Wednesday, January 26, 2011
First, they covered a piece of plexiglass with black ink. Then they would use Q-tips and napkins to draw a dinosaur design in the ink. Next, they would crank it through a rolling press to transfer the design onto paper. The first drawing here is a "ghost print" which means it was the second run through the press. The second drawing is a first print, and is therefore much darker.
I thought this was a picture of a dinosaur eating a dog. But it turned out to be a dinosaur about to pick up it's baby.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
He has to wear this brace whenever he can lie down during the day. Mostly he is supposed to wear it at night.
And he's also wearing these new shoes which have individual toes and make me think of the new Tron movie.
When he was fitted for the brace, the sweet lady who was helping him told him, "Hon, this is going to make your foot feel so much better! When you fall asleep at night it will be giving your foot a really good stretch and it's going to feel wonderful and then about two hours later you'll wake up and you'll want to RIP IT OFF because it's going to hurt so much!" And she smiled.
She was right.
Kerry managed to keep it on until 4:00 AM at which time he undid all 47 straps that keep it on. Then he slept for a couple of hours.
Then guilt got the better of him and he put it back on, reattaching the 325 velcro straps several times each.
Believe me, that brace is keeping us both from sleeping. But it helps him be able to walk without pain which is worth it.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
But in Hawaii, where we are used to the temperature being 82 degrees pretty much all year round, getting down into the 60's is very, very chilly. I can't say cold because certain people in my household (masculine type, one each) freak out if I say it's cold.
But it has gotten down to 56 degrees here and our blood has thinned over the last two years and it is very, very chilly.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the newspaper.
5. Read it for the last time.
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their.
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breast feeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behaviour. Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel.
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)
Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out.
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favourite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.
Time allowed for this - all morning.
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.
Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.
Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.
You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.
Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.
Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
When I realized how tall she had gotten I said, "Wow! You're tall enough now to be able to put away bowls and glasses!"
"Yay!" she said, grinning at me.
Then her face fell.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Every New Year's Eve we go out to dinner with a big group of friends.
Then we go downtown and check out the results of the wreath competition.
Some are incredibly beautiful.
Some are incredibly creepy.
Then we check out the Christmas tree decorations. This one was decorated completely with origami.
This one was decorated with flip-flops (slippahs if you're local).
Then we check out all the Christmas lights which includes seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus starting their Hawaiian vacation now that the busy season is over.
Then we head over to a friend's house to watch fireworks. The fireworks in Hawaii are an amazing thing to behold. Even average citizens come up with an amazing amount of firepower on New Year's Eve. However, after an intensely heated debate, fireworks will now be illegal in Hawaii. There have been too many accidents, too many homes set ablaze, too many injuries. I believe the professional fireworks shows will continue, but ordinary folks won't be setting off fireworks in the street like usual. So this year was especially poignant for all of us as we knew it would be the last time we get to have this portion of our traditional celebration.
The cool thing about the fireworks in the neighborhood we go to is that the folks across the street have access to professional grade fireworks. And I'm talking about those huge ones that explode way up over head in giant colors and with giant BOOMS. We have a good time watching them light them and then get the heck out of dodge. It's fun to see them shoot up and then explode in the sky.
We were watching all of this with great glee when one of the moms asked, "Are you sure this is safe?"
One of the dads replied, "Of course, those things are really stable. The way its set up it can't........"
His words were cut off by an amazing series of blasts all around us. One of the professional fireworks was apparently put in a tube upside down and when it couldn't go up, it went out. A firebomb exploded against the cars to our left, then another explosion happened just to the right of our kids. I saw Katie lit up in silhouette as something exploded near her. Then another one shot into the crowd across the street. About that time we all snapped out of our frozen trance and started yelling for everyone to take cover and get out of the way. Three more explosions hit the house to our right before it ended. Luckily, no one was injured, and damage to the houses and cars was minor.
Ben described it best when he said, "Everyone went 'Ooooh. Aaaaah. OOOH! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!'"
Amazingly, one of the teen girls was videoing when it happened. This is her video of our explosive New Year's Eve celebration:
We all have our priorities!