|The Queen and Flower|
|Wifey with Flower and Monster|
|...with two yolks!|
Time to head back home to Arizona. We are now at our third stop looking for a restroom where we do not have to pay to use the facilities.
First, we stopped at a Subway to have some sandwiches. We ask to use the restroom and they told us they did not have one. The only restroom in the shopping center was in the pizza place next door. Wifey walked over there with some of our girls and was told it was 50 cents per person to use the restroom.
As we headed out of town we stopped at the nearest Jack in the Box. Wifey again took some children into the store and found out again you have to pay to use the restroom.
Now on our third attempt, the family has walked into the CVS Pharmacy to look for a restroom where you do not have to pay to relieve yourself.
California is so far gone you could not pay me enough to live here.
I also attempted some panoramic pictures from the viewpoint of rider's seat on a few different Disneyland rides.
|Thunder Mountain Railroad panoramic photo|
|Pirates of the Caribbean (inside the ride) panoramic photo|
|ESPN Zone serves you while sitting in a recliner watching sports|
|Macky sporting her master plinking skills.|
She bought a few Disney patterns like one that says "Boo!" in Disney font. She embroidered it onto material in such a way that she could incorporate it onto the front of a dress she made.
Maybe someday I'll have a camera that does this stuff justice.
|Jake and the Neverland Pirates|
|Frozen - Sisters Forever - sun dress|
|Anna from Frozen - dress|
|Sis & The Queen in matching shirts|
|aka "peasant shirt" w/ elastic neck|
If you are interested in How-To's or videos on how she made these, where she bought the materials, etc... just leave a comment. I keep telling Wifey that she should blog this stuff but she doesn't think anyone would be interested.
Turns out, this cool little store allows you to pretty much follow the same business model as Build-a-Bear. You get to pick out a body style like a car or truck. Then you get to customize it with shiny wheels, different size tires, and lots of accessories.
|Packed into the family van|
Oh, and since she's remote controlled, I'll be obligated to run it up an down the office halls a few times.
|Grizzly River Run|
The last dress to be made was done in our hotel room...and it was left on the hotel bed to dry. Before the puffy paint could cure and harden, another unfortunate child sat on our hotel bed...which was where the wet paint was drying...and they did so wearing THEIR new outfit.
With a glass of hot water and a fistful of Q-tips, Dad comes to the rescue. In about thirty minutes, I had most of the smears wiped away and reapplied a new layer of paint. There is definitely an art to applying puffy paint which I have little experience. Nevertheless, we have a newly repaired costume that needed to be dried pronto.
But how to dry the dress with such a short time remaining?
|Pinpoint heating system (and hands free!)|
We're off to Mickey's Trick or Treat!
I'm starting to hear a lot of chatter about ebola at my hospital. Two weeks ago they held an educational seminar about viruses in general (which focused on ebola). Then I read in the local newspaper how we were planning for the possibility of receiving ebola patients (as a precaution).
The buzz is getting louder. What do you guys/gals think? Are you concerned?
I found the 650 to be quite comfortable to use. I found out that there is an 1150 model which lends itself more to mass producing on a small business scale but the warranty isn't as good as the smaller models.
I'm interested in casting my own lead bullets too.
Do you have experience or comments in this arena?
|Hoop garden skeleton frame|
I flipped them over and used more planks to cover the bottom. I filled them with pine needles since there's an abundance on the ground. I used them mostly to fill in the cracks on the bottom of the boxes. Then I mixed in some of the coffee grounds I was collecting from the coffee cart at work. They just throw away all of their grounds so I figured I'd bring some home. I know it makes the soil very acidic so I won't use very much.
|Free pallet wood makes me happy happy happy.|
I drove some rebar in the ground and bent some 3/4" pvc pipe to meet at the apex using a 45 degree elbow. Right now, I'm just building a mock-up of the structure. When I get everything in place, I'll take it apart and glue it all for strength.
|Dried pine needles and coffee grounds|
Anybody know of anything that can be grown in Nov/Dec/Jan just for fun?
As Wifey and I continue to research a location for our perfect homestead in the future, we were told how wonderful Twin Falls can be for liberty minded homesteaders like us.
But we've never been to Idaho. I was wondering if any of you have input on this topic?
|Sister bleeds brown now.|
I recognize, however, that this is a terrific learning opportunity for her. Lessons to be learned on the value of earning a dollar, the disappointment of how much comes out for taxes, being punctual, loyal and hardworking. But most of all it will start her down the path of personal finances. She'll learn how to budget and plan for the future and how quickly the money can be spent if not careful.
She wasn't too picky on where she wanted to work. She mentioned the local Sonic drive-in which, actually, is where my father got his first full-time job but I didn't like the thought of her being out late and dealing with possible drunks on late night binges. I snapped her up an application at the local ranch store...which is where I wanted her to work. I imagined having the inside scoop on sales and clearance items before the general public. Yeah, I'm selfish like that.
But a better opportunity came up. The local UPS store that we use for our post office box had an opening and I had gotten to know the owner and a lot of the employees over the past year. The employee base is made up of high school or just out of high school aged young folks. They get to dress casual and on occasion wear jeans. They are all very friendly and act respectable. Most of all, I like that they aren't open on Sundays.
Wifey helped her fill out the application and I double checked all the deduction stuff. She turned in her application and had an interview the next week. We role played with her a little on how to answer the common questions in an interview: "Why do you want to work here?" and "Why should we hire you?" and the ever popular "Tell us your strengths and weaknesses" question.
She was hired on the spot! Her first part time job is at the local UPS store and we're celebrating when we pick her up at 2 o'clock today by patronizing one of our favorite places: Panda Express. My little Princess is coming to the end of her high school years, working her first job and talking a lot about going to college.
Where does the time go....