Wednesday, September 05, 2007

In Which Our Heroine Tackles Life Headlong And With Gusto

Hey! I bet you've all been teetering precariously on the edges of your seats, breathlessly wondering how I celebrated the first 24 hours of my good news, haven't you? Well, ok, I won't keep you in suspense. Before you fall flat on your butts and asphyxiate yourselves, I'll tell you. So far:

  • I renewed my gym membership for a rabidly optimistic ONE FULL YEAR, and immediately proceeded to assault the bench press with determined if somewhat wobbly fervor.

  • I courageously signed up for that nude figure drawing class at the nearby college again, even though I know damn well the squeamish models will never ever take off their stupid clothes.

  • And today I walked over to the courthouse and applied for an expedited passport! Yes!

Instead of visiting Mexico City for the Frida hoopla, I've decided to travel down to Michoacan in late October and early November to celebrate El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. And I've already made my reservations.

Because the one thing I know for certain about Life is that it's extremely fragile and slippery and ephemeral and short, so being sensible and cautious and practical, eternally putting off all those crazy adventures you've always dreamed of having, is really not a good idea.

Stay tuned: reports on more non-sensible, uncautious, and impractical plans coming soon, to a computer near you!

The author's modest collection of Día de los Muertos bags.

Close-up detail of Alexander Henry's fabulous festive dancing dead people fabric.


Blogger Trasi said...

I adore Alexander Henry fabrics! I have been silently oggling a handmade one with tattoo fabric on ebay for quite some time now. That is so great! Excellent choice, Liz, going to Mexico. Live the fullest and most rewarding, enriching life you can while you have it, and that's a great lesson to every single one of us.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Betsey C. said...

I love Día de los Muertos. I have several skeleton figures, my favorites are my tiny skeleton Mariachi's, complete with little guitars. The Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago, where I live, has beautiful exhibits. What a wonderful trip you have planned!

11:13 PM  
Blogger Alto2 said...

When in Michoacan, make sure you find and taste the local paletas. These are popsicles made with fresh, usually exotic to us, fruits. Shops that sell them are paleterías. ¡Buen provecho!

11:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Great news! And I've always loved Día de los Muertos; it's my birthday.

Maybe it's time for a new blog title?


1:22 AM  
Blogger debinca said...

Sounds absolutely marvie,cant wait to see the photos from the trip.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

And just as I have started working on the Day of the Dead purse line up! To include the Frida fabric that you have (and the same print on a black background), some Alexander Henry fabric featuring Katrina, some with the gourds with the faces painted on them.

Great minds think alike! Being close to the border, we celebrate the hell out of Dia de los Muertos, and what's mind boggling is the number of very pasty folks here who Don't Know What It Is. Sigh.

Rock on, Liz, the future looks bright.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Michael Berkey said...

Great, she pulls through the cancer thing and then gets her ass killed running with the bulls. :-D

9:23 AM  
Blogger Vanda said...

Rock on Liz! You Go Girl!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Vidyala said...

That's just awesome. I've been away from computers so I only just now read about your NEWS. I'm confused about the not-so-nude figure drawing, though. The models WON'T take off their clothes? Huh?
I'll bet you will have some fabulous pictures from that trip to share. I love the bags you have there.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JADP, Liz -- it took 8 weeks for my boss' wife to get a new passport, expedited, earlier this year. Even here a half hour away from the source in Philly...

2:50 PM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

Yeah, I was worried about how long it might take, aud, but the clerk at the courthouse (who called me "Baby") said the backlog has let up somewhat and I should expect the passport in 3-5 weeks at the latest. Though she said some recent applicants have been getting theirs as quickly as 7 days. So fingers crossed.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Here in Quintana Roo, the tourist industry rules the roost and the state is much less "Mexico" than any other state in the republic. If, however, the Caribbean calls you and you'd like free lodging, let me know. We're planning on returning to the US in October for a month and our place could be yours. check my blog and Flickr for photos and google "PaaMul" in Quintana Roo.

And MANY congratulations!!!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

SO glad about the scans! Love that you did the squeaky wheel thing. Bravo!

Wish I could go to DOTD with you. I hope to go when I turn 50 in a couple of years...
I collect DOTD stuff and my house looks awesome around Halloween. I have a life sized skeleton that sits in my front hall and always has a beer or a martini in his hand!

xoxo Bonnie in Houston

11:32 PM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

Hey, I used to have a life-sized skeleton too! Named Senorita Catrina of course. She used to sit on the indoor exercise bike in my office, as an Ode To Excessive Cardio. But one of my friends (AHEM) said she was bad feng shui and made me get rid of her. So now the poor thing is stuffed ignonimously in the bottom drawer of the secretary.

Um, Catrina that is. Not fengshuigrrrl.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

Have fun being back at the gym! How fabulous!


8:24 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

What Stacey said. How can it be a nude drawing class if the models aren't nude? Isn't that the definition of the job (besides holding still)?

2:53 AM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

Welcome to Buttcrack Louisiana, where we don't need no steenkin definitions; we make up our own.

Seriously, the last time I took this class the instructor said that in his experience models who are willing to disrobe tend to be totally unreliable and don't show up on time, if at all. Therefore it's better to hire more modest but punctual models, because at least it's better for us to practice drawing sweatpants and socks than an empty table week after week.

Go figure.

6:57 AM  

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