You'd think the massive London Eye would be easy spot from anywhere in the city. Not so much. It took a little traipsing here and there before locating it. The Eye was a solo adventure for me as Sara was hesitant, not of the heights, but of the ferris wheel aspect. She having had a bad reaction to a ferris wheel rather recently. I soldiered on and took the ride alone. The only other solo passenger being a German gentleman who kept asking me to take his picture. The pods, as I like to think of them, are massive. What fun it would be to not have to share it with strangers. This I found out can be done, for a price. Taking in all the monumental sights from that height and vantage point was spectacular. A highlight of the trip.
A good chunk of the rest of the day was taken up getting lost. We stumbled upon Shakespeare's Globe theatre by subtly following some other tourist who were heading in the same direction. Apparently one can attend a performance at the theatre on the cheap by purchasing groundling tickets (otherwise known as standing only). We didn't have the patience to take the official tour, but a wander around the exterior and a trip to the gift shop sufficed.
At that point in the day we had wasted so much time attempting to get from one destination to another. Eventually getting so fed up with not being able to find our way, that we headed back to Tophams to pick up our luggage and high tail it to our next hotel. We had a prearranged dinner date that we couldn't miss. What I wouldn't have given for a chauffeur that first full day in London.
After a lackluster dinner, we headed out to a nearby pub for Pimm's Cups and to catch a little "football". Obviously the football was an afterthought, it's just that it was impossible to focus on much else as all other eyes and attention were on the match. By the time we left London I had practically drowned in Pimm's. I couldn't get enough of the concoction.
Had a delightful autumn weekend in Seattle, filled with crisp fall weather but blue skies. The excursion was planned around a viewing of the musical, Saving Aimee, at the glorious 5th Avenue Theatre. There, a Kathie Lee Gifford sighting took place, she being seated mere rows in front of us. If you aren't familiar with Aimee Semple McPherson, the title character of the play and the most famous woman you've never heard of, consider this; “Before Bakker, before Swaggart, before Robertson, there was Aimee Semple McPherson, the first media superstar evangelist. Her spectacular fall from grace is a real-life story tangled with scandalous love affairs and a tabloid-frenzied trial.” Pique your interest? It did mine. Aimee even made her way into the lyrics of Hooray for Hollywood, "Hooray for Hollywood! Where you're terrific if you're even good! Where anyone at all from Shirley Temple to Aimee Semple is equally understood." The play was captivating, how could it not be? True stories are always more intriguing than fiction.
October 4th - Attended Madame Chrysanthemum's one year anniversary party with M and L. The cupcakes were sublime.
October 5th - Got the day off from work so I could check out the Junior League Thrift Sale at the Civic Center with M and C. Unfortunately the lackluster sale was not worth getting the day off for. First, you had to pay to get in. Second, was the annoying people wheeling suitcases around making it impossible to make your way in any direction. And third, the only clothes were for children and women with child. At the end though, I discovered the area where various stores around town had donated new items. Only there did I find a few trinkets. After the sale C and I went to Broughton St. to check out the shops. Then on to lunch at Soho South Cafe.
October 7th - Picnic in the Park at Forsyth Park. We sat on blankets, sipping wine, nibbling cheese and crackers, while a symphony played on stage. The perfect October evening. Numerous ambitious and clever groups of people had taken the picnic theme to a whole other level. Bringing real tables, chandeliers, and even dressing up. All in hopes of wining the Picnic in the Park contest. Michelle from Madame Chrysanthemum and her friends ended up taking home the prize, their Wizard of Oz theme was a hit.
October 8th - Went to peruse the SCAD Alumni Design Show House with L. There were rooms I just abhorred and rooms I adored. I was annoyed no pictures were allowed to be taken. Or at the very least they could have provided pictures of the transformed rooms in the catalog, but no.
October 10th - Saw David Sedaris read at the Civic Center with M and L. He read from the book he's currently working on. He looked quite different than I imagined. My only qualm with the reading was that it should have gone on longer. Oh, and he made the hugest of faux pas by stating that Savannah was in South Carolina. The locals were not happy with that. But really he should know the geography of the south east better. He did grown up in North Carolina. Didn't get anything signed as M and L seemed impatient to move on. We ended up at Lulu's Chocolate Bar for dessert and drinks.
October 11th - Went to a party with M at Clipper Trading Company. The food was delicious. The highlight being the bananas wrapped in bacon.
October 16th - Attended a reception at the Jepson for Philip Morsberger with M. As the evening wore on we were sitting on a bench debating where to go for dinner when a lovely older woman came and sat next to us. Turns out it's Morsberger's wife. Before we know it she's introducing us to the man himself. Quite the thrill. Then it was on to dinner at Local 11 Ten.
October 20th - Wag-O-Ween. When all the multitude of dogs in Savannah are adorned by their owners in the most adorable costumes. Then all the stores downtown lure the dogs in with treats. An event not to be missed.
October 24th - Spent the day with S on Hilton Head Island. Bit rainy, but had a nice day nevertheless. Would like to go back and spend the day at the beach.
October 26th - While at work, who do I spot out the window, but Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, along with their two kids and a nanny. I must say, in person, CZJ is stunning and honestly MD really isn't that bad looking either. Michael has one of their boys on his shoulders in a really endearing way. They were in town for the Film Festival, so I shouldn't have been so shocked to see them. But what was so surprising was that there were no photographers chasing after them, must be refreshing. Later in the week heard through the town gossip that he was a dear but she was not. Pedicure after work with K. Then, and this is where it gets weird, went back to the store we both work at to meet some paranormal experts who think the store is haunted. So, apparently the owner of our store was approached because a paranormal expert who happened to be walking by felt a presence inside the store. The owner claims she herself has often felt the presence of a "ghost", so she agreed to allow an investigation to take place. K, her boyfriend, and I met the two couples at the store who were going to conduct the investigation. They had their cameras, their tape recorders and were ready for business. The asked us to turn off the lights and talk in our normal voices, no whispering. So we parked ourselves at the counter while they conducted their investigation. Which involved speaking to the "ghost" and taking photographs. We try our hardest not to burst into laughter while overhearing their questions. Questions like, "so I hear you like music?". Apparently the store, which originated as a dairy, was once a piano shop. Then we got scolded for talking too loudly. After several hours passed, the experts leave, telling us they'll be mailing the results of the investigation. From there it's on to Wild Wings for dinner and drinks.
October 28th - Went to Shalom Y'all the Jewish Food Festival at Forsyth Park with M. Great food and another celeb spotting. This time it's Illeana Douglas, who I just adore. Again, no photogs. For next year, remember to go earlier, as food runs out.
October 29th - Director of Fatal Attraction, Adrian Lyne popped into the store. He was road tripping from California to the East Coast with his family.
November 2nd - Katie Lee Joel (Billie Joel's VERY young wife) does some shopping at the store. Went to the Film Festival with P, saw The Savages. Liked it quite a bit, then on to Leopold's for ice cream.
November 3rd - Telfair Art Fair with L. Met the artist Mary Hartman whose painting I bought from Madame Chrysanthemum's. Film Festival with M. Saw Romance & Cigarettes in the afternoon. So good, the singing, the dancing, the homage to redheads. In the evening saw Charlie Rose accept an award, then got to sit in the VIP section to watch the Kite Runner, which was, of course, intense. Went to after party.
November 5th - Attended The Art of Great Fashion fashion show at the Telfair Museum with S. Amusing. My old downstairs neighbor was surprisingly one of the models. Then on to The Sapphire Grill for a light dinner. Must go back for a proper dinner. Bartender was v. cute.
November 9th - Working Class Studio trunk show with L. Bought yards of Savannah Toile at cheap cheap. Italian for dinner with M.
November 17th - Day of Mutation Craft Fair. M was a dear to help me man the table. Split my table with a girl named Kayla of Just Like Sew who made quite nice things. Was off to a great start when I sold my first scarf before the fair even began. There was a nice turnout as the fair also coincided with last day of the farmers market. Saw people I knew, such as A, who I used to work with at the Jepson and L stopped by. Sold a fair number of scarves. Met some talented crafters. There were various things I wanted to buy but as the whole point of the fair was earing money I tried to curb the urge to spend. Grabbed lunch from Nita's and dessert from Back in the Day Bakery.
November 18th - Received an Email from a girl who tracked me down via staff at the Mutation Craft Fair. She went back to the fair wanting to buy 4 of my scarves, not realizing I was only attending one day. Made arrangements with her to make custom scarves as Christmas gifts for her family.
November 22nd - Went out for Thanksgiving brunch with M and L at the Hyatt. Then later on to dinner with P and her family. Had the nicest time. Didn't have to provide any of the food, as they eat gluten free, but did bring very nice hostess gift. The food was superb, despite the lack of gluten. A couple from Nashville showed up. The husband is working with several singers in Nashville, writing and singing on their newest albums. He played a few tracks for us. Saw C, from the Jepson, who I hadn't seen in a while. Then had to rush off to go see a movie with M. Thanksgiving turned out nice despite not being home with family.
November 23rd - Paula Deen put in an appearance at our store. Now it's sort of this running joke at the store that Paule Deen claims our store is one of her favorites yet she has not once ventured in, in the 9 months that I've been working there. She's featured the store in her magazine, her television show and we're even on the Paula Deen tour. So she finally comes traipsing into the store as we're getting close to closing with a pal of hers. She's friendly enough. But not like she is on her show. She's much more subdued. Mostly she buys Christmas ornaments and then she's off. Out of town for a month she tells us, in case we need to reach her about a special order she's place. 'Til next year Paula.
I cannot believe it has been over four months since I've written anything here. I've clearly been neglecting this blog. There has been so much going on in my life, ranging from a death in my family, a degree put on pause, a Brady, a promotion, and a ghost. My life in Savannah has been varied to say the least. Soon enough I'll recap the past four months, but for now I'll start with June and July.
June 21st - Staff dinner at the new restaurant Local 11 Ten. The restaurant was designed by the husband and wife design team at Re:think Design Studio. The building the restaurant is housed in used to be a bank and the designers successfully incorporation the safe and other elements into the restaurant. The food was superb. Although the wait staff needed some scolding. Our waiter successfully snatched my drink away before I was done. Luckily, I cut him off before he could pull my plate away when I clearly was not finished. Our boss ended up treating everyone to the meal. Which was very generous as there was ten of us. And oh the champagne...
June 26th - Went to the preview party at the Jepson Museum (where I used to work) for the Marcus Kenney exhibit with L and M. Free alcohol, free food, art, and men in seersucker, sum things up.
were signing their new cookbook, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook. Those boys are cute, especially the married one. They brought along some boiled peanuts from their catalog. I went ahead and tried boiled peanuts for the second time after loathing them wholeheartedly the first time I tried them last December in Charleston. This time I quite liked them and now am a fan.
June 30th - Went to see Roman Holiday on the big screen at SCAD's Lucas Theatre with L. Had a root beer float and a b.l.t. beforehand at Leopold's. After the movie finished everyone clapped. I love those rare moments after a movie ends when people collectively have enjoyed themselves so thoroughly that they break out in applause.
July 4th - Had to work. But lucky I did, because Robert Duffy (of Marc Jacobs) came into the shop to buy some furniture, Diptyque and L'Occitane (among other things) for his new dwelling on Monterey Square. He asked if the owner could do better on a pair of antique chairs. After the owner gave an okay on the discount, as a thank you Robert said to tell her that she can have 30% off anything in his store (Marc Jaocbs). Thinking quickly I said, "what about her employees who facilitated the discount for you?" He said "sure, you get 30% off too". That alone so made up for working a holiday. We closed the shop early then I went to watch fireworks and drink cocktails with L and M on my hairstylists roof.
July 9th - Had the day off, so went to see the movie Evening with S and K, from work. I quite liked it, despite many peoples disdain for it. The costumes, the location, the dancing...
July 22nd - Went to see the play Footloose done as a musical at the Lucas Theatre with P. Had lunch at Soho South Cafe beforehand. Their salmon b.l.t. is TDF. The acting was alright, but I'm always a sucker for a musical.
July 27th-August 5th - Flew home to Washington for the second time since moving to Savannah in December. Spent the first few days in Washington in Seattle. Went to a Mariner's game, went shopping, went eating, and got the best blowout ever. Then spent the rest of my visit on the island. Where a few monumental events occurred. One was reconciling with my oldest friend who I hadn't spoken to since we had a falling out the previous November. All is resolved but not forgotten. Then, unbeknownst to me this would also be the last time I would see my Grandfather, as he ended up passing away in September....
Last Sunday we went down to Seattle to see Molly Ringwald in Sweet Charity. We arrived in Seattle a few hours early (we had tickets to a matinee) so we went to Nordstrom to kill time. I'm in search of the perfect workout attire. At Nordstrom I spotted Stella McCartney's Adidas workout wear. I grabbed a handful of items to try on before spotting the price tags. Then begrudgingly put most of it back. That stuff, despite being so cute, is EXPENSIVE. I bought an Adidas (non Stella McCartney) jacket that has an interior pocket for your iPod. After leaving Nordstrom we headed to The Paramount Theatre. Our seats were sublime, eighth row. After years of sitting in the balcony I've discovered the joys of the main floor. Now there's no going back. It's like sitting in first class for the first time. Molly was adorable. Her singing voice isn't anything to rave about, but despite that I still thought she was great. She fit the role. But I will say that the plays ending left me unsatisfied. After leaving the Paramount we went to Tom Douglas' newest restaurant Serious Pie. It's located around the corner from the Dahlia Lounge. The interior is on the petite side with family style dining tables. The prices of the pizzas range from $11-$15. I asked how many people each pizza feeds and was informed that they're personal sized pizza. I think the prices are a bit steep for a personal pizza. We split a "foraged mushroom with truffle cheese" pizza and a "cherry bomb peppers with sweet fennel sausage" between three of us. If you aren't famished I suggest splitting. The pizzas were delicious and I think another trip is in order to try the other pizza toppings.
I just bought tickets to see Molly Ringwald perform in Sweet Charity, row 8! Sweet Charity is based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Molly Ringwald took over for Christina Applegate for the Sweet Charity US tour. Although it was rumored that Britney Spears was asked to replace Applegate when her contract expired, but declined the offer. I just adore Molly, so of course I'm thrilled to see her as Charity Hope Valentine.