Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A lot of this came to a head when, on his own, Zack asked for an ice cream cone. He’d previously screamed if we tried to get him to eat anything cold. But on his own, he asked for, and did some damage to, his own cone.
Tonight, we set him down and told him that he was now old enough to start getting serious about his food, and that he needed to eat healthy things so he could be strong and do things like swim (he’s in swim lessons now). We gave him baked chicken nuggets, something he USED to eat and then suddenly refused months ago. He cried and said he didn’t want them, and we told him that was fine, but that was all he was getting for dinner, and that we knew he liked them, he’d just forgotten he liked them.
After about 15 minute, he ate one, and said, “Mmm, I like these!” and we reiterated that we only ask that he try things.
That all being said, I seriously doubt I can get him to love brocolli overnight. And it’s not like we haven’t already been trying to get tough on the food -- we’ve tried everything. But when he asked for that ice cream cone, it was like a light bulb went off in my head – he’s healthy, he’s happy, he’ll get over this. It’s just going to take time.
He’s healthy as a horse – I can’t remember the last time he had a cold. He’s growing, is a bit on the short side, but then so am I, and so is my dad. We get veggies into him with V8 Fusion juices. He takes his vitamins. Are we doing the right thing? I sure as heck hope so. But the thought of living at the Ronald McDonald house for 6-8 weeks while they basically follow my child’s mouth with a spoon until he “breaks” – I just think there has to be another way for him.
That’s also not to say that KKI doesn’t have a great program. They do. They work with kids who have feeding tubes, severe allergies, all kinds of things. I think I feel better knowing that a more seriously ill child will get their slot sooner. I also know it’s not going to be easy to get Zack to eat “real” food. But I have hope.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is so cool -- the mirror by Mitch and Susie Levin is made with bits of recycled soda cans.
And finally, these amazing rings by Ananda Khalsa:
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This afternoon we all went kayaking up the Choptank River, down some side creeks. It was an amazing day to be out -- calm water, perfect temperature, and no other boats on the water. On our way back down the river, we saw a bald eagle. Utterly amazing. I'd never seen one outside of a zoo.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Next I'll read the new Richard Bachman/Stephen King book that arrived in the mail today -- "Blaze". Unfortunately, it's not very thick, but as you can probably already tell, I love King's stuff so who cares!
At some point soon, I need to reread the last Harry Potter, in preparation for the NEW one. Don't expect me to do anything but read, read, read when it arrives -- I won't be turning on TV or the computer for fear of accidentally hearing about the ending before I get there! And don't worry, I'd never spoil it for you!
In case you've never seen it, my book wish list (books I want to read, as well as ones I have since last year) is here. I'd better live a long, long time to get to them all!
Monday, June 18, 2007
I wanted him to come with me and get his feet wet, and it took him watching me for a bit and seeing that I didn't get swept away for him to get interested. And once we went to the water's edge -- oh boy, he couldn't get enough. One wave wet him to his waist and he laughed like he was being tickled. We held hands and let the water rush over our feet and I felt that this was what being a mom was all about.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Although the shopping was divine, the real reason for going was to meet some of my internet friends. Over the past few years, I've made some wonderful friendships with people I've never met, and this was our first chance to get together in person. I was a little nervous at first but that quickly disappeared -- it was like we had been best friends since grade school. Everyone was so INTERESTING and so fun, and it could not have gone better.
Some had classes, some just came to shop, and we all kind of drifted in and out of each other's space during the shopping (thank goodness for cell phones for the "what booth are you at?" calls) so dinner was when we really got to sit and talk and tell stories. YUMMY dinners, too, thanks to our local travel guide, Ann! One night we even went to a Chocolate Bar, which was as devine as it sounds!
So that's it in a nutshell!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
These are from one of my favorite artists, Joan Miller. She makes all of her beads with porcelain.
I love this little hippo ballerina, and she'll be hanging from my rear view mirror tomorrow! I have a different bead in the middle (still in pink and purple, but different) but this gives you an idea. You can buy your own at http://www.pennymichelle.com/
This is a LARGE bead -- 3" wide! I watched Shannon Hill's video at the booth and finally learned how inside-out beads are made -- not an easy task!
Next is a very cool bead by Nancy Tobey. She called it "Ode to Athleticism"because it's a kayak paddle! And since we just started kayaking this year, I had to get it.
Finally, some fun beads that I nabbed -- they'll probably end up in a Treasures necklace at some point!
I had to pick up another starfish (or sea star, as I've been told they now prefer to be called) at Stephanie Sersich's booth:
And that is just a tiny tiny bit of what I got. Add to that lots of cool gemstones, vintage chain, more lampwork glass, etc etc etc! So now you'll just have to visit http://www.lorianderson.net/ on a regular basis to see what I do with all the new goodies!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sandra is a phenomenal glass artist. Each pendant is made using fused glass, and she regularly experiments, trying new things to make each piece a work of art unto itself. To see more of her amazing work, click here. In case you're curious, I own 109, 179, 206, 211, and 262, among others! As you'll see from many of her photos, her work is inspired by her vast world travels. All of this she accomplishes with significantly diminished eyesight.
The photo is one I found on my seldom-used Canon camera, and I have no idea what the heck we were doing -- not sure if Zack took the picture, or if I hit the button at the wrong time, or what, but there's the piglet, and the background is the photo studio section of my office. Kind of interesting!
Friday, June 01, 2007
But I can still dream! I recently saw these amazing Steve Madden shoes in Nordstrom and was SORELY tempted:
These were under 100.00, what a bargain -- at least compared to these YSL beauties, which are a) enormously tall, and 2) running $650, with a waiting list to get them:
They're flipping AMAZING. And what's even more amazing is there are people out there who could run down the street in these things. Me, I'd fall off them and break another ankle, but at least I'd look good doing it.