R is for Relics I Want In My Office!

Yep, they did that by HAND.

Yep, they did that by HAND.

One of my very favorite things to do is go to the Selected Shorts performance at the Getty Museum. (Get your minds out of the gutter, it’s got nothing to do with pants.)

A few Saturdays back, we went as an early birthday present to the Hubster. For today’s A to Z post, I’m going to share it with you.

Our favorite way to take in the Selected Shorts is to make a whole day out of it.

Instead of just going to see the performance, we go to the museum first, look at their latest displays and visit my Illuminated Manuscripts. (Yes, I really call them that.)

The Illuminated Manuscripts are relics from the earliest books, often religious documents that have been preserved and put on display. These photos don’t remotely do them justice.

For example, I so want this floor lamp in my office...

For example, I so want this floor lamp in my office…

Here’s a preserved scrap from a Medieval choir book:


You see why I love it? Lucky for me, my hubby does too.

We tour the gardens, soak up the sunshine and just have an amazing day. Plus, we sawΒ Leonard Nimoy and three other actors perform. Cracklesauce!

There's me and my handsome honey!

There’s me and my handsome honey!

What is your favorite “once a year” thing to attend? Did you get to visit it this year? Share your memories with us! Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!


About Jenny Hansen

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28 Responses to R is for Relics I Want In My Office!

  1. LauraDrake says:

    Wow, who is that svelte dude at your side? You guys look so happy…

    I love going to museums and seeing the tapestries. That someone spent their entire life, doing that one thing…wow.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I know! I told you, he’s lost like 20 pounds with Crossfit. (And of course we’re happy. πŸ™‚ )

      I never thought about the tapestries taking someone’s entire life. That’s an awe-inspring thought.


  2. I don’t yet have a once-a-year thing-to-attend. Perhaps it will become DFWCon? But, that does not compare to the cultural MoJo (oxymoron?) of your annual trip to the Getty Museum.

    Oh! Oh! I know. I do plan to make trips north to The Tap Root of my Wonky Tree no less than once a year. I feel so connected there. Maybe it’s the up-for-a-good-laugh relatives or sharing the roads with Mennonite buggies or the smell of cow manure. Whatever the root cause, it’s healingand a hoot to be there.

    Simple life. Simple pleasures.

    BTW, Jenny. THE Book arrived yesterday.

    And, thanks from the bottom of my socks for Cracklesauce. It opened the door in my imagination to many other variations of Awesomesauce, so I don’t even have to ask to steal yours.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      WOWZERS! The Book arrived already??! Did you put a rush on that thing? You’re amazing. πŸ™‚

      You can thank Tameri Etherton for Cracklesauce…that’s her word that I borrow once in a while. πŸ™‚ And go check out my Twitter feed…we were all trading made-up words last night. Ha-larious!!


      • OMG! <=== The Book of Jenny Lou Hansen fame.

        Jenny, I gave you a Texas-style middle name to get you ready for DFW Con.

        You're welcome.

        I plan to share it (along with I Love Female Orgasm and Blow Him Away) at one of the breakfasts or lunches…whichever one gives me a spot at the table with Jenny.

        Historical writers aren’t the only ones who need to do research. IYKWIM.


        • Jenny Hansen says:

          Gloria, you didn’t know I was a Jenny Jo??!! I’m already in good shape for you Texans. I still can’t believe you bought “How To Live with a Huge Penis.” That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all week. πŸ™‚


  3. MonaKarel says:

    Once a year I’d trek to Lexington Kentucky in June to a gathering of Salukis (my breed of dog) for our National Specialty. My hubs would often go with and we would always both go to Lompoc for a gathering of Sighthounds and more importantly friends we’d made over many years of showing dogs. I’m working on new rituals.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Wow, Mona… I just looked up the Salukis and they are so majestic looking! I hope you get back to that soon, or some other ritual that makes you just as happy. πŸ™‚


  4. Confession: I adore going to museums, but I have this little problem with wanting to touch everything. My fingers are itching to touch that lampshade, and the gorgeous page from that hymnal. I want to feel the ink and the thickness of the paper. I’ve been cautioned by a couple several security guards to step back from displays that are crying to be felt up. Displays that include textiles are the worst – and best – for me. πŸ˜‰

    As for “once a year” things, I go on a yearly trip with my Ya-Yas, be it a day, a weekend, or a week – whatever we can manage that affords us the chance to spend more than just a few hours together, as we do monthly. The when and where vary, the content varies, the wine choices sometimes vary, but the communion doesn’t, the essence doesn’t.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Snorting with laughter, Ellen! You’re THAT person!!! I don’t know why I think that’s so adorable, but I do.

      Everyone should have some Ya-Yas. Where’s your fave place that all of you have gone together? My gals and I went to New Orleans several years back and stayed in a multi-room apartment attached to this studio call YAYA (stands for Young Aspirations/Young Artists). It was a beautiful place, although there are lots of stairs to climb.



      • Yup! That’s me! I almost felt bad for the guards at the Norman Rockwell museum. I mean, those paintings with their multiple layers of oils were right. there. πŸ˜€
        Favorite place we’ve been is Prince Edward Island. We had a cottage at an inn on – get this – Memory Lane in Cavendish. It was a magical experience. Off to check out YAYA! πŸ™‚


  5. Phil says:

    Man, that dude has some arm candy by his side! πŸ™‚

    Can’t just pick one thing as there is so much I look forward to in NYC when the nice weather hits.


  6. K.B. Owen says:

    Aww, Jenny, I love the pic with you and your hubby! What a fab couple. πŸ˜€

    Once a year stuff…I try to get to see the ocean in some form or other once a year! Does that count?


  7. amyskennedy says:

    What an adorable couple!


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  9. You guys make a great looking couple Jenny. Thanks for reminding me of the Getty. I’ve always wanted to visit that place. If things would ever settle down around here, that’s something hubby and I want to see. Glad you had a wonderful time. πŸ™‚


  10. S. A. Hussey says:

    I don’t have a go-to place but I do enjoy visiting musuems, and like Ellen M. Greg up above I have to touch as well. When visitng New York’s Museum of Modern Art last summer I was given the verbal dress down about touching and also because I flashed the Egyptian exhibit – in photography that is. Great place, lots to see and my daughter loved it.

    My thanks, as your post inpsired my post. πŸ™‚

    Great picture – you both look as if you’re enjoying yourselves.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I think EVERYONE should flash in the MOMA Egyptian exhibit! I’ve seen it and it’s just crying out for a good flashing. LOL. Thanks for making me smile today, Steph!


  11. Julie Glover says:

    I have a once-a-year tradition with my best friend of us two going to the beach right before all of kids get out of school. It’s our last hoorah! I’ve yet to see Leonard Nimoy there, though.

    Those manuscripts are awesome! I’d totally go to that. And I love the pic with your hubster. Looking good!


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I can’t believe Leonard Nimoy isn’t hanging out on the beaches of South Texas. That’s crazy talk! Your outing with your BFF sounds great. I’m ashamed to admit we are 5 miles from the beach and rarely go. I need to change that this summer. πŸ™‚


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