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Sunday, September 16, 2012
The horrors!

This weekend, we traveled to Forks for this ~

Burn out!


West End Thunder drag racing!!!  We camped at Bogachiel State Park for the weekend, quite a nice place.  Syd adjusted well to the camping experience, as you can see.

Syd adjusts to camping quite nicely


See how he loves his tether!  


Okay, this is the third time I've written this post because I've lost it due to freaking touching my computer mouse.  I'm a bit annoyed right now.

So we get to Forks and discover there's this stupid "Stephanie Meyer Day(s)" going on.  We just want to watch the drag races, but it's now very clear why there were no motel rooms available.  No problem, camping is just fine see the above photo.  I'll have more posted later.

But in Forks there is this ridiculous event going on - and it was mostly innocuous until this morning.  We stopped in for breakfast at the Forks Coffee Shop and found ourselves surrounded by nattering fools.

Holding court


The Twilight event gossip and scandal was bad enough, but talking about your giving birth stories?!!!  The three of you in the middle, yes you.  I'm trying to EAT BREAKFAST in peace.  I don't want to hear about screaming and placentas or whatever.  And neither did that young man dining with you.

I'm posting this now so I don't lose it for the third time.  Grrrrrrr.



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Friday, August 10, 2012
Frankenzuke!

This is the 4th year for our backyard garden - it gets bigger and better every year.  I have half a mind to rent a tiller and dig up a big chunk so we can really go big next year.

Might have to anyways, what with rising food prices and all.  But I digress, sort of.

What I really wanted to talk about are the volunteer plants coming up this year, all over the garden!  I have a very unruly garden this year.

The unruly garden


Plants of all sorts coming up randomly here and there!  Sunflowers, borage, snapdragons, feverfew, cosmos, potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins (I think), and squash!  IT'S A FREE FOR ALL!

Ahem.  Sorry, got a bit carried away for a minute.  These things happen when you have a sloppy compost pile.  I've threatened to leave a bit of the garden open next year just to see what comes up.  But back to the here and now, especially the squash plants.

Earlier in the season, I noticed several zucchiniesque plants coming up here and there in the garden.  I decided to let them go and see what kind of trouble they got up to.  Turns out, there's two kinds of trouble.  A couple of the plants have very distinct pumpkin characteristics - long snaking vines, tendrils wrapping around anything nearby... and one of the plants now has a small round yellowish fruit.  We'll see where that one goes.  Unfortunately, the other plant gets stepped on and bumped almost daily because of its location - if it can produce even one fruiting body I'll be thrilled.

But the others... they looked just like zucchini plants!  Just like them!  Until they didn't.



Strange squash growing in the garden near the compost pile


FRANKENZUKES!

And guess what - they tasted just like zucchinis.  We've eaten them twice, and they were just wonderful.  Michael made stuffed zucchini the other day, and tonight we had zucchini parmigiana.  NOM NOM NOM

The unusual squash from the garden


Looking good so far!


Stuffed frankenzuke success!


In other news... Syd!


Syd resting


The weather has been decent, I'm ready for summer reading to be over, and I only work 10 days in September.  

I suppose I can't complain too much.



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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Is it summer yet?

Well, it seems as the rest of the country swelters under ridiculously hot temperatures and dries to a crisp, we here in the Pacific Northwest are experience the rainiest summer in my memory.  Monsoon season anyone?

It was raining really hard!


I suppose I shouldn't complain too much - I don't have to water my garden, my garden is actually growing, and we're really starting to get a lot of veggies.  In fact, the garden is downright unruly this year!

After a slow start, the plants are really growing gangbusters.  This includes the weeds, and also a lot of volunteer plants and flowers.  The picture below shows my brassicas - brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli.  Really, they're in there somewhere.  Honest.  Also growing in the same vicinity are cosmos, two types of squash (pumpkins and zucchini, I THINK, but it's remotely possible one could be hubbard squash...), one tomato plant and potatoes!  Oh boy.

Lots of greenery


TIP:  If you want to plant a nice flower that attracts bees and never have to plant it again, go for BORAGE.  Each plant spews a gazillion seeds out, and within a couple of years you'll have borage plants popping up in every inch of your garden.  Fortunately, borage seedlings are easy to pull, and they even have a pleasant cucumbery smell!  You can even eat the flowers if you so desire!

The potatoes went a little mad this year.  Okay - a lot mad.  We have three types:  yukon gold, reds, and fingerlings.  The reds and the fingerlings went particularly crazy, growing almost four feet high and attempting to spread in every direction.  I think the problem was that they grew tall, then the rain and wind battered them down over some of the other plants and they just kept growing.  And growing.  And growing.  We finally had a decent day and I got out to the garden and pulled the potatoes away from the beans - poor things were feeling a bit smothered!  But now we can walk between them if we wish.

I finally managed to pull the potatoes away from the beans

See the path?!!

Note also the sunflower growing out of the beans!

In other news, we skipped the new incarnation of What the Heck Fest - now called the Anacortes Unknown festival and instead drank a monster margarity and wandered the Shipwreck Day booths.  Much more satisfying!

Margarita!


We saw all sorts of crazy people and insanely overpriced objects.  Seriously people, your things are all right by not that valuable!  Get over yourselves.

$150? No thanks. Though I would have liked it for my garden.


I kind of liked this, but $150?  No thanks.


$95 for the pair?  No thanks!


It's Christine's $95 rusty garden chairs!


$50 for the set?  GET LOST!!!


Land of the Blindfolded



The pair for $3, offered at the end of the day?  YAY!!!



I got the pair for $3!


That's more like it.  

I just think of it as saving humanity from having to look at them.

Unless you visit my home, of course.




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Sunday, July 08, 2012
It's like this...

We got a dog.

Not just any dog, but the very handsome (and at the moment farty) Syd.  Formally known as Syd Barrett, but generally called Syd, or Mr. Squid.  

Syd Barrett


He came to us in February, and we have been having a great time with him since.  He was in pretty poor shape - very skinny and smelly and quiet.  After some good food, lots of baths, a few visits to the vet, and plenty of love from us, Syd is now very healthy and happy, as you can see!

When Syd is feeling zany, he puts on his blankie!


He's turning out to be a rather large dog too.  We figure he's closing in on two years old - still very much a puppy!  


In other news, Nolan graduated...


Happy Day!


Hard to believe, but it's true!  So proud of him.

I also got a new computer - wooooooooooh!


And off we go with our new computer!


Nicest computer I've ever used - EVER!  It's going to take me a while to figure everything out.  Got my iTunes up and running and music imported today.  Success!  I've really been enjoying it.


And summer is finally here.  Finally.  While the rest of the country boiled and burned, we were stuck here in the endless drudgery of 55 degrees and rain.  For months on end!  Ugh.  The garden is really starting to look good, and we're eating a variety of things now.  


Wow!  We have carrots!!!


Carrots from the garden are so good - they actually have flavor!


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Friday, January 20, 2012
Life is fleeting...

Winter is the harshest season.


Snow creature's short but joyful, and ultimately tragic life...


We'll miss you, snow creature.


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Sunday, January 15, 2012
Projects...

Stepping away from the computer means I'm working on projects.  Today finished a book - The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch.  It was all right - I will most definitely use it for book talks in the spring.  The story had potential, but fell a little flat.  A little too good to be true.  No problem - I'm sure there are kids looking for that sort of ending.

Also, I managed to finish a small embroidery project.  I found a nice mushroom line drawing a while back, and just pinned the paper I printed it on to the fabric I wanted to stich.  It worked all right, though it wasn't ideal  Here's the finished product...


Michael says it looks like the mushroom is blasting off


Haha.  It does look like it's blasting off!  Probably should have used a lighter thread color for the stem.  Michael says I should add flames and such to the picture.  We'll see...




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Snow Day!

What a great treat to wake up to this morning!  I wasn't sure if we'd get much, but we got lucky.


Laundry line


Heading out the door soon for an adventurous walk to the grocery store - should be fun!


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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Time to get serious for a few minutes...

Just shy of 30 minutes, to be exact.

The full video of "When Mitt Romney Came to Town" was released today, and it's worth a watch.  Even though he's the Republican front-runner, it seems that people are looking at each of the other candidates in turn in hopes of finding the best non-Mitt choice.  There really seems to be no other feasible candidates (and in my opinion, they are all awful for one reason or another).  So here you have Mitt Romney - job destroyer and from the looks of it, pathological liar.  

This film was put together by an independent filmmaker, who then offered it up to anybody that would pay for it.  Newt Gingrich was the only one to bite.  Interesting, considering the film not only destroys Mitt Romney but also paints a very bad picture of the current business climate in America.  Kind of strange.  Just watch for yourself, and see what you think.





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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Best bring your water bottle!

Dance, woman!  Let me hear your elbows whisper!  



Hand me my glow sticks!  Mama wants to jiggle...

I've been having a great evening watching the genius videos of Leslie Hall.  It was a long day at the library - her videos have really lightened up my evening.  That and I didn't have anything really pressing to do, other than a bit of reading which got done earlier.  She's sort of like a female Weird Al - but not spoof songs - everything is original.  And SOOOOOOO original!  Here's another great one ~




Dance floor tiger ladies!!!!

I think three people read this blog.  Maybe.



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Sunday, January 01, 2012
Goodbye 2011...

Well then.  That wasn't really too bad - in fact, 2011 was a pretty good year.  A few highlights:

  • Another successful garden!

Fourteen jars of pickles, right there baby!

The basil from the garden that will soon become pesto

  • Good health (mostly)

Nolan, the invalid

  • Two fun trips to the Olympic Peninsula

My beloved cracks a beer in the forest, in honor of Darwin Day

Kalaloch sunset

Michael and Nolan looking appropriately uncomfortable in front of the Twilight store

  • Work at the library is very fulfilling and challenging too

Just waiting for it all to start...

Library display case - Picture it @ your library!

  • WE BOUGHT THE HOUSE!!!

Doorbell

  • We ate a lot of good food, both at home and out

Salmon with caper sauce

Hazmat burger

  • Nolan took up mycology, which means everyone else in the family did too, with mixed results

Nolan learned a lot and was happy to see so many varieties in person

No Nietzsche, nooooooo!

  • Clowns
My clown collection takes shape...


So there you have it.  A nice little review of the year, in pictures.  Let's hope 2012 is even better!



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