Saturday, December 27, 2008

A case of the *Blearghs*

So 3 out of the 5 people in the house either have the flu or food poisoning.

I'm one of them.

My morning has not been the most unpleasant ever, but between weakness, nausea, and the emergency dashes to the bathroom I'm not a happy rabbit.

Going back to drinking my saltines and drinking my ginger ale thank you very much.


Who in the name of GOD thought that cherry flavored Pepto Bismal was a good idea. I mean... generally you are already queasy and now you have to drink sickeningly sweet artificial maraschino cherry mixed with Peopto?

I actually felt worse after taking it.

Oh and my toilot is REALLY clean. Because... you know I was sitting there for so long waiting for things to happen and stop happening... and the box of lysol wipes were right there...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ring a ding ding

I finally got the camera and the ring I made back in October in the same place at the same time.

Ring shank is cast bronze, cogs are brass and the stone is a Tsavorite Garnet.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Carmel popcorn and Cold snow.

It has been a while since my last update and I thought as the semester winds to a close I might reassure people that I was still alive and in control of all my limbs.

First, followup on the stair tumble nothing broken, nothing strained but I did have amazing set of bruises the size for grapefruit and rugburn down the entire length of my right side. It slowed me down for a couple of weeks but no permamant damage.

Classes went well with the exception of my final assignment in metal-smithing which has proven to be an unmitigated disaster.

We are doing organic/plastic burnout casting and whet doing a burnout each sprue of things to be cast is placed in metal collar (to protect the investment plaster) this is called a flask. For this last assignment I generated 13 flasks and sprued up over 50 things to be burned out. 2 of them turned out, none of which were my primary pieces. I needed at least 6 of my secondary pieces to burn out to follow back-up back-up plan.
Thursday we did one last hail-mary burnout where I sprued up an additional 30 pieces. The end result: I now have a grand total of 4 pieces that cast successfully, 6 or so that were partial casts and 20 that well... they cast... sorta.
So I have until Tuesday noon to take what I have and turn it into something.

Wetherwise it's been mildly ambivilent here with most of the fall/winter been in the mid 40's. We got on brief spit of snow after thanksgiving but that soon melted. So it's been mild and not to stressfull.

Until friday night. Daytime temps on Frrday were in the high 30's, but by night fall that had dropped to -8 and there was a solid curtain of snow. It coninued that way all day Saturday and today, though it appears the snowfall has slacked off. At this time there is maybe 8 inches of snow on the lawn and it is currently mostly clear and -10 degrees.

There was more that was uspposed to go here but it looks like that early onset alzheimers is kicking in again or perhaps a profound lack of coffee this morning. Got any quetions about what going on? Post em in the comments and I'll try to answer them.