These are my ruminations on life, design, and the pursuit of happiness…


Nightmare After Christmas


Last night the kids found my trunk full of 1993 Nightmare Before Christmas collectibles.


Now Sadie’s shelves look like this:





Happy New Year!


After 4 days of working to switch the website over to a new host, finally we are back in business.
A Happy New Year indeed!!
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Busy week


I guess I’m always busy, but this week I was busy with fun stuff. First another trip to the Printing Museum with my class.
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We are thinking of starting a “wall of shame” or maybe just a “binder of shame” for prints such as this:

April02Which doesn’t really look bad until you realize it is supposed to say “Wanted, Reward” which is why I later added the image of Einstein.

Then Friday I got to go with Theo and his 3rd grade class to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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April06We all had a blast, as the Aquarium was closed to the public due to the Long Beach Grand Prix. The kids even got some views of the Grand Prix trials over the fence.

Sunday we had a mini Grand Prix of our own
April09 with Pack 007’s Pinewood Derby.

car1This was the first derby for Theo, and he and Dave had been working on the car for about the last month.

April07We weren’t sure it would go very fast, as last weekend they had a trial run, and the car was getting hung up on the rails. But they brought it home, and Theo cut out the bottom more with the dremel.

April08He wound up winning fastest in his bear division!

April10Not bad for a car we didn’t know would run!

His sister even designed a car (built by dad)
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Hers we WERE expecting to go fast, as it was scoring under 3 seconds in the trials, but it just didn’t perform on race day. When we got home we realized the axle had been bent, and the wheel was rubbing against the frame.
Sorry Sadie, better luck next time!