Friday, February 25, 2011

From the other side

A little while ago, Cam mentioned the plastic that we put over our our windows for the winter. Really we did this for two reasons:
  1. To deter some of our heat from escaping through all of our single-paned windows.
  2. To contain some of the mold that we suffered from all fall. Even wiping it down with bleach frequently wasn't enough to keep it from growing in our window wells since it is so freakin' wet out here, and single-pane windows only serve as a nice place for water to condense. 
So we figured... if we can't win this battle, at least we can distance ourselves from it a little by walling off the mold so that we're not breathing it in. So far it has served it's purpose well, but unfortunately we knew even then that at some point we would have to pull back the curtains and gaze upon the monster that we created.

This is our bedroom window:
Yes, that is mold growing right on the varnished wood. You can see we still get some water condensing on the plastic, although not nearly as bad as the window. 

From a scientific perspective, we've got some pretty interesting things going on in here:
  • a blue fuzzy mold growing on the wood
  • a nice black mold growing on the metal railing
  • some yellow something growing right on the glass in large circles
  • a gray stringy mold growing in the window screen as if it were a lattice
  • a specimen of some sort actually putting down roots in the far corner of the window well
  • a bug. That's right. He must have been either in some sort of larvae stage on the inside of the window when we walled it off, or has since somehow gotten in from the outside. Either that or we have such a fertile ecosystem in there that we are watching evolution happen before our eyes. I wouldn't be surprised. 
The really scary part is that sooner or later we have to take the plastic off.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Left to my own devices

Last week Cam had several tests AND worked on Saturday, which means I had WAY too much time to myself. One can only Facebook stalk family members so long, bake so many cookies, muffins, and breads before it becomes clear that more drastic measures need to be taken.

After months of eyeing Cam's desk--me thinking it is in desperate need of a paint job, and his insistence that he likes the white (aka is afraid of change)--I finally broke down and gave it some color. Just a little... to spice it up.
You should have seen the look on his face when he came home. Completely surprised. 

But really, I even left the top white so he can scoot in his chair and doesn't have to see it. I'm not thrilled with it yet... but It's a start. I think that side-panel still needs some love. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lost Shoes

For Valentine's Day I told Cameron that I wanted to go dancing because we had not gone since New York, and I don't have too much longer before I'm too large to be able to see my feet. He was fantastic and found a dance studio in Beaverton that was doing an open house last night.

About 2 hours before it was time to go, I went to the box in the closet where I have all my dance shoes, but they weren't there. They also were not in Cam's closet, the hall closet, or under the bed. Our apartment is not that big, but as soon as Cam got home, we completely turned it inside out looking for my shoes. We checked behind books on our bookshelf, behind the water heater, inside suitcases, and in our food storage and didn't find them. We looked in the cupboard above the fridge, below the bathroom sink, and under couch cushions. No luck.

Since neither of us remember the last time they were seen, the only time we are sure about was our final for our dance class in April. We've been quite a few places since then. If you happen to be between Utah, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Oregon and you find a pair of latin sandals too small for anyone over the age of 9 1/2, please let me know!

On a side note, I just realized that I do write an awful lot of posts about shoes. Perhaps I should have titled our blog "The Adventures of Cameron and Kim and Their Shoes."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Building Shoes

This week I found a cute tutorial on how to make baby shoes. I was really excited about it and was all set to go... then I showed Cam.

Cam: Those are girl shoes.
Me: No, the pattern says loafers -- boys wear loafers. Besides, they're blue and green.
Cam: They have polkadots. And the toes are too round. They should look more like this (holds up his own shoe) that's a boy shoe.
Me: But I don't have a pattern for that.
Cam: I will make you one.

He did. He designed built a paper model of what the shoe should look like based on his own loafers (his correction, he wanted it to be clear that he built the baby shoe, he didn't design it). He then picked out a nice brown fabric. Then he left me to figure out how to sew it into a shoe. I put it high on the list of most technical things I have ever done, because 3 inch long shoes do not leave much room for error. End result:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

3D Canvas

In my high school art class, I developed the idea of using a 3D canvas. My teacher told me about an artist friend of hers that would shape canvases by covering them with a paste and then draping them over things. I thought it was much more fun to make shapes by twisting and crinkling - so I would just take out my little high school emotions on the canvas and then paint it to match. This was one of my favorites:
I'm pretty sure it's about how I was sad finals were coming up, feeling blah because it was January, or just being bummed because school was happening again that day. Probably all three... but it looks pretty cool so it's hanging in my parent's hallway.

I was telling cam about these projects, so for our date night we decided to make some new ones, perhaps with a little less teenage angst this time.
This is mine:

This is Cam's:

Anyway, it's a fun project, if you're interested, my paste recipe is 1 part wood glue and 1 part made-up wallpaper paste. You just rub it into a piece of canvas (or another thick fabric) and then mold it. It sometimes takes a couple days to dry, but then it's stiff enough that it stands on it's own. You can just paint it like any other canvas. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We're having a...

Boy! 

And it was pretty apparent...from several angles... I'm pretty sure we're not going to be surprised later. So congrats to the 43% of you that guessed correctly! I'll admit, I wasn't one of you.

It was fun to get to meet our very wiggly little guy! He was having a hard time holding still for the first part (takes after his dad) and then turned away from the cold gel and fell asleep (also takes after his mom I guess)  so I had to get up and walk around to wake him up again. From the looks of it, all body parts are intact and we are on schedule for the last week in June.

We are ecstatic... especially Cam who is already planning his son's first camping trip (July). It's also good because he is already halfway done with the blue blanket he has been crocheting. I'm serious.

Unfortunately, we had a girl name, but are having a hard time coming up with boy names since our favorite 3 all made the top 5 most popular names last year, and we don't want to saddle him with "Aiden H." through high school. Your suggestions are welcome!