Sunday, October 15, 2017

What-What?! Week of October 15th

Yesterday, the husband and I got to have a date night with just the two of us.  Since we didn't have any kids with us, we decided to go to the Funko headquarters, located in downtown Everett.  Funko makes collectable licensed vinyl figures, t-shirts, and other accessories.  The most common style they make generally looks like this, with the big square head:


Funko recently moved to downtown Everett, and afterwards opened their headquarters up with a new store and what can only be described as attractions.  The outside of the building has giant-sized figures:


Inside, there are various themed areas; superheroes, Disney, Harry Potter, Star Wars...  There were tons and tons of people there, so we didn't take any pictures, but here's some from the local newspaper:

One of the coolest things they have is a full-sized Adam West-era Batmobile model that you can actually sit in:


Overall, it was much cooler than I had expected.  We will be taking the kids back at some point, though preferably sometime when there are fewer people.

Oh, and I bought myself an MLP -- Daring Do (essentially, Indiana Jones):

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What-What?! Week of October 8th

We haven't done anything too exciting in the last week; I'm starting to gather supplies to make kids costumes, and this week I'll start doing any sewing needed.  So far, it looks like I'm making Saffron a vest, Osric needs his red coat sized down (it's perfect, except for the fact that it's a women's size small), and Corwin needs pretty much everything.  Corwin changed his mind, and now wants to be a snowy owl -- this would be fine except for the part where finding warm white clothing is a turning into a giant pain; we went to three different stores yesterday looking for some.  I had picked up some white fleece from the fabric store two weeks ago, so I'm starting to look at making him a white fleece hoodie and pants.

Last weekend, we went to Ikea for the first time -- the Redmond store was just recently expanded, with both a larger building and a larger parking lot.  The store/parking lot are both absolutely cavernous.  While there, we picked up Saffron a new computer chair as an early birthday gift, some small bits and bobs (a $2 wall clock!), and I bought myself this rolling cart:
It now sits next to my desk and holds my current craft projects and supplies.  For $25, I think it's a very good value.  We might just wind up with another one, too; I came home, assembled it, and the husband was drooling over how nice it is.  I could see putting another one out in the garage to hold tools, actually -- just roll them where you need them, then out of the way when done.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

What-What?! Week of October 1st

It's October!  That means it's time to get ready for Halloween!

To celebrate this, we made sweet tortilla pumpkin thingers.  Basically, you take corn tortillas, paint them with oil, sprinkle with sugar, then bake.  In order to make the pumpkins more orange, we mixed food coloring into the oil.

The kids had a lot of fun making and eating them.  The pumpkin part turned out to be a bit chewy, rather than crunchy like we were expecting, though.  I think this is the pumpkins were actually kind of large, so we could only bake them so long before the edges were going to start burning.  Smaller cookie cutters would be better.

They came out SO orange!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

What-What?! Week of September 24th

This weekend has been terrible; I was on-call due to some maintenance on one of my work's servers, but a portion of the work took about eight more hours than planned, so rather than being up and available for five hours, I was up and available for that and those extra eight hours, which of course were in the middle of the night.  At one point, I went to bed, but only for about two hours.

Massive, massive suckage.

Also, Saffron and Osric have come down with colds and are moderately miserable.  So we're gonna spend today doing the absolute minimum and watching TV.

Forest Park in Everett

Last weekend, we did hit up Forest Park in Everett; this is a very nice city park, and though it sits very close to civilization, feels pretty remote nonetheless.

The park contains a large playground and a network of walking trails.  We didn't spent very long at the playground, because it had actually started to rain just before we arrived.  Every single slide had a puddle at the bottom of it, so those were right out.

Instead, we spent most of the time walking the trails; Osric had brought along a little magnifying glass, so he was busy looking at everything up CLOSE.

We also saw some people with their pet hawk, which was flying from the falconer to a stand of trees and back, presumably for exercise.

We found a variety of fruit on our walk, including these elderberries(?), some other red berries, and also cherry plums.

Shelf fungus.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

What-What?! Week of September 10th

We have essentially done nothing in the past week.  Corwin was pretty sick for the first part of the week, then the rest of the week was spent recovering from that.  The weather here has been pretty cruddy; a few days with terrible air quality from the nearby fires, and now it's raining.

The nicest thing we've done this week is go to Target and buy fancy Starbucks drinks.  The husband and I actually bought the kids their own hot cocoa, which came in these tiny kid-sized cups -- Saffron said she felt very grownup with her own drink.

We're also starting to get ready for Halloween; so far, the kids want to be Santa Claus (Ozzy), a spider (Corwin), and a pop star (Saffron).  Let's see if all that sticks for the next month.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

What-What?! Week of September 3rd

Yesterday, we pulled out the My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria roleplaying game and started playing.  The husband had gotten me The Curse of the Statuettes box set after we played through the starter adventure in the main book, so we're playing through that adventure now.

The kids are way more into it now than the last time we played, especially now that we have the official character sheets, which have an area for coloring your pony.

This is Saffron's character, Sweetie Rose.  Her talent is carpentry.

Corwin's character, Shimmerswitch; her talent is transformation magic.  Her cutie mark shows an apple being turned into an orange.

This is Osric's character, Ellis.  His talent is baking, and his cutie mark is some frosting.

And finally, this is the husband's character, Inky.  His talent is cartography, and he has an obsession for hats.
I've already had kids asking me when we're going to play again, so it seems like it's going well. :3

Sunday, August 27, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 27th

Yesterday we went to an SCA event; there were a bunch of different classes and things to see and do... unfortunately, though this is more organized than in years passed, it was still very confusing for us newbies.  We were going to go back for the second day today, but Osric woke up this morning throwing up.  So I guess we'll be staying home. :(

Last week, I took Monday off so we could see the eclipse, then go to the Woodland Park Zoo.  We had a very good time walking around, and because it was a weekday, we went and saw some parts of the zoo that we hadn't in quite a while.

Most of my pictures of animals have a "Where's Waldo?" vibe.  There's a lemur in this picture somewhere.

Corwin was oddly not excited when we first arrived, but warmed up quickly.  He spent a good deal of his time reading the signage around the animals, which was a new experience.

Jaguar resting on a branch.

You can tell how excited Osric was to take this picture with his brother.

The toucan was hilarious, bobbing around and clacking its beak.  We spent a lot of time visiting the aviaries this time, which was quite enjoyable -- they have a giant variety of different birds.

Ridin' worms!

Over at the African plains exhibit, there's also a model of a rural African school and houses.  This is actually a grain storage hut.

There was a big meeting hut, too, which was perfect for taking a rest in.

Spotted these unusual flowers on our way out.

Happy Ozzy at the end of the day :)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 20th

So I spent all day yesterday sewing costumes for an SCA event next weekend.  I've made it through shirts for the husband and boys, and dresses for Saffron and me.  Still have three pairs of pants, some accessories, and then I actually have to hem everything... but I hate hemming, so that can wait 'til later. >.>

Other than that, the weather here has been pretty lovely.  I walked down to the county park with the kids earlier in the week, and we played with our Frisbee and giant bouncy ball.  The blackberries around here are ripe, and there are thickets fricken' everywhere, so we picked and ate some of those, too.

You can see the giant blackberry thicket on the right.  This also brings up the only thing I really do not like about this park -- you can see directly into one family's backyard.  We stay away from that corner generally, because they deserve some privacy.


The big kids spent some time watching the clouds.

Mom!  Take my picture with the ball!

Mom!  Take my picture with the Frisbee!