This morning, Mr. Toast and I went to see a few of my students in a Dek Hockey (also known as ball hockey or street hockey) game. Dek Hockey became an organized sport in 1974 in Leominster, MA (where I work, and where the game was).
Here's Mr. Toast with one of my students. She's one of the captains of her team, and by winning today's game, they finished in first place for the season!
Here's Mr. Toast posing for a photo instead at the start of the game:
The big event of the day was the appearance of Rene Rancourt who sings the national anthems at the Boston Bruins games. He came out to sign autographs before his singing of the anthem (scheduled for noon), but the line was crazy long, and Mr. Toast and I were starting to get a little sunburned. It was supposed to be raining today, so I didn't come prepared with sunscreen... My friend took the photo with her phone, and because we were watching the game, Mr. Toast didn't have time to pose for the picture. We didn't stay for the anthem-singing either (Mr. Toast said he could watch him sing on YouTube later ).
Depending on the schedule tomorrow, we may head out for another adventure, but as I mentioned last night, we're going to tackle something inside the house this afternoon!
Mr. Toast arrived in Massachusetts the other day, and we just got back from our first adventure!
This afternoon, the dam at the nearby reservoir was open for people to walk across. It's normally closed for security concerns, but today, we could walk along the top and along the base. It was pretty neat, but hotter than either Mr. Toast or I expected (it hit 80 degrees!), so we are pretty tired right now from the climb back up the steps.
Today... we had permission!
It was windy, so poor Mr. Toast kept getting blown over when he tried to pose for a photo in front of the fountain. This was the best shot we could get.
This is the big plaque on the generator house (but I don't know if they actually generate electricity here anymore).
Battle/Challenge: March- Luck of the Irish Team: Textbook Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Really Round Coaster Project Page Link (if available): n/a Brief Description: Beside my usual spot on the sofa (I feel a bit like Sheldon), I have a wooden IKEA stool that acts as a handy side table. I usually plop my coffee cup on the corner, but if I'm not careful, it ends up leaving a ring. The stool is unfinished wood (destined for some future crafty treatment, so it's not a big deal) and I decided that I really needed a coaster to fit in the spot (with the stuff that is already on there, the space is limited). I had some green SnC Twists yarn in my stash, so I used that (although I still have some left). Typically when I make something that should be round, it ends up more hexagonal, so I searched for a pattern that might solve the problem and came across this set of instructions. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it (it took me almost an hour to make this one coaster!), but now that I have it, I think I'll be making many more (and they should go much faster).
Battle/Challenge: March-Friendship is Magic Team: Textbook Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Nature-inspired TM Style Patches Project Page Link (if available): n/a Brief Description: I made these for artsycandice in the "Yet Another TM Patch Swap," who had some great themes to choose from! I picked my favorites and then stitched away. All of the stitching on the patches is by hand, with the exception of the outline of the owl's face.
Thanks for the humerus love! I wish I could say it was my idea, but I saw it somewhere else and promptly "sincerely flattered" it.
Here's another attempt to post my April Battle, now that I'm finally home (I deleted it from the earlier post).
Battle: April- Books vs Comics-- Books! Team: Textbook Bonus Points: n/a Description: I used vinyl as a mask after painting the canvas board white. Why paint a white canvas white? I read somewhere that a way to prevent bleeding when using vinyl as a stencil is to paint over the letters with the base coat color, so if it bleeds, it'll bleed the matching color. But, it still bled when I painted the top color over it, probably because I rushed it a little. Then painted the turquoise over it. It's a gift for the Language Arts teacher on my team. I've decided that the streaks and smudges (except for that one, perfect letter "o") mean it has a "distressed" look
Okay, I needed to be in bed over a half an hour ago! So, I'll come back tomorrow or Friday to properly praise what I've been missing
Battle/Challenge: April- Now We're Cooking! Team: Textbook Bonus Points: Engineering (a recipe) Project Name: Veggie Tart (An "Empty the Freezer" Concoction) Project Page Link (if available): n/a Brief Description: So, I keep promising myself that I'll drop some weight to get back to a a healthy weight range. But, I hate to throw out food, so I'm trying to combine foods that I have in ways that are a little bit better for me. Tonight, I needed dinner, and I had some frozen, past-their-prime, bags of mixed veggies. Originally, I was going to cook up the last bit of pasta and use up the last of the jar of Alfredo sauce ("Alfredo!" Name that movie...). But, the sauce was looking a little past it's prime, too.
So, after rummaging around in the freezer and cupboard, I pulled out a frozen pie crust and a bottle of Asian Ginger dressing (lite!). I thawed the veggies a bit, and tossed them with about a cup of the dressing. After the pie crust thawed (about 50 minutes later), I unrolled it on a foil-lined baking sheet (which I probably should have spritzed with some cooking spray). I scooped a bunch of the vegggie mixture into the center of the pie crust and then folded up the edges. I baked it at 350 F for about 20 minutes (just until the edges of the crust were golden and the mixture was bubbly). I cut it in half, and tucked half in a dish for lunch tomorrow, and ate the rest for dinner (note: I did not eat all of the crust, just the part that the veggies were stuck to). It tasted pretty good, too! I still have about half of the veggie mixture left, so I guess I can use it on that last bit of pasta for dinner on Thursday!
More "formal" recipe, adjusted for one bag of veggies:
Ingredients: 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies (I used a blend of broccoli, peppers, onions, snow peas and water chestnuts) 1/2 cup of Asian Ginger dressing (I used Newman's Own Lite) 1 pie crust (I used the unroll and bake kind... so I needed to defrost it first)
Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Unroll the pie crust onto a lightly oiled baking sheet (if the "sauce" leaks, the crust may stick to the pan). 3. Partially defrost the veggies, and mix with the dressing. 4. Scoop the veggie mixture into the middle of the pie crust, leaving at least 2 inches of crust around the edges. 4. Fold up the edges of the crust and lightly pinch together to make a fluted edge (it shouldn't cover the veggie mixture completely). 5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the mixture is bubbling.
Nice patches! Dr. Who stuff is always fun, and as a big fan of science and nature themes, I love the birds, too!
And, here are my fantastic, perfect-for-me, science-themed patches from artsycandice. I absolutely love them, and she did an amazing job with the stitching!
It may be hard to see in the photo, but the surface of the earth even has some continents stitched on it. And, the background fabric of that same patch has little tiny blue stitches on it, too. Spectacular job!
Thank you so much, Candice!
Now, I want to spend my vacation making more science-themed patches so I can make my classroom wall hanging by the end of the year! Probably won't happen, but I can dream