Friday, November 30, 2007

Prayer Shawl #4

For this project I'm practicing my increases and decreases by making a chevron pattern. It's working up very quickly

Getting plastered

The Wife and I worked together tonight to make a plaster cast of TS's current abode. I've been prohibited from posting any pix of the process, but here's a shot of the final product.

Gaming at the library

I'm in a continuing ed class where we're learning how to use gaming consoles for library programs. Two of my colleagues are showing off their DDR moves.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

At The Park

The boys needed some running-around time this afternoon.

Does Anything Eat Wasps?

I've been enjoying this collection of science Q&As from the New Scientist magazine's column "The Last Word". Readers send in questions and other readers respond. It's been reminding me again how much I liked science when I was younger. It's great to recapture that sense of wonder.

Friday, November 23, 2007

The kids' table

There's a new sandwich franchise in town, just around the corner from our apartment, called Which Wich. They have a little section of kid-size tables. It's a pretty neat place! Kim took the picture.


LB is very proud of his Thanksgiving card from the Springfield grandparents.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Laaaaughed, we thought we'd diiiie...

"So, this place we're going. Do you know where it is?"

"Near the airport. Cargo Road."


"Plane go sky."

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A colorful problem

Honestly, parents, if your little one has to color on the shelves to keep quiet, we'd rather the tyke run around and scream. At least it was just crayon. Could have been permanent marker, I suppose.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Grandparent visit

LB shows off hid Hallowe'en fashion to Grandma and Grandpa from Springfield.

My new favorite bumper sticker

"Focus on your own damn family"

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Holiday weekend

This is what our bookdrop looks like 27 hours after we closed on Saturday.

Third place

BB's team washed out in third on another shootout. An excellent finish for the team's first year!

First loss

The game was scoreless, so we went to a shootout, which we tied 2-2! A second sudden-death shootout went to our opponent on their fifth player. A very hard-fought contest.

More soccer

Tourney is double-elimination. We're about to play the only other undefeated team, but there could be as many as five more games before the winner is decided. It'll be a long day!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Birthday (again)

BB had some friends and family for his birthday party at Incredible Pizza tonight. Here he and his cousin are getting ready to drive the big rig.

Tourney part 2

BB's second game was also a win, 1-0 this time. Tomorrow morning the Strikers face the only team they lost to in the regular season. Wish us luck!

Soccer tournament

BB's team won 2-0 in a shootout in the first game. Next one at 2:30.

Friday, November 09, 2007


Note that Earth has a secondary liquid core surrounding the solid center. Technically the Mars core should have been red icing, because it's liquid.

Break time

I just had to share this cute little garden at the bottom of the main stairwell in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Earth model


Mars model

Donut hole core, Rice Krispy treat mantle, red sprinkle core, and chocolate chip volcanoes. Yum!


The LPI scientist at our workshop is Dr. Tomasz Stepinski, who works on computer modeling. Currently he's working on an A.I. that will catalog all of the large and small impact craters on the Martian surface. Listening to him speak brings me back to high school chemistry. Tom is originally from Poland, and my chem teacher was from Iran, but hearing scientific concepts explained in a strong non-Midwestern accent makes me remember his lectures.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Here's my colleague Cathy Sue sitting up front with the driver on the horse-drawn parking shuttle at OKC's Cattlemen's Steakhouse

After the flood

We're observing what happens to a sediment surface when water flows down it. Cool!

Warning: Science Content

I'm at the first day of a two-day workshop on Mars put on by the Lunar and Planetary Institute. It's for librarians and teachers to take programming and activities back to our patrons. After the break we'll be doing some experiments!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


I cycled to work this morning, a very chilly, yet brief ride. 4.3 miles in 15 minutes. After work I'll ride to church, and then home at the end of choir rehearsal.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

My Feederizer

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  • A Vision of Students Today
    Another great video about the disconnect between today's students and today's (yesterday's?) classrooms.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Here she is!

This is Kim, the wonderful woman to whom I've been married for 11 years today. Say hi, everybody!

Thursday, November 01, 2007


I'm in the waiting room with LB while Kim visits her doctor. She's been having contractions that may or may not be Braxton/Hicks. Please keep us in your prayers.