quilting, labor day, weezer, taxi tours
my mom and i can't decide whether the quilt top was made by grandma fetty (my great great grandma) or grandma rieder (my great grandma) but regardless, we've had this finished quilt top made of "grandmothers fans" for decades. i love the quits my family has that have been passed down for a couple generations. we have old photos of my grandma and her sister and their mother, all wearing dresses made from the fabric seen in the fans, which were made from the scraps. my mom used her quilts. they have juicebox stains and grass stains. we'd sit on them at ravinia where people would approach her and say, "oh my god! you can't sit on that! it's an antique!" and others would say, "i'll give you 3K for that, cash, right now." basically, they're sturdy and old and people recognize the quality when they see it. so finding someone to finish this was daunting. so daunting that i've basically had it wrapped up and stored for some 7 years. when i found out katie's mom quilted i asked whether she might know someone who dealt with antique fabrics. she sent it to some group of mennonites upstate who went gaga over it and knew exactly which type of batting needed to go in the middle, what type of backing i'd need, etc. and what was a given, was that it would all be done by hand, the way my great (or great great) grandma would have done it. so a year and a half goes by and i hear nothing. until yesterday when i got sent these photos. it is 1/3rd complete.
another music video was made over the weekend. (sidenote: did i mention that there was a segment on MSNBC about it? they used the "disney was smart not to pull it becuase you want the gays on your side" angle. the male anchor then quoted sex and the city with some line about how "if the gays like something, then the ladies will like it and everyone else will follow." but, MSNBC. it was insane. colin and i were in vegas watching it and he just kept saying, "i'm dead. i'm dying. i'm dead!") so anyway, the boys did some lip syncing bits and interspersed are a lot of cuts of people crashing on their skis and us hanging out. they used the as-of-yet-unreleased new weezer single which is poppy and really fucking catchy. but, you know, weezer is kind of old now so it's debatable whether they wouldn't have it pulled IMMEDIATELY if david puts it on youtube. there is an adorable part of it where each gay is in a line, dancing like a different peanuts character. it's AWESOME. and i want to watch it on a loop, basically, for the rest of my life.
otherwise we skiied, layed out, drank, cooked. every night we'd sit at the end of the dock, listening to patty griffin's heavenly day as the sun set. and for kicks on the last day, some disney sing alongs. we sang "kiss the girl" from the little mermaid, ryan adding in a "don't pussy out" somewhere in there. and "a whole new world" wherein ryan also added to the lyrics a confession from aladdin that he was uncircumcised.
ted's birthday is today. last year was the perfect, perfectly intimate and cozy dinner at graffiti. tonight is tapas in soho which should also be great, as dinner with my bests often is.
and ted's man arranged this tour for ted on sunday and ted invited me with and i'm beyond excited. i mean, driving around the boroughs, just for food, in a checkered cab?! LOVE this. and talk about the new boyfriend winning so many bonus points with me for something creative and food-centered. i'm always meeting gays and saying, "i want a straight one of him!" ted's new man would fall into that, "why the fuck aren't they ever straight?!" category.