Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crazy good week

I actually have had a very good week! Don't always get so many good things in a row, so thought I would share some of them.

Friday afternoon I went to the Corning Museum of Glass to see the premier of "A Not So Still Life", a biography about artist Ginny Ruffner. Ginny works not only in glass but metal, drawing, paper, painting, and combinations of all of the above. She is just the neatest person, and she actually came to the premier! Yes, I got to see her in person, and ask her a question. Here is a picture of her:

In an interview Tom Robbins, who wrote Skinny Legs and All, says : I have a fetish about her hair....you could film a Tarzan movie in there. There are drunken monkeys swinging on vines in that hair." Then he goes on to say that when she wakes up in the morning her hair has already been up for half an hour reading the paper. She does indeed have great hair.

Her work is very innovative and fascinating :

Oh look, a Chicken!

This is When Lightning Blooms, which is at the museum:It is about 4 feet tall.

This is her garden....I just want to run away and live there.

Ginny was also in a near fatal car crash in '91. They told her parents to pull the plug, she was brain dead. She wasn't supposed to wake up. She wasn't supposed to talk or walk again either. Really makes you wonder about the politics of coma patient care. She was amazing before, and knowing about the accident just makes you appreciate her all the more. The movie is fantastic, if anyone nearby wants to see it I bought a copy and would be willing to let you come over and see it with me. I would even feed you and ply you with alcohol. If not you can buy it at the link above, but it won't be as much fun. 

I then spent the weekend with Kathy Riley. I was supposed to clean for her all weekend, but she practically sold the place in 3 hours so no go. So we sat around and yakked instead, stayed up late and drank, and made pizza and omelets. Forgot the camera, so here is a pic from the internet:

Yeah, that is what I did all weekend.

Monday, Courtney (Nick's girlfriend and finally another female in the house!) and I went to the NY Wine and Culinary Center for a free lunch. Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch, you just have to know where to look!  Courtney had agreed to photograph the event and could bring a guest....and she picked me :-)    The students each week make a tasting lunch, so we sat down to an 8 course African lunch. That is right....eight whole courses. It was so fantastic...here is the menu:

Misir Wot with Injera Bread, which is basically spicy lentils on a whole wheat pancakes

Moroccan Carrot, Orange and Radish Salad with a cinnamon glaze:

African Potato Stew, with russet and sweet potatoes, culiflower and golden raisins

African Tilapia:

Ethiopian Punch-Pineapple, grapefruit and cherry juice with club soda

Tsire- Beef on a stick coated in peanut butter, hot peppers and spices. The host came out and told us the next dish was Ethiopian Beef, then preceded to hand out empty plates. I ain't gonna lie, I found it hysterically funny. The waiter then brought out the food and filled our plates.

Grilled Chicken with Harissa and Couscous

Papaya, pear and brie

Milk tart-custard with a pie crust that tasted like snickerdoodle cookies

 Very, very yummy. The funny thing is that many of the dishes combined things I normally can't tolerate together, like sweet and salty, fruit and veggies, fruit and cheese, peanut butter and meat, and pineapple or grapefruit with anything. I admit it was all amazing. So next week Courtney and I are headed back for Italian...ooo I love Italian. I am digging this photo gig of hers! I just drive and provide the camera and enjoy.

This morning I went the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) to show Nancy Brennan my jewelry.

These are my boots. They are clean. I had them in the sink to wash them this morning as they were all muddy from the pasture. I finished washing one, set it back in the sink. Right under the faucet. Which was running. Right into the boot.  Doh.

So in my dress shoes, I get to the museum. She loved everything except the Dirty Martini beads, which is fine cause I didn't really like them either.  She ordered 40 earrings and 22 bracelets...I will be pretty busy for the next few weeks!   Here are a few pieces to look for:

I also donated a bracelet and earrings to Wink 106 as a door prize for Ally's sleepover

Nick made the copper squiggles. I may make something else and keep this. I really really really love this. Seriously. 

Finally, the cherry on my already overflowing sundae is that I ordered tickets to a concert in NYC at the end of March. The band is called Turisas, and they are a Finnish Folk Metal band. Yes, you heard that right, folk metal is a genre. They dress like bloody barbarians, play electric violin and accordian (yes, accordian!!), and play awesome metal. Did I mention they play accordian?  Which happens to be one of my favorite instruments?  Here is a video of the band and the fans. I am so excited and this is the best birthday gift to me!

As an end note.....Kitty Too is hiding...or pretending to be a chickadee. Think she is fooling anyone?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is a really awesome week!!! I hope the streak continues :)