RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Dec. 22, 2008 at 12:35pm

Winter Holiday of Joyous Isolation 08

trapped in the christmas spirit

Things you can do trapped indoors. What activities can you perform with your family? 


If you have a fireplace you can burn all kinds of things...  phone books, junk mail, old weekly volcanos & cartoonists northwest newsletters..  for both heat and entertainment (we're saving the the frozen cans of bacon grease for something special)!

DIY Deicing Solution

put the kettle on.  when the water starts to heat up fill that sucker with as much salt as you can find.  If you have food coloring add some of that too.   When the kettle starts to whistle you know it is ready!     Pour directly out of kettle onto the steep + slippery  back steps.   This is where the food coloring is so critical..  it will remind you of the real deicing solutions they spray on airplanes.

Hydrate the Christmas Tree

much like how a severed head will continue to see, a christmas tree will keep trying to supply the 'tree spines' or 'needles' filled with tree blood or 'water'.  It is important to keep the bowl part of your christmas tree stand filled with water or mountain dew.  This can be a fun activity for children.   Did you know they make turpentine out of pine tree sap?    Put some turpentine in a paper bag so your children become familar with the smell. 

Classical Music

find a classical music station on the radio.  Old people listen to classical music.  Isn't it a good time to bring up happy memories of grandma and grandpa?  Teach these memories to your own children.   This is your chance to edit out the unhappy parts.

Eat, Eat + Eat!

I've already eaten several loaves of Ms. Darcy's famous banana bread.  Lately she's been making it with a chocolate swirl.  You can add chocolate chips and nuts to make it even more awesome.    Cut a slice, put butter on it and down a glass of milk.  Yum!    Make some bacon.   We then made blueberry pancakes cowboy style.  that's where you pour the batter right over the greasy bacon remnants.   Yum!   I stole four bags of frozen berries from my dad's deep freeze at thanksgiving.  I shuck them out of the house in Max's diaper bag.  

What kinds of things can you steal from your relatives in a diaper bag?

Shoveling Snow

This would have been fun If I would have bought the snow shovel at the ReStore. 

Work on the CartoonistsLeague.org website

if you belong to a secret society of cartoonists, and you have some vacation time and you're a web designer. Why not kill 3 birds with one hand tied behind your back?  check it out so far.   Tacoma's ONLY secret society of Cartoonists

We still need to iron out the details, like add actual content, finish the conditional stylesheet with all the IE6 hacks..  etc.   But she's looking pretty sexy so far.  

Key Features:

  1. wordpress CMS 
  2. custom favicon (it's a fez with an eyeball)

  3. sIFR fonts
  4. random image logos (3sofar) /header graphics (just one right now, but still random.)
  5. yadda yadda...

comments [13]  |  posted under snow, tacoma, trapped, winter


by scout on 12/22/2008 @ 1:51pm
You forgot:

Fez-Wearing Dad and Baby Photo Op Torture Ritual

by AngelaJossy on 12/22/2008 @ 2:12pm
Why is the baby crying? Is he mad at you for burning those Volcano's? People work really hard to make those you know. You should listen to your offspring. Is that the Tacoma Gnome on his T-shirt?

by dawntown on 12/22/2008 @ 3:05pm
Baby hate fez

by Matt Driscoll on 12/22/2008 @ 4:52pm
Like RR himself, the little one is obviously a master of irony. The infant knows what he's doing in those pictures. It's all part of the act.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2008 @ 4:55pm
he doen't hate fez specifically... just any hat with a tassel.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2008 @ 4:58pm
and yeah he was crying because it was his dinner time and mom was busy making BLT's

I was preoccupying him with holiday magic until the boob was available.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2008 @ 4:58pm
and yeah he has a gnome onesie

by Matt Driscoll on 12/22/2008 @ 5:07pm
So it wasn't his love of irony then?

by Matt Driscoll on 12/22/2008 @ 5:07pm
Boob juice was my second guess.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2008 @ 5:12pm
Ms. Darcy bought him some running shoes the other day. That's kinda ironic since he cant even walk.

My baby has a walking disability, though the doctor says it's only temporary... and that many other babies cant walk either.

by Matt Driscoll on 12/22/2008 @ 5:15pm
That's true. Our baby couldn't walk for nearly a year. Even now - at 18 months - she's shaky at best. Our hearts go out to your whole family in these trying times.Know you're not alone.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/22/2008 @ 6:20pm
Genome onesie , I'm so glad you are getting Max interested in science so early in life. Good on the Andersons.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2008 @ 8:59pm
his brain is relatively huge in proportion to the rest of his body... and the colors, sounds and smells coming from his diapers do remind me of a highschool chemistry lab.

Science is paramount!


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