Thursday, September 25, 2014

Catgirl, SAM, and Ultraviolet Need You!

Hey everybody, I'm still alive!

I guess there's probably no one left who follows this blog by now, but if by some strange twist of fate you do happen to end up here, I've come back, at least briefly, to ask for your help. I know you probably are wondering where I've been hiding out for the past couple of years, and I would love to tell you, but it would take me ages to catch you guys up...and there's no time for that right now.  I promise I'll give you a nice, long, rambling post soon, and tell you all about what I've been up to, but first things first.

Remember Catgirl, SAM, and Ultraviolet?

For those of you who are new, have really bad memories, were absent or drunk the day I wrote about them, or if you just weren't paying attention (don't worry, I won't tell anybody)...they're my kids.

Anyway, they are participating in a modeling contest...and they need your votes!  Here's a photo of them on the way to the contest:

How can you resist such cute faces? Aren't they just gorgeous? Hey, what do you want from me? I'm their mom, I can't help myself!

Here's how it works...the person with the most likes on Facebook wins.  Obviously, the person with the most friends and the most aggressive vote-scrounging campaign comes out on top. Hardly seems fair, does it?  But, in this social media dominated society, that's the way the cookie crumbles...and apparently also how models end up on the catwalk.  So, I'm asking for your help.

How can you help?

It's really simple. Go to the Dana Models Agency page on Facebook, and like it. Then like the girls' pictures. It's really important that you like both the page and the photos, otherwise your vote won't count.

Here are the direct links to the girls' photos:


Easy peasy, right?  So, if you voted, the girls and I give you our hearty thanks. And if you haven't yet, well, what are you waiting for?  Come on now, shoo on over there and give 'em all the likes you've know you want to. ;-)

And I promise I'll be back soon with a full account of the past two years, but don't expect anything amazing or life-altering. I haven't joined a convent, or discovered a cure for anything...not even hangovers, nor have I gone on a trip around the world, or spent my time meditating on the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Nah, it's a lot more mundane than that, but I can't say I've haven't had fun along the way.

But more on that later.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Life's a Beach!

Hey, I'm back! Although I'm actually on holiday in Southern Spain as I write this.

The Professor and I had our not-so-dirty dancing debut, and it turned out much better than I expected.  We got through our Cha cha, Rueda de Casino, and Bachata without falling on our butts, and we managed to remember at least most of the steps, so I'm satisfied that at least we didn't make fools of ourselves.  I have a video and photos, but unfortunately they are not mine, and I don't have permission to publish them, so you'll just have to imagine it all in your heads...that's probably best anyway, because, while we didn't screw up, we are just a bunch of amatuers.

One thing is for sure, we didn't look like this (I only wish):

And now, with the show and all our classes behind us, we're at the beach, enjoying a sort of impromptu vacation.  We really didn't have any plans for the summer, and I had wishfully been looking at cheap holidays to Ibiza, all the while thinking that we'd probably just end up staying in Pamplona. But my parents-in-law have a beach house in La Antilla, Huelva, and this year they weren't using it, so they encouraged us to take advantage and come down for the month of July.

Needless to say, it didn't take much encouraging...

Catgirl, however, was less than thrilled because coming here meant missing out on San Fermines this year, but we've never had the beach house all to ourselves, so it was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. 

It's been breakfast out on the porch every morning, long walks along the beach, and lots of fresh fish ever since.  And no need for sweaters or jackets...coming from Pamplona, that's a real treat.

And Canasta.  Lot's of Canasta.

To belong to The Professor's family, learning this card game is mandatory...that's one of the first things I found out when I got here, nearly 20 years ago.  You really need at least four people to play, and none of our friends play, so we only get the chance when we visit the family, and we usually play for hours when we're at the beach with my parents-in-law.  But since they're not here, we had no Canasta partners.  So, we decided it was time to initiate the kids in the family tradition.  It's not a difficult game, but there's a certain amount of strategy involved, so they were really too young to play before.  But this summer we taught them to play, and now they're addicted.  Not a day goes by that we don't play a few hands.

And they're getting so good, that I'm thinking they should learn to play Poker.  Maybe they can even win us some cash so we can take that trip to Ibiza...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Photo Fun #45 Winner

And the winner of Photo Fun #45 is......drumroll please.....

 Jeff B, of Go Travelzing!

He guessed my photo was of some sort of cup or mug, and that's what it is.  I got a set of these, with matching saucers, in Portugal one summer.  I know it looks like a teacup, and maybe that's what the Portuguese use them for, but here in Spain this sort of cup is more likely to be used for coffee with milk at breakfast.

I guess this one was pretty easy, because Jeff got it right away, and everyone else pretty much concurred.  I'll try for something slightly more difficult next time, but that probably won't be until the Friday after next. 

This Friday I won't be doing a Photo Fun contest, because The Professor and I will be performing in a dance show that afternoon, and we have rehearsal every day this week.  Our Latin dance teacher talked us into being in the end of the year festival...and it turns out that we're the only two beginners that were brave enough to do it.  So, she stuck us in with the next level...and now I'm wondering if maybe we should have chickened out with all the rest of our group.

Anyway, I'll be back with the results of our not-so-dirty dancing debut sometime soon...