What I really needed weekend before last was to get some R & R. Sleeping in and a massage would have been just what the doctor ordered.
However, it was Father's Day and Skye's birthday.
I flew back to Atlanta on Friday. The girls were flying back from Los Angeles on Saturday night, so I had the next day to shop for Skye's birthday presents.
We have downsized to the point of having one car, which works out great most of the time, because when we are working the company rents one for us. That said my rental was down in NOLA and our car was parked at the airport.
So I hopped on my bike to grab a truck from Home Depot for a few hours.
Nope; their two trucks were both broken and the row of Penske vans that were sitting there were only available on-line.
Off to Enterprise and then shopping a-go-go.
Skye's big present was her trip to LA, which I had next to nothing to do with, so I was feeling a little guilty.
That's how I ended up driving around the city in search of two inflatable paddle-boards.
Definitely a win-win.
I also would need 15 more little gifts for my sweet-sixteen surprise concept.
It was a race against the clock because I also had to get to the
Circus Combustus & The Funk Pirates Fundraiser Party. They're my camp-mates at Burning Man and I had signed up to help set-up as well as fire-safety, something I hadn't done before but figured it was time to learn how.
A Pirate's Life for Me
I missed most of the set-up, but I was able to use some of my set dressing skills to hang up some lights and umbrellas.
I caught up a little with my Burner pals.
Then I took a turn at the concession stand until my time-slot as fire safety came up.
I received a quick tutorial on what I was supposed to do, was handed a lighter and a fire blanket and within the first minute of my "shift" a girl is running towards me with her hands and arms on fire. I wrapped her arms up and put her out as quickly as I could.
Trial by fire in every sense of the word.
The rest of the performance went off without a hitch and I learned a bit more about other aspects of fire-safety, as well as getting a ring-side seat to some great fire-spinning.
I helped out a bit more at the concession booth, made my way to the bar, had a delicious bite to eat off the Good Food Truck, a Poodle, to be precise; (French Toast hot dog bun, beef dog, topped with apple-maple slaw) and ended up making a post-midnight water run.
A great time, although I was beyond exhausted and surprised that I made it as long as I did.
I didn't get any photos, but pulled some off of facebook. So I must credit Marlo Mason and Justin Majors with these amazing pics.
And great thanks, awe and wonderment to my amazing Circus-Pirate family.
Bleary Sunday, Funday
Somehow I managed to get up before the family awoke and put together my little Sweet Sixteen Birthday Surprise.
I had got one of those little helium tanks from a party store and was going to have 16 balloons floating around with little presents or something of that sort.
The tank ran out after just a few balloons, so I ended up resorting to some of my clown skills, namely animal balloon creatures as well as these cool little lights that you could drop in to make a balloon glow.
All in all it went well, because Skye wasn't expecting any sort of gifts, beyond her trip and the very special dinner outing we had planned.
Rather than mess around in the kitchen, we opted to stroll the fifty yards or so to our local haunt, Barcelona.
As delicious as it was it couldn't compare to the wonderful dinner we were heading to as our Father's Day/ Skye's 16th Birthday gala event.
I'm taking everything from there website because I'm running out of time and energy and quite honestly I'd be paraphrasing for the most part.
I can say it was absolutely delicious and an amazing way to cap of an incredible, albeit exhausting weekend.
"Event Last Brigade Supper at Gaia Gardens A BENEFIT FOR WHOLESOME WAVE GEORGIA
Love is Love Farm owners Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey have gathered some of the city's top chefs for a fundraising dinner on the farm to benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia on Sunday, June 15 beginning at 5:30pm. A celebration of Atlanta's culinary past, the Last Brigade Supper will reunite the following chefs:
-Ryan Smith of Empire State South
-Jason Paolini of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House
-Chris Hall of Local Three and Muss & Turners
-Brian Horn of JCT Kitchen, No. 246 and The Optimist
-Terry Koval of The Wrecking Bar
The evening pays homage to a time when each of these talented chefs worked side-by-side on Chef Mennie's now-famous line at Canoe. In keeping with Love is Love Farm's Punk-Rock roots, the dinner is named after one of Reynolds' favorite songs, Down by Law's "The Last Brigade."
Tickets for the Last Brigade Supper include a pre-dinner reception and tour of the farm, and wine pairings with dinner.
About Love is Love Farm:
Operated since 2008 by Joe Reynolds and Wholesome Wave Georgia President Judith Winfrey, Love is Love Farm grows certified organic produce using soil-based agriculture practices such as crop-rotation, cover cropping, and hand weeding, seeding and harvesting. Reynolds and Winfrey aspire to demonstrate through Love is Love Farm that we can serve the good food movement through mindful land stewardship. The farm hosts several events throughout the year including educational workshops, field days and benefits for non-profit organizations. Love is Love Farm is located at Gaia Gardens, which is located near Decatur, GA. For more information, visit www.loveislovefarm.com.
About Wholesome Wave Georgia:
Founded in 2009, Wholesome Wave Georgia is an organization whose mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food at producer-only farmers markets in the state of Georgia. We double the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits at local farmers markets to increase access to and affordability of healthy foods. Wholesome Wave Georgia operates across a network of 22 markets statewide. For more information, visit www.wholesomewavegeorgia.org.