Sunday, August 30, 2015

State Fair 2015

Went to the fair today with Girl-child, DIL and The Babies.

Food was eaten.

We took the Sky-ride.

The giant slide was experienced (I used to love that as a teenager...we always got stoned first).

Can anyone explain to me what the problem is with iPhoto and Photos on Mac?  Why can I not rotate photos and then upload them vertically?

Anyway, we had fun.

I failed to take bunny or knitting photos, but it was all good.   

Suddenly I feel old and unable to adapt to new technologies :(

Monday, August 24, 2015

Gone South and East and Back

I was in Hotlanta for work ... the Hyatt has a Willy Wonka elevator that goes through the roof to a rotating restaurant, so of course we went.

Because of last-minute confusion on the flight from Atlanta to DC (I was standby for that leg, going to see Boy-child) I got the last seat on the plane and it happened to be in first class.

It was nice to see Boy-child without having to go to a funeral.

I got to see where he lives and works.

And get eaten alive by mosquitoes in his backyard.

The hotel in Arlington had really weird carpeting.

We squeezed in a visit to the Hirshhorn Museum.  There was a modern odalisque on display.

And assorted cool stuff, which is always to be expected there.

I love these figures in the sculpture garden.

And since I had a little extra time I nipped down to Alexandria to visit Fibre Space where I found some Miss Babs sock yarn.

I do like my souvenir yarn :D  

It was a good trip and now I'm as caught-up as I'm going to be ... back to the salt mines!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


I am, at my core, a glutton for punishment. This would explain why I get into projects like my floor project (started over a year ago). This weekend and last were both spent moving furniture. First, everything from the bedrooms into the living room and dining room so that the floors in the bedrooms could be done, and currently everything from the living and dining into the bedrooms. 

Amazingly, most of it fit into Boy-child's room:

The books, while time consuming, were not the hardest part.  The sofa was among the most difficult pieces. 

Now the rooms are empty and ready for the cement guys to return.

I'm calling the finished, polished concrete "rustic, urban chic" :-D

I am knitting, albeit not much, and with many, many, stupid mistakes.  These socks, for Girl-child this Christmas, are passable, but not without their issues.  Other socks have had to be ripped out.

Note the difference between the dull, stained concrete above and the high-gloss rustic, urban chic below ...

Last weekend I went to Open Streets with The Girls and The Babies for a break.

  It was entertaining, but very hot.

We had a good time, and it was a break from moving furniture.

Girl-child has special talents with tubes, both horizontally,

and vertically.

Nothing like street food whilst sitting in the street.

This weekend The Girls took me (and The Babies) to Sunday Assembly, which definitely has potential.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nana Duty

I got extra Nana-Anna duty last week. Girl-child needed a little help while DIL was away at camp (The Girls run Camp Quest and her attendance was necessary).

We went to the Sculpture Garden on Monday after work.  This place has always been one of my favorite cheap dates; I used to go regularly when Girl-Child and Boy-Child were little.

The week only got hotter and hotter, so by Friday we were seeking indoor activities.  Midtown Global Market has it all - food, a play area and music for dancing.

Saturday morning it was the usual:  Midtown Farmers Market.  The entomology students were there from the U of M.  There were big caterpillars to pet.

And hissing cockroaches from Madagascar.

Little Boy had lots of fun and earned a Junior Scientist sticker.

This grandma gig is exhausting but fun :-D

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


I've been walking about.  We're doing that thing at work, where you are supposed to walk 10,000 steps per day.  I've been trying to have fun whilst I walk.

If you haven't been to the MIA for the Leonardo exhibit, The Codex Leicester, I would encourage you to go. It's Leonardo with crochet. Really, I kid you not.

And BTW, there's a new guy at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. 

One must not get too high and mighty with the highbrow art, imho.  I'll call this photo, "Self-portrait with dinosaur."

And I love what they do with those boxes - I don't know if they're electrical boxes in general or just for the semaphores, but they're dressed up pretty nice, even in the shoddy parts of town.

An African-American woman was railing against the East African immigrants as we waited for the bus.  I did not take her bait.

Tonight I happened by the Weisman Museum on the University campus just at the right moment, when the sun was hitting it.

At home the succulents and moss roses are thriving on the balcony.