Wednesday, April 29, 2009

If I had a million dollars

Here's a silly song that I hadn't heard in a few years, but I heard it on the radio as I was going to school and I subsequently had it stuck in my head for the rest of the morning, and when I came home, I decided to look for it on YouTube.

There are lots of "concert" versions, which sound different from the "regular" radio version, but I was able to find this regular one that a kid used for a school project, and it's not half bad.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Do not adjust your monitor

Yes, those mashed potatoes are blue. They actually started out purple, but by the time I cooked them and mashed them, they were blue. The accompanying bit of meatloaf is there as a color reference. It's normal meat-loaf color.
So, yeah, I bought some purple potatoes just for the fun of it. I've done it before, when the boys were little, but that was a long time ago. Although they tasted like potatoes, they were just too blue for me, and apparently for everyone else who usually makes quick work of leftovers. We ended up throwing them away.
Makes me wanna get some Play Doh, though.

I was just wondering...

If they're not made with grapes, and they're not made with nuts,
why are they called Grape Nuts?

Thursday, April 09, 2009

-ing things

Considering switching the dogs to a better food. Right now they're on Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice. I don't think they're doing as well on it as they used to.

Wearing socks with ladybugs and butterflies on them!

Eating the rice pudding I made tonight with rice leftover from the Chinese take-out from the other day.

Enjoying hearing Brice play his guitar.

Avoiding doing anything really productive right now.

Starting to get sleepy. Almost time for bed.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Just spinning my wheels

My mind has been very scattered lately. There are so many things I want to do, and most of the time I can't seem to get beyond the "thinking about it" stage. Here is a list of some of the things that have the little wheels spinning in my head:

Gardening. Making compost. Getting some more vegetable seedlings, if I can make a good place to grow them. Getting a kiddie pool to use as a cheap but effective raised bed garden. (Look at Walmart?) Then there's weeding, and hacking away at a big plant I want to take out.

Have to help plan our summer camp at the arboretum. I'm planning the rainforest day. Need to get some posters. Plan a craft. Plan the follow-up activity and the enrichment activity. What is the difference between a follow-up activity and an enrichment activity??

I have more bug pictures to post, and some videos of desert caterpillars eating that I may or may not want to post. Other pictures of flowers and stuff. I get so sidetracked reading so many other things online, or just looking at images on Flickr, after that I don't feel like posting. So that's partly why I haven't been posting as often.

Art. I want to make some art! I've been collecting all sorts of digital scrapbook papers and stuff and some cool Photoshop brushes, and I don't know what I want to do with it all! I have lots of half-assed ideas, but I can't pull them together into a coherent project. I can't even manage to doodle anything worth saving, much less posting.

Photos. I have been trying to organize my thousands of photos. I moved some from my computer onto a backup drive to free up space. I still want to organize the rest. Also want to organize all my dad's slides which I have. About 15 or so trays of slides from my childhood and earlier, and they're all mixed up! Some labeled, some not. Ideally, I'd like to go through one tray per day, till they're done. That's another project that hasn't left the runway yet.

I should be exercising, eating better. (Michael is the food police, for which I love him and want to kick his ass at the same time.) I want to be a better housekeeper. I wish I wanted to, then maybe I would try harder.

I did play around with my art machine a little tonight. Brice took a look over my shoulder and made a few suggestions, artist and Photoshop wizard that he is. He ended up pulling up a chair and sitting with me for an hour, showing me a some PS tricks, most of which I will probably forget how to do. But it was still fun. The things PS can do, the things Brice can do with it. It was like watching him invent the wheel right before my eyes.

And I was able to turn a silly doodle into something that looks halfway cool. (see above)
I'd really like to do that more often. I'm not making any promises though.