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Sequins, Novelty Print, and a Cape, oh my!

Sometimes, you need a fancy dress.  Sometimes you need that dress to be fancy enough to go out for dinner and a show but not quite so fancy that you can’t wear it all day. Sometimes, you accidentally purchase just such a dress because you underestimated its fanciness from the listing photos. 1940sfallfancy dudslifenovelty prints

I Quit

Those of you who have been following along here for a while may know that one of the many (metaphorical) hats I wear is “professional musician”. Since college, I’ve held an assortment of part-time jobs as a paid church choir member. The choirs have varied in size and skill level, but for almost 10 years…

Where I′ve Been

It has been awfully quiet around here. I know. There are lots of reasons for this. The weather is too hot, the weather is too rainy, I’m tired, I don’t know what to write (probably a topic for a post itself, heh)… but most recently, the reason I haven’t been blogging, or in fact doing…

To A New Year

Another year gone and another year older! Having a birthday right before the new year is a pain for getting people to come over and eat cake but it does make a tidy way to pair up the calendar new year with the Frances new year. I know this has been a challenging year for…

Thanks Giving

Well, Thanksgiving is over, the leftovers are packaged up, and at least here in the United States that means it’s officially time to get into full-on Christmas mode! We got our tree up yesterday and have listened to all of Chanticleer’s Christmas albums. So this seems as good a time as any to reflect a…

Red Hat Club

Two weekends ago, Doug and I spent Saturday and Sunday stuffed into a small lecture hall with about a hundred other people for the required Catholic wedding prep classes. It wasn’t exactly the most exciting way to spend a weekend, but at least it got us out of the house and gave me an excuse…

Week 45.2: Grey and Rainy

Let’s not talk about how much I weigh today, OK?  It is (hem hem) that time of month so I am resorting to my most flattering dress and drinking lots of water to fight the lovely bloated feelings… if any of you gals have brilliant tips and tricks to staying glamorous through hormonal swings I’d be…

Week 18.3: Performances abound!

Hello, lovely readers!  Today I have for you a few pictures of another fancy dress… we had another performance yesterday evening for our little early music/anything out of copyright ensemble, Capella Antiqua.  Since it was the first concert of the season, we decided that the easiest way to put a concert together was to do…

Week 16.3: The Annual End-Of-Summer Hike

Hello, lovely readers!  It’s only Tuesday and I’m actually posting something on the blog.  Horrors!  Maybe I’ll actually get into a routine of some sort and post things regularly again… time will tell.  Summer has been unreasonably hectic and stressful this year, not really relaxing in the least!  Thankfully, Doug and I had a chance…