there are a lot of fun projects in nick and tesla’s high-voltage danger lab. odin’s working on the “van tracker”. you soak the inner core of a highlighter in some water, then if you’re following the instructions you put the bag on the bumper of a van and poke a pin in it and use a blacklight to see where the van went.
not really thinking it through before i said it, i offered that it might be more fun to put the flourescent fluid in a squirt gun and write secret messages in the snow that you can only see with a blacklight.
highlighter fluid in a squirt gun – what could possibly go wrong!
it’s coming up on a year since i lost 110 pounds by running over 2,400 miles and i’ve managed to keep the weight off by continuing to watch what i eat, weighing myself every day, and continuing to run even in crazy cold weather.
i’m cautiously optimistic that i’ve found the weight loss recipe that works for me, though i know i will still take constant vigilance to keep it off for another year and every year after that. i told myself i’d keep my big clothes for a year on the chance i’d need them again, and now i think it’s time to donate them to someone who might find they fit a little better.
it’s a little hard to tell from this picture but i went down about 12 inches on my pants waist size and can now fit in 32″ “regular fit” pants which i think was the same size i wore in 9th grade
i’m happy to get rid of all the clown clothes but, ummmmmm, i think i need to go shopping.
it’s been awhile since i whipped up a batch of purple moon ice cream. odin’s hockey team played a great game and earned a spot in the state hockey championship, which was the perfect excuse to make another half gallon.
this will sit in the fridge overnight and i’ll put in the mixer tomorrow.
i snuck a taste and i think this might be my best batch yet.
now that i think of it, i owe a debt of purple moon ice cream in exchange for getting an awesome lunchbox. maybe i’ll have to make two batches
in the sense that frida is training me to stay off the couch
actually, she does a really good job of staying off the couch. she only gets confused when we randomly ask her to jump up on the couch to sit with us.
humans are complicated.
me: “what do you want to read before lights out?”
odin: “the dictionary!”
we take turns giving each other random words and time each other with a stopwatch to see can find words faster and then read the definition.
it’s a fun game and with almost every word both of us learn something new.
he’s looking for “zenith” on this round. for now i can usually beat him, but i don’t think that will last for long.
frida turned 6 months old a few days ago so we got her a very special gift! a trip to the vet to get spayed!
she thought she was going to “doggie daycare” and was very excited in the car on the way to the vet ( though quite vocal in telling us that we “forgot” to feed her). she was not so happy when she came home. hi. ho. she’ll be happy frida soon enough.
i’m sure it’s a form letter, but the note from the vet on “frida’s big day” was a nice touch, though her ears are down the in picture which means she had figured out that this was not going to be A Fun Day when they snapped the picture.
i remember odin’s first piano lesson eight and a half years ago given by his great aunt on a piano in maine that had seen generations of family playing. since then, i’ve slowly been teaching odin how to play, waiting for his hands to get bigger and his concentration and attention skills to get developed enough to make proper lessons fun and not A Big Drag.
five years ago we got a piano and i taught odin scales, and intervals and simples chords and he soon could play twinkle, twinkle little star ( i remember his amusement upon realizing it was the same notes as baa baa black sheep and the alphabet song ).
and it wasn’t too long before he was playing parts of the the pink panther theme and the imperial march by ear or “inventing” the smoke on the water intro or making up pieces that sounded like something brian eno would compose.
it’s been clear that his hands have grown along with with his attention and concentration and now is a good time to leave behind learning my chicken scratch transcriptions of school songs and get some proper lessons.
today he had his first lesson. he loved it, absolutely loved it, and can’t wait for the next one. i’m sure in no time at all he’ll be teaching me a thing or two.
we’re still working on the kite aerial photography rig but having a aerial photography set-up that didn’t depend on a windy day that wasn’t also threatening stormy weather would be awesome.