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Monday, September 22, 2008

whirlwind weekend, and i worked too

We had a fun weekend with Rick's sister Vicki, and her lovely daughter Brianna. I'll tell you more in a sec, but first, a quick note on an idea that's too good to ignore...

A friend sent it to me, and I checked a little further, to find that this brilliant little plan is spreading like wildfire on the mesa. Simply put, if you'd like to send a clear message to Sarah Palin and her little pals, make a donation of any size to Planned Parenthood in her name. Oh I just love this. Clear details are here on The Huffington Post. Count me in, Sarah.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Yes, a fun weekend with family. We don't get a lot of visitors. It's too hard to get here, which is one of the reasons we're moving... some day. When we do manage to get someone here for a few days, we whirl them around town, doing all the fun things we can find, hoping they'll come back someday. Most don't. Maybe it's us...

Brianna spent some time with me in the studio, and of course came away with a bag of Beady Loot. At some point I glanced over from the torch and asked if she'd ever gotten her ears pierced. Her dad was opposed to the idea, but here we were, in Taos, with no Dad in sight. One thing led to another, and before long, Mom was calling Dad, and an expedition set off for the local tattoo shop. There is a distinct difference between having your ears pierced at Claire's in the mall, and at Talisman Tattoo in Taos. They don't use that nice little piercing gun. They use a looped hemostat and a needle. This is body piercing. If you're going to go for a ritual rite of passage, this is the way to do it. And even better, she got hoops instead of posts. Far superior, in my opinion.



Next day we decided to check out the Taos Trade Fair at the 200 year old Martinez Hacienda. Cool place. Loads of wild west history. We wandered through the rooms and exhibits, saw Aztec Dancers and axe throwers, sampled biscochitos from a wood fired kiva (warning to vegetarians - these are usually made with lard.), and chatted with our friend John Le Bleu. He's a Mountain Man in his everyday life, so he was really in his element here. What a guy. He even posed with my doll, Lily. Long story, the doll story. If you haven't heard it yet, it will wait for another time. For now, how sweet of John to stoop to such silliness for me. We bought one of his lovely wooden crosses, with hand stamped copper conchos and rivets. It's now hanging by our front door, a blessing to those who head out into the Four Directions, and a nice reminder of a fun bit of Time Travel on a beautiful fall day.



While we were off having fun, Lauren was home sorting through all her stuff. She has much. Too much. And it was beginning to take on a life of its own, filling her room and spilling out into the shed. She got inspired to drag it all out to the front of the house and sort through every last box, weeding out years worth of crap, and preserving precious mementos. She even found my old collection of dolls, or what's left of it. A few Madame Alexanders, the Lady Doll in her shredded pink off-the-shoulder dress, and Shirley Temple. She's great, and still has her hairnet! I can't imagine why I never took that off of her. So unlike me. It really looked like Lauren was having a yard sale out there. I'm surprised the neighbors didn't pull into the driveway and start picking through boxes with her. The good news is, she got rid of a lot, and put the rest of it away in a tidy manner. Well, most of it anyway. There's still the issue of storage in her room. Tiny room, tiny closet. I think she's yearning for a bigger job in the bigger world, so she can have a bigger life of her own. I feel her pain!



We got up at Ridiculous O'Clock this morning, to see Vicki and Brianna off. Guess I get a good jump on the day this way. Next stop, as soon as the sun is high enough, is to take bead pictures and post some new beauties in the BeadShop. See you there later!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gosh, Kim, I know you are a big Obama follower, but this latest tirade against Palin is by far the most childish I have seen yet. I honestly never expected this kind of kindergarten behaviour from a woman of your caliper.

Why is it that Obama followers need to be so juvenile in their support?

I remain anonymous so I don't end up in one of you blog slams.

Kim Miles - Beadist said...

Well, hmmmm.... at least I'm not afraid to use my name and claim my beliefs. I find it hard to believe that any intelligent person would fall for Palin's ruse, but assuming that everyone here is indeed at least a little bit intelligent, let's say that from here on, if you're coward enough to scold me from behind the "anonymous" tag, I'll just delete your nasty comments. Seems fair to me. Anyone else have an opinion on this?

Kim Miles - Beadist said...

Maybe I'm talkin' to myself here, but I want to add something about the use of "Anonymous". I think it's perfectly appropriate as a way to protect those who don't want to flaunt their own goodness. For example, we have a bead donor in the HOPE Bracelet Project who prefers that we don't use her name. She doesn't feel comfortable saying "Look at me! I did a nice thing here!" That's fine.

What bothers me is when people use it as a shield to hide behind when they feel strongly enough to say something, but don't have the guts to sign their name to it. I think if you have something to say, by all means say it, but unless you're in danger of being swept away by the secret police, you'd better be willing to own your words and take responsibility for them.

I leave it an option to post comments here anonymously, even though I could change it. Nice people use it for the right reasons. Most of you actually sign your name even if you click the "anonymous" button. The others, well, I already said it...

Anonymous said...

Kim,
Last I looked this is a free country and you have the right to voice your thoughts!!! I thought the link was HYSTERICAL!!!How boring would it be if everyone thought the same way!!!YOU GO GIRL!!!I TOTALLY ADMIRE YOU!!
JAIME H

Kim Miles - Beadist said...

Jaime honey, I LOVE you to bits! I have more to say on this whole thing, but I'm waiting a bit so I can word it just right. Mwaaah! BTW... I also LOVE the people who yell at me, but it's harder to show it because they hurt my feelings like a rancid teenager...

Anonymous said...

Kim, One of the reasons you blog (I think) is to say what's on your mind!!Agree, disagree doesn't MATTER. ONE of our RIGHTS AS AMERICAN'S IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!! I don't like being scolded, but I have lived long enough to know that if we speak our minds somebody(ies) is going to find fault with it. OH WELL SO IT GOES!!!I think i'll go donate to planned parenthood LOL!!!!!!!!!!
Jaime

Michelle in the UK said...

I'm glad Brianna got her ears pierced Kim, now she'll be able to make her own and wear your lovely creations ! I didn't ask my parents if I could, I just turned 18 and went down town and got them done !! ~
You have Claire's over there ! we have that shop chain over here as well. I got my ears pierced at a Beauty Salon, I think, as you do, that's its a lot safer then places like Claire's.