Saturday, February 28, 2009


#4: This week is a fill in the blank: When I look into my eyes I see ___________.
So If you get a card in the mail from me- it means "I care and I love you."
#5: How do I feel today?
As hard as it is for me... I must admit I am a people pleaser. Some may look at this as a sign of weakness... I could never say "no." To anyone. I am much happier being myself and sometimes.... (I am getting better) saying.... "YES!"
#6: If I could do it all again, would I change anything?
There are a lot of things I would change...
*I would have finished my masters degree by now.
*Thought harder before choosing my wedding cake and I would have hired a photographer.
*Been Friendlier.
#7: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
I would go scuba diving with my husband, sister, and brother-in-law. I am so freaked out that something would go wrong. It would be so amazing... the fish, the corals, the sand, etc... but I would definitely have to know that I wouldn't fail.
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Monday, February 23, 2009


I made good on my promise of posting a picture of our crystals. I never cease to amaze!

*added after posting: I used distilled water when we made the orange star. It only took 4 hours before I realized I better hurry and pry them out of the jar. I also did this same activity at work and we left the crystals in the jar for several days because we used regular tap water and it took longer for them to grow.

Let me know if you do this activity and how long it takes before you have crystals.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Shining Stars

Here is an awesome activity to try at home. This is a recipe for growing a constellation of crystals in a glass jar.
Supplies: wide mouth jar (I used a small mouth jar and had a hard time getting my star out),
water, borax (I found this in the aisle with the laundry soaps), food coloring, pipe cleaners, string, and a pencil.
Process: 1. Fill the jar with boiling water (Adults only).
2. Mix borax into the heated water, a tablespoon at a time (3 tbs per cup of water), stir in food coloring to create a dark tint.
3. Bend a pipe cleaner into a star. Tie one end of the string to the star and the other end to the pencil.

4. Rest the pencil on the jar opening so that the pipe cleaner is suspended in the solution. Set aside overnight.
5. As the water cools and evaporates, borax molecules will stack together. By morning, the star will be covered with glittery crystals. Remove it from the jar; let it drip dry. Then hang it up for a decorative sun catcher. For more projects, pick up a copy of Super Science Concoctions.

I will put a picture of our crystals in my next post.

Until then enjoy a Sunrise from the Pacific Northwest!
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wild Turkeys

It's almost been nine months since I moved to Northern Washington. I see the wild turkeys a lot lately. Mostly hanging out next to the road in groups of ten, pecking gravel out of the snow to fill their gizzards. No matter how many times I see these birds it is still novel. On my way to town there were some in the middle of the road and couldn't decide if they should go left or right. They seemed to gaze at each other, waiting for someone to make the first move, and since no one did, they kept running down the road in front of me. One veered right, one went left, and then the three still in the middle of the road took flight. If they don't get their act together, they are going to be roadkill.
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