Friday, December 31, 2010

There is No Chocolate Cheesecake Fail

Or this would be it.  But there is no chocolate cheesecake fail!




Thursday, December 30, 2010

Photoshop...

Before and after!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Addendum, Shanghai Fire of 2010

Over this one more time, shall we?

Inferno that rages all day with furious heat, leaves steel skeleton bare:


Smoky fire burns for less than an hour and causes complete structural failure and freefall collapse.


Uh-huh.  Yep.  Absolutely. 




Thursday, December 16, 2010

WIO Diary

Such is my addiction to marching around the island to peppy music, clicking on things to make them appear, that I really don't even care that I'm getting some exercise.  But it's already had benefit, I feel more active and it's noticeable that I'm able to move better.  Otherwise I wouldn't get much exercise at all... I mean, in Washington in winter, when my job is cleaning the house and reading with kids?

I told the kids I'd lost five pounds.

Mike said, "How do you know?"

I said, "There's a magic mirror in the bathroom.  I say, 'Mirror, mirror on the floor, how much do I weigh this morning?' and it tells me!"

He said, "That doesn't even rhyme!"




Showing off my awesome Photoshop skillz

A five minute job anyway.  I should have added some shadow under the edge of the sweatshirt.  Oops  :-)


Young artist scribbling on Paint while bored in the car




Thursday, December 2, 2010

WIO Diary: Windmills

I told Ed I had just walked two and a half miles.
He said, “You did not walk two and a half miles!  You didn’t even make it off your little rug!”

Hahaha.

Here's my little rug, isn't it pretty?  Got it at Home Depot for $12.  It has thick stress-resistant padding.  Didn't even notice until after buying that it was MADE IN USA.  Cool.


I suppose I didn't build these windmills either?
Look how cool.  You have to get some distance to even see how tall they are.  Yay, now my island has wind power to keep all these lights on!

Taking pictures of TV with digital camera sometimes makes the colors look strange…


Here's Dave's island at five in the afternoon. There's different light for different times of day on the island, and morning and evening are so beautiful.



Another day I did three and a half miles to nowhere. I have every single song, constellation, and clock piece except for the 12 noon ones. The island is only 23% built though. Lots more to go!

I built some "luxury houses" and was startled to find it a 900 sq ft bungalow on a postage-stamp lot. Culture difference, right?  Like American workers who go to Japan and stay in housing "the size of a bathroom" and start to go bonkers. It's a matter of perspective!
I was also surprised when I built the hotel, and couldn’t see the top from where I was standing. In my world a hotel is three stories, max. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Boys and Toys






I just couldn't resist taking a picture of this whole setup.  I have to wonder what the story is behind it. 


The young lady has dressed up in her finest to cheer up the troops, and they’ve made her a lovely tea...


They take good care of their pets, even in wartime! 


While an emplacement of mothers guards the living room. 


Horse skirt

Walk It Out

So now, at least three people are going to buy it based on my say-so! I'm especially glad because more sales means more chance of a WIO2!

Last night I was riding in the car in the dark along a winding country road, and two road signs came up and when I first got a glimpse of them as glowing blobs on the landscape, my brain said, "I think one of those event capsules is a clock piece! Get it!"

They were not event capsules of course, they were road signs, and just because the WIO music is going in my head, doesn't mean this is not reality :-)

Which when I explained to the kids they had a good laugh about. You know you're addicted when...

Anyway to those of you who want more detailed technical information before / because of purchasing here's a wonderful guide a lady wrote out:

http://www.amazon.com/Unofficial-guide-Step-ongoing-process/forum/Fx3D6Y0C9JV7D8O/Tx37KE7PXPWBWTP/1/ref=cm_cd_dp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B002CZ7P04&store=videogames

At the bottom of the page is a listing of more discussions.  So there's the answer to pretty much every question!  But the game starts off very basic, it's easy to do a few things right away, and figure it out as you go along.  I thought it was very funny when DH the other day, after watching what I was doing for a while, burst out in accusing tones, "You're just playing that dumb game!  The rest is peripheral!"

Yes. 


This is his idea of what a workout should be.  I'm not advertising this so don't click.

He has no respect for a "workout" that consists of jogging along with a game controller in each hand!  Whatever, I end up sweating and I don't mind doing it every day; it's got to be better for me than just sitting in front of my computer bitching about stuff. 

I don't even mind if my game and I provide him as much amusement as the game does me, which says something about how much I'm enjoying it, because usually my mockery tolerance level is sub-basement... but I get so into my dumb game that I don't even care who's laughing at me! 

Here's the famous map...





See the words "Waterfront" and "Upscale"?  If you draw a line between the o and the U, the line passes through a slightly darker blob just above the road.  That's where the church is.  The lot where the church will be built has a short cast-iron fence around it, I'm pretty sure it's the only fence like that in the game.

The map is one of my favorite parts of the game!  I love maps, and it's great fun to take a look at the map each morning to see where the rainbow pieces are, and then try to go around and get them all without having to look at the map again.  

Oh, just found this: no word yet on WIO2.

I hope the medical / therapy community is paying attention to this game! This would be EXACTLY what bedridden, injured, or very old people should have for therapy.  There's several really slow songs.  Some are just too slow for me; I can't walk any more slowly than "Love Will Be Waiting" or "How Do You Sleep" and I've turned all the slower ones off, but someone doing therapy could.  And in this game practically any rhythmic movement can be sensed by the game as "walking" and let you get through it so it's very adaptable to anybody's needs, and the bright, inviting world to explore would tempt them to try.  You could even lie in bed and shake the controller in your hand.  I saw a thing about an 800 lb lady who couldn't manage any more exercise at first than clapping, but that's how she got started and was her first step on the path to recovery.  I hope medical magazines are having articles and reviews of this so therapists will get it for their patients??

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Church on Rhythm Island



There's a church to build on Walk It Out!  Isn't it pretty!  The people appeared along with the church, and there's a wedding going on. 


The kids noticed that the pastor has blue hair.  Not grey!  Sure enough, there he is with his Bible and blue hair. 


If you happen to be near the church in the silence between song tracks, you can hear bells!


The church is right across the street from a burger joint.  I built that next.  How very convenient!  If you're snackish after the service or if you've forgetten to bring anything for the potluck…

When I changed the time to ten pm so I could go around collecting constellations, I noticed they'd even gotten that detail right-- the burger place was still brightly lit up and the church was dark!


More snow pics









Just in case you don't have enough snow at YOUR place??

Mike quilt blocks layout

My friend who came over and saw some of the blocks stitched together, said, "That's not as horrible as it looked in the picture"  :-D 

And here, arranged the way they're going to be, it's not horrible at all!

Using willpower to NOT exercise

Walk It Out! is so much fun!  It's easy to walk for an hour and a half because you lose track of time and get into it.  They were (fiendishly??) clever to not have a timer anywhere in the game!  The idea is to lose track of time and just jog along collecting points and building the island.  It's happened several times that I still think I'm having fun, and then suddenly realize I'm so tired I can barely take another step.  That's when it's time to stop.  I've been walking twice a day, but I'm going to have to reduce that to once; I had been getting away with "just a little while before I go to bed, it'll help me sleep better!" during this four-day Thanksgiving weekend but now that we're back to regular schedule I just can't spare that much time.  So I'll have to be content with just walking once a day...
Imagine what a reversal!  Now we're using willpower to NOT exercise! 
Rhythm Island is so gorgeous at night, too.  If you turn on the program at eight pm, it's dark, the streetlamps are lit and the stars are out!  But luckily, there's a "magic clock" that changes the time, so you can walk at night anytime. 
It's the perfect world.  I wonder if some of its seduction is that it's an idealized fantasy land, peaceful and free, where you can go anywhere you want, and be safe at any time of day or night. 
The Japanese who made it were kind enough to include a church in the plan!  I've found the church, but haven't bought it yet.  I've heard that there's a wedding going on  :-) 
The island has a sports stadium, apartments, housing area, shopping area, ranches with farmhouses, flower fields and a mountain path, lighthouse, beach with shops, and a church-- no city hall, no courthouse, no school, no police station, no bar!  I think that's just about everything we need.  Let's all move to that island!!! 
Well, at least we can visit. 
Addendum, I got the church, and took pictures.  I'll put those on the other blog  :-)

My free Barbie pattern: Mailbag bonanza!

I love it when people send me pictures of what they've made with my patterns! 

Kristi writes:

I’ve been sewing like crazy the last week to make a nice big supply of dresses for my daughter’s Christmas present. I wanted to share again. And I’ve made even MORE since I took this picture and added more ribbons and sparkles to some of the dresses here. I’ve also come up with a simple lazy way to make sleeves that are seen on some of these dresses. You can see it on the plaid Christmas dress. I basically sew a tube of fabric and pin it into the bodice before I sew it together. I’m going to try to add long sleeves next! Thanks again for the fun pattern. I think I am having more fun than my daughter!
And look at the wonderful pictures she sent me!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Getting Gorgeouser By The Minute


The view out the window first thing this morning: 


There are all my most favorite colors, and they're gonna get better as the sun gets higher and the blue sky gets more vivid.  Yes, I am a "winter"!


In just a bit I'm going outside and roll in it.