Thursday, April 24, 2014

Homeschool Field Day

We are very lucky to live in a community that has such a large and active homeschool group. Today was the annual homeschool Field Day.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blaze's New Facebook Page

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My son has a facebook page, mostly so he can play games. I insist that all friend requests are approved by me and I'm very picky, so he doesn't have many friends on fb. He enjoys costuming, especially steampunk, and enjoys sharing the pictures of his costumes and costumed events, so this past week, I created a Facebook celebrity page for him. It will use only his online/steampunk persona name and I will help him moderate the site.

He's very excited by the the response he's already been getting from family and our friends in the steampunk community.

If you are on Facebook, please go take a look at the page and give it a "like" if you enjoy it and want to continue to see the updates. The page is only a couple days old, so we still have plenty to add.

Thank you!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13th, at Alt*Con Tallahassee 2014

Alt*Con is our local science fiction convention. This was our first year attending, so I didn't know what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised by the large number of venders and the quality of the costumes worn by the attendees. It's a fairly small convention, but that meant there were no crowds to deal with and there were more opportunities to meet new people and have actual conversions.

As far as fandoms go, there was a little bit of everything:

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Art by Mandem:

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The huge Japanese junk food and manga selection:

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Star Wars:

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Dr. Who:

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Battlestar Galactica:

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Star Trek:

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The SCA:

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Steampunk, which included my panel of "Steampunk on a Budget":

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And more amazing costumes:

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Tap dance troupe preforming at Alt*Con:

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Field Trip to the Field Museum

This past weekend, we made the long drive from Florida to Northern Illinois for my Grandmother's funeral. The funeral was Saturday and I'm very glad that we were able to go, because it gave me a chance to reconnect with family members who I had not seen since I was about 12 years old.

It took two full days of driving to get there, so we stayed two full days, before making the long trek home. Sunday, we took my mom to the Field Museum in Chicago, mostly because I really wanted to see the 1893 Chicago World's Fair Exhibit, while we were in the area.

I had read Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, a few months ago and DH is reading it currently. The book is based on the true events of the Chicago World's Fair and America's first serial killer. This exhibit was the perfect follow-up to the book.

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Napping, Egyptian style:
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I like that at least some things never change. The hall of dinosaurs looks the same as it has looked my whole life, even though much of the rest of the museum has changed.
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The 1893 Chicago World's Fair Exhibit:

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Crafty Crow