Wednesday, March 24, 2010



I’m wearing a fuzzy-soft, flat-topped, handmade, wool hat woven in rich, rusty earth tones and deep teal blues.  It doesn’t itch the way most wool hats do.  I’ve rolled up the sides to expose the bottom of my ears and I’ve pulled down the front so it sits at the crest of my brow. 

It’s a gift from my dear friend Pinky.  We met at Burning Man last year.  I liked her immediately because she read me before she knew me.

She sent it to me from her home in California along with a box of goodies – bright tights, a pouch of Bert's Bees products, a butterfly and 2 bottles of wine – one sporting a green monkey label. 
She collects hordes of useless things and then magically transforms them into treasures.  
Pinky is loud and bold and oh so bright!  The life of everyone's party - she'll feed you, emotionally and physically, slap you sideways and then spit you out.  
Rhinestone rimed glasses, stiff sprouted skirt on top of a frilly petticoat, veiled fairy hair, funky boots, and free flying boobs - Miss Pinky’s got it goin’ on!

Jelly Jessikali sent me West Coast CD’s - a collection of her favorite tunes.  Songs we danced to while getting to know each other during our first “Tu Tu Wednesday” at Burning Man.   
Her music accompanied me on my solo trip to Paris this year.  With her melody piped tightly into my ears, we twirled our way to the Louvre, two stepped in the shadow of Notre-Dame and sashayed our way down the Champs Elysee.   
I can still visualize her whimsical ways as she pixie pranced across the playa, pausing long enough to pose, primp and then continue in her private victory tour…   
Adorned white fluff, cowboy boots, teal rib socks and rainbow self made shade... Jelly girl makes me sing!  

I receive surprise post cards from a tremendously talented friend who lives outside of Portland.  Handmade cards depicting a green monkey involved in a variety of merriment and mischief.  I am also the proud owner of a homegrown Green Monkey T-shirt, ears and bright fuzzy tail.  The sender of this compilation of love is one half of The Silver Couple, a wildly entertaining twosome that danced their way into my heart at Burning Man.
Devilish and down right darling, in 'take me home' ruby boots, crimson cape and tickle me back, black... Sarah's flashy and sinfully sassy! 

The joyfulness these ladies give freely, stays with me, and feeds me, all year long. 
I’m indoors now, there is no need for me to wear my wonderful new hat other than it makes me feel good - as does the post cards and the CD’s… simple, handmade tangible treasures that, to me, are truly priceless.  A constant reminder that I am surrounded by a colorful troupe of spirited, free loving, friends and I am truly grateful.  


Green Monkey Tales © 2010 Shannon E. Kennedy

photo's courtesy of playa magic


  1. Proof positive of the law of attraction! Love, Dove xoxoxo

  2. I love tutu Wednesday! Missing all of you girls, sassy asses that you are.I'm still thinking Girl Scouts with homemade cookies and plenty of surly attitude. Many more adventures to look forward to in the future!

  3. Girls in tutus and free flying can you go wrong with that? Sounds like a really fun group!

  4. Ohhhhh Sweetness!! Can't wait till August! Tutus, tomatoes, tulle and tittilation... I must confess that the yellow chair sitting on my back porch is mostly a cat sleeping spot. BUT just when I need it most, I sit there and rock a bit.. in excitement of the chairs anticipated SECOND trip to the Black ROck Desert.
    It sure brightens my soul to be featured in your blog amongst the merry gang of hottie pranksters that we are!!!

  5. What an interesting blog!
    And thank you for the follow!
    I am now following you back!:)
    Hope you're having a nice day!
    Betty x

  6. This blog is proof to me that I need to move further West. People just seem to live a happier life out there.

    Stopping by from SITS. Happy Wednesday!!

    Toni @ Hemp & High Heels

  7. HEMP AND HIGH HEELS! love the name :)

    Marilyn love your fortune cookie correlations -

    Pinky and Jelly, thanks for giving me something to blog about

    SAM...I knew the boob comment would get a comment out of you!

    and thank you Betty X for following!

    Best, Shannon aka MonkeyME

  8. You, and WE, know it! Swoosh is the sound the tutu makes when you dance....

  9. Wear that hat and and do a dance too! Thanks for sharing these colorful people with us!

  10. ahhhh tutu sounds.... thanks for the reminder eyefleye

    Bossy, we're going to have to take YOU to the playa!

  11. Sounds and looks like y'all had a lot of fun. Found you from WoW, hope you have a wonderful day!


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