Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu
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PTA meeting and the school book fair, geocache photos, panoramic images and mental lint.

Tonight was the monthly PTA meeting and an opportunity to buy books at the book fair, which Laurel visited this morning and told me as soon as she got home which books she wanted. I had to stifle a giggle at the wish list a volunteer helped her fill out (early readers pick out three books and the adults there write down the titles and prices on a wish list form for a volunteer to add up, then the students take the forms home for the parents to see) because they'd transcribed Laurel's name on the form as Loyal. At least it's a point of the Scout Law. (;

I volunteered there on Monday and noticed the prices are more than I'd usually spend on new books, but part of the profits go to buying more books for the school library. After talking to the librarian when she was in there during my volunteer shift and finding out how not-so-far that went, I donated our twice-read hardcover of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the library so they have one less copy to buy new.

We bought all three of the books Laurel had picked for her wish list -- a hardcover copy of Clifford's First Autumn and two paperback early reader books that we'll be reading together for awhile, Spiderman 2: Friends and Foes and Disney's Kim Possible: Killigan's Island -- and a paperback copy of The Bumpy Little Pumpkin, which was on one of four classroom wish list cards her teacher had filled out. If the other three titles are still unpurchased on when I'm volunteering there again on Thursday, I'll buy them then.

The Cub Scouts sell hot dogs and snacks during PTA meetings, so I gave Laurel a late afternoon snack to keep her blood sugar from dropping before she ate there -- and then, boy, did she eat! She had a hot dog, a bag of Cheetos, half of an enormous dill pickle, most of an M&M-bedecked cookie (I broke it in half so she didn't eat the whole thing before bed), and half of a bottle of water. She was also very pleased that I gave her money to pay with each time, which she wants to do with every piece of change she picks up. (When she picks a coin up off the ground, she often tells me she wants to give it to "the moneyman", which is what she calls cashiers at restaurants and in stores.) Even better, she doesn't pocket the change yet without asking! (;

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Someone posted a link in geocaching to a Flickr photo set from a disposable black and white camera they placed in a geocache. Shortly after that, I saw a summary in digitalphoto about the latest release of Panorama Factory and downloaded the free 30-day trial of the software. I've been learning by experience what photos I'll have to futz with before importing them, like that all images need to be the same size in pixels, which means I'll have to crop a few scanned from print images.

This afternoon I stitched together a full 360-degree view from the top of the Brother formation in Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park that looks breathtaking, especially since I took the photos without a tripod so it adjusted for tilt and whatnot for me. I should dig up a USGS quad map and try to label the peaks before I post it, though, if I remember correctly, the park is near the corner of the Evergreen quadrangle.

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A couple other bits of mental lint:
- saarlander is again stateside, although his car is still on holiday in Rome. I am practically beside myself with happiness that he's a domestic long-distance call away again, although now I'm mildly afraid I'll horrify Vogon when I suggest mixing Coke into beers he holds in high esteem.
- Vogon helped me finish assembling the second portable sewing table tonight and made a remark about how it seems hard for me to ask for help. I'm going to be sewing tomorrow and possibly part of Thursday as well, so I may not get all the stuff from the current sewing table (um, dining table) up and sorted since my sewing project takes priority. Hooray for finishing Halloween costumes earlier rather than later.
- We had lunch at Clay Pit and I'm still having happy thoughts about chicken tikka masala. It's a nice change from trying Pho Tai (972-418-1228, 2540 Marsh Lane Ste 146 -- next door to Condoms To Go, heh) yesterday and having the greasiest fried rice (Vogon had tofu, I had chicken) I've ever ingested.
Tags: 004_computers, 028_reading, 372_elementary_school, 640.73_shopping, 641_food, 646.2_sewing, 779_photographs, 910.28_geocaching, 976.42812_dallas, 978.884_evergreen
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