Remember how I said just last week that fall has finally arrived here in the Small Town? Yeah, well Mother Nature apparently decided to do one last gasp of heat and humidity this week. I think she’s mocking me. Good thing we didn’t take the air conditioners out of the windows yet – when it’s sticky humid it’s hard to sleep.
Speaking of sleep, I really need to have a chat with myself about my bedtime. I keep finding things to do, getting a second wind, and staying up until after midnight. If I didn’t have the alarm set for 5:30 am, it wouldn’t be as much of a problem as it’s been, but when I finally fall asleep after 1am, being rudely woken up by the alarm 4 hours later tends to leave me with a very foggy brain. It’s hard to concentrate and be creative when there’s fog swirling around in there. Just sayin’.
In other news… Did you watch the big event on Sunday – the Red Bull Stratos sponsored event where Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon at 128,100 feet? He had planned to break the longest free-fall record, but missed it by mere seconds. He did, however, jump from a height that no man has jumped from before, and became the first human to break the sound barrier without an aircraft. It took 2-1/2 hours for his balloon to ascend the 24 miles required for the record, but only 10 minutes for the descent. I grabbed a couple of screen shots for you as it was happening:
I bet he was just as relieved to make it back to solid ground as we were. Apparently there were around 8 million people watching via YouTube while it was broadcast live – the hubby and I were two of those 8 million watching. He stayed out of the limelight yesterday as he was recovering from his phenomenal jump. No doubt snugging with his girlfriend:
They’re both cuties, aren’t they? After the jump he was quoted as saying, “I’m retired from the daredevil business, I want to find a nice decent job as a helicopter pilot. I’ll fight fires and rescue people. No e-mails, no phone calls.” Good call, Felix.
Moving on… Do you pay attention to the Google page? I didn’t realize until recently that they do creative stuff to comemorate special events, holidays or people – yesterday’s tribute was to a guy from way back when who was a comic strip artist in the early 1900′s, Winsor McCay.
Yesterday’s creative Google logo commemorated McCay, and was cleverly titled “Little Nemo in Google-Land.” It was set up like a comic strip and borrowed images from McCay’s work. You click your way from panel to panel as the story unfolds through several levels.
The first panel featured a sleeping Nemo falling from his bed into Slumberland. He’s rescued by Princess Camille, who joins him on a brief adventure before he falls out of the dreamworld and back into his bed. It was very creative and pretty cool. If you missed it, I found it for you:
So far, so good. I must confess I was pleasantly surprised that the powdery stuff is actually tasty – I even added it to my morning coffee since I tend to forget to eat breakfast anyway, but I never forget to have my morning coffee. I had to refrain from putting it in every cup (you know, because that would defeat the purpose) because it really does taste good. And I don’t have the side effects I tend to get from other ‘meal replacement’ drinks – no annoying gas. Ahem.
I have noticed that having some twice a day has helped curb my appetite, which is a good thing. Especially since I’m not on a consistent schedule, so when I get ravenously hungry, that’s when I tend to overeat and regret it. After my first week, I’m down four pounds. And that’s in spite of Aunt Flow wreaking havoc during that time, too. I’ll let you know how week 2 goes next week, and share some yummy recipes.
Speaking of recipes… Did you know you can overcook Sculpey? I found that out first hand when I forgot Princess Nagger’s newest creation was in the oven:
I was going to cheat and only show the picture with the dark background, since it doesn’t make it look as bad. But here you can see how toasted it really got:
I can’t help but giggle hysterically because it’s kind of ironic that her imaginative ‘Draco Bird’ (which is her own creative invention and is a dragon-type creature), was toasted. You know, like it had a run-in with a genuine fire-breathing dragon. Princess Nagger was not amused.
In my defense, though, had it been baked in my old oven, it never would have gotten toasted. This is just another example of how my shiny new oven actually cooks like it’s supposed to. I’ll be adjusting all my cooking time to ‘normal’ vs. ‘abnormal’ in the future.
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