Thursday, March 29, 2012

All My Bags Are Packed...

Quote for the Day:
"Velcome to the nineties, Mr. Baunks"
~Martin Short in Father of the Bride

Well...I've gone and done it...I'm finally entering the 21st century.  I got my first "smartphone" ...and boy, do I feel dumb!  They probably shouldn't let "old" people like me have these things, ya know?  I need a teenager or twenty-something to help me figure out the in's and out's of this thing.

After an hour on the phone with the carrier, I finally got the phone activated and my number ported over.  I was able to figure out enough get my contacts entered into it...whew!  And I did manage to figure out how to access the internet with it via Google, though there may be a shorter way and I just haven't figured it out, yet.  However, when I went to access my regular email account, for some reason it keeps telling me that my username and password don't match.  :(    I guess I may have to contact my email carrier tomorrow and find out why that keeps happening.

I was also able to download the Blackberry Facebook app, but for some reason, I haven't figured out how to view the "comments" left by others.  Like I said, I'm gonna have to ask one of the "youngsters" at work to show me some things on it. 

This Saturday I am teaching a beginning hand quilting class at the Classic Quilt Shop in Clarksburg.   This is the first time for me to teach a class.  I've taught two people to hand quilt in a one-on-one setting, but never in a group setting... so wish me luck!  :)   

I packed my display quilts in this rolling suitcase for easy transport to the class.  The quilt laying on top is the one I will be demonstrating on for the class and the basket holds my supplies.  I'm really excited to be teaching this class and just hope that everybody has a good time and learns something in the process!  :)

Last Sunday, Andy & I spent 6.5 hours cleaning carpets and shampooing the upholstered furniture.  Well...I did the cleaning and Andy did the moving of the furniture, etc.  In the process, I KILLED my back!  :(   Subsequently, I have had a terrible week of pain.  When, oh when, will I ever learn my lesson about what I can and cannot do???  BUT...the carpets do look great!!!  :)

Now onto a book review...

"The Man in the Rockefeller Suit" by Mark Seal.

The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man-because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began.

Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she'd wed a Rockefeller.

The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions-working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection-until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.
People often ask me why I read non-fiction instead of fiction, and all I can say is that why do I need to read made-up stuff when real life gives us stories like these???  Truth really is stranger than fiction!

This is an excellent, excellent book and I highly recommend it! 



  1. Wow I bet that would be an awesome movie. I could see Stanley Tucci playing that part. Dale paez

  2. holy cow that would make a good movie, Dale!
    Have fun playing teacher! I hope you get lots of apples...