A wise person once told me this

"Never compare your insides to everyone else's outsides."
     ― Anne Lamott 


Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


World's toughest job

Thanks Mom!


Mabel's does it again!

I look forward to these posts every year!


The artist


Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.

Inspired by a Tweet from Bill Abbott:


Fun multiplication games

If you have a youngster learning mulitplication, you may be looking for a fun and engaging way to help them with the rote learning of number facts.

The thing I like about these five in particular, is that they don't have a timed component to them.



- 20 question a day limit
- facts up to 10
- can sign up for an account to get unlimited questions (I have not done this)

Buzzy's Times Table Challenge
- whole times table review up to 10 x 10

Fridge magnet multiplication game
- choose “Level A - make the answer”
- choose “no clock”

The Amblesweb Tables tester
- choose “harder” to go up to 11 x 11

Multiplication Math Games For Kids
- includes “flash card” games for specific number series, cheese capers game and bus math multiplication


Heart crayons


I've been wanting to try this artsy Valentine's craft from Parent Hacks for a while now.  (I'm not ambitious enough to melt them down as per the instructions from the post Recycle Old Crayons Into New Shapes.)

Then one day I looked around the house and saw this:

Later in the week at the store I saw this:

So we put the crayons in a bucket with warm water, and peeled the labels off:


And chopped them up.  (Turns out I cut the pieces too small.  Next time I'll make them 1.5 - 2 cm, or about 1/2 inch,  in length.)


The bits go in a silicone baking pan:


Pop it in the oven at 230 F for about 15 min (you can see some aren't quite melted yet).  Tip:  put the kitchen exhaust fan on and / or open a window to get fresh air into the room.


Let the whole thing cool and then pop them out!


Any rough edges can be smoothed down by rubbing across a piece of paper.

Just make sure that kids don't eat them!

[Cross-posted at Craft Day.]


How confident are you?

Interesting read over at Medical Daily. Apparently overconfidence may be a result of social politeness.

Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


What does the spleen do?

So much fun!  Watch on YouTube:


Who do you write like?

I put this post into this app and it says:

I write like
Cory Doctorow
I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Way cool.

Who do you write like?


Advice from Harry Anderson

From the Dallas Observer:

"Everyone's life would be improved if they do could one great magic trick," said Anderson, winding up. "And tell one great joke, play one tune on the piano and do one great origami fold."

Read more.

How many can you do? 


The road to happiness

"The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it put your whole soul into it-every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have."
Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


Invent your own life's meaning

From the Huffington Post:

Bill Watterson retired from writing and drawing "Calvin & Hobbes" about 18 years ago, but the timelessness of his message -- to always remain thoughtful, imaginative, and playful -- will stick in our culture forever, if we're lucky. Case in point: Cartoonist Gavin Aung Than, who pens comics on his blog Zen Pencils, created this tribute to Watterson that has struck a chord with the Internet over the last few days.

Read more.


Hawaiian style necklace


Posted over at Craft Day.


Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: -
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -and gazed -but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

--  William Wordsworth