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My 29th birthday with Diana Vishneva!!

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Well not exactly. I went to SEE Diana Vishneva's performance which was DEDICATED TO ME by my wonderful husband. :D For months, my husband was telling me that he bought a BIG birthday present for me, so big that it should cover Valentine's Day, my Birthday, Thanksgiving (do people give presents for Thanksgiving?! haha), and Christmas for 2 years. And that he doesn't even really know what it is. I was confused but didn't press it so that I can be properly surprised.

And surprised, I was.

After a modest but delicious sushi dinner, we went to the Center, and upon entering my husband just points to a nearby poster without words.

And it said:

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My heart skipped a beat. For a second, I thought wait, how did they know it's my birthday? And then I thought, Oh do they do this to everyone who has birthdays this month? So I looked around but every poster around the entire Segerstrom Hall had MY name only.

Not only that, after the preview talk, my husband led me to the upper level, I was still focused on the blue posters, when a lady greeted us. At the private donor's lounge!

We hung out in the lounge, took some photos, and met wonderful people from the Center.

 

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Side Note! Can you see what I'm wearing? My handmade faux leather dress and handknit shawl!

 

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Diana Vishneva was wonderful. Modern ballet pieces are always difficult for me but even if I didn't understand 100% of the material, I didn't really have to. Diana's movement was the art. For each of the 30-something minute act, I was totally mesmerized in her movement, couldn't even breath big. I can't believe I'll be getting her autograph soon!

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and the Center sent us home with this goodness.

This morning, I woke up with a smile on my face. I felt like I was waking up from a really sweet dream. It was such a special day. I dreamed about seeing Diana Vishneva since I heard that she was coming to OC. It was on my birthday, and to top it off, my husband made the whole experience extra special for me.

You win, husband.

 

DOMA and Prop 8 are out!

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Back when one of my LYS was still in business, I was looking at some yarns and overheard a couple of elderly women talking about same sex marriage.

"I mean, marriage should be between a MAN and a WOMAN"

"where do they get this idea that marriage is a right? where does that say in our constitution?"

This was my 2nd year in law school, and I had every fiber in my body telling me to give them a US Government and Con Law class right there and there. You know, how both US constitution and the interpretation by the US Supreme Court are the law of the land, and the 3 branches of government, and Loving vs. Virginia (a case involving Equal Protection Clause under the Constitution, declaring laws that prohibit interracial marriage as unconstitutional)? I still, somewhat cowardly, somewhat wisely, walked away. I didn't want to make a scene at my LYS. (although to this day, I  keep thinking that I should have)

I hope those ladies get to read the US Supreme Court opinion today, where SCOTUS once again affirms that right to marry is an individual right and same sex couples cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. 

What we have today is based on logic and legal principles. When you look at these and facts and precedents set by the court, there's just NO OTHER conclusion possible. 

Please don't bring in religion into a legal discussion we're having in a country where the Constitution does NOT allow the government from having any affiliation to a religious institution. 

And "LOGIC" is not the same as "Familiarity". Just because the society you're FAMILIAR with had segregation between Whites and Non-whites or Heterosexual couples and Same Sex Couples, doesn't mean that what you know islogical. Logic is justice reached by analysis of legal/mathematical principles and facts. 

Thanks.

 

 

Time for winter knits

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For knitters, I guess winter is always an exciting season. Let me tell you, I used to HATE, DISTASTE, LOATHE, ABHOR, winter. One winter in Santa Barbara when I had an apartment on the 3rd floor of the building, I almost couldn't make it all the way up because it was so cold, and I was shaking too much to walk any further. That's how I feel in cold weather. But ever since I became a knitter, winter now has at least 1 aspect I look forward to. Knits. Even in California, I start layering vests and long sleeve sweaters from October/November, all the way up to March the following year.

I got so excited when I saw these sky-high (over the knee) socks at A Cup of Jo blog. Apparently, there was a feature on New York Times magazine about the sky-high socks, as well as chunky knits.

These Prada-like socks were all the rage few months back. If anyone is interested, the pattern is available on the source of the above picture.

Other than that, life is pretty sweet. I officially moved into Marty's apartment; we picked up our marriage certificate this afternoon. Still doesn't really feel that much different from when we were dating. =P Unpacking was a pain but everything looks pretty cool. Marty's been so good with lifting heavy boxes haha.