Saturday, December 31, 2011

the end of 2011... and it's been a while!

I know, it's been a while since I've posted on my super duper blog... Life has been super duper crazy with school and all... and I've been a bad blogger.  My apologies, millions of readers!  Here's a little trimmed down version of what's been going on in my life this fall!

I've made pots in my new studio!  Love it!  I was gonna do a full on blog on the studio this fall but things got in the way, more on that later.  Long story long, Mike bought me a new wheel, a shimpo whisper, and I LOVE IT!  Not enough time to make pots right now though... I've made a few though, and they're all gone as gifts.  

Liz and Gabey came during the fair and we took the train, went through a tunnel, on the ferris wheel, and did the whole State Fair of Texas thing.  It was great!

Here we are on the train!

Here's Gabe with 'his Uncle Mike'.  

I did A LOT of teaching.  Seriously, they're wearing me out!  This year has been a doozie, with me teaching welding in addition to my ceramics and AP 3D design!  Whew, that's all I got to say about that!

My students during the 'Chair' critique.

We also went to Austin to see Gabe for his 2 year birthday!

Here he is at his birthday party!  He's getting the present idea!

... And here is Gabe with 'His Uncle Mike!'

I worked some more!  Here is the kiln, Gail, getting started for a firing!  Nice work!  Nice kiln!

... And I graded LOTS of papers!  (that reminds me... I've got papers to grade, UGH!)

... And Mike and I went to the World Series with the Rangers!  This is the final game in Texas!  We had a blast!

Then, this happened!!!!!

We GOT ROBBED!!!!!  AGAIN!!!!!!
They busted a rock through my guest room window!!!!

Here's the rock!

Here's what they did to my window!!!

 And all the glass everywhere!  SUCKED!  They took my macbook air, the school's laptop, and my bucket of change in my closet!!!!!!! F'ers!!!  So, when we had the police out to file a report, we showed the officer around and she asked if they ransacked the house at all, and I replied that they tore up Mike's closet.  He gave me a blank stare.  We walked back to his closet to find this.

You, too would think it had been ransacked too!  NOPE!  This is normal.  (He has cleaned it out since)

So, ALL My pictures were on my computer!  I had to get a new one.  All of my blogging material!  Nooooo!!!!!

So... Anyway,  I've been running a lot this fall, especially with BTDubRunClub!  We ran the Jingle Bell Run on December 21st!  It was a 5K.  Fun!

Here we are after one of our latest runs.  

I also fired the Gail a few more times, getting ready for the holidays.

My dogs are doing well!  Going on many walks with Mikey and enjoying relaxing in the house!  Here's Luke!

... And Ruby!

Finally, I've been making some works of my own in the studio!  If this one survives, I plan to weld a 'Planter' for her.

So, I've missed you all... and I'm glad to be back!  Happy New Year everyone!


PS... I'll try to be a better blogger!


  1. Just checked and happy to see you here! :) Yay!

  2. How did he even get up your roof without getting caught by neighbors? This is why we had cameras and an alarm system installed in our house to prevent this kind of heinous crime. Just the thought of my family getting hurt is sickening! Do you know the movie of Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, Trespass?

    Guy Cheadle