Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Clothing as A Memento or Hoarder's Starter Kit?

There are items of my children's clothing that I just can't ever give away because I'm too attached to them.  Items that I find to be extra cute, or that have really good memories associated with them. I've donated a bunch of things so it's not like I've kept everything.  I've got things from newborn (even a couple of those tiny little newborn-size diapers) to last year's outgrown shark T-shirt.  I have 2 girls and 1 boy, so the things from my son can't become hand-me-downs since there is no little brother.  His things have been sent to the attic for that day in the future when I'm going to make a memory quilt with them... Well, that's what my inner-hoarder tells me I'm going to do with them anyways.  She's good at rationalizing why I need to keep all those old clothes.  Never mind that I don't know how to make quilts.

  The things from my older daughter are saved and then passed on to her little sister.  Once she grows out of them, I'll sort and save like before.  One of my absolute favorites is this embroidered blouse from Tea.  It's so nicely made with cute little cap sleeves. The embroidery around the front and back of the neck is very heavy and detailed.

My kids are my little works of art, and they keep growing and changing. The outgrown things let me travel back in my mind to those stages we went through together and have a little pieces of that time in my hands.

  I also save some of my own old clothes for sentimental reasons, like the whiskered (ugh- whiskered??) jean skirt I wore on the first date with my husband and a few of my dad's old shirts hang in my closet.  It's kind of like having his picture in a frame, except it's his clothes instead of his face.  I see them and remember when he wore it driving me to school or when we went out as a family to "rib night" at the local restaurant. 

 I have a baby T-shirt from when I was little that each of my kids has worn- maybe some of the things I save will be worn by their children!  You know, the ones I haven't made into a quilt by then...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge

For our anniversary this year, my husband surprised me with a trip to the Gorge Ampitheatre to see one of my favorites, Dave Matthews Band!  Who has a fun, thoughtful, cool husband?? Me! 

 We had VIP tickets for the Friday show this last weekend, which meant we were seated in a section right behind the area for the pit ticket-holders in front of the stage.  Behind our seats was a walkway to the Cliffhouse, a VIP access only bar with air conditioning and stunning views.  Four could be seated in our box, but we were the only two in our section so it was pretty cool to have our own little island in the sea of people at the show.  Almost all the boxes near us eventually had a lot of people in them.  Everyone was very friendly and sociable.  I think it's part of the fun at a concert to hear the start of a song you like and be able to look around and cheer for it, or smile and share your excitement with your neighbor (who is just as excited about it themselves).

The upper lawn area.  At the end of the night, after it was dark, people from this area were throwing lots of light-up bracelets in the air, towards the stage, and it was like a bunch of shooting stars when you turned and looked back at it.  It was super pretty.

View from the Cliffhouse:

View from our box before the show started:

The show starts!

Once the sun goes down all you can see is the stage.  Dave Matthews Band had a really spectacular light show.  There were light flashes, backgrounds with all sorts of visual texture, images echoing the feel of the song (I thought I recognized a scene from Gravedigger?) and cameras feeding close-up shots of the band performing.  It was such an amazing show!  Everyone in Dave Matthews band is such a talented musician, and I really enjoyed the chance to see them perform live.  They played so many songs I like- I was happy to think that out of the long wishlist I had going into the evening, there were only two songs that didn't get played from it.  I can't complain :).  My favorite Dave Matthews Band albums are Under the Table and Dreaming (Jimi Thing!), and Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, and most of the songs were off those albums on the night we saw them perform.

Because we were there for our anniversary, I was hoping they would play "You and Me" and they did!  I guess my Jedi Mind Powers are strong like that.

Actual footage of the song at the show we went to, recorded by another fan.   The quality isn't amazing, but I still like looking at it and thinking "We were there!":

The offical video is cool, too: