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Purple Glass Pumpkin.


Handblown glass pumpkin in purple and white For a few months in the fall of 2009, Blowing Sands in Ballard put a "Blow Your Own Glass Pumpkin" sign out on the sidewalk on the weekends. I went in as often as I could, and this is one of the pumpkins I make there, under the tutelage of professional glassblower Lon Clark. (I had more of a hand in shaping of this pumpkin than with previous ones. Lon deserves credit for all that is perfect in this pumpkin; while anything imperfect is surely by my hand.)

This is one of my least-pumpkiny-looking pumpkins, but it is also one of my favorites. I love the color scheme (which I picked out), and I love the resulting "gumdrop" shape.

As always, thanks to the husband for the photography.

Parallel Parking.


I used to be pretty good at parallel parking; back in Portland anyway. Here are some of my tips:

Just like anything else, practice makes perfect.

My Top 3 iPhone Apps.


I've had my iPhone for about a year now, and it's just as indispensable as my Palm used to be. Here are my favorite apps for the iPhone.

  1. OneBusAway. Based on the real-time location information from most bus lines (or train or ferry), OneBusAway tells me how long until my bus arrives. Then I can decide if I have time for breakfast at home or if I have to dash out the door. It does break down in very-slow-bus scenarios, such as snow or Sounders events. (Useful mainly in Puget Sound, but available for a variety of devices.) It's free!
  2. NASA. NASA's app is a great way to keep track of our space-faring activities. You can track launches, watch videos, and even look at daily pictures such as the APOD. The NASA app makes it super easy to save the pictures for use as lock screen / wallpaper images. (Available for iPhone and Android. Also, free.)
  3. 2Do. Yes, it's another to-do list application. But it's got a huge feature set. As a Palm devotee, I had very high demands for my to-list application, and despaired of finding one that met my needs. 2Do does everything that I need it to, and still has features left over.

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Christmas Sucky Bowl.


Handblown glass bowl in red and green This is an example of a very simple beginner's form - the sucky bowl. It's basically a bubble except that the top half has been re-heated and sucked back to form the bowl. I believe that I made this at an Art By Fire blow your own event in the second half of 2009.

As always, thanks to the husband for the photography.

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