Practice Mushroom

Blue Mario Mushroom

This morning, my son was insistent that we make the Super Mario Mushroom he’d been asking about for weeks. I’m not exactly Little Miss Etsy, but I took Home Ec in junior high and sewed my own plushie music note by hand, so I figured I’ve totally got this.

I found this instructable that put me on the right track, and I convinced Connor that we should make a small “practice” mushroom out of the fabric I had on hand, instead of an 18-inch Giant Mushroom.

I showed Connor all the steps involved in sewing a plushie, even though I actually did everything myself. (Since I hadn’t sewn in several years, I wasn’t sure which steps to let Connor help with.) It took about two and a half hours start to finish, but the end result was a perfectly passable practice mushroom. It has a few imperfections, and I learned what not to do next time, but I really enjoyed myself. My son thinks it’s the best thing ever (for today, anyway), and that’s what I was going for in the first place, so arts and crafts time was a rousing success!

Sewing by hand is kind of meditative. I like it. I should do this more often. I’m sure my son would appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, @GetReporter, it’s been a good run. Looking forward to some data analysis in my future! #datanerd

One more test of one more plug-in. This time, enjoy a #tbt photo of my son enjoying rice noodles for the first time.

Testing my new Twitter-to-blog setup by sharing this pic of my son in his new backless booster seat. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Hmm. The plugin I use to pull my tweets into WordPress has been discontinued. Guess it’s time to try tying in @IFTTT to my WP install.

I saw no fewer than six pairs or individuals playing Pokรฉmon Go outside during my 26min run over lunch, some more circumspect than others.

The Best Laid Plans

I’d had this idea that, not only would I get lots of gardening done during my staycation, but I’d also catch up on all those blog entries that have been languishing half-finished in my Google Docs files.

Alas, while I did get a decent amount of gardening done, I didn’t get much blogging done at all, outside of the occasional snapshot post.

After an entire week of gardening and chillaxing, I now embark on a valiant weekend-long attempt to at least get a few things wrapped up and posted before they fall out of my brain completely.

Inspired by @talcotts to re-watch #StarTrek #TOS after many years away from Trekdom. Netflix is easier than popping in a disc. #ImSoLazy

Does anyone else have trouble uploading unedited iPhone pics to WordPress? Mine look sideways on either mobile or desktop, OK on the other.