My Christmas presents are a work in progress

I got an unassembled robot puppet for Christmas. I've wanted my own Tom Servo for years and I finally got one for Christmas. It's been the second gift on my wish list for years (#1 is sea monkeys, but I've about given up hope that I will ever get any)

I started the robot puppet assembly with Christian's help (mostly his tools) and his unwanted advice (LOL, Christian was actually right a couple, well, all of the times. AND HE WASN'T SMUG ABOUT IT AT ALL. Oh, wait, yes he was).

So far, I have carved off a plastic look on Tom's lower beack, drilled several holes in various components, and sanded the parts to be painted.

I'll post more pics as I continue working.

I also got a 5000 piece puzzle from my antagonistic son-in-law, the aforementioned Christian, who seeks my committment to a mental health facility. 

Again, I'll post progress pictures. Maybe. Unless it does me in.

I had a birthday, shout hooray

Birthdays are good days. I don't do much reflection; I just enjoy the day.  I walked at the dome before work and that always starts the day off well. I couldn't control how work went, but luckily, the load was light and I was able to get tasks completed without too much interruption or too many problems. All children checked in over the course of three days so they remain in the will. All siblings and parents made contact in various forms as well. It was just a day to be happy and grateful, and to let go of troubles and stress. I can do that much more easily now that I have no little children in my care.

After work, Katie and all came over for dinner and cake. Both grandkids were excited about eating cake, although there was some concern over whether Jackson would have room for cake in his stomach, since he ate 7 meatballs at dinner and wanted more. He really liked the meatballs.

The cake was lovely of course. Katie does a bang-up job. I requested the snowflakes as a throwback…

10 things before I turn 51

Blog title means nothing. I haven't done a 10 things list in a while and there are a few odds and ends that I want to remember. I already forgot one thing once and it took me awhile to remember it.

1. Jackson wanted me to do "Here is the church, here is the steeple" in church last Sunday. So we did it and when I got to the last line, "They all go away," Jackson paused, then said, "Behind your back." Way to be a literalist, Jackson! I had a good laugh (but a quiet one, since we were in Sacrament meeting).

2. Also re "Here is the church", last night, we were driving home from Katie's Windjammer concert, and Jackson informed me that I need to learn a new verse for Here is the church because it's wrong. I asked him what was wrong with it, and he said, "after the prayer, some people go to Primary or Nursery, not home." He is figuring out stuff and comparing things he has been told with his experienced reality. I freaking LOVE ki…

Fort Jefferson

Jim and I have been to Dry Tortugas before, but it was so beautiful and peaceful that we had to go again. And this time, Jim was feeling fine (no passing out, no devil's eyes, no mental confusion) and we were going to snorkel this time! 

From my other camera a couple more pictures:

The keys for a happy marriage

No, I don't have marriage advice. (Except choose to be happy, and when you can't be happy, remember that eventually you will get to a point where you can choose to be happy again. Unless there is abuse and then seek help if possible. Sigh. I have not had experience with spousal abuse so my help is woefully inadequate there)

OK enough of that. Really, I don't have marriage advice. What works for us is different than what works for others, etc.

Keys. As in Florida Keys!

30 year anniversary necessitated a big trip. Plus Jim owed me a return to the keys after he caused us a 48 hour suppression of vacation activities on our 25th anniversary trip to the keys. Thank you, vasovagal syncope.

The flight to Ft Lauderdale was a red-eye and the guys who sat behind us were AWFUL. They didn't seem to realize that everyone on the plane just wanted to sleep. They were raucous, foul-mouthed, disruptive, and LOUD. Thankfully I brought ear buds because I turned to music to drown out the i…


For once in my adult life, I got an idea for a Halloween costume BEFORE the day of a Halloween party. I got to spend a whole week prepping my costume, which was good, because it involved ordering several items from Amazon and sewing a dress. And I got an idea for a matching theme for the trunk or treat (which was moved inside, but we got a couple days advance notice and I was able to adapt my plans) which I was able to execute mostly the way I wanted to.