Sunday, January 31, 2010

Our Visit to the Amherst College Museum of Natural History

Today, we visited the Amherst College Museum of Natural History. Fun and free. They have dinosaurs, dinosaur tracks, many fossils, a minerals collection, and exhibits about the local geology. The museum is free.

We saw a mastodon and a mammoth.

We saw a creature with antlers so large that it threw survival of the fittest into question. (Why would an animal have antlers so large if they didn't seem to serve a survival purpose? It was decided they are related to mating.)

There was a tyrannosaurus rex, Seth's favorite.

And a triceratops, my favorite.

There was a turtle that fossilized in his shell. These old-tyme turtles couldn't retract their heads into their shell.

There was a room full of fossil tracks.

There was a meteorite. We touched something from space!

I loved the donor wall. I especially loved Pliny Moody and then Plinius Moody. Excellent names! Thank you for your gift of $25.

While her parents were away, Lily relaxed in the sun.

Fun times were had by all!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

So Happy Together

For about a year after we got Lily, Seth used to say with great frequency, "She doesn't like me. She likes you better." Now, Lily is the apple of her father's eye and they are like peas and carrots. (Lily and I, on the other hand, are like two peas in a pod.)

Here, the cat who was once so nervous you could barely pet her, snuggles with her father on the sofa.

Clearly she is thinking, "All you base are belong to us." (Click here is you don't get the reference.) Lily has been a major snuggle cat all winter long.

Next stop for one very fuzzy kitty: sleeping directly on top of her mother's legs in bed.

Missy and Sean's Blanket

A while ago, I knit a blanket for Missy and Sean. It was done in panels of leaves and berries. While this was very portable, when I was done this was the difficulty of blocking it and putting it together. I quickly realized two things (1) I did not have a suitable rug for blocking and (2) I have never blocked anything. Missy, who is a knitting genius with a home with a generous amount of rug, very graciously put the blanket together. It is so lovely -- great work Missy! (p.s. Thanks for the pictures.)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

This Yarn is Awesome!

(Unrelated FYI: The save the dates for the wedding that Seth designed are going out this week. A picture on the blog will follow.)

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Year, New Project

After a very lovely two week break, I am not back to work and the craziness of the Phonathon. The holiday was lovely -- Christmas in Connecticut, lots of time with family, and a bunch of work done on the wedding (ordered the cake, registered, talked about the flowers with Aunt Geraldine, placed the order for the paper for the invites).

While I have been very busy since getting back to work, I have had time to start a new knitting project -- another blankets.

This one is ultra-simple. After the challenging cabled blanket I just completed, I wanted something I could do while sitting and watching television; something I didn't have to think about.

Other than that, not much is new. Seth and I are starting to plan our trip for next summer and thinking of going to California. (We had thought about Italy but want to wait until we can save more money. We'll go to Italy in a few years so I can see Venice!) We have a massive travel guide and are planning stuff out. Seth want to do at least one park. I want to go to wine country (because it's beautiful). More plans to follow!