vandy: (chickenz)
But here is my big hope spiked by today's innauguration. My hope is that people will remain inspired. This election has engaged many people in the political reality of today, and it is incredibly exciting to see so many people hopeful and excited about change. Remember that change isn't just in our leadership, it is in you and your involvement in the world. We may have many hopes for the new administration, but our leaders can't do it all. Our country is nothing without the people in it. The same goes for the other countries of the world. Whether you were for or against Mr. Obama, just remember that you can still make a difference, and that every little act can add up to great change for good or ill. Lets all be inspired by the energy of today and try to make the world a better place, as trite as that might sound. For me personally this means safe-gaurding our rights, making sure we still have a planet and economy to live with, and being friendly with our neighbors when possible, among other things. Lots of little choices every day can contribute to this, so start small if you need to. But try to live what you believe. Thats all... K thnx. :-)

Art Thing!

Jan. 18th, 2009 11:43 am
vandy: (Claw)
So.... last time that Art meme went around I totally flaked out. So this is your chance! If you remember that you were supposed to get "art" from me, post now or forever hold your peace!
vandy: (Default)
Historic Workshop will be merchanting at Twelfth Night. We will have a somewhat limited selection of stock with us, as we decided to just get one table. We are planning on bringing blown glass, a box with glass seconds for $5 & $10 (cash only for the seconds), playing cards, coins, a few benches, a limited supply of knitting needles, and whatever else strikes our fancy and fits in my car. We will also have a selection of books since Mom has been sorting through her collection. Not sure if there is anything particularly spectacular, but we plan to sell hardcovers at about half of their market value and have some dollar paperbacks. Hopefully the weather won't cause us to bust on the whole merchanting thing... (crosses fingers)

heh

Dec. 24th, 2008 10:08 am
vandy: (cat belly)
After being more or less stuck at home baking and playing video games for too many days, this seems horridly appropriate:

Christmas is coming,
The aelfgyfu is getting fat,
Please to put a penny
In the old man's hat.

Christmas is Coming
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :
vandy: (chickenz)
Then I could go sledding. I love sledding. Instead today has consisted of playing civ 4 with Hank, Jamie, and Cat, watching to dog try to skate around the yard before crunching through the ice into the snow, making turkey soup, challah, eggnog, and sugar cookies. And playing haunt at the hill house or whatever that game is called, plus working on some presents. Hmmm... maybe I'll go wrap presents next...
vandy: (orange glass)
[livejournal.com profile] young_raven  is graciously hosting a holiday craft sale, which will have all sorts of last minute gifts and goodies![profile] [livejournal.com profile] fjorlief  is also planning to attend. I'm already all set up and brought some needle felted ornaments, some soldered glass ornaments and necklaces, and glass. I am clearing out a bunch of glass, including a lot of seconds which I am selling for $5 or $10. Note: some of the seconds have little cracks, sharp bits, wobbly bottoms, or are just plain funky. All of them are functional as drinking vessels or vases. I often use these sorts of items when camping, considering them somewhat disposable, but there are just too many of them! I know some of them could make someone very happy. There are also other seconds that just have little things that make me aesthetically unhappy, which I am selling at a vastly cut price. Plus there are excellent quality items ranging from $20 - $80. And glass ornaments. Come, see the goodies! Enjoy the stuff!



vandy: (Claw)
www.vandybennett.com has been updated. Very simple, but did it myself and it has some of the good pics that Mike/Cynric took for me. Yay!

Edited: apparently it may still have a little tweaking left.... let me know if something doesn't work for you...

vandy: (Claw)
Yup, that is an antique cast iron corn stick pan. :-) Nothin' like golden, um, I mean bronze corn. A great way to clean the grease and dust out too!



Art!

Nov. 11th, 2008 03:14 pm
vandy: (Claw)
My lj use has been decidedly erratic lately. So if you want me to know something, call me or email me plz - I am way too bogged down to catch up w/ all y'alls posts.

That being said, what the heck have I been up to? Well, art amongst other things! Here is a snippet from Sunday:


More Pics! )
vandy: (prunted glass)
Ok, this is weird yet cool... tempted to apply, but not enough to actually do it. ;-)

CMOG Glass at Sea

vandy: (Claw)




What Your Cute Monster Says About You



You're the type of person who stands out in a crowd, even when you're trying to blend in.

You are honest in your character and appearance. You don't pretend to be someone else.



Your inner demon is sorrow. You tend to get depressed easily.

People think you're cute because you're rebellious. Your uniqueness is charming.

Chess

Nov. 2nd, 2008 11:29 pm
vandy: (chickenz)
I just set up a weekly chess date with Ed. I'm not sure what exactly inspired me to want to play chess again. Perhaps I just feel like using that part of my brain more. Or maybe it is the season. One of the Thanksgiving traditions in my parents' house when I was growing up was chess. Most years we would drive down to Eugene and bring back our family friend, Tom Cherrytree. He would spend the night with us, and sometimes the weekend. After Thanksgiving dinner my dad and Tom would pull out the chess board dad made as his masters project in metalworking, stick match sticks in the bishops so they could tell them apart from the knights at a glance (because of course the chess set wasn't *normal* and easy to follow), and play chess. I would spend hours watching them, and eventually I learned to play too. This after dinner chess game always reminded me of the masculine tradition of retiring for claret and cigars, and it felt special to be allowed access to that ritual.
vandy: (Default)
idth:400px'>[livejournal.com profile] chemicallace buries [livejournal.com profile] glasseye at the crossroads with a steak (rare) through their heart
[livejournal.com profile] copper_oxide calls [livejournal.com profile] khalja to let them know the psycho killer's in the mood for chicken
[livejournal.com profile] glasseye eats [livejournal.com profile] ya_inga's spicy, spicy brains.
[livejournal.com profile] gulenay_barb devours the entire neighbourhood's Wings Greatest Hits
[livejournal.com profile] gwynnin sacrifices [livejournal.com profile] nobu's cutlery
[livejournal.com profile] john75half haunts your candy
[livejournal.com profile] khalja tries to pick up Phantom Hitchhikers
[livejournal.com profile] nobu gives you a toothbrush
[livejournal.com profile] p1kap1ka shows up with burning torches, pitchforks and dip
[livejournal.com profile] sigivald puts real eyeballs in your gerbils
[livejournal.com profile] ursule carves [livejournal.com profile] copper_oxide's effigy in the medium of pumpkin
[livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia dresses up as [livejournal.com profile] p1kap1ka
[livejournal.com profile] ya_inga swoops on [livejournal.com profile] john75half and drains their brains
[livejournal.com profile] young_raven TPs your socks
LJ Name <input ... > <input ... >
vandy: (cat belly)
So I messed up my wrist a week ago Tuesday. Tried to ignore it, but do less with it. Went to juggling festival and didn't juggle much. Canceled climbing. Canceled climbing again this Tuesday and went to the doctor. Doc says I have two areas of inflammation in my wrist. One of them is minor carpal tunnel, the other inflammation is the real pain and it is in the side of my wrist and hurts when I pick up glasses, twist anything, brush my hair... I guess the beginnings of carpal tunnel is like my bonus for going in or something. :-P I am supposed to wear a brace on my wrist and not use it for two weeks and gave me a prescription for an anti-inflammatory steroid pack. So no climbing/fighting/juggling/glass blowing/acrobatics/anything else fun and exercise for me for another week and a half. Oh yeah, and I might consider learning to fight left-handed says the doc. Hmmm. In the mean time, I have been trying to get to the gym every day to do cardio and core stuff. So yesterday while changing I didn't put my wrist brace on first and managed to totally tweak my wrist again by merely catching it on my shirt. Gr. Ouch. I am a grumpy monkey.
vandy: (crazy juggle)
The Portland Juggling Festival is happening September 26 - 28. If you are interested in juggling, you should go! The whole weekend is sort of expensive, but their are day passes available (they don't have a price up on the website for this, but I think it is $10 or $15) and the public show on Saturday night is always a lot of fun. Complete festival registration gets you in to all activities for all three days. This includes over 30 workshops, the welcome party, door prizes, vendors, Club Renegade, open juggling, and the Big Show on Saturday night. There is no pre-registration! Just show up and have fun!

$35 - General Admission
$28 - Student with ID
$20 - Children (12 years and under) and Seniors

Day Passes available

Juggling and Vaudeville Extravaganza (Saturday Night)

$16 - General Admission
$10 - Student with ID
$8 - Children (12 years and under) and Seniors

Oh yeah, and it is at Reed College, except the Extravaganza, which is at Benson High school.

Congrats!

Sep. 15th, 2008 01:42 pm
vandy: (Default)
To [livejournal.com profile] ursule  and [livejournal.com profile] glasseye  for getting hitched! And yay us for putting up with their horrible cuteness for so many years! Excellent wedding, marvelous food, beautiful dress (it was even finished a couple days before the wedding!!!), and a fun filled weekend with people from far away who I don't get to see enough plus way way WAY too much booze. Woot!

vandy: (chickenz)
I have accumulated some new people on my friends' list, so it is probably time to update my filters. Please let me know if you either specifically do or do not want to be on the following filters:

fighting
health & fitness
peer filter (and tell me who you are and what peerage you are part of if it isn't obvious :-) )

Student!

Sep. 5th, 2008 11:33 am
vandy: (crazy juggle)
I am planning on taking Svava and Hrafnir's son, Ivan, as a student in juggling and related arts. This should take place on Saturday at Acorn War. We aren't doing anything terribly formal, but there will b a little public thing, some time after I get done fighting but before it is too late, probably near the A&S area. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and witness our arrangement.
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