Saturday, October 16, 2010

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Spent a couple of fun hours at Craven Farm today, near Monroe/Snohomish, wandering the corn maze, launching pumpkins, and - of course - choosing pumpkins for Halloween.

We met up with Cory's classmate Ciaran, his mom Ursula, and brother Fi, and had a grand time. Beautiful day!

And we only lost Niall in the corn maze for a little while. (He didn't think he was lost!)

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Cory made a very cool grapple hook at Extended Day yesterday (with some help from Diana, who dreamed up using pipe cleaners for flexible strength - nice!). Today he was grapple-hooking the IKEA shelving unit I'd just built - and quite successfully too. :-)

Unfortunately he next tried tossing the hook up onto the roof (against Mom's advice) and of course, it stuck in the gutter. Sometimes moms really *do* know best.

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It's the time of year for mushrooms in the yard, too. Three different varieties popped up overnight.

I like this one in landscaping. Almost looks like I fooled with the color in the photo to make it nearly monochromatic but no, this is just the way it turned out.

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It's the time of year for lovely sunsets off the deck. Sometimes I can grab a camera fast enough to capture them. :-)

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A group of miners was trapped in a collapsed mine in Chile for 69 days, half a mile down. It took a major feat of engineering to get them out, by drilling a 2-foot wide hole all the way down, and then sending a man-sized capsule down to retrieve the miners, one by one.

Last night they were finally ready to bring the miners out! I was just about to get Cory ready for bed when the first miner was about to be rescued, so we watched it on a live feed on my laptop. It was all in Spanish, but no translation needed! It was just amazing.

I didn't realize that we were watching the very first miner come up, Valencio. Actually, it took me a few minutes to realize that the guy was getting into the capsule DOWN IN THE MINE and that we were watching a Webcam down there. Unbelievable. I hadn't watched anything about the event, just kept hearing updates on NPR, and willing this day to come soon enough that they would all be all right.

An amazing experience to watch this.

As we waited while the miner in the capsule was being raised up to the surface (nearly 20 long minutes!), I was telling Cory about how far away it was (showed him on a globe, actually), and that it was actually happening right as we were watching. I could tell he could just barely grasp that - just didn't seem possible. We also talked about why it was also dark in Chile at the same time it was dark at our house, even though they're half a world away. Great chance to talk about which parts of the earth the sun shines on when (that globe came in handy again :P). Definitely worth a bit of a late bedtime for all that togetherness and sharing, and especially for him being able to witness the experience firsthand.

Cory took a front page clipping from the newspaper to school this morning. And then as I was taking some books to the library there before heading to work, he came trotting up from class to ask the librarian for information about mines and Chile. Emergent curriculum in action!

Monday, October 11, 2010

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Some of the many, many videos and DVDs we've accumulated over the years.

I have to wonder how much longer we'll even have "hardcopies" of movies. I already really like to just pick something to watch on Netflix's Instant Watch instead of waiting for a DVD to come in the mail. Not everything is available, though, so if I want to see something relatively current or popular, I have to wait for a DVD.

But how long will it be before you just pay another $.50 or $1.00 and you get to see "premium" movies. Very soon, I'm sure.

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I saw this license plate driving to work after dropping the boys off at school, and it struck me how quickly personal plates can become anachronisms these days.

HD DVD went the way of the dodo bird months ago now (perhaps even a year or more?) when Blu-ray crushed it in the marketplace. But this guy still has it for a license plate. Maybe as a badge of days gone by. :P