Friday, August 6, 2010

My Students Making it Work!

Another quarter and already that time again!

The assignment: My students had one hour to design two garments in pairs. They could pick from the provided fabric, but they could not cut it up. So with pins and fabric this what they came up with:





Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chasing the Green Jersey

Check out my new blog dedicated to my other obsession -- Bike Racing.
It's still a work in process, but I've posted the pictures I took at the Amgen 2010Tour of California.
Click here: Chasing the Green Jersey

Here's a sneak peak:

Andy Schleck pointing at me. LOL! I take no credit of the getting the autograph. Megan got it signed while I was camped out waiting for Chris Horner.
Mark Cavendish definitely doesn't look happy with our mountains.

But I see a slight smile on Mark's face. I think we made him laugh because we were running after him and calling his name.

I think Mark thinks I'm stalking him after 3 days of following him. LOL!
Chris Horner remembered me from the day before and gave me his full signature instead of just initials. So sweet! After going to see him race for 10 years I finally have an autographed picture!
The most successful year at the Amgen Tour of California! I can't wait until next year!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Students Making it Work!

Another quarter and already that time again!

The assignment: My students had one hour to design two garments in pairs. They could pick from the provided fabric, but they could not cut it up. So with pins and fabric this what they came up with:




Sunday, April 25, 2010

Walk to Cure Psoriasis

What a beautiful morning it was in Santa Monica yesterday! I was there for the Walk to Cure Psoriasis, the first of many 5K walks I plan to participate in this year.
It was a small crowd, which was nice because the parking was easy and no lines for check-in. The organizers were very nice and so were the sponsors. I visited the booths and collected a lot of samples. The walk itself was easy with a flat course. The view was the best part! I will definitely participate again next year!
For more information: Walk to Cure Psoriasis

The view from the course

Almost to the half way point

Crossing the finish line

Next walk is The Revlon Run/Walk. It will be the 12th year in a row to participate in the event in memory of my friend Dorothy Dimmit who lost her fight against Breast and Ovarian Cancer.
For more information: Revlon Run/Walk

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Losers Premiere

I can't sleep! I'm home from Hollywood after seeing the premiere of The Losers with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, and Idris Elba. I had the pleasure of bringing four friends who are Jeffrey Dean Morgan fans, most of which had never been to a Hollywood movie premiere. The red carpet was tented because of the rainy forecast, but of course, since I brought my huge umbrella, the rain had stopped by the time I arrived at Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Once inside the theater. we settled into our seats and waited what seemed like forever for the movie to begin. I can't complain, we had been let into the theater earlier than usual because of the weather, which was cold and windy by then. I did spot Sandy Morgan, Jeffrey's mom, about 6 rows behind me. We took a trip to the restroom and saw Kate Beckinsale in the lobby. She seemed to be very approachable and accommodating to fans who greeted her and asked to have a picture with her or an autograph.

Not long after we made it back to our seats, the movie began. We never saw any of the cast members before it began. (More about movie later)

After the movie we made our way to the lobby. We saw camera flashes to the left of us so we made our way in that direction and saw that it was Kate in the middle of the crowd taking pictures with fans.

Just as we were turning to walk the other direction I almost bumped into Chris Evans who was headed in the opposite direction. Charity, who was with me is a huge Chris fan and wanted to meet him. I called out, "Chris." But he kept on walking, not making eye contact, pretty much looking down at the ground.

A woman following him turned to us with the expression as if to say sorry. She said, "He has to pee."

Chris walked about five feet, saw the crowd of people around Kate Beckinsale, and then turned around (he would have had to go through the crowd around Kate to get to the men's restroom). He looked at us as he walked by. This time, the woman said sorry as she continued to follow Chris. I guess he really had to pee. LOL! Charity was just happy she got to see Chris Evans in person.

We decided to go outside to the courtyard. It wasn't long when I turned and saw Jeffrey Dean Morgan walking out the doors alone towards Charity and I in long legged strides. He reached Charity first. She was frozen looking up at him as had he already taken the sharpie out of her hand and autographing her movie ticket. He autographed my picture next. Next thing we knew we were surrounded by fans greeting him and asking for his autograph or a picture.

We were stuck and couldn't move as Jeffrey was swarmed. He turned 360 degrees signing autographs. He ended back facing me and signed another picture I had in my hand. That was when he stole my sharpie while he continued to sign autographs frantically.

Bodyguards appeared from nowhere and tried to get the crowd to back away. Of course Charity and I couldn't go anywhere because we were trapped. Jeffrey was in front of me. I told the bodyguard next to me I wanted to get my pen back from Jeffrey. He nodded. I placed my hand on Jeffrey's back attempting to get his attention to get it back so I could get out of the way, but he was still frantically signing. So I gave up. Eventually he was able to escape to a waiting limousine along with my sharpie in his hand! LOL!

We caught up with the rest of our group at the Roosevelt Hotel to have a wonderful dinner recapping the exciting night.

Grauman's Chinese Theater

The red carpet tented in case of rain

My first attempt at a picture without a flash

Jeffrey frantically trying to autograph pictures or movie tickets.

Me : ) The Losers in theaters Friday, April 23

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

We spent a beautiful day at the California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through mid-May. Lots of trails to hike around the wild flowers. For directions, park hours, and more info: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

First glimpse of the wildflowers

Poppies everywhere!


Almost to the top

View of the parking from the top of Kitanemuk Vista Point

Close up of the poppies

Lots of lizards

Almost to the top of the highest point

View from the top

On the way to lunch we drove to Frazier Park. The hills were covered with wildflowers.

After lunch we scouted for deer.
A good road.

A very questionable road

We found lots of deer
Literally "Where the Streets Have No Name"