Tuesday, April 29, 2008


So, I was "tagged" a while ago, but hadn't gotten around to posting my 6 random things about me:

1. I was born in Germany. I always bragged about that when I was a little kid (as if I had anything to do with it.)

2. I'm a sailor. Not the drunken swearing kind. I'm actually the kind that used to sail, but doesn't anymore and wishes she could.

3. I wish that I liked goat cheese. I took my mom to Chez Panisse for her birthday and had to eliminate half the menu right off the bat. It really bugs me because I like everything, including Brussels sprouts.

4. I just bought a cute little iron plaque to attach to a garden fence. It's the kind of thing that should say "welcome." But it actually says "Go Away." I laughed when I saw it, so bought it, but can't bring myself to put it up.

5. I'm reading "Lord of the Flies" right now and really don't like it.

6. I have been trying to knit the same scarf now for 2 years.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ridiculously bland

This is my favorite phrase of the week. "There are always some clementines in the box that are ridiculously bland," says the cute funky Trader Joe's checker to me this evening.

Monday, April 21, 2008

car environmentalist?

I was thinking today about what I personally am doing to help the environment. (I read an article yesterday in the NYT magazine about planting vegetable gardens to help stop global warming, which I'm going to try to do this week, but making it a little bigger than last year.)

Are we being environmentally conscious if we keep cars for as long as possible? In fact, I've never actually owned a car by myself. I guess I married into my first car in 1990. Peter bought a little blue Mazda 323 in 1989, and we would still have that car if it didn't get smashed like a pancake by a falling tree branch on a windless night in 2005! But..... we still have our 16 year old Toyota 4-Runner. However, maybe the small oil leak that we haven't fixed negates the fact that the car isn't in a land fill somewhere? But it's an SUV, so maybe it should be in a land fill!!

But our record has been destroyed anyway -- the Subaru (perfect and 3 years old!!) we bought to replace the pancaked car was totaled in an accident recently, and we bought a brand new car....

I better get out to plant that garden! :-0