Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ode to Mighty O

I love Mighty O donuts.
I have an admitted prejudice against vegan foods. I'm even a vegetarian, but I know that most of the time vegan treats can turn in to tricks. This is not the case with our local Mighty O donuts. They are sooo yummy. My husband doesn't like vegan food or cake donuts and he gobbles them up. They are divine.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Want some pot?

Thanks to Catawampus I found a couple of great deals on cooking pots (what did you think i meant?) at Amazon. I try to avoid Amazon, but it was too good of a deal. There is a Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 8-1/2-Quart Saucier with Lid marked down from $180 to $19.99 (!) despite rave reviews.
If you need more there is also a Cuisinart Chef's Classic 8-Quart Stockpot with Cover that went from $100 to $20.99.

I mentioned to my husband that a couple of new pots under the Christmas tree would be a good thing (The domesticity of this fills me with self loathing.) and 2 boxes mysteriously appeared from Amazon a couple of days ago. They are now hidden in the basement because they are CHRISTMAS SURPRISES. Just two short months to wait.

I found this photographer named Kelli Connell who I really like in a Cindy Sherman kind of way. Look at the images and then read the info. It's pretty nifty.

We bought our house from an older woman who had lived here alone for six years. We'll call her A. You could politely describe A. as a crabby introvert. We are going through the process of meeting the new neighbors and people always say, "Oh, you're the one's who bought C.'s house" C. was the owner of the house prior to A. It makes me sad that A. was so miserable that this close knit community collectively erases her time here. We're not the most outgoing people in the world, but when I remember A. I try to be a little more sociable. I found her to be abrasive in person but just from seeing the mail that doesn't get forwarded and the few bits she left around the house (She apparently gives a lot of money to some great causes, runs marathons, and travels to exotic locales) I think I missed something by not getting to know her, and she missed a lot by not getting to know this place. I don't know how long we'll be here, but I want to leave an impression.

Monday, October 10, 2005

The parts that shouldn't be there.

My bare lips are the color of anemic earthworms, but I'm not crazy about lipstick. When I read that the average woman eats pounds of lipstick in her life and that many mainstream brands have placenta I wanted to go a more natural route. My absolute favorite lip color is Terra Tints Blaze by Alba Botanica. It's more like a colored balm but it's moisturizing, minty, and a great color. It's light enough that I can slap some on without a mirror and not worry about looking like a clown, but it gives a good healthy blush to my kisser.

Need something to take your mind off that placenta lipstick thing? Watch a bizarre anime video of strange and wonderful plants (via Boing Boing).

Thursday, October 06, 2005

First a question: Can anyone tell me how long chile sauce lasts? Is it indefinitely good? I think the chile stops mold etc. from forming so it never looks rotten. I've had the same bottles for ages (read: years) and I'm usually kind of uptight about throwing stuff away before the bacteria colonizes...

I just read The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch. It's about a boy who explores the tide pools of south Puget Sound, his discoveries, and how he deals with them. It was really a fantastic read. It was well written, and it gave me new found respect for the sound.

This weekend we went to explore the Cascades. We drove to Burlington and then over to Diablo Lake and back stopping many times along the way to explore. It was a beautiful way to spend a day.
Jack said it smelled like "Old stinky trees." but I like that smell. He was just pissed because I told him there were marmets and then we didn't see any. Bad mama move #43256.

I'm very enamored with our little corner of the world right now. If you want to see more pictures of what we saw last Saturday click here.

Instructables is the most inspiring site I've come across in a while (thanks Not Martha!). Get off the computer and go make something! I need to be inspired. We started a tradition last year of a handmade gift for a family member. We exchange names. Last year I got my sister's partner Val and I made her a large, striped patterned felted messenger bag from soft Peruvian alpaca. I should have taken a picture because it was fucking unbelievable. That thing was such a monster I didn't knit again for months. Now I have a reputation for the best crafty present. I got my little brother this time and so far I'm at a loss. What do you make for a minimalist, gothic, 19 year old gay boy on a diet who lives in the woods?

I'm not sure either.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Recent life

We took our kid to his first march last weekend. It was an anti-war rally with over 5000 people in Seattle and a few hundred thousand in the other Washington, San Francisco, L.A., New York, London, and Rome. We were there as part of Code Pink, so I made him a hot pink shirt that said "Fighting is bad!" on the front and "Peace is good." on the back.
It was a fantastic, peaceful protest that closed down a few blocks downtown and had very few counter protestors (We saw none.). You wouldn't know how massive it was by watching the local news. If tivo-ed the major station newscasts. If they mentioned it at all it was late in the broadcast after rehashed hurricane coverage, injury-less car accidents, a shed fire in Bellevue, some upcoming ferry safety drills, and the pressing announcement from the D.A. that someone charged with manslaughter last year will be put on trial "soon." It really pissed me off how something so big could be ignored. For the record, I would be equally annoyed at a newscast with little mention of a large conservative protest. Mass media has become so fluffy it makes me sick.

We are done with breastfeeding. Long live breastfeeding. I felt like I was losing my mind this week and was weepy over everything. It took me a few days to figure out that my hormones were very wonky. They've since mellowed out and I'm starting to feel better. Now if only my chest wasn't so sore. ...