Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Concert Review: Celtic Soul Experience

Isidoro & I flashing our volunteer badges

I went to/volunteered at an awesome concert last night at St. Mary's Episcopal Church downtown. I'd never been there before and I was delighted at the medieval feel of the place (due to the evening darkness & mostly brick construction).

It's 125 years old and smells like OLD building. The altar was freaking gorgeous, and surprisingly had primarily female figures on it, which I haven't seen before.

The show was altered from the original format, because two of the artists weren't allowed to leave Ireland to perform! But some local artists stepped up to help at the last minute, and we all had 3 hours of listening enjoyment.

Noirin Ni Riain

The first performer was Noirin Ni Riain, an Irish Spiritual Singer, who sang in both Irish and English - sometimes within the same song. Her voice was incredible. She sang a mixture of spiritual and folk tunes from Ireland, often sharing the story of how she learned the song from another performer. I'm not really sure what the instruments she played are called, but they both bore a striking resemblance to accordions.

Margaret Waddell

Following Noirin was local singer Margaret Waddell, who performed songs by Hildegard von Bingen, who was a nun/visionary/authoress/artist/song-writer in the Middle Ages. I had recently listened to a few CDs of Hildegard's music and was entranced, so I was excited to hear some performed live. Margaret accompanied herself with bells and a variety of singing bowls.

Gerald Trimble, et al

The last set was another local performer, Gerald Trimble, who plays a very old instrument that's like a cross between a cello and a lute, and was backed up by 4 other musicians on a variety of common and unusual instruments (including a bass mandolin). They played traditional Irish & English songs in a jazz-like fashion.

All together now!

And, finally, everyone performed a couple songs together to end the evening.

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(The chorus was a sing-along, and unfortunately
the woman beside me was often off-key).

I enjoyed this beautiful musical evening full of obscure and familiar songs. If you're in Columbia* or St. Louis, you have the opportunity to see the show as well.

*Tonight only!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

I'm Thankful for My Baby Bump

I'm thankful for many things this year, but what I'm most thankful for is currently distending my belly:

(18 weeks pregnant)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

May's Heavenly Creations - Now on Etsy!

I'm posting late cause I spent a most of the day posting items on my brand new Etsy shop.

That's right... Just in time for the holidays!

My feather earrings make great presents - I know cause I've gifted quite a few of them.

Each pair is unique (though a few are similar), and each one was handmade by little ole me.

Get 'em while you can!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty, Little Singing Plush!

I totally squeed when my sample "Soft Kitty" t-shirt & plush combo came in the mail from Stylin Online. Based on the adorable song from Big Bang Theory (video here), the soft kitty shirt features a cute kitteh and the lyrics of the song:

The plush itself IS a cute kitteh that plays the song in Penny's voice, like so:

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I'm not the kind of girl who's really into stuffed animals, but this cat is so freaking cute, that I keep cuddling with it and carrying it around the house with me so I can look at its adorable face.

You can buy the plush kitty separately or with the t-shirt; they offer styles for women and for men.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In Which We Find Pinky a New Home

We recently decided to find a new home for Pinky, our second oldest cat. He was kinda dumb and stubborn as hell, but sweet, if annoying. He and I didn't get along great, but he LOVED Matt and adored sleeping in his lap. He started having dominance issues when my little bro and his 2 cats lived with us temporarily (6 cats in a smallish apartment was hellish BTW) and he's been acting out by pooping & peeing outside the litter box ever since.

With me being pregnant, that was presenting a health hazard to me & the baby, and we didn't think Pinky would be happy competing with yet another small life form in the apartment when the baby's born - though he was always pretty sweet to the other cats. He was always cuddling them, but he was obviously upset at not being able to go outside as often as he wanted (we only take them on occasional "walks") and wanted to be in his own space.

So we found a home for him at a farm 45 minutes away, where there's 3 barns, 2 other cats, and an elderly couple who wanted a cuddly cat. They picked him up this past weekend, which we had mixed feelings about. We know he'll love being outside and having tons of space (He already set himself up in the best cat shelter, kicking the other cats out as soon as he arrived), and we know it's less stress (for me especially), but we can't help missing him and feeling there's suddenly a lot more space in the apartment than there used to be.

Here's a brief pictoral history of our time with Pinky, whom we adopted as a kitten from one of my ex-coworkers.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Style Inspiration: Fashion Bloggers

I've been following several inspiring fashion blogs & thought I'd share my favorites today. (The funniest part is that these bloggers keep featuring each other. The most surprising one so far? Susie Bubble's feature on Tokyo Fashion. Read on to find out who they are...).

This 16 year-old fashionista designs her own clothes and is so freaking weird and talented that I'm slightly obsessed with her.

While this blog occasionally posts fashion news, most of its posts are shots of street fashion that just make my heart happy. And really makes me want to visit Tokyo, as well...

Solanah wears vintage clothing exclusively, and it's so interesting to see... She's like a slightly less glamorous Dita Von Teese.

This blog is dedicated to the glamorously dressed elderly women in New York that photographer Ari Seth Cohan meets there. He likes to share their style as well as their life philosophies.

This adorable British red-headed lesbian wears the weirdest things and totally makes them work.

I'll admit, I often skip through the wordy bits in Londoner & full-time blogger Susie Bubble's posts, but she has an interesting sense of personal style and far more knowledge about fashion than I ever will.

This is the blog of an energetic New York stylist who designs clothing and jewelry and likes ridiculously colorful outfits. She also seems to know/meet a shit ton of fabulous people.

This small town teen creates adorable girly looks and posts loads of inspiration pictures that intrigue me.

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