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I’m blue (da ba dee da ba die)
I’m blue (da ba dee da ba die)

First of all, I’m not turning into a Smurf or a Na’vi or anything.  Secondly, no, I have no idea why I’m turning blue.  Yesterday I was doing my usual exercise after work (walking fast uphill on a treadmill) when suddenly my finger felt funny.  Looking at it, I noticed it was kind of swollen, but I figured that maybe I hadn’t had enough water or something. ...

Garden ’10: Weeks 1 – 4
Garden ’10: Weeks 1 – 4

Tomorrow will be the fourth week since attempting my garden this year.  All I have going so far are peppers, but I plan to get a few other things going here in the future.  During my first gardening attempt last year, I bought 99% of my plants already as seedlings and while that worked out pretty well, I had a problem doing that this year.  You see, while Omaha had a ton...

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Let’s get moving!
Let’s get moving!

I’m sure more than a few of you have noticed a slight slowdown in the number of updates going on the site. This actually isn’t because I have little to say, rather, it has to do with the fact that I’m moving. That’s right folks, in just a few weeks this blogger will be posting live from sunny Florida, rather than snowy Nebraska. The reason for the move...

Show time is slow time
Show time is slow time

This weekend I had to work a trade show. A hair trade show.  Really.  See… hair models: Bright side? Models... quite a few more than pictured. Anywho, this has had the unfortunate side effects of causing me to miss two awesome sounding parties I was invited to, my weekly trip to the Farmer’s Market, getting my goods from my CSA, being able to really cook anything...

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RIP: Camera Lens
RIP: Camera Lens

Well, I finally did it… I somehow broke my camera lens.  Don’t know how it happened, but it happened.  I first noticed it while Jess and I were out taking some photos in the woods and it refused to focus.  Looks like one of the pieces of the lens shutter was stuck open, causing many issues.  I had someone who knows a lot about these cameras take a look at it...

Garden ‘09: Week 10
Garden ‘09: Week 10

Six weeks have gone by since my last post about my garden (not counting my screaming at fowl) and there have been some massive changes. The first thing, I’ve been doing a lot of harvesting, as you can see here: Bok Choi Herbs Kale That was a bunch of herbs,  bok choi and kale… I still have three heads of bok choi (one of which is trying to bolt, so I think I’ll...

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An open letter to a bird.
An open letter to a bird.

Mystery Bird, I didn’t plan on having to write this letter, but at this point you leave me no choice.  Your constant stealing of my strawberries has gone too far and I feel the need to call you out.  Now, things didn’t have to be this way, but you apparently thought there was nothing wrong with parading around in my strawberry boxes eating whatever you wanted. ...

Garden ’09: Week 4
Garden ’09: Week 4

One month down and now the season has warmed up enough for me to finally get the rest of my crops planted and growing. I have nowhere to stand! You’ll probably notice that I once again rearranged everything.  This wasn’t really all my doing.  Jess decided it looked nicer this way and who am I to argue?  I just want them to grow up strong and tasty.  So far it...

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Garden ‘09: Week 2
Garden ‘09: Week 2

It’s been two weeks and so far I haven’t lost any of my crops!  In fact, I think they’re looking very healthy. Growin' up strong! If you notice in the picture, I rotated many of the boxes so that they get more sun throughout the day.   Another thing I did was to grind up some eggshells (cleaned, of course) with my mortar and pestle and spread them around...

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Garden ’09: Week 0
Garden ’09: Week 0

I’ve waited all through the long and cold winter for this moment and it has finally arrived:  Garden time!! Lookin' good, guys! Last year was my first attempt at a garden on my balcony and it didn’t turn out half bad.  I grew some herbs (mint, basil, parsley, chives, savory) and they thrived. I also grew some kale that kept me in greens for weeks… the...

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A close cawl
A close cawl

This weekend I decided that cawl sounded like a great lunch idea, so I wrote down the ingredients and went shopping.  The bright side is that I made a good tasting soup.  The down side is that it’s not quite a traditional cawl.  Some of my changes: I couldn’t find parsnips, so I substituted some rootabagas. I grabbed what I thought was a red turnip, but turned...

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Do you CSA?
Do you CSA?

Back in January I was messing around on the internet, and I stumbled across something I had never heard before: CSA.  Now, I knew what a Farmer’s Market was, but I had never heard of this concept.  For those of you who were like me and have no idea what it is, CSA simply stands for Community-Supported Agriculture.  This cool program allows you to pay a local farm a...