"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Month of Me

March has come in rather lamb-like, which we deserve because February went out like a lion. More on that in a moment. This is a month of feasts. This is St. David's Day, national festival of Wales on which I honour my Welsh forbears, and St. Patrick's Day will follow and I shall honour my Irish ancestors. This is my birthday week, and a very social one it is!

We began the celebrations on Sunday night, attending the annual Oscar party (aka The Red Carpet Awards) at the independent cinema in Concord. The Chap put on his tux and I picked out something from the very dressy section of my wardrobe.

We were looking fine, nobody could guess we'd spent the day shovelling or blowing or raking or cursing at snow! In the author-mobile we drove through the snowy, chilly night to the capitol city--guided by the klieg light, which we could see shining in the distance, all the way along US Route 4/9/202.

Just like Hollywoodland! Here's a close-up photo taken from the bar.

We were photographed entering on the Red Carpet. A local tv personality greeted us, cameras rolling. Then we joined the other attendees, drinking and dining on the awesome food from O Steaks & Seafood. The tv screen in the bar was showing the pre-Oscar telecast. We chatted with people we knew. We could've had our photo taken with 2 genuine Oscar statues loaned for the occasion by a Granite Stater, but we socialised instead.

The screening rooms were broadcasting the Awards. During the commercial breaks we played Oscar trivia. We won so many times they stopped calling on us! The Chap scored 2 prizes, and I scored 2! T-shirt, tote bag, gift certificate for The Barley House (that'll get used up quickly!), and the soundtrack cd for The Black Swan.

Everyone I thought would win, won statues. Very, very happy about the screenwriting awards.

Backing up to February, as I said it ended with a roar--of snow. During Friday's blizzard I built a snow bunny.

But by the end of the day it was mostly covered up by more snow.

On Sunday, the Chap did some snowblowing and roof-raking. This photo indicates the outrageous depths we have here at the Lodge.

Yesterday we received a nasty mix of sleet, freezing rain, and drizzle.

Needless to say, the sunshine is a welcome sight today, as is this cheerful pink hyacinth.

I have some activities in town this afternoon, and tonight the first of my 3 birthday dinners. (This week, that is. I plan on having more when I see my family & BFF later in the month!) Tonight it's Mexican. Oh, and our Friends From the North Country are spending the night at the Lodge. Ruth & Jewel will love all the attention!

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