Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
This is what Lisa's birthdays used to look like....
Lisa's birthdays now....
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Gracie sports a windblown hairdo
Inside balloon flower
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Do you actually want to call customer service and get some customer service? Visit Get Human. This website has a growing database of 800-numbers and how to get through to an actual human. What a unique idea!
Friday, March 24, 2006
I know she's busy, but I wish Nikki would update her blog. She tells such funny stories and you know Evan has been up to something with t-ball season in full swing!
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Turn your face into a pirolette
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
We went to the Workshop Theater production of Sordid Lives Friday night with Bill and Barbara, and Tiffany came in to town to go along with us. She had introduced us to the "black comedy about white trash" about a year ago, and as soon as we saw it was coming to town, we just knew we had to go. We went on opening night, and it runs through April 1 (St. Patrick's Day to April Fools...). It was a great rendition of the movie and very well done. We highly recommend it!
Monday, March 20, 2006
Cathy had shared this amazing video of a juggler, then I happened to stumble across another video of someone who decided to do the first show, but with five instead of three. Watch the first, then the second and be amazed. There's a ton of multiplexing (two or more balls thrown at the same time from the same hand) and some great numbers tricks.
RIP Smokey VIII
Smokey VIII, Tennessee's winningest mascot, passed away. He was 11 years old, and spent eight seasons with the Vols, with a 91-22 record and a national championship.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Blingo is my search-o
Have you tried Blingo as your search engine yet? No spam, no junk, just Google search results and FREE PRIZES! I won a movie pass back in December, and by winning, my brother did too because he referred me. Click below, sign up, and start searching. Blingo has started giving away more prizes, faster, during an occasional Blingo Frenzy, so check it out.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Some of you may have noticed the "Forbidden" message the past few days. Apparently Blogger had some trouble with a "filer" that hosted our blog, but it appears to be fixed (yea!).
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Dog Eat Doug
I have a morning routine that started as a child -- reading the comics as I eat my cereal. This has evolved into reading the comics online as I try to defend my cereal from Maggie, but the essence has remained the same. A while back, I stumbled across a comic strip on a blog called Dog Eat Doug, and it quickly became one of my favorites. Now, among Overboard, Foxtrot and Non Sequitur, is my daily dose of Dog Eat Doug (link to the daily strip). If you enjoy nice comics, check it out.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Cats and dogs living in harmony
Going for the ball
Evan's Opening Day Parade
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
To be 12 again...
I went to my neice Sarah's Xanga blog and really enjoyed reading her list of interests. Reminds me what it was like to be 12... "Interests: I like art and drawing and writing and coloring with crayons and swimming and macaroni and cheese and root beer and biking and computering and playing with my dog and blowing into my straw to make bubbles in my drink and that really annoys my mom and watching fish swim around and lots of other things that I can't think of cuz my brain just died." My favorite is "blowing into my straw to make bubbles in my drink and that really annoys my mom."
Our nephew Brock and his band, Underscore, really got their groove on at the Blues Society Jam (Boise, ID). This review was very complimentary of their poise and talent. These boys are 7th graders and are out there playing some serious music. If you go to Brock's website, you can hear some of their music. If you are in Boise, and see these boys playing, stop by and give them a few minutes.
YOU ROCK BROCK!
Valentine's Day Soaps
I decided this year to make hand soaps for Dean's office staff for Valentine's Day. It really turned out to very easy. I followed the directions from Martha Stewart, and they turned out very cute. The only problem I ran into was with the heart-shaped cookie cutters. They were metal and would sometimes start to bend after a couple of cuts. So some of the soaps had a little different heart shape to them, which actually turned out pretty cute.
I bought all the supplies at Hobby and Lobby, but I couldn't find the little metal letters to stamp words on them, but I'm still looking. There's always next year.
Stamped soaps, inspired by candy conversation hearts, are great gifts for friends. Put in cellophane bags tied with tags; adorn with glitter.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
Nonstick 9-inch square pan
Heart-shape cookie cutter
Glass measuring cup
Soap colorant or food coloring
Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
1/8-inch metal letter stamps
HEART-SHAPE SOAP HOW-TO:
We used a 2-inch cookie cutter (1 inch high) and 2 1/2 pounds of glycerin soap-sold at crafts stores-to make 16 hearts.
1. Depending on your equipment, yields may vary. To determine how much glycerin you'll need, fill pan with water to 1/4 inch below height of cookie cutter; pour water into measuring cup. Record amount; discard water.
2. Cut soap into small pieces with bench scraper; fill measuring cup. Microwave on medium heat until melted; stir. Add soap and heat until you've reached the water amount. Add colorant; stir. Pour liquid into pan. Spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.
3. Let harden at room temperature, 2 hours. Freeze 10 minutes.
4. Turn upside down onto cutting board. Create soaps with cookie cutter; pull cutter out with pliers if it sticks. Tape stamps together to form words, and imprint on soap, applying light, even pressure.
The final product- packaged and ready to go. We also attached Valentine's Day cards good for one free Krispy Kreme. Each staff member received 3 soaps and I think they all really like them.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
We were talking at work yesterday and in the typical way that conversations end up somewhere weird, we ended up talking about Salt-N-Pepa. This made me think of their first hit "Push It" which was big when we first went to Ocean Isle and I remember playing Kung Fu and listening to "Push It" at the arcade at the pier. So I'm thinking, is that game really called Kung Fu, or something else, and a quick search later not only confirms that it is Kung Fu Master, but you can play it online free! It was one of my favorite games at the time ... it's amazing how far we've come.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Back around September, we told about our friend Hannah's brother getting seriously injured in Iraq. We tried to keep everyone updated. Around Christmas, there was fear that he may lose his leg. Well, last week we got an e-mail forwarded on from Hannah's mom that they were heading home, that Nathan had shown great improvement, and even though he had more surgery down the road, he was ready to be out of the center where he was and would be working at a recruitment station. Thank you all for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers the past five-and-a-half months. I know this has been a tough time for them, but thankfully things are turning out OK.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Big Orange checkerboard
Did you catch the highlights of the UT-Kentucky game? (ok, UT lost by two, but that's not the point...) Tennessee coordinated a t-shirt giveaway with seating sections to create the traditional orange and white checkerboard out of the fans. Go to the game wrapup and click on "Game Highlights" and you will see a great shot of the arena at the beginning.