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Whew! Finally got a minute....it's been wild here. Traffic sucked this AM; right after we got to the office it started sleeting. It's currently just cold and dreary, but there's a 50% chance of freezing rain this afternoon.

J's sander should be here today - UPS claims it's out for delivery. Not bad, considering it was slated for delivery Monday (so, what's 2 days?).

Himself's teacher has decided that he is the smartest and most creative child in her class, so, of course, he needs the biggest/hardest after-school projects. They are gearing up for Open House in March - the theme this year is "Texas" (who'd'a guessed?)....Himself has to build the Alamo. ("Mama, it's the most important thing!") :sigh:

It's my fault, really. After the Chrismas Winter Holiday break, she asked the class to "Build a Snowman". She sent home a large piece of butcher paper, but she specifically said in her instruction sheet "Be very creative. Use building materials, pasta, marshmellows, etc - I sent some paper home you can use, but the more creative the better!"

Yeah. So, I made the mistake of Asking Himself what he wanted to do.

M(e): So, do you wanna do a 2-D snowman, or a 3-D one? (Yes, at 6.5 he knows the difference)
H(imself): I wanna do a 3-D one!
M: Do you want to do it with the paper, or -
H: No. I want to do it 3-D. Maybe with Wood!
M: (thinking frantically), well, snowmen are made of snowballs, right?
H: Yeah
M: So.....how about...maybe.....balls of some sort, that you cover with paper, or something to make them white?
H: Yeah! We can use snow!
M:......ok. Fake snow. Gotcha. Oh?! How about styrofoam balls? You can get them in different sizes.
H: Yeah! Big. It's gotta be Big.

You can see where this is going, right? We ended up with 3 styrofoam balls (the largest was 9") and 8 bags of faux snow, 2 bottles of glue (the wrong type, as it turned out), a flat piece of styrofoam for a base, and 2 sheets of black fun foam.

He did all the glue application. I helped stick the snow on the balls (lordy, what a mess!); J. helped assemble the snowman. 2 black beads for the eyes, 1 orange oval bead for the nose, 8 small red beads for the mouth, a fun foam top hat, and an i-cord scarf later, we had a snowman. Oh, yeah - and green mohair locks for hair. (I didn't ask......it was better that way. Seriously.) The thing is about....2.5' tall. 2 sticks for arms - it's cute, and looks like a real snowman.

So, he takes it to school, and...He is the ONLY child with something other than a paper cut-out. What happened to "be Creative"?????? The other parents are wimps, I tell ya.

Unfortunately, we now have a rep for being creative and talented. Today the Alamo, tomorrow......oh, I just can't think about it. I don't want to think about it! :grin:

I did some quick googling last night, and will do more tonight. It looks like we'll probably make a run down to San Antonio, though - J's never been to the Alamo, and thinks it would be "educational". Yeah. I've put him in charge of the actual building - I told both guys I would do the research, and print out whatever they needed, but I was NOT building the Alamo. No way, no How (which means, of course, that I'll end up doing it. Murphy's Law in Action!)

Why did I sign up for this, again?? :lol:

Oh, wait - almost forgot. I asked him if he knew what the Alamo was. He said "Well, Ms. A said it's got a tower!" :bangs head: "No, son - it doesn't. The Alamo was a chapel. Inside a Palisade. No Tower." "Uh Huh! She said it was a tall tower!" My googling proved her wrong. (His response? "Oh. Well....she's confused then, huh?")

How the Hell can you be a teacher IN TEXAS and not know what the Alamo looks like? It's, like, on Every F*****g piece of propaganda that goes out of Austin! Plus in all our Texas History books! (and, she's not a new teacher - she's been here quite a while.) I mean, San Jacinto, sure, I can see that...but the Alamo???? :shakes head:
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From:redmelde
Date:January 31st, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
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It is strange that most of the PR pictures don't show the tower to its best advantage, but (little known fact) the Alamo Tower was used during the siege of the Alamo for shooting arrows at the Mexican Army, as well as for storing beer and surplus Bowie knives.

Oh, and for accomodating a 3 story-tall chili pot.
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 31st, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
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OH - but was it spicy chili, or mild? This is important to know, so he can get his model right (and so I can buy the proper chili powder for the chili to fill said tower.) :grin:
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From:redmelde
Date:January 31st, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Hard to say, really. The tower tends to disappear into the Land Beyond Time when inspected too closely. I'd go with medium. You can say that time has mellowed (or emboldened!) the spiciness.
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