Tuesday, September 28, 2010

tripping the light fantastic

am taking this thursday, september 30th off for a very special occasion: 

to attend the

if you haven't yet checked out Willow's blog, please do. she's an incredible poet and hostess of this annual event, which allows us all to dress up and take our favorite date to a fab venue in cyberspace where the food is delish, the wine flows freely and we all dance like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

My dates (yes, you can have more than one date!) for the night are:

James Joyce
who will explain Ulysses to me while we dance


Richard Feynman
who will explain quantum electrodynamics to me over oysters rockefeller


and 
John Fowles,
who will read to me from my all time favorite book, The Magus, while we sip ouzo over ice,

 and whom i am sharing with Robin over at The Violet Hour. We have agreed to come as the twin characters June and July from The Magus and I will be wearing a white silk gown, grecian style. naturally ;-)




stop by...... 

it should be a magical evening.



all photos (except willow ball) courtesy of Google images

35 comments:

  1. Hi Amanda, I am headed to Willow's to check it out. You should be simply stunning in your gown!
    Genie

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  2. Ooo...I am so looking forward to flirting, I mean chatting, with your dates! I might just have to take a turn on the dance floor with all three! Fabulous gown, daaling! See you there...! xx

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  3. I love the idea of a literary dance partner. Stunning gown too. Enjoy!

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  4. Ah, you are bringing Mr. Joyce.....I hope you will permit me a dance with him.....wow, between ALL our dates...we will barely have time to chat or drink or eat! But who cares!

    I LOVE your dress...... it is perfect! You will look gorgeous in it and John F will be totally under your spell! I was going for white, but opted for a champagne colour instead. Still, I KNOW we will turn heads as we each stroll about with Mr. Fowles and all of our other extraordinary men!

    See you tomorrow night....can't wait to clink glasses together!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  5. Now, you take the prize! Not one, but a whole evening of dates with notables. Your feet and your mind will get plenty of exercise. Can't wait to read all about it in some new novel you are writing.

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  6. Looking forward to seeing you at the Ball, Amanda. You'll be able to spot me quickly; I'll be the one in the fur coat and fur pants — naturally. Even dressed like that, Sigourney Weaver has agreed to accompany me. (She's accustomed to Aliens and Gorillas, so a Bear will be no challenge.)

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  7. genie -- oh good!! i hope to see you at the ball!!

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    willow - flirt away daaaling --- it's your party, you can dance with whomever you wish! ;-)

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    sarah, these 3 have been my intellectual crushes for some time now. wouldn't you just love to have a moment to talk with any of them?? only at a cyberspace ball.....

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    robin, honey you could wear a gunny sack and look like a million bucks!! but a champagne colored gown will be nothing less than stunning. and yes, mr. joyce is yours for a dance, if not two.....

    looking forward to clinking our Waterford crystal goblets filled with Dom Perginon!!! xoxo

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    ah rosaria, i hadn't thought of that -- both feet and mind being exercised, good point! and i can't even imagine these 3 guys in the same room, it will probably explode from their combined talent taking up all those cubic centimeters. xx

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    r-bear, you and Sigourney will make a striking couple for sure!! save a dance for me. xx

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  8. This is great! June and July in grecian gowns, what could be better? Have an awesome time with your brilliant dates.

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  9. julie - thanks! and if you have a moment, you might want to drop by yourself!

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  10. Hello, Amanda,,,I was wondering who that was wearing the gorgeous
    grecian gown. So nice to meet you!

    I will happily trade a dance with my Harry for one with your James, is it a deal?

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  11. My dear you are a ravishing greek goddes in that dress! I envy your dates.

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  12. What fun. I would love to come to the party. I will check out Willow's blog. Maybe I'll turn up too - with Jim Morrison and Axl Rose. Not sure how they would behave at a ball. We will probably be the wild bunch that gets thrown out after a couple of minutes. LOL

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  13. Oh how lovely! What a fab idea - thank you for pointing me to Willow's blog. Now who would be my literary date? I am going to have to ponder this one. It might be Tennyson so I can question him about The Lady of Shallot.

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  14. More than one date! Why didnt I think of that! Nice choice! Love the grecian dress!

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  15. Bravo ... taking the high intellectual road to Willow's Ball! Lovely gown and perfect escorts.

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  16. babs, it's a deal, daaling, as long as harry doesn't throw me up on the chandelier like he did you!!

    and i must know what happened after you rode off into the sunset with your cowgirl outfit on??!!

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    thanks yoli, i wish i really DID own a dress like that!

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    loree - woweee - those guys would show up with a fifth of jack daniels each and trash the place...better give willow a head's up to have a cleaning crew on hand...!!

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  17. jayne - please do come! i'm sure tennyson would be a stimulating dinner companion and find plenty to inspire him in willow manor as well as his lovely date...

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    niamh, i may have three dates but i think you've got enough to handle with your mr. mitchum.

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    thanks helen!

    love your red dress and choice of date --- see you at the ball!

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  18. Perhaps Bear should take "those guys" in hand. Or in paw.

    A few gentle cuffs in the head may bring a touch of reality to their experience. If that's possible (drunk or sober).

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  19. BTW: We still haven't had a dance. Where can I find you? (There are so many people here I'm beginning to get claustrophobia; Bears are accustomed to wide open spaces.)
    Perhaps we could meet in the garden?

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  20. yes, our dance! the garden sounds fabulous, it's getting quite stuffy in here with all these people....

    do bears tango? i shall let you lead......

    and by the way, thank you for rescuing me from that annoying clint eastwood -- he was hitting the whiskey pretty hard, and a bear cuff to the head was just what the doctor ordered!

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  21. Ah, good. We'll meet in the garden, and proceed to the dance floor.

    As for Mr. Eastwood, well . . . I noticed, though, after that incident, people gave me a fairly wide birth. Well, the men did, anyhow. Some of the women, truth be told, tried to tame the savage beast. Ms. Wheeler just brushed them aside, as she would any Alien, and so we got outside for a breath of fresh air. Which I needed, desperately. I sometimes get claustrophobia at these human events.

    Now, what is this dance you call the tangle? Sounds like a very foresty thing, but you'll have to teach me. There are many human customs with which I am not well-acquainted. Sigh! It took Ms. Wheeler quite a while, but she did manage teach me how to to waltz. And I didn't break either of her feet in the process.

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  22. did you say Robin and you were sharing the same man? even in my dreams i never get that lucky. what a night!

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  23. you look lovely!I am so jealous --Fowles is one of my favorite writers--I am pulling the Magus out this weekend--enjoy!!

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  24. bear, i've no doubt that every man at the ball will give you a wide berth as the bear cuts quite the dashing figure!!!

    and i'd be happy to teach you how to tangle.....er, tango!! lessons begin post brunch the morning after the ball, when the dance floor is wide open (save for the litter of champagne bottles, confetti, and the odd evening glove.....)

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    tom, yes, robin and i are sharing mr. fowles for the evening, reprising the characters june and july from the magus. if you haven't yet, it's a must-read!!

    and you roue', saying in your dreams you would never get that lucky, and then catting about with that gaga character!!

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    c.m. thank you kindly........and yes, the magus is one of those books that ages like a fine wine, i think!

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  25. Why, I'm in awe of your dress and your scholarly aspirations for the evening!
    See you at the champagne bar!

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  26. duchess,

    the champagne bar? it would be an honor, your highness!!!

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  27. Oh - I love the image of you and the bear dancing the Tangle. Wild Bacchanalian images flood the imagination. And in that awesome dress and fresh from learning about Quantum Physics - wow!!

    Thanks for the tooth story - I have found that when something hurts in the tooth world that I have to scream and shout at the dentist to FIX IT NOW. Otherwise they have that wait and see attitude that is so infuriating and painful. Mine now appears to be resolved and I'm so happy about it - since I will be at YarT I worried about being in miserable pain and hence snarling at innocent customers as they reviewed my goods.
    Since it's the day after the ball - I hope you don't wake up with a hangover and regrets. Have a lovely weekend.

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  28. Very nice! I like the idea of multiple dancing partners. I'm sure they won't have a chance to think straight when they see you in your amazing dress ;-)

    xx

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  29. Oh yes a lovely evening it was & you were gorgeous in your beautiful Grecian gown.

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  30. Congratulations on the choice of your dates ! I could never finish Ulysses...sigh
    and your Grecian dress is exquisite !
    Thank you so much for being my 500th follower....i'll include you in my give away ! :-)

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  31. mim - oh i completely relate to screaming to the dentist to FIX IT NOW!!! that's exactly what i was doing this wednesday, but he was right -- after a little bit of drilling away he said i would feel better in 24 hours and i do. SO glad yours is resolved too -- yay!!

    no, no hangover or regrets after the ball -- just some runny mascara and a lost Jimmy Choo!! sob.

    have a blast at the YART!!

    xoxo

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    japra -- well james left early, richard arrived late and john fell asleep reading to me, so maybe 3 dates to this ball are necessary hehe!!

    xxx

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    lizzy -- thanks! now i must be off to visit and see what you wore, and how you enjoyed the evening!!

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    castle in spain --- ah so there is a giveaway!! lucky me to happen by the castle in time to be your 500th follower - big congrats to you on that!

    and don't worry about ulysses -- i could never finish it either, which is why i invited james, so he could explain it to me.

    wish i could say he was successful.....

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  32. Well, well, well. Such interesting selections. Love and Light, Sender

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  33. Hi Mandy (Amanda)!

    So great to hear from you, and I'm now following your blog, too!

    I also just want you to know that I am going to get The Magus and read it. I had started reading it in college for a philosophy class, but then had to drop the class due to a scheduling conflict, so never actually got into the book. Thanks for reminding me of it!

    See you in blogdom, Kate

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  34. hey kate--thanks for visiting!

    i love the magus and hope you get a chance to read it - i'm curious as to what kind of philosophy class you took that would require it as reading - one that i'd like to take for sure!

    so glad we are now connected in the blogosphere♡

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