Week in Recap 3.6.13

Aunt Susan

Aunt Susan

Rest in peace, sweet and beautiful (Great) Aunt Susan. Although I didn’t get to know her for very long, I’ll say that she was a drop of color in a world that can be filled with humorless grays. She was also a formidable partner when it came to eating lobster, oh my! We bonded over Mother’s Day and lobster last May and she had so much fun selecting outfits for Coco.

We’re privileged to have known this wonderful woman who was honest nearly to a fault and told it like it was. She wasn’t afraid to use the B word, either, which I can really appreciate. Thank you for existing, Aunt Susan. We’ll miss you forever and the world is a better place because of you.


Now it seems so trivial (I had started this entry a few days before Susan’s passing) to talk about the first day of beginning millinery class at Cañada College last Saturday. I’ll say this, that it helped to spark some much needed creativity. It’s necessary to have a respite during the very challenging times as of late.

My instructor, Wayne Wichern, initially was a floral designer many moons ago, but after a trip to New York to be part of the dance world, he got into millinery (hat making) instead. He’s been hat making for nearly three decades. It’s a great thing to meet and work with someone who is so very passionate and creative. I was immediately charmed upon hearing his response when asked how many hat molds he owned. “Oh, around 800. You see, I’ve killed a lot of people.”

Wayne Wichern at work

Wayne Wichern at work

Millinery Class

Millinery Class

My first hat project

My first hat project

I am going to make a hat like this for my second hat for this class.

I am going to make a hat like this for my second assignment for class.

I’d known about this class for a long time now and I had missed registering for it last year. It’s only offered once a year at Cañada College and I got it this semester! The campus itself is exquisite and is located on 131 acres in the western part of Redwood City in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I’m unsure where this class will take me, but I feel like I’m doing something. Back in the days of burlesque in Los Angeles in 2005, I was not very confident. That was a shame because I was armed with my hot glue gun and feathers from the Mother Plucker Feather Company and wanted to create things to adorn myself with.

I’m currently inspired by the following milliners: Loreta Corsetti, J. Smith, Deanna Gibbons, Jasmin Zorlu, Pearls and Swine. That’s a brief list, by the way.


There a lot on my mind and I’ve had an extensive to do list this week. In no particular order: I really need to call my dad back, my taxes were finally finished today, I’m looking forward to getting the new David Bowie album, etc.


I’m a bit freaked out about an appointment that Coco has this coming Friday. She’s had some recurring episodes of croup since last May and finally enough was enough and we had to do some tough love with her pediatrician. We were unsatisfied with his answers and treatment protocol.

Now she is off to see an otolaryngologist. Local anesthetic so that they can insert a tube with a camera in it down her NOSE to check out her trachea and that whole area. Major sad face. I

It’s easy to get very sick to my stomach as I type this, so keep us in your well wishes and thoughts.

Silly moments with Coco

Silly moments with Coco

She’s talking a lot more and is stringing three words together now. I should really make a video of it.

Lisa

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