Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Sock or an Ancient Torture Device?

Originally uploaded by Marti515
I have knit a lot of things, but I have never knit socks. My youngest nephew saw these socks in one of my knitting books and said he would give anything to have a pair. Since I am such a wonderful and giving aunt, I told him I'd try to knit them for him. As you can see from the picture, the socks are going to be bright green and black. What? Don't look at me! I didn't pick the colors.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


My son was in a chess tournament Saturday. Does he play chess, you ask? Why no, not really. You see, last week my sister, who teaches gifted and talented children, asked Austin if he wanted to be in a chess tournament. Austin said that he hadn't played chess in a long, long time and couldn't even remember the rules. My sister told him that his mother, that's me, could teach him the rules if he wanted to enter the tournament. I was then informed about this, and I have spent the last week playing at least one game of chess with my son each night. I was a little nervous about letting him do the tournament. I didn't want him to get upset when he inevitably lost. So I kept reminding him that the other kids had been spending months, if not years, being coached and instructed in chess, and also being prepared by their gifted and talented teachers (and I'm sure their parents too) just for this tournament. He was only getting a week's worth of half-assed instruction from his not so gifted and talented mother. He assured me that he could take getting his ass whooped. Therefore, I took him to the tournament. He tied for 4th place. There were 26 kids in his division. Not bad, huh?. That'll teach me to doubt my child. The parents weren't allowed anywhere near the rooms where the games were being played, so I don't have any pictures. However, my sister was the monitor in the room where my son's division played, so I got all the inside scoop after the tournament.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Flip Video

After a month of back and forth emails to the Flip Support people, I think we've finally gotten my computer to be compatible with the camera. Here's a test video to see if it actually works. Cross your fingers.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New year, new look!

How do you like the new digs?

I've been trying to figure out how to upload a video Austin filmed, but I've been having all sorts of problems with it. The lastest upload has the picture okay, but the audio sounds like a recording of The Chipmunks. I've got a call into the Flip camera support people. Hopefully, they can figure it out.