Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Successful Thanksgiving

And by that, I mean I didn't eat so much I stuffed myself sick and slept the rest of the day. I made it my carb-up day and ate nice and sensibly. Oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and dinner was turkey, stuffing and part of an acorn squash. For dessert, only one slice of pie. I really wanted that second piece, but at 400 calories a slice, I thought I should really stop with just the one. Back to the low-carb diet the next day. I really do enjoy eating low-carb most of the time. My energy levels are much more stable, and I don't have any upset stomach issues.

We had a major storm front come through Wed night. Temp dropped by 20 degrees in 10 minutes, and by the next morning, all of the windows in the house were completely covered in condensate because we have such poor quality windows in the house.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lucy - Science in Hosuton

Saturday we went to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see Lucy, the oldest complete skeleton of Australopithecus Afaransis. It was part of an exhibit on Ethiopia, the country where she was found. The Ethiopia exhibit wasn't very interesting; it seemed more like a tourism guide to get you to come to Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the Lucy exhibit was very small, but it was still very exciting to see the actual bones. Apparently, this is the first time that her bones have ever left Ethiopia, and one of the conditions of letting it go on tour was the Ethiopia tourism exhibit had to tour along with it.

Aside from the fossilized bones, they had a reproduction of the bones that was put in place in 3D (the real bones were laid out flat in a case), and a flesh reproduction of how Lucy would have looked in life. She was short, only 3.5 feet tall. I've always been interested in human evolution, and I'm glad I saw Lucy. I learned about her in college, but I wish the exhibit had been larger.

After the museum, we went to the Galleria mall to pick up a couple of things. I had no idea the traffic would be as bad as it was. It was what I would have expected to see on the Friday after Thanksgiving. If it was that bad last Saturday, I cringe to think about what it will be like this Friday.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Catching Up - Quilts and Parents and Hospitals

Yeah, lots of stuff has happened since the last time I posted. It's been busy.

Went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston last Thursday. The only way to describe it was overwhelming. I've never been in such a large building, and one third was quilts, another third was vendor booths, and the last third was the food hall. In spite of spending 6 hours there, I still only saw about half the quilts and a little more than half the vendors. And that's skipping all the sewing machine and quilt fabric vendors. I can't afford a new sewing machine and I don't need any more fabric. I did break down and buy a quilt kit. It's a small flannel ragtop quilt. Since the fabric was included with the instructions, I decided I'd go ahead and get it. This way I get the whole package at once. So far, I've got the pieces cut out. Here's a link to my quilt album. This is only a fraction of the pictures I took there.
Houston International Quilt Show 2007

My parents were here visiting last week. They got in on Thursday so they could go to the Galveston Bike Rally on Friday. We also got up early and went to NASA to see the balloons come in for the Ballunar Festival. It was very nice, with the balloons coming in out of the morning mist. Here's some pictures of that.
Ballunar 2007

They stayed over the weekend and left to go back to Illinois on Monday morning. I was looking forward to a return to a nice, boring routine. No such luck. Monday night, Daniel tripped over the littlest cat and fell and broke his elbow. Four hours later, we got out of the emergency room with his arm in a sling and a prescription for Vicodin. Luckily, his professors were nice and are willing to work with him, especially since he broke his right arm.

Then my routine was thrown out of whack because the gym at work was closed for repairs all week. Finally got back in today and got in a nice hard workout. Now I have a three-day weekend, and I'm ready for it. Hoorah!