Yesterday, after work I stopped by the Goodwill on the way home and I hit some majorÂ pay dirt. The first is a sweet sweet fanny pack. I’ve been trying to find one for weeks for camp (after all, what’s a camp counselor without a fanny pack?). The second was this awesome fitted sheet. Yes, it has animal cracker animals all OVER IT! This makes me unbelievably happy.
Look how flipped out worried this deer is. This gorilla looks like he’s getting his gangster on. And then I went to an antique shop in Boring and found this avon mug “Casey at the Bat“. How AWESOME IS HE!? I love his ‘stache and how heavy he is. It was a very very good day yesterday.
What was I doing at camp nine years ago? This. Yikes.
Oh man I’m about to start camp tomorrow! Whew, that snuck up on me! You know what that means… right? It means things are going to be a little slow on here and on my side of the things in general for the next ten weeks or so. I won’t have internets or a phone for 98% of the week.
How do you get a hold of me, you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya!
Be my pen pal! You can write with your pretty little hands. I would be so happy if I got something in the mail. It’s going to be a long summer and anything ya’ll want to share would be lovely! Even if we’ve never met! You can send things to:
YMCA Camp Collins
(my name here)/Sweet Pea
3001 SE Oxbow Parkway
Gresham OR 97080
And you can still give me a ringy-ding, I just won’t get it the day you send it. I have some time off here and there during the week, so I’ll return phone calls and texts then. That goes for e-mail too! I have off from noon Saturday to noon Sunday so I’ll definitely be available then if you want to chillax or call me or anything in between.
And yes, you’ve guessed it, my camp name is going to be Sweet Pea for the next ten or so weeks. Nice, huh?
My friend Shawna took me to Bhangra night last month in Portland at the Fez. (Here’s a little video that roughly shows you what bhangra dancing is like… I’m sure you can surf on youtube and see more too) It was so much fun! Anywho, I’ve been listening to a bhangra mix she made me over and over since then. Well, yesterday I found an Indian Thriller video which seemed infinitely appropriate given certain recent developments. Michael commented on the blog yesterday, asking if I was going to talk about MJ, I wasn’t planning on it and I’m still not, but I am going to share this little video. Enjoy…
I have no idea how I found this site… it’s been a while since I did. The idea is that sometimes you have an excess of edibles that you’ve grown, or are accidentally growing (we’ve all seen apple trees loaded with fruit and no one wants to pick it), well here is a site where you can list all of your excess produce . I love this idea so much! Unfortunately, so far there’s very few people on (or at least no one within a 20 mile radius). You should check it out and join (it’s free) so that we can get more people and more produce on! Thanks Veggie Trader for stepping up to the plate and bringing something cool with you.
I’ll definitely list some squash on there if it goes as bonanza as I think it will (I have about 10 plants which will wind up being about 10 plants too many, I think) and maybe some potatoes if they’re as bountiful as they look. We’ll see.
Oh my GOODNESS! I love everything about this video; from the sweet Icelandic folky images, to the drawing style, to the way everything moves. AH! I could marry this video and be completely content for the rest of my life. Celeste Potter has some more of her really nice animation on her myspace page so be sure to check them out (I can’t for the life of me figure out how those pages work. There’s crap all over them and sometimes it’s related, sometimes it’s not. Sigh… I feel silly).
Finally! Some edibles from all that raging greenery along the house! It’s a good day for peas. The snap peas are almost all ready and the shelling peas are getting there too… there are more shelling peas on the vines than there are snap peas… maybe next year I’ll augment the numbers so that I have more of both.
The snap peas in all of their glory. Hey hey my my! Those are some nice lookin’ peas! They taste so good straight out of the pod. Who needs to cook them?! Seriously…
Well, it’s Wednesday again (there’s nothing like doing something on the same day every week to make you realize how quickly that week goes by!) so here’s a little snapshot of the garden.
The carrots are still doing their thing, you know… growing, greening, leafing, etc.
The peas are looking great, but peeking at the little pods makes me feel like I just stepped into a B grade horror film about aliens. When the sun is shining through them you can see all the babies lined up and the little plant veins feeding them… it’s a little like walking in on someone in the delivery room. The strawberries are still trying to send out a massive number of runners and I keep clipping them back. I don’t want ten million strawberry plants competing for the same amount of sunshine next year.
The beans are all doing their thing and so are the squash. I need to push that grate off the squash to give them some more breathing room. The beans show no signs of flowering or beaning yet, so I guess we’ll have that to look forward to later. Those darn potatoes are still going bananza in their box. I can’t believe how tall they are! That’ll be a harvest I can’t wait to photograph.