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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Invisible Blog

Good lord it's been two weeks since I've had anything to say?
Well, that's not true, I've had plenty to say and most of it peppered with four letter explicatives.
A lot of crap is going on here, especially the newly diabetic stuff. I think I have a pretty good game plan as far as diet and exercise goes, but I'm in serious need of some medical direction. No really, my doctor just about tossed a glucometer at me and kicked me out of the office. So that's pretty much what I've been up to.
That and making some sweet sweet boxes.
One of the local "Up In Smoke" cigar shops sells their empties for a dollar each and the money goes to local charities. I've donated $16 so far.
Here is an faux art pic of said boxes after being stripped on their cheap fasteners and most of the stickers:
Most are made of cheap basswood or something similar, very soft wood that gets powdery when sanded.
Here's a close up showing how some of the printing is stamped into the wood:

Perfexion X, I think I'm going to leave this on here, it's so...something....

I've been sanding them down and painting or staining them and adding cork, felt, or paper to line the insides. Most of these were made before Jason bought a belt sander so I had to hand sand or distress the wood over the stamps. The belt sander makes the job a lot easier:

Finished products. These are going to be Christmas packages. If I get really good at refinishing them I may try to sell them. I'll have to find some nicer hardware though. The local craft stores have a very limited selection and the hardware stores do not really have anything small enough.
Jason and I are going to check out a woodworkers store in Addison this weekend. I'm really excited, so is he. He's been making drums and they are absolutely beautiful. If he lets me post some pictures I will.

I've also been annoying Luke:

Why? Because he lets me. Only Luke would sit still long enough to let me drape him in ivy, or be comfortable in his boy-dogness to allow me to tie a pink polka dotted ribbon around his neck.

In other news, somewhat sad news, the European vacation is likely canceled. Mostly due to the fact that I'm newly diabetic and still working out what drugs I need to take and coming to the realization that the swine flu could indeed kill me now. Partly due to money as well, but more because of the medical uncertainties. But, because I got such a great response to my scavenger hunt challenge, I promise to do something awesome to post here.
In the mean time I'm going to sit back with a cup of unsweetened soy milk and catch up on your blogs.
I promise not to stay away so long next time.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Too Damned Busy!

As you can see, I've had little time to write lately. And I apologize to those of you whose blogs I follow. I am reading, but usually on my breaks at work, through my phone, so I have no comment ability. I promise to give you all some love soon!
We've been full steam ahead on the house renovations, I've been making nifty boxes for Christmas presents, work has been insane and I am likely diabetic, but that's okay because I've lost six lbs in two weeks by cutting out the carbs AND Lindt makes a 90% cocoa chocolate bar that only has 3 grams of sugar per serving.
On top of that I'm gearing up for our trip to Europe which is only a month away and I am so very not prepared. I know, poor me, right? I should explain that I am not a rich jetsetter. Earlier this year I randomly won 4 free tickets to Europe in a Northwest promotion and I wasn't going to waste any of them. The trip in June was my first trip off the continent ever, this will be my second and unless some more free tickets fall in my lap, I think it will be a long time before trip number three happens.
So here is your mission, dear readers, should you choose to accept it:
Give me a scavenger hunt for my trip! Think of something crazy and random for me to photograph and I will do my very best to find it and post the results here when I return. We are going to be based in Brussles and plan to visit Bruges, Lille, Calais, Paris and Amsterdam. And no, I have no plans to photograph hash bars or prostitutes in Amsterdam.
Be creative!
Now I'm off to catch up on your awesome blogs!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Realizing The Dream

Well alright, it wasn't quite six lbs, but I finally made mashed potatoes in my kitchen with my mixer! Skins on, a dash of pepper and bam! Potatoes.
I'm rather pleased with life at the moment.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Groan, Shuffle Shuffle, Groan, BRAINS!!!

So what's up with Zombies? Seriously, zombies are the new "it" creature of the night.
I'd like to blame sparkling vampires for this, really, I would. But I think there's a deeper rooted cause. The economic crisis.
Think about it. What's so great about zombies? Wouldn't you rather be a glamorous vampire or a fierce werewolf or even a witch? Zombies are weak. I should know, I play a lot of Castlevania and zombies are a level one enemy which means they die when you breathe on them.
But in all seriousness, or as serious as I can be talking about zombies, I think the allure of zombies is the fact that there is no allure. Zombies are brainless, soulless reanimated corpses whose sole purpose in to eat brains and make more zombies, kind of like the Borg, but without the hive structure and cyberpunk accessories.
We are living in dark economic times. Who in today's world can relate to the rich, aristocratic vampires living in castles? Dracula certainly has enough money to avoid forclosure, but the mcmansion owners don't. Who can relate to the predatory werewolves? I'd venture to say not even the hot shots of Wall Street, these days.
And that leaves us with zombies. Soullessly, mindlessly plodding along with the crowd, performing the same redundant and meaningless task day in and day out. The unemployed, the under employed, everyone who has taken a pay cut to avoid a lay off, who can't relate?
Personally, this is my favorite zombie of them all: