Friday, November 14, 2008
So I'm at work for 45 minutes on Tuesday, and I get a phone call. Bruce is very upset (and sounding rough, too, with the cold he is getting over), and telling me that we need to take Alexander to the ER. Seems he was runnung from our bedroom to Heather's bedroom to see if she was ready to go to work (Bruce and the kids were taking her). His goofy toddler body + his Lightening McQueen legs = tripping and falling face first(full force!) into her door jam. They came and picked me up from work and went straight to the ER. For a good hour, he couldn't even stand up on his own! He never lost conciousness, though, and after a couple days of a very stoic Alexander, he is getting back to normal. He likely suffered a minor concussion, hence his 2 day loss of appetite and sedate nature-the Dr. said children his age bounce back sooner than adults do because of their insatiable need to stay active. I wonder how little boys even make it to adulthood??? You can almost tell here in the picture that his whole forehead was swollen.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Finally! I have remembered to photograph my small UHU project! I took my kit (glue and aluminum case) and stared at it for days until I had an "aha" moment. That moment came when I decided I needed a simple little "rescue" case to keep at work. Now, this rescue case has so far served several purposes (holding my tea stash, holding some loose change and my debit card, and most recently, an entire 18 ct box of OB's super absorbency--which I tell you, because anything larger than that won't fit....TRUST me on this one!). When I decided what I wanted, I decided I wanted to make it simple and pretty. I crochet, but I also bead. One of the things I have done in the past is to use as many coupons as I can when Michael's and ACMOORE have them and get beads (or yarn, depending on what I am currently working on). Seed beeds cost me about 75 cents per vial with a coupon, so I always stock up on them. Another thing I do to bolster my bead stash is to find costume jewelry at the Dollar store (or anywhere else that has good clearance on jewelry--Kohl's is good), and buy it up, take it apart, and repurpose it! The embellishments on this aluminum case are simply seed beeds in forest green and rust, and silver plated rings that were salvaged from some heinous dangly earrings from the Dollar store that I cleaned them out of (who else was going to buy them, honestly???), and the UHU glu. from the September challenge. What I did was simply to place the rings on the case in a pattern. Then, I filled the rings with the glue, slightly moving the rings form side to side so that the glue would also move under the ring. After this was done, I scooped the seed beads into the glue. After it dried, I placed another drop on top and put osme more beads to make it a raised design. After these were dry. I squeezed more glue on top, and let it dry again, so that the beads were completely sealed. Very easy, and now I have very non-descript case that will serve several purposes! I can't wait to do another project! By the way, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this particular glue!! It dries perfectly clear, and sticks things to metal wonderfully!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Well, this is the dawn of a new era in my family--Heather's first vote!! So this morning, I gave Her a lift to work, and I brought up the subject of election day. This is her first big election, and I wondered if she had made a decision yet. She hadn't, and I told her it was ok, because in this election, there are many in her shoes. We got to discussing other non-presidential candidates when she told me that there were some that she still didn't know enough about, but she was of the opinion that there definitely needs to be a change in our country, which I agreed to. She brought up the recent news of Exxon's most profitable quarter EVER and that was a record for ALL petroleum producers. We then discussed how long it took those stimulus checks to get out to the populace from the time the idea first came about--which lead to a discussion about this assinine bailout package that was rushed through, and started to be doled out right after it passed. We both read last week that once the companies get it, they are allowed to use it as they see fit...and a lot of those companies are using the money to bolster the bonuses they offer their bigwigs. This part of the discussion had me interjecting MY voting strategy of not voting for incumbents, because if we keep allowing the same jerks to keep their offices and to keep passing idiotic bills(even in PA a couple of years ago,our legislators voted themselves a pay raise, while there was also a freeze on state employee pay raises--including staff at state universities), than we might as well just break out the KY, because they are going to just keep doing it to us. You know, my ever insightful daughter's answer to this remark was this--"yea, because they didn't even spit on it (before they rammed us with that bailout package)." LOLOLOL I busted out laughing so hard!!! I have been worried that she wasn't educating herself enough on any issue, and here, she has been all along...with a healthy bit of cynicism to boot!! LOLOLOL