Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
yesterday i baked a cake for the first time in about a decade. cam and i had an office space themed dinner and watched the movie. i had two themed cake ideas that i combined into one:
i looked into that classic "PC LOAD LETTER" error message, and it turns out the old printers that gave that message were made by the same company cam and i met working for. i tried to make the cake look sort of like a printer, but that was tricky.
here's the recipe for vegan vanilla cake. i substituted vanilla soy milk instead of water, vegan margarine instead of shortening, added about a tablespoon of ener-g egg replacer and doubled the recipe. i'm not a big fan of cake usually, but this was the shit. better than any non-vegan vanilla cake i can remember ever eating.
cam made a "TPS bowl" for dinner--tomatoes, pasta and spinach. plus some kale.
i made initech badges. laminated even! i thrifted this hand-crank laminator for $5, intending to use it to make waterproof plant tags for my garden, and after that i thought i'd stow it away and hardly ever use it. but you would not believe how often it comes in handy. i also laminated the paper coming out of the printer cake, so it wouldn't get all yucky.
i decorated with a bunch of TPS report cover sheets, a mini "jump to conclusions" mat, a picture of a red swingline stapler and an initech sign.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
is he the cutest little guy or what? he's a 1.5 year old yorkie/poodle mix (normally referred to as a "yorkie-poo," but i think i'll call him a "porkie."). i'm still working on his new name. he comes home tomorrow!
i found him at a small, under-funded, no-kill shelter in emmett, called pet adoption league (give them your money and facebook likes!). i went there for a different dog but fell in love with the porkie when he reached out with his tiny paws and then licked my fingers through the cage. when i go back tomorrow i'm bringing a whole bag full of dozens of toys, bones, collars, treats and other supplies for all the sweet doggies and kitties. i wish i could take them all home.
i've been thinking about getting a second dog for a while, and then last weekend i was pugglesitting for my parents, and it was so fun having a cuddly small dog around. andy is the best dog ever, but he's never been much of a cuddler, except when he's scared.
i bet porkie and puggle will get along really well--they're about the same size, although the porkie weighs less, probably under 10lbs. they will be so cute playing. what's with all the designer dogs at shelters lately? i've always been a fan of mutts, but so many of the mixed breeds are intentional mixes now, it's weird.
now andy will have a little buddy to keep him company while i'm at work! i hope everyone adjusts quickly. it's a very big deal. i'm going to work from home until everybody's acclimated.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
my chickens are still pretty good flyers...i think that changes once they get a bit older and fatter, right? at least they haven't tried to fly anywhere outside the yard. someone's stray chicken flew into my back yard a few days ago--a little cream-brown one about half the size of my ladies. before i could try to catch her andy chased her and she flew right back over the fence with ease. i'm surprised there aren't more strays and flyaways. practically everyone in this neighborhood has chickens.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
2012 growing list, adding in all the volunteers and subtracting some failures (major earwig problems over here--i lost tons of seedlings.)
naranjilla" ("little orange" in spanish; a.k.a. "lulo"). it's my first year growing this. the seeds take over a month to germinate, the plant likes heat but not direct sunlight, doesn't like wind, takes an extremely long season, and the thorns are absolutely EVIL. why even grow it?