Tag: Holiday

Marry Durham One Year Anniversary

On March 19th, 2011, a mass of Durhamites gathered on Rigsbee near Motorco and Fullsteam to marry Durham–to pledge to live a conscious, sustainable, community-focused, Durham-loving lifestyle.  I was not at Marry Durham because I was in D.C., visiting some friends.  Luckily, Marry Durham held its one-year anniversary this past Saturday, and I was able to attend.  Since Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day, the anniversary celebration had a green tinge to it, but for those of us think St. Patrick’s Day is dumb (truly, it is the frattiest and bro-iest “holiday” ever) the event thankfully had more of a Durham feeling than a frat-boy Irish feeling.

We arrived a little late, and so missed the parade and the brief vow renewal service.  However, we got there in time to grab a pretzel from Cafe Prost (a new-ish food truck that does good, fresh soft pretzels) to see the klezmer band Freylach Time play at Fullsteam.  Klezmer is the music you associate with traditional Jewish celebrations–Hava nagilah etc.  I was all over that, lord knows I love my people’s music.  They were awesome.  People danced, I danced too!

There was a lot of anti-Amendment 1 protesting going on at the event, which was positive; Amendment 1 is this horrible thing that is maybe happening in North Carolina that not only will write a statement defining marriage as ONLY between a man and a woman into the state constitution, but will also do a bunch of other awful things that you can read about here.   Anyways, I’m all about anti-Amendment 1, but all the lovely people–including this woman and her awesome cake hat–were basically preaching to the choir.  The Marry Durham celebration wasn’t really a place where pro-Amendment 1 people would hang out, I’d love to take the message to them. Regardless, VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1 FOR REALSIES Y’ALL.

Anyways, enough politics, here are more dancing photos.

A lot of people were dressed up, either in St. Patrick’s Day themed garb or in wedding garb, like the very committed woman above and this awesome lady in her awesome dress and awesome mask.

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Durham Does Mardi Gras

Tonight Durham had its first (hopefully annual) Mardi Gras parade (and celebration!)!

The Bull in the plaza downtown got decked out for it.

I actually really love Mardi Gras.  I like big commotions and shiny things and excuses to dress up and have fun.  I’ve even been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans twice, I had a friend that went to Tulane and I made sure to take advantage.  HERE ARE SOME PICTURES:

Ah, youth! Okay, nostalgia trip over!

So like I said, Durham got really into Mardi Gras this year!  And I was all about it! After work Jon and I headed to the Fullsteam/Motorco area, where parties were starting and where a million food trucks were lined up.  And by a million I mean like seven but WHATEVER GUYS, Fat Tuesday means that the short rib quesadilla and duck fat tots from Ko Kyu food truck (I wrote about it in this post from last summer)  are 100% justified.  Jon and I hung at Fullsteam a bit, eating our food truck food and drinking some Fullsteam beer.  Well, I don’t like beer, so he drank the beer.

ALSO, Fullsteam had several King Cakes for the taking.  King Cakes, for those of you who don’t know, are these danish-tasting, sugary concoctions with icing in the shade of Mardi Gras colors and also some sprinkles.  Each King Cake has a little plastic baby in it, and if you get the baby you win luck and fortune and good things.  So Fullsteam had a bunch of King Cakes cut up and you could just take a piece. And guess what y’all, I GOT THE DAMN BABY:

I got the baby!

I mean I don’t even like King Cake, guys, I really just grabbed a slice at random to see if I could maybe get the baby (heh, that rhymes) and I totally got the baby.  Because I got the baby I won a pint of Fullsteam beer, which I naturally gave to Jon because I don’t drink beer.  Anyways, not a bad way to kick off the Mardi Gras evening!

We walked from Fullsteam over to the plaza in downtown Durham with the big awesome bull and its giant balls (I love this statue), where people were massing for a Mardi Gras parade that would be led by the Bulltown Strutters, a sort of paradey band with lots of brass and drums and like, good things.  I’m not entirely sure how to describe them but they were really, really, really good.  The parade was set to start at 7:00, and by quarter til the plaza was starting to fill up.

I wanted her wings.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Got a feelin’ 2012 is gonna be a good year.  Y’all.  What did you do last night?  Did you go out on Amateur Night and get sloppy drunkies?  Did you boycott the whole thing and stay in while covertly watching Dick Clark/Anderson Cooper?  Did you do what my parents did and ring in midnight while watching the credits of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (can’t think of a better way to welcome 2012 then with a movie about serial killing and anal rape, really)?

I went out on Amateur Night, because I am definitely an amateur who rarely goes out.  Jon and I had dinner here (good food, TERRIBLE service, but we’ll try them one more time on a non-holiday night because we did enjoy the food), and then we went to Motorco with some friends for their big end of the year bash.  So that was fun and it was hosted by one of those women who sort of looks like a drag queen because she was maybe in a costume and has a lot of makeup and maybe stuffed her boobs and had fake nipples and whatever I loved her.  Anyways, because throughout the night I had 1.5 glasses of champagne and a shot of tequila and because I am not good at going out or drinking, this morning I was feeling sleepies until I ate a giant breakfast and now maybe I will go for a run/walk OUTSIDE because it is like 65 degrees outside y’all and even though the gym is open it is probably full of resolutioners and they are terrible.

So anyways, a Happy New Year to each and every one of you and I hope you are having a lovely Sunday/New Year’s Day!

Oh hey, and checkout my awesome new background of a lady laughing alone while eating a salad.  That is so going to be me this month you guys, I promise!

The Day After Halloween

I always hated the day after Halloween.

No more costumes, no more pretending you were someone else, no more free delicious candies from strangers, it was such a bummer.

I’m glad we have kids in my neighborhood that trick-or-treat.  I get way too much joy from promoting childhood happiness via the distribution of high fructose corn syrup.  And the kids had some great costumes this year.

I think that’s why I am so pro-Halloween.  Halloween is gives us all permission to be kids.  You can be magical or funny or special or sexy or slutty or even slutty bacon.  People give you things for free.  You’re allowed to be silly and spooky and bizarre. And life’s not really any of those things.

Life is pretty mundane.  You go to work.  If you are lucky you like your work, but from what I understand most people don’t.  You go to the grocery store.  You go to the gym.  You come home.  Maybe you cook dinner.  Maybe you heat up a Lean Cuisine.  Sometimes you have to scoop your cat’s poop.  Sometimes there is laundry.  Sometimes tv happens.  Sometimes reading.  Sometimes not.  Costumes, and candy, and fun, and whimsy, these things don’t usually happen in reality.

Morbid Martha Stewart Mondays: An Elegant Halloween

I love Martha’s Halloween ideas because they are so out of the ordinary.  She has some incredibly elegant, beautifully creepy Halloween decoration ideas.  A lot of the items I inherited from my parents’ cache of Halloween decorations are more cutesy-creepy than elegant creepy, but each Halloween I try to add a few more elegant-creepy elements to my Halloween decoration.  Here are some macabre decorating ideas I pulled from her site, many of which you can do with ordinary items in your house:

Moth-eaten curtains provide an excellent and creepy Grey Gardens feel to your Halloween!  I don’t have these but if you had a lot of space and places to hang items then this could be a great and subtle touch to your haunted house.

Martha also does a lot of gorgeous candle displays, which are an easy and classy way to set the mood.  Very Miss Havisham‘s house.

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