Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Catch Up

July 7, 2010

I don't have a lot of free time this week. I'm getting ready to take lanyards to a big conference in Dallas next week (free reminder: Red-Hot Lanyard Workshop at my house on Friday afternoon/evening to add the final touches to the inventory) and The Chet Store opened this week.

Some of you recall what fun Erin always had visiting The Chet Store (which is really just the local campaign office for her friend Chet Edwards). Because of their relationship, I am donating my time this summer to help with his re-election bid (more on this later).

I did a couple of things you might be interested in this week. Some of you have your own blogspots. If you do, you may have noticed they recently rolled out a new design upgrade for templates and layout. I have played round a little with this on some of the other blogs I keep, most noticeably on the Erin's Dream Lanyard site ( if you want to save the URL).

The whole lanyard project has gained momentum and spread. We want to be absolutely inclusive and welcoming to anyone who has a stake in neuroblastoma, so we have widened access and created a portal to everyone's lanyard projects. Go to NB Lanyard Link ( to check this out.

When I am confident enough that I know how to manipulate the new Blogger, I may even take a crack at modernizing Let's Do It!

I have also taken a few extra minutes each day to check on the status of the Giant Swallowtail eggs that someone (should I say somecaterpillar) deposited on a citrus-type scrub tree by my driveway. The really cool thing about caterpillar eggs is how quickly they grow into big fat caterpillars. As Eric Carle promised, they are hungry. . . so hungry in fact, that they decimated my little tree, and I had to collect small, leafed branches from a tree down the road and around the corner, so they wouldn't starve. Please do not confuse Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar, with the one in this YouTube video.

The last of them moved along into chrysalis land today, and in less than a couple of weeks I will have a herd? flock? of giant swallowtails in my front yard.

Have your ever seen a giant swallowtail caterpillar?

Do you now know why they are called "bird poop" caterpillars? Here's a hint:


  1. Ok. That YouTube video cracked me up. How did you ever stumble across that?

    Can't wait to see you in Dallas!!

    Love ya,

  2. Posted a link to Erin's Dream Laynards in my latest blog entry!!

  3. I consider, that you commit an error. Write to me in PM, we will discuss.