Friday, September 30, 2005

WOW!!! I have received twice my goal for Barktoberfest! I am always amazed at how generous and kind everyone out there is! Thank you so, so much. I know Lollipop Farm will be so happy!

And don't forget... if you want an Oscar pic emailed to you... send me your email address! I got a few sponsors I don't have emails for.

If anyone is still thinking of donating, maybe they would like to sponsor Tina or Sarah. They are walking too. (With Buddy, Molly and Murphy)

If you sponsor one of them... I will email you a group shot (crossing fingers all dogs will sit next to one another!) Just send me an email and let me know!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Just a reminder that Oscar and I are walking in the Lollipop Farm Barktober Fest on Saturday. All proceeds directly benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm. Here is our pledge page. We are so close to our goal! If you donate, Oscar will email you a "signed" photo of himself at the walk! Just send me your email address! ( those of you that already donated... send me your email addresses so he can send you a pic! ljcmailATrochesterDOTrrDOTcom )

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The folks over at the Cheerios research lab must be doing overtime.

Their newest idea is Yogurt Burst Cheerios... Cheerios coated in strawberry or vanilla yogurt.

We got a box and they are pretty yummy. My only gripe is that only every tenth Cheerio is coated. I find myself trying to round up all the yogurt coated ones and eating them at once. All that does is leave you will a soggy bowl of plain ol' Cheerios.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Don's work........................................................ Not Don's work

Last Friday we went to see Don Hertzfeld, the animator of Bitter Films present his work at Dryden Theatre. I was suprised to see he was about 12 years old. No, he was actually 28, but it was either his name or the black comedy of his animations that had me convinced he was a middle aged guy. He so wasn't.

Matt did not disapoint when he stood up during the Q&A and asked a really interesting question. Don made clear that he will not do commercials. So Matt asked how he felt about Pop Tarts copping his look and feel. With a big sigh, he said "You can't copyright a stick figure."

I went to the site to see for myself and there is an errie resemblance.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Summer is over and I almost forgot to post this. When we were at the beach last June I gathered shells like crazy. It wasn't until I got home that I started to wonder what I was going to do with all of them.

So I used some sand I scooped up, white glue, inexpensive frames and made these Shell Frames. Project page here...

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Tina and I went to the Little Theatre Cafe to see the opening of our friend Tom's exhibit. He has an installation of photos and watercolors. If you are in the area, you should try to stop by and take a look. The theme is people | places | paintings | photos|

I have noticed there are several new galleries in the area, I am happy to say. The newest is the Image City Photo Gallery. I am also interested in Studio 34... a jewelry arts learning center.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The "baby" cow we see at the dairy every weekend is getting big... and fuzzy!

Friday, September 23, 2005

We went over to celebrate Chuck's birthday this evening. I was excited to give him the Flip and Fold I ordered for him. Chuck is dedicated to organizing his closet.... I don't know how he went so long without one of these.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I was at Target Pink browsing the breast cancer awareness line of pink goods when my eye caught on these baseball tees. I think they are so cute. But don't the models look strained?

"Could you lean back a bit? Yeah... more. Look your left... okay a little further... a little further... woah! There... hold it."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Today is Oscar's birthday. He turned three. Aaron made him pupcakes from the recipe we used for his cake last year. Buddy was there to help him celebrate. Buddy swallowed his pupcake whole.

Happy Birthday Oscar!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Recent developments: Tina got her brother's doberman, Buddy... and I got bangs, real bangs (not the faux ones I had before)

Monday, September 19, 2005

Oscar and I will be walking in the Barktober Fest for Lollipop Farms on October First. We have a pledge page set up here.... all proceeds go to the animals in need. We would both appreciate any pledges you might like to make. If it rains this year, Oscar has a bright yellow rain slicker to wear.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Today, Aaron, Tina, Chuck and I went to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in Hemlock, NY. There were scads of vendors and sheep and alpaca and bunnies. I bought a bag of roving for felting and a drop spindle to try and spin some of Ernie's wool.

Afterwards we drove around the Finger Lakes to visit a potential lakefront property that turned out to be really-big-pond property. The drive went somewhat like this... Me: "Barn mural! Pull over!... Grape pie! Pull over!... Ice cream! Pull over!... Grapes! Pull over!" Umm... yeah.

The complete story is in my EasyShare Gallery and my favorite shots are in Flickr.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Thursday, September 15, 2005

When we were at the film festival we also sat behind Chris Murphy at Shopgirl. Mind you we didn't know who he was at the time. People were asking for his autograph and we kept peering at him trying to guess who he might be.

The next morning we were watching Much Music and there he was doing guest commentary on a show. Apparently, he is the lead singer of Sloan. There was a round of "Ahhhs" when we saw him. Good thing, it would have driven me nuts.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Every year at the Film Festival we have a tradition of going to the Four Seasons for afternoon tea. The scones are delicious and it is a good chance to spot stars in their natural habitat.

This year I noticed that they had Numi Leaves of Art flowering tea. (I noticed it after we had ordered so it was too late to get it - humpff)

Tea leaves are hand sewn with cotton string, so that when they are steeped in hot water they expand into flower shapes. So cool... I want to try it. It looks like it helps to have a glass teapot too or else you are just peering into a dark pot.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Oh yeah, I have pictures from the weekend... all of them are in my gallery and my favorites are on flickr.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Whew... we are back from Toronto and what a weekend. We amazingly got all of our first pick movies and they were all great.

We saw lots of stars and discovered some great spots to eat. A new favorite is Crepes a GoGo. We stopped and had one every morning for breakfast.

Unfortunately we did not see Colin Firth. He wasn't there this year, he is busy making a movie with the-most-beautiful-woman-in-the-world... Aishwarya Rai, who wasn't there for her movie, Mistress of Spices either. Ah well, if you can't have Colin, at least you can have crepes.

Update: apparently Colin was there... he attended the premiere of his movie, but not the press conference for it, which is what threw us off. Shoot.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sunday TIFF report

Movie seen: Mistress of Spices - my favorite of the weekend, a lot like Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate

Stars Seen: Cillian Murphy, Guy Pierce, Bob Hoskins, Dylan McDermott, Eva Longoria, Hugo Weaving, Vincent Pastori, Ray Liotta

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Saturday TIFF report

Movies seen: Brokeback Mountain - Ledger and Gyllenhaal as you have never seen them before; Corpse Bride - fun and wonderful to look at

Stars seen: Elisha Cuthbert, Kurt Russel, Elizabeth Shue, Freddy Rodriguez, Dakota Fanning, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

Friday, September 9, 2005

Friday TIFF report

Movies seen: Imagine Me and You - funny british film with some great lines; Shopgirl - Jason Schwartzman is hilarious... I want to read the book now

Stars seen: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Schwartzman, Claire Danes (super skinny!), Zooey Deschanel, Eugene Levy, Steve Martin

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Tomorrow we are off to Toronto for a long weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here's to hoping we got all our movie picks this year. Tina and I will also be prowling about looking for Colin Firth.

I don't think my cell phone will work in Canada, so I might not be able to moblog. If so... updates when I get back Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Aaron and I used up some of the tomatoes coming out of the garden by making and canning a batch of salsa.

We were lame and used a packet of salsa seasoning that came with the canning kit. Next time we will use a recipe from scratch... I have been seeing some really good ones lately.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Congratulations to my good friends Kristen and Bobby.

Their little boy, Cameron, arrived on Saturday at 8lb, 9oz.

I will be cranking away on wee projects for the next few weeks.


Monday, September 5, 2005

We went to the New York Hot Air Balloon Festival in Dansville, NY. They launched over fifty balloons. It was one of the coolest things I have seen. Maybe next year I will go for a ride.

I have all the pictures in my gallery and my favorites in Flickr.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Today was Tina's nephew's first birthday. We got Tyler a frog chair, which I got a big kick out of seeing him sit on. Tina said the frogs eyes seemed to be watching her.

He is the first kid I have seen to eat more of his dinner than his cake. He just wasn't into the cake smooshing thing.

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Now I am getting carrots out of the garden. This handful is only a fraction of what is still out there waiting to be picked.

Now we can have fresh honey carrot coins. Just cook the carrots slices in salt, pepper and oil (I like to use walnut oil) until they are nicely browned. Add some honey and butter, let it simmer for a bit and serve. Yum.

Friday, September 2, 2005

Aaron is back from NYC and I think Oscar is pretty happy about that!

Thursday, September 1, 2005

I really like the reed diffusers I have been seeing in stores, but they always seem pricey or they don't have a scent I like.

It seems like one should be able to make one themselves... has anyone ever seen a DIY for reed diffusers online?