Monday, August 31, 2009
It seems like everyone else in the country uses their Craigslist all the time and finds wonderful deals and I'm excited we have one now too.
Even if there are postings from Lenexa. Sheesh.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
On me, it didn't really work. I'm too short to be cut in half in the middle, I think.
The skirt part had this nice elastic band, so I just got out my seam ripper and took the top off. Now I have a nice gray skirt.
Friday, August 28, 2009
(pic from TiaMcGraff.com)
I can't figure out how to embed that song--maybe not possible--but here's her MySpace, and you can just choose "Tumbleweed" on the player.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Susan and I went to Austin to see her on our Spring Break trip back in 2007, and Dad has her playing nearly constantly when we go to the cabin. We have 5 CD's (here are four), but what a treat it was to hear new songs! She has a new album coming out sometime soon: The Box. We're all eagerly waiting...
Here's one of the songs-maybe called "Backslidin' Blues"
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
We all especially enjoyed her dancing to Del Castillo. (Where on earth did she learn booty shaking?)
Monday, August 24, 2009
We had a fantastic weekend. Wish you were there. I'm posting all this week about the festival, and next year I'm going to start bossing you all early. Seriously. All of you should be coming home for a visit or coming to town just to see the music. If you're friends with me, you probably like live music too, so there's no reason for you not to enjoy it cheap, in a beautiful setting, with good friends. Great stuff for the kiddies too, so no excuses!
This band from Austin; Del Castillo, was amazing. This was my favorite song: Rios misticos
I bought a CD, I'm making the kids learn something from it. (drums fingers together slyly)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
2. Binding on Christmas Quilt
4. Molly G Quilt
5. 1 Scrapbook project (see-trying to be more realistic)
Sarah said fewer items. Summer list had 21, so I'm doing OK so far!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I'm a little nervous about this one because I have FOUR books, 1455 pages in all. Eeek.
This summer I really enjoyed working at Patrick Dugan's, so maybe I'll try to sneak away and do the same for this class. It's more fun than shutting myself in my office.
I guess summer's all the way over now--let's see how I did on my summer list.
2. Scrapbook-2 years worth
3. Funeral book
6. Shannon Quilt (teensy bits of progress)
7. Molly G Quilt (picked out fabric)
15. Keep up with garden and yard (mostly-it's pretty weedy, but we haven't killed the trees, and the garden is overgrown and crazy, but I've not given up completely)
17. Train for 10K (on track for the Laura K 10K)
19. Build a compost bin (Matthew was not in favor)
21. Make album from Katrina's wedding.
Not too bad, though I think the scrapbooks were my main priority, and none of that got done. I'm constantly trying to be more realistic, slow down, not try to get so much done, but it's awfully hard. There are so many possibilities!
Fall List tomorrow. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I love this commercial (the kids did too)
Every year I have so many ideas and goals that I completely overwhelm myself. One of the 500 things I'd like to do differently this school year is to incorporate more short videos like this one. The kids are really interested in trying to figure out what's going on, it's meaningful language, it's culture, it's good. We'll see how it goes.
Friday, August 14, 2009
"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation." --John F. Kennedy
We're so proud! See you tomorrow!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
The Swimming Hole.
It was an especially rainy week at the cabin, so the first sunny afternoon I rounded everyone up and we headed down to the stream.
We had all of the supplies: boats, hot dogs, matches, knife, string cheese, pringles, cokes, sunscreen...
Look at that balance!
Anna checking to see the winner...
She wasn't as brave to get in the water as she was last year, but the water was higher and a bit more clear last summer too, so I can understand.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
and a message from Amtrak saying that due to work on the line, we'd be taking a bus back to Portland instead of the train.
Matthew volunteered to sit by Anna on the bus so he wouldn't have to sit by a stranger. The bus almost filled all the way up, but I got to sit by myself the whole time. It was really nice.
In Portland we had a few hours before we needed to be at the airport, so we did some more downtown exploring. They held our luggage for us at the Train Station for $9.
We found a shady park in the Park Blocks,
Saw the cool Chinese elephant statue,
and found Mama some Sushi!
The sushi all came around the restaurant on a conveyor belt, with pricing according to different colored plates. I really had no idea what anything looked like, so I can't tell you what I had, but it was good! I found several vegetarian options which Anna enjoyed, with chopsticks and all. Asparagus and cream cheese, cucumber, edamame, she's my adventurous eater!
Then back to Union Station to load up and walk back to the airport. Here's Matthew tying the car seat to his backpack.
We tried to stop at the Chinese Garden on the way, but it was all walled in, and we didn't find the entrance. (Now I see that there is an admission fee, so it wouldn't have worked anyway. But sometime I want to go)
Anna on the light rail. Poor sweet girl.
At the airport they put her car seat in a big plastic bag and we told her to pull it like her own rolly suitcase. She was very proud to help.
Commence Vacation Part Two!
Friday, August 07, 2009
Funny tiny hoppping shrimpy things