Monday, September 3, 2012

Bees and Robots

* * * Edited on September 22nd to add: OK, so I lied about that whole "post twice a week" thing. I meant it when I posted it, and I even stuck to it for an entire week, but then I got called back to work and started teaching full-time again. So...sorry about that. No posting schedule. * * *

There is no story in this post. It's more of a sharing post, but it does have bees and robots. Bees and robots can be either lovely or terrible, depending on your frame of reference and also on whether they're helpful bees and robots or giant mutant bees and robots bringing about the apocalypse, but I doubt that anyone would ever call them boring. (Note to self: really must write a post about giant mutant bees and robots.)

But first, I'd like to say thanks to all of you who kept checking in even though I've barely posted over the past few months. I kind of sort of love you guys. If you glance over at the sidebar, you'll see something that wasn't there before:


I'm an extremely unstructured person. And for that reason, I need structure. (It sounded smart in my head, so I typed it out. Just do me a favour and pretend that it makes sense.) So I'm putting myself on a posting schedule, at least until I realize that I can't keep to a posting schedule. Look for new posts on Mondays and Thursdays. Most of them will be clay posts, although I'll probably do a sharing post like this one every couple of weeks.

And now for the robots.

I have some very good news. Sad robot is no longer sad. In fact, I'm overjoyed to announce that he's found love:


This fabulous pink robot lady was created my talented niece.


She's a natural artist. She's already developing her own painting style.


She's nine years old. I'm jealous.

My two-year-old niece is equally talented. She's a born actress. Here she is being a dog:


It's a very nuanced and subtle performance.

Love those funny, smart, beautiful girls. Sniff. I wish they didn't live so far away.

More art by someone who isn't me.

I won this painting by Violet, the talented and hilarious arteest who blogs at Creative Devolution:


I won that!!!! It's mine!!!! It's hanging on my wall!!!!

Isn't it beautiful? Violet makes me want to paint. Or just pretend that I made her painting. Either one works for me. Thank you, Violet. It's an honour to have your work hanging in my home!

Piggyback disaster


Lindsay (from the blog Happy or Hungry) suffered a major piggyback fail. Don't you hate it when you try to piggyback someone three times your size at a wedding and things just don't work out? (Lindsay, by the way, is one of the nicest people on the internet. She's funny and cheerful and talented and she doesn't even seem fazed by the fact that over 75 000 people have already seen the video of her piggyback fail. She's a star.)

At the beginning of this post, I promised you bees.

Well, here they are:


Amazing. Tete is awesome, in the true sense of the meaning. I found this video while trying to figure out whether raw honey is the same as unpasteurized honey. I'm still not sure, but it doesn't really matter. I'm just glad that I don't have to climb up and get it myself.

Happy Labour Day everyone. Try not to do anything too laborious.

Watch out for bees and robots.

45 comments:

  1. My Labor Day so far is reading all of the Internet in its entirety. I've used Google as a spell-checker twice, and I've wondered why Chrome's dictionary is so archaic. I mean, weeklong isn't hyphenated, Chrome, please stop trying to make it so.

    I am very glad you found time for such a lovely sharing post. Your nieces are adorable, each talented in her own way.

    Happy rest of the weekend!

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  2. I thought your two-year-old niece being a dog was brilliant, but who is the little girl with her....


    HA HA HA HA HAH AH hah hahahhah haha hah hah ha hah hahh hah ah hhah hah haha

    Schedules, beware schedules, in fact bury it in the garden and just do your best....... Schedules are the work of mutant bees and huge scary robots...... AAAAUuuuuuuuggggghhhhh take to the hills, thats twice in two days I've had to go AAAAAAAAaaaauuuuuuggggggghhhhhhh take to the hills now....PHEW

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    1. Hang on maybe it was huge scary bees and muntant robots....


      Are you responding to your own comments again Rob Z T

      YES

      Well stop it right now

      SORRY

      Now get back to your own blog

      OK SORRY

      BYE

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    2. While I do understand your lack of love for schedules, it appears that not having a schedule means that I've only posted 8 times in the past 5 months. Someone needs to be pushy, or else I won't post. I may as well be the one being pushy!

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  3. Hooray! You're back! Serious good luck with the posting schedule.

    I just woke up from a spectacular napular and then saw this, and it made my afternoon. First of all, that robot is awesome. Also, I saw you won that painting and I was so jealous! I LOVE that painting! It's beautiful!

    And thank you for featuring the piggyback fail, so that even more people may watch it ;) I don't know why that hasn't really fazed me, to be honest. Probably because it hasn't fully sunk in yet. It is such a weird thing!

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    1. You're viral. That makes you a virus. But the good kind, the one that people want to get.

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  4. Happy Labor Day Stephanie! Your nieces are so cute and nice to have someone to help out with the clay ;)

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  5. What a talent! I look forward to your new schedule. :)

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  6. Happy Labor Day, Stephanie! I'm a wee bit jealous of your niece's artistic talent as well. And the two-year-old's impersonation rocks!

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  7. Wow your nieces paintings are wonderful! Good luck posting on schedule, we believe in you ;)

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  8. Oh I loved the piggyback fail! She was so awesome to post that.
    And your nieces are so stinking cute!
    So glad the painting made it to you. I fretted there for a minute.

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    1. I was a bit worried too! It took a while. I tweeted you when I got it, but I should probably have emailed you just to let you know. Anyway, it's BEEEE-YOU-TEE-FUL!!! I love, love, love it.

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  9. Your nieces are so adorable. Makes me wish I were an artist or an actress. haha

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  10. Wow, that is some beautiful art from your niece!! She's gonna be famous!! Also, love the pink robot.

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  11. Wheww this is a comforting read you will be feeding my clay fix, I was getting extremely tired of driving to the clinic for my fix to ovoid withdrawals and just between you and I....their bathrooms are kind of dirty!! glad to have you back and maybe the one doggie can teach the other doggie how to avoid getting teeth knocked out by lil dudes?? I see pedigree in their lines. Congrats on the painting win that is a very nice picture and your niece looks to be heading the way of artist who gives paintings as giveaways!!!

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    1. Oh dear. My bathrooms are kind of dirty too.

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  12. I *love* that pink robot (does she get a name?) has a maple leaf! And yay for original art - the painting are very cool.
    My littlest one barks at all dogs, which is fine and usually amusing, except for when he barked at a slightly neurotic doberman. The doberman did not appreciate it. Luckily he was restrained by his owners as baby bear couldn't understand why I was telling him not to bark back.

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    1. Haha! Love the mental picture of your little guy getting into a barking match with a big dog. Funny. Well, only if the owners have a good hold on the leash, of course.

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  13. Forget the honey and go for the agave nectar!! And I'll check every Monday and Thursday anticipating the post on mutant bees and robots!! Make it soon, only 108 days left to the apocalypse...

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    1. I like agave. But I LOVE honey. So there's that. And don't remind me...there's just so much I need to do before the world ends.

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  14. I love that you won Violet's painting. Now I'm sure it went to a good home. Love the pink robot; I'm sure she'll make the robot formerly known as sad very happy.

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  15. Yay!!! You're back!!! I need structure too, and that posting schedule sounds tempting...until I want to be spontaneous and blow the whole plan outta the water. Might give it a whirl!

    Adorable nieces! And talented!

    LOVE the painting you won!

    Hooray, you're back!

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  16. I cry tears of happiness when a new blog post from you appears in my roll (my blog roll, not my fat roll). And geez, your niece is a genius. Perhaps it's time for her own blog?

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    1. Snorted out peppermint tea at the fat roll comment.

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  17. Happy, Happy to have you back! I'll take your posts with or without clay people! Your niece is very talented. I like the painting that you won, also. Sometimes I think of saying that Ralph's art work is mine, but I can't make myself do it. I guess it is technically mine because I'm the one who gets to pick it up and put it where it's "supposed" to go...

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  18. Welcome back. Your niece makes me realize how poor an artist my 10 year old is, ha. Mondays and Thursdays sound great but we'll take you any which way. Have you liked your blogging break? I can talk honey if you'd like...

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    1. I have liked my blogging break. But now I have to push myself a bit, because I've only posted 8 times in the past 5 months. So a schedule it is!

      And: "I can talk honey" <-- Are you trying to flirt with me?

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  19. Glad to see your posts whenever you get them out there, Stephanie! Can't wait to see more clay figures--I'm very glad that robot love exists.

    And your nieces are super-cute.

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  20. Good to see you writing and creating again. Maybe now that




    Summer's over so I hope you will blog more.

    Re: your comment. Fat has no carbs, so I can eat a two pound cube of lard every day and not gain weight, actually I can eat a whole cow, a whale, an emu and jar of fish oil. It's kinda cool, but I still want COOKIES.

    Not being able to write a good haiku is no excuse. Believe me, It's a pain to win. It's just fun.

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  21. Excellent advice on the bees and robots, but ESPECIALLY the robots. They always end up being evil. Aside from your niece's robot lady - she's the obvious exception.

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  22. So many things covered. I like that, and I also like that you will be posting on a regular basis.

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  23. stephanie, i love seeing photos of your nieces! those are excellent drawings of the ladies in gowns - i used to love doing that as a kid, too.
    glad to hear you have decided on a blogging structure that will work for you.
    i laboured a little on monday...just enough to not feel guilty!
    have a great day!

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  24. That painting is fantastic, I'm completely jealous. I'm glad you're doing better, I've missed your posts but I totally get it.

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  25. What is it with kids wanting to act like dogs? Boo and Radley are doing it, too...and they're 9 and 12.

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  26. Your niece and my daughter should get together. She drank out of the cat bowl the other day.
    Yay!!!!!!!!!! A post from Stephanie (and her talented family members) FUN!
    Good luck on your schedule. I love creating schedules, just not sticking to them.

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  27. I'm looking forward to your next post! Your nieces are super cute and talented! I love the pink robot. bahahaha.

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  28. Ooh la la Miss Robot is a hottie! So glad to see you here, AND I am reading this on a Wednesday (because I am a slacker) so I am very excited that hopefully you'll be back tomorrow!

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  29. Glad you are back!! Love your nieces art and hate piggy back's gone wrong.

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  30. I think the way pink robot is leaning into Sad Robot is part of what makes him so happy.

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  31. Yay, you're back. Your nieces are adorable as is pink robot. Sad robot looks rather smug with such a trophy girlfriend to accompany him around the blogosphere. I'll definitely have to keep checking in to see that mutant bee post, as well. We had a honey bee swarm in our tree this spring and I called a beekeeper to get it. He was stoked.
    P.S. Your guess was right on my blog :)

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  32. Your niece is extremely talented! Loved the pink robot when I first saw it and the artwork is amazing!

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  33. Terrific post and so glad to have you back! BTW, I agree that your nieces are talented (and adorable), but that she-robot is a bit of a tart. ; ) (And congrats on the creative devolution win!!)

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  34. I'd say there's still a bit of debate over raw vs. unpasteurized honey. SOme would say that raw is completely unstrained and untreated in any way. But if you don't strain it at least a little, you can get bee legs and things like that in the honey. That said, some people like it that way!

    For my purposes as a beekeeper, I consider raw honey to be unpasteurised, and only gravity-strained, i.e. not put through a filter with pressure, and not heated in any way. This way all the natural enzymes that make honey tasty are unharmed. Raw honey does granulate faster than pasteurized honey. The only reason the big guys pasteurize honey is for aesthetics: it will not granulate as quickly and so stays liquid on the grocery store shelf for a very long time. But it also wrecks the flavour.

    Honey is naturally sterile; pasteurization does not make it healthier to eat.

    More than you probably needed to know. And i hadn't seen the piggyback video. I blame the high heels! :)

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  35. I have a long and harried relationship with squirrels. I don't trust them one bit. A squirrel stole my lunch one time and haven't forgiven the species since...

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