Sunday, November 29, 2015

What-What?! Week of November 29th

Happy weekend-after-Thanksgiving!

We've had our first Thanksgiving at our new house, which was immensely satisfying.  I am so thankful for all the help we've had getting here.
The spread, with waiting children.  They were super excited!
And I did a lot of cooking... actually, I should say that we did a lot of cooking, because the husband and I always cook Thanksgiving dinner together.

Dessert was pumpkin pie (not shown, looked like pumpkin pie), mini apple pies, and lemon tart things.  The pies were delicious!  I really liked being able to just pick up the apple pies and eat them out of hand.  I am going to do that again, for sure.  The lemon tarts were a disaster, because they fell apart and just needed help.  Next time will be different.  I already have a plan.  And a lot more lemon butter, too:
I still feel like I should've made a double batch, though.  The stuff is scrumptious.

Now, something that's not food... not food... Not?  Food?  Hm.

How about Legos?
Osric made all of these robots.  He builds robots all the time.  We had to clean them all off the dining table so there was enough space for Thanksgiving dinner.

In other news, my daughter has an extremely loose tooth, so today I'm sewing her a tooth pillow.  It'll be rabbit-shaped with some pink patchwork bits.  Will post a photo next week, for sure. :3


Sunday, November 22, 2015

What-What?! Week of November 22nd

We had another windstorm, and were without power again for a day and a half.  Didn't lose any food this time, which is nice, but there was some damage...
This is about fifteen feet of fence that was blown over.  Now it matches the 8 foot section that blew over on the opposite side.  The other side seems pretty easily fixable, but this side I'm not so sure.  The wood itself isn't totally jacked, but it needs new posts put in, and the existing ones are really in there.  We'd have to take apart a lot of it to get the old posts out, and at that point, it's worth exploring other ideas.
Our backyard tree lost five large branches, including this giant one.  Happily, none fell on the house, though one did hit the fence, but it was undamaged.  There are also about a million medium size branches strewn about, which I started cleaning up yesterday.

Peter had a friend from work come over with his truck, and they took the vast majority of the carpeting bits we ripped out of the house to the dump.  Now we have oodles of space in the garage.  I'm thinking we'll put some metal shelving up to hold canned goods, which will alleviate some of our space issues in the kitchen.  It's nice and cold out there, too, which'll help things keep.

Latest Project: Shadowrun Site

This is my most recent project, a website for the Shadowrun 2050 roleplaying game that the husband and I are currently playing.  Shadowrun is a cyberpunk world setting, and us players are a group of people doing less-than-legal 'runs' (jobs) to get money.  It still needs a lot of work in details, but the meat of it is done.  I have to completely redo the slider feature on the front page to make it work like I want, but I need to think about how I want to do that, and possibly look over other people's solutions.  Other things I need to do include updating the readme, and making an interface so it's easier to add information to the Updates, Runs, and Characters sections.

...And I need to start on other projects, too.

Next week is Thanksgiving, which means a four-day weekend, yeah!  We have yet to buy a turkey, because we simply have no space for it.  I made a joke about buying another freezer a month or so ago, and I keep trying to decide if I should take myself seriously.  Our freezers have been nothing less than packed for weeks, and I don't think that's going to change any time soon.  We just got a 40 pound order of chicken two weeks ago, and have another 40 pounds of beef ordered for next month as well.  No idea where we're going to put it.  But we won't run out of meat any time soon.




Thursday, November 19, 2015

Art Thursday -- November 19th

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
Saffron made a movie poster.  That's Ron and Hermione on either side of Harry.  I thought it had nice composition, though the lightening bolt lettering makes it a bit hard to read.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

What-What?! Week of November 15th

Not too terribly much happened this past week.  It has been pretty cold here, with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 30s.  And living in a plain 60s era house, this means that it's cold in the house as well.  Blah.

Lowe's Build and Grow


The kids did the Lowe's Build and Grow project yesterday, which was a pull back racecar.  Oz finished his first, then proceeded to drive it all over the rest of us while the big kids did their own.

I taught the kids how to play Checkers.  They've been having a good time with that.  It's also a nice change from the other games we have which use a million little cards, like Candyland.  Those always turn into a huge mess.

And now, how about some Legos?

This is Osric's robot, which is remarkable because it's the first robot he's build with moving parts -- he bends at the waist!

A tiny robot Corwin made.


And a catapult thing, because why not?


And his missile system, which features frequently in his robots.

Hopefully next week will be better.  It probably won't be warmer, though. :P

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Art Thursday -- November 12th

"Cars and Stuff"
Drawn by Osric.  The round thing in the middle is a monster face, which is why it has scary teeth.  And then cars, because he likes them, and a road on the far left.  One of the few times that he's made something that looks like something.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

What-What?! Week of November 8th

This past week has been nothing but miserable.  The baby and the husband are sick, and have been up every night coughing.  So none of us grown-ups have gotten any sleep, and neither has the baby.

We have eaten a lot of salads with dinner, though.  Of course, we've also balanced that out with lots of Halloween candy. :P

This coming week, we have a Lowe's Build and Grow event, and also picking up our 40 pounds of Zaycon chicken.  Since my father-in-law also brought us a bunch of meat when he was visiting, I have no idea how we're going to fit it in the freezer.  The husband and I keep joking about bringing them home and then putting 'em directly on the barbeque.  We'll see...

So I did this...

Yes.  I did this.

What is this?

This is Udacity's Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree.  It's a nine-month program that I've completed over the last five months.  I now have a portfolio, and a lot of projects, and a selection of what can only be described as bits and bobs.  In the middle of all this, I've done some freelance work, which I've also just completed.  My last client actually asked if he could pass my name along to some of his friends who are also business owners, so more work may be forthcoming from that avenue.  Of course, my expectation for freelance work is very similar to what's described on The Oatmeal's post, How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell, but so far I've been pleasantly surprised.

So there's that.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Art Thursday -- November 5th

"Batgirl!"
One of Saffron's original Halloween costume ideas before she decided on Hermione Granger.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

What-What?! Week of November 1st

Tried to type October in the title of this post.  I am not ready for it to be November!

This week has been incredibly busy.

Saffron Turned Eight!

Saffron had her birthday party last Sunday afternoon, and just turned eight on Thursday.  Her party was a proper kid party, and we had an extra four kids in the house, bringing the total up to seven.  With that and parents, it was a tight squeeze!
Saffron's cake was chocolate with mocha frosting, and decorated with Fruity Pebbles for a rainbow look.  Saffron helped with the Fruity Pebbles.
She got lots of presents, including (a lot of) books, craft kits,  and Legos.
About ten minutes after everyone left, she had started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and had finished it by the next afternoon.  After that, she started on building her Lego sets.  She got two from the Lego Elves line, and has played with them intensely.  Like, she doesn't usually play with Legos for long periods of time, but she's spent hours with these.

Halloween 2015
Yay, everyone had a costume for Halloween!  It was close, as I was sewing armor circles onto Osric's jacket that morning. :P

As you can see, Corwin dressed as Darth Vader, Saffron as Hermione Granger, and Oz was Thor.  I made Saffron's skirt and scarf, as well as Osric's cape and jacket decoration.

We decided to try Trick or Treating at the mall this year, but we won't be doing that again.  It was just no fun -- stand in line and walk around in a big circle.  There was little that was exciting to do, so mostly it was drudgery.  After a bit, Oz started getting bored, so he and I did other things.  At one point, he climbed into a car ride, and while I was just going to let him sit there and play in it, when he pushed the start button, it started!
Then we looked through a toy store, and shortly after that, we left.  The kids were all tired and frustrated.  So, lesson learned.  No mall for Halloween for us.

Later, we went out Trick or Treating in our own neighborhood, which was a lot more fun.  There were a fair number of houses giving out candy, and a fair amount of kids out trick or treating, too.  After we were done, the big kids took turns handing out candy.  As the night wore on, it went from little kids, to big kids, to big kids not in costumes.  After the first set showed up without costumes, I decided we were probably done. :P

This weekend, we also have Peter's dad visiting us, which has been a lot of fun.  We haven't done a ton of exciting stuff, but just having him in the house has been quite enjoyable.