the raptor with my net. Got a few laughs.
On the home front, we had to get a new roof. The shingles on the roof had “baked” and curled, receding from the edge of the roof exposing the wood. These shingles were no more than 10-11 years old as the previous owner had put them on and she only owned the place for about 18 months, and we bought it 9 years ago. The roofer, who we have had do work here before, said he has never seen a roof go bad so fast. Anyhow, they replaced all the shingles with new laminated fibreglass ones and it looks all nice and pretty. When we bought this house it was the best looking and most updated on the block … but everyone around us has been updating since we moved in. So we were looking pretty rough. But now, it all looks nice again! The house is 53 years old this year. I think we’ve spent more on it in the 9 years we’ve had it than we paid for it. We love it, and it is a really nice house.
We also hired a new full-time aide for mom in mid-July who is working out excellently. Thank goodness.
I am entering the Wearable Art Show again this with a two-piece/two model entry. The show is on Saturday, September 27th this year. Lots of work still to do – I see another marathon session in basement coming…