Thursday, January 20, 2011

we has gone tiger-crazy...

we went on our honeymoon,
from sunny & 70* southern California,
to the frozen rivers & snowfall of Wisconsin.

My new husband wasn't able to attend the American Gods House on the Rock Halloween weekendbecause he was out with the Wall tour.
For our honeymoon, the kind people @ HOTR offered us a complimentary weekend at the Resort.

We flew out and spent the night in Milwaukee, revisiting the SafeHouse, where we had our first "date"---in 2006.

magic tricks from Chris Ivanovich:

and he gave us a tour of the many secrets:

there are so many rescued animals at Valley of the Kings, from cougars to llamas, lynxes to wolves, lions, tigers & bears, ok, i won't...
we even met a camel:

and OBIE!

Tubbie and Huggie, two of the resident lions, their roars and snarls went into my heart.
Socrates rubs his big face on the cage. They all seemed to want human contact,
my dream is real--

all the cats were so excited to see Dr. Pagel and his wife, they are so bright and curious,
look at this face!!

lovely cinnamon tiger, Jasmine, plays with her ball:


Drew's boyfriend, Obie again, Dr. Pagel has known him since a tiny tigerlet.

Dr. Chris gave us a play toy from the tigers for Cabal & Lola, and you can see, it is punctured and gouged, clawed to bits. He advised us to clean it in a bleach solution before passing it along, as he wasn't looking to be the one who done in Neil's dogs--
we pulled it out of the duffel bag when we got home and Batman & Selina Kyle went BONKERS! smelling and racing around, looking for what the BLEEP smelled like that...

i will never ever be far away from this day. to help them with their self-less cause,
please donate what you can to VALLEY OF THE KINGS.

we drove to House on the Rock, in Spring Green, through the gentle snowfall.

Drew's first time driving in the snow....
The Other Cat, Catharine, had a beautiful gift basket waiting for us in our room.

Sue & Jenny gave us the deluxe tour:

my favorite ye olde moving picture windows, this one was called The Magician:

So much has happened this year and it's only the 20th of January.
If i don't end this blog now, I will have cabin-fever. So grateful to all who made our honeymoon so unforgettable.
We plan on having one every month for the rest of our lives. possible? yes.
There is more over on the Neverwear blog.

tonight we are going to see Russell Brand @RustyRockets, he's doing a taping of his new stand up, will let you know if we make the cut!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

holiday wrap up 2010

hello 2011!
happy new year everyone---
this year came in like a lion---
2010 was the Chinese year of the Tiger which will give way to year of the Rabbit,
a much-needed break from the ferocious fangs of the hard-work tiger year...
travelled all over the country in 2010, this year we hope to stick closer to home.

I very much missed being with my own family this Christmas, but we all made a pact to give to charity instead of buying each other presents. Drew & I chose to give to Valley of the Kings, a tiger rescue in Wisconsin that we will visit in two weeks-
Bill did break the rules with some great Medieval push pins for Drew:

i too bent the rules and got my brand-new husband a present, a custom made leather jacket.
Chris Francis of Lovecraft Leather, met us in Las Vegas when we were there with Roger Waters around Thanksgiving, to measure Drew for his new jacket.


jacket fitting:



about a week later, Chris brought over a small mockup, to see if it would fit Drew:



and in another few days, viola! he had the jacket in hand--

look at these details:

last thing, Chris sews personalized tags into each of his creations, amazing work!!:

we drove down to San Diego to spend Christmas with Drew's lovely family.
got a hotel on the beach so we could wake up and throw our new year rock wishes into the sea.
Drew wears his "gorilla feet" *shudder:

the seagulls were out in full effect--

Sean plays with his new helicopter from Uncle Bill and almost takes out his aunt Andrea!

Christmas morning:



My in-laws threw us a little newlyweds holiday open house and many friends showed up:


love Peggy's necklace!
and Sean's Obama shirt:


new baby Aurora:
Eli and his Mommy:

Sean says thank you from the lights of the Christmas tree...

we came back and threw our first New Year's Eve party as a married couple.
Vanessa, Chris and Drew model their Lovecraft jackets:


Drew shot off fireworks (some sparks caught the lawn leaves on fire, so we moved out in to the street)

here are Pam & Drew:


Tomorrow we begin to ship all the promised posters for THE PRICE, a job so big, we hired the kitten to help us roll posters... she gets paid in food: