filling one of the colored jars I made awhile back, but the light was pretty dim.
Chris's dad came over from White Lake today to hang out and check out Artprize.
SiTE:LAB venue. I wasn't terribly interested in this last year, but this year they are apparently in the old Grand Rapids Public Museum.
SiTE:LAB setup has a lot of art intermingled with the existing displays.
Grand Rapids Public Museum downtown which is situated in a better location next to Gerald R Ford Museum. I assume that the museum was moved to it's current location and this old building was just left abandoned.
We certainly only just scratched the surface. We didn't go near the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Library, Kendall College of Art and Design, or any of the small restaurant venues.
state proposals will be on the ballot and all sorts of advertisements out trying to sway people to vote one way or another.
Chris and I don't watch a lot of live TV what TV we do watch is already on the DVR which means skipping the ads, so we've managed to avoid most TV advertisements regarding voting this way or that. Mail, however, is a different story. So far we've received two pieces of mail, one for proposal 2 and one for proposal 6.
If you look closely, both of these ads imply that if you support or don't support a proposal you will hurt the children. People, they just want you to think of your children.
Of course if you actually look up either of the proposals you'll see that they have nothing to do with school funding or children. I mean, proposal six is about a bridge and two is about a state constitutional amendment for collective bargaining.
Getting political mail doesn't bother me. It's the emotionally charged and misleading piece of paper landing in my mailbox that I find insulting. If I got a piece of paper that said proposal 2 was about collective bargaining I'd be fine with it (even if i didn't necessarily agree with the stance it was taking). But the proposal 2 mailer we received says children will be at risk if it's adopted. It then goes on to cite from Michigan statutes (MCL 381.230a and MCL 257.1851) and implies that somehow those are impacted.
Honestly I think putting the statute numbers on there is an attempt to make it seem more official.
Anyway, all of these things are really easy to look up these days. There is a ballotpedia website that has all of the information right there for the proposals on the ballot.
You also no longer need to actually go to a library to look up statutes. You can look them up right on the state legislature website.
Anyway, I'd strongly urge anyone voting (which anyone who is old enough should be, I think) to look up the actual language of the proposals (ballotpedia has got you covered for whatever state you're in) and make a decision based on that, and not an emotionally manipulative piece of advertisement.
Coby or the older Eken M100.
Of course it certainly helps that the screen is capacitive as opposed to resistive (which both of the previous android tablets we bought were).
Anyway, Chris has a nice write-up on his blog about it.
Now fast forward to 6 months later. Tonight, actually.
Chris and I were hanging out watching a good Bill Moyers episode with Trevor Potter and we started to hear beeping.
We had just replaced the batteries in both detectors a few months ago, so although it seemed odd they'd be dead so quick, we went to pull down the detectors.
But the beeping persisted. And it sounded like it was coming from the basement.
We spent a good 10 minutes listening to the beep, moving to where we thought we heard it, then listening more. Finally, after pinpointing the rough area we started to dig around.
Until finally we reached up past the drop ceiling into the rafters.
Lo and behold there was a third fire alarm.
Due to the rain yesterday, we rescheduled our annual trip to the Renaissance Festival for today (ok, almost annual - I missed last year).
The jousting show is always a lot of fun to watch.
I'd highly recommend going if you've never been before. Seriously. The comedy shows alone are worth it, not to mention jousting, turkey legs, a raptor demonstration and more.
Of course, time went by and we didn't think much of it.
Until this week.
The last few nights I've heard something scratching in the attic. At first I thought I was imagining it but when I caught the cat staring at the ceiling intently, I knew there really was something above us.
So we went out shopping today to pick up some supplies and cover the two air vents.
I volunteered to go into the attic because I'm smaller and the opening is pretty narrow.
Even with a mask on, which didn't quite fit me, (maybe they make child size ones?) I still inhaled some insulation.
I never did see anything up there, nor any signs of anything having been there. Of course, the insulation was so thick that it would be easy to miss something.
But the very single project that I had for the day is done. Now I can just be lazy.
Brick Road Pizza!
There are so many leftovers in the fridge.
Guild Wars 2.
The Outer Vibe putting on a concert.
That's cool too.
I really love cinnamon rolls, and they're super easy to make. You just toss ingredients on the dough, roll, and slice. So I started thinking - what else can you make that way?
Pizza pinwheels. That's what.
So I rolled out the pizza dough I made in the bread machine and topped it with the traditional mozzarella and pepperoni toppings.
(Sometime I'm going to try a pesto and chicken roll. I think that would be delicious.)
I then let them sit for about 20 minutes to rise.
After 20 minutes I popped them into the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- 1 pizza dough (fresh made or frozen)
- approx 1c mozzarella cheese
- pizza toppings of choice (pepperoni, mushrooms, etc)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Divide dough into two balls and roll out into two rectangles
- Top rectangles of dough with mozzarella and pizza toppings, leaving approx 1/4 inch border
- Roll each of the two rectangles into a log. Cut the log into 1 inch pieces and place on a greased cookie sheet. Allow dough to rise for 20 minutes
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Serve with your preferred dipping sauce
I guess at least they weren't candy corn M&Ms. Ew.
Artprize, which officially starts on 9/19/2012.
I have no idea if this seahorse is an Artprize entry (I dont see a sign up and a few of the other entries up do have signs) but it did show up recently so I can only assume.
They have a three, six, and nine mile tour. I'll have to poke around and see if they have a map anywhere. I'd like to see how they're getting 9 miles out of downtown. I'm guessing by snaking up and down and back and forth through most of the blocks downtown.
There's significantly less shade now, but on the upside I dont think people have realized these have moved so no one seems to be sitting here.
I can read in quiet again!
Blandford Nature Center. It's an adorable small area in Grand Rapids that features trails, wildlife, and education
reading his story.
I don't even believe in declawing domestic cats (here's a good read on why), so I think declawing a bobcat is especially horrid.
Merlin who was carrying around a small mouse.
Mealtime for everyone!
their map wasn't too wet. I guess that's what a dry summer will do.
Blandford was a nice place to spend a few hours enjoying nature. It's not a very far drive and it's certainly charming. We didn't explore everything - best to save some things for later visits.
We will certainly be back!