"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Sunday, February 15, 2009

It's all in the Details

Happy President's Day! The kids are both off school, so I'm pretty sure we're heading to Coraline 3-D. My son says he's game and doesn't think he'll be scared. And I figure my daughter can snuggle and close her eyes.

In honor of my wonderful trips to the dentist last week, hop over to The Spectacle where I have a fun post celebrating the Power of Teeth in writing!

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Now, onto the big stuff. Yes, the moment you've all been waiting for. The unveiling of our Pinewood Derby car. All along we were going for creativity, not speed. Our car did win 3 out of 4 races, though didn't place for speed in the top three. Nonetheless, it did great, crossed the finish line, and went warp speed.

Um, yeah, you knew it was coming. I give you the Starship Enterprise. NCC-1701-A in case you want particulars.


And this beauty won us this awesome trophy! First place for Best Detail out of the entire pack. Over 100 cars, and we got first.


(On a side note, my husband wondered if I'd prepared my acceptance speech for the awards ceremony.)

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Today I had the joy of talking with an awesome 8th grader for an hour. He interviewed me for a school project he's working on. Can I tell you how much fun this is! He asked the greatest questions from where I get ideas to how I use math in my stories. And he gets to make up a math word problem using me. I'm really curious to see what he comes up with!

I love when kids love The Emerald Tablet! I also love when kids love it enough to use it for school reports and projects! This is such a treat!

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And lest anyone think that I think I am perfect when it comes to details, I give you our Valentine's Day cake. It was a heart, but my son didn't want icing, so we cut off the bottom of the heart for him.

Have a great week!

39 comments:

Jim Danielson said...

Very cool car!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Jim! I thought you would appreciate it :)

Barrie said...

Congratulations! And...I'm wondering if Claire is up for Coraline?

beth said...

Such a cool car! Congrats on the trophy!

...and to be honest, I loved the cake, too. Some people on the web *cough*Tabitha*cough* have such great cakes that I'm so jealous...but that's more along the kind of cake that I could make!

PJ Hoover said...

Probably Claire would be, Barrie. And seeing it is considered research, right?

LOL, Beth! Yes my cake shows the entire opposite end of the spectrum compared to Tabitha's! If only I'd rolled the fondet :)

Happy Monday!

Devon Ellington said...

What a great weekend. Kids do ask the best questions, don't they? The car looks great, and I bet the cake is yummy!

Marcia said...

I love that car! A whole lot cooler than anything this household produced. :) But is that trophy cool or what? And I'll bet the cake tastes great. Besides which, you have a REASON for it looking a little strange. That is, an INTENTIONAL reason, whereas I'd probably have an accidental one. :)Imagine NOT liking frosting . . .

Christine M said...

The car is great and so is the cake! Sounds like a great weekend.

lotusgirl said...

That car's the best! I can see why it won.

Lauren said...

I saw Coraline this weekend and loved it! The 3-D pieces were utterly *amazing*. It was so cool what they can do with the newer 3-D technology. Much crisper and more depth than the old way.

Angela said...

Going to Coraline, a cake and a trophy? Sounds like the perfect weeked to me!!

PJ Hoover said...

Kids have such a fresh attitude o life, Devon! love that!

I know, Marcia! When we got the trophy I was so excited!!! And true on the cake. It did taste GREAT!

Thanks, Chris! It was a fun one!

Thanks, Lois! I was beyond excited!

Today's 3D is way cool, Lauren! I love it! And so not annoyed to watch at all! Even my young one will keep the glasses on!

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

PJ Hoover said...

Oh, missed you Angela! It was a great weekend! Fun! And we have some cool things to show for it!

Amy said...

WTG on the trophy! and the cake looks fab.

He doesn't like icing? I don't understand....

PJ Hoover said...

Yeah, I don't understand the icing thing either, Amy. Funny guy that one!
And thanks!

Kimberly Derting said...

Have fun at the movie...I was thinking about taking my daughter this week too :) And congrats on the super-fab trophy!!!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kimberly! Did you read the book Coraline? It's a great, quick read.

Happy Monday!

Patty P said...

I've been to many Pine Wood Derbys and have NEVER seen a car as fantastic as yours! Trophy was well earned.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Patty! That is totally high praise!

adrienne said...

I hope your son thanked you from the bottom of his heart.
Congrats on the cool trophy, and enjoy Coraline!

D.A. Riser said...

PJ, I absolutely LOVE the car!!

Congratulations on winning the trophy. From all I've heard, the pine wood derby competition is extremely tough.

beckylevine said...

The car looks wonderful. I think your family needs to move on to this next:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_sculpture_race

You're up in the Pacific Northwest, right? I did the Port Townsend one with a friend years ago. Fun. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Adrienne! He did thank my hugely! He's such a sweet little guy!

Thanks, D.A.! I'm really glad I didn't try for speed. That seems a bit too competitive. With the design, I can still have a blast.
Oh, wait, I mean my Cub Scout can still have a blast.

That looks awesome, Becky! Thankfully I'm not in the Pacific Northwest! It's much warmer in Austin, Texas!

Thanks for visiting!

Lady Glamis said...

Awesome car!!! How exciting!

I've never thought of doing a cake on Valentines. What a great idea. My friend does a huge dinner with the same recipes each year. I really should get a tradition going!

Let us know if you like that movie. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Traditions are awesome, Michelle! And the kids love making the cake :)
Thanks on the car!

Keri Mikulski said...

Congrats!!

Yummy cake. :)

Hope you had a great weekend. :)

Donna said...

Congratulations on the pine wood derby car! Our car was a little less...ahem...creative. What can I say, it was our first year and we handed the controls over to our son. Want a laugh? Rent the movie Down and Derby about dads gone wild when it comes to their son's pine wood derby cars. You'll laugh.

Laura said...

Hope you had a great day:) What wonderful pictures! Congrats to your son for his awesome win:) Nice detailing.

I had my first kiss at a pine wood derby event:) Both my brothers were both Eagle Scouts...so I was part of the 'lil sis posee. Talk about a novel:)

Great post!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Keri! The cake was yummy, and is still hanging in there. It's way sweet!

Oh, Donna, I know I should let him do it, but I just can't let go! Maybe next year. Or the year after. And the movie sounds hilarious!

Thanks, Laura!
Whoo Hoo! First kiss at a Pinewood Derby event! That is priceless! I love it!!!!!

Thanks, everyone!

Christina Farley said...

What a creative family! And that car is amazing. Yummy cake too.

carmenoliver said...

Your car looks cool! Congratulations on the trophy! Your interview sounds like fun...kids say and ask the darnest things don't they? I'm reading The Emerald Tablet right now and I can see why kids will be drawn to your book. What a fantastic world you've created in Lemuria, Who knew telegen's could grow back hair and legs! Great imagination Tricia! I guess it might not be so far in our future, eithr. hehe!

Stacy Nyikos said...

Love the car. My brother was in boy scouts forever and made a zillion soap box derby cars. He's an engineer now. Hm...I'm beginning to see parallels :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Christina! The kids are way more creative than me. I take lessons from them daily :)

Aw, you're so sweet, Carmen! I'm glad you're enjoying The Emerald Tablet! And kids do ask the best questions. Love that!

Good parallel, Stacy! I live in a total community of engineers. They are everywhere, even in the mirror :)

Thanks for visiting!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Great car!
How was the movie?
I heard the book was creepy so (as I usually do) I told my son to read the book first. But he's not really into creepy OR girls so we'll probably skip this one :^)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Sherrie!
The movie was fantastic! I'll post more about it tomorrow!
Thanks for visiting!

Carrie Harris said...

Man, what a cool car. You definitely deserve that trophy!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Carrie! I'm so glad the pack agreed!

Kelly H-Y said...

What an awesome car! Very impressive!
So cool about the interview ... that must be SUCH a wonderful feeling!
And ... love the cake. It's so very colorful, and I'm just impressed that you attempted a heart-shaped cake. We went with brownies, cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter ... hubby's idea! They were cute.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kelly! Now in all fairness I do have a heart shaped cake pan. But we did slice it in half and make a layer :)