Monthly Archives: March 2009

I'm Invincible!

I found this site that has 50 ways to fix/get rid of things like smells. Just throwing that example out there. Anywho, here are some in case you’re too lazy or not curious enough to visit the site yourself. Silly dogs.

Time to go use some home remedies!

11. Burned a pot of rice? Just place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor. Be careful not to scrape the burned pieces off of the bottom of the pan when serving the rice.

13. If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about four inches of water. Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.

16. Don’t store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

37. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up. For some reason, this restores a fresh taste and texture to the bread.

49. A cotton ball soaked in white vinegar and applied to a fresh bruise will reduce the darkness of the bruise and help it disappear sooner.

Happy Birthdays!

dscn0569Surprise Surprise, I knit Jessie a scarf for her birthday! Yes, it IS almost spring, but I hear scarves are in style with young people these days. The yarn I used wound up turning my hands and my knitting needles blue… hopefully I soaked out all the extra dye so it doesn’t turn anything else blue.. heehee, as funny as it would be to have a blue neck. Happy birthday Jessie!

p.s. the pattern is the Morning Surf Scarf

The Mountain

Mom, Dad and I went up to Skibowl on Thursday morning. It was absolutely gorgeous. There was no one there, everything was nice and groomed and it was so sunny! I hadn’t been skiing in a couple of years so it was nice to start again on a good day. I only fell down twice which I think is pretty good for not having done it in so long.

p1020911p1020898p1020906Oh so perfect. I like skibowl.Plus, in the summer they open up the Alpine slide at Skibowl which is a concrete thing that you rocket down on a little sled.

Sure, I have 10 minutes…

I discovered this game a few days ago when Star was here and it’s been on in the background since then. I’ve got ten minutes, sure I’ll eliminate a few of those cute buggers… and maybe explode some dynamite or use one of those mushrooms. I haven’t played it with the sound on so it’s up to you to discover if there’s sound and if it makes it any better.

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The magical Strizzle paid me a visit. It’s like a visit from the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny or Santa, but better. We baked, got Chinese food, went to Goodwill and then gave Monty another bath (he was easily as pleased this time as he was the first time). It was a good 24 hours.



There are lions in the etsy shop! Woot! Go check ’em out… or be square, suckas.


I wound up taking a trip out to South Bend, Indiana this weekend to visit Ian at Notre Dame. We had some free tickets and he’d invited me out when he was home over Christmas break so I though, why not? Now you’re all caught up and hunky-dorrie, right? Good. So I flew in to Chicago Midway and took two trains (three hours or so) out to South Bend from Chicago. All by myself! I’m pretty darn pleased if I do say so. Anyway I got into South Bend at 7:30 on Wednesday and flew out at 3 on Sunday (after taking two trains BACK to Chicago). We had some fun times, mostly involving alcohol… for better or worse. I did get to see Chip Kidd give a little talk which was an AMAZING coincidence! I got into the car on the way to his place from the train station and Ian says something like “Oh, so my roommate is going to see this guy talk tomorrow night… I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of him. Chip Kidd? Anyway, you might like it.” At which point I flipped out and said YES YES YES! I want to go! For those of you not in the know Chip Kidd has designed just about every awesomely wonderfully beautiful book cover you’ve ever seen… it’s like asking a British person if perhaps they’d like to go see the Queen give a little talk, I mean, only if they’d heard of her or something. Amazing. That made the whole trip worth it. Period. It’s still a good thing that everything was still fun too because it would have been a long four days.

Anyway, on Thursday Ian had class so I walked around the campus for seven hours or so. It was pretty brisk outside and windy, but the sun was out so if balanced out. More or less. I took a bunch of pictures while I walked around and I just realized that, as I’m uploading them that about 90% are of tree bark, 7% are of squirrels/swans, 2% are statues/buildings and 1% are miscellaneous plant bits. Sigh… there IS something about tree bark textures that hits a happy note in my brain and I have a feeling they’re going to play a role in some project down the line but those were seriously ALL the pictures I took! No pictures of people, us doing things, the apartment. NOTHING. I guess it’s just another window into whatever the hell goes on my head most days. Tree bark. Super exciting Hannah. Sheesh.dscn0359

Statues of the religious types I saw hovering around campus standing in front of Touchdown Jesus on the library. Jesus found his way onto most buildings around ND. Surprise surprise.dscn0365

Disco Devil Moses nearish the library. And yes, he is standing on a bull’s head.dscn0366

The Golden Dome thingy.dscn0368

And again, goldenish and domish.dscn0371

Hot bark action… and this is just the beginning.dscn0386

One of my squirrely friends just before he stuffed a fist sized wad of trash into his mouth and ran away. The size of my fist, not his.dscn0399dscn0403

EXTREME bark action…dscn0404dscn0416

And a pair of swans I found cruising on the campus lake. A.) Yes the campus has it’s own damn lake and B.) these swans were having none of this “jogging” around the lake. I saw one go for a girl’s ankles just before it made a pretty impressive go for the other swan and some type of tiny duck.dscn0417dscn0421

Ok, this is the last bark picture. I really do think these have some potential. Quilt? No… something though. We just don’t have those kinds of trees out here in abundance.dscn0468

This is a shot of Chicago from the South Sound commuter train station at Museum Campus/11th if you’d like to geek out over it or something.dscn0470

And this is a REALLY neat piece at the Midway airport. It is a cluster of red paper aircraft in the shape of a bird. Each little aircraft has a lead weight hanging below it also in the shape of a bird. It looks like a completely random cluster until you start to descend on the escalator and it morphs into this amazing, giant bird.

That’s the end of my story.