Friday, February 12, 2010

Its called OTT

Everyone has a letter disease, right?
And if you say No,
your probably one of those people,
whose friends
discuss your letter disease privately...

Lucky me,
I have two!
One requires a novel to describe
the other...worthy of,
a blogging short version.

It's called OTT!
And I have two confirmed friends
who share in this most wonderful
and nutty affliction.
OTT is short for "over the top!"
You know them as people
who can't just make a ginger bread cookie
but must frost them so they
ACTUALLY represent the recipients
in little frosted shorts and skirts!
(yes, one of my confirmed friends
did this for us at Christmas)
This is OTT at its best!

Could also be called the AAB club,
"above and beyond!"

Pretty sure I get this from my "mom"
Something that drove me
crazy growing up
and... then I became it!

It starts like this...

A January call to one of my OTT friends.
(the older one)
"Hi, I got this fab idea!
We should do a Paddles and Pinwheel
event to Celebrate Jennifer, in February!"
"That is a great idea but
we don't have much time!"
"Oh, we'll keep it simple, easy,
nothing "over the top!"! "
says one OTT to another...
hmmmm? Right!

Really, easy, just
order some pinwheels
and suction cups
show up, have fun,
say a few words,
paddle, go home,
best friend celebrated,
project done!

But T shirts would be nice
since I don't have anything pink
and I have been wanting to try that
new Zazzel company,
I'll just make one for me
and well, Carolyn too
cause it's her birthday and well
Sara and Anita would probably like one.
Should be working
on Winterfest stuff instead
but this will just take a minute.

It didn't!

And how hard is it to
find suction cups to hold
a flag or pinwheel?
Really hard, three weeks,
hours on the computer and phone
and seven samples later,
Finally, they arrive with two days to spare!

But the pinwheels? Should be easy!
Proceed to order some
'make your own' kits
and Valentines perfect!
They arrive early with time to spare
but Valentine's ones are too small
and the kit?... is just lame.
Back to the computer drawing board!

So last Friday, with a million "art show"
things to do,
I finally find the most perfect pinwheel
Hawaiian style.
Luau with flowers!
With confidence I push "checkout."
Plenty of time to get them!

In the mean time shirts arrive...
very cool!
But OTT friend says,
"you didn't order one for Kuba?
she loves pink!"
Whoops, yes, I should of
back to the computer.
Its Monday, now! Gosh, cutting it close!
OTT friend, takes the others
home to dye them
so they might be a multi pink!

What if the pinwheels don't show up
until Saturday afternoon?
Hmmm, better revisit the lame
'make it yourself' kits.
So I will make one design
specifically for Jen,
well maybe two...
no, actually how about three...
three custom Jen pinwheels!
Gluing , cutting, printing into
the midnight hours
knowing, I am certifiable now!
But its "a project of love"
I tell myself!

The reward comes on Thursday
afternoon, when the custom pinwheel
and 'timely arrived' suction cups,
are attached and stay attached on
a speeding canoe across the water,
Great grip,
so great that when I tried one
on my forehead
it left a 'suck mark', which I must say
was NOT such a great idea!
But Jen?
She looked beautiful spinning in the wind,
on the front of the canoe!
OTT friends says in review,
"couldn't you make any with the six points."
"Are you kidding me?"

What else should be done?
still got a couple hours...
Should really honor her memory with
some pictures,
how about a story board
and maybe some posted copies
of her emails
from that avoided E mail file
I made, when she was diagnosed.
oh dear...cry, cry, cry!

It's Friday!
Just need to put
the pinwheels into the suction cups,
find a way to put pinwheels
on baseball hats
and may be make some pinwheel
Wild Wear Bobble Bands...and
I really should say something before
the launch tomorrow,
a poem maybe,
yes, I should write a poem?
and may be some ginger bread cookies
that look like Jen?

And where is Fed Ex with those perfect
Hawaiian pinwheels?

OTT friend says I get the
OTT award for this one...
...I think!!

Pam Piper Rain

1 comment:

Karin Feuerstein said...

You deserve multiple OTT awards.