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March 6, 2010

those little furry ***

Sometime this morning, I was woken up by one of my little cats meowing. She had come up on the bed and was making this pathetic little noise like she was upset about something. Normally, I don't believe in rewarding behavior that I don't like, but there is also a rational time to examine what's really going on.

Is the cat upset for a good reason?

So I got up to check the auto-feeder. A couple of weeks ago, I checked the settings only to realize that we'd been under-feeding the cats a little which is why they were going ape-shit at 5am. So better to check than ignore another problem, I figured.

So its 6am, and I stagger around looking for a bathrobe before heading out to the kitchen. My cat is talking to me the whole way and making sure I follow her out. And when I get there, I discover...

One of the other cats eating at the feeder. We have four cats, and one feeder. My cat, who has apparently advanced to the mental level of a 5 year old now, hauled my ass out of bed so that I could "cut in line" for her at the feeder. urggghhhh.

March 14, 2010

them ides (a.k.a Taxes in march)

I discovered something amazing today. The power of the IRS. and thankfully, I didn't learn this in the god-awful "I'm getting audit - WHAT??" kind of way, but in a slightly more mundane homely fashion. Every year, the loml and I set a date to do our taxes. We aren't motivated or organized enough to do them in January (like some people I know) , but we try to get them done a few weeks before the deadline just in case we hit a snag and wind up needing time to get more documents.

So this is it! Today is the day for us! I cleared off the table, set out the documentation, made a pot of tea... and yet, we haven't done our taxes yet. instead, we cleaned the bedroom, organized our spare knick-knacks, and performed a few other sundry tasks that we've been meaning to get done. Amazing isn't it? The power of procrastination!

Next time, I'll make sure to ready up some amazing tasks for when we aren't ready to face the man!

March 18, 2010

lookit

So I was really hoping this steampunk crap was going to die a quick death. Its not that I don't like the idea, I think it kind of neat. I just don't like pop-steampunk, which is what I've seen a bit of lately.

but, i'm about to post something kind steampunky, but its also kind of frank miller, casshern, video-gamish, I don't know what. So if you've got about four and half minutes, watch this video concept trailer for a movie, watch it in HD, and watch it full-screen: Warren Lich

March 20, 2010

super-fly

Its always awesome when you can combine a bunch of your hobbies in some kind of activity, and I was lucky enough to do that today.

The loml is so awesome that he built me a raised garden bed and installed it in our front yard. So this morning, being the nicest day we've had all year, I hauled out of bed to go play with it.

The first thing I did was grab my worm box. I know I haven't written much about it lately, but just as a reminder: vermicomposting is not a very exciting hobby. But today, I got to reap the rewards. I had all this worm tea (the moisture drippings from the worm bin) which I dumped into the garden bed. Then I harvested the bottom layer of compost from my box (I have a 4 tier Gusanito worm composter) and dumped that out into the garden bed. To my interest, there were still a fair amount of worms hanging out in the bottom layer of compost. The whole point of a multi-tier bin is that you movie the food into higher levels of the bin as the lower levels get more fully composted. The worms eventually migrate up, leaving you with pure fertilizer gold.

In my case, I still had some die-hard worms hanging out in the bottom level but no bigee. I just set them free in my garden bed. I like to think of it as the first Great Emancipation of the year Ten. so after dumping all this fertilizer in the garden bed, I tilled the hell out of it to make sure everything got mixed up (but not so much tilling that I killed the worms.

and then, after leveling the whole mess and giving it a bit of water, I finally got to plant stuff. I had all these seedlings that I had started indoors weeks ago so I put those out. I have two varieties of tomatoes (at least four each in case some don't survive), several little lettuces and salad blend things, and a decorative black pepper plant that I dropped and I'm hoping will still make it. Also, I had a bunch of herbs that my mother gifted to me and I planted as well: three types of basil, cilantro, green onion, and sage.

and then, because its still kind of early to be sticking plants out, I converted the whole thing into a pvc-hoop greenhouse. oh yeah! I had two lengths of the skinniest PVC I could buy, which I stuck into each side of the garden bed, forming the frame of my greenhouse. I tied on a couple of dowels to give the frame a little more structure, and then covered the whole mess with 2mm thick plastic painters drop cloth. Then I secured the plastic to the frame with large binder clips and weighted the ends of the plastic down with 2x4's.

HAH! and if I'm lucky, I may get some food out of this! So here is what it looks like, if you are curious. Note that the view is obscured by the plastic slightly, and more so by the condensation that gathered on the inside. But it is warmer in there. So good.

March 23, 2010

isreal

I was driving home from work today, and decided to fiddle with my XM station presets. I had just settled on channel fifty-something-or-the-other "coffee house".. and they started playing this ukulele song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole. And it was awesome! So I looked him up on wikipedia, and realized "this is the fat hawaiian ukulele player that someone was trying to tell me about a couple of weeks ago"! Now before you call me insensitive, you should look at his picture and read the bio on wikipedia. His obesity contributed to his death.

but the song is amazing!

so once I got home, I started messing around with my uke to see what I could do. sadly, the only song that I could make a video of myself playing (that actually sounds like the original) is "My Ding-a-Ling" by Chuck Berry. First of all, I'm ashamed to admit that I know this song well enough to know that my version is an accurate reproduction. Secondly, I'm with the rest of the people who think there is something just not quite right about this little tune. Therefore, you will not be seeing me on the youtubes playing it.

that is all.

March 25, 2010

and today, I learned something...

ok - so I went a little crazy yesterday. well, not more so than normal. So here is what went down. A couple of nights ago, I saw a commercial for a baskin robbins ice cream cake, but not just with ice cream but cake in the bottom as well!

ooooooooh! rapture!

So, like everything else, I googled it. and it turns out that you can do this at home! and it seems pretty simple. You bake a cake, and then just mush some softened ice cream in the same pan (cleaned, chilled, and lined in plastic wrap). After letting it chill in the freezer, you layer the ice cream onto the cake, chill some more... and voila! Ice cream cake - cover with frosting and eat!

But, I decided to go a little further. Instead of cake, I used Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate Brownie mix in little mini-loaf pans. And I bought some fudge magic shell for the topping! and mint-chocolate chip ice cream, cause that's the best flavour ever.

and how was it? INSANE!!! that's what. I can't even taste the minty because the brownies are just sooo insanely chocolately and good (and that magic shell didn't hurt either!) So if I did this again, I'd probably use chocolate or vanilla ice cream with the brownie mix, or use regular cake mix with some funky ice cream. but the magic shell is still kind of fun, cause I get the neatest little minty-green brownie bars with chocolate drizzle.

I'd take a photo but I keep eating the stuff before I remember to take a picture.


--- reality check update ---

The loml just pointed out that what I made is basically brownies a la mode. oh.. shit... he's right. I could've just baked brownies and served them with ice cream, and I wouldn't have to mess around with the ice cream so much. "but", I asked all-confused-like "why is ice cream cake so awesome then?" (a.k.a. Why did I get so excited? Why do people like ice cream cake?)

the loml doesn't know. maybe its just me who gets riled up over the thought of individual serving size ice-cream brownie cake topped with magic shell? (I even put a half strawberry garnish on the damn thing last night - stuck on with magic shell no less!!)

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