Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
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Thursday, November 24, 2005
We head over to my parents' on Saturday to celebrate. Well, the
kids are in bed and what better way to end the evening than
enjoy a few adult beverages and a roaring fire.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
We had the kids try on their Christmas clothes
the other day and Reagan happened to have
a 'Tommy Boy' moment.
Update: I was taking a look at the photo and
I think Declan has a Sid Vicious look going with
the sneering type smile.
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head in our nape of the woods already. The
kids loved it and we had a nice snowball fight
before heading in to watch How the Grinch Stole
Christmas and enjoy a nice fire.
Posted by Critical Matt at 7:23 PM
Friday, November 18, 2005
Via Iain Murray at the Corner:
The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent bombings and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." Londoners have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorised from "Tiresome" to a "Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the great fire of 1666.
Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Surrender" and "Collaborate." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country's military capability.
It's not only the English and French that are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from "shout loudly and excitedly" to "elaborate military posturing". Two more levels remain, "ineffective combat operations" and "change sides".
The Germans also increased their alert state from "disdainful arrogance" to "dress in uniform and sing marching songs". They also have two higher levels: "invade a neighbour" and "lose".
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual and the only threat they worry about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.
Posted by Critical Matt at 10:59 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
We purchased Declan's 'big boy' bed today, and as you can see he absolutely loves it. We put up a guard rail for the time being, but I suspect that will be coming down soon as he already loves to hang on it. He sure does seem to be growing up quickly.
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Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Here's a quick how-to for an easy and effective Halloween prop.
Step 1: Buy about 10 feet of 1" pvc and various elbows and Ts and 4 ways. Cut to body length parts.
Step 2: Assemble the parts. Add a skull or wig head on top. You can click on the picture to see how the joints work together. Only the 'pelvis' tube and joints are glued. This allows all the other parts to be poseable.
Step 3: Grab some clothes, or as you see here, an old costume and enjoy! I use two pieces of steel rebar driven into the ground to allow the skeleton to stand on its own.
You can get really crazy and add foam and such to make the bodies look really human. That option would look good if you used a Jason or Freddy character outfit.
People who come by the house during Halloween always ask about the garage and how I decorate it. You can scroll down for some pics of it. It's really the easiest part of the whole display. I take some plastic sheathing and staple it up in the garage and then paint with fluorescent marking paints. It takes about a total of 1-2 hours to complete. I add a few fluorescent black light fixtures and it glows very nicely. Everyone who comes by loves it.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2005
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