Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Updated: Custom Action Figure Bookends

Custom Action Figure Bookends

People on facebook have been asking what the paint fumes are all about. Well, a long time ago Janie started to get a little frustrated with the experience of living amongst and around action figures/toys/collectibles. I started to look for more practical applications of my beloved playthings. I started creating more elaborate dioramas, which pacified the maternal urge to purge, but my real dream was to create highly detailed and sculpted bookends. Still the problem remained though: Janie still just saw them as a pile of multicoloured plastic. Janie can't stand the visual clutter. All that colour and form leaping out from the shelf gets my imagination roaring, but for Janie it's just an attack on her eyeballs. Then my beloved boingboing.net, curators of all that is awesome online, provided the answer.

Three bookends, constructed of some of my lesser loved figures and a last minute few thrift store additions, hot glued to a metal bookend, and painted and sealed. Perfect.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Poem, and a Warning

Dear Traveler
by Dave Colvinson

Should you ever find yourself
In distant lands or foreign scenes
And notice, much to your chagrin
The faintest of internal screams

Pay heed, dear friend! Do not ignore!
Cast away the very idea!
Resist the urge to shrug it off
As Traveler’s Diarrhea

The warning signs are obvious
And you’d do well to give them heed
A temperature spike of ninety-nine
The inability to feed

A body wrought with aches and pains
All these signals do incite us
Take action now, make no delay!
I’m afraid it’s Appendicitis!

Congratulations! Off you go!
One ultrasound and two X-rays
Blood work, urine tests, monitors
Get comfy! You’ll be there for days!

It’s true you may being to fret
When they remove all of your clothes
And you may shriek when given pills
Inserted where pills seldom go

But do not fret! You’ll make it through
Despair will surely be your folly
If hope itself seems nearly spent
Fear not! Just call on ***** Paulley!

Was ever there a friend so dear
As she who sleeps on tiny cot?
Who makes you smile when all seems bleak
And helps you hobble to the “pot”?

And so when all is said and done
Dear Traveler, do not lose heart
But perhaps in future journeys try
To return home with all your parts

Monday, February 01, 2010


We usually eat a very healthy breakfast around here, but this morning I started thinking about variety.

We've done the whole wheat pancakes, the apple, banana, blueberry pancakes. Fruit and granola, high fibre protein packed cereal, oatmeal with berries and nuts, healthy muffins, and good old fruit and yogurt.

And I love them all! Especially pancakes and muffins! Ohhh, and homemade granola when I had more time at home! Yum!

But, I wondered what ideas are out there that I just don't know about, if any!

Well, here are a few good links I found to freshen up breakfast time:

10 Tasty, Easy Breakfast Ideas

Best Health Breakfast Ideas (Lots!)

Quinoa Porridge (Making this right now)

Another Banana Muffin Recipe

Apple-Walnut Pancakes (I want to try)

Some of my tips for healthy breakfasts:
Add ground flaxseed to everything you bake (Muffins, pizza crust, breads, sprinkle on cereal, add to smoothies)

Add oatmeal to baked goods ( My Favorite Banana Oatmeal Recipe: I add spices, reduce the sugar, use whole wheat flour, add flax seed, and sometimes nuts)!

Use as much whole wheat flour as you can to add fiber, nutrients, and to avoid the blood sugar spike that comes from white flour.

I didn't even mention eggs in this post, but those are often part of our breakfasts too: poached is my favorite, on whole grain toast, with fruit. Dave loves scrambled, or soft boiled with "toast soliders" and corrina loves them anyway!

What is your favorite HEALTHY breakfast?