Eli’s Ode to Garbage Trucks

Most of our family and friends have already seen this, but I thought it would be fun to share here this recent video recorded by Eli’s Aunt Misa while I was in the hospital having Zoe.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before Eli’s obsession with garbage trucks. He vascilates between being concerned that a garbage truck is going to eat him and his plans to be a garbage truck driver when he grows up. Time spent in the car is utilized to continually scan his surroundings for these lumbering behemouths of refuse. At home he delights in being asked to throw things away (” for the garbage truck to eat it!”) He loves to watch YouTube videos of garbage trucks making their rounds and of Lego garbage trucks being assembled. While, thankfully, his play is begining to diversify into non-garbage truck related activities, his love for all things garbage remains strong. So without further ado, here is a glimpse into Eli’s passionate yet sometimes tumultuous love affair with garbage trucks.

(A big thank you to Rachel of http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com for helping me get the video posted on YouTube. If you have never visited her blog drop everything and do so now. Unless you are averse to laughter. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone recovering from recent abdominal surgery.)

A Week of Inspiration

Lately I’ve found a number of things that I just have to try. Here are a few I actually got to  this week.

My family loves all things coconut, so when I ran across this recipe for coconut macaroons at Hinna’s Kitchen Adventures I had to give it a try. These are the yummiest cookies I think I have ever made!  They certainly have the macaroons at the Barnes’ & Noble cafe beat hands down. I think I will try half dipping them in dark chocolate before long.

Coconut Macaroons

I found this post for Origami Dress Ornaments at My Very Educated Mother. It includes a link to a YouTube video tutorial. Here is my attempt. I’ll be making a few more and will hopefully improve along the way. I’m just loving the trend to decorate with old book pages this year! This particular page is from a book of short stories that I bought at a used book store in Madrid.

Make It Give It has a tutorial for Sophisticated Salt Dough Ornaments. These truly are not the lumpy salt dough creations I’ve seen in the past. While not quite as sophisticated I was mostly pleased with how mine came out. I glue gunned (is that a verb?) on glass beads to embellish mine, as well as used some paint and glitter. I painted over polyurethane to keep the beads from falling off, but found it gave everything a yellow tinge. Not horrible, except for the snowflake ornament. Not sure I want to commemorate yellow snow on my Christmas tree. I’ll be making more of these as well… without the yellow glaze.

Pear Salt Dough Ornament

Pear Salt Dough Ornament

Old-fashioned Bicycle Ornament

Old-fashioned Bicycle Ornament

Snowflake Ornament

My list of projects grows faster than I can cross items off. Now I’m just focusing of the Christmas themed fun as soon the holidays will be all over.

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