And what's not to love? Lots of 50's chrome, hot dogs and onion rings, cashiers shouting "Whaddaya have?!?" at anyone who elbows their way to the counter. (It was slow when we went, so no elbowing needed. But I've done it many times.) It's great. I had my usual, chili slaw dogs and homemade onion rings with an FO (a milkshake that tastes like a creamsicle.) Isdihara had chili dogs for the first time since she was in college! She tried the slaw chili dogs and declared them yummy. Nina was eating a heart-healthy meal of a chicken salad, unlike the BAD girls. Both Isdihara and Nina tried the rings and declared them to be delicious. Which is quite true - but all the food at The Varsity should come with a side of antacid. It bees greasy, ya' know?
|Isdihara and Nina living the high life at The Varsity|
Then we headed up the hill to Toccoa, about a 2 hour drive. We had a nice visit with each other. I hadn't had a good chance to visit with Nina before, so this was lots of fun. And then we got to ...
|Lake Louise, as viewed from the cafeteria|
Tat Days! Which was at the lovely GA Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa GA. And we saw a ton of friends like Martha and Sharren (and her DH) and Joanie and Donna and Hegla and Karen and Kerrieann and Anitra and Maria and Georgia (and her DH) and John and Erin (and her DH) and Hope and Marie and Teresa and And AND everyone else! There were 86 folks there - pretty amazing!
And if you weren't there, you missed out. I'm talking to you, Jane. You'd BETTER be here next year. And Sally - please come with her!
And I got Presents! A whole bag of teacher goodies (which I'll show you later) plus this darling, Barbie-sized hat made by Stephanie! I love the hat. I promise to show you the hat again. I have a funny photo-op in mind....
When Isdihara (my roommate) and I got to our room, she discovered that The Sprout had packed a stowaway in her bag. The Sprout is a charming, delightful little boy of 4 who missed his mommy. So he sent his friend along so she wouldn't forget him. What a sweetie...
|Ellen and Mary working on hearts|
|Arlene and Anitra mastering dimpled rings|
And lookie-lookie! Finished projects! All my students either came close to finishing or actually finished this project during class. Above are Mary and Arlene's finished tatting. Lovely work, ladies.
Mary came up to me that evening and showed me these little gems, tatted heart earrings! I was wearing some heart earrings (made using the above technique) and Mary took that idea and rolled with it. Are they great? I was really chuffed.
|Isdihara and Hegla|