Thursday, April 23, 2009

Poetry from Artfest

Okay, I've been naughty and I haven't uploaded any pictures from Artfest yet, and I have no good excuse. But I did want to share a poem I wrote at Artfest while I was in the amazing "Hidden Journal Poems" workshop with awe-inspiring Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, the author of Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words. I've already published it on Associated Content, so, if you want to read it, go take a look.

And I will get my pictures up this weekend. I promise!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A New Way to Clean Your Small Kitchen Appliances...

So, you may remember that on Christmas Day, I decided to make waffles and instead had a disaster. Well, I've been kind of putting off cleaning the waffle iron ever since. Oh, I would make half-hearted attempts at cleaning it, but usuall I would open it, become suddenly overwhelmed with what seemed like an impossible job, and then close it again after dusting out a few of the crumbs.

Today I decided was the day for me to get it all clean inside. So, I just started brushing the huge waffle crumbs out of the iron with my fingers. I have a restaurant-style Belgian waffle-maker, so it's a little hard to just pick it up and shake it over the sink or the garbage (another reason it's taken me so long to clean). And, again, it was making a huge mess, but it didn't really seem to help.

That's when inspiration hit. I got my vacuum and used the hose to vacuum out my waffle-maker! And then I just wiped off the waffle maker with some hot water when I finished. Ta da! Clean waffle-maker...finally.

I don't think I've ever loved my vacuum more than I d0 today.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Deployment has begun

I know I need to report about Artfest, but that will have to wait another day or two. I'm just not up to blogging about it yet; I still need to unpack and other stuff.

But I just wanted to let you know that TSH did deploy last week and we're doing fine. The boys and I miss him, of course, but we're plugging along. I'll be staying busy by packing and making art and probably a million magnets (they'll start calling me "Crazy Magnet Lady" but that's okay). And there's a class up at the U that I want to take that involves making treasures out of trash, totally up my alley.

So, we're doing fine. For now. :D