Saturday, June 24, 2006

California: Bonus!

So far my trip to the left coast has provided me with the following:

1. $200 and a seat with leg-room for an army by giving up my 8:25am flight for the 11:25am.

2. Fresh, sweet strawberries from the farmer's market.

3. "Mmmmm...bop!" playing over the radio in the grocery store.

4. Waking up at 6:30am feeling like it was, gosh, 9:30! Also, hearing wildlife outside my window so loud I thought I'd accidentally taken a plane into the Amazon jungle instead. Where are all the fire trucks and drunken clubbers?

5. Smelling my mom make delicious mustard-encrusted salmon and some kind of yummy chicken, because she makes some meals every week for my grandparents to freeze and eat later. I think she's probably ordering me pizza for dinner or, like, microwaving some burritos. Uh-huh.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Get a Room

Question for the [no one] who reads my blog after my three week hiatus. I keep thinking my trip to India is totally fubar, because I'm just not saving enough. However, I just noticed I can get a flight to New Dehli for $800, which is fan-effing-tastic.

My question is: How much do you think I'll need to spend a month in India? I need about two grand to pay my bills, and have almost that much in my savings. So, what? Another two grand for hostels, food, traveling? Will it be that much, or is India a little more than I thought? So the end-question is: Should I buy the flight, knowing I'll have enough by then (say, September)?? My roommate is a good man, but I don't know that he'd enjoy paying my bills for a month, you know?

Of course, I'd really like to buy this affordable sob, if I'm going abroad, so that's another near-grand. Ah, money. Who cares! I only make it to have a good time, right?

The Daily Show right now is doing the art review I wish I could, "See, I'm not gonna be all 'yellow,' I'm gonna put a green triangle right there bitch! That's another $40 million!"

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Okay, I guess once I get started again I just can't stop. I had to share this badass strawberry shortcake I made tonight:

Strawberry Shortcake

Yup, that's homemade shortcake. Since I can't cook for shit (seriously, I can't boil water without a recipe), people don't believe I can bake. But I can bake! Maybe it's because I follow directions like I'm doing a chemistry experiment that will blow my eyebrows off if I mess it up. Whereas cooking is all "guessing it's done," and I have the instincts of...a person with really terrible instincts.

Unfortunately, the strawberries are not from my yard. As much as I've enjoyed being able to produce berries in my garden, the six plants I have yield about two or three a day, and they spoil in about 24 hours. So I'm glad I tried, but I probably won't do it again next year. These are store bought, cleaned and cut during the Finals' 20 second time-outs.

Mmmm, shortcake and basketball. Deliciousness.


I know, I haven't updated in forever. Whenever I hit the two week mark without a post, the three people who read my blog suddenly start emailing me wondering where the running commentary has gone, so I just wanted to put up a quick post. I'm tired! I need a break from TTtC, just a short one. Blogging is hard work people. Well, that, and I've been putting a lot of focus into job hunting and that other website I work on, both of which have involved a lot of research and writing, leaving me a little drained when it comes to the blog. I'm going to California on Friday until next Wednesday, so I should be all refreshed, with a nice bank of ridiculous tales to spin for you when I get back.

I also realized that next year I'm going to have to start a separate garden blog. So if I start thinking now, I should have a clever blog name ready by next spring. I wouldn't leave you without a quick update:

The jalapenos are blooming!

The green peppers are blooming!
Pick a pepper

The cucumbers are blooming!
Cucumber plants

And as always, you can follow the horti/agricultural epic here.


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