The Co-Defendants were on Spring Break this past week. His Awesomeness spent it job hunting. The Diva spent it in bed with the flu. Are my kids party animals or what?!
She awoke Saturday morning fever-free and chomping at the bit to get out of the house…anywhere. It didn’t matter one whit where we went or what we did.
As luck would have it, this past weekend was the Dallas Quilt Show. I offered it up as an option and she jumped on it. You know your kid is desperate for a change of scenery when they typically equate the fun of attending a quilt show with animals chewing off a limb to get out of a steel trap. But she agreed and our plan was set in motion.
Now, I’ve expressed my displeasure plenty of times about the sanity (or apparent lack thereof) of Dallas drivers. There’s the incessant lane changing, like squirrels running amok amongst tree branches, the complete disregard for any posted speed limit, and the fact that all cars in the metroplex lack turn signals. I will say, however, that they seem a rather tolerant lot, letting me exercise my own inner squirrel and lane change at will without honking and waving of the middle finger.
This is where The Diva wants to live when she grows up. Sigh.
After a fairly uneventful drive up i.e. no one died, we arrived at Dallas Market Hall.
For The Diva, it’s all about the quilts and she quickly shuffled me up and down the rows of vendors so we could get to the meat of the matter. But, but there’s shopping to be had! She was on a mission. Alas, no pictures because I didn’t get the accompanying info so I can’t give credit. Sigh.
We made it about halfway through and she decided she was famished. In a week, she’d dropped three pounds she didn’t need to lose to begin with. We sat down to a 1/4lb Nathan’s hot dog. Divine. And how about the death ray glare (see pic below).
Throughout our day, The Diva kept the conversation running and no topic was off limits. This is a change from the norm, because like me, she tends to be quiet and private. I’ll wait while you finish snickering over that one. The only thing I’m allowed to share is that she loves ‘old people’ (her term, not mine and yes, I fit into this category) and that they smell nice. I’m not sure if this is weird or endearing…or both. But, two thumbs up old folks, y’all smell great. 🤷♀️
We came to the end of the show and, as promised, I took her to the two-story Barnes and Noble I’d stumbled upon last fall. Three cheers for books! 📚
After a quick snack, we were on the road and headed for the hacienda. But not so fast! Dallas weather had other ideas and it took for-ev-er to get out of town. And no, I didn’t take this while driving.
Interestingly enough, the usually pedal to the metal drivers slowed down to a snail’s pace, sometimes coming to a complete stop. I kept waiting to become someone’s hood ornament. Yikes! Three hours later, we made it home.
For being rushed through the shopping portion of the show, I’d say I made a pretty good haul.
I got a non-skid pad for Lenny the Featherweight’s foot pedal from Woodturnings by Tim. The Diva and I scored some yummy smelling soaps and an Everything Balm (good for anything that ails ya) from Goodies Unlimited in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Some Laurel Burch socks and sewing themed bandages rounded out the early purchases.
I snatched up a quilt kit because of all the low volume neutrals it had that my stash is currently lacking. I bought several patterns, all different in style and some completely outside of my box. Can you say ‘appliqué’? Gulp.
I also picked up two mini wool kits to work on at an upcoming beach retreat in September. Hey, I’m thinking ahead here!
The Diva proclaimed she had the best time being with old Mom and I have to say time alone with her was fantastic.
Until next time.