Friday, October 31, 2014

Konban wa!

Muffin Man came up with the idea for his costume this year.

He loves all things Japanese and wanted to be something uniquely Japanese, easy to recognize, but not a human.

So...

I present to you, the Sakura tree (Japanese cherry tree)!


Here's how we made it:

First, we cut the flowers out of tissue paper (there's an origami fold for this). Three at a time works best.


Then we scrunched them into a pleasing shape.


Then we made the branches (this is three layers of out of a utility box glued together with hot glue. A finger may have gotten burned at this stage). 


Then we used a drill press to make holes for the harness, and hot glued on the flowers. A different finger may have gotten burned at this stage. 


Made the helmet. We scored the cardboard to make it bendy.


Added more flowers, put some reflective tape on the back of the branches, attached the branches to the trunk (attired in brown pants, an outgrown brown sweater, and a brown t-shirt), and the costume is complete.

Here he is outside: 


He's out right now with his friends. What costumes are happening at your house?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I love Amtrak (which is something I might have mentioned before)

I love riding the train to New York or Vermont or wherever* and making friends with my seatmates and the folks nearby. My most recent two adventures led to long discussions with: a professor of English Literature (the Romantic period) from Scotland; a professional rock-n-roll violinist; and a woman who lives less than a mile from my house.

My conversation with the English Literature professor involved us talking about Noel Streatfeild, Frances Hodgeson Burnett, Jane Austen (of course), Georgette Heyer, Josephine Tey*, The Bronte sisters, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, George Eliot, Reginald Hill, and World War One. She's not on Facebook or Twitter, but she said she'd check out my blog. So here, my dear new friend, is a post for you, with links galore. Thank you for talking with me on the train. I hope you have a terrific time visiting your friend!!!

*More links to related content contained therein

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Yesterday was blogging for LGBT families day...and I didn't know it.


But unrelatedly, Muffin Man came home from school with this poem he'd written, that he's going to read in front of the whole middle school later this week.

I'm so proud of him for standing up for his friends and the members of our family who are LGBT. I'm so proud of  him for already being the person I hoped he'd be when I imagined him as a grown-up.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get some dust out of my eye. Talk among yourselves. And check out Crunchy Granola's post from yesterday.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Yesterday

Yesterday was this blog's ninth birthday.

When I started posting here, my son was three. He's twelve now, and enough of a person that he asks me not to blog about his life - or conversely and much more rarely TO BLOG about his life. He emails his grandparents, he has his own phone.

When I started posting here, I was only involved in politics extremely peripherally. Since then I've earned the title of Doorbell Queen, been a candidate's spouse, and a candidate myself. I'm on the board of NARAL Pro-choice Virginia Foundation, and tweet politics daily.

When I first started posting here, I posted nearly every day. Well, that's turned into tweeting daily instead. Which isn't quite so nice for the blog, but it certainly fits into my schedule better.

I've written over 1500 posts, had over 60,000 visitors, talked about everything under the sun.

I don't know what will happen next, but I know that I love this blog even if I haven't maintained it well the last couple of years. I love the friends I've made here, some of whom I've met in real life. I love reading everyone else's blogs, too.

What I'm saying is, thank you for nine years. I hope to still be writing here, even if only on occasion, for the next nine.


Monday, November 04, 2013

What a weekend!

Jim Dean of DFA canvassed for me! JIM DEAN OF DFA CANVASSED FOR ME!

And in other canvassing news, Steven Colbert's brother canvassed for me too!

And I got to thank them both in person!!! And they are both so incredibly nice!

SQUEEE!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

While I'm writing thank you notes and canvassing...

Muffin Man's with QuiltsALot and TellsDonaldDuckStories. Swimming, playing Uno, maybe catching a movie, and having a playdate with his (actually my) cousin.

I am anticipating getting at least 15 texts.


Friday, November 01, 2013

The thrifty and non-crafty parent's guide to successful Halloween costumes - Ninja edition


Ingredients, black sweat pants (outgrown, but still workable), black shirt, black socks (mine, so that no bare leg shows), black shoes, black gloves (worn backwards so that the gray 8 bit skulls don't show), my black fancy scarf (held on with the help of some black hairpins).

Not one new purchase for this costume. Not. One. According to MM and Mr. Spock, his costume went over very well.