Thursday, January 31, 2008
After many, many, many months of delay, the place formerly known as Fitness Exchange opened this morning at 500a. This isn't a truemor. It's for real because AttyHou and Everyday Italian actually went and worked out this morning...not at 500a though.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
It was 1230a when I got to bed and yes, I was up again around 615a. Walked The Calvinator, said good-bye to the sister and brother-in-law, went to Starbucks for my complimentary Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte and headed back to Reliant Arena (repetitive behavior again).
We started dismantling costumes and saving what was salvageable. Doing this always makes me hum Melissa Manchester's Don't Cry Out Loud because there is a part of the verse that says,
I got home around 715p and was cocktailed and worn out. We went through 24 bottles of champagne and who knows how much vodka, beer, wine, etc. I know I drank 1 bottle of champagne by myself. ;-)
I don't have any pictures of what happens during the ball other than this one of AttyHou. It wasn't until he met me that he became a Bead Whore and I am so proud of him in this photo!
photo credit: Dick Evans
As with all things Mardi Gras, I'm suffering from PPS (Post-Party Syndrome). Part of this is due to running on adrenaline for a few days and when I stop it hits me hard. It has been a busy two weeks (Mystery & Fantasy Mardi Gras Party, Captain's Party, Krewe Ball, After Ball Brunch). I need a massage and I REALLY need to get back into my running and working out groove.
PS Remember when Don't Cry Out Loud was released and every beauty pageant contestant sang the song for their talent?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday morning I woke up at 600p (I told you it was a nap), showered, walked The Calvinator, got my complimentary Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte and headed back to Reliant Arena. We had an 830a roll call. You lose points if you don't show up.
I had some additional costume work to do and we had work to do to prepare the exhibit hall for the Ball.
In addition to having our quarterly meeting on Saturday morning, the new royalty was named by Captain Ty. I had guessed it right a few months ago. The new king and queen were quite deserving of the honor.
On my way home from Reliant Arena to NoRO I decided to stop and have some quesadillas, chips and salsa at Berryhill. I SO WANTED a Margarita but I knew that I would crash and burn later in the afternoon.
I got home and The Calvinator was visiting with our guests. He loves it when they come to visit because they pay attention to him. I only had a couple of hours before I had to return to Reliant Arena so I cleaned up, walked The Calvinator and headed back to Reliant Arena. (repetitive behavior again)
1,000 Krewe guests enjoyed oversized costumes, adult beverages, fun music and Mardi Gras beads. This was our first year to use Reliant Arena so the venue was to new Krewe members and guests. In the words of Project Runway's Tim Gunn, Captain Ty Burns made it work.
This year's theme was Olympus at the Library. The Dewey Decimal System set the order for presentation of the costumes. As with all things Olympus, in some cases we kinda sorta stretched some ideas and asked our guests to use their imaginations.
The ball is a version of a tableau ball. I'm always amazed how creative people can be when it comes to putting these costumes together. I never could have done mine without Stuart and Daniel's help. This is the fifth costume that Stuart has helped me with and all five of them have been different in their structure. He does a great job of figuring out how to make the frame and then I make it come to live with different mediums.
These are some photos from backstage. Please keep in mind that in some form or fashion, these costumes are attached to a person. And yes, they're huge! Huge I tell ya! ...
Table decorations and gift bags with favors for my guests
They complemented my costume.
Cooking (with Paula Dean)
The Devil Wears Prada
Returning Royalty backpieces and trains
New Royalty backpieces and trains
Outgoing queen & incoming queen
Queen Kaylynn Burns & Ball Captain Ty Burns
Me with the new queen and the ball captain
I didn't get to take any photos once the Ball started so like I said, imagine those costumes attached to people dressed in attire to go with the huge backpieces.
more details to follow
Monday, January 28, 2008
Things got rolling for me on Friday morning when Str8 Up With A Twist reader & fellow Krewe member Randy came by with Elias to pick up my costume. It wasn't here. It was in Daniel's garage. After driving the moving truck from downtown to Montrose to NoRO to Westchase and finally to Reliant Arena, I think Randy was probably ready for a Martini straight up with a twist.
The weather sucked. It was cold, cloudy and rainy.
Both costumes made the trip without being damaged. Once we got settled in our spots backstage it was time to return to NoRO, walk The Calvinator, load up The Cal Mobile and head back to Reliant Arena to fix up the costume.
I actually got it finished ahead of schedule (minus a few details that would have to be worked on). So I headed back to NoRO, worked on a few things, walked The Calvinator and headed back to Reliant Arena.
Do you see some repetitive behavior here?
We did our dress rehearsal and then waited around for our notes. As expected, I had a few more things that the Captain and his crew wanted me to do to my costume. It's always something. :-)
I got home a bit after 1100p and had more stuff to do. My sister and brother-in-law were coming into town on Saturday for the Ball and the house was a wreck. I was up until 300a and finally decided to take a nap.
more details to follow
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I haven't had any recent comments about the Titanic. Don't worry...it's been on the radar screen; still floating along.
Received a Morse Code message today. People have been thrown overboard; a bunch of people. Did you know that Tonya Harding is a passenger? All of this has made me think of one of my favorite sayings. It has been said that in the event of a nuclear war, two things will survive: cockroaches and Cher. To that I will now add and Tonya Harding.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So here is the scoop.
The Krewe Ball is this Saturday. On Sunday night, Jim & Ben were hosts for the Captain's Party. This event is an appreciation for our underwriters.
Butter Catering did the catering. Elaine, John & Stephen worked the bar. The Ball Lieutenants worked the door and the floor. Annie helped me plan the event. Denise, Tony & John, along with the lieutenants either cleaned up or helped with set up. Captain Ty has put together a fun time for Saturday night when Olympus XXXVIII goes to the library. That's all I can tell you. Everything else is a secret. sssshhhh
Monday, January 21, 2008
It's all about having fun. Complimentary well drinks & food. '70's & '80's dance music. And all the beads that you can catch.
To see more photos, click here and look for the album. Enjoy!
And by the way...the glitter beard peeled off like snake skin. I was VERY relieved.