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!


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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New glasses prescription

Whoo! The world looks so wonky! But at least the floor looks level.

Oh, and my new frames are a BIG change.

So big that not one person has noticed that my frames are no longer brownish purple, but are now greyish brown.


Same shape.


But the world! It's fresh! It's new! It's shiny!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Bringing lunch

So, the new office building doth not have a cafeteria, neither doth it have any kind of food purveyor within a 10 minute walk. It does have a snack machine in a very creepy machine room near the elevators in the lobby. How creepy? I expect someone to smash through the door with an axe anytime I'm in there. That's how creepy.

So! I've been bringing food. I filled up a jar with snacky items and invited people to share. I've been bringing healthy lunches and leftovers and fruit.

Today it was leftover tempura and sushi from last night's dinner.

Yesterday it was wee baby artichokes and barbeque chicken.

What have you been eating for lunch?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What I'm wearing again

This outfit, only with a different tank top (boat neck instead of v-neck) and different shoes (ones I can walk in comfortably for more than a stroll from car to desk and back again).

Spring has sprung, y'all.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Science Fair

Muffin Man's school has a science fair every year, and it's mandatory for 4th and 5th graders to participate.

Last year, his question was "which do gerbils like better, sunflower seeds or corn?" (answer: sunflower seeds).

This year his question was "How fast does ice melt on different surfaces?"

Mr. Spock and he worked together to do the set up, which involved a camera doing time-lapse photography. Here's Muffin Man's description of the materials needed:
8 ice cubes, 1 wooden cutting board, 1 brick/rock, 1 cast iron griddle, 1 glass casserole, 16 pipe cleaneres, 1 tripod, 1 lamp, 1 timer, and two cameras. 
And here's his description of the variables:
The surfaces must be the same temp. so I put all the surfaces in the same place for about 20 hours, the ice must be the same temp. so I did them all at the same time to ensure that the air temp. will always be the same, and the ice cubes must be the same size.
I won't tell you which melted first, but I will tell you that the first ice melted at 18 minutes, 19 seconds. The last ice melted at 3 HOURS, 7 minutes, and 33 seconds.

The time-lapse video is a little over 3 minutes long, and the first 20 seconds are really cool. Muffin Man brought it in as part of his presentation.

We were a little concerned that maybe we'd helped him a bit too much with this one, until we saw the other kids' projects at the fair. It was pretty obvious that we were actually quite hands-off, comparatively.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Muffin Man, a year in pictures

Beach in Puerto Rico, Feb 18, 2012

Sleeping in Puerto Rico, Feb 18, 2012

Cousins! In Puerto Rico, Feb, 2012

At Chicon, with Prince Zuko, Labor Day Weekend, 2012.

Chicon. Best. Playdate. EVER.

The Joker, Halloween, 2012

Laughing, December, 2012

Spock, before haircut, January, 2013

Spock, after haircut, January, 2013

Help me! MarsCon, January, 2013

With costume judge, Wade Cutrell (a movie make-up artist),
after winning Best of Beginners
at MarsCon's Masquerade, January, 2013.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's polite to be selfish with your germs. Seriously, no need to share!

Here's your annual reminder to think of others and spread the word about keeping ones germs to oneself.

Cough and sneeze into your sleeve, wash your hands with soap and HOT water, and stay at home if you're sick.

Which safe sneezing technique video do you like best?

"The purpose of this video is to make coughing into one's sleeve fashionable, and even patriotic! It's the right thing, the polite thing to do!"

Or the Mythbusters' colorful experiments?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Random on a rainy Tuesday

(original title, "Random bullets on a rainy Tuesday" and then I read it over, and realized that the phrase "random bullets" has only one meaning now, and it's not "items in an unordered list that have nothing to do with each other.)

  • Muffin Man won his classroom spelling bee last week. Which surprised me, not because he's not a good speller (he's a terrific speller), but because he'd told me a few weeks ago that he'd participated in a classroom bee and he'd done terribly. Turn out that other bee was geography. Okay then. His winning word was "necessary".
    • This means he's now going to compete in the school spelling bee on the 24th. Not much time to study. I printed out the study guide from Mirriam-Webster, and he's pegging away at it.
    • He's super excited, because if he wins the school spelling bee, he'll be joining his friend ReallyTheyCouldBeTwins*  at the county-wide spelling bee, since she won her school's bee a couple of weeks ago. The county-wide bee will include middle-schoolers, too.
  • We brought banana cake to services this weekend. This time, I made a banana filling for it. Wow! Delicious.
  • Speaking of services, Rev. Anya came over to our house to have a confab and I made latkes using a different recipe. The one I used to use was from Kosher Gourmet, and don't get me wrong, it was good. But the one I used this time was from this past December's Bon Appetit, and it was phenomenal. Oh. My. GOD.
  • My left eye is itching. It's been two days now. What is UP with that?
  • Everyone in my office is wearing blue today. Including me. So far as I know, there wasn't a memo.
  • Even though the weather is gloomy, I'm kind of glad it's raining. It gave me an excuse to wear my silly rain boots and poncho.

*formerly known as "SheIsAlmostAsTallAsMe", which is an out-dated name. She's 5'4". Turning 11 next week

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

First sentences

It's (past) that time of year again.

Time to list the first sentence of the first post of each month from last year.

January: Starting the New Year off right.
"New Year's day was spent getting some hardware sorting boxes from BigBoxHardwareStore (and a rug to cover the speaker cables in the living room, because I was sick of tripping over them), and then helping with Muffin Man with the sorting of the pieces of his brand new Lego Mindstorms NXT set."
"Muffin Man is 10 today."*
March: My son got excited and made something for me.
"The best part is that he made it using something that his dad got excited and made."
April: A fairy tale.
"Once upon a time two days ago, a wicked mother offered to go with her good and handsome son to buy a new two-wheeled steed for him to ride upon while slaying dragons in the surrounding kingdom."
May: What I've been reading, OMG I love my Kindle edition.
"The latest books in several series came out, and I got 'em that very day sent to my lovely lovely Kindle,"
June: Vacation review and wrap-up.
"I was away on vacation last week (sorry no notice, ever since I stopped blogging anonymously, I've stopped giving advance notice on absences). "
July: Maisie Dobbs is my new obsession.
"Just finished book 5 this morning"
August: Do you like my hat?
"This is the hat I've talked about before. "
September: Brief bullets of Labor Day
"Muffin Man is awesome and has an award to prove it."
October: "I don't suppose you have any sushi?"
"Muffin Man the other night at Bonefish."
November: It's election day. I'm at Dominion Trail Elementary handing out sample ballots.
December: December holidays are here again
"Which means I'm bringing the music and the hand-made chocolates."**
*(The first February post is always about MM's B'day. He was born on the first)
**Boy oh boy did I ever bring the hand-made chocolates. 37 dozen. THIRTY-SEVEN DOZEN.