homemade play doh and food coloring

<lj user=blue_stealth> posted a great question about play doh and homemade recipes.  My question is, if you add food dye to make different colors, does the food dye stain the kids' hands?  I plan to try out some of the recipes this weekend and wanted to make some fun colors, but wasn't sure if the dye would adhere just to the dough or come off on everything the dough touched.

Life in Rural Vermont

As usual I am quite the slacker with no posts and all. Not much going on up here, everyone is good, and life goes on. But, last night as I was picking up Weyland from the sitters I saw something that I just had to share. She commented that they needed to put a new floor in their kitchen and I looked in (they have one of those barn doors on their kitchen and keep the bottom half closed) and the floor looked awful. It was layers of old linoleum half ripped up. I said, "yeah looks like you do need a new floor" and thought to myself that is was terrible looking. She saw my face and said, "oh, no we are ripping it up right now to put a new one on next week". Then I heard the pig. I knew she had a pet pot bellied pig, and to be honest I hadn't seen her in a few weeks. Turns out the pig was ripping the floor out for them. Each night they loosened a few bits of linoleum and nails and for the rest of the night the pig rooted around on the floor tearing up the layers of linoleum. Then in the morning they would come down, bag up and throw out what she had ripped up and start again that night. They hardly did anything and their floor was finished in a week. I love Vermont.

Happy Beltaine and other such things

So, Ed and I stayed up Tuesday night and kicked it old school - watched Karate Kid!
Not much going on here, lots of work, big show on Saturday, same old. Hard to get in the mood to celebrate spring here when it is 30 degrees today, but I'll figure out something.
Oh, and here is an interesting book meme from metasilk
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you own but have not read.
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I love Glenn Beck

Now don't get me wrong, I wouldn't say I agree with everything he says, but I agree with a lot of it. I actually surprised a good friend of mine last year when we somehow got on the topic of the pledge of allegiance (she was against children saying it in school) and I sort of went off on a "OMG are you serious - America rocks" rant. I'm all for the pledge of allegaince being said in school -every day. Yes, yes, there is the pesky "under God" bit, but I am raising my child(ren) in a spiritual household and when they are old enough to understand we will talk about Diety and how saying "under God" doesn't mean the same thing to everyone, and they need to determine that for themselves. And if you're an atheist - get over it, don't say those two lines, whatever.

But really I quite shocked my friend with how pro-America I was. But I didn't understand how you can't be. I'm not saying our country doesn't have faults, doesn't make mistakes, and sometimes makes me a little sick - but we have the capacity to change, to grow, and we are free in ways that other countries only wish they were. To think of how we were founded, how far we have come, and the endless possibilities of where we can go fill me with unimaginable pride. I cry when they play the national anthem and when flag bearers go by in parades. I am excited and re-energized about politics with the election coming up. And this year I am trying to be more vocal about my support of our country, while at the same time living my life in a way that addresses the issues I think we need to change as a country. Instead of Bush bashing or talking about the wrong we do I am focusing on the good and taking direct steps to change how I live my life and influence those around me to take steps to change their lives. I agree with Glenn, we need to take responsibility for our country, and if we need a 12 (or 6 step program) to do it, so be it. But the most important thing to remember is that we can take responsibility for our country, as Americans we not only have the capacity to change our country, but the mandate from our founders to do so. And that is why we truly are great.

Obama speech

So I listened to most of Barack Obama's speech this morning and I have to say I was impressed. Of course I wonder how much he wrote vs his speech writers (I think speech writers should be illegal . . . or that they should be the ones to run for president). Anyway, I found myself agreeing with much of what he said, and even tearing up at the end.

Starting to panic . . .

So I normally don't get too worked up about events in the world. For all my crunchiness, I don't lay awake at night worrying about global warming or carbon emissions. Sure I try to do my part and recycle, buy local, all that good stuff. I live in a state where I think we are pretty progressive on environmental issues. And we are rural enough to not have to face the issues that others face in terms of the environmental consequences of having a large population. But I read this article yesterday, and started worrying

Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S.

Then, this morning, they had a follow up article.
Drugs in water causing troubling problems to fish, wildlife

And now it is all I can think about. To the point of obsessing a bit. I mean it feels like there is nothing I can do. Growing my own food may not solve it, buying bottled water may not solve it. Not to mention the impact on fish and wildlife. It staggers the mind to think about what this could do. Even in a rural area, I know people are taking medications. It never occurred to me that they weren't fully metabolized by the body. And it obviously never occurred to anyone in waste water treatment that the normal process for treating sewage wouldn't eliminate these chemicals. Even if everyone stopped taking medication today (which is impossible anyway) how long does this stay in the system, slowly seeping into the ground water over time. And what about the fish and wildlife already affected - especially because many of the affects are reproductive. How long will it take populations to recover? And remember, that is if everyone stopped today. I can't believe this has been studied for years (or at least over a year) and this is the first we are hearing about it. I feel powerless to protect myself and my family about this and that is terrifying to me.

Lazy people rant

So I came into work this morning and the person ahead of me set off one of my pet peeves. We have a handicap access button that will open the door for automatically. She hit the button. She is not handicapped. That button is for people who physically can not open the door themselves. She had two good legs and two good arms. Now, I will make an exception for someone whose hands are full and would have a hard time opening the door. You guessed it, her hands weren't full. She had a purse. This enranges me on a number of levels. First off, how lazy do you have to be to not open a door? Its pathetic. In addition, the door doesn't open magically. It takes electricity. And while it may not seem like a lot, it adds up. Imagine on my college campus there are probably 25 handicap accessible doors. If just 5 people a day per building are using that button needlessly, then multiplied throughout the year, that is wasted money and resources. I remember growing up, my father always used the push door at the stores instead of the automatic doors and it has stuck with me. I hope that if you are guilty of pressing the button, next time you will think twice. And Gods help you if you also let the water run while you brush your teeth . . .

What I learned from "30 Days of Night"

As most of you know, Ed and I are zombie movie enthusiasts. That does also extend to other horror/thriller genres. Vampires are a tricky genre though as much of what is produced is campy, over sexualized, or just plain bad. That being said, we did watch 30 Days of Night last night. It was actually pretty good. I wanted to share some important things I learned from watching the movie. Collapse )

I now return you to your previously scheduled life.

general life ramblings

Just feel the need to write a bit. Nothing much going on in my life, but I can pretend I'm working while typing this up. So it seems that Barak Obama is coming to Vermont. I'm actually quite excited by that. McCain stopped off at the Burlington airport for all of 30 minutes and gave a ho hum speech. Obviously he is not worried about winning the primary here and I think he is also pretty realistic that he won't win the state in the general election. I think VT has gone blue for the last 15 years or something. Plus Obama set some fund raising records here (in per capita amounts I think). Anyway, only problem is that Obama is going to Putney. Now that makes it a real campaign stop and not an airport quickie, but come on, Putney?! That's hardly Vermont at all, really it is more like a bastard child of MA and NH. Well, enough of that.