Monday, October 25, 2010

Off to the Big Apple

But to hold you over......more cutie patootie pictures....and oh for your extra special viewing treat....a VIDEO.....the future Donnie and Marie.....
video
The above is the engineering team that recently designed the largest train track in the world.

Pumpking carving with the cousins.
Daddy and Mason...the happy pumpkin
Beautiful girl

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I Got Poladroid to Work!!

If I had one ounce of the talent....

Okay, so I like to cuss once and awhile, but anyways, in a dream world I would love to hang this in my kids' rooms.

That print and many other equally fantastic prints can be found on ETSY under The Big Harumph's page (thanks to Heather...I am stealing your idea and reposting here.)

Which brings me to another cool thing that I wish I could get to work on my computer but I think that my computer is so old that it won't work with it.....Poladroid.....a program that turns digital pictures into pictures that look like Polaroids......YEAH HOW COOL IS THAT??  I would love to show you an example but thanks to Microsoft that is not going to happen....(just kidding Bill).....but you can see examples over here at.)  Again, I stole this idea from Amy Tangerine......

Monday, October 18, 2010

Causes



The dead honest truth is that the only show that I religiously watch, or for that matter even know what channel or time it is on, is 60 Minutes.  One of the segments in yesterdays episode was about how many homeless vets there are that are coming back from recent wars.....the whole thing made me ill. It made me cry.  It made me angry.  It made me proud for the volunteers that try to help them.  These people have gone through severe trauma and often times turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with the PTSD or the anxiety  and what does our country do...NOTHING.  The system is crowded/bogdowned/full......"Hey Buddy, Thanks for your service, now go rot in an alleyway."

So then I started thinking, I wonder how I could volunteer or what cause could I donate to and I just stopped......it is overwhelming....not the same overwhelming feeling those vets are having, but the everyday feeling of "I have very little time, but I want to do something...so what should I do?  What causes should I support?.  Who should I not support?  Who should I give my money to?  Where should I spend my money? Local business/Large corporation?  Organic food/corn syrup/aspartame?  What gas station can I go to?"

Things have gotten so complicated and tiresome.  There are so many issues and so many issues you have to take sides on.  In Minnesota alone, there was the debacle over Target and others giving large sums to an anti-gay rights candidate for governor......I am for equal rights and gay marriage....but I am also for freedom of speech...but I am anti-corporation(big money) in politics ...oh but wait, Target gives a lot of money to local Minnesota schools and to the arts.  SO WHAT THE HELL DO YOU DO?

Then there is the Tea Party, ya love to hate'em, but the reality is that it least they are showing the world that the two party system doesn't work.

Then you have your charities...there are so many good ones...but who do you support financially?  Everyone is hurting, but who is hurting more?  I love the old teen clinic I used to work for, but then I like to support the NRDC because they support land preservation....but I also like to support some medical charities because they have touched my family.  Which brings me to a few weeks ago, Melinda Gates (wife of Bill) was on (60 Minutes) talking about their foundation.  Scott Pelley naively asked her why she had chosen malaria over something like cancer that touches more people and basically she said in a very classy way that they like to support the illnesses that are underserved. 

And sooooo as I sit here and contemplate this all,  I think I will work to support one really small, but very mighty and very important cause, and that is my children.  I will get off this computer and go work with Mason on colors and Dilly on her letters and words.  I will work with my school district and make sure they are getting the support they need and if I have any time leftover, then I will worry about the million causes that are out there. 

So thank you Melinda Gates and 60 Minutes for bringing me back down to Earth. And home.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Harvest Time & Again, Long Lost Pictures, Sort of

Knee with graffiti (new pretty ACL)-4 sets of stiches, two bioabsorble screws, one day on nerve block, one day on vicodin and VOILA...new knee for stepping on low lying train tracks.
Pears that our neighbor gave us
Child Labor-Apple Sauce making

Disgruntled workers on the applesauce assembly line.
My delicious tomatillos with garlic--ready for roasting
Colorful peppers

Jordan's clone

Hunky apple picker

Boy in hat

Destroyers of koy pond ecosystem
First day of school

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

LAMMMMMMEEEEE----OOOOOOO

Apparently all of my creative influence was somehow located in my ACL and so when it was removed and replaced with cadaever ACL....it was as if I got the ACL from some boring sap of a person--BECAUSE MAN I can barely pull a blog post out of my patootie.  I also think it made me go from a night person to a morning person. Last night I went to bed at 10:00....that is unheard of in these parts. 

It also seems that in my long absence that I can no longer upload pictures to my blog (AGH!)...