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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The squash...What not to do...

About a month or two ago we got a squash in our bountiful baskets. I thought I would give it a try in trying to cook it. Like saute and grill the squash. I found a recipe that I liked and was determined to use it.

I thought it would be easy trying to cut it up and peal it... YEAH RIGHT! It is a relative of the pumpkins, I believe. So that means it was SUPER hard to cut. Maybe it was me, but maybe it was my knives.

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This is me trying to cut it. Lets just say my muscles were sore the day after. See 3 knives! It looks like a pumpkin and definitely felt like one too!

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Then it was a mess! Trying to peal it. I didn't give up, and it tasted alright. I personally don't think I will be eating this again anytime soon.

It kinda makes me wanna gag. ewww...

After all is said and done, I think in the future I will just leave it on display like Mom Palmer has. :)

The Iron Man Costume and Chase

This is what Chase has been up to... He wants to win the costume contest at SecurityMetrics in October, so he has been working hard to get this done.

He first started doing pepakura using paper and glue. That took forever. He was able to make an Iron Man helmet, but in the process of hardening and sanding it broke into 3 pieces. Sad day for him. Then he was going to do the whole set out of paper and then harden and sand. Well that is just too much work. Chase made a friend in our ward who does pep stuff too. They have been working together to make a Iron Man suit, and he (the friend) took the suit to Dragon Con.

Here are some pictures from the process. I won't show the actual suit until its finished because I don't want to give him away if there are people he works with who read this.


This was taken December/January of '10/'11. The hardening stuff stunk so bad, and we wanted to protect Hurley from smelling it too so we put a mask on. The house stunk for several hours.
That is different than what his costume is. He was making this for my brother for Christmas 2010. Any guesses on what it's from?
Chase outside sanding and hardening.
He must love doing this right? :) Show of thumbs please.

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Iron Man helmet after hardening. The outside is a glaze thing that is supposed to help with the hardening process so there are no leaks.
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This is what he was doing. Taking card stock and creating a shape with it. It's pretty cool but was taking a lot more time than he had anticipated. So he started doing it a different way.

This time out of foam, like the foam mats that can come together.

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This was taken with my phone so its not the best. This is how Chase stores everything. He stores all the arms and legs and stuff in the chest piece.
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He was kind enough to dress up for me on what he has done.
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He just casted the helmet on Saturday. Its hard as a rock.
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Here's a video from when they were casting the helmet on Saturday.

I'll do a post on the full piece when he's got it spray painted and finished.

Here's his friends video link from Dragon Con. Pretty sweet if you ask me. That is what it will look like when Chase is done. It lights up which is pretty cool.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Swiss Days 2011

I have never been to Swiss Days before and Mom Palmer decided to invite me to go with the ladies. It was a lot of fun, but I was too scared to pull out my camera to take a few pictures (am I the only one that has a problem taking pictures and people giving me weird faces?). Here's the only one I was able to get and it was from Marie.

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Can't wait for next year. The only thing I bought was for our goggie! :) Definitely meant for another post. You'll see why too!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Another Run...

This past weekend our Stake was having a Family Fun Fair. Well it started off with a 5k at 7:30 in the morning. I ran with my friend Karen and her husband and kids. It was fun but exhausting. I think it really does matter what you eat/drink the day or days before the race. I'm glad I ran, but wish I could have gone a little faster, especially at the end. Here are some pictures that Chase took.

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Before the race. I'm the pink shirt with a braid in the back.

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My friend Karen, her husband and her kidos

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Then there was me!

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Yes that boy is running faster than me! That's not stopping me!

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Chase was mad that he kept getting shots of me with my eyes closed. They weren't closed, just looking at the ground. It also looks like I have something growing from my head.

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Almost to the finish line.

The Elders Quorum 2 President told me that we had like 18 people from our ward run the 5k. After I was done the race I went home, so I'm not exactly sure what my time was. But I'm pretty sure it was the same as the last one. Oh and it wasn't a full 5k, but pretty close to one.

Over the weekend Logan (BIL) convinced me to run in another 5k (which at first he thought was a 10k) in October. Should be super fun, and glad that it will be starting at 9:30 instead of 7:30.