Of mice and men

You know the quote, even though it’s misquoted for our modern ears.

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!)
Robert BurnsTo a Mouse (Poem, November, 1785)
Scottish national poet (1759 – 1796)

It’s fitting that Robert Burns was Scottish, because I fully intended to go to the Central Florida Scottish Highland Games in beautiful Winter Springs.

Instead, I mostly stayed around the house Saturday.

I did a lot of yardwork. My front yard is not very big, but it has a giant oak tree in it, and since it’s winter, that means leaves. I raked 5 big bags full of leaves.

I made a run to Lowe’s for some stuff. I bought two grape plants (Tara and Noble Muscadine so they cross-pollinate), and little lattices for them to climb. And while I was there, I also bought a Dremel rotary tool. I’ve been looking at them for a while, and was planning on looking at them while I was there, but it just so happened that while I was there, Lowe’s was doing a demo of how to use a Dremel on pinewood derby cars. Alexander’s pinewood derby for cub scouts is coming up in a few weeks. So this weekend, I helped him cut down the block and did the rough sanding. He did the finishing sanding, and got it painted, etc. Alexander also finished up his model of a Magellanic penguin for school that he made out of clay and painted. And in between projects, he also played with the neighborhood kids.

I’m not sold on the neighborhood kids. The one boy his age is a bit of a jerk and a minor bully (for instance, he took his sister’s bike, and rode it down the street and made her chase him, and he invited Alexander over to play video games, but didn’t give Alexander a turn). The girls are friendlier.

Saturday night, my brother and sister-in-law were off work so we planned a game night and pizza. We were going to do homemade pizza, but my brother got home later than we expected, so he just picked up some pizza on the way. But we had fun playing the Wii – Super Mario Brothers and Lego Rock Band.

So that was Saturday, and I told myself that we could go to the highland games on Sunday.

But that didn’t happen either. We worked on the pinewood derby car, got some mulch for the planters at Home Depot and went grocery shopping. And then I mulched the planters. I also got some wood for a coffee table base. My dad made me a coffee table for Christmas that looks like an oversized paint palette, but the legs weren’t sturdy, so I’m coming up with something different. I may show that some other time.

I have an idea for another little project. I have a little lamp that had the shade break in one of my moves before I bought the house. I want to do something fun with it. My idea is to make a little balsa wood box frame, and use the cover from Strathmore watercolor paper pads. When the light is on, it’ll look rally cool shining through. The paper is expensive though  – too expensive for me to buy 3 more pads (I already have one) just for their covers.

I made an awesome dinner. I got some cheap boneless skinless chicken thighs at the store. I marinated them for several hours in Newman’s Light lime salad dressing (which I love). And then I baked them at 450 for 45 minutes with some SunLite potato wedges. The chicken was so good and tender, and the potatoes were perfect with just a little bit of salt. I love simple meals that taste awesome like that.

And now I’m watching a marathon of Storage Wars on A&E. It’s not as cool as American Pickers, but better than Pawn Stars. I like these shows… It’s like Antiques Roadshow, but with some humor and characters. I like Antiques Roadshow, too, though.

Oh, speaking of Antiques Roadshow, they were showing episodes filmed in Miami this week, and someone brought in some posters from the 1950s from Puerto Rico. They are awesome! Check it out at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201003A51.html. They have the video online. The one I really love is a movie poster by Carlos Rivera for Nenen de la Ruta Mora.

Hopefully I’ll have more interesting stuff to share in the next blog! Thank you for reading, though!

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4 responses to “Of mice and men

  1. That was fun to read, Matt. Thanks 🙂

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  3. I think the poster would look cooler as a lampshade cover! But otherwise I would say to copy the image onto some paper. It’ll be better than way anyways..decoupage paste can be a mess and I’ve ruined more than a few good vintage images that I wish had copied instead of gluing directly. Have fun!

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