Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Reading Update

Previous one is here.

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem. A white kid grows up in a colorful neighborhood. He manages to get by, almost fits in. His neighbor and him tag DOSE and have a ring.

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. Tourettes syndrom orphan and a few others taken in by Minna. Minna is killed and the search takes him into zen and a japanese oasis on the coast.

Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo. A molasses flood in Boston's North End. Very interesting, (very) local history. Gets kinda dull in the middle during the court stuff, but picks up a bit again at the end.

In the last month I've also been reading large chunks of Price Theory and Applications by Landsburg, Macroeconomics: A Modern Approach by Barro, Principles of Corporate Finance by Brealey, Myers, and Allen, and Econometric Models and Economic Forcasts by Pindyck and Rubinfield. This hasn't left a whole lot of time for reading for fun.

Friday, November 16, 2007

list thingy

I saw this first on but did they eat it? and then saw it on a few other blogs. I like lists so here is mine!

1. Favorite non-dairy milk? Soy milk, usually unsweetened (Trader Joe's or 365 brand). I like the red carton of Silk for drinking, but the unsweetened is better for cooking which is what I usually use it for. And I like it fine for drinking too.
2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook? when? I don't have a timeframe, but cupcakes, potato soup, and a casserole of some sort have been on my mind.
3. Topping of choice for popcorn? I don't really like popcorn. I might eat a piece or two if it is plain.
4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? Potato soup made with sweetened soymilk. Yuck!
5. Favorite pickled item? cucumbers
6. How do you organize your recipes? Some are in cookbooks, some are in a recipe box, some are saved on my computer, they are in various notebooks and stacks of papers. So umm, they aren't organized at all!
7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? trash
8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods...what would they be (don't worry about how you'll cook them)? strawberries, potatoes, and spinach
9. Fondest food memory from your childhood? my dad teaching me how to make rice with raisins for breakfast in the microwave when I was in 2nd grade, or making cinnamon rolls with him in the evenings (even though I don't like cinnamon)
10. Favorite vegan ice cream? depends on if I'm having it with cake or without
11. Most loved kitchen appliance? my red mixing bowls and heavy duty whisk
12. Spice/herb you would die without? garlic granules/powder
13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time? The Student's Vegetarian Cookbook and some vegan cookbook whose name I can't remember were given to me for my 18th birthday, right before I moved into dorms with a kitchen, I think they were my first 2 cookbooks.
14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? crabapple jelly, raspberry jam. Must be homemade
15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend? I expect them to eat any weird vegan food I serve.
16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh? Tofu, then seitan, then tempeh.
17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)? dinner, in the evening
18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator? Peanut butter puffins, frosted shredded wheat cereal, and my roommate's box of some sort of hot cereal.
19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. TJ's meatless meatballs, chocolate chips, spinach
20. What's on your grocery list? I tend to not bother with lists, but I always buy cat food.
21. Favorite grocery store? I shop almost exclusively at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. I don't really have a preference and they do carry a little bit different stuff.
22. Name a recipe you'd love to veganize, but haven't yet. A yummy cake made with a box of cake mix, a can of pie filling, and eggs that I ate for breakfast every day during my last year of high school.
23. Food blog you read the most. Or maybe the top 3? I read a lot of them.
24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate? Candy Cane Jo-Jo's right now. Usually Boston Cookies. Not a huge candy/chocolate person, I tend to like baked goods better.
25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately? Candy Cane Jo-Jo's, 2 boxes which is what made it extravagant
26. Make up your own question to put here (and answer it). I used the one that was already there.
Are you a Lover or a Hater?
Garlic - LOVE!
Kale - love
Eggplant - hate
Celery - love
Brussels Sprouts - love
Cilantro (Coriander) - tolerate in small amounts

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Reading Update

Previous ones here and here.

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. Two scientists, a reporter and a sportsman go off to find the lost world that the one dude had already found, but nobody believed him. It's in South America and there are dinosaurs. The reporter is doing it for a girl...does it win her over?

The Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 4th in the series, read from Project Gutenburg. What you would expect from Tarzan's son. Back to the jungle with them and of course, a happy ending.

The Sportswriter by Richard Ford. Divorced man who is a sportswriter and has an interesting view on things. Very, very well written. I almost quit reading it a few times cuz I wasn't interested. The end was much better than expected so that redeemed it a bit. I'd be interested to read other stuff by this guy.

Not a lot of reading. I've been busy doing a lot of other stuff and the book I'm currently reading is taking a while.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I think it is time for me to get a new iPod. I have a 1st generation mini. Which means that it is outdated for those of you who still used a diskman :)

So I'm going to get a black 80GB iPod classic. I'm stuck though. I can get stuff engraved on the back of it. 2 lines. 20ish characters each (it depends on capital letters or if there are numbers or stuff in there).

What should I get engraved on it? I could be boring and just get my first name. Or I could be cool and get something else. Any ideas? If you have my email address and want to make suggestions that way instead of in the comments, feel free.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I got it in my head a monthish ago that I wanted to relearn how to embroider. I did some when I was in elementary school. I remember hand sewing little pillows, doll sized I'd say, and then embroiderying them to give to my grandparents as gifts when I was in 2nd-4th grade. The fabric was checked so I had a line to sew along and it made embroidery easy (I think I only learned one stitch, probably the only one that my mom knew to teach me).

In 5th or maybe 6th grade, my grandma on my mom's side taught me a bit more embroidery. I think I got as far as buying one of those pre-stamped pillow cases, doing an hour or two of work on it and then getting bored with it.

I don't think I've touched it since then. But I had a sudden urge to learn. I bought supplies on my way home from work one day - needles, hoop, red floss and black floss (I won't mention the snap attacher thingy that jumped in my bag or the tatting thread). I went home and did this...

Pi embroidery

and with a can see the stitches better in this is small, maybe an inch and a half square...
Pi embroidery - flashed

I have a ton of tannish colored cotton fabric (it was a skirt I made in high school that has been cut apart and used for sooo many things, it was floor length and super gathered, so it is a ton of fabric). I drew the Pi on freehand and backstitched.

Later I bought the Sublime Stitching book. I'm doing a modified version of the sampler in that now on the same cotton fabric. It is almost done and has been a lot of fun to work on.

I'm really glad that I was introduced to all of this as a kid. It makes it so easy to jump back into it now. I still enjoy the same parts that I did then (I love having a needle and thread in my hand) and I've changed enough to enjoy the parts that I didn't enjoy then (that it takes forever is one). I'll have to find out if anyone still has any of those little pillows...I'm sure that my granny kept hers somewhere, it is entirely possible it is still on the guest room bed where it was everytime we visited when I was young.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Columbus Day

I know, I know. That was like weeks ago. So I'm a bit behind.

Batman and I went on a "vacation" for Columbus day since it is a somewhat recognized holiday here. Side note - we didn't celebrate it anywhere that I lived growing up, they get out of school for it here. He had it off, I took it off.

We packed a bag and walked to downtown Boston for our vacation. We got a sweet deal on a room at Nine Zero.

View from our room
Veiw from Nine Zero 15th floor room Veiw from Nine Zero 15th floor room

We had dinner at Mistral. It was very nice (I wore my heels and a cute, clingy green dress!). We each got a salad, mine was lambs leaf lettuce with pecans and something else (Batman's had cheese too). Then for the main course they brought us a veggie plate. Roasted red peppers, green beans, little roasted tomatoes, yellow beets, mini onions, squash, maybe something else. It was all done perfectly and while a bit uninspired, was very tasty. Dessert for me was a dark chocolate sorbet...OMG yum! Batman had some oozing chocolate cake thing. Service was great and it was fun.

We walked back to the hotel through the Public Gardens and the Common. The rats were all out, it was cute. There were a ton of them in the trash cans and when Batman tapped it with his foot they would run out of it one at a time.

The next morning we had a late breakfast (nothing great), and then went to Newbury Street. We window shopped and each bought some jeans, had lunch at Trident and then made our way back to the hotel to pick up our bags. I haven't had a good chunk of time to spend on Newbury St. in a while, so it was lots of fun. Actually just being able to enjoy our time and not worry about doing anything else was great.

This is in the Public tropical looking!
Boston Common Boston Common

So overall a very successful local vacation!

Thursday, October 4, 2007


What I wish I could be doing right now.



Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Mac and Cheese

New Farm Mac and Cheese, recipe from the PPK.

new farm mac and cheese

I ate a whole pot of this stuff about a month ago and here I am doing it again! It has a great texture. The flavor is great the first day. I add some salt and pepper to it when I'm reheating it after that though. I also like it with the Trader Joes meatless meatballs (or anti-meat spheres as Batman referred to them).

With a chocolate cupcake for dessert, I'll be eating pretty good for a few days!

Recipe changes: I just dumped in a whole pound of pasta, I don't know how many cups that is. I cut the oil in half at the end this time and I like it better that way.

Some crafty stuff is happening. Not much, but is there ever much. I'll see what I can do about getting pictures of it tonite or tomorrow nite.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Reading Update

Another one! I'm going to try to do these oftenish so I don't fall super behind. This is what I've read since my last reading update.

Harry Potter (the new one) by JK Rowling. It was a good read as all the others were a good read. I was happy with it and am glad to know how it all ended.

Fluke by Christopher Moore. Some researchers are researchering why whales sing in Hawaii. One has "bite me" written on its tail. There is a hot research assistant and a white kid from NJ who talks in a combination of slangs/accents. Researchers are sabotaged and the crazy lady tells them to take a sandwich to the whale.

Little Children by Tom Perrotta. One of the worst books I've read in a long time. Stay at home parents with little kids have an affair. There is a convicted child molester in the town that lives with his mother and the retired cop decides that it is his job to make the guy's life miserable. Totally predictable, well written, and completely dull.

The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 2nd in the series. Read through Project Gutenburg. Tarzan is still being annoyed by the russian guy. He meets a friend of Jane's and returns to the jungle where he finds Jane again when they are all, surprise, shipwrecked in the exact same place again!

The Beasts of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 3rd in the series. Read from Project Gutenburg. The Russian dude steals the kid and Jane follows. Tarzan ends up on an island and makes friends with the local animal population. The apes learn to row a boat and he takes his animal army to rescue his wife/kid.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. Very good book. Based on the true story of the sinking of the whale boat the Essex that came from Nantucket. This one is based more off of the cabin boys papers that were found recentlyish, there is another book that the first mate wrote shortly after it happened. Very interesting tale of survival at sea.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


I was playing with my camera while waiting for Batman last week.

vine leaf

vine leaf top of the wall

Holly bush (?)

Holly bush (?)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Finished Sweaters

I knit my mom a sweater for her birthday. Her birthday is on Christmas. She got her sweater at the end of July. A bit late, but's handknit! I did one for 2005, 2006, and am working on 2007.

This was the sweater for 2006 (she got this one on time - I can't find the picture of it on her)
mom sweater post-mods

And this is 2007's sweater (with her face blurred out, the flat picture she took of it was awful)
Filigree Turtleneck

Filigree Turtleneck from fiddlesticks knitting. 100% organic undyed cotton (Ecoknit, it is the same as Pakucho). Machine washable and machine dryable.

She really likes it, even though it is totally impractical for July!

And for good measure, here is the one other sweater that I've finished. I was intending to knit it for myself, but it ended up fitting my 7 (at the time) year old cousin. I knit this one about 2.5 years ago.
1st sweater

And the only baby sweater I've knit. This I did while flying out to see my family for Christmas 2005 (my cousin was due in the spring). It got a single blue star button at the top a few months later before I gave it to her.
5-hour baby sweater

Those are all of the sweaters that I've knit. I do have a few in progress right now, but I don't like the yarn for one (and I'm resizing the pattern), one went funky and I need to think hard about if it is correct, and one I'm swatching for (the swatch picture a while ago). I don't think I have much to show for any of them yet, but you'll eventually see them!

Monday, September 24, 2007


I've been super busy lately and it will last until mid-November. It sucks because I love to cook and I haven't had much time to.

A few weeks ago (maybe a month or more actually) I made causa from a recipe on the PPK. It wasn't too much work, it took about 45 minutes total, and turned out really yummy.

I cubed the tempeh
cubed tempeh

Baked the potatoes (next time I am so boiling them, scooping innerds out of a hot tator is not my idea of a good time and took way longer than peeling/boiling them would have)
baking potatoes

Soaked the onions (will probably skip this next time too...I like the taste of onion, and these just added crunch with no flavor after having been soaked)
soaking the onions

Juiced some limes with my new citrus fruit as in I bought it in January and this is the first time I've used it
juice the lime

And layered it all in my pie dish.
causa finished

It was way better the next day than it was right away. I also liked it chilled rather than room temp. I'll put more olives on it next time too...I was adding them as I ate it since I didn't start with enough. Batman liked it too. He likes tempeh better that I do.

Friday, September 21, 2007

From the Sky (Ceiling, whatever)

I actually went to my little knitting group last Wednesday. I haven't really sat and knit with them in a long time. I stop in and say hi every now and then, but this time I sat and I knit (6 or so rows of a baby dress and a start to a dishrag - no pics yet). I'm not sure that I'll be going back though (j/k)!

We were leaving and since I was going to be heading straight over to Batman's place I wanted to use the loo before I left. I'm doing my business when something hits me on the arm. It fell from the ceiling and bounced to the floor. I look down just in time to see it scurry around to the back of the toilet. Of course, I hurry and finish, wash my hands, and grab my camera. Doesn't everyone have their camera in the loo with them? It was in my purse, so it isn't that weird. I wanted to make sure that this thing was what I thought it must be.

Cockroach at the cafe

I'd never seen one "in the wild" before. I left it there, behind the toilet, and showed L the picture as I walked out. It got a nice little squeel with a bit of a hand flutter in response :)

So yep, I saw my first cockroach. He (she?) was a little one, maybe an inch long. Now I don't mind so much that the cafe doesn't have any vegan food. And while I know most of the restaurants probably have cockroaches, if I don't see them then I can maintain my denial. I do see mice and rats regularly outside though. They are sooo cute! And after hours at the bars the mice scurry around, darting in and out of the walls...adorable! Cockroaches, not so cute.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Fall Knitty

I've been busy lately. I have pictures but they are all on my camera still. I knit a bit and baked a bit and will eventually share some of that with you!

But here is something that I can do without my pictures, I can offer my opinion when nobody really cares. So here is my opinion on the knew knitty.

Muir (shawl) - pretty enough, doesn't look like I'd bother figuring out a vegan yarn though. I do kinda like the wavies in it, I don't so much like the photography

Henry (scarf) - very nice man scarf. I might even think about knitting it in a vegan yarn, except it is knit lengthwise which doesn't sound so good to me

Entwined (scarf thing) - points for creativity

Tussie Mussie (sweater) - I like the sleeves, but I'm not really feeling it for the rest of the sweater. Especially the collar.

PPR (men's sweater) - I REALLY, really like this one!!! Maybe Batman would too? Or ummm some other guy that I know (I don't think I know any that wear sweaters!) And the yarn called for is vegan so no huge subbing necessary (I'm going to look into Valley Yarns Longmeadow for this although it might be too light)

Roam (sweater) - there are way better basic zip-up hoodies out there. J knit one, ask her which it was

Cherie Amour (sweater) - Cute. I could see wearing it to work over another top. Or taking it to throw on when it is almost cold, but not quite. Although in a synthetic it would be quite warm anyway!

Neiman (sweater) - it is described as fitted. I wouldn't call it that. It might look good on some people, but if I liked the circle design at the top (I don't really), I'd just stick it on a different sweater pattern.

Mr Greenjeans (sweater) - There are a ton of patterns that look like this out there. Better ones IMO

Boxed (sweater) - Boxy, big and cropped with a pattern change right across the nip line. The smallest size is 38.5 inch chest. Flattering on anyone...probably not. Let me know if you can prove me wrong on that.

Percy (purse) - I really like this one. It is a nice basic purse pattern in a stong yarn that I could sooo easily change to make a purse of any size! Granted I still haven't finished (or really even started) Via Diagonale so it might be a looong time before I am ready to tackle another purse, but this one is #2 on the list now.

Flower Power (hat) - It's a baby hat. It won't fit for very long anyway so it doesn't really matter what goes on the kid's head.

Foliage (hat) - I'm not a big hat fan and this one isn't going to change that at all.

Peacon Pie (hat) - I like the colors of the one in the picture, otherwise still not interested in hats

Urchin (hat) - this hat, on the other hand, looks amazing on the model. And would look good on a few other people, but really, only a few.

Totally Autumn (throw) - nice enough

Q (sock) - socks interest me even less than hats

Diamond Waffle (socks) - still not interested (these ones are better though)

Cinderella (socks) - it looks like there is a huge ridge running down each side of the sock that would be uncomfortable

Back to Basics (socks) - basic socks with a funny looking toe

Woodins (toy) - this is cute. I like the idea of making toys. I'm not sure about the leaf tail on the little creature, but it is a neat idea overall.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Reading Update

I used to read a lot (really, a lot). Then I barely read at all. Within the last year I've started reading quite a bit again.

My problem is that it is entirely possible for me to read a book without ever looking at the title or seeing who the author is. Someone will hand me a book and say "read this" and I somehow miss the title almost every time. Or I'll notice the title quickly at first and then ignore it.

So I'm going to try to be more aware of what books I'm reading. Learn a bit about titles and authors. Just a bit, that way if I am reading a bunch of books by the same person, I'll realize it!

I'm going to list a lot of books now. These are the ones that I can remember reading through the summer. I'll also put a short description that makes sense to me...even if it doesn't make sense to anyone else that has or will read the book.

And I'll make a reading update post every few books that I read. The sidebar will list the ones that I've read since my last update post.

Monster Island/Nation/Planet by David Wellington. A series of 3 books. People are either dead or zombies, very few that aren't. Old mummy dude gets into people's minds. Mad scientist trying to save wife.

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. Boy and grandfather take the foreigner to find his dead grandfathers lover from the war. Dog goes too. It jumps between a couple of stories...the boy/grandfather and the story of the city they are looking for, with bits of stories about the war/stuff thrown in.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. The guy lives in a very cluttered apartment. He is writing a book. He came to the US from somewhere else. He had a love, did a modeling job, has a single neighbor.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafon. Very good. A boy is taken to pick out a book, a man is trying to destroy the book. There are lots of little stories that tie into one in a very well done way (the blind girl, the bum, the publisher's secretary).

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. His experiences when attempting to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. Very interesting and has me even more interested in hiking than I was.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. A circus story! The almost-vet ends up on a circus train and falls in love. Of course there is an elephant. I really enjoyed this one.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. A vampire story...the dad is telling his daughter his stories after she finds a book.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Somehow I missed reading this in high school. Ummm, it is about war and the guy's life now and the aliens? I should read it again.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. A man and his son are walking south. Something happened and the world is mostly dead. Written without extra words and reads very quickly. Many things are left for you to figure out and think about, but in a good way.

The White Castle: A Novel by Orhan Pamuk. A guy from Italy is taken as a slave to Turkey when their ship is captured. He convinces people he is a doctor and gets special treatment from the Pasha. He is sold to a man very similar in looks to himself and spends the next 20 years with him.

I think there are more that I've read. And I hope I matched up my memories of contents with titles correctly (I googled for authors)!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

change jar

There isn't much going on. I'm busy with the new apartment (I'm finishing moving tonite) and work. I really want to do some cooking and baking...I'll try to find time for that this weekend. I'm soooo sick of beans and rice. I made them again last nite since I barely had time to make/eat anything and they are quick.

I was studying at Starbucks yesterday morning and the whole hour that I was there, a woman was sitting in the corner shaking a jar of change. Not like a cup to get change from people, it sounded like a large mason jar 1/2 full of change. I thought she would stop after a few minutes, but nope. She was doing it when I got there and still going at it an hour later when I left. My iPod was great to have blocked it out enough that I could study.

In case you were wondering, here are the names of the songs to the bits I put up the other day.

i need your arms around me / i need to feel your touch / i need your understanding / i need your love so much
**Never There by Cake
you must die, i alone am best / i hope you flip some guy the bird / he cut you off and you're forced to swerve
**I Hope You Die by The Bloodhound Gang
car after bus, car after truck / after this my lungs will be so fucked up
**Carbon Monoxide by Cake
making my entrance again with my usual flair / sure of my lines / nobody's there
**Send in the Clowns by Frank Sinatra
you don't eat or drink or mow the lawn / you just fuck your uncle all day long
**Uncle Fucka by Terrance and Phillip (South Park)

Friday, August 24, 2007

snippets of songs

Bits of songs that I heard while I was studying this morning. I put the iPod on and then block out most of the stuff that goes from it to my ears. This is what didn't get blocked and slipped through.

i need your arms around me / i need to feel your touch / i need your understanding / i need your love so much
you must die, i alone am best / i hope you flip some guy the bird / he cut you off and you're forced to swerve
car after bus, car after truck / after this my lungs will be so fucked up
making my entrance again with my usual flair / sure of my lines / nobody's there
you don't eat or drink or mow the lawn / you just fuck your uncle all day long

I just found it amusing what bits of songs I heard and thought I would share! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Caffiene headache hurts
Coffee makes it go away
Addiction still there

No attempt to break
The pull of coffee on me
Too hot to drink it

Fill cup up early
Forget about it til lunch
Problem solved, it's cold

the maths (of a financial ecomonics sort):

Put-call parity
Call plus present strike equals
Put plus forward price

Call is S less K
And for Put it's K less S
Max(above and naught)

I hate arbitrage
buy/sell/short the put/call/stock
which is when and why?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I'd rather be hiking

So I'm on a roll with this posting thing!

Really I don't have anything of interest to say today. And no pictures.

Ummm, I just moved so I'm selling all the furniture I don't want on Craig's List. It is surprisingly easy. And it sells very quickly if you price it low enough! Kitchen gadgets and stuff don't sell quite as quickly as furniture. I might keep them and try again the 1st week of September, once all the students move back.

I was talking to a friend yesterday while I uploaded pics onto the flickr. I have a Mac, he has a PC. He said "my PC has VD"...that damn internets p*rn and its viruses. My Mac hates any wireless internets that I actually pay money for, but loves all the free wireless's an internets whore. Oh, J - I still have a wireless router thingy for you.

I got to play Batman's new learning game last nite (it is for his dissertation). A guy he works with made it in Flash based on what Batman wanted it to do. Now I know all about natural selection and he knows all about how it works on someone that is not him. I feel like a guinea pig.

I'm tired of eating beans and rice. I've been eating pretty much the same combo for 3 weeks now. Rice cooked in the rice maker, frozen corn and frozen bell peppers, garlic, beans (usually black, last time I got kidney and chickpeas), stir fry sauce, and hot sauce. It is filling, cheap, super easy, fast, and healthy. Hard to find all of that in a meal. Plus when I make it is enough for 2 dinners for me, 1 dinner for Batman, and 2 lunches for me. Once it cools down for real, I start making soup again. Easy, healthy, and much more room for variety.

I had kellogs organic frosted mini wheats for breakfast. The organic ones are vegan which is totally cool since I used to love frosted mini wheats (actually I liked the non-mini ones, but I'll take what I can get in vegan form).

Random enough for you?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

lots of hiking pictures

More details on my hike, actually lots of pictures and not really that many more details.

Where we camped Friday nite. Our tent and "backyard".
tent and "backyard"
Dinner Friday nite. Cous cous with chickpeas, Batman had a cup of split pea soup, and candles to keep the bugs out of the food.
dinner Fri nite

Saturday Batman and I went to find the Appalachian Trail. We found some parking near it in North Adams and got on our way.
This is the first part of it, yep a short stretch of road in the AT:
Backpacking -the view: the road part of the AT
Then we got to the trail part.
Backpacking - the view: AT sign
Backpacking - the view: sign

Hiking... this was a not-so-steep part. I couldn't get pictures of the steep part since I didn't want to slow down and didn't want to have my camera out to get broken. I had to use my hands a few times and some of those were times I didn't necessarily plan on using my hands.
Backpacking - the view: feet on the AT
Trees that look neat:
Backpacking - the view: trees
A view halfway up:
Backpacking - the view: Summit - Mt Greylock
The beacon-thingy on top of Mt. Greylock. If it does something I don't know what. I was way too tired and it was too windy to bother finding a sign with information.
Backpacking - the view: Mt Greylock beacon thingy
The view from the summit of Mt Greylock.
Backpacking - the view: Scenic View Spot
Stove for cooking dinner. I was soooo hungry that I ate all the dinner before I thought to take a picture of it. We had vegan sloppy joes with pitas. Yum. And tea cuz it was cold. The stove worked great once we got the hang of lighting it. It wasn't hard, but it took a couple of tries until we knew just how much gas to release before lighting it.
MSR Whisper Internationale
This is how I picture the "mountains" out here. Much of it was like this so I wasn't too far off. Batman did tell me that there are a few mountains in the east that have a tree line, so I guess I can leave the ""s of those when I talk about them.
Backpacking - the view: woods
Pretty trees:
Backpacking -the view: crossing trees
Stone steps. There weren't very many of these, actually this set and maybe one more shorter one. It is pretty and I liked it.
Backpacking - the view: stone steps
Playing with my macro for Batman, moss on a rock. Super exciting, I know!
Backpacking - the view: mossy rock up close

And I just found a "smudge" feature on my picture thingy. So here is a picture where you can see Batman's pack, can kinda see mine (I was wearing Batman's shirt and looke like I had been hiking aka gross), and us at the scenic view thingy half way up (I got another hiker to take our pic).
smudged pack
smudged my pack
smudged at scenic view

Monday, August 20, 2007

Quick hiking note

I had a great weekend! We ended up car camping on Friday nite (we left Boston too late to do any hiking). It was fun though, Batman made a fire and we got to cook with our little camping stove. Saturday we got up had an awful breakfast of rice meal, food was all of my choosing so I can only blame myself. Then we headed over to find the Appalachian Trail in North Adams. We had a quick lunch at a sub shop and were hiking by noon. We hiked up to Mt. Greylock and then back down to a shelter to camp at. It was 7-8 miles total, much of it pretty steep going uphill and I had a 20 pound pack (Batman's was 30 pounds). We were at camp by 5:30, and I was starving. We set up the tent, made dinner and cleaned up, and then another group came to camp at the shelter and we hung out with them. It was a group of 6 college students, they were cool. We were in bed by 10, but it took me forever to get to sleep. First I couldn't get my feet warm (even though the rest of me was sweaty), then I couldn't get comfortable, then the animals all started making noise. I got enough sleep though since we didn't get up super early. Sunday we took the easy path back down to town, so maybe 4 miles total, but no steep hills. We were back at the car by noon, so we went to the Mass MoCA. Really cool. Drove home and took a much needed shower! I slept soooo well last nite! I definitely can't wait to do it again.

I'll get pictures and more details up later this week. I've got to get a few things done, mainly laundry and grocery shopping, but I'll squeeze it in!

And if you are interested:
What I carried (about 20-22 pounds with the water full):
Osprey Atmos 50 pack (it appears that I bought a men's pack, but it fits and is a better color than the woman's, plus it is the same weight and carries the same amt.)
North Face Cat's Meow Sleeping Bag
Tent and poles (Batman had the rain cover - it was his 2 person tent)
2 liters of water in Nalgene bottles
MSR WhisperLight Internationale Stove
11 oz fuel bottle (filled with white gas)
hand crank flashlight
2 sporkish things (spoon on one end, fork with serrated edge on the other)
3 soup cups
pitas and peanut butter (I brought the whole jar)
rice meal (yuck!), raisins, slivered almonds
drinks (tea bags and emergen-c)
3 clif bars
clothes - total of what I wore and carried, 3 pairs of socks, 3 underwears, shorts, pants, tank top, short sleeve top, pullover/jacket thing (thin, nylon), and I wore my tennis shoes
toiletries - roll of tp, deodorant, face wash wipes, lotion, baby powder, q-tips, hand sanitizer, off wipes instead of bug spray
misc. - wallet, chapstick, feminine prodcuts (of course, it is that time of month, what great timing), tissues, hanky, baseball cap

I think that is everything that I carried. Batman had the rest of the tent, food, pots, toothbrushes, his own clothes and stuff, and water/water treatment, and first aid. Maybe more, I'm not sure.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

busy weekends

I have a post brewing in my head. Now I just need to figure out how to get it typed out in a way that makes sense. I'm halfway there, give me a few weeks ;)

I went to the Revs v. Galaxy game Sunday nite. It was a lot of fun. Beckham didn't play, but I didn't expect him to. It is even more fun to go now that I'm starting to figure out who the players are. I'm not sure how many more games they play. Hopefully they will get a soccer stadium built closer to the city in the next couple of years so I can go to more games (right now it is an hour drive away and I don't have a car, so I go when Batman drives). I also moved most of my stuff to my new apartment last weekend, so that made it seem busy. I've got a few things left to moved and I need to get a bookshelf or something, but I'm mostly moved and mostly unpacked!

I'm going camping this weekend, so probably no posts until next week. I have to get caught up on a ton of stuff for work (studying mostly) and finish getting supplies and food. I'm not sure exactly where we are going, but I have a new sleeping bag and internal frame pack that I'm ready to use! I'll take my camera and try to remember to take lots of pictures.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I thought I would post a few pretty pictures before the weekend.

I took these in Oswego, NY when I visited there in June. Batman and I were walking to a spot where the water snakes supposedly sun themselves. It was a longish walk, but there was lots to see the whole way there and back. Unfortunately the snakes were not to be seen.

At the stream where the snakes were supposed to be was a dragonfly though!
dragonfly in oswego

These were taken on the walk back from the stream to the house.
flower in oswego

flower in oswego

butterfly in oswego

When we were almost back to the house we saw a bunny!
bunny in owsego

And a picture for C. I saw this in 2 of the women's bathrooms in bars there. The main door locks and then you have a choice of toilets to use. This is the nicer of the two. The other one wasn't arranged in such a way that I could really take a picture of it. I took this one standing against the wall between the door and the sink.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Ballon Finger!

This is my left hand at 7pm last nite
normal left hand

This is my right hand at the same time
swollen right hand


I got home from work yesterday and opened my window. I have to stand on the window sill to be able to open it from the top. As I was jumping down, my ring got caught on something on the window and forked up my finger! Luckily my first reaction was to take my ring off. My finger ballooned out instantly. I ran cold water on it and then put it between a lunch box ice pack and a bag of frozen bell peppers. Once I got over the initial hurtiness, I ran to the store a block away and got a bag of ice.

So instead of getting tons of studying done like I had planned, I sat for hours reading and icing my hand. Oh, and called to whine a bit to Batman and J. My dad told me to splint it, so finally at like 9pm I did (and then I organized my bedroom). Batman came over and told me not to splint it and to use it, so I'm typing with it now and it is working okay.

Today it is slightly less swollen. My middle joint is a nice shade of bruised all the way around and I have a nice red mark the shape of my ring (it is a zig-zag one).

This is the window looking all nice and safe. I took this picture on Sunday, sitting on a stool at my kitchen counter, when they were parading a saint around the neighborhood. They do this every weekend for like 2 months, a different saint each weekend and there are anywhere from 2-4 marching bands with them. Sounds great (not). This time there were only 2 bands, one in front and one behind.

saint out my window