July 22, 2020

Checking In On Artoo


Thumper has added to his morning ritual.  Now, before we leave QFC, he has to check in on this life-sized Artoo-Detoo balloon in the floral department.

I have a feeling Artoo won’t be around long, so hopefully Thumper won’t be too sad when he gets sold.

And happy birthday, Ressis!  Hope to see you soon!

July 21, 2020

Stabbing For Science


I am always up for volunteering my children to science.  This particular study is even more important than usual.

Thanks to Rerun’s participation in Apex Summer Camp, he and other campers have been recruited for a research study to look for COVID-19 antibodies in children in school or camp settings.  The hope is that this study will be able to provide information about what to expect if/when children gather together for school.

Today, he gave his first blood sample, but it wasn’t without some drama.

I had promised Rerun a cheeseburger from Dick’s for each blood draw.  When I picked him up from camp today, he tried upping the price to a cheeseburger plus a vanilla milkshake.

Me: “Milkshakes are for kids who don’t fuss and cry.”

Then, as we checked in with the receptionist at the lab, Rerun voiced one last objection.  “I hate being stabbed!” he blurted out.


I could see the receptionist silently laughing under her mask as we walked away.  I bet she had a story to tell at dinner that night.

When Rerun’s name was called, he stood with a heavy sigh and said, “FINE, I’ll let them stab me.”

The phlebotomist was a total pro and had that needle into Rerun’s vein as quick as a lightning strike.  Rerun has good veins and is a good bleeder.  He was fascinated with the entire process.  “That’s my blood, that’s my real blood!  He’s transferring my blood!”


Rerun: (smugly) “EXTRACTING.”

I gave up at that point, because they were done.

We went and got his cheeseburger and a milkshake.  We will get a callback next month to come in for a second draw.  Yet another stabbing for science.

July 20, 2020

Mask Organization


Since face masks are likely to be around for the forseeable future, I decided that we needed a better system to keep them organized.

After shopping around (on Amazon), I found the solution.

It’s not a shoe holder!  It’s a mask organizer!

The Webmaster’s expression is just too hilarious.

This was a 12 pocket shoe organizer, which we safety pinned up to only show 8 pockets.  Everyone in the family has their own pocket, with spare masks and filters in the bottom two pockets.

To quote Han Solo, “Sometimes I amaze even myself.”

Personalized Masks


“Marking a kid’s mask for camp” is the new “marking a kid’s underwear for camp.”

Old Navy started making kids’ masks and selling them in 5 packs.  Since there has been a major run on fabric and elastic (and I’m pretty much a novice on sewing machines), I opted to order masks and then personalize them.

And because I can cross-stitch, it was really easy to take Rerun’s love of Pac-Man and make his masks his own.

They’re all wrinkly because I wash and air dry them.  Rerun now has one for each day of the camp week.  But he wants ALL the ghosts, so I’ve been told I’m not done yet.  And the other kids would like some personalized masks as well.