Friday, September 19, 2014

Squirrel update

Nine days since I got the little flying squirrel.  He's now about 1/2 ounce.  He still hasn't opened his eyes--I expect that to happen in about a week.  Cute as he is, I am *so* looking forward to that.  When they're old enough to open their eyes, they're also old enough to go overnight without eating.  As it is, he's getting 2 a.m. feeding.  I have it down to a fine art--I can get up, warm up his milk, feed him, wash the syringe, and be back in bed in 12 minutes.  But I'm still feeling a bit sleep-deprived.

But don't you think this is worth it??

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Theatre Display

The School of Theatre had a conference last weekend, and asked me to put up a display of 19th century dresses and accessories.

Like all good displays, this looks pretty effortless.  In reality, it was a lot of physical work--some of it hard (like getting big heavy storage boxes of dresses off high shelves in a narrow area--I literally balance them on my head until I can get to the work table.   I had to make two of the dress forms--a 19th century corseted body with a 21" waist just isn't the same as a modern dress form.   I looked through a drawer of about 70 purses to pick the 5 on display.  I had to move three racks of clothing just to get to the cabinet of shoes, where I took out and unwrapped a dozen pairs to pick the four pairs for display (and, of course, had to rewrap the others).   Everything had to be packed up and taken to the school of theatre and up the elevator and down the hall (God Bless Bob, for the use of his golf cart and muscle power)

And, of course, after the conference, everything had to be done in reverse order--repacked, returned, reboxed, reshelved.

But it's what I do.  I liked that they set up drawing stations for the students.  And it gave the costume designers some insight as to how the real period clothes were made.  You can look at pictures all you want, but it's not the same as having it in front of you, especially when you can (carefully!) look through the layers, and understand how the inner structures work (for example, look at the pink dress--it's not obvious that there is a fitted and boned lining in there).

So that's my moment of glory--now it's back to the inventory.

[side note--tiny squirrel is doing fine,  More pictures soon]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tiny Big Challenge

Got a call from a friend with the cry for help I've heard before--"I found a baby squirrel--what do I do??"  And, of course, what they do is meet me somewhere and hand it over.  He had told me that it had to be a newborn because it was so tiny.  I asked if it had fur yet--yes, just barely.  That makes is about two weeks old, so I was expecting "tiny" to be about 2 1/2 inches long.

I was off by about an inch.  I saw this impossibly little thing, and my first thought was "dwarf"??  Then I peered closer and saw the little flaps from wrist to ankle.  Wee baby flying squirrel. I don't know how he even spotted it on the ground.

He's so little it's scary.  Tips the scales at 10 grams (1/3 ounce).  But so far, so good.  He scared me after the first couple of feedings--as soon as his little tummy is full, he immediately goes sound asleep.

I must really enjoy 2:00 a.m.   I keep finding excuses to get up.   Mostly to go feed something.

Wish me luck!