Expanding Horizons Through Technology and Crafts

Some friends of mine and I are putting together a workshop for Expanding Your Horizons, a conference for girls from 5th grade to 9th grade. EYH is all about science, technology, engineering, and math and bringing girls in contact with role models in those fields. The conference is February 7, 2015 and registration opens January 1st if you know any girls who might be interested.

This will be my second year participating. Last year we ran a Scratch workshop and had so much fun we wanted to participate in the conference again. For a while we thought we might just redo our Scratch presentation from last year since the girls really enjoyed it, but Alice came up with a great project idea and together with, Jamii, Joyce, and Elizabeth, we’ll using the following items to create some cool stuff:

I’m really excited about the crafty element of this project. While I work in the tech field, I’m actually more of a crafter than anything else. Before I started working with WordPress I filled my days scrapbooking, sewing, card making, and drawing. I even had a brief stint in college with pottery making. So anything that lets me spend a bit of time crafting is right up my alley.

Stay tuned for the final result. Some sewing with magical silver thread might also be involved :)



Warm Hands

It snowed this morning in Albuquerque. Just a dusting really so it’ll be all melted by later today. But it is quite chilly. Never fear, though, my hands are toasty warm. Thanks to these amazingly wonderful fingerless gloves my daughter gave me.


Merry Christmas from the Arnolds

All the flurry of Advent and the prep for Christmas is over. The fridge is full of Christmas dinner leftovers to carry us through the 12 days of Christmas and onward to Epiphany. 

Here’s our official Christmas card for anyone who might have been expecting to get a card in the mail ;)

The Cat Has the Right Idea

It’s Christmas Day. My husband and I went out for a run. The cat? Well, maybe we should snooze a bit too.  What a life.

Ok Ok, I’ll Bake Something for Christmas

I’ve never enjoyed baking. And really, I can live without most sweets. But on occasion it’s fun to make breakfast muffins. Since today is Christmas Eve, I’m going to count that as Christmas baking.

Now, my son loves to bake and he happened to wake up early enough this Christmas Eve day to get in on the breakfast muffins preparation. As you take a look at our supplies below, note that coffee in a narwhal mug gifted to me from a coworker is essential for proper muffin prep.

Yes, that is indeed a 1970’s style hand blender. Avocado green FTW.


In a house with 4 kids and a mom who dislikes baking, when baking does happen, everyone wants in. So if all the kids are awake then there’s a chorus of “Can I help? Can I help?” Being such an excellent and in tune mother, I have them help and invariably chaos ensues and we all end up mad at each other. One needs only so many kitchen helpers.

This morning, however, this guy was the only one up so we had a very rare opportunity to peacefully and calmly bake together. While I find the actual baking tedious, the chance to hang out with this guy and watch him bake is a real pleasure. And he is a really great baker, he’s got a knack.

We made a bit of a mess with the bowl to muffin tin process, but oh well. The result worked out pretty well I think, although as per usual, the batter flattened out. But you know, if it tastes good then it matters little what it looks like.

Bacon on the Grill

My oldest son had the idea to grill bacon tonight. It worked pretty well, but we decided to use thick cut bacon next time. Super pretty though, don’t you think?