Sunday, August 3, 2008

hot mess

image courtesy of the rib-fest website.

i did see project runway, so i AM allowed to say hot mess...

today was a bit of a hot mess... but parts were also fierce.

we went to rib fest which was surprisingly nice.

-good ribs, and i don't even like ribs
-delicious elephant ear sprinkled with icing sugar
-sam loved the stupid elephants go in a circle ride... made him happy, went on twice
-super, super cute face-painting which was worth every penny to see sam look at himself in the mirror

hot mess:
-4 year-olds have perpetually sticky hands, and hands need to be held at festivals, meaning mom had sticky hands
-mutants, oh my GOD does this city have a ton of mutants that come out en masse for festivals. good. lord...
-same old vendors pushing the same old shit. WHY ARE YOU SELLING SHEETS AT THE RIB FEST?

my grandpa came with us. he's 80. you know what's weird... when my grandma died 3 years ago, i didn't know WHAT was going to happen to him. the year before she died while she was sick, she taught him how to do all the house work and cleaning, but i still wondered how he'd do emotionally. they were always close and in love, but (having watched them go through it)... when your partner is sick or dying and you are caring for them, there is this intimate connection and deeper relationship that comes about through that... and you know, you start to wonder how close two people can get.

i thought he might spend his days wishing he was dead (which i think he did for a while), i thought he might become bitter and unhappy to be here still, and i thought he might waste away until he could finally go be with her. i know he's still very much greiving, but he's been such an interesting man since then... he has a lust for life, he's more in touch with what he wants and thinks, he's reading romance novels... that's weird, right? he's just such an interesting person... and i don't know what i'm trying to say, either than how impressed i am that even though he's had a raw deal several times in his life, he remains a loving, zestful, and fun man... now that's a feat.

anyway, rib fest: fierce, grandpa: fierce, sticky hands: hot mess


alicia said...

dude, how could you not even mention all of the hand-woven guatemalan satchels and bamboo pan flutes you bought at rib fest?

RandomNotions said...

okay i am a big sap and the idea of your grandmother teaching him how to do the housework and take care of himself made me all teary eyed...

i love ribs, am sooooo jealous

and i know what you are saying about sticky hands, i just threw my godson's 2 year birthday

punchanella said...

obviously i purchased a ton of said items... i value craft and so i also purchased the "total bitch" hats from the adjacent booth. you know me.

actually, the idea makes me all teary eyed as well... especially when he makes pies. who's grandpa makes homemade pies?