Day 243

I have another book post today, but this one is a tiny bit different. I put Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl on hold a few weeks ago, and on a whim decided to put the CD set on hold also. I used to listen to a lot of books on CD when Paul was little, and basically didn’t talk as much, because I drive around quite a bit to get kids to and from childcare.

After I found ways to finish listening to the book on CD I borrowed for our drive to my cousin’s wedding, I thought I might be able to listen to an entire book that way. I’m almost done with the second to last disk and will probably be able to finish it in the next couple of days. Aside from the fact that I’ve really been enjoying the book, I also like the benefit of feeling like I can do other things while “reading”.

I may have to see what other books I can get from the library to listen to. As a bonus, the audio book became available fairly quickly, and I’m still better than 100 people away from receiving the paper version.

Day 242

It seems like I talk about books a lot, but I mention this one because I finally finished it and it’s only taken me about 2 1/2 months. It’s Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and it’s a really good book about censorship.

It was written more than 50 years ago, and has a lot of very relevant stuff to say about technology and how we can end up using it to busy ourselves with stimulation and not take the time to question and think.

It’s actually a very easy read and less than 200 pages. The reason why it took me so long is I’ve been working on other things and have been getting to bed later than I should. So when I’d pick it up, I’d make it about a page or two before I was fighting to keep my eyes open.

I actually cracked my brother up, who originally mentioned the book to me, by telling him I had about a page and a half left. He thought it was pretty humorous that I could be that close to the end and just decide to save it for another day.

I really recommend this book. It’s interesting to think about. I didn’t do it justice with my description, so check it out for yourself.

Day 241

For six hours today I took a riveting class taught by Tracy Stanley (just in case you missed my last post). We started off with 3″ x 3″ sheets of brass and bronze. We marked off squares, textured them, antiqued them, cut them out, rounded the corners, pounded the edges, picked out charms and created decorative components. Then we started riveting the pieces together.

It wasn’t until I looked at my first completed square of metal that I actually started getting into this class. The thing about metal working is you have to do 10-15 different steps before you finally start to see some results and anywhere along the line something can go wrong. I didn’t like making all of these decisions – this metal or that metal? this texture? more texture? how do I lay it out?

What I loved about this class is that pretty much all of those decisions didn’t have a wrong answer. It was a lot of playing around and experimenting, but for the most part everything turned out great. I was really pleased with what I accomplished. I think I was able to complete more of this project than I have with any other metal work class I’ve taken in the past.

I can’t wait to complete this into a bracelet, and I’m already thinking of other things I want to try out. Unfortunately, there are quite a few tools that I would like to add to my beading supplies.

Had to share this picture from today also just because the colors were so fantastic!

Day 240

I am taking a metal working class taught by Tracy Stanley for most of the day tomorrow. I decided to lay out the tools I’ll need for class. My sister-in-law and I are sharing some tools, so I don’t have everything I’ll need, but it’s a good start. I used my gift certificate from my anniversary to purchase the hammers this afternoon.

It should be an awesome class, but I have to admit that I’m still a little bummed that it’s not the resin class I really wanted to take. But there are only so many resources. Next time.

Day 239

Paul starts preschool as a new student at daddy’s school next week. Tonight was the ice cream social where new students are able to visit the school, see their classroom, meet their teacher, and of course, have ice cream.

This picture is of my oldest’s creation of vanilla with Oreos and M&Ms. It was much more colorful than mine with just Oreos.

He’s excited about starting school next week.

Day 238

Last Friday night I placed an order with Foxy Findings. I discovered this site through Twitter somehow. I think she started following me first, and after looking at her site and seeing all of the discounted shell beads, crystals, and gemstones, I figured she’d be a fun gal to follow.

I have to admit that I was a bit hooked after I won my first Twitter contest. The only downside for me is the $100 minimum for free shipping. I’m all about the free shipping. Since I’m not actively selling my jewelry, $100 is quite a bit to spend on play beads.

Occasionally she’ll have one day of free shipping for $30, while I missed the first few, I was able to catch the one last Friday. I’m so excited because my purchases arrived this afternoon, and there is an amazing amount of stuff for just over $35!

I can’t wait to get started playing with this fun collection of beads!

Day 237

This evening we went out to claim Cold Stone’s free ice cream for my husband’s birthday last week. Before we headed back home we thought the boys might like to burn off some energy in the outdoor play area.

One of the things for the kids to play with is a kind of water feature. I thought the captured water droplets in this picture (with the point-and-shoot) were pretty cool!