Monday, February 28, 2011

Necessity is the Mother of......Resourcefulness!

Lightning McQueen:  may I have a pin?

me:  why do you need a pin?  do your math.

LMcQ:  I can't find my pencil, so I need a pin to prick my finger so I can write my math in blood.

Happy Monday......

We're currently under a flood watch, a tornado watch, and a severe thunderstorm watch. It's blowing and raining sideways out there!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Birdman goes to Charleston

I think we have one of the prettiest Capitol buildings anywhere.  Isn't the dome beautiful?  It didn't always look so nice.  Back in the day it was just painted blue and gold and looked a bit cheesy, but not so long ago, as one may reckon the turning of governmental wheels of appropriation, money was allocated to have the dome redone, and the gold is now real gold leaf.
I took this picture when I took Birdman to serve as a junior Page in the House of Delegates a couple of weeks ago.

Here we have Birdman on the Capitol plaza, next to our very own replica of the Liberty Bell (only ours isn't cracked). Did you know that there are 55 replicas of the Liberty Bell, one in each state and territory?  You can go here to see where your state's replica resides, and perhaps go visit it.  It is said that they have the same tone as the original and all sound alike, which of course isn't so hard to believe considering they used the original mold.

Here's Birdman with his certificate!  He had a very good time.  I'm so glad that when I was in high school I served as a junior page, because otherwise I don't think I'd have known about this great opportunity for young people to see and experience their state government at work. Some things have really changed since I was a page; the pages now stand in two groups near the Speaker's desk - we had a wee tiny cloakroom and folding chairs, with a board and lights on it.  When a light went on, one of us had to go to that Delegate's desk and see what they wanted - coffee, newspaper, go make copies of something, etc.  Now the pages are in the line of sight of the Delegates, so they just wave; sometimes the Clerk will ask a page to distribute copies of a bill or resolution.  All the Delegates have laptops at their desks now too - personal computers didn't even exist when I paged!  And the roll call board? That's all LED lights that change color according to how a Delegate votes, instead of a red or green bulb (for Nay or Aye respectively) next to the Delegate's name (in those pinned-on letters like a bulletin board).

Next year I hope to take him back to page in the State Senate - I remember the Senators being very bad to pass notes to each other, but I'd bet that's not a problem now, what with text messaging and IM capability.

Besides being a junior legislative Page, Birdman is also preparing for a trip to Washington, DC with his Civil Air Patrol squadron, and a Color Guard competition.  I'm going to the Color Guard practice tomorrow to teach them how to do a proper spit-shine; I'll try to remember the camera and then you will know how, too!

Please Excuse Me

For being so quiet.  I designed a knitting pattern and submitted it to Knit Picks - an awesome online yarn store that has an "Independent Designer Program" for regular people (like me, lol) to design, submit, and if accepted, SELL patterns using Knit Picks yarn.  I've been chewing the proverbial fingernails for the past couple of weeks and hope to hear one way or the other soon.

But stuff has been happening around here, and I'm going to try to get a couple of posts up this weekend.

I did get a new camera.  I'm enjoying it very much.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

No Photos for a While.

Birdman dropped my camera and it no longer works, so until he earns the money to buy me a replacement there will probably be no photos posted.  I can take pictures with my camera, but it is a pain in the tochis to upload them to the computer.

So just bear with me.  I'll try not to be too verbose, not that that's a real problem to begin with.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Please Help Father Z

Go here, and vote in his online poll.  You don't have to register or anything.  Just read the post, read the poll choices, and vote.  Father wants as big a sampling as possible.

Thanks in advance!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Oh, Puh-leeeeze.

No excuse for that, really.  When I was in Leadership School in the Army, we had to earn our weekend passes.  I was, at that time, very nearly phobic about speaking in public, much less singing.  However, to earn one particular weekend pass the task was to sing a song.  I chose the National Anthem.  I was terrified.  But I sang it, without flubbing the words, and got my days off.  And about that 'being caught up in the moment'? I've been there/done that too, and usually when that happens to me I end up doing/saying/accomplishing something I never would have been able to if I hadn't been in that 'zone'.  (I call it the Holy Spirit).  I don't think I've ever felt like I was in the moment only to really mess something up.
And these people who sing the National Anthem in public like this need to quit with the vocal embellishments and sing the notes, at the proper tempo - it's not a dirge, but a march.
OK, I'm done griping now.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This Simply Has to Stop.

How do these people sleep at night, much less look themselves in the eye while they're brushing their teeth and combing their hair?  Lord, have mercy!