Star 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.