Tried experimenting with watercolors. I've had the same box of Prang watercolors since I was a freshman in high school, so basically for about 20 years, now.
Maybe if I'd used it up already, I'd be a better painter. ;P
Made this card for my little cousin J, who shares a birthday with my husband on the 27th.
Anyway, I don't think I've seen him smile for a picture since he was maybe 8. He's a happy kid, he just doesn't like to smile for pictures. I tried giving cartoon J a big goofy anime smile, but then the picture didn't resemble him at all. :P
Also, I asked Ben to run out and pick up some food for Science. And he came back with this:
Apparently, the church on the corner was having a rummage sale. He bought it for a whopping $5 and managed to shove the whole thing into my two-door Yaris hatchback. When I posted it on Facebook, Katie commented "Send him out for Windex, next, and see what happens!" Which my mom found so hilarious that she brought it up three times since then. Anyway, he reasoned that since it's $5, if he can't figure out what to do with it, we can just break it down. But the whole thing is so bizarre... and it's not really taking up too much space- it's in the corner by the DDR machine in the garage.
Had lunch at The Boiling Crab with extended family to celebrate J's birthday. I'd never been there before. Apparently, you order seafood/sausage/etc. by the pound. They bring it out in bags and the table is basically your plate. This was the only meal I had all day and I was still kind of full the next day. My auntie even sent us home with a pound of shrimp and sausage.
These are Ben's hands after the experience. If there is any eating establishment besides Phil's BBQ that could benefit from a hand-washing station, it is this place.
Anyway, would definitely eat there again, though I probably want to wait a while if only to let them forget that my parents/aunts/uncles blatantly disregarded their "no outside food" signs, brought in cakes, and lit one of those crazy sparkling singing flower candles. Don't really want to be associated with being a rule-breaker/fire hazard bringer. I can't believe they did that.
But it was still very thoughtful of them to get a cake for Ben, too.
Here's J and his cake. His expression is a little more extreme than usual, hehe. I didn't really get a good one of Ben because he was sitting next to me.
More watercolor experimentation.
We decided to make Ben's birthday party Star Trek TNG-themed. I found this cup at the dollar store and wondered if I could pass it off as a horga'hn. I was planning on displaying it next to "The Fruits of Risa" party platter, but wound up passing on it, since I don't know that anyone but us and maybe Bob would have understood the reference.
Also, I got my hair cut.
I hadn't gotten it cut since December and it was long enough that I could put it in a little ponytail, which kind of bugged me. I really, really do like having it short.
It's Ben's (and J's) birthday! He didn't take the day off work since he planned for taking Friday off to prepare for his party the next day. But he did take off a little early so we could go have dinner at Intertwined.
The last time we were there was for NYE. They had a special menu which included lamb chops and tiramisu... and it was crazy good. Alas, said lamb chops and tiramisu were not on the menu. But they still had a killer chocolate lava cake.
I don't have any pics for these days, but on the 28th I assembled Paper Picard for Pin the Combadge on Captain Picard. And the 29th, Ben did so much yardwork that we did not have enough green bins. And we have three overflow bins.
After breakfast, I baked a bunch of cupcakes and put up balloons and the last of our blue streamers. I'd gotten LED marbled balloons because they sort of reminded me of Jupiter in the photos. Alas, the real balloons were not quite as advertised, but still pretty cool.
Unfortunately, the only ones who saw them glowing were me, Ben, Katie, and Bob, since most of the party happened during daylight hours. But, the LEDs were good for more than 24 hours rather than the 15 on the package.
Ben picked up a block of dry ice for the "bloodwine" which was really Katie's mom's alcoholic punch. We still had a good chunk of it left after the party, so Ben and Andy tried exploding a rubber glove with it (failed because the glove kept untying). Then Ben threw a big chunk of it in the tank of the toilet. A few minutes later, he announced that he never wanted to pee in a toilet not filled with dry ice. /smh
Almost everyone played Pin the Combadge on Picard, although we had forgotten about "hot/cold" rules and when to stop giving hints, so Bob had to redo his turn after feeling up the captain. Amazingly, he was beat out by Nicole, who did not have to feel up the captain, but I felt a little bad because she got motion-sick in the playing.
And now that the balloons have stopped glowing, I should probably take them down. :P