Monday, March 14, 2016

What's a Girl to do in the City?

My friend Paul Burditch called me. I haven't heard his voice in 13+ years! Paul was the conduit for taking me to the Maldives to do an article for Sport Diver Magazine on the maiden voyage of the Four Seasons luxury dive yacht. 

We stayed in touch all those years and when he heard that I was returning to California, to San Francisco, where he lives, he said he would welcome me with open arms!

True to his word, he did. After meeting at his incredible flat, we Uber'd our way to the de Young Museum's opening day of the Oscar de la Renta exhibition. Oh swoon. To be in San Francisco, even on a rainy, cold, blustery day, let alone see the new de Young Museum AND the art of the iconic fashion designer, was heady stuff. 

It was one thing to see de la Renta's dresses on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, on TV, but to see them up close was exciting as hell! Pee your pants exciting!

Luckily Paul is a member of the museum and we zipped right in, with headphones that gave us and audio tour. 

The first room of de la Renta's couture designs was breathtaking. The lighting was incredible and the sleek mannequins perfect for showcasing each outfit. 

The wedding dresses made me think of the dresses in Sri Lanka, especially the extravagant Muslim wedding dresses. The texture of the materials, the beading - intricate knotting of a dress that Former First Lady Laura Bush wore - had me wanting to reach out and touch them. Oh how I wanted to.

My friend Mano Caderamapulle, one of the top fashion designers in Sri Lanka, would love  the exhibition. Simply love it. 

De la Renta's different periods were all represented. There was so much to love; his Spanish period, Russian period, the Garden period and Asian period. Seeing who loaned each gown was interesting as well. My friend Joanne is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University of Fashion and there were several gowns lent to the exhibition by them. Perhaps Joanne helped select them!

The exhibition ended all too early for me. I'll just have to go back. In fact I'm thinking of getting a de Young membership. It's the only way to go!

View from the Observatory 
Note: Most of the photos were taken by Paul as my iPhone died early into the exhibit. Thank you, Paul. We had a great time!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lucy's Buzz USA

HI! I'm going to try and write this blog on my iPhone. Not easy typing with one finger. But here goes...

San Francisco is cold as cold can be. My bones are as cold as Toby's nose! Last night I slept under 2 blankets and a heavy as hell duvet. I was cemented down by the weight of them all. 

I've been sleeping on a full sized mattress of which Toby plops down right in the middle. Wrong!

Today is trash day and I captured the trash truck to show my friends in Sri Lanka. Everything is recycled. I had to take a course on what was what!

My grandson took me to lunch. I'm so amazed by him. He's grown into a really cool man while I was in Sri Lanka. 

I took the ferry across the Bay to see my daughter and son-in-law. What crack ups they are! Apparently Toby kept checking the door to see if I had returned home. He wasn't alone though, he was with his new BFF Rocky, an English Springer Spaniel. It took Toby two days to figure out that he is bigger than Rocky and can intimidate him by standing over him. Fun to watch! Rocky doesn't mind. His tail goes 100kph!

So this is enough for now. Let's see if I can post it with some photos. 

The trash truck and the recycle cans. 

Coconuts at the grocery store. Odd looking!

Waiting for the ferry to go see my family. It was pouring rain outside and the ferry employee let me sit inside and wait for it to arrive. I read the online schedule wrong and got there 1.5hrs early so I was glad to be out of the rain. There's a Farmers Market in the Ferry Building but it was super crowded and not a seat in sight! Pictures next time!

The ferry!

My silly grandson! No selfie with my daughter. We were too busy chatting!

Toby already has his favorite chair!

This is 1/3 of the aisle in the grocery store. ALL ICE CREAM!!!

Toby and I on our daily walk. Resting after climbing the stairs (see below). 

The stairs!

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Cheers from San Francisco!