Saturday, January 26, 2019

Mia's Cheerleading: Cavalier Invitational

Hen and I went to the Cavalier Invitational to support Miss Mia, who was competing with the NYC team from her hometown. What a fun time! The teams left it all on the mat. Okay, sure, some were more successful than others, but each squad put their hearts into their routines, danced, tumbled, and cheered their hearts out. At the end, the Youth crew took home Second Place and the Juniors took First. Go, Mia!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Naked Mole Rat

pre-show treat at Blue Star

obligatory kids by play poster shot

first in the seats

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Pottering Around hat

Black Trillium Fibres came out with a Harry Potter-inspired set of colors in a Merino and Mulberry silk blend that I so enjoyed working with. There is the slightest hint of sheen and it is super soft. It just felt good having it run through your fingers. So, I made my own little ribbed striped hat for Monsieur Henry, going heavy on the Gryffindor and using the tiniest amount of Slytherin. Two things I learned since I looked before starting on ways to effectively change colors without that noticeable jog and to keep the purl stitches from having that tiny bit of new color showing through. For the former, take the right-most ladder and move it on the left needle to knit it together with the first stitch. For the latter, knit the entire first round. It surprisingly does not show at all. All this to say that I am quite happy with the end result and will now commence lots of striped and ribbed projects to utilize these tips. The most challenging aspect was figuring out how to decrease, not only because I couldn't find a good pattern for the 1x1 rib I was using to illustrate how to do it and I was running out of the color I wanted to finish it with. That self-imposed constraint meant I had to find a way that would work quickly and not destroy the pattern. Luckily, I finally stumbled upon a pattern with a stitch count that was close enough to mine that I could do one round and reduce the number of stitches and then follow those instructions. I tied it off early because I really was down to the last little bit of yarn.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Kids Gogh Art Studio

instructor's area

Ah nuts. Looks like mom can't go get coffee.

Art student HFG

background color

first cloud drawn sort of looked like someone giving the middle finger


finished product - one Harry Potter-inspired rain cloud painting

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Photo editing backlog

Started processing our Yellowstone trip today. What a beautiful place.
Near the Roosevelt Arch, north entrance to the park - October 2017

Monday, January 07, 2019

Hanukkah & Christmas

Found perfect latkes recipe*
Hen's friends, Elliot and Emory, over for Ugly Sweater cookie decorating, dinner, and movie
Took Hen to play soccer at the park with Elliot
Hosted Pre-Christmas Eve brunch
Hen's friend, Eliav, over for the night
Dessert and drinks with Rick, Anya, and the twins
Hosted Christmas Eve dinner
Merry Christmas!
Lazy day
Boulder camp for Hen with his friend, Max
Hen over to his friend's, Jake's, house for movie making magic
Mama and kid day - shopping and movie (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
Saw Aquaman with Emory and Matthew
Lazy day 2.0
Cousin Mia sleepover (2 nights)
Last movie of the holiday season - Mary Poppins Returns


Friday, December 07, 2018

Toppling trees

Lost Lake / Shavuot / 2017