Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I've Moved!

I've decided to try living over at Typepad (I may not like it, and move back--that's entirely possible). If you are one of the few kind souls who regularly reads this silly blog of mine, then please go to my new address: www.toniadavenport.typepad.com and let me know you stopped by. I'd hate to be in a new place and not have any friends, to boot.

(And Blogger--no hard feelings--I tell everyone who wants to start a blog and wants it to be EASY, to go to Blogger. Typepad, as of so far, is NOT easy. Just so you know. But I'm giving it a try, in hopes that I'll be able to do more with my blog, design-wise.)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Snow Weekend

Thank goodness our second big round of snow decided to make its entrance yesterday, instead of during the week. Lots of snow on a three-day weekend is fine with me. It can be pretty this way, and not as much of an annoyance. I guess next week it will all be gone because we're going to warm up, so I'll enjoy it while it's here.

Yesterday I experimented with a plexi ring and with marrying shrink plastic to plexi (the silver stars are actually shrink plastic!) I'm still in the designing stage for the book and am playing around with different options. And I'll be doing a lot more of that today just as soon as I get motivated to get my exercise out of the way, I've had a yummy weekend breakfast and I've made a pot of Verona. I'll let you know what comes out of the lab!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Operation Gratitude!

Thanks to my seesters for alerting me to how easy it is to create your own six degrees charity badge, I'm joining the ranks and asking you to join me in supporting a cause that I am most passionate about--giving back to our country's miliary men and women, if only in a small way. I've been a supporter of Operation Gratitude for two years now. They send letters and care packages to our troops, providing a welcome relief to the stress of the typical work day. If you feel as indebted as I do to the people who risk their lives daily so that you can continue to do what you do everyday, just as you're doing it now, please join me in supporting this great organization.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Snow Day!

The icy, power's-out-all-over, tree-limbs-are-down-on-many-roads conditions, promted our good company president to declare our office closed for the day. Yippee!! While it makes for horrific driving, and trecherous things falling from above, the ice certainly is pretty and I was thanking my lucky stars that I could enjoy it from the comfort of my warm home today. Sheesh--what a strange and unusually bad winter we all are having this year.

I took advantage of my free day and played around with some more techniques for the book. Out of some of this playing came this necklace, which really didn't photograph too well, but came out kind of nicely I think. I haven't worked with this coated wire nearly as much as the talented Jane and I think it's going to take some practice, but I like the look of it with the plexi!

We typically go out for dinner on Valentine's Day, but I was much to content in my pajamas to go out this evening, so my special Valentine is going to make a run here to bring us back one of my favorite ways to have pizza--take 'n bake! I'm going for the bar-b-que chicken.

I'm sure tomorrow we'll all be back to work as usual, but it was fun to have an unexpected extra day at home. Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Six of Me

I know you've Google-ed yourself before (and if you haven't, you're living in a different world than I am) but have you ever checked to see how many people really do have your name?

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I guess out of 299,968,595 people, I can still consider myself unique. I wonder how many of the five other Tonia Davenports have hazel eyes, pizza as their favorite food, lived in Utah, Washington and Ohio, drink their lattes through a straw and can name all 50 states in alphabetical order . . . huh, huh? That's what I thought!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Check . . .Check . . . Check . . .

Well, we're only entering the fourth week of the new year, and I've already managed to tackle several things on my "birthday" list. Many of the things are ongoing (like posting at least once a week and eating more avocados--which might prove to be a problem with the freezing weather the poor avocado farmers have recently faced . . .) so when I say "tackled" I really mean that I've at least been working on said-goals thus far. There is one big goal that was on the list, and I'm excited to share with you, that while it's far from complete, I at least have a promising start on it. As of yesterday, I learned that I'm going to be publishing another book! A title has yet to be decided, but it's going to be a book of 20 or so projects that all use some sort of plastic (primarily plexiglas, but occasionally shrink plastic and vinyl). Those of you who know me well, know how much I love working with this stuff, so I'm just pleased as punch to be able to actually publish a book on the amazing possibilities with this stuff. I can't share vivid photos of the projects with you, but the above pics are details from some of the preliminary pieces. Does it make you curious??

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Finding New Territory

I've always respected and felt great compassion for the lowly earthworm (well, and any other variety of worm). I feel the same way about spiders, but that is a topic for another day . . . This morning I was enlightened with a bit of new information about my slithery friends that I was surprised and happy to receive. NOTE: If you would be bored out of you mind reading about my seemingly trite worm trivia and about my little experience with a single worm, then please stop here.

When I went in to feed the cats this morning, there was a sole worm on my white linoleum, just inside the back door. I wasn't surprised to see this little guy because it rained all night, last night and was still raining this morning (and is still raining now, and so it will continue all day.) Sometimes little creatures are able to work their way under the weather stripping of our door, to escape the harsh elements outside. While I knew my little friend came inside because of the rain, I knew his fate would be even worse if he stayed inside, so I opened the door and placed him safely on the porch. I figured he could decide if he wanted to return to the garden bed to his left, continue on the cement for a bit or make another go to get back inside, but I would have done what I could to save him.

And then I started thinking; do worms really come out from below the surface when it rains because they get flooded out and can't handle the overload of ground water? If you're like me, that's what you've heard and you just have always assumed it's true. But I was now worried about the fate of my little friend, and I wanted to know for sure, so I looked for information on the Internet. Thanks to the Journey North site, I learned that this isn't true! I also learned a lot of other interesting facts about worms that I didn't know before. So, as it turns out, worms surface so they can move overland at a much quicker rate than they could underground, and sometimes they wish to do this to explore new territory (you know, like when they're bored with where they've been for a while.) A worm's skin must be kept moist, and if it gets dried out they can't breathe. Also, light paralyzes them if they're in it for more than an hour, so you don't normally see them on a dry day, but when it rains they can take advantage of short jaunts, quickly and safely. Turns out that they can actually survive to several weeks under water, if there's enough oxygen in the water to support them. So there you go. Who knew? Well now we both do.

I find this information very timely as I feel that I'm about to start exploring some serious new territory of my own. As I've said, I think this year is going to be full of new adventures and just as the worm feels it's "safe to move about the cabin" when it rains, I feel the "seat belt" sign on my own existence has been diffused a bit and I'm feeling more confident to explore new areas than I ever have before. (Which has nothing to do with the rain, by the way.)

I'm off to see a movie with a friend today, so I better go get ready . . .though I don't know if I should even bother drying my hair :-\