Thursday, July 20, 2017

Room remodel, day three

progress, about half of the room is done

Room remodel, cont'd

day two, paint on the wall

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

He's gone!

The little man is gone! And we miss him. But we can't let him know that we miss him because we don't want our missing him to remind him that he might miss us. So, we have to sit here missing him hoping that he isn't missing us. Did I mention the cat misses him, too?

I dropped Hen off at sleep-away camp yesterday. He was the tiniest bit anxious because we were immediately approached by about six camp staff members wanting to get us checked in and his friends were nowhere to be seen. But he passed the lice check (woohoo!) and was escorted away to his cabin. Hen's a brave kid. I don't know if I'd have done as well if I had gone to camp at the same age.

leaving the condo

unofficial camp greeter

Wonka bar - kids can earn shekels to buy treats
While the lad's away, I'm redoing his room. I just hope I have enough time to finish it before he gets home.
day one, just getting started
day one, progress

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer camp is rapidly approaching!

Hen is going to his first sleep-away summer camp on Monday. He'll be gone for 7 days. Luckily, another mom told me about sending care packages a few weeks ago so I've been buying a few small items to stick in it. While we aren't able to send food items, small toys and books and other fun stuff are acceptable. Here's what Hen's getting with a pic of the homemade and hastily crafted postcard, too. The camp handbook advised not talking about how much you miss your child and how anxious you are for your kid's return so I talked about something I knew Hen would find funny - farts. More specifically, farts from the cat and his papa so...the likelihood is high that he'll laugh at that.
paper airplanes, pre-addressed and stamped postcards (for writing to mama and papa), two books (Spiderman and Choose Your Own Adventure), Mad Libs, green pen, emoji plush toy, silly putty, marbles, fart whistle, and a spinner

Friday, July 07, 2017


Hen lost his iPod/iPad privileges* at the beginning of summer - for the entire summer - so that means lots of time spent playing board games, reading, going to the pool, walking up to our local game shop, building forts at a nearby park, kicking a soccer ball or throwing a football on the driveway next to our building, and running up to the gelato stand for the occasional cool treat. Believing it would be too cruel to have zero electronics, we do allow him to work on coding his own game. I'm not a monster.

*Yeah, this happened because the lad refused to try on shorts when asked to do so. I vaguely remember advising him what was at stake - a summer without the iPad - and when his reply was basically a metaphorical middle finger in my direction, the words, "okay" came rushing out of my mouth and figuratively smacked him across the face, "O.K." And because I have yet to find a way to cleverly allow him to earn back his privileges without him effectively "winning" against me, well, he goes without. So, yes, kind of a monster but can hardly say he's being permanently damaged because he has to spend time interacting with his friends, outside, while eating ice cream, right?

Sunday, July 02, 2017


A bot that kicks out gems like these. I love it. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Post editing

Hen's not as good about standing still for pictures as he used to be. I can't say I blame him since I take A LOT of pictures of the lad, but it does mean that to get the photo I often point and shoot without having time to adjust the settings. So I end up fixing things in Lightroom. It doesn't take long and it offers me to take a not-so-good shot and make it into a good one. The one below was taken during a recent playdate with Hen's best friend, Eliav. It was far too dark and the white balance was off - sometimes the auto white balance doesn't do a great job - but I was able to rescue the picture. What I couldn't fix was Eliav's lack of a smile. (It seems he's done with moms taking pictures, too.) I did learn how to work on the eyes specifically, which I was having trouble with before so that's another takeaway with spending time editing.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Scholastic Warehouse Sale, 2017 summer edition

Yep. I bought more books. The older Hen gets the more they seem to cost. Scholastic changed their pricing structure so it isn't as awesome as it used to be but I was still able to get a decent number of books with an average price hovering around $4 per book. Since several of them were $19 and above, I feel like I got good deals. We love books here.

What we got for our at-home library, and a few to stick away for Christmas/Hanukkah gifts!

Race the Wild: Mountain Mission
Miss Mary is Scary
The Storm in the Barn
A Little Golden Book: Grumpy Cat, the Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn't
The Great Shelby Holmes
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Keepers of the School: We the Children
Gerinimo Stilton, Magical Mission
Crime Biters: It's a Doggy Dog World
The Ender Eye Prophecy (Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters)
DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Fort Solitude
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor
Geronimo Stilton, The Super Chef Contest
The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective, The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit
Jingle (A Swindle Mystery)
Ignatius Macfarlane Frequenaut!
The Creature Department
Finding Serendipity
The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable
Zoe in Wonderland
Arf (A Bowser and Birdie novel)
The Door in the Staircase
Godzilla Legends
Skink No Surrender