Sunday, December 20, 2009
took dad's advice and went sledding on a cardboard box. Didn't go as well as you might think. this is me launching myself down the hill.
and chloe's turn
my AWESOME, violent snow angel. the snow is over my knees in the front yard.
Aaaaand work is canceled for tomorrow! Now what am I going to do??
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I took myself to Harper's Ferry for a walk in the sunshine and 70 degree weather. I'm thinking it's the last time I'll get to enjoy it until March or April. The colors were still hanging on, although the rain from the week knocked off a lot. I love this place and I can't wait to explore more of West Virginia and the Shenandoahs.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Any who, here is a recap of the trip that I took to Indiana...
Fall colors (for you mom!) at the Purdue Research Farm, where I 'helped' Sam gather samples for work. I also helped conduct some groundbreaking wheat genetics work (ie. I put lots and lots of samples in numerical order and then weighed them).
Sam and I at an outing to a downtown bar. I miss cheap drinks and good friends.
More spotting of "the LEAF," this time on Anna (and Sam's) street. They live close enough to downtown you can walk. Although I'm not sure how they do it once it's below freezing.
Anna and me at the corn maze! It was the scariest and funniest thing I've done in a long time.
Helping to make spaetzla: German egg noodles. See? I'm GERMAN! Also, we were watching the Florida - Arkansas game on Anna's laptop, trying not to throw things (like wooden spoons) at it.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Having no pumpkin patches of the real kind in Florida, Alex and I had never been to one and didn't really know what to expect. It was big, with no discernible rows (I guess it would be hard to keep the vines in line...). But I was mostly surprised by all the thorny weeds in the patch. Pigsweed was a huge problem, as well as other stickers that I couldn't identify. Then the vines themselves were very prickly. I should have brought my work gloves!
Ruby found a pumpkin she liked. They also had free-range pigs fenced off to one side of the patch. Ruby didn't know what to think of them and started barking and growling at them before getting closer. In her defense, they were really big.
Alex and her pumpkin. Her's weighed 14 lbs. Mine weighed 16 lbs. I had no idea they were so heavy!
Before we hit the farm, we went on a hike in the park. We went up a trail with lookout in the name... we should have realized that meant hiking up a steep incline. Alex and I were huffing and puffing, while people kept passing us on the way down, completely unaffected. Little children, dads pushing strollers, old ladies smoking cigarettes. I think we chose the wrong direction to start the loop... But we got to the top and had lunch. It was a beautiful view!
Friday, October 2, 2009
But I've noticed since moving North a definite lack in this area. Guys I've met here don't come to the door when they pick you up. It's happened to me a couple of times and happened to my roommate tonight. The guy calls or texts and says they are outside. Really? you can't walk 20 steps to my door and knock? And holding the door open... well that is truly rare. It's disheartening that my generation can't get these simple actions right. I'm all for independence, but I think these actions are more about respect than anything else. I guess I have a new standard to measure my dates and friends by.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
- Cuban Sandwiches (made with REAL Cuban bread, baked with a palmetto leaf)
- small critters (lizards, frogs, bugs...) although VA has a lot of small birds, it seems to lack...
- large, crazy lookin' animals (come on. Gators, roseate spoonbills, manatees, sandhill cranes. CRAZY lookin' animals.)
- strong storms that blow through and leave that delicious smell hanging in the so-thick-you-can't-breathe air
- Sitting outside on the back porch of Tim and Terry's... Or Cafe Gardens...or any of our other regular restaurants in the 'ville.
- Satchel's (could be covered by point above. but so good and missed so much, it deserves it's own bullet.)
- Beaches within a 1.5 hour drive
- sandy soil
- Gators in the water
- Gators on your plate
- Dillard's shoe department
- The crazy wackos that make FL their home (seriously, I always suspected we tipped the scales with the crazy, but now I know I was right. I think it's the combination of being Southern, the heat, and the swamps. All of which I love.)
- Old orange groves
- eating watermelon, while floating in the lake
- Old Florida souvenir stands
- Spanish moss smothering oaks (THAT'S what is wrong with these trees... they are naked)
- Boiled peanuts (I want some. right now.)
- Floating on the river/springs (preferably with boiled peanuts)
- The culture that has sprung up that is uniquely Florida. It's Southern, but done from the swamps.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
On to the bed! I got the boards cut to size - untreated wood of course. look how much grass we have now that the dogs can't go in the front yard! The roomie 'mowed' with a weedwacker the day before this. I wish I had been home to see it. I put down newspaper (that my neighbor generously donated) to kill off the grass and filled it with a mixture of horse manure, soil and compost.
We also conducted a terribly unofficial survey of cupcakeries in DC. We visited 2 of the 4 I know of: Red Velvet in Pen Quarter and Georgetown Cupcake in Georgetown. Georgetown was the ultimate winner. It's a good thing that that store is difficult for me to get to... otherwise I would be an expert.
I went to work.
explored some woods/beach like area
had a birthday
had some visitors
planted a garden
That seems to sum up the last couple of weeks of my life. I also got my VA drivers license and my new VA GATOR tags! They have the old UF logo on them. I love them.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Wowza! The Harris Teeter apple is huge compared to the Giant. This is why I spend more at Harris Teeter! I buy 5 apples a week... the HT apples probably weigh twice as much. I ate the HT apple today. I've decided it's too much for me...I want my small produce, please!
Did I mention I took these pictures while trying not to lose the group? Meaning I didn't have much time to compose shots or consider light. I think they turned out pretty well considering I was sprinting.
The title of the post comes from the Spoon song You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb, which was playing when I started this post. Also, it's strange that I now have multiple posts with the word 'bomb' in the title, and I'm not even referencing '90's slang.