Friday, June 22, 2007

Here's a few great things I've come across on the web lately when I should have been: a) cleaning the house, b) working, c) weeding, d) etc.

Beuys Bunny
A bunny crafted out of felt, based on the Joseph Beuys performance How To Explain Pictures To A Dead Hare . A baby gift for the nerdyist of art history majors. He's only $15.00 (US) and you can buy him here.

A hilarious (and interesting) interview with designer Jonathan Adler (from DesignSponge)
"It made me think of all those straight guys who wear Dockers and golf shirts and strap their cellphones to their belts and lead greige lives. They're like dreary extras on the film set of life."

Planet Unicorn HEY!!
This one is especially for Louise, but it's really for anyone that loves animated videos about gay unicorns. The voices just kill me. Click here to view. (from Cute Overload)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Work, work, work... etc. My house is disaster--but soon it will be beautiful, right? right? ugh

And then of course, the yard and weeds march on outside because I'm not there to hack it all down. I took a break from plaster dust and paint fumes on the weekend to do a little weeding in the back.

Of course, I ended up digging a big hole again and doing a little more backyard archeaology (see what happened on my last adventure here). This hole was jam packed with pieces of pottery and glass--every darn shovel full. It almost came to: "Oh, another piece of china. Yawn." Here are some photos of only part of the haul. There was so much that I left a lot of it in the hole and only pulled out some of the pieces with patterns I hadn't seen before.

In this picture you can see part of what looks like a pitcher and a small piece of blue patterned pottery that, so far, I've only found at the front of the house.There were lots of simple white china as well. You'll also see the remains of a large bottle.

In this picture you can see a little piece of milk glass in a basket weave pattern. As well, there are some pieces with a light pink pattern with gold accents. Some of the white pieces also have gold accents. Amazing that those accents are still there after all these years.

The best two finds of the day were a marble (that matches another marble I found in this vicinity last year--white with orange and yellow specks). And... another fully intact bottle! Not sure what was in it but it says "Purity Oxwaco". I couldn't find anything on the internet, so for now, it's a mystery.

Lastly, here is the hole--right by the shovel is a bone. Dont worry, I'm sure it belonged to a turn-of-the-century cow.

Also, I finally got the bucket out of the hole from last year. It turned out to be an enameled cooking pot. It's in pretty rough shape but a pretty cool find indeed (forgot to take a picture of it!)

Now I have to figure out what to do with all of this stuff!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I know, I know. I've taken far too long to update. Funny how when you're bored you want to write in your blog, but when you're busy and have lots more to say, you just can't think of a thing to talk about.

The bedroom is done--for the most part. But I went to Ikea on Saturday to buy a few things... and I came home with the wrong lamps. They were boxed and I guess I grabbed the wrong box. I grabbed the one called: fhaekhdkfjaodhj instead of the one I really wanted called: dkjflahfefieuwyr (with a funny accent over the u). The thing is, I can't bring myself to put the old lamps back in there. It would just be... wrong. So now I have to wait until a) I can convince Pete to take me to Ikea or b) I find some in town. I'll take pics once we're done and post them here.

So enough about the bedroom. I'm going to get really domestic on you for a minute and talk about a cookbook. I'm really not a cook. I like to eat but I don't like to prepare it (usually becuase I'm tired and lack imagination). But I bought the BEST cookbook I have ever used in my life. I've bought lots of cookbooks, and they are ok, but we never RAVE about the food like we have been with every single thing we've made out of this one.

Everyday Food
(From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living)

The recipes are sorted by season, so you're eating food that's in season and fresh (and you can buy locally). The flavours are varied and delicious and the recipes are so simple, healthy and fast (nothing over 45 mins including cooking time).

Our favourites so far include:

Fish Tacos (a healthy version, unlike the ones we got hooked on in San Diego from Rubios!)
Cashew Chicken
Salmon with lemon relish

I hate to admit it, but I actually look forward to making dinner now. But don't tell anyone...

Apparently this book is based on a magazine and a TV show--and it looks like we get it on PBS in our area. The website lists the fish taco recipe (be sure to toast the tortilla--it's KEY to the deliciousness).