Saturday, April 25, 2015

Made Some New Jewelry

When we were packing for our post-Christmas trip to Luray, VA, I went to Harris Teeter to pick up some snacks and drinks for the road. I came across Coca-Cola Life, made with Stevia and in glass bottles, the way Coke is supposed to be drank.

Just because I liked the green labels on the glass, I decided to keep a couple of the bottle caps.

I just finally got around to fixing these up. I laid them face down and filled them with resin. Once the resin had hardened (about 24 hours later), I Super Glued post earring backs to them and turned them into earrings.

Because these weren't twist off caps, if you look closely, you can see the point of the opener when I popped the tops. I thought these were kind of fun, unusual earrings. My mother-in-law's husband worked at a Coke bottling plant for almost 30 years. In her jewelry box, she had a pair of regular red Coke bottle caps that she turned into earrings. She didn't fill the inside of them with resin though. I wanted mine filled with it because it made it so that the earring backs didn't go into the cap as deep, which would have left me with shorter posts.

Since I was already playing around with the resin (difficult stuff to mess around with, but I'm not giving up just yet!), I also made a simple Jedi Order bottle cap necklace. You just have to look past the flash from the camera. This one was part of a package of caps from Michael's, and just about all of them got screwed up. I did find out that the dimensional Mod Podge I used for these projects does not work very well with colored paper, straight out of the printer. It makes the edges bleed, if they are inked. If your edges are plain white paper, they look alright.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Another Entry Off The Bucket List

Who's got two thumbs and rode a mechanical bull this afternoon? 


I was at a work-related picnic this afternoon and First Atlantic Restoration sponsored and ran the mechanical bull. I had to take a crack at it. I've kind of always wanted to try riding one.

While my "technique," if you will, was not rodeo-standard (I was hanging on with both hands instead of just one), I still did it! I think my first ride was about 2-3 seconds and my second ride was 3-5 seconds. On that second ride, I was squeezing with my thighs and had my legs wrapped more around the front of the bull, instead of having them straight down and slightly bent at the knees.

  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy sub, but my husband and I don't know anyone that works on board a sub.
  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy ship that most people will never get to go on. I got to go walk around under a ship while it was in dry dock, and then I walked up the scaffolding around the mast, almost to the very top!
  • I'd love to go for a ride in a fighter jet of some kind.
  • I want to go jet skiing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • I want to go scuba diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean.
  • I want to go to the top of the Washington Monument. 
  • I want to go to NYC, and see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Twin Towers, and go to a show of some sort. We went there in 2000 and saw The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • I want to go to the Saint Louis Arch. We did this in 1999.
  • I want to go to Niagara Falls. We did this in 2000.
  • I want to go to Universal Studios Florida. We did this in 2001 and I'd love to do it again!
  • I want to go to the Poconos and stay in one of their themed suites. We did this in 2006 and stayed at Caesar's in the champagne glass suite.
  • I want to stay in a themed suit at the HoJo in Florence, KY.
  • I want to visit Santa Claus, IN, "American's Christmas Hometown."
  • I want to go to Metropolis, IL.
  • I want to get a memorial tattoo in honor of my mom and my mother-in-law.
  • I want to take a road trip up to DC to see the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum and go to Horace and Dickie's Seafood Restaurant/
  • I want to write a bad sci-fi horror script and present it to The Asylum to see if they'd be willing to make it into an actual movie for the SyFy Channel. I finished this on April 12, 2015.
  • I want to finally order the "Hell's Admin Assistant" patch for my motorcycle jacket that I've been thinking about for years.--I figure it's a funny alternative to a Hell's Angel patch, which I'm clearly not a member of Hell's Angels. I ordered one from Star City Stitchery
  • I'd like to cuddle a baby gorilla. I really don't know where this one comes from, but aren't baby gorillas the cutest babies EVER??!
  • I want to take a painting class, a la Bob Ross. I did this in a restaurant in Virginia Beach with a bunch of motorcycle riders from an American Legion post, in 2014.
  • I want to go hang gliding in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I did this over Memorial Day weekend with my husband.
  • I want to see the archaeological dig at the Jamestown Settlement.
  • I want to go charter boat fishing in the Atlantic Ocean: I tried doing this in 2012, but the water was really rough that day. I didn't catch anything but I sure made a lot of chum!
  • I want to go to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • I want to see KISS in concert, in the make-up. 
  • I will get a job at some kind of animal shelter, and I'm going to be damn good at whatever I end up doing there. 
  • I will get at least one old, beat up piece of wood furniture, save it from going to the landfill, and refinish it. I've actually done two pieces now.
  • I'd like to go on an LCAC ride with my husband before he transfers to his new command.I had to cross this one off finally, because Shane left this command already. This bummed me out. I never got a ride on an LCAC out on the bay. Some of his family members did, and even though I offered to take any number of half days off from work, I never got to ride. 
  • I will go to see the Booth Trail in 2013. 
  • I will go to Natural Bridge, VA (We did this in 2013) and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in a cabin in the woods.  We did this for the end of the year in 2014.
  • I will go to Hiddenite Gems, an emerald mine open to the public, in NC. 
  • I will go to the Richmond Zoo and the Virginia Zoo (they have done a lot of remodeling and I haven't been there for a several years). 
  • I can't drive a clutch and have no desire to learn, but I'd like to go for a ride in a 1957 Chevy BelAire and a mid-80's Lamborghini Countach.
  • I'd like to sit in any of the Batmobiles, ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, KITT from Knight Rider, and the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • I will go to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 
  • I want to go to Rhode Island, Boston and Seattle, just for the sake of going.
  • I want to go to Tokyo some day.--I've been to Hanoi and Hue, Vietnam, but it wasn't close enough.
  • I want to see the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt. 
  • I'd love to see the Mona Lisa (she's in the Louvre in Paris) and The Scream (there are a couple, two of them are in Munich). 
  • I want to go to London, and maybe look for the TARDIS and the Doctor. 
  • I want to go to San Diego to see my best friend, go to Comic Con, wear a costume, take lots of photos, find an awesome looking Spider-Man so I can give him a hug for just being Spidey, and then walk a beach on the Pacific Ocean, looking for shells. 
  • I'd like to go to a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" if we ever go to California.  I had to cross this one off: On April 28, 2014, Ferguson announced that he will leave the show on December 19, 2014.
  • I want to have at least one great, wildly creative crochet pattern published in a real book somewhere. 
  • I'd like to have our yard be featured for our Halloween decorations with a local tv station, so people might understand you don't have to spend big bucks on decorations and still put together a great display (I say this because we don't go as crazy for Christmas decorations). 
  • I'd like to win a challenge on Craftster. 
  • I'd like to compete on Craft Wars on TLC. I had to cross this one off too, because I'm pretty sure it's no longer on the air. I can't find any updated information on it. 
  • I will finish the Jedi costume finally and I will join the Rebel Legion I was accepted in December 2014!
  • I want to ride a mechanical bull. --I did this in April 2015.
  • I will finish the doll house I started several years ago. 
  • I want to go to Ohio and see Ralphie Harper's house from The Christmas Story. 
  • I want to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert, and maybe even the Bangles if I ever get to California. 
  • I want to see the Barenaked Ladies again, the next time they come to Hampton Roads.
  • I want to take my friends to the Virginia Safari drive through park in Stanton, VA. Did this in July 2014.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Got a GREAT Surprise

    Every once in a while, I get a wild hair up my butt and decide to email an author whose work I've enjoyed. I did that a couple years ago with Daniel Black, the author of Perfect Peace. I actually got a reply back from him.

    I did it again last week. I emailed Judy Blume from her website.

    I had been browsing around the books in Amazon and I realized she has been writing adult books! I ordered a few of them and even ordered my favorite book of her's: Starring Sally J. Freeman as Herself. Since I was still kind of on a Judy Blume kick, I figured it was a good time to write her a fan letter. When I was in elementary school, I used to LOVE writing fan letters to celebrities. I hardly ever heard anything back from them, but I didn't care.

    Dear Ms. Blume--
    I looked for your website so I could somehow contact you. I'm 40 years old and started reading your books when I was in the 3rd grade. I fell in love with your characters immediately. 

    A few weeks ago, I saw on Amazon you had a couple "adult" books so I decided it was time to check them out. So far, I've read "Smart Women" and I really enjoyed it, even though it was a complete departure from the books I'd grown up with. :) 

    When I ordered your books, I decided to also order "Starring Sally J. Freeman as Herself." That one was ALWAYS my absolute favorite book of yours. It's absolutely timeless, even still today. I think I identified a lot with Sally, and other than being a one time 10 year old girl with an over-active imagination, that was about all I had in common with her. :) 

    Thank you for writing such wonderful books. When my niece gets older, I intend to get a Judy Blume collection for her. :)

    Guess what...I actually got a reply back!!!! GASP!!!

    Hi Amy, 
    Thanks so much for your warm message. It means a lot to know how well you remember my books. I just finished writing a new adult book that took me quite a while to get done. (Ugh - writing is hard work!) It's my readers who keep me writing. Where would I be without you? You can follow me on twitter @judyblume, though I'm trying not to tweet too often. It's too good a distraction.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I'm totally saving the email I got back from her!!!! It made my day!!!