I had such a good weekend!! My friend Cathie came down to hang out with me and we had a blast!! She came in Thursday and we went shopping in Valley Junction ( the home to 3 bead stores) and walked around the valley Junction farmer's Market. Then we collected the rest of the family/friends and ate out... spent the rest of Thursday night chatting, making jewelry, and generally having a fab time.
Fri was our "pj" day where we didn't leave the house... ordered in Chinese.. yum! and did more jewelry in the studio.. Sat I dragged her out to Down Town Des Moines Farmer's Market ( which is nationally ranked and huge and fun --- it's nice to go one in a while when I'm not vending myself.. and getting up at 4am!), east village, and for lunch Cosi Cucina, my favorite Italian restaurant in town ( and the place all other pasta joints are measured against) . Cathie had a calzone and it was beyond wonderful... the bread to meat/cheese/etc ratio was perfect, which is to say it was more meat/cheese/etc than bread.
I had my favorite, chicken alfredo. They have the best alfredo sauce. The generous servings means we had diner of left overs as well.
Saturday I showed Cathie how to solder, use heat to make patina's on brass and copper, and ball head pins. She had a blast playing with my torch.
Sunday she left around 3pm after more bonding over findings and beads.
During this weekend, I could have dragged her to kewl and interesting things around Des Moines 24/7 and not run out of things to do, let alone get any jewelry making time in.
For all those who think Des Moines is boring... phooey to you.