Sunday, August 14, 2011

Back From Vacation

So it was a very productive few days back at the beach. But first, I'd like to tell you about a new Japanese place we found in Gulf Shores - Aji Sai, which is Japanese for fabulous (not really). This is Combination B, which the menu did not indicate would involve a boat. (I expected 2 waiters to run it around the restaurant on their shoulders while somebody banged a gong, a la the old Farrell's in Birmingham!)

This is a close-up of the martini glass, which contained a fiberoptic ice cube and seaweed salad. Cool!

What a cool sushi bar! Feels like New York....or uh, just somewhere besides Alabama.

Look at all the fiberoptics in this place! There were 3 or 4 of these beautiful chandelier-things. Reminded me of my grandmother's shell lamp from the Philippines...which my mother was deLIGHTed to hang in the den when Mamaw lived with us. (Oh, it looked like I was emphasizing my unintended pun, but I meant it sarcastically.) Also, who remembers those oil lamps that had fishing wire running from top to bottom and the oil went up the center column then dripped down the lines so relaxingly. Also had a little greenery around the bottom for added tranquility.

Okay, so onto the productive part. I hemmed 9 pairs of school pants. Yes, I even went back and redid the screwed-up blind hems I did on previous pairs. Then I made this shirt - the green one with 3/4-length sleeves.

Of course, you'll have to come back tomorrow for pictures of it, as I have to IRON the aforementioned 9 pairs of pants, so I haven't had time to take pictures of the shirt, which hasn't been hemmed yet anyway.

Oh, and lest you think that one shirt wasn't very productive, I also created a lovely handout regarding the upcoming Cub Scout popcorn sale (I am the Popcorn Kernel - you've GOT to see my hat), and I edited a Powerpoint slide show to present at the first pack meeting in 2 weeks. So combining that with the above, as well as the fact that I GOT UP ON SKIS for the first time in about 5 or 6 years without breaking a hip, now you've got a productive few days!


KID, MD said...

That looks like a crazy fun place! I've made that very Vogue top (even the green one with the 3/4 sleeves) twice and I love it so much. I think I need to make another one.

My word ver: fullydr I wonder what specialty that would be? GI?

Pammie said...

Wow!! You have been crazy productive during alternations! And, on some garments hemming can be sticky, so to speak.

We love Japanese restaurants - Hooray for Alabama!

Glad you had a good break!

Robbie said...

I HATE to hem pants!!! I've looked at that restaurant, it's in the same strip as Publix? I'll have to check it out. Love the top.

Amy said...

I think hemming 9 pairs of pants is a lot of work. They would probably take me a few months to do. I really to not like alterations/repairs.

Sister said...

KID - I totally know you made this shirt because that's why I bought the pattern! I should've altered that back seam like you suggested, and I will on the next one, but I didn't know how it was going to fit in the shoulders, etc., so I left it as is.

Pammie - I didn't ask how your Auburn break was - hope it was nice.

Robbie - I rarely hem because my mother does it for me, God bless her! And yes, Aji Sai is in Publix - such good food! Maybe we should lunch there sometime....

Amy - I am the QUEEN of blind hems now after screwing up 3 pairs of pants. I put the wrong side down after I folded it, and knew it couldn't be right, but plowed on through and had to rip the whole thing out. Maybe I should do a tutorial to remind myself next time...

Pammie said...

Thanks S! It was very good in Auburn - with the exception being the heat was borderline crazy!! It's so nice to visit - and the prices in Alabama/Georgia seem so reasonable compared to out west!!

I ate a ton of mamma goldbergs and guthries (gutbox) now I am on a diet.

Junior said...

What vitamin do you take cause I want are soooo productive. Restaurant looks cool!