Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Didn't Mean To....

(this is a little embarrassing to admit).... but I dozed off during the planetarium show this morning while on a school field trip with my youngest!!!! She even nudged me a couple of times too!!!!

Ironically, I had just finished telling her and her friend how, after traveling to London, England, while in college (one of those great show tour packages in the early 1980s) and still experiencing some jet lag, my friend and I went to the planetarium (I think it is beside Madame Tussaud's ??) and I fell asleep during that show!

I am not sure how I could have been that tired. I thought my 4 mile run would have perked me up (of course, dh's alarm clock seems to be going off increasingly early and he has his clock set 15 minutes ahead... does he get up after the first alarm????? NO! but I do!)

Anyway, we did have fun. It was a long bus trip (about an hour at probably 50 mph full throttle on the highway). You know you are going slow when the "wide load" double wide trailers traveling with escort cars pass you!

Well, Schenectady NY, where this planetarium and science/technology museum is housed, is the same city that houses the original headquarters of General Electric. I guess a couple of companies, including one started by Thomas Edison in NJ, came together here.

Here are some General Electric products that we come into contact with everyday (albeit outdated models)...

Glad I don't have to use this version....

These were my favorites products...

I would gladly trade my 1970s brown refrigerator for this model!

I love the colors!!!!

Lot of inventions were apparently born here too...
Apparently, silly putty was accidentally invented here. Who knew!?

So now I am rested anyway!

A couple of weeks back, I saw this book in the bookstore. I try not to buy books often and see if I can find them in our library system.
Luckily after putting in a request, our trusty interlibrary loan system came through!

It is a book of really cool quilts compiled by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader.

These are a few of my favorites...

I haven't had time (so far) today to sit in my sewing room. But I did take my Dear Jane book over to our local Staples store to be cut and bound.
This makes it easier to open the book and leave it lying flat so that I can trace/copy the patterns more easily. Only $4!
But since I don't have any new handiwork to show, I will share a hanging that I made in the summer, 2006.
It was raffled off at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. My family kept buying tickets because they wanted to win it but (un)fortunately, a local woman took this baby home.

It is not an original pattern. I bought it from a shop online in Canada, but I switched one pair of shoes for the Converse shoes that are the symbol of the Walk.

And lastly, I have mentioned before that we live in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.

This photo is taken from the elementary school parking lot. I just feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful area of the state.
Tomorrow night, at 9:00 PM ET, PBS is airing a special about the Adirondacks.
I can't stay up that late (remember? I fall asleep in planetariums and such!)...
but I plan to set our VCR (I still live in the 1990s, I guess).
I can't take credit for these photos but there are many more at this website in their photo gallery.

Now, I am off to sleep. Have a good night!