Saturday, September 12, 2015

Out of the Box Saturday

It's all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. I'll cover something sing | songy one week, and artsy | fartsy the next.

This week I'm covering the band Foals. They are an indie English rock band.

They have 6 members to their band: Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan, Edwin Congreave, Walter Gervers, Andrew Mears, and Jimmy Smith. Andrew Mears, originally formed the band Foals. Yannis Philippakis is the lead singer.

Yannis Philippakis was Born to a Greek father and a South African-born Ukrainian-Jewish. Philippakis left Greece with his mother when he was five years old. His father taught him traditional folk songs and dances. He was raised in the Greek Orthodox religion. He had quite a mix of influences.



I have heard this next song, which was the song that got to look up the rest of their tunes.


They play great live to!

Mountain At My Gates

Check out Foals' website.
Check out Foals' facebook page.
Check out Foals' twitter page.
Check out Foals' YouTube Channel.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Random Tid Bits

  1. Yesterday I was slammed with spam. I'm not even kidding.

    I had 50 comments on my Bee Charmer post, and another 50 on Girls, Girls, Girls. Someone is trying to hack this page. That's the reason why I put comments on moderation. I wish they could publish right away, but I was hacked big time once before. It was so bad that Blogger shut me down because the hacker recreated my blog. They didn't know who the true owner was. I'm sure you've seen people do that on facebook a time or two. It set me in full panic mode. 

  2. I really want this shirt. They need more people interested in the shirt before they will sell it again. Boo! It comes in grey, black and pink. I happen to like grey.

  3. I had the boys cracking up because I was going off about people that cut in line. There's been construction on a main street, which happens to be how I go to work since May. I'm pretty sure that was a run on sentence, but hey I think I blurted out many run on sentences when I was expressing my frustration about cutters.

    On the way to work they keep putting up cones to block off 1 lane, then take them down, then put them up. I never know what time to leave in the morning. A jeep was sick of people cutting. Just as much as me apparently. He busted out in the middle of the lanes, so the cutters couldn't get through. I was applauding him. He was getting honked at by the cutters. You see I don't have the balls to do what he did, but I wanted to. I'm afraid someone would pull a shot gun out, and blow my brains to pieces if I did that. Think of Pulp Fiction.

    On the way home there's another lane consistently blocked off. I've made it my rite to passage to get as close to the car in front of me, so that the jerks that speed up to cut can't get in. What makes them more important than me, or anyone else in line? A cutter tried to cut in yesterday. Then he honked at me because I wouldn't let him in. I was afraid he'd bash in my car, so I let him go. I figured my nonverbal communication made him fully aware that I didn't approve of his cutting. Message received. Then someone cut in front of him. Guess what? He was hesitant to let them in.

    I got up to the spot where a grocery store has an out into that street. I let that person in because guess what? They weren't cutting! My boys were laughing at me. I even said, "See I'm not a complete BIT*H. No one likes a cutter! I'm quite frankly getting really sick of them. They can't use the, "I didn't know there was construction going on there." excuse anymore. It's been months!

  4. Everyone at our last family function was kind of making fun of me because I use mason jars to drink out of.

    Not in a mean make fun of way. We have actual glasses to. It's just that they little mason jars are a perfect size for the boys. My nephew Elijah said when he was over at our house, "I'm sorry I just can't drink out of a jar." I bust out laughing. My Mom and Dad went on vacation and my Mom sent me a text me saying, "Guess what our water came in at this restaurant? Mason jars! I had an inside chuckle." I sent her a text back saying, "See I told you mason jars are the hype!" Do you drink out of mason jars?

  5. Travis will be out of town Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I hate playing single Mom. He went back to Massachusetts area to pick up his sculpture. Boo it didn't sell.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hot Glue Gun Reivew

I've been wanting to use a hot glue gun to do so kind of project for the last 5 weeks. My students are making projects out of all white materials. Whenever they work on this project I feel like working on one of my own. I simply want to do something creative. 

I love that I got a Hot Glue Gun to review. I haven't made any big projects with it yet, but I want to. 

So far I've made hair things for myself. I love pearls because they are my alternative birthstone. Alexandrite is my official birthstone, but that stone is expensive. 

The glue gun worked great for this. 

It helps that they sent a PDF book to give you ideas with the hot glue gun. Some of the projects do look pretty fun!

I've been wanting to try putting crayons in a glue gun, but I read online that it's best to use a cold glue gun for that.  The wax melts too fast, and makes more of a mess with a hot glue gun.

  • I like the clip on this one. You can prop it up, and glue won't go all over the place. 
  • 20 Watts. It's gets pretty hot. I also like that you can use one glue stick after another. Just keep putting them in, and they heat up right away. You don't have to stop working to get your job done. 
  • Fits standard glue sticks that work in glue guns.
  • Adheres to metal, wood, paper, fabric, magnets, lace, burlap and more.
Hot glue guns can melt Styrofoam to. I found that out with my students on the white paper project. To avoid overheating Styrofoam just unplug the gun, and apply the glue when it's cooling down. You can also apply the glue to the other surface, let it cool for a few seconds, and connect the object to the Styrofoam.

What's in the Box?
  • One 20 watt glue gun
  • Electronic Delivery of the Safety Tips and Projects eBook  
  • Glue sticks are sold separately - The company did give me some to try out. 

Cost: $29.97 and on sale for $14.97.

Note: This is NOT a toy. Use with Adult supervision.

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Girls, Girls, Girls

The title of this post made me think of the Mötley Crüe song, Girls, Girls, Girls.

Last week I asked Mica, "So who have you been playing with at school during recess time?" It's my way of asking how his day was without asking, How was your day? over and over like a broken record.

He said, "Well...actually I've been walking around with Sally." *Her name is not really Sally, but I'm calling her that for this post.

I said, "Mica you do know you're too young for a girlfriend."

He said, "I know, but I'm not too young for a crush."

This girl made the Student Council with him. -Sigh

We went to Target. I was looking for the toothpaste I wanted. Mica said, "Mom Sally and I have the same deodorant. Here it is."

I'm thinking, How does this kid know what kind of deodorant Sally wears? Oh ya they keep them in their lockers to put on before gym class.


I said, "Mica maybe you should start hanging out with your boy friends more, and walk around the playground with Sally less. She may think you're creepy because you walk around with her a lot. Plus you don't want to loose the friends you have because all your attention is going towards Sally." 

Mica said, "Sally likes me to."

I said, "Your guy friends won't understand that."

In the car Mica said, "The girls at the school think I'm the cutest boy in the class."

I said, "Really! Don't let that get to your head Mica. There's plenty of good looking kids in your class."

Mica said, "I'm number 1 on Sally's list."

I said, "Things like that change. Character is not always about how you look. It's about how you act to."

He said, "I act fine Mom."

Oh my goodness we're in trouble. This boy is only in 4th grade! He could be in 5th grade age wise, but he's in 4th grade! How in the heck do I take this down a notch, or 5 notches? This kid doesn't need more confidence. He has plenty. I don't want him to be that guy like in Beauty and the Beast - Gaston. BTW I can't believe I'm referencing Disney. That's the first character that came to mind.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Except Mica would love if a girl read, and came up with ideas.
My goodness he's too young for girls! I guess I had a crush in 4th grade, but I never told anyone about it. Mica's told me, his friends, Grandma and Grandpa, and even the girl he likes. 

I remember my mom saying, "Some things I just don't want to know." I think I know what she meant now. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WW: Bee Charmer {Linky}

Travis told Isaak if he was gentle he could get close to honey bees, and bumble bees. He knows that it's he's disruptive to them he can get stung. He did get stung on the hand a few weeks ago from a wasp. It was flying up by his head, Isaak swatted at it, and it stung him. 

Isaak is fascinated with the honey bees, and bumble bees. He goes right up to them and pets them. He's done it several times. So far he hasn't gotten stung. I guess if he does he'll leave them alone.

Until then he's our bee charmer. 


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Monday, September 7, 2015

Mica Tries Out a Captain America Costume

Mica has been talking about Halloween since Easter was over. He wanted to be Thomas Jefferson, then changed his mind to Captain America after watching a Captain America movie. He has very diverse taste. 

My boys always get good use out of their costumes. Our library has a few superhero events, and so did the Y when we belonged to that. 

Kids come over to play, and end up dressing up as something from the big bin we have a costumes.

Mica can see through the eye holes really well. With a lot of costumes there's a problem with kids being able to see. We will have to pin his hair back in places, since it's longer.

There are a few Captain America costumes to choose from at Costume SuperCenter. Mica was set on this one. It was only $12.99, which is a great price for a costume! The boy is almost out of children sized costumes. He's so tall. The large costume we got fits him perfectly!

It comes in sizes:
  • Small (fits 4-6)
  • Medium (fits 8-10)
  • Large (fits 12-14) 
Considering that my kids are both tall I do wish that all costume places sold X-Large for the length. Mica just turned 10, so he'll be into Halloween for another year. They do have a teen section, but it's not as diverse as the children's section.
Mica's Tough Guy Pose

The shield does come separately.
The belt and shoulder straps look pretty realistic. I love the fake stitching they have on them. There's visual texture on everything to.

Like Costume SuperCenter on Facebook. They have deals all the time! Really the prices on their site are great. I noticed that they had a Labor Day discount code on their Facebook page.

Isaak and I are still in limbo with what we want to be. I know I'll go back to Costume SuperCenter as soon as we decide. Isaak wants to be something scary. He says that being scary is what Halloween is about. I like to be clever with my costumes. Since I work at an art school, I feel like I must out top everyone. I feel the pressure. If you have any good ideas, send them my way. In the past I've made my own costumes. I've been the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with a uni brow, the artist Vincent Van Gogh with my ear all wrapped up, the other Coraline with button eyes, and a Geisha with a plate of rice crispy sushi for people to eat. I have other ideas, but I'm tired of spending a lot of time making the costumes, and may just buy one this year.

Do you get into Halloween? If so, what do you plan on being?

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