Archive for May, 2008

You have to savor the little things in life.

May 31st, 2008 16 comments

Him: And what name can I call for your coffee order?
Me: Spock.
Him: Spock?
Me: Sure.
Him: Awesome.

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Lilian’s Beauty Salon

May 31st, 2008 No comments

Todays Emily art is full of detail.

Emily’s best friend in class this year is a girl named Lilian. Here she is with Em in art class. She’s always immaculately groomed (smock aside) with earrings and hair bows, etc. So what does this bring out in Emily? Why, the art to the right, of course! “Lilian’s Beauty Salon.” There are some other classmates there, and mentions of others.

Kids’ job is to grow up, and a lot of times in their art you can see them trying to figure it all out, with adult themes love interpreted through childlike eyes. She tells us she has a crush, but apparently it’s not a crush on anyone, she just likes the idea of having one. So it is with encouraging friends to get married. But, apparently, get a makeover first.

I have no idea what’s up with the flower, though. Heh.

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Faster, Realcat, Kill, Kill!

May 30th, 2008 8 comments

Remember I told you the Mattel knitting machine came with some little powder-blue puffs that someone had made back in 1974?

+ + =

Which, I suppose, is why you don’t give unfelted yarn toys to cats. Heh.

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Mars on Twitter.

May 29th, 2008 1 comment

According to, the Mars Phoenix vessel has its own Twitter stream. It’s a chipper, upbeat little spacecraft, too! If you want to hear frequent, short updates on what Phoenix is doing (as interpreted by a staffer at NASA, no doubt), check it out.

Also, didn’t Richard Pryor do this in Superman III?

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May 28th, 2008 No comments

Today after picking up my daughter, I noticed not one but two news crews parked outside my daughter’s school. One might be a fluff “end of school” piece. Two means something happened. So I pulled up to the second one and asked what the dealio was. I said, “is this something my daughter should hear? If not, I don’t want to know.” Apparently, someone who wasn’t supposed to be there was exposing themselves. That’s all I got out of them before I started going basically “LA LA LA NOT LISTENING” because, hello, my child was in the back seat.

Em doesn’t seem to know anything about it, thankfully. I haven’t seen anything on the news yet, and I’ve got a call in to Em’s teacher.

In light of events, let’s go with a bad guy-themed picture today: Repo Man. Yes, that is what my daughter said, “repo man.” In this picture, the repo man has come to take the family baby. Note the evil moustache and pleased expression on the villain, as well as the open O mouth of alarm on the mother and, I assume, father. Oh, the humanity!

ETA: I found a news story about the flashing. They got the time wrong by a good hour, and they spelled my kid’s school name wrong. I e-mailed. It’s been a hour and no correction. Journalists today stink!

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New sentences.

May 27th, 2008 No comments

Emily selected a game today to play with her speech therapist and was not enjoying it.

Em, with a sigh: “I hate this game.”
Therapist: “But you’re the one who picked it out.”
Em, thoughtfully: “Good point.”

Hee! That’s brand new. Also, hilarious.

Today’s Emily art: Sneaky Sam. Looks like she’s tiptoeing. That’s sneaky, all right!

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May 25th, 2008 2 comments

I’d been interested in this, and Planetary Joe mentioned it at the Schiele yesterday, but looks like it worked!

Phoenix touches down safely on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla at JPL labs is diligently posting on the Planetary Society blog as things happen, including “you saw ’em here first” pictures of Mars from Phoenix. A young woman named Emily helping with the Mars mission? Is there, perhaps, time travel involved here?

While we’re at it, a few other science-y links:

Earth to Jupiter: it’s called Clearasil.
New telescope designed to look for oceans.
Teen figures out how to get plastic bags to degrade in mere months.
Best viewing spots for the Northern Lights

Not strictly scientific, but fun:
That one looks like a bunny.

And now, goodnight!

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My God, it’s full of stars.

May 25th, 2008 10 comments

A few weeks ago, Emily and I went to the Schiele Museum while my husband was in Kentucky. My friend Rachel had suggested this. She knew that Emily had developed a keen interest in space, and the Schiele museum has a great planetarium and is only a half hour down the road.

Emily enjoyed the museum all right, but not in the traditional way. She whizzed through the museum at a pace I call “Stropewalking.” It’s when you’re getting to where you’re going and woe betide anyone who gets in your way. It’s named after its creator, my mother. Genes control interesting things.

As soon as they announced the planetarium show, Emily stopped her power tour of the museum, where she’d been basically killing time anyway. We had a GREAT time at the show. The Schiele museum cleverly placed their gift shop outside the planetarium exit, so there was nothing for it but to buy glow-in-the-dark stars. Immediately. I knew where this was going.

Sure enough, when we got home, they had to be put on the ceiling in representations of the actual constellations. I’m not going to have my daughter stand on a ladder and try this, so it fell to me. And so now she has semi-accurate representations of many constellations on her ceiling. Emphasis on the “semi.”

The interesting part is that although the pack came with small and large stars, she wanted to stop when we ran out of small stars. She knew that constellations had both small and large, and she didn’t just want to dump the big ones in there willy nilly. So when I suggested we go back to the planetarium yesterday, she was delighted, not least because she could get more stars to go on her ceiling.

The Spring Sky Show was at 3, but she had her shoes on at noon, and I couldn’t stall her for long. We wound up hitting “Oceans in Space” narrated by Avery Brooks at 1pm. Emily sat upright with great interest. We hit “Dinosaurs” at 2pm – not that great for us, but we watched the stars go since they left them running. Emily listed sideways in her seat. Finally, we hit the Spring Sky Show at 3pm, hosted by “Joe.” Emily was interested, but nobody but an immediate family member would know it, since she was practically on the floor.

Joe’s good. Next time we go, I wanna shoot for a show that Joe’s running.

Emily left the show with more questions than last time, like “Are all stars except the sun in constellations?” And “Do all people live in the Milky Way?” This time, not only did she wants the constellations on the ceiling, but she hit me with questions like, “What were the stars in the Summer Triangle?” She already knew Castor, Pollux, and Sirius, but now her individual star repertoire has expanded to include Deneb, Altair, and Vega. They’re appropriately labeled, with dotted lines connecting them.

I’ve found some things online that I wish I had, like glow in the dark yarn or glow in the dark thread because let’s face it, my pencil marks leave a little to be desired.

Next week the Spring Sky Show ends and the Summer Sky Show stars. Emily has expressed a desire to go back. I’ll get out the stepstool and limber up in preparation.

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May 25th, 2008 4 comments

In bed
with a cold.
This is getting
very old.

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May 24th, 2008 60 comments

Something besides Emily art today. Knitting content!

Pattern: Knitted Kitty by Lilian (warning: pattern contains profanity)
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca sportweight
Needles: #5 (3.75mm)

Bertha at sent Emily a care package in December. I knew some things I wanted to send her, like Koigu, but based on her blog, everybody who sends her packages includes some kind of really beautiful thing for her toddler. I got intimidated! There were any number of things I could send, but I honestly didn’t have the time to knit something worthy. So I procrastinated and procrastinated, as I am wont to do. Finally it had gotten to the point where it was just shameful, and I had to send something. I finally abandoned my plans for sweaters and darling little original hats in favor of a very cute and easy pattern so I could get something in the mail to her already.

This was an incredibly easy pattern. You don’t even have to know how to purl. If you can knit a rectangle, you can make this cat. You make three little panels, then seam them up and stuff them. Voila. Cat.

The eyes are spare embroidery thread, and the nose is leftover pink alpaca. I’m a little concerned that I didn’t fasten them securely enough, but I trust Bertha to be able to fix them if they come undone.

I’m told that June is quite happy with the cat, so it looks like this was a good choice. I’m hapy to have a new pattern to add to my repertoire. Quick, easy, and cute – just how I like ’em!

Faster, Gartercat, Kill, Kill!

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