OKC marathon

April 30, 2006

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I ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon this morning. I was up at 2 a.m. (I did the early start at 4:30 a.m. instead of waiting for the 6:30 a.m. regular start) and am obviously very tired after getting up before dawn and running 26.2 miles, so I’ll keep this short and post more later, after I’ve had a chance to sleep … but I had a wonderful run and am giving serious thought to running Andy Payne in late May. (Ron is giving serious thought to having my head examined, but whatever.)

Here’s the hardware they gave the finishers. I think it looks very classy:

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Rain

April 28, 2006

It’s been pouring here. My garden loves it — I went out this evening after work and looked at the plants, and they are absolutely thriving. The Jacob’s cattle beans have tripled in size in the last two days, and I’ve got tons more seedlings coming up.

I hope my sunflowers come up pretty soon. Sunflowers are my favorite. I want them to do well.

A female cardinal came and perched on top of the pergola today. She was really cute. I was on the phone with a friend when I saw the bird, so I didn’t get a picture. I’m sure I’ll see her again, though. We have a pair of cardinals that spend a lot of time in the yard.

Emily


Froot Loops

April 27, 2006

Froot Loops

I haven’t eaten breakfast on a regular basis since the Reagan administration, but Kellogg’s is doing a Cars tie-in, so of course I had to go out last night and buy a box of cereal so I could get my proof of purchase to send in (along with $2.99 shipping and handling) to get my personalized Fillmore the VW Microbus license plate.

I have always been partial to Lucky Charms. I don’t like them with milk (the marshmallows get all soggy and slimy and disgusting), but I like them dry. Dry Lucky Charms marshmallows are vaguely reminiscent of that freeze-dried ice cream we used to eat in science class when we were studying astronauts.

Unfortunately, Lucky Charms are a General Mills product … so I figured I would have to settle for Frosted Flakes or perhaps plain old Froot Loops instead.

You can imagine my utter delight when I discovered that Kellogg’s is now manufacturing Froot Loops with tiny Lucky Charms-style marshmallows in it. And these aren’t just any marshmallows — these are miniature depictions of Toucan Sam, along with various types of fruit, all rendered in pastel-colored freeze-dried marshmallow gunk.

They’ve also added some new colors. Back in my day, we only had three flavors of Froot Loops, not six. Adding cool tones to the mix seems like gilding the lily, but maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, I have now divided most of the box into Ziploc bags and am planning to take it to work to eat as a convenient snack during the day.

And remember: I’m running a marathon Sunday, so sugar-coated cereal can be considered diet food this week — I’m carbo-loading. ;)

If they’ll just hurry up and start selling those boxes of cereal that have the little sheriff’s car toys in them, I’ll be a happy camper.

Emily,
who has a sudden and inexplicable craving for Flintstones vitamins … but not the yucky orange ones


What’s new in the garden

April 26, 2006

Mystery flower

I don’t know what this flower is, but it’s growing behind the back fence, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’ll have to do a little research later this evening and see if I can identify it.

Honeysuckle

I wish I had a way to post smells online for you to enjoy, because this honeysuckle growing next to the back fence is absolutely lovely.

Trail of Tears beans

The rain really helped my beans. These are a variety we got from Seedsavers called Trail of Tears. We’ve planted them before, and they’re wonderful — very productive, very tasty, and they put out these gorgeous little purple flowers.

Eggplant

Here’s an eggplant we bought from the Tomato Man. I think it will do well. I bought four different varieties. My editor tells me he has a killer eggplant parmigiana recipe, so I think we’re going to work out a little swap this summer: I’ll supply the produce if he’ll cook lunch for everybody. :)

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is one of my favorite plants because it’s so easy to grow. It’s a mint, so once you get it started, it will take care of itself forever. You just have to keep it from taking over the whole garden. I solved that problem by cutting the bottom out of a flowerpot, sinking it in the ground, and putting the plant in there. It confines it without interfering with the root system too much.

Zucchini

I’ve had two requests for zucchini so far. Which is a good thing, because I planted three hills of the stuff, and I know we’ll have way more than we can possibly use ourselves.

I didn’t take any pictures of the tomatoes, because they don’t look much different than they did the other day, but they’re all very healthy and pretty and green.

I’m hoping for a good summer in the garden.

Emily


Eeeeeee!

April 25, 2006

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Look what my editor, Jeff, found stuck to our front window at the office this morning!

BTW, I didn’t post last night because we had storms in the area, and we had to unplug the computers. It’s all cold and gray this morning, but the rain really helped the garden. Hopefully it will warm up this afternoon and give the cucumbers and peas a boost.

Emily


Beans, zucchini, and flowers

April 23, 2006

Here’s the latest from the garden:

I’ve got eight bareroot roses soaking in a Rubbermaid bin in the back yard right now, waiting to be planted in the holes we dug this afternoon.

I got the eggplant in the ground and replaced a couple of tomato plants that didn’t make it for some reason.

Sunflowers are finally planted, and Ron put mulch cloth behind them so we won’t have to weed between the plants and the house.

The cardinal climber and morning glory sprouts are looking healthy; I thinned them today. My zucchini, one of the cucumber varieties, and the Trail of Tears beans have all started to come up. I haven’t checked on the watermelon seeds I planted in my hay bales behind the back fence.

Something purple and gorgeous is blooming behind the fence. I don’t know what it is, but it’s really pretty. I’ll try to get a picture and an ID on it soon.

We still have a long way to go, but the yard is slowly starting to live up to its potential.

Emily


Earth Day!

April 22, 2006

Normally, I’d do something special to mark Earth Day, but I was tied up with an Oklahoma Route 66 Association poker run and meeting all day.

Before I go to bed, I will, however, honor my annual tradition of checking my environmental footprint and taking a peek at 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth to see how I’m doing and where else I can make changes to reduce my impact on the environment. If I come up with any good ideas, I’ll post them here. One thing I might do is tuck a new recycling bin into the corner of my kitchen to hold steel cans. Our curbside program won’t take them, but M.E.T. will, and we use a lot of canned goods, so we really need to start recycling them again. When we lived in Belleville, IL, we always saved steel cans and took them over to the recycling center in Fairview Heights, but it wasn’t until very recently that I found out where to recycle them here in Tulsa.

If you haven’t already, find something good to do for the environment this week. Given the current price of gas, you might start by checking the air pressure in your car’s tires. Improperly inflated tires will really drag down your gas mileage.

Emily


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