So, you might ask why live in Germany then with all the hassle? Why indeed? I am married to a German who happens to hold his job in Germany and since he's the main breadwinner, I am living here. Sure, I consider it a privilege to live in any country except the war-torn and no-rights-for-women countries, to experience their culture and rich history. But come on, loosen up, will ya? I am only trying to make a honest living with my handmade beads!! Leave me alone.
Oh well, I guess I could go on and on but it won't make a difference unless I step into politics which by the way won't work since I only am a permanent resident - ahhhh... that term 'permanent resident' in my case is not quite right. I am 'allowed' to stay and remain in Germany as long as I am married to my husband. So, what happens to me if he kicks the bucket and goes down 6' before I do? Must I leave the country or what??? We have two kids who hold both German citizenship and Singapore permanent residency. Does that mean that my mother role ends when 'death do us part' and I have to leave Germany?
Ahhh...very nice to put my feelings into words, though believe me, I felt worse (pissed is the better word to describe my mood then) last week than now.
I promised photos of the Bead & Button event - in the meantime, I'm again the last in line to even show any photos. Quite a bit have gone up in Facebook and flickr, I'm sure. Cara, my older daughter, accompanied me to Milwaukee and these are the photos she had taken. It might look like an ego-trip I am showing off, I don't deny it!! But hey, how often do I show off myself in any photos? Bear with me, we both thought of a photostory from start to end, though we kinda forgot our 'mission'. Here goes...
Frozen custard, which Milwaukee is apparently famous for. Believe me, this sucker gives you the ultimate punch, it is delicious as well as filling!
View of downtown Milwaukee
Man in white suit, selling sunglasses - the coolest fella in town!
Not sure whether this is the courthouse or public library. Taken by Cara while she 'toured' on her own and I was taking a workshop with Kate Fowle.
Starbucks offered free Wi-Fi while the Hilton hotel guests had to pay US$10 for 24h of internet access. This Starbucks is inside the Hilton and I was in there daily to use their internet access. What a shame, the Hilton charges you an arm and a leg for their rooms but lack this service.
Inventory, each bag has a photo inventory and bagged accordingly so that I can whip them out to show the German customs that I am bringing out what I declare to them. They got a copy of the same b/w inventory photos.
That's me, in a grubby outfit, marching to the Meet The Teachers' hall to set up for the evening
Getting my beads out of their bags and onto the table
Taj Beads with the Anna Karenina series in the 2nd column on 'skewers'
Deep Summer focals
Show has began. I did change out of my grubby work outfit! This year, I traveled light and decided to have my work laid flat on the table - which, well, is too flat. I should have had several levels on the table. Well, next time, I'd do it better!
Meet The Teachers' reception, held in the Midwest Airlines Center's ballroom.
My booth in the Main Hall. It looks like I carried the table with its contents from the MTT reception, doesn't it? Naaa, we had to pack up and unpack the beads again for this set-up. This year, everything was much quicker since I had prepared everything in advance. Totally efficient this year, believe me, I am amazed at myself.
A section of the main hall
'Flame On', we got to demo our beads which were then auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Such a thrill, I sat next to Larry Scott again this year. Nice to rub shoulders with a lampwork biggie!!
Nice to be watched over the shoulder!
Patti Cahill, Jim Jones, Lani Chung - unfortunately it's not a clear shot, I can't tell who the 4th artist is. I felt that this Flame On was not as well attended as last year. Still, it's been wonderful to be asked to demo in this event!
Madeline, the guide dog - in my opinion, she's the highlight of the Flame On! Such a sweetheart, the minute you start to pat her, she literally melts onto the floor, roll over for a scratch on her tummy!
Self-portrait - Cara and I love the color of the taco-chip! Let's not think of the chemcials which went into the coloring...
Our daily breakfast at a nearby diner's. Believe me, I can forego over-easy eggs and pancakes for the next six months.
Yes, I did work in Milwaukee!
Had to show this, B&B used my photo for their signage!! Wow, what an ego-trip!! Unfortunately for my huge ego, the angle of the signage was not quite optimal for phototaking - there is a constant light reflecting off the sign. Sigh...my ego is slightly dented...