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Yup. I’m still in (mostly) sunny California. My sisters left my parents house after Thanksgiving and it turned a bit quieter- enough to make a trek up to Sonoma County, where I went to college and given the chance would move back to in a heartbeat.

I took some pictures to share.

The first stop was at Sonoma State University where I studied theater and modern dance. I spent A LOT of time in and around this one building, though PE-1 and Person Theater also saw my face a lot. I did spend a little bit of time in the costume shop but not as much as I now wish I had. Granted, I was in performance and behind the scenes stuff didn’t start interesting me until toward the end of my 4 years there.

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The basement door was open and I got a chance to peek into the dance studio where I would work in class and rehearsal a lot. I also liked going in here at midnight to choreograph when I knew it would be quiet.

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Walking around SSU brought back a flood of great memories. So many places around campus where friends of mine and I did site specific dance pieces. There are quite a few new buildings taking away that prison look that SSU was known for.

The hotel I stayed at was just down the street from a vintage shop- Hot Couture Vintage– which, as it turns out, was one I had been to back in my college days. It’s still run by the same woman and I own a pink satin cape from her shop. All of her stuff is in such great condition. And she’s such a fun person to talk to.

I asked her about this little jacket. It was a little over $100 and I have to tell you that I nearly threw caution to the wind and took it home. I just wanted to own it. The owner said she thought it was from an old opera house since the construction is top notch but it’s also been used and abused.

Such a beauty. I stared and studied it for as long as I could.

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What would a visit to Sonoma County be without a trip to the Schulz Museum. I really do love this place.

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Yes, I take pictures in the bathroom! Comics on the bathroom tiles! So cool.

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Wood carving of Snoopy’s evolution.

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I did get on the ice at Snoopy’s Home Ice but all you’d see are blurry pictures so I’ll let you picture me skating. I never skated as a kid and I think it has always fascinated me. At one point, I worked a couple of blocks from an ice rink and decided to go on my lunch breaks and slip and slide until I had learned how to skate and I figured it out.

The drive back down to my parent’s house was gorgeous. Not that it’s a huge surprise but I love the Golden Gate Bridge. In 2012, I spun yarn to remind me of the GGB with the reds, oranges and of course the white/grey fog. Apparently, I’ll also buy any fiber that references the bridge, as you can see from another spinning project.

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Yeah, and sunset on the bridge was pretty awesome. (Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving.)2013-12-02 16.42.39 2013-12-02 16.42.59 

That closed another long but fun day. So, yeah, I haven’t been sewing. It feels nice but so strange at the same time.

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