Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Burningman Bound

Doug and I are gearing up for our trip to Burningman. We're leaving on Saturday and will return Sept 5th. This will be my 3rd trip and Doug's 4th. Our camp has a great location this year. We'll be pretty close to Center camp which is where a lot of the action is. We go there every morning to buy ice so the closer you are to center camp the better. Our camp this year is called PSA (Playa Security Agency) We've got uniforms and badges and will be patroling the playa keeping people safe. We'll have a threat level indicator at our camp and will serve colored drinks depending on what the threat level is.

I've only just begun to check out the other theme camps that are going to be there. I've just breifly looked at the ones that will be near us. It would take a month to check out every one. There's going to be 542 theme camps this year! Here's a few of the ones that are going to be near us:

Gnome camp - You can adopt a gnome and they will give you a disposable camera to take pics of the gnome during the week. They're having a party on friday where they will serve drinks and you can return the camera and they'll post the pics online.

Lavendar Lounge - they'll have a cooling lavendar mist, air beds, lavendar eye mask, head vibration massage. mmm doesn't that sound nice?

Panty Camp - Actually this one isn't near us but I thought it was kinda funny. They have a panty pavilion made completely of panties (I hope they're clean)

Smoochdome - well that's pretty self explanitary

The Sprawl - Every morning they provide sunscreen and will slather it on for you and give you lemonade and cookies

Wattos Junk Yard - a place to exchange and fix all star wars equipment, mainly light sabers. (uhhh hmm too bad I don't have any star wars equipment, guess that's one camp I won't need to visit)

We also have some friends that are staying at some other theme camps:
Firemuse WOW! Circus - There should be lots of fire throwing and acrobatics and who knows what at this camp.

There's another group of people but I still need to find out what camp they'll be at. They're bringing the rocket bus we worked so hard on a few years ago. They've transformed it some more and it will apparently even have a rooftop dance floor on it. Can't wait to see it!

Anyway that's just a few of the hundreds of camps that will be there. I'll be sure to take lots of pics!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New kitchen floor!

I worked from home today so I could have my new kitchen floor installed. It was real short notice. They called me yesterday to schedule it and they had a cancellation the next day so here they came. It took about 3 hours to install. They wouldn't disconnect the gas from my oven so I had to do that myself. Actually my parents happened to be visiting and my dad disconnected it but I reconnected it myself because they left back for Montana this morning. It wans't too hard. I've got some before and after pics up.

kitchen before

kitchen after


My first batch of soap was pretty sad looking. I've made a few more batches since then and they look much better than the first. I also bought a soap shaver/beveler so was able to cleanup that first batch and it looks much better now. Here's what I've made thus far:

Batch #1 - Lavendar (post cleanup)

Batch #2 - Eucalyptus Swirl
eucalyptus swirl

Batch #3 - OMH (Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey)

Just took the OMH out of the mold yesterday so I haven't cleaned that one up yet it will look much better when I do.

I think my next batch may be patchoulli with sweet grass and then maybe i'll try some goats milk soap with the OMH fragrance.

If anyone wants to give one a try you can have a bar for $4! Please note they take 4-6 weeks after I take them out of the mold to cure so some of them won't be ready for a couple of weeks.