Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Very Own Organic Vegetable Garden

This is a pretty big deal for me. I've never been one with earth, or even a weekend gardener. I have a potted plant in my bathroom that I rescued from my office I used to work at, (they were going to throw it away because it was no longer "perfect") a fern of some sort that is still living 7 years later (with many near death experiences - I sometimes forget to water it until I see it's wilting).

People who have knowledge about such things and are good at it, mystify me. But I eat organic, and know that fresh produce is so much better - taste wise and also for the environment as it doesn't have been transported via plane, trains and/or automobiles. And then there's my fantasy which goes something like this - I need tomatoes for dinner, and instead of having to run to the grocery store, I just step outside and pick a ripe one off the vine. Being self sufficient and eating the fruits of my labor are great ideals. I like it. Where can I get it?

Oh that's right that means I have to go to Home Depot and pick up a bunch of gardening stuff like organic soil, tools, seeds, and gardening shoes. That's right - gardening while wearing green rubber shoes that even your kid says look funny. And then there's picking weeds for 2 hours in the hot sun.

I sure hope my first attempt at gardening actually grows some vegetables. I planted tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, pumpkin, and onions. Simple veggies for a first time gardener.

Astrid helped me pull weeds, even out the soil, and plant seeds. She was so gung ho about doing everything until I actually let her and each time it wasn't as much fun as she originally thought. "I'm tired. It's hard and there's too much!" Yep. I felt the same way. But it will be so much fun to watch everything grow and a great teaching tool for Astrid.

I'll be so proud if I can feed my family with this garden. Now I just have to remember to water it everyday.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mission Accomplished

@convagency (aka U.) & @gapingvoid (aka Hugh MacLeod)

U. is attending the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2009 media conference in Austin, Texas. My one request was that he meet @gapingvoid and get a photo with him.

And here he is doing a drawing for me.

U. told him his wife was a big fan, so he drew me a personalized SXSW drawing, but instead of drawing a guy giving the middle finger, he changed it around a bit for me, as you can see in the pic above. Sweet! He's such a character. Wish I could have been there.

U. said he will guard it with his life to bring it back to me.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

More of gapingvoid

"The internet made the world I aspired to belong to a lot easier to reach, no doubt about it. I think that's why so much of us spend so much time on the the internet. Suddenly the world we want to belong to seems a lot closer. It's hard to turn that newfound excitement off." - gapingvoid (aka Hugh MacLeod)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Bachelor - Jason Mesnick on Jimmy Kimmel (What a schmuck!)

Jimmy Kimmel introduces the Bachelor Jason Mesnick as a "fickle pickle" and goes on to give him a hard time.

He asks him the question on my mind, "Why actually propose marriage? When you could have said - I pick you. Let's hang out."

What floors me is that Molly took him back and started making out with him in a nanosecond. I'm still shaking my head about it. But it did make good reality TV. This will go down in the Reality TV Hall of Fame, and EVERYONE is talking about it.

Jimmy asks the Bachelor, "Do you have the numbers of the other contestants in case you change your mind?" I love Jimmy Kimmel!