Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cassandra and the beanstalk

Looking at seed catalogs or web sites is so mouth-watering.
I love their copy writers: delicious and nutrious! touts one. Pretty to look at AND good to eat! entices another.
I'm ready to empty my bank account on seeds.

Garden of Eatin'

Today, we put the tomatoes, jalapenos, basil, cilantro and dill into the ground! I'm especially excited about the tomatoes because I picked out some neat ones (Grape tomatoes, Lemon Boy, Black Prince and a surprise rainbow heirloom tomato -- ooh will it be pink, orange, black, yellow or who knows?!) as well as the regulars (Early Girl, Better Boys and Beef Steak).
We're also going to plant Thai or holy basil, if we can ever locate the plant or seeds.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Whitey white!

Here's Josh's before and after. Didn't work very well but giving him a wife beater cracked me up!
Given the title of this post, I should be running for prez. Eat your heart out, Hil!

Half white

Here's Daisy's Simpson's avatar. My theory seems to be correct so far. Onward to a fully white person!

All look same

I was lamenting to my Asian co-workers/neighbors today how difficult it was to create an Asian avatar. For example, Yahoo avatar only offers one Asian face!
So they created Simpsons avatars of themselves through and used them as the name plates on their doors. We were all cracking up.
Now that I'm in the comfort of my own home, I decided to load in a picture of myself and create my Simpson avatar. Behold, the before and after pics.
(I chose the skin tone, sex and nerdy style of dress for my avatar.)
As you can see it didn't work very well for me. So I'm going to do Daisy next (half white) and then Josh (fully white) to see how they turn out.

Delay on my monogrammed towels

My towels are back-ordered and not scheduled to arrive until early June. Bummer!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


We're going to be getting a new camera and computer. Woo hoo!

Happy Birthday Daisy!!!

My little one turned one today!

Today, she took 62 steps before falling! A few days ago, she reached a max of 47 steps and less than a week ago, I counted around 14 steps.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Check this out

The photobook of our Thailand and Hawaii vacations that I've been working on.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sadie and Dazee

I thought this was a nice picture of the two of them.


I think these colorful Rembrandt tulips came out the nicest in the garden. They are tall, dramatic and colorful.

These were interesting purple pastel fringey tulips that my brother sent to my mom for Mother's day.

New hobby du jour

Digital scrapbooking! I'm going to make photobooks to:
a) pass the time
b) find a use for the thousands of pictures that I'm taking of my kids
c) give an outlet to my "creative" energy

I'm going to have to figure out which vendor and which software to use; I will be reviewing them all on the blog. I already started by saying I think the Mypublisher software sucks. But this is because I know how to use PhotoShop. Ideally, I'd like to use something less intense than Photoshop but don't want to use simpleton bloatware.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Crappy software

I'm quite upset over the Mypublisher software. First off, the dang thing makes you install a local application that can easily be web-based. Then it has the nerve to not give you a choice of which directory to install and where to keep the files that it produces. Finally, if you delete unwanted files, it doesn't show up in the program any more but it's still being secretly stored on your hard drive. Making one stinky 50MB photo book costed me at least 600MB of space on my hard drive. I'm supremely pissed.