Christmas Spirits

20 12 2012

I spent an afternoon infusing spirits a couple weeks ago with my friend Laurel and just bottled up some of the goods. Mmmmm…



The first tomatoes of the year

11 07 2012

It’s veggie CSA day and we got our first tomatoes! Cherry tomatoes, some romas, strawberries, basil, parsley, lettuce, plums, zucchini, cabbage, spring onions, potatoes, and eggs. I swapped some cucumbers for more onions because they were too huge, and also because I’ve been pickling and just can’t handle cucumbers in the fridge right now (the hubby was not a big fan of this decision).

And not only have I been pickling, I’ve been making jam, mustard, ginger beer (haven’t tasted it yet) and my own mayo. Out of control? I might have busted the blender…

Those carrots are from our backyard! Best harvest we’ve had. Last year was an arugula year; this one was a carrot year. We enjoyed a few at a time from the garden for a month or two and then one decided to flower so I pulled ’em!

One was gi-NORM-us!

It’s not exactly State Fair worthy, but pretty darn good for a humble back yard garden, if I do say so myself.

Here they are all washed up and ready for pickling. Oh, how I love pickled carrots with hummus. Or plain. Or in a bloody mary.

Today is special for another reason – it’s my friend Alison’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Alison! I blogged just for you.

What have you been up to?

30 03 2012

I’ve been super crazy at work. Doing some crafty things that I couldn’t put online because they were Christmas presents. Super duper sick (so that I sound like that sexy whiskey voice Sarah Vaughan). And reading ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS. A lot. Really. When I can barely function, I stare at what that whacky man has to offer.

And singing songs like this one:

What have YOU been up to?

Webify – funny marketing tools on the web

30 08 2011

Amusing little thing to play with this morning that I’m sure is all about capturing information about how people use the internet. I’m game (they’re clickable on the site):

Fun memes

8 07 2011

Remember when I made this over at the icanhascheeseburger genius?

Well. If you wondered what the hell I was talking about, I invite you to review the history of our dear Lolrus.

Easter Egg Fun

22 04 2011

I have always been a big fan of Easter eggs. I love to color them. I love to eat them (especially in a tea sandwich with red onion while sitting in the park wearing a new outfit and watching the Hunky Jesus contest). But I especially love to hide them. When I was a kid, I always hid the eggs. I was really good at it and we always used real eggs…so after the first year we lost one and the dog found and ate it after it was rotten and gross a week later, I also always made a map of every egg I had hidden so that I could check on the progress of the neighborhood kids near the end of the day. Anyone need an egg hider for the weekend?

Every year I like to hide a bunch of plastic candy filled eggs around the office and see how long it takes my professional colleagues to a) discover there are eggs hidden, and b) find them all. I re-use any eggs that come back to me the previous year and then usually buy a couple dozen new eggs.

Since I get to the office much earlier than most folks, it’s pretty easy to wander around hiding eggs in our common spaces. There are a couple people in at 7:30 so I carry around a brown bag to potentially hide what I’m up to.


Happy hunting!


5 04 2011

It’s the time of year that I do a lot of introspection. Where am I in life? What have I accomplished and what’s left to be done?

I always count my friends and family among my successes. And this year, I’m hard pressed to find anything wrong with life. Other than my inability to win the lottery. It’s been a wonderful departure from the anxiety and self doubt I usually heap on myself the month before my birthday.

In that space, I’ve been enjoying the beginning of spring. The flowers in my garden and the sunshine on my back while I am weeding. Riding my new bike to work. I’ve started 2 new crafty projects just for me (a crocheted shrug & a quilt for our bed), and I’ve been totally sucked into a book trilogy for the first time in what feels like years. Staying up late, bringing the books with me everywhere for that random spare minute. It’s been super fun.

The shrug I’ve been working on is this but in a dark plum:

Even if I can’t wear it out of the house I’m excited about snuggling up in it with a good book.

And the trilogy I am reading is the Fitzwilliam Darcy Trilogy, by Pamela Aiden. Loving it.

I had never read a Jane Austen novel before so I first read Pride & Prejudice. I liked it, although I don’t know if I would have, had I not seen (and been semi-obsessed with) the BBC series staring Colin Firth and the lovely Jennifer Ehle. We’ll see if I’m inspired to read more of her work…