Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Great Experiment and Thanksgiving in June

So, this past weekend I made a "Thanksgiving" dinner, all by myself. Turkey breast (local, grass fed, frakking expensive), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, gravy, rolls and even canned cranberry sauce. As my family historically never does green bean casserole, this was a first for me. I went online and used this recipe from It's fantastic, and you don't have to worry about highly processed and icky ingredients because it's all real! Of course I tweaked the recipe a little... but just a little.

I did the turkey and stuffing in the crock pot and it was amazing. I am so proud of myself, I can't even tell you! It's the first time I did something of this caliber all by myself. The Boyfriend (whom I did this for because he loves turkey dinners) was very pleased as well. All in all, it was a great success. Yay!
Obviously there were plenty of leftovers. 
In terms of The Great Experiment... look at the PEAS! Aren't they beautiful?!?

I had to add in some more strings because they just weren't latching on to the railing like I hoped. This will give them a little something extra to hold on to.

And look at those tomatoes! Finally! There are way too many in that pot and I need to take some out fairly soon. Which means I need another pot or two. Eventually.

It's almost time for a second serving of baby greens, don't you think?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


For the past several days now, I have been feeling down in the dumps. All I want to do is hide in my li'l Hobbit Hole (aka my apartment) and let the world pass me by while I deal with whatever this is. Because I don't know what this is, or where it came from. Or if it's even mine. Because I don't think it is. But it has latched on and won't let go.

So here I am, trying to do the Right Thing and avoid humanity and humanity keeps reaching in and trying to draw me out. Which leads me to believe that Humanity is masochistic. I mean, one might look at it as "you need to get out and be with people" but honestly, that is going against everything my Self is telling me. Unfortunately, bills need to be paid and food needs to be bought, so work is something I must do. In the mean time, I'm just trying to do my best and not take my foul mood out on innocent bystanders. Thankfully, today is my Friday. Which means, as soon as I get home from work I can hole up for the next couple days and take care of my Self.

Deep down, I'm thinking this might be the shit before the rose, so to speak. I need to deal with and let go of something before something New and Good can come in. Which means that it is indeed mine. Or maybe I'm dealing with something that is mine and something that isn't, but found something to feed on and now everything's compounded. Because before Sunday, I was in a pretty damn good mood.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Great Experiment

We have our first major success!

A lovely bowl of microgreens. And these were just the tall leaves that were crowding out the smaller ones. Now, while these recover the second string will have a chance to grow big and strong and become food in my belly.


Friday, June 8, 2012

The Great Experiment

The peas! The beautiful, gorgeous peas! You'll notice I've put up cords for the back ones to climb up.

The ones in the front row will be trained around the railing. The wind has been knocking them off a bit but they're starting to latch on.

The tomatoes are going a LOT slower, but I'm seeing progress. They're way crowded in there, so it's going to be survival of the fittest, I think.

The lettuce! I'll be able to start harvesting this soon, I think. For baby greens at least. You'll notice some of the leaves are changing color; it was a mix so I've got different types of greens in there. YUM!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gah! Groceries!

Tomorrow is my grocery shopping day. Which is a good thing because I'm running out of just about everything. The local Farmer's Market starts up on Friday. Which is not my shopping day. D'oh! Although, it's still pretty early in the season so there won't be much in the way of summer veggies yet. Since I've never been to this market it'll be fun to just go and see what they offer. Then I can make a summer plan.

Anyway, this morning I took a look at the ever-growing list of things I need to get tomorrow and inwardly cringed. It's going to be expensive. Hell, it's expensive every week. I'm mean, should a single gal really be spending $80 a week on groceries? Then I start mentally dividing the list: okay, I can get the meat and bread at this store because they have a good selection of local stuff, and then I'll get the rest at Shaw's because it'll be cheaper.

But you know what? It *is* cheaper. Cheaper nutritionally and environmentally. I need to change my way of thinking. There is no need to feel guilty about wanting to eat Good Things. Obviously I am making enough to afford it so I'm not neglecting other bills at the expense of food. Ok, so last week I chose groceries over a new vacuum cleaner. But I know every one of you would do the same. I mean, really, organic dry roasted almonds vs. clean floors? The choice is obvious!

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Possibilities!

About a month ago my boss and I were talking during a slow period and she mentioned something about marketing, and I told her that I used to do that in my past life and if they ever needed any help I'd be happy to pitch in. Sure, there would be a bit of a learning curve, but I figured why not? I let her know that I was always happiest designing and writing.

My boss got this gleam in her eyes. Apparently the marketing department had been swamped with other things and never had the time needed to make things start popping at New Place. Side bar - New Place is a "spin-off" of a local hotel. We have our own building and accept outside appointments, but we are technically still part of the hotel. So, marketing department is actually Hotel's marketing department.

So Boss mentioned it to someone who spoke to someone and they all got together and had a meeting. And tomorrow, I'll be meeting with someone in the Marketing Department. Apparently they are quite keen on getting some help in, and are very interested in the ideas I gave them for restarting the defunct New Place blog. Actually, I gave them like six months worth of blog post ideas. In ten minutes.

I am excited. I would love to earn some extra money writing. I love to write. Writing and designing are the big things - okay only things - I miss about Hell Job. I did some good design work there (even though I am essentially untrained) and I loved that I was finally able to integrate writing into my job description. Sure, I mix up my tenses and have a tendency to use too many words to get an idea across, but I like to think that I clean up pretty good.

So, I will keep you posted. This may not amount to anything and that would be fine too. But I would love to be able to write and get paid for it. Even if it is a nominal sum.

Yeah, that would be pretty cool.

So.... You Want to be an Artist.

For the last several weeks, I have been working through The Artist's Way . This book has been out since the 1990's and I've been...