Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Designing your own font

I just found a really cool thing. You can turn your own handwriting into a computer font with fontifier.

This is something my sister should do because her handwriting is so cool and unique. I don't have any samples of her writing to show.

Has anyone else noticed how "The quick red fox jumped over..." practice sentence got a PC make-over? Lazy dogs can't be brown anymore because it has negative connotations. Sometimes a dog is just a dog, right??

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Today was a lovely day here. We spoke to Lindsay about letting mommy sleep in today. She was so excited about Mother's Day that she woke up at 6:40am declaring the holiday. She was too excited to go back to sleep, so Neil took her and entertained her until I woke up at the decadent hour of 8:45. They were busy making a lovely breakfast feast when I made it upstairs. Lindsay helped squeeze oranges and buy croissants and Neil made bacon and eggs with fresh berries on the side. It was delicious.

After the feast we went to the car wash, which is a huge treat for Lindsay and then the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which is a huge treat for me. The gardens were spectacular with gorgeous peonies, wisteria and lilacs in full bloom. We had fun rolling down this green hill. Neil did it too and looked about as graceful as I did.

We are now in the midst of excavating dinosaur bones out of a dinosaur egg that Lindsay got at her friend Noah's birthday party yesterday. Too fun!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

What to say?

I feel as though I don't have anything interesting to post lately. I have been so tired at the end of the night that I have hardly knitted a thing. I finished another little hat, which I will post. I have a sweater that's mostly finished and part of a second sock that have been languishing. I don't know why I can't wrap my brain around finishing these two mostly-done projects. I think I've just been under such a tremendous amount of stress that my brain can only do one thing at a time. Maybe two if they are both auto-pilot things (tv and a follow the pattern to a T project).

Why am I so stressed? Well part of it is money. I scaled back my work once Lindsay was born and we are feeling the loss of income quite a bit. Partner that with the fact that our neighborhood has become super-trendy (read...expensive!) and we are probably going to be pushed out of this place that I've called home for over 15 years. We don't own, so we are at the mercy of landlords deciding the rent. Our lease is up in a year and we probably are facing a huge increase. Our rent has gone up $300/mo in the past 2 years. We just can't afford to buy in Brooklyn unless we live in a crack den. And the schools near a crack den aren't very good.

Next major stress is the school situation. Here's an article that speaks about how overcrowded the decent schools are. Our neighborhood is insane and we're zoned for the local ghetto school. I've toured schools, become the president of the board at Lindsay's school (don't underestimate the power of the parental resumé), etc. to see what our options are. They are grim. The good schools are so full there basically isn't a chance of getting into a decent school. We thought that maybe we could have Lindsay tested for the gifted and talented program as a way out of our local crap school. Turns out they are going to put a G&T program there next year. It's a sleazy way for "failing" schools to raise their test scores. If you have one class of smarty-pants kids, they will raise the school's average test scores. The school doesn't improve, it just looks better on paper. Private schools cost around $25,000/year, so that's not an option. See stress point #1.

My father's cancer is back.

And my mother is such a creep that I just disowned her. Long story, but she's a mean, selfish person who has chosen to hoard money instead of helping her children in a way that her parents helped her. I've given this woman so many chances over the years to act decently, but she keeps choosing the creep option, so I'm done. Surprisingly enough I don't feel sad at all. Just somewhat relieved.

I organized a huge spring auction as a fundraiser at Lindsay's school, where I "won" two things. One was a 3 month gym membership. I have been going several times a week for the past 3 weeks. The other item I won was a stress management/relaxation strategies consultation session. Nobody bid against me. I guess they were either too embarrassed, or they knew how stressed I was and didn't dare bid against me.

I think things are changing for the better. I did a casting last week and may do the production on that job (good $$). The work outs feel great and I have the stress consultation to look forward to. Plus the weather is getting really nice. I've also decided that it would be fun to raise chickens, but that's a whole other topic!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

London Calling

About two weeks ago my cousin Ilona came with her son Remi to visit New York. Although we saw them 4 years ago in London, Remi hasn't been to New York since he was 6 years old. It was fun to see what he remembered about our place and introduce him to new places all over the city. During their week here they actually went to all 5 boroughs.

We went to Coney Island and Neil and Remi went on the Cyclone. Here's a photo of the two of them right after riding it. They both look like excited kids.

And here's a photo of them on the ride. They are in the front seat.