Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cards Complete

In a triumph of child labor, we got our Christmas cards stamped and addressed in record time!  Q-ster stuck the address labels on very evenly, but Buster was a bit more eclectic with the stamps.  Hopefully, the post office will be accommodating.

In addition to the usual holiday Forever stamps (poinsettias this year,) I found global Forever stamps - very cool!  It was nice to stick one nice wreath on the cards instead of half a page of stamps.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Very Green

After years of chicken Caesar salad lunches, it was time for a change, so I now look at the greens choices at the company cafeteria.

Iceberg.  Ok, but dull.

Spinach.  This is now the base of my lunch, before adding edamame and some grilled chicken.

And the third option.  I must admit that I can't look at the mixed greens without wondering whether they are just weeds found in the neighboring garden.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Frivolous and Fuzzy

This set of photos caught my eye a few months ago in InStyle.

I love the use of feathers on these shoes.  I'll admit my ignorance of the designer, Dries Van Noten.

Fuzzy, fuzzy Louis Vuitton purse.  (That's a reflection of the purse below it.)

Floral whimsy shoes by Dolce & Gabbana.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Full Hoodie

Check it out, the Princess Leia hoodie!  I should have gotten it for Halloween.

Unfortunately, it does have a silhouette that resembles Admiral Ackbar a bit too much.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Cute Food Movie

When I saw these pictures from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, I knew we had to see the movie.  Cute, anthropomorphic food!

Of course, that meant we needed to see the first movie, which is now available on DVD.  It's a bit predictable, but pretty entertaining.

In addition to Barry the Berry, there's the Cantelope (antelope.)

A family of zucchini or cucumbers.

Elephant watermelons


And a leek!

In the trailer, one human yells to another, "There's a leak in the boat!  Aaaaaaugh!" and the camera pans to the leek steering the boat, also yelling, "Aaaaaaaugh!"

Can't wait to see it.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gorgeous Married Dancers

Photo: Congrats to newlyweds, Stephen "tWitch" Boss & Allison Holker! #sytycd  

So You Think You Can Dance newlyweds, Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Allison Holker.  They are gorgeous!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Some Kind of Mechanical Genius

I come from the video business, so it's bizarre adjusting to my new job, where there's so little equipment.  I helped my boss's administrative assistant order a system so that our team can have video meetings, and it arrived last week.  Time to set it up.

I actually recorded a how-to video on how to install one these fellows, but I was the talking head saying, "next, run the cables through the channel," not the person actually doing anything.  That meant that I was in the embarrassing position of needing to watch my own darn installation video to figure out what to do.

Well, it was easy!  I called my pal who was the product manager to give him my compliments at the construction elegance. I needed to get some help lifting the 68 pound display onto the base I'd assembled, but the rest was fine.

There was an unexpected side effect too - engineers stopping by in the room were kind of impressed as I unboxed the touch screen, bolted the pedestal, and ran the cables.  I think they were mostly software people, so I looked unusually skilled.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Random Trio

 Not even a pretense of a coherent set of topics today.

I helped out in kindergarten today, and I was given a set of tasks, one which was perfect for me, and the other, which was something that strikes terror in my heart.

The pile on the left was a stack of construction paper that needed to be cut in prescribed sizes.  Great! Geometry, mathematics, figuring out the cutting pattern that maximizes use of the paper, using the nice, tidy paper cutter.

The pile on the right was a set of circles that needed to be cut out by hand.  I mostly got them to look like circles.  Or at least complex polyhedrons.

Topic two:  Hooray!  I found large array of my favorite apples at the grocery store - Red Romes!

Topic three: I was approached by a PR company that wanted to pay me to write a post about a Twinkie and Minion sweepstakes event, possibly because I'd written this one, but I declined because I never get around to writing reviews and then have to feel guilty about it.  I tried going to the Facebook page to find out whether there would be special boxes of Twinkies with Minion detailing, but in order to click through, I have to agree to grant Hostess access to my friends list or something. So I clicked cancel.

If anyone sees Twinkie Minions in the store, let me know!

P.S. One more piece of fun - check out the Sesame Street parody, "Lord of the Crumbs," starring Cookie Monster and ME PRECIOUS!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Badge Master

Q-ster got some new taekwondo badges at the last round of testing and Buster has outgrown his uniform and acquired a new one, so I've been sewing a lot of badges lately.

Most are nice and rectangular, like the ones above.  However, the school decided to get fancy with their own badge.  It's gorgeous.

But it's also shaped like this.

Next time I'm in the studio, I'm going to turn one of the kids uniforms inside out (like above) to show them how goofy it is to sew on the new school badge!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Hobbity Dinner

Celebrating another successful piano recital with hobbit food at Denny's!

Earlier this weekend, when they were trying four hands piano with an unusual (but cute) sitting arrangement.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Christmas Craftiness

Various school crafts - gotta love a reindeer hat!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In a Galaxy Not So Far Away

We took the boys to see the exhibit "Star Wars: Where Science Meets the Imagination."

We were definitely as excited as they were.

It was really cool to see the life sized landspeeder!

Of course, I have costumer habits, and couldn't help but take close up photos in case I need to recreate anything in the future.

Jedi detailing.

None of Queen Amidala's fancy gowns were there, since it was a science-focused exhibit.  I hope that some costume gallery puts together an exhibit, because I'd like to see those!

Princess Leia is my size.

Boarding the Millennium Falcon.


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Fun and Games

We've been playing "Ticket to Ride," which is a great board game involving building train routes between cities.  The original version covers the United States, and SwingDaddy got me the Nordic edition, which adds tunneling through mountains and building ferry routes in Northern Europe.

I drew a card requiring me to build a super long path, all the way from Copenhagen to Murmansk.  I did it!

I took a picture to show my friend who lives above the Arctic Circle - I even got the tracks to reach his remote hometown.

And in totally unrelated entertainment news, Q-ster and I have been watching episodes of Mythbusters.  Our recent favorite was the series of experiments they did to see what would happen if you threw a styrofoam cup of soda out the window while driving at highway speeds and it hit the windshield of a car coming in the opposite direction.

Sure enough, they got a slushie to crack the windshield!  Messy and fun.

Monday, December 02, 2013

No, Not Chuck E Cheese!

Buster got invited to a birthday party at that frightful place that is Chuck E. Cheese.

He had a great time and it was nice to see the other families.  The birthday boys (brothers) were adorable.

I don't think you could pay me enough to go there again though.

All these games were fine, and I'm glad he spent a good 20 minutes climbing tunnels.  The tough part was the noise level in the "rock star show" where the giant rat comes out and the employees have to sing along with it in increasingly strained perky voices.

Buster's favorite moment was spinning the wheel on the lottery game and getting 15 tickets.  Trading them for a couple of packs of Sweet Tarts wasn't bad either.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Unspeakably Funny

SwingDaddy and I, my sister and her husband had a night out at The Book of Mormon tonight.  What a blast!

I saw it in New York with the original cast, sitting in a corner of the last row of the balcony, having snagged a ticket an hour before curtain time.  This time, we had fourth row center seats in the orchestra, courtesy of a friend with season tickets who sold them to me at face value when a scheduling conflict came up.

The show is still crazily brilliant, full of profanity and I-can't-believe- they-said-that moments.  We laughed so hard!

The creators are Robert Lopez (who won Tony awards for both this and Avenue Q) and the South Park guys, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  Lopez has apparently written the music for the new Disney animation picture, Frozen.  Looking forward to hearing that one.