Monthly Archive for January, 2013

Bigger Than We Thought

Wanna see something gross, but not really? This is the size of the cyst removed from inside my foot. (The Pathology Report listed it as 2.0cm by 0.9cm by 0.8cm. It did not, however, say it was green.)

LEGO Valentines

Yes, we’re thinking about Valentines already! What? We like to make our own every year, and the assembly line only works so quickly.  Plus, things take time to dry, man.

After some brainstorming, we decided to do a LEGO theme. Claire loves all things LEGO, and how hard could it be to make a heart?

As it turns out, not very hard at all. The tricky part was figuring out how to make it in as few pieces as possible.

I’m not going to lie; the first attempt at the prototype had 12 pieces.

The winner?

SIX pieces.

How did we do it? Here’s how!

I did the math. We decided to make 30 valentines for her class (28 kids, including Claire, plus 2 teachers). We decided to make 5 extra for relatives.

I called our local LEGO store to see what they had in stock (and available in bulk) and they had red 1×2 and 1×3 blocks. PERFECT!

By my calculations, each little heart was made of up of two 1 x 2 blocks and four 1 x 3 blocks.

LEGO Valentine Resources Procured

Yes, the LEGO employee helped me tape the lid on to this container. All 210 pieces fit in the small tub! ($0.24-ish per valentine, for the WIN!)

This is how we constructed the hearts.

1) Start with two 1 x 3 blocks, side by side. (They didn’t have any 2 x 3 blocks in bulk.)
2) Put two 1 x 3 blocks under them as shown.
3) Attach one 1 x 2 block next to them.
4) Do the same on the other side.

Voila! A LEGO heart.

I got a new paper cutter as a gift, and I LOVE IT. We cut an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in half to do the valentines.

We drew half a heart on 1/4 of it, folded it, cut it, and that made the heart cut-out on the front cover.

We used red crayon to spiff it up and put tape on the back of the LEGO heart.

Here’s the outside, inside, and they’re ready to sign!

Kauai Morning

Our first morning in Kauai – November 16th, at Kauai Beach Resort, east shore. (We stayed there before heading to the south shore for a week.)

Alive & Kicking. Well, With One Foot Anyway…

One of these is my sexy new footwear, & one of these is from Victoria’s Secret. Heh.

So, let’s see. A lot has happened since I posted last:

Visitors arrived to The Hotel Rasmussen, and Merry Holidays were had.
A New Year traipsed through our living room and looked at me sitting with my leg propped up and giggled.


On the 21st of December, I had foot surgery. I’ve been recovering ever since.

I’ve got a bunch of things to share when the dust and glitter settles, and after Claire goes back to school on the 8th and I get my stitches out (hopefully that same day?  I’ve been denied once already, so I’m not getting my hopes up.)

Stay tuned!