Saturday, May 30, 2009

Photo Shoot!!!

So today was our photo shoot of
Wind in the Willows.
These photos are similar to the ones that will wind up on the posters and post cards.
Posted these because they're fun.





Wind in the Willows

I got to see the book for WIW yesterday!!!

This is Act 1, Scene 1- Outside Toad Hall

Act 1, Scene 20- the Limo
In this picture (click on it for a bigger version) can you find
The Magenta Theater
Slagle St.
Allison Ave.?
Allison is my Assistant Director/Stage Manager.

Act 1, Scene 3- The Dungeon

Act 2, Scene 1- The Train
As you can see, this one isn't finished yet.

I am so excited about this show!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Yard Sale-ing

We don't normally go to yard sales,
but today we combined a bike ride with yard sale-ing.
We came across a pretty freebie.

Complete with case.

It runs, now that I've oiled it.
It's a model 128-3, built May 1st, 1950.
I even found the manual online.
I LOVE the internet.

Unfortunately, to get it to usability status, I need these:

This is the bobbin and shuttle.
The machine didn't come with these.
I found this set on ebay, but it's $20.
I'm going to call a couple sewing machine places here in Vancouver to see if maybe they have them or know where else I could get them, preferably cheaper.
If not, I'll ask my friend to help me bid.
I don't ebay.
I just don't. :)

First Rose!!

Here it is!!!
The first rose of the season.

And probably the second rose...

And my Rhodies are a-bloomin' as well!

Not a whole lot else to report.
School's going fine.
Work is a pain.
Rehearsals keep me sane...
or insane, depending on how one looks at it. :)

Friday, May 22, 2009


These are the irises in my back yard.
They're popping out like popcorn!

Not a whole to write about.
Going through an attitude adjustment at the moment and realizing that I need to take control of the situation and make some changes. :)
Always fun to do, right?

Just finished our second rehearsal of Wind in the Willows.
I have a great cast and crew!
I'll post pics as soon as I get them all uploaded.

Monday, May 11, 2009

68 SQ FT conquered

Thanks to the weather, I was finally able to get out and work on the back yard.
It's taken us 5 years to beat out the jungle, take down two trees and rip out a huge photinia hedge, with the help of a windstorm.

We have managed to conquer about 68 square feet to the point where all we have is upkeep. Only 2,466 square feet left to go. (sigh...)

The far left bed has a grape plant (pictured below) along with lettuce and onion seeds.

The middle bed has another grape plant (below) along with radish, carrot and a couple broccoli seeds.

And the far right bed, when it's finally got dirt in it, will house strawberries! Yum!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

My "reboot"

I've been feeling just a tad stressed lately...
okay, a LOT stressed!
So I decided to take Annaliese's advice
to stop and reboot
and Steph's advice to go for a hike.

Something you don't see very often:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

What fun!

Martin and I decided to go to the lilac garden up in Woodland and just happened upon the tulip festival as well. I took my camera and got some lovely shots.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Today I took a page out of Steph's book:

I dusted off the old Schwinn and went for a ride.

Yes, that says 4 and a half miles. I decided to bike to the bank, which is 2 miles away.
On the way home I spotted a path I had driven by for the last 5 years and never noticed, so I decided to follow it. It meandered along a cute little stream and I enjoyed listening to the happy birds chirping away and the busy humming of the insects. All in all, a LOVELY ride.
I got home just in time- a big, black cloud is dumping a lovely little spring shower and now everything is drenched.

This was my schoolwork for the week:
Baking rolls.
We were to learn about leavening and kneading and why both are important in bread making.
The photo above is part 1 of my lab. The roll on the far left didn't get kneaded at all, the 2nd one was kneaded then punched down and not kneaded, the 3rd, no first kneading but got the second round and the last one was kneaded both before and after rising. You can tell the difference, can't you? That first one tasted okay, but was awful doughy and yeasty.

This batch got kneaded before and after rising, but for different lengths of time. Starting from the left: 1 minute, 3 minutes, 7 minutes and 9 minutes. The far right one in the first batch was kneaded for 5 minutes each time, so I didn't want to repeat that.
The 3 minute, 5 minute and 7 minute rolls turned out the best. The 9 minute roll was TOUGH to chew.
Now I just need to finish writing up the lab and submit it!!!

what a ham!!
He seems to know what a camera is, because when I pull it out, he starts posing.

I've had people asking me about my compost bin. Here it is....
Just an old garbage can. And I mean OLD. It has our address from Lynnwood written on it. That was from 1995 to 2001!!

Just dump in your kitchen scraps, some shredded up newspaper (no glossy paper), coffee grounds, water if needed (should be like a damp sponge)....

...put the lid on, roll it around a few times...

...sprinkle on some dirt to keep the bugs to a minimum, put on the lid and you're done.