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Of Soccer Games, Museums and Mother's Day

"So," says my colleague. "Are you ready for Wednesday's office soccer game?"

"I don't know," I say. "I don't know how to kick a ball. I only know how to hurt people."

"Hmmm . . . maybe I want you on my team after all . . ."

I should have mentioned that wearing armor will be highly recommended.

Full contact soccer. Now, there's a game for you . . .

I am hoping for rain.

That'll hopefully get me out of hurting people and of -- literally -- missing the ball.

I think I'll go and sacrifice a chicken.

I must confess, Mother's Day has never been one of my favorite holidays to say the least.

Perhaps it is because, ever since I became a Mom, there has not been a single Mother's Day without some kind of kerfufel going on.

Not this year. This year was a sweet, relaxed, drama-free Mother's Day. The only thing missing from my perfect day was a call from my Dark Child, but I hope that this is something that will change in time.

Anywhoo, speaking of Mother's Day, in Mexico this holiday is always celebrated on May 10, whereas here in the US it is always the second Sunday of the month. But no matter what the actual date of the holiday is, trying to surprise your Mom when she is residing in a different country can always be rather challenging.

This year I decided to send my Mom flowers. Dad always sent her flowers for Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries and assorted ocassions, and my Mom loved it. So since Dad is not here to send her flowers anymore, I decided that someone should.

Gotta love international flower networks.

As luck would have it, Mom tells me that the entire family (sister and her kids, brother, sister-in-law and their kids) had just sat down for Mother's Day dinner when my flowers arrived.

Talk about timing.

She was thrilled and I was happy that I could give her that.

As for my Mother's Day, on Sunday Marcellus made me breakfast and I got to work on the bodice for my kirtle petticoat for a little while before picking up Carlos and heading up for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where they currently have an exhibit on Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque. It was awesome, and I do intend to return with rheabecc when she comes to town.

After the exhibit, we had lunch at a nearby Cosí. The day was absolutely gorgeous, so we decided to eat outside. I could not have asked for a more perfect weather for such a perfect outing.

Later on, Marcellus, Carlos and I ended up lounging at home, watching the entire Season II of The Venture Brothers, courtesy of pirategirleee.

Wow.

No drama.

Mother's Day and no drama.

Man, I could get used to this.


By the way, and speaking of the Italian Women Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, there will be a lecture entitled: The Devil’s in the Details: Clothing and Costume in the Paintings of Women Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque. Here are the details, although you can also click on the link and see for yourselves:

The Devil’s in the Details: Clothing and Costume in the Paintings of Women Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque
6/6/2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Members $5; Seniors and Students $8; General $10 – reservations required. Call 202-783-7370 or email reservations@nmwa.org

The glittering details of dress, from jewels and lace to surface ornament and brocaded silks, were essential components of the portraits by women artists of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. Carole Collier Frick, professor of history at Southern Illinois University, will discuss the difference these details made between the portraits of aristocrats and the artists' self-portraits. Presented in conjunction with Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque.


I think it is worth attending.

And now, back to the drawing board.

I am expecting to produce some work here. Imagine that.

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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
greta_k
May. 15th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
I just sent in my reservation, as this is an RSVP event.
belfebe
May. 15th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
stanci
May. 16th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
That talk makes me very sad that I live all the way out in Ohio... I'm just hoping for cliffnotes from those lucky enough to attend :)
belfebe
May. 16th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I'll get you the Cliff Notes, dear :-)

Also, they do gave the exhibit catalog for sale. Here is the link. The best part is, it has a bunch of Lavinia Fontana works, which are difficult to come by. And of course, some nifty Sofonisba Anguissola, of course.
stanci
May. 16th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Ooh!!! You are awesome.
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