Applebee's and CourtTV's 8 Day Challenge.

I saw an ad for Save My Husband, so I checked it out. It turns out that I solved the mystery. I got this letter in the e-mail, today:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping find my husband. You successfully solved the 8 Day Mystery and will receive your share of the $25,000 reward. If it weren’t for the dedication, smarts and persistence of people like you, Grant would still be walking around a free man and I wouldn’t have my husband home safely.

I was really surprised – and touched – by the amount of interest in my husband’s disappearance and by all the support I received. Over 30,000 people tried to help me and my son Max and 6,013 actually solved the mystery all the way through. I am working on sending out the reward money.

Wow! I made $3.32. Maybe I should chuck the engineering career and go in for detective work, what?

Trying Times


Pulguito had a tough couple of days at daycare. I’m not sure what the problems were. I was in NM, so that may have been the core issue. His behavior was so poor that he is no longer allowed to participate in sharing during circle.

He’s such a contradiction. He really can be one of the sweetest little boys. And he can be so gentle and empathic.

We have to skip a page in a book on a beluga whale because a teenager beluga is attacked by a polar bear. It’s just too upsetting, even tho the beluga teenager gets away.

When he and Aaron accidentally escaped from Aarons backyard with Aaron’s little brother (<2 years old), Pulguito held Stephan's hand very tightly until they got back into the backyard. He was most concerned about Stephan getting lost.

And then he goes to daycare and beats the crap out of his classmates. (sigh)


From Fact of the Day: knitting @

Knitting is one of several ways to turn thread or yarn into cloth. Unlike woven fabric, knitted fabric consists entirely of horizontal parallel courses of yarn; the courses are joined to each other by interlocking loops in which a short loop of one course of yarn is wrapped over the bight (loop) of another course. Originally a male-only occupation, knitting was first represented by its own trade guild in Paris in 1527.


Cheongsam and PJ bottoms

You can’t tell in the picture, especially since I just pressed it, but the closure gapes. I use sew in snaps to keep it closed. I lengthened the back piece by a couple of inches because on the first version, it gaped so bad that you could see my skin. I mean, there just wasn’t enough overlap between the 2 layers.

I did not alter the front piece. This piece is cut on the “bias” or whatever you would call it on a knit, and it stretches like crazy. I ran a line of serger overlock along the edge to gather it up, but I didn’t gather it enough or it slipped or something. Anyway, I love the top, but I still don’t like the closure.

Version 3, inside out

So I’m on version 3. For this one, I kept the extension on the back front piece, and I decided to cut and interface a facing. You can see the facing, sorta, in the Version 3, inside out image. I cut the facing “on grain”. I didn’t want it to stretch. I made it the same length as the front front piece where the opening is. (Hm, that could use a picture.) After interfacing it, I checked it to make sure it had not stretched. I wasn’t going to run a line serger overlock on the front-front piece. I figured that I didn’t need the bulk, but it was almost twice as long as the facing, so I serged it and pulled the needle threads to shrink it back up.

Version 3, right side out

In the closeup, with the flash, I’m not thrilled with the seam allowance showthru (cf. Version 3, right side out). However, IRL, I don’t think it shows that much.

Progress, so far.

I was maid-of-honor for a girlfriend, and the first bridesmade dress she picked out for me was aubergine with a high neck. I felt like a big eggplant in it. I’m wondering how I’ll feel in in this top. It’s a whole lotta pink which ordinarily would be just fine with me, but the high neck makes me a wee bit nervous.