Yes we have, Your Honor. haha!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I was sitting in the jury box in the middle of cross examination when the building started shaking. Since our courtroom is on the 6th floor, we felt it for quite a while. I guess around 25-30 seconds. No one moved. I couldn't believe it. The judge made a joke. I raised my hand and asked if I could get under his desk. He laughed. I said- seriously. The room stopped shaking. A comment was made about aftershocks being possible. AND THE TRIAL RESUMED. It took me a minute to realize that the shaking I was still feeling, was my legs trembling! But as a juror, I tried to focus again and take my notes with the shaky hand. But within a minute the announced on the loudspeaker that they were evacuating the building.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The first challenge was to design a look using items found at the grocery store. I think Kelli showed the most creativity by actually ALTERING the items she got. She used bleach to DYE the vacuum cleaner bags that she used to make the skirt. She burned a design into the coffee filters for the top and used push pins to make a studded belt. The most genius of course, was her disassembly of the notebook to make the hook and eye closures for the back. I think this look is very wearable, due to the embellishing and dyeing she did. You absolutely can not tell that this look is constructed of vacuum cleaner bags... but all those tablecloths- well, they still looked like tablecloths.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
It all started with Al Gore...
CB and I are really trying to embrace a more environmentally friendly outlook. But it sure isn't easy.
We have tried a couple of those CFL lights in our lamps at home. We try to have the air conditioner set to "energy saver" whenever possible and keep the temperature at 75 degrees. We used to try not to use it at all... but man does it get HOT in our little apartment (plus we just can't do that to our poor cats).
We share one car, partially by choice of simplicity and partially because we can't afford to replace the one that was stolen 2 years ago. haha This both makes us waste and reduce, sometimes forcing us extra trips when both need the car, and sometimes forcing one of us on our bike. We ride bikes together on the weekend to run errands when possible. Caleb takes the bus pretty often to band practice.
We have totally switched to organic milk, but cheese is a bit harder. We try to buy organic meat and veggies when possible, but it is really raising our food bills.
Awhile back, I was reading a book called Garbageland. The author would go through her trashcan everyday and detail everything she'd thrown out. I can't even imagine doing that. Even though we recycle our plastic, Caleb and I throw out soooo much each day. I realized that we fly through paper towels and thought maybe that's something we could reduce. So I bought some kitchen wash cloth/dishrags and announced, these are for cleaning the counter... this towel is for drying the dishes... this towel is for drying our hands... these cloth napkins are for using while eating. That lasted about 3 days and I was back to the paper towels for hand drying, then for napkins. geez.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This weekend Caleb and I finally got away to celebrate our 5 year anniversary.
We went to Malibu Saturday morning and hiked in Malibu Creek Canyon. We had packed a picnic lunch and ate it beside a rock pool. After eating (and waiting 30 minutes-haha) we decided to cliff jump into the water. Caleb did it once to test it out, and then I joined him. He went first so that he could wait in the water for me. It was WAY more intimidating than I thought, poor CB was treading water for a couple minutes while I got up the courage. After a couple false starts, I finally jumped in! There is no video of me, but here is one I took of CB's jump. Note the foot grab.
After the hike and cleaning up at the hotel, we went out to a fancy dinner at a restaurant called The Sunset. Our table was at the window and overlooked the beach with of course a pretty sunset. Here is one of the pics we took while waiting in between courses.
Friday, July 11, 2008
unexpected blocking of blogger. But Yay! It's back in full use again.
PS- We gave Ashton and Tawny the monkey bag for Dave last night, and I think it was a hit! Haven't heard Dave's reaction yet.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Recently, I took a sewing class. We could bring whatever we wanted to make. I had bought this pattern in IL and wanted to make the monkey backpack for our nephew Dave for Kindergarten.
This class was at Sandbox Rebel, a cool store in Valley Village that sells edgy and modern children's clothing. I learned some new techniques for applique, while making this monkey face from felt. I chose a stiff cotton plaid for the body of the backpack.
There is a zipper that goes across the top from ear to ear, so it opens really wide and is fully lined.
This dress had darts, facing, a zipper, and ended up needing to be brought in a few inches- so I learned alterations too. All in all, I don't really like the dress too much, but i learned a lot in the class. The fabric was cute, until I cut it into a dress shape, then it seemed like too much. (Note- that awesome sheep painting is one of Caleb's creations.)
I plan on making more of these cute backpacks, but probably won't make another one of these dresses.