Happy New Year!

1 01 2009

Happy New Year to all my readers and fellow bloggers!

Michael and I just got back from our 28-hour road trip late Wednesday night. I spent five weeks working and visiting with my family in San Antonio. This year we got to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. Michael flew back after Thanksgiving, then flew down again for Christmas. We hit the long (28+ hour) road back on Monday, getting here about 1/2 hour before the ball dropped in Times Square on Wednesday night. We were unpacking the car in really, really blustery cold weather and mid-way through, we both shouted “Happy New Year” to each other and continued unpacking. We’re such party animals, aren’t we?

Now comes the fun part of unpacking camera gear, software, backgrounds, light stands, tripods, glamour shot clothing/wigs/accessories, clothing, toiletries, more books we don’t need, Christmas gifts, etc….and then hooking up the computer again (and attaching the four external hard drives, card reader, tablet, etc.). Oh…and the cactus and succulents I bought at Kactus Korral on the trip down to Texas (where in the world am I going to put those?). And then there are my personal clothes, which seem to have reproduced in the last five weeks. I blame my father for this situation. He introduced me to cheap clothes at the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores throughout San Antonio. Did I know that these places sold clothing? Yes. Did I know they were in such good shape and included (depending on the location—upscale neighborhoods reap better goods) big name labels such as Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Ann Taylor, Perry Ellis, Ralph Lauren, and the like? No. It never occurred to me to look. We even got my mother hooked! I bought her an Ann Taylor blouse and she couldn’t believe the shape it was in. We went back and she ended up filling a cart up with clothing! One store has a 50% off sale on clothing every Wednesday. We were getting blouses for anywhere from 50 cents to a maximum of $2! I also bought a load of things for the studio and my glamour session portraits. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that the car was packed so full that we hesitated to even stop for snacks because there was no more room for one more thing (okay, well, except for that impromptu stop to buy cheese at the Sweetwater Valley Farm in Philadelphia, Tennessee—let’s blame Michael for that stop, shall we?). There’s always room in the car for cheese, isn’t there?

I’ll be posting some photos shortly of our thrift store bargains, more family photos, shots from the trip home, and of course—-shots of all the cactus and succulents from the Kactus Korral that need potting up and a location in which to bathe in the (not much of late) sunshine! Stay tuned…


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2 01 2009
Jennifer

What in the world do you drive? Next time you can borrow our 15-passenger van…I am picturing your car exploding! 🙂
We have the BEST Goodwill here…I buy nearly all my clothes there. It has terrific name brands and gets lots of VERY nice things…and it’s so cheap! The only thing I can’t buy there is jeans…I’m too tall and thin to find many my size 🙂

2 01 2009
cindydyer

Hi Jennifer,

We drive a Mazda Tribute (it’s the same as the Ford Escape). You’d be surprised how much you can pack into that car! (I would love to have had your 15-passenger van, though!) I should have taken a photo of the car—-that would have been quite an image! Now, picture this….everything in the car is now in our living room and kitchen. EEK! I sorted some of it yesterday and will do the rest this afternoon. Que fun!

2 01 2009
Martha B. (SA Model)

You left San Antonio? That is NOT okay with us! Glad you made it back safely but that means that we are now down one very fun, talented new friend. Crap. Thank you for everything while you were here. I love your story about Brynn at Willies. Spontaneous wonderfulness, isn’t it fun? I was given earrings one time on the streets of Jamaica Plain in Boston from a vendor who had ONLY the color I wanted, so she took them off and sold them to me! I did send you a few e-mail to your AOL account so at 4am when you have nothing to do and you are still up (sarcasm)…….. Glad you made it back safely. And I am with Michael, there is ALWAYS room for cheese in the car. Have you ever been to the Cowgirl Creamery in San Francisco on the waterfront? — OHHHH MYYYYYY GAAAAWWWWWWDDDDD!

2 01 2009
Jan/ThanksFor2Day

Hi Cindy, The energy you must have just puts me to shame :-/ Your schedule and basically, your whole life, sound so full of motion & activity, etc. Do you ever slow down? Since turning 50 I seem to have slowed down in many ways…although basically, I do get ‘up to speed’ when need be:) You are back in VA, right? I am a bit confused as to where your ‘home base’ is; you seem on the go so much! Hope the year ahead is full of nothing but happiness and good health for you & yours. Jan

2 01 2009
cindydyer

Hi Jan,

I have so many interests that even when I am tired, I still plunder through. Of course, the closer I get to 50, the harder that is, so I know what you mean. Yes, I’m back in Virginia as of 11:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Home base is Alexandria, near the beltway. It’s hard coming back to this cold weather. I miss Texas already! Thank you for your comments and well wishes…I hope 2009 is fantastic for you, too!

4 01 2009
Sue Cummings

So glad you stopped by Sweetwater Cheese! I stopped by there for the first time the past summer and enjoyed sampling the dozens of cheeses and plan to go back for the farm tour next time!

9 01 2009
GAYE RADFORD

I went to this tea party in Alabama over the x-mas holiday and there were dim kids. But haven’t seen any pictures displayed.

P.S. I am ready to go to the Salvation Army and Goodwill in Texas.

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