December 29, 2008 at 11:32 am (domestic life, food)

Mom sent an Ulu  for Christmas.


Dh used it first — and was amazed; he chopped an onion faster than he can with a knife.

Things I chopped with the Ulu last night: onions, peopers, parsley, my finger.

So why did I touch the sharp part of the Ulu ? sigh.

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Compost bin

December 27, 2008 at 7:56 pm (domestic life, fun, garden) (, , )

It has been really cold here.  Now, not  New England cold, but low 30s at night  and high 40s/ low 50s during the day.  And  haven’t been dealing with it very  well — I keep wanting to hide from the cold.  Actually, it feels like I’ve been over-reacting to the cold.  Instantly feeling frozen when I get  cold.  I only  know one cure for that.  Go outside and work in the cold.  I told DH last night that if it was a tiny  bit warmer, we should built the compost bin we’ve been talking about.  Happily, it was warmer today.


Our pallet compost bin was inspired by this. Ours is not quite as pretty — we had to make it bigger than originally planned due to the amount of compost we have. So there is no gate(no room to open it) . I think we will just close off half of the front to keep the compost in the bin.

To start, we had 3 free pallets that a neighbor had given us. We bought 3 regulation sized pallets for 3 bucks a piece from a local store ( he sells them to a shipper) . Plus we picked up some scrap wood from him as well. ( free) . If we had had the fubar and a saw with us we might have had more free wood, but we can’t complain. Especially since it all fit in the Saturn Vue. 4.5 pallets became the current bin– 1, or part of one,will become the front wall. With some of the rest of the haul we made a bin to put the logs and scrap wood for the fire.

There is some leftover wood and pallets. Not sure what we are going to do with that yet. But we did find out something interesting. DH and I both thought that pallets were made of cheap, soft wood. Um, no. Oak and Maple. A little sycamore– which is softer. Pallets are not as easy to dissemble as we had thought.

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Dr. Horrible – the DVD

December 27, 2008 at 5:38 pm (fun, tv) (, )

Yup, that was one of y christmas presents. I actually haven’t sat down and watched the show again.  But I have watched lots of the commentary/special  features.  Scince that is why  I wanted the dvd, I’m  happy.  I hadn’t realized that there were going to be some of the applicants for the Evil League of Evil on the DVD — fun.   Usually I am not a big  fan  of commentaries, but this is Joss.  I  enjoied most of it way  more than I expected.  I have no idea if there are any easter eggs, I haven’t looked.

Dr. Horrible, the DVD- highly recommended

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99 thing meme

December 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm (fun) ()

eme Meme going around the blogosphere.
Things you’ve already done: bold Things you want to do: italicize Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font
Started your own blog. here you are
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6 given more than you can afford to charity
7 go to disny world/land Not sure if I want to
8. Climbed a mountain. How high does it have to be to count?
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo. scary
11. Bungee jumped. eww
12 visted Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child.
16 had  food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20 sleep over night on a train

21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch hiked. in england
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.

27 run a marathon
28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse. was it total? .
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. some anyway – still need poland
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37 have enough moeny to be satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.
41. Sung Karaoke. people have made me, ha.  they  never ask again
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61 sold girl scout cookies I think campfire candy counts
62. Gone whale watching. Absolutely magnificent.
63 got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood.
65. Gone sky diving. ewww
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a cheque.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72 pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square.
74 toured the everglades

75. Been fired from a job
76 seen the changing of the guard in london
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79 seen the grand canyon  in person.
80. Published a book.
81 visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car.
83 walked in jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury. well, actually they never let me stay…. 91.
Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94 had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person.9

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake
97 been invovled in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

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I’m the singer, almost everyone else is the other kitteh

December 24, 2008 at 1:10 pm (cats, fun) ()

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

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YA lit

December 21, 2008 at 9:24 pm (books) (, )

I guess there was an article in New Yorker which dismissed YA books.  And there have been a bunch of articles dismissing all YA books as the ‘problem novel’ of the 70’s .   I remember those.  However — the real definition of YA –is just that the intended audience is  young adults.  People that are in between childhood and adulthood.  So dismissing YA is like dismissing all children’s books or all adult books.  ridiculous.

Jackson Pearce has two books that are going to be published in the near future. If her humor shows in her books they should be a fun read. Here is a link to her blog.

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