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  • sambrenner 4:01 pm on August 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Goodbye West, Part 2: Utah 

    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.

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    • Linzi 9:33 am on August 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great post Sam! Your tripod-less Milky Way photo is amazing – I’m so jealous. I was briefly in Utah while driving across country, but never saw the famous desert portion you were in. It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to read about your journey across country – keep the posts coming!

    • lauraishere 4:09 pm on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sweet! What is the rock formation? I guessed Darth Vader. Probably wrong.

  • sambrenner 5:58 pm on June 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Goodbye West, Part 1: New Mexico 

    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.

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    • Chris T 6:39 pm on June 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      That is so cool! I was just in a New Mexico a few months ago visiting my mom.

    • Linzi 8:03 am on June 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The prisoners are creepy. The Rio Grande looks beautiful. I love the cliff dwellings – did you peak inside?

    • Sam 3:28 pm on June 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I did. The ones I saw were about 10 feet in diameter, shady, with a entry hole and sometimes a small window. Not a bad place to be on some of the hotter days, I’d imagine.

  • sambrenner 11:11 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Au Yeah Aubergine! 

    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:

    Thanks Sabrina!

  • sambrenner 5:02 pm on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    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:

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    • Linzi 11:57 pm on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just the thought a bat feces pool makes me want to hurl… I can’t believe you swam in one. Gross.
      The rest of your trip looks pretty awesome (minus creepy shopping boy)! Congratulations on your +60 badassness.

    • lauraishere 11:03 am on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe you looked under the tissue box cover.

      The speedboat picture is amazing.

  • sambrenner 11:00 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    My Craft – the SFBox 

    A box!

    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!

    • Shalini 9:09 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      All of you guys are so cute! I can’t stand it!

    • Sue 10:35 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bacon lollipops…it sounds like something from Harry Potter

    • Linzi 3:13 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy that you liked it! It’s true, I probably should have kept the sunscreen. ;)

      • Ayaka 4:28 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Omg! this is sooo zawesome!!

  • sambrenner 5:10 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    I Object to the Peeps 

    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.
    You can’t make this shit up. Here are the links to the liveblogs: Day 1 | Day 2
    • Linzi 7:05 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe this is real… and that the lawyer representing the woman “doesn’t really like peeps” – lol.

  • sambrenner 11:41 pm on June 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    A Taste of Home 

    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.

    • Linzi 12:16 am on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That looks pretty delicious… Christopher and I will have to try making them now – except maybe light and fluffier, lol.

      • sam 12:29 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        unacceptable! dense and chewy, otherwise it’s just bread with a hole.

  • sambrenner 10:52 am on April 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Weekly Ziti 

    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. 1 lb ziti: $1
    2. Bag of shredded Italian cheese: $5
    3. 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).


    1. Boil ziti
    2. Pour ziti into oven safe dish
    3. Pour in vodka sauce and 3/4s of the cheese, also a little salt and pepper (also anything extra you want to throw in)
    4. Mix
    5. Spread the rest of the cheese on top
    6. Into 350 degree oven for 40 minutes


  • sambrenner 10:34 am on April 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    My Craft 

    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.

    • Linzi 7:29 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What is it made out of? Wood? Coconut?
      I really wanted that video to zoom out and for you to be wearing a knight outfit…

      • Graeme 10:23 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry. I’m back from new Zealand. It is made out of an old croquet ball. I meant to send it out the day I left but so much was going on I totally forgot.

  • sambrenner 9:50 pm on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Birthday Linzi 

    I feel like this is the means by which you would rather me wish you a happy birthday. So happy birthday!


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