Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Life Cycle of Doves

First there was the egg that I tried to thwart with a forest of plastic cutlery. The eggs would not be denied.

Then there is a giant leap in the timeline because I was afraid they would die like last year's so I didn't want to get attached.

This morning before I left for work, the two babies were hopping around precariously in the rail box.

When I got home, the nest was empty.

I looked to the rocks below, but didn't see any bodies splayed out and broken from the fall. "Maybe they made it," I thought to myself. 

A little sad, I turned around to go in. 

And there they were...

...Crapping on all my stuff!

Those bastards!

Beady Eye ENHANCE!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ding ding Ding DIng DING DING

The microwave at work dings once when it is done and then, if not tended to, it dings little reminder dings about every five minutes afterward. (It also loses all power if you try to make coffee and microwave something at the same time.)  
After about a half-hour of hearing reminder dings, I thought, "hey, that's annoying."  
 I realized that one of my coworkers was outside on her cell phone, so maybe it was hers. 
So I waited. 
 *Ding Ding*
  She came inside and sat at her desk.  
*Ding Ding*
 I said loudly, "Does someone have something in the microwave?"  
"Not me" replied coworker that had been outside.  
*Ding Ding*
  "DOES ANYONE HAVE FOOD IN THE MICROWAVE?" I asked from the hallway. 
 No response. 
So I go to Susan's office and ask her personally (because standing a foot from her open office door in the hallway wasn't sufficient). 
 "Susan, were you microwaving something?" (The following response brought me to my knees. I was crying I was laughing so hard.)
  "I don't know. What is it?" 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

T-Shirt UpCycling

This morning I woke up with a strong need to redesign some of  my t-shirts. 

First I woke Jeffrey up and had him help me make a body form of myself using an old t-shirt and some duct tape. Here's a tutorial for those inclined to do this as well. We only used one layer and we only did the torso because that's how much duct tape we had.

Secondly, I started putting whole shirts on the form and attacking them with scissors and elastic. 


Saturday, April 4, 2009


The Palo Verde's in Tucson are in bloom and I'm dosed up on Walgreen's brand Zyrtec and feeling pretty good.

I went out with my friend Julie to do The "turquoise" trail around the downtown Presidio neighborhood. The trail is a loop around the historic district where the Old Pueblo used to be.

The first stop was a chunk of the old original fort built by war lords (or not, there were live re-enactors there and they were blocking the signage. We don't go near re-enactors. So we had to wait until one of the popped away for water before we could check out the barracks.)

But I did snap a shot of Julie pretending to discuss politics with the local mural men.

And this awesome sign advertising that this old hotel has a swimming pool — refrigerated!

It was a nice breezy day and despite everything in downtown Tucson being closed so that we couldn't get food and water while lost on the trail ...

It was a great walk in a cool part of town on a beautiful day.

Jeffrey was home studying.