Friday, August 22, 2008

Smoochacha Patchko Goes to Pittsburgh

Meet Smoochacha Patchko. Smoochacha is my friend Diana's travel kitty (TK). TKs are kind of like traveling gnomes. A woman in New York makes the TKs and sells them to people around the world. Those people then take pictures of all of the places that their travel kitty visits. (Learn more about the Travel Kitty Project here.) At any rate, Diana thought it might be fun if Smoochacha went with Dave and I on our vacation to Pittsburgh. We had a blast showing Smoochacha around the city (even if we did get a few funny looks in doing so!).

Smoochacha Goes to Pittsburgh Mmm, cheesecake Fire! Where should we start? Watch out, Smoochacha! Hello, Mr. Turtle

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Boogety, boogety, boogety...let's go racing, boys!

As dorky as it may seem, one of the things that I really like about where I work is that we have a "Fun Committee" -- a group of people who try to schedule group events every few months. Our company started the committee several years ago as a way to encourage employee bonding and cross-departmental unity.

While I learned during my year-long stint on the committee that the events themselves are more fun than planning them, I'm glad that we have people who are willing to put the time and effort into our activities. In the 3+ years that I've been here, we have had pot-lucks and cookouts, bowling outings and holiday parties, craft times and movie days.

This year's committee has done a really good job of mixing things up a bit. Case in point, we had the first annual CASTLE pinebox derby race last week. I remember my brother participating in the Boy Scout derbys when I was little, so I thought it would be fun to participate. Then I got my bag of materials. Hmm.

Refusing to give in to the I'm-in-over-my-head feeling, I set out to design my pinebox car entry. With a little help from my FIL, MIL, and Dave, I created a truck for racing. It was meant to be modeled after the NASCAR Craftsman racing trucks, but it ended up looking a little more like a supped-up pick-up. Oh well. It was fun!

The beginnings....

The Beginning

The finished product...
Side view

In the end, my truck tied for 3rd place in the racing division.

Here are some of the other entries...there was a racing division and a creative division.
The Creativity WinnersKen's and Shannon's carsChris's carKelly's castle