Thursday, July 26, 2007

Preparing to travel to State swim meet

Tomorrow morning at 4:45AM my family and I get to load into the van and travel up to Madison Alabama for the state summer swim meet. One daughter will be swimming in two individual events, both she and another daughter will each be in two relays, and my other other daughter will be there to support the first two. She (the other other) is also an alternate relay swimmer ready to swim in case any relay members in her age group are unable to go.

4:45 is early.

I got to use window paint for the first time to decorate the Van windows for the occasion.

Window paint markers are rather frustrating to use for the somewhat artistically inclined. The markers are sized like some of those super sized 'sharpie' markers, but with a big sponge on the end about the diameter of a quarter and about a half inch thick. This should make someone realize that 'fine' details are not a great option when 'drawing' with these markers. The markers also don't dry very quickly. They even come with specific instructions that say "if you are using more than one color, wait for the first color to dry completely before applying second color."

Nothing drys completely in Alabama, (unless you are very patient, sometimes.)

So... if you are artistically inclined, attempt putting some fine details in anyway, and are impatient... You end up with drippy, sloppy, run together paintings on your van windows that your kids love, your wife's happy with, and I cringe at whenever I look at them.

Oh well. By the way, yellow and blue make green.

4:45 is very early

Madison is right next to Huntsville (actually left next to).
I am sure I will be turning by a Wal-Mart to get there.

7 comments:

Miriam Rebekah said...
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Miriam Rebekah said...

Aw, come on, 4:45 AM isn't [i]that[/i] early. Okay, maybe it is...alright, so it's a little early. Getting up before the sun never hurt anybody...did it?

By the way, your blog is great! I've really enjoyed your posts so far.

Miriam Rebekah said...

Okay, so why isn't the 'italics' tag working? That is really annoying!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Hi Miriam,

The "[]" tags are used mostly on forums and are called BBCode.

Blogger uses "<>" tags which are true HTML.

Italic does work, just use "[" and "]" instead of "<" and ">" ;)

Have a great day,

Elijah

Miriam Rebekah said...

Thanks, Elijah. I shall remember that in future. :)

Rob said...

Elijah:
Wow! I post something on a Blog and end up learning "true HTML" at the same time! You learn something new everyday.
Miriam:
Thanks for your encouragement.

Rob said...

And 4:45AM is early.