Last fall, when visiting old friends in another town, I said, "You should come to Derby some day."
A couple of weeks ago, one of those friends called and said, "So, that invitation to Derby? I'm coming up!"
This inspired several reactions from me:
1) Yay, our friend is coming to visit!
2) Oh, crap, when the heck am I gonna find time to clean this house for house guests?!?
3) Hooray, I get to wear a hat!!!
Now, what you have to understand is that, unless you're willing to sit in the Churchill Downs infield alongside the college kids and the random drunk in a Speedo, you're going to have to invest big money to get tickets to Derby, particularly at this late date. I mean, mortgage the house - sell a kidney - pawn the children kind of money.
|These are scenes from the infield. Yeah, I'm not gonna be sitting there.|
Not being willing to do any of those, we got tickets to the Oaks, the day before Derby -- and hats are just as necessary.
|The Oaks is a race for fillies, and instead of the Run for the Roses, it's the Run for the Lilies.|
This photo shows the parade of survivors before the race,
when breast cancer survivors are honored.
So, the hat that's in the Hats Off Challenge badge? I'm wearing it to the Oaks.
Gonna have to balance beading with housecleaning, which is changing my beading plans, but I'm getting ready for the challenge reveal next Saturday. How are you coming with your challenge?