Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The One with the Brain Teaser

In Colorado we played a game of Cranium Wow. The teams were boys versus girls, except Nick was on the girl's team :) Anyways, one of the questions the boys got was: True or False, you can cut a cake into 8 pieces with three straight cuts.

They guessed false after quickly trying to dissect a cake in their heads.

The answer is true.

And we were baffled.

We spent 10 minutes trying to figure it out. I even almost called my dad as a sort of "lifeline." Here are our attempts at trying to cut a cake into 8 pieces with three cuts:
It didn't matter if the cake was round or square. It didn't matter where the lines crossed. The most we could ever get was 7 pieces!

Finally Andy went upstairs and googled the question. You can cut a cake into eight pieces by cutting down through it in an "x" and then cutting through the middle of the cake.

Tricky tricky.

The One with I'm Back...Sort Of

I need a vacation from vacation - it's hard to get back in the groove of things ya know? :) I'm still feeling pretty sick so I called the doctor this morning and they said, "We're full today, try calling back tomorrow at 9am." In the words of Stephanie Tanner, "How rude!" Usually when I call they set me up for an appointment for a few days out. Why didn't they do that today? Weird. Whatevs.

I'm finally posting a picture of Kim with her uber cute handmade scarf. And Kim also sent me some better quality pictures of the other things.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The One with Christmas 2008

It feels like ages since I've blogged, but really it's only been three days. I've been a little under the weather, but I'm in recovery mode now. 

Yesterday I discovered how much fun (and hard!) Guitar Hero is. I want one. Chris, his brothers and I had a fun time discovering our talents. Or lack thereof. 
Chris rockin' behind the back, woot woot!



On Christmas Eve the Evans' invited some friends over for a special nativity scene in their barn. My nephew Drew was baby Jesus. 
Chris was a wise man and I was a peasant woman. 
The children had fun kneeling around the manger. 
Chris is such a studly wise man :)


This Christmas morning we woke up to fun present-filled stockings. 
Drew scored big time with trucks, cars and other things on wheels.
Baby Avery got a super cute outfit!
Chris got some pez dispensers to add to his collection and I got a ticket to see the musical Jersey Boys tomorrow night. Thank you one and all!

Only 365 more days until next Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The One with Highlights of the Day

This morning, the Evans boys helped move some furniture from the barn into what will soon be Nick's room in their new house.
The view from their house is spectacular. Kinda hard to tell in the photos, so you'll have to come to the open house some day.
I was freezing my nubbins off so me and my smart nephew Drew hung out by the fire.
And what's a day without a trip to Costco?
We ate a delicious dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. The wait was pretty long so I sat in a chair and took pictures of the ceiling.
Chris used to tie balloons at the Spaghetti Factory, which wasn't a bad gig. He'd make like $50 an hour. So now Nick (Chris' li'l bro) is doing the same thing. He made me a pretty crown.
Me and my mother-in-law.
Laramie Street in downtown Denver had an impressive display of lights overhead so I snapped a few shots as we drove underneath them.


So far so fun!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The One with the Complete State Quarter Collection

Last night when Chris was doing the laundry I asked him to keep an eye out for the Hawaii quarter - the very last one in the series. And he found it! So finally, after an entire decade (that's ten whole years!) of collecting them, we now have the complete state quarter set. It feels nice to have this small chapter of my life come to a close.
Now the big question is, what to do with them?

Chris could buy 12 Mountain Dews :)

The One with the AC Christmas Party and Other Things

Not to be confused with the AC Designer Party. We just like having parties. Thursday night we all gathered together at the Country Club and celebrated a great year and said farewell to the original owners who are leaving next week to serve a year and a half church mission. The party was tons of fun. And the best part? I won a Sony Blu-Ray player. No joke. I have never won anything so nice in my life. Thank you a million times over American Crafts!
Then yesterday I went from being the luckiest person in the world to the unluckiest. I went to the bank to deposit some stuff and my tube at the drive-in window got stuck in the pipes!! Fortunately, my brother-in-law is the branch manager so he assured me everything would be okay and they'd get it out as soon as they could. I went home and cried a lot because it was stressful. Then a few hours later he called and said the repair man got it out and it'd be deposited the next day. Problem solved.

We flew to Denver this morning to spend Christmas with Chris' family. Good times are sure to come. The computer I'm blogging on is ancient though so I might lose my patience :)

I will leave you with this festive song from the one and only Pheobe Buffay.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The One with the Calendar

This is the beautiful calendar that Jen designed for me. I love red and I love buttons so this pretty much rocks.













Don't you wish you had one? :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The One with the AC Designer Party and Gift Exchange

The design team drew names for a gift exchange and we had to make each other's presents. Of course I picked "the boss" :) So I made him four books, each with a different style of binding, and a clamshell box to store them.
I got all of the fabric (except the black) from IKEA. I love IKEA.




This is the flat back case binding, it looks just like any book you'd see.


I don't know what kind of biding this one is, I just made it up. So it's the Paige binding.




This is a Japanese Stab binding.



And this is a Coptic binding, my personal fave.





We met after work at Alisha's condo for a "dip" party. We had chips with salsa and cheese, fries and fry sauce, apples and caramel, oreos and milk, bread and a delicious dip (which I can't remember was in it, but it was good!), pretzels dipped in caramel and chocolate, fruit dip, and lots of other dippings. Everything was delicious.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Then we opened presents. Since it was Alisha's house, Alisha went first. She had Ben. She gave him a big bag of caramel chocolate pretzels and a handmade card with a gift certificate to Borders.
Then it was Ben's turn. He had Alisha! He screenprinted beautiful floral patterns in awesome colors on square canvases.
Since Alisha and Ben had each other, Alisha picked a random present. It was Marlen's present for Richard. She watercolored a beautiful rose which was accompanied by a rose intaglio print. Perfect for their new baby room!
Then Richard gave the present he made to Kim. He crocheted a scarf which was inspired by one in Anthropologie, so of course I loved it. And Kim did too. I want to learn how to crochet! I was taking pictures of Kim with her camera while she opened it, so I don't have any pictures of her from my camera, but I will steal some tomorrow and switch out the picture of me wearing it. I just want to share how cool it is.
Then Kim gave the gift she made to Nichole. She knitted a hat, which matched Nichole's outfit perfectly. She looks so good in it! And it's really really soft. Must learn to crochet.
Then Nichole gave her handmade present to Courtney. It's the coolest pillow I have ever seen! Gosh! This was the first pillow she's ever made. Dang she's good.
Then Courtney gave her handmade present to Lindsey. Sorry my picture is sooo blurry! Courtney painted and printed an Angels and Airwaves poster. Totally hot.
Then Lindsey gave her present to Jen. She bought a bunch of frames, covered them in sophisticated patterned papers and distressed the edges. Love them!
Then Jen gave her present to me! Yay! I don't have any pictures of me opening it, because I was too busy opening it, but I will do a separate blog post about it so I can do it justice. She knows I love buttons and the color red, so she designed a calendar around those elements. I love it! It looks like it belongs in any high end store, the design is just that good. Thank you Jen!

Then I gave my books to David. He says he collects sketchbooks so that worked out nicely :)
And last but not least, David gave his present to Marlene. She loves mix CDs so David made her a collection of the top 100 songs of the year and designed really cool cases for them.
Our team is so talented I could just cry. I want to learn how to make everything everyone made. I vote this tradition continues every year.