Two months ago, I said that I would make up for my blogging drought “over the next few weeks.” Well, I packed up my stuff, drove back across the country, yada yada yada. My computer ended up staying in its box until finally seeing the light of internet two days ago when I moved in to my apartment here in New York City. So without further ado, let’s continue (and also finish) the “Goodbye West” series with my trip to Utah.
Updates from sambrenner Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts
Sam, lauraishere, and Linzi are discussing. Toggle Comments
As my time in Colorado draws to a close, I’ve realized that I need to take advantage of my position in the country. Over the next few weeks, I’ll make up for my prolonged blogging drought by sharing some of the trips I’ve taken, starting with my drive down to Albuquerque for the recent annular eclipse.
During annular eclipses, the moon falls within the diameter of the sun but isn’t quite big enough to cover it entirely (as seen with total solar eclipses). This creates the badassly-named RING OF FIRE, which just so happened to be viewable in all its glory from Albuquerque, about seven hours south of Denver. And if you’re going to go down to New Mexico, why not see what else the state has to offer? With that in mind, I recruited my friend Sara and we embarked on a weekend journey of the Land of Enchantment.
Sam, Linzi, and Chris T are discussing. Toggle Comments
Hello! For my craft I received these lovely tablecloths/serviettes from Sabrina –
Emblazoned with two fine fruits – the tomato and the eggplant. Included were two recipes – one for stuffed eggplant and the other for eggplant pie – which I haven’t gotten around to making yet, but when I do, I imagine it will look something like this:
For reasons unknown, I found myself in Mexico. I landed in Cozumel, where maximum humidity inflated my skin to twice its normal size. Despite this, I was still able to operate a camera.
Shortly after landing, I arrived at my first hotel. Mexican Towel Swans, once believed to be extinct, have recently experienced a resurgence. I spotted one in its natural habitat of a hotel room.
Here is the view outside my hotel room. As you might imagine, I got lost constantly. You would turn a corner and see this. Then turn a corner, and see this again.
If you turned the correct sequence of corners, however, you would see this:
lauraishere and Linzi are discussing. Toggle Comments
What does it hold?
Things I forgot! (A great talent of mine.) I forgot to bring my camera, so here are some photos.
I left my laptop in LA. Here’s a tiny laptop!
When there was an AM-PM confusion and I arrived 12 hours sooner than Linzi expected, I met up with her in the city to get the keys to go to her place. I forgot the keys! Here they are. Now I can sneak in at any time.
I forgot to apply sun tan lotion, and got a little burn on my leg. Linzi forgot to apply the lotion far more than I, however. So really you should have kept this.
I also forgot this maple bacon lollipop. I have yet to try it, but will report back in due time.
Thanks Linzi for the awesome craft!
Ayaka, Linzi, Sue, and 1 other are discussing. Toggle Comments
Here in Boulder, the hottest trial in the nation is currently underway: The Peeps Trial. Let Stephen Colbert bring you up to speed, here.
By the way, that’s right around the corner from our office! Anyway, our local rag, the Daily Camera, has been liveblogging the trial and it is nothing short of hilarious. Check these choice quotes:2:50 p.m.Attorney John Pineau asks for a box of yellow Peeps to be placed into evidence. Aimco’s attorney inspects them — “I have no objection to the Peeps” — before Judge Archuleta agrees to place the candy on a desk in the middle of the courtroom, so that everyone can see them.That was day one. And from today:10:40 a.m.Virginia Unseld has been called to the witness stand. Unseld is a Gilpin County resident and a former art teacher with a master’s degree in art education from the Rhode Island School of Design.Attorney John Pineau said she will testify about the use of Peeps as a “legitimate medium” for art.Aimco attorney Jon Sands objected to the testimony, calling it not relevant to the matter.“It has absolutely nothing to do with the issues,” Sands said.County Court Judge David Archuleta agrees, and prohibits Unseld’s testimony.
Laura and I made bagels. We used this recipe with the following changes:
- Half the salt
- 4tbsp of dry malt extract instead of liquid malt extract (dry malt is cheaper at the homebrew store. I got my conversion from liquid to dry backwards, it should technically be 1.6tbsp of dry, so ours tasted a little malty-sweet. Which I think turned out pretty tasty, so I’d say stick with my mistake!)
- No egg glaze
- dissolve a small handful of brown sugar (or more dry malt extract) in the boiling water
Go make them. So good.
sam and Linzi are discussing. Toggle Comments
I’m going to let you in on a secret. It’s called the Weekly Ziti. What you do is make a baked ziti every week, and eat it. It’s cheap, delicious, and easy to make and easy to embellish. Take these numbers:
- 1 lb ziti: $1
- Bag of shredded Italian cheese: $5
- Jar of vodka sauce: $2.50
And you can get 6 meals out of that. That’s $1.41 per meal. (That’s only half a buck more than a pack of ramen noodles, and way better for you). And with the money you save making it, you can add extra things like sausage (Boulder Sausage Bratwurst, natch), veggies or fancier cheeses (mootzarell).
- Boil ziti
- Pour ziti into oven safe dish
- Pour in vodka sauce and 3/4s of the cheese, also a little salt and pepper (also anything extra you want to throw in)
- Spread the rest of the cheese on top
- Into 350 degree oven for 40 minutes
It hath arriven, compliments of Graeme.
At first I was scared to open it. I thought it was glued shut. But I wiggled it open and kabloomers!
A stash box! And it also doubles as a horse-trot simulator:
Sweet! Thanks dude.
Graeme and Linzi are discussing. Toggle Comments
I feel like this is the means by which you would rather me wish you a happy birthday. So happy birthday!