Monthly Archives: April 2010

Still awake?

Somehow I’m still functioning at 10:15 BST.  It’s been a long 36 hours!  So surprise (to a lot of you)!  I’m in London town for a few days.  Tera and I got in this afternoon after a wonderful journey from LAX (I hate that place).  Ben met us at the airport.  We promptly boarded the tube and went to a pub for pints and food at Green Park tube stop area.  Good stuff.  Gorillaz played when we got to our second pub.  It put me in the mood to see Gorillaz tomorrow night at the Roundhouse. Also spotted a Maybach on the street.  All in a days work in London town really.

I was supposed to meet up for some pub quiz tonight at Mucky Pup, but ended up getting way behind schedule then lost in North London.  Again, I thought I knew where I was headed but instead went the totally wrong direction.  I wasn’t fussed though as the trees and shrubs are in full spring bloom here and it was 70 degrees out.  I could feel the humidity too, which I’m not used to.

I just got back to my hostel, Palmers Lodge by Swiss Cottage station.  I probably put in a good 4 or 5 miles this evening including a nice stroll through Regents Park.  I might go hang out in Regents Park again tomorrow as I haven’t ever spent much time there.  It’s beautiful!  Maybe some Hampstead Heath too before I go meet up with Kenzo and Bam at the flat they are staying.  We’ll see what I feel like and what time I rise.   Zombie mode is close at hand for me now that I’ve stopped moving and going full speed.  I hope I fully recover for tomorrow.

I will let you all know how the concert is tomorrow.  I’m expecting nothing short of perfection.  Cheers everyone from London!  I’ll drink a brew for you all.  🙂

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I’d head on over to London page if you’re looking for updates for the next 6 days!  🙂 🙂 🙂

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#24 Beautiful Madness

Nothing like motivating yourself to get digging in you garden and admiring those of others than to read a book about gardens.  James Dodson had a pretty grand year long adventure traveling around looking at other people’s gardens, making friends and even collecting a few plants along the way for his own garden in Maine.  Beautiful Madness was a good read and ignited my desire to see some new gardens and see what everyone is growing these days.  I wouldn’t mind mimicing Dodson’s trip.  He traveled all over the east coast, England and South Africa.  It was a pretty good read.  My library queue is almost exhausted and I have no other books checked out, so I’m going to actually choose a book off my own bookshelf.  Don’t know what it’s going to be yet.  I just hope it’s entertaining.

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Maddening!

Oh London, why must you drive me insane with the overwhelming urge to live inside your borders?  It makes no sense.

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#23 The Food of A Younger Land

Food of  Younger Land was a look at the local food traditions of America post depression, pre world war II.  It was a collection of works written by writers employed by the US government through the WPA.  The work was supposed to be published in a book called America Eats, but it never happened thanks to WWII.  So Mr. Kurlansky dug through the archives to read the collection of writings for this project and put the highlights in the book.  It was alright.  Not really engaging since it was just a collection of articles and recipes.  But there were some kind of funny bits like the article about these sandwiches called “tacos” which were popular in LA.  A lot of the food we take for granted as being American from coast to coast was very region specific d 80 years ago.  It’s remarkable.  So yeah.  Educational I guess.  I’m happy to be moving on to another book, I’ll tell you that much.

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Playing in the dirt

The veg garden took a big step yesterday.  Eric, Bri and I called to order a garden party day.  What was required was helping each other out with each other’s vegetable gardens.  Eric needed 3 yards of soil moved into his raised beds, I needed 2 yards of soil moved into my new gardening bed and Bri, well Bri was fortunate to get a 1/2 yard of left over soil from me for her own vegetable beds.  She moved into a new house this past Fall and inherited a kick ass garden from the previous owners.  All she needs is a little help clearing out last year’s detrious and some seeds to sow.

Bri and the dogs enjoying the lush front yard

The day got started very early for me because I needed to get the turf mowed and my work truck dumped before I could get any dirt.  The turf at my house, which hadn’t been mowed since September, looks grand now.  And very green thanks to all the rain we’ve had in the last 5 months.  Any ways, I helped Eric in the morning morning move his dirt.  I think his raised beds are going to work out well for him this year.  I offered to put some seeds in the ground for him yesterday, but he wanted to work some fertilizer into the soil before that took place.  Bri, a bit sluggish from a late night, showed up just as we took the last 2 wheelbarrows to the back.  Well done on her part.

Next we took the party to my house for some burritos and more dirt spreading.  It was such a nice day.  I think all of us were happy just to be out doors in some sun for a change.  It’s been a seldom seen thing this year in Bend and to couple it with some warmer temperatures, well we may as well be in

Helper

heaven.  Oscar and Berkeley (the dogs) had the best time out of all of us.  It was non-stop chasing.  Oscar did manage to help us out a little bit with digging although the holes were a little deep.  It was appreciated none the less.

Seeds to be sown in safety yellow!

We got about a yard and a half in the garden area and called it good.   I ended up planting some seeds.  Peas, 2 types of carrots, onions, spinach and radishes went in the ground.  Currently there is no plastic cover over them so they have no protection from the cold nights.  This week I might attempt to procure a plastic cover for them.  The weather report for the week looks good so I may get away with leaving it as is for a while.  The only seedlings to go in the ground were onions and they don’t look too good today.  I only planted half my seedlings in case the first batch did not survive, so there is back up thriving in the grow room.

We finished up at my house and then went to Bri’s to dump the rest of the soil.  We polished off the night with some steaks and brews from Newport.  Tera and I developed a new ping pong game where everyone wins.  Then we walked over to Hardy’s and got some ice cream.  I got double scoop chocolate and bubble gum.  So delicious for some reason.  We were all in food comas shortly afterwards so we called it a night.  Garden party: success!

So yup, this is the real start of the season.  In a few weeks I’ll put the rest of my seedlings in the ground and we’ll see how my vegetable garden works out this year.  If I invite any of you for a vegetable party this summer, you’ll know it all went well.  Cheers, everyone.

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Plants

Stormy weather

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve reported on my veg garden  At this point I hoped to have plants and seeds in the ground and prospering, but I have yet to get my act together for it.  In my defense the weather has still been winter like here.  Just last week it got down to 15 degrees.  Not safe for my pretty little plants.  So I hope this weekend I can get some dirt and get the garden cracking.

We had a little hiccup with my indoor plants.  They were very spindly and not looking good.  I finally figured out that they didn’t like the roof over their heads.  It was making it maybe a bit too warm for their liking and they wanted some wind to rustle their leaves.  I ended up having to reseed a lot of the lettuce.  The rest of the plants made it through.  Now they are really starting to take off, especially the tomatoes.  I really want to get these guys in the ground soon.  And if anyone wants a couple plants, I’d be willing to share.  I might charge you a couple bucks or a 6 pack though.  Those seeds and love were not free!

Happy Tomatoes

Yesterday I was able to put the plants out for a spell as there was sunshine on and off all afternoon.  I think they really enjoy it much more in the basement.  The plants always seem to be drastically different the next day when I go to turn on their growing light.  Today I was delighted to see some of the lettuce was picking up the red hue it was supposed to have.  There was one leaf out of about 100 which was mostly turned.   How exciting.  The joys of gardening.  The next few days are supposed to be quite nice, so we’ll get my plant friends outside to enjoy the nice air.  I hope this weekend to get them in the ground.  Wish me luck!

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#22 How to be Good

There was a quick swap of books this weekend.  My should-have-been-book-22 wasn’t cutting it for me so I had to jump ahead to the next book.  This was another in the series of Nick Hornby books I’ve been pushing through.  This time was How to be Good.  It was enjoyable enough, but I wasn’t sure about the ending.  Maybe I was reading too much into it?  Now I’m not sure how it was supposed to end.  His books are all just a glimpse into everyday modern middle class life.   Sometimes we get involved in the weirdest situations and how we get out of them and keep chugging on with life.  Yeah.  So now to follow up with my Nick Hornby book, I’m going to watch the movie version of Fever Pitch.

On another note, I’ve been neglecting posting in general on my blog here over the last couple weeks.  It’s just I’ve had so much on my mind.  I don’t know where to start with an entry.  A lot of it I don’t want to talk about in a public setting.  In general, I’ll say I’m feeling very anxious every day about everything.   I don’t like it.  It’s weighing me down.  So that’s that.  I have been writing on paper, so I am getting it out.  I feel good for a little bit but it’s like being in a hole in the sand.  The walls never stay.  The sand just falls back in.  Something’s got to give…………off to my movie date night.  Night folks.

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Plan For 2012 London Olympic Tower Is Unveiled – ArtsBeat Blog – NYTimes.com

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What’s everyone think of this Tower to be built for the Olympics in London?  I think it’s a really nice nod to the Tatlin’s Tower from the Russsian Constructivist Movement. It’s forward thinking, eye catching and big.  Any huge public art like this is always controversial.  Even when I don’t necessarily like a piece of art, I still have to appreciate it for the thought and process which made it.  Someone somewhere obviously liked it.  Maybe even a couple people in order to have gotten it built.  I for one will be going up it and have a look around.

Plan For 2012 London Olympic Tower Is Unveiled – ArtsBeat Blog – NYTimes.com.

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#21 Game Change

Now I get why there was such a long wait at the library for Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.  It’s good and it’s full of gossip from the 2008 Presidential Election!   Tons of goss in fact.  And I’m assuming most of it true.  I would go into details, but I think you should all just read it.  It was very engaging and very long.  If it were another 500 pages though, I’d still be happy to read it.

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