Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cleaving Time

Me

Time travel back to the time of wizards, warriors, royalty and scum used to be a lot more fun back before the arrival of Miniwether and Mambowether. For one thing, back then (which is a tricky phrase to use if you're a time traveller) Misseswether would wear a small amount of strategically-positioned chainmaile and not a whole lot else. Woo hoo!

Alas, those days are probably over, especially when Misseswether discovers I announced to the world that she used to go out in public wearing nothing but a small amount of strategically-positioned chainmaile. Woo hoo!

Sorry, I got distracted.

We only made it to the full Texas Renaissance Festival once this year, though as usual "Black Friday" was the perfect day to be there. The original plan was to camp out Thursday/Friday/Saturday but a bitter cold snap changed our plans. Thanksgiving night the temperature dropped into the 40's with rain and Friday night they fell below freezing. Fine for an adventurer like me but not the Wethergirls and Misseswether.

As usual, the day was spent dancing, seeing old Ren-friends, and eating food on sticks. As an added bonus, both Mini and Mambo were given $15 "love money" to add to ththe spending money they'd earned. This money was there to spend any way they saw fit, no matter how much of a waste mommy/daddy thought the purchase was. Mini did very well with her money but Mambo was a bit foolish and I really had to hold my tongue when she paid $12 to open an oyster to get a pearl.

Okay, and now what you've all been wanting, the pictures!!

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Wait a minute, did you want pictures of our family there? okay...

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Dancing with the dancers.

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These dancers, in case you forgot.

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The girls danced a lot. It helped keep them warm especially in the morning.

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Hot chocolate, although anachronistic, helped too.

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As did a turkey leg.

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Rootbeer bought with their very own money!!

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Free candy cane!

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Ye Old Funnel Cake!

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Mambowether's $12 oyster.

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Yeah, I figured you'd want a closer look.

Sidenote: one of the workers at the oyster place recognized me from my classes down at the Houston Arboretum. That was pretty cool!

However, by far the coolest thing of the day was our painting lesson at the Royal Art School! For just $20 the professor of art spends an hour with you teaching you how to paint one of several paintings.

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May not look cool, but it was way, way cool.

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You start with a blank canvas and the professor shows you how to hold the brush, mix the paints, and apply it to the canvas.

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A little bit of hands-on teaching...

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But Mambowether soon mastered it. Later on she said this was the best part of the day.

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Hey, it's starting to look really cool!

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Me doing some leaves.

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Misseswether paints the bridge.

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Once it was finished the professor had the students swear an oath to always feed their inner artists...and any staving artists they find outside.

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The finished painting. Best. Souvenir. Ever.

Being of obvious royal blood, Miniwether and Mambowether were invited by the Queen of France to freely partake in afternoon tea, cakes, dancing, and games.

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You can tell which is the queen as she actually gets a chair!

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Merriwether plays to his audience...why do you think the title of this post was "Cleaving Time"? Cleaving-cleavage...get it? Sometimes I really crack myself up!

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When playing Duck-Duck-Goose one should always tap a person with shorter legs than yours. This girl did not and Miniwether quickly caught her.

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Alas, Mambo has short legs...but a fierce spirit!!

While hanging out with royalty is awesome, sometimes it's good to have friends in low places...
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My ex-captain!

As with all good things, the day back in time came to an end. Weary and tired in spite of all the ye old sugar consumed it was time to go. I love the faire at night though. That's when it looks most magical...
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Probably because that's when the real fairies come out...

Adventure! Excitement! Lots more pictures of belly dancers!

3 comments:

Christina Rodriguez said...

Wow! You all did a great job on that painting! That's a fabulous idea for artists and teachers to make some extra coin AND spread the love of art, too. I hope he earned back his booth fee and then some!

Merriwether said...

Christina, I thought you'd like the art school bit. Word of warning though, it was only $20 for the entire lesson (though I tipped him another $5). He can squeeze in about 8 lessons per day, the faire charges him $100 per day for the spot, and supplies run $$$.

Lone Star Chris said...

B E S T P O S T E V E R