Tuesday, November 25, 2008

update, a new blog feature, Art Day and Thanksgiving balloons

I’m back, and it’s still Monday … somewhere. I’m not back to normal, but I’m eating food again, very bland food. I’ve lost 5 lbs. so far. It’s not a diet I would recommend to anyone. Exercise and watching what you eat would be a way better idea. Thanks for the get well comments!

Ask Sheila – Sheila has opinions on everything and she wants to share (sort-of like Dear Abby, but with a 5th grade zombie cheerleader giving the advice). Ask her any question by commenting on this post or emailing her: sheila (at) sruble (dot) com. Put “cheers!” in the subject line so that Sheila knows it’s not spam. She doesn’t like spam, but she does like Spam (tastes like brains).

Remember, Sheila is a zombie and she’s in fifth grade, so her advice might not be conventional. Also, opinions expressed by Sheila the Zombie Cheerleader do not necessarily reflect those of sruble, and she may have to add a comment or two if Sheila gets out of hand.

Art Day December Schedule:
12/1 – Illustrator Jennifer Morris
12/9 – Illustrator Christina Wald
12/15 – Illustrator Marilyn Scott
12/22 – arts and crafts – snowman picture
12/29 – spotlight – Quentin Blake

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloons are one of the coolest things about the parade. Every year we go to see the balloons blown up the night before Thanksgiving. The balloons start out flat, like any other balloon, except that they are huge. Thousands of people crowd through the streets to see the balloons, and it’s hard to get pictures without getting run over, but I managed to get some pictures last year (DH guarded my back). Here are a few of my favorites:

Read more about the balloons:
Macy’s Behind The Scenes – Creating A Balloon

How Stuff Works - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Wikipedia)

Official Macy’s Parade Site


  1. Glad you're feeling better! I love the Thanksgiving Balloons...I remember when Son was little and we would watch the parade...some of the balloons he would get so excited about...I miss those times...sniff...sniff...

    So now I get to ask Sheila questions and get real answers...so far I've been asking her postcard pic, but she hasn't answered me...grin...

  2. I'm glad you're feeling better. Great pictures of the balloons. I bet it's awesome to see them in person like that.

  3. Sheila, some of the people on my Christmas list are those tough-to-buy-for sorts. Any gift ideas? ;)

  4. Cool! I'd love to see that some day!

    Glad you're feeling better.


  5. Thanks Brenda! Maybe your son will watch it with you again this year? Or you could tape the parade and watch it during dinner ;) Sheila is awaiting your questions.

    Thanks Rena! The balloons are awesome and really big, too!

    Carrie, Sheila is contemplating your question right now. She will get back to you next week (she's helping her grandmas with the Thanksgiving weekend feast right now).

    Thanks Christy! I hope you get to see it someday too!

  6. Very cool that you get to see those big balloons up close!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Glad you are feeling better!
    I'm wondering how Sheila was helpful while you were sick...(maybe that is my question to her...)

  7. Glad you're feeling better!
    What cool photos. We look forward to the Macy's parade every year. I'd love to see it up close.

  8. Thanks Kelly! Sheila is thinking of a way to spin her answer to make her look like Florence Nightingale.

    Thanks Adrienne! Have fun watching the parade tomorrow and I hope you get to see it up close some day too :)