A mile or two in my shoes (Nov. 2)

Well, this whole time-change messing up Avner’s sleeping schedule does have some advantages. I was able to get up this AM, check work email, make A’s breakfast & lunch and then took the dogs (one at a time) around the neighborhood for a brisk walk in the gorgeous Autumn weather. Except for the neighbor that lets her pesky Boston Terrier run loose, it was a great way to start the day and I feel fantastic, if a bit sweaty.

My plan is to continue with this type of thing and I’m also buying my co-worker’s treadmill, which will be good for rainy days and evenings.

I’ve got a pot of red beans in the slow cooker for tonight’s Ode to N’Awlins dinner (red beans & rice), lol. I need to find a recipe for homemade turkey kielbasa/smoked sausage. There’s so much salt in the commercial stuff – blech!

I’m off to finish my indexing chores and then incorporate the critical updates to the Installation Guide that I”m working with today. I have application integration tasks for the User’s Guide that need to be in by Friday. The big updates to the User Guide will be on hold until the 6.0.1 release – no time to get them in beforehand.

Later y’all!

The 99 cent hard hat (Oct 31)

So, originally we weren’t going to do anything for Avner for Halloween. We don’t want him trick-or-treating and the whole costume thing just seemed a bit much for a 2 1/2 year old. But….they were going to do a costume party theme today at his school and they’d only be in costume for a couple of hours, so I decided, what the heck.

Avner is currently fascinated with Bob the Builder – he has a couple of BTB books and I sometimes TiVO it from PBS for him to watch as a special treat. We stopped by the party store last night and I got a cheap plastic party favor-type BTB hard hat for 99 cents. Dressed Avner in overalls, a shirt, put his play hammer and wrench into the pockets and dropped the hard hat onto his head. I was thinking that the whole endeavor was pretty sad, but then…you should have seen his face light up. “I’m Bob the Builder! Can we fix it? YES WE CAN!”

In Jon’s words, sometimes all it takes is a 99 cent hat and a toddler’s imagination. Maybe there’s a lesson in there for all of us.

Getting back in the groove (Oct. 27)

Went to lunch with a girlfriend on Monday and last night went to Book Club and participated quite a bit. I came home a bit quiet and reflective, but it wasn’t a bad thing. Just mulling things over in my head, ya know?

So, for BC, we read Zora Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee . It’s a powerful book and for the first time, possibly ever, we really discussed the book – the themes, how we interpreted it and how it affected us. It was great. Anyways – if you aren’t familiar with Hurston, she was a Black writer in the early part of the 20th century. SoS is the only book she wrote about Whites and it was published at a time when she was embroiled in a huge controversy in her personal life. The read is pretty easygoing, but it is a powerful book that will give you pause and really think about your life and your relationships.

Tonight is ‘bead night’ and I’m finally going to find out if my bead/polymer clay/wire art doll ‘placed’ in the Fall Contest. The next theme is Galactic Adventure. Still mulling over that one. The winter challenge, Hearts Afire, is already in the works – I’m probably going to use Cheryl’s breast cancer awareness candy beads for the basis of my design. Current working title is “Heart of the Cure’. Need to work on swapping out for some Swaro heart pendants.

Oh, if anyone is looking for some Fimo Soft in Gold, Copper, or Silver metallic let me know. I’d like to trade it for some neutral colors in Sculpey III. Need it for one of my ClayQuest classes.