Dusting off my blog for a bit…

July 14th, 2010

Can’t help it.  I’m posting about the Butterfly Challenge over at the MuddyFeet blog.  Great cause, and how cute is that play set?  Join me in entering the challenge…

And guess what?  I just got our yard NWF-certified!  We already met all the criteria.  I ordered a sign, too.  Hopefully this will start some conversations with the neighbors, or get them thinking.  I feel like our yard is an oasis in this chemically-treated neighborhood — all the worms in the area seem to be congregating in our yard to escape chemical deaths.  It’s like a little worm Los Angeles around here.

Recent wildlife spottings

October 14th, 2008

In our fish tank: A half-inch long caprellid amphipod.

Out the window, in the beautiful autumnal-blazed dogwood tree: A pair of red-shafted Northern Flickers.

Frugal Gift Guide for My Birthday

September 6th, 2008

Here are some cheap (er, frugal, rather) ways to celebrate my birthday, if you feel obligated to buy me a gift, which you are by no means actually obligated to do:

– Buy me a digital scrapbook kit. I like stuff like Enchanted Forest or Enchanted Garden by Beth Rimmer. But I’m open to new surprises!

– Help me pick paint for Jennalise’s room, and then help me paint it (or play with Jennalise while I paint). I’ll buy the paint.

– Buy me a giant savory peach at a farmer’s market.

– I hear that Ikea has salad spinners that work well and are cheap.  We really need one of those. 

Of course, I love to shop for used books any time too.  I tried to make a wishlist at half.com but apparently only I can see it.


September 5th, 2008

more animals

Favorite places to shop in Tacoma

August 17th, 2008

I’m not much of a shopper, really — never been big on malls, although I was once known to take one or two trips to the “Great Mall of America” when J was in early infancy, to do the stroller mall walk thing.

But there are a few places I’ve encountered in Tacoma where I would love to hang out for a while and browse. For some random reason (maybe because I’m putting off some work until the very last minute) I thought I’d list them here, now:

1. Wright Park Conservatory gift shop. I just keep thinking of this place. I got my mom to buy me a birthday present several months early here. Can’t wait to get it.

2. Childtrek Toys in Freighthouse Square. I bet there are other cool toy stores in Tacoma, but I haven’t gotten a chance to see them yet, and this one is brand new. The owner is really nice, and loves to talk toys.

3. The Garden Shop at Lakewold Gardens. Technically this is in Lakewood, not in Tacoma.  A fantastic place to buy gifties.

3. That big used book store near Freighthouse Square. According to Tacomamama, this place is actually called the Tacoma Book Center. But that name just isn’t that memorable. The place is, though. And I’m sure if I’d ever gotten more than two aisles into it, past the kids’ books, I’d be in heaven.

4. Half Price Books at Rainier Place. OK, maybe I shouldn’t have numbered these. How could Half Price Books fall to #4? I haven’t been to this location nearly as much as I’d have liked to. I have very very fond memories of all the visits we made to the Bellevue location (in Crossroads) when I was staying with my sis during business trips, before momhood.

5. King’s Books. I’ve only been here but once, with my mom, for a talk on eating locally. But I’ve seen them pop up at several other local events, like the Pierce County Reads program author talk. I’m on their mailing list, and hope to make it back for another talk soon.

A snappi tune

July 31st, 2008

So for at least four days now I’ve had the Schnappi theme song running through my head at least part of the day, after discovering it on YouTube. When will this end?

Ride on, peace horse!

July 26th, 2008

The customary 4th of July boat parade on the lake behind our house included this unusual equine sporting a green peace symbol, which garnered the most cheers and applause from our lanai:


(Note also the rare absence of flag/swag — another unusual aspect of this boat compared to the standard 4th of July boat parade fare.  A closer look does reveal that one person is wearing a red shirt, one a white, and one blue.  And then there’s a black dog as well!)

$880 and 70 years…

July 16th, 2008

I just tried the Nature Conservancy’s online calculator for estimating your carbon footprint and determined that, while our footprint for this household of 4 is supposedly much smaller than the US average (44 tons versus 110; the world average is 22), to offset that with the Nature Conservancy’s offset program (mainly planting trees, I believe) would cost $880 and take up to 70 years. And that’s just for one year’s worth of carbon.


January 6th, 2008

I discovered recently that a few teaspoons of Laura Yong’s lilikoi butter added to the pot while cooking up a batch of oatmeal yield a *fantastic* result. Mmm.

What I Did Last New Year’s

December 12th, 2007

 A big thanks to Grandma Rosemarie and Grandpa Joe for watching Jennalise while we went out.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like there will be a command performance this year.  And just when we were going to actually bring Jennalise.