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I found myself in the magical land of Olympia this weekend for Peter’s birthday. We went to the Great Wolf Lodge, played on FANTASTIC water slides (the best was called the Howlin’ Tornado… Star and I screamed the entire way down) and spent the night. The next day I dropped Star off for an interview and then hit up Goodwill. My quest for an ice cream machine came to an end when I found a fully functional Rival Yogurt and Ice Cream maker for $8.00, two 12 cup mini muffin tins for $.99 each and some little lantern Christmas lights for $5.00. That’s some great loot. After her interview, Star and I went to Bark and Garden where I found some more air plants. Then we went to the Olympia Farmers Market where I got some new asparagus, a lemon verbena plant and an apple mint plant.

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There is tons of cool things happening in this photo. 1.) yes, that is the crystal garden Star gave me for my birthday, there in the lower right 2.) the air plant closest to us looks like one of the aliens from the Simpson 3.) the further air plant has red tips 4.) yes, those are ghost salt and pepper shakers hugging. End result: 100% amazing.

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Star with the pretty daffodils she bought at the Oly. Farmers Market. So pretty!

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

Crystal Expectations

p1020636Star and Ben gave me a Crystal Rock Garden for my birthday. Essentially it’s a bit of limestone that you pour vinegar over and then wait a few weeks for cool crystals to form. AND if you toss some food dye into the mix you get pretty colored crystals. So I enthusiastically ripped open the package, found the vinegar and blue food coloring and started my garden. Now, about a week later this is what I’ve got growing on my bathroom counter. It really looks like I spilled some funky toothpaste on a rock and then sprinkled bits of blue salt all over my counter (I guess the vinegar has some sort of reactivity with the limestone which means the liquid is spritzing onto the counter in a nice two inch ring… at least it’s blue! And at least I’m doing this on the bathroom counter). The crystals are growing pretty fast, I mean… I can see a difference between when I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning. I’m already envisioning waking up one morning not in my bed, but perched on a giant crystal shard because it has suddenly accelerated it’s growing process and has, in fact, torn the house apart in the night because it’s so huge. Somewhere along this lines of Jack and the Beanstalk (the Mickey Mouse version, of course) and Alice in Wonderland. It’s going to be pretty sweet when my house turns into a giant crystal. Way better than your house.

oh WOW!

Surprise packages are always wonderful. I came back from the store with Dad to find a package sitting on our doorstep. Now, this wasn’t just a plain old brown cardboard box…. no, this one had ladies on it. I can’t describe how perfectly Star/Hannah this is. I know, it’s a little odd, but really, I can’t illuminate it for you. Sorry. This is just perfect. So I jerked a pair of scissors from the mug on the counter and sliced right on through all that pesky packing tape. Inside I found handfuls of peanut butter cups, a package of peanut butter cups, some chocolate covered peanut cookies (I love the sentiment guys, but I think you might be trying to kill me. Dad’s been poison testing for me, just in case.), some homemade sugar cookies, a slinky, some bath oil, a crystal rock garden kit and three AWESOME birthday cards!

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The package!card_63

The card from Star…

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has a lady inside! And yes, we DO need to bake!

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Ben’s card, detailing how to fend off a mad bull. The cut-out around the drawing is great.card_55

And this card is from Peter and Katherine…card_57

complete with some wicked commentary on the pictures.

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All of the cards have found a home on my bulletin board, next to the other “how to remove leeches” card from Star awhile ago. Thank you guys so much, I have a huge smile plastered on my face…. sigh… it was a good day today.

Birthday Loot!

Dad and I went bike shopping yesterday and I am now a proud owner of a Trek Allant! Soo pretty and so nice!

allantIt should be ready for pick up in a handful of days! I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be tooling around all over Sandy from now on (weather permitting… I’m not insane enough to ride out in the rain if I can avoid it). Oh I’m so excited! Now I can make myself some panniers to go with it.