Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Friday Night (High)Lights

You know you're old (or have children) when your idea of a rockin' Friday night is to hang with the stitching crew at the historical society and have pizza. And stitch, of course.

I managed to regain forward momentum on the marquoir. Even though Jenna told me I should get back to work on my father's 70th birthday present, I stuck with the marquoir until I finished section five. Woohoo! I am 5/16 done with this project.

I was telling some women at my table about stitching with the old ladies at the library. I say (and it's a bit of an exaggeration) that I am the youngest by a factor of 2, that is, everyone else is twice as old as me.

"And how old is that?"

"86."

You should have seen the look of surprise when she figured out I was 43. (I should stop bragging about having good genes already!) In fact, there's probably only one woman who is in her 80s. Most of the women are active 70somethings and newly retired 60somethings. Even though I am now officially the young one, I get two hours to put my head down and stitch. Besides, these old broads are funny. And charming. And interested in things. I like my old ladies even if my family makes fun of me for stitching with them.

Every time we meet at the Ford to stitch, Ruth Ellen makes a point of saying how great it is that young people are stitching. And last time, I know she was looking at me. I hate to burst her bubble. (This time, there were women much younger than me, but they're still not teenagers.)

Anyway, because of the storm, there was high attrition on Friday night, and even Jenna abandoned me early. There I was, pathetically sitting by myself. I was invited to sit with the "rowdy girls." We talked about 10 year olds on the internet. A nephew was downloading Sports Illustrated swimsuit photos. My niece has taken up watching "meat drumming" (which I cannot help but think of as meat slapping) on youtube. (But speaking of dirty things on internet video, have you seen Betty White's "Delicious Dish" SNL skit? Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon reprise their roles as NPR food show hosts. My favorite ever is Schweddy Balls, but Dusty Muffin is a new pleasure. {Both links require you to watch a short ad.})

And then I got to clear up while wearing stupid shoes (defined by the dude as shoes I can't walk quickly in, like 3" heels). Because you know, there had to be some acknowledgement that this was a Friday night.


10 comments:

Lana said...

Marquoir is looking amazing!!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your stitching is looking great and hey! I love stitching with the broads at my guild too. A lot of them are well into their 70's or 80's but if you get them going, they can have a really bawdy sense of humor and tell some great stories! They think I'm kind of young (and funny) so I love 'em for that.

Donna said...

I am frequently the youngest one, too, at some of our stitch-ins and guild meetings. A decade or so ago I had a 92 year old on my bowling team. I love my "older" friends!

mainely stitching said...

I'd love to stitch with ANYONE. Sigh. Getting together with Patti is great, but it's a long drive for both of us and therefore doesn't take place too often. Everyone up here only knits. Boohoo.

Annemarie said...

Sounds to me like you get on with your stitching bud-ettes just fine. Who cares how old everyone is? Especially when they get you to finish this HUGE sampler. Well done, you!

Jenna said...

Hey, I didn't think I left that early. Wasn't it only like 15 or 10 to? If I enjoyed driving more, timing wouldn't be an issue, but alas, I don't and it is. Besides, I got there before they even opened the door. :P

Jenna said...

BTW, I see that you not only finished the dreaded flower basket, but you managed to get to add a little splash of color in there, as well. Looking good! And my favorite part of RE's monthly speech was when she had to come back up the stairs because she forgot what she wanted to say. That's dedication. ;)

Michelle said...

The marquoir is looking lovely! Stupid shoes are always fabulous until you have to actually do something in them (besides sit).

Siobhan said...

I started out as a young'un... it still shocks me when I realize I'm not the youngest one in the room. The marquoir looks great!

Melissa said...

Your stitching is wonderful. Great progress. I must have been old at 14 because stitching and eating pizza with a historical society or in a library has always been my #1 way to spend a Friday or Saturday night. I'm such a party animal!