Monday, March 18, 2019

Welcome Back

A sunset welcomed us back to town.  We'll be home for a bit, so I'll be looking for stuff around town to post about.  Stay tuned!

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2018: Perfecting The Most Important Facial Feature
2017: Brewed
2016: Abandoned In New Mexico
2015: We Entered Through The Big Mouth
2014: Getting Ready For The Really Big Shooooo
2013: You'll Know You're Getting Close When You See The Zebra
2012: You Can’t Go Wrong At ShopRite
2011: When The Feelings Get Too Strong For Words
2010: Looking For Loads In All The Wrong Places
2009: CTRL Freak
2008: 1. Cut String 2. Walk
2007: Amish Down The Lane
2006: The Competition Is Stiff
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Not Your Average Potted Plant

My brother made this planter for us, a surprise that was waiting on our porch when we got home from one of our runs.

It's entirely made of nuts - different sizes, from top to bottom, welded together in what is probably some kind of meticulous manner knowing my brother.  During Christmas, I had colored lights inside, but for everyday use, I put tiny white lights in the cavity and topped it with a voluminous fake fern.   

I love it!  

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The Sun Sets On The Sea Of Cortez

2017: Metallum Warrior
2016: Woman With Dog
2015: The Supers And More
2014: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
2013: House For Sale: Goats Included
2012: Hanging On By A Thread
2011: Does A Bear Have A Diner In The Woods?
2010: Would You Rather Sit On Your Ass All Day Eating Cheetos And Watching TV, Or Would You Rather See?
2009: The First Bit Of Spring
2008: Pop Secret
2007: The Kind Of Shopping That Makes Me Want To Commit Suicide, Right There In The Middle Of Macy’s
2006: The Benefits Of Memory Loss
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Couple Goals

I wasn't sure where the term "Bucket List" came from, so I did a little Google search.  The origin of the phrase seems somewhat unclear, but some say it came from the phrase kick the bucket, another way of saying "to die". 

I don't really have a "bucket list".  I guess I have things I'd like to do, but not necessarily because I want to do it before I die.  Although, you can't do things after you die, so there's that.  

But really, I just do things I want to do.  I don't have to do everything and I don't feel deprived if I don't get to something that someone else describes as "life changing" or "you just MUST do (fill in the blank)!".  I agree with Bill Maher when he said, "You reach a point in your life where you just don't give a shit about the things you didn't get to."

There are plenty of bucket list ideas on the internet.  Here are 1,000 Ideas For Your Bucket List, this site has your standard 101 Things To Do Before You Die, and this one came up with 329 Bucket List Ideas.

I might start to work on one, just to see what shows up on my list.  Could be interesting.  I found the graphic above online and thought some of those ideas seemed fun - except for the dog-sitting one - and doing them with a partner can make for a great memory.   

Now I just have to get Ed on board. 

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2017: Oh, The Horror I've Seen

2016: Barbed Badlands
2015: Exotic Tropicals
2014: Eggs, Milk, Bread, And Good Blood Pressure
2013: Clowns Looking For A Place To Live
2012: My Early Version Of Google
2011: Food With Integrity That Fuels Creativity
2010: If Only It Were Dollars Instead Of Miles
2009: The Last Bit Of Winter
2008: Eddie Fr-Eye-Day
2007: Authorized Personnel Only
2006: Stolen Zillow
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sick Mountains

This field and strip of mountains, in Malad City, Idaho, were glistening in the sun as the warmer temperatures started to melt the snow that covered them.

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A Spin Around Town

2017: A Little To The Right
2016: Around Town In 80 Days
2015: The Gold On The Hill
2014: Be Happy You Don't Have A Bolt In Your Head
2013: Seriously Up To Our Ass In Alligators
2012: Such A Fragrant Sprig!
2011: Coast To Coast
2010: The Joke’s On Us
2009: Eddie Monsignor Starbucks Friday
2008: All The Better To Smell You With, My Dear
2007: Neon Railroad
2006: I Left My Heart…
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

La Grandest Pizza

Yesterday, Ed and I had lunch at a place in La Grande, Oregon called Local Harvest Eatery and Pub.

I have to tell you, for a small town in the middle of nowhere Eastern Oregon, this place had it going ON with their pizza.

It was AMAZING.  The crust was outstanding.  Do you see that crust?  Oh.  My.  God.  It was crispy and flavorful and beautifully bready.  

Ed had his usual caveman meat-laden pizza.  He ordered The Everything and Then Some (marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, Candian bacon, sausage, salami, black olives, bell peppers, red onions, and mushrooms....$14.50).  He loved it. 

But my pie was really the star.  That's it up there in the photo.  I ordered The Don (pesto, mozzarella, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, feta cheese, and a balsamic glaze....$13).

You could put balsamic glaze on a rock and I'd eat it.  It was deeeeeeelicious!!  

And as if the pizza didn't offer enough culinary delight, the kid who made it suggested we try something he likes - dipping the crust in honey.  He brought over the squeeze bottle of honey, I squirted a quarter-sized blob on my plate and started dipping.

Crusty bready pizza crust and honey?  How can you not love that?  

From now on, I'm going to be the weirdo at the pizzeria asking if they have any honey on hand.  People are going to stare.  Whisper.  Maybe even laugh.

Let them.  Because I now have a culinary secret.  Just between me and well, all of you.

Don't tell anyone about the honey trick, but if you're in La Grande, be sure to check this place out! 

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Columns Of Cacti

2017: Flashback To The South
2016: Debonair
2015: Geographically Centered
2014: Full Brain, Full Belly, Full Wallet
2013: Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo
2012: Honing Her Skills For The Nursing Home
2011: Fire Up The Grill
2010: The Voice Of Tucson Speaks
2009: Crossing Over To The White Side
2008: Eddie Voyager Of The Seas Friday
2007: Indiscriminate Discrimination
2006: Dancing Queen
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

It Took $1000 To Get This Town Named

Descending into Coalville, Utah on Interstate 80 westbound.

From the Wikipedia entry for Coalville:  "In 1854 the territorial government in Utah offered a $1000 reward to anyone who could find coal within 40 miles of Salt Lake City. Four years later, Thomas Rhodes found a coal vein in the Chalk Creek area, and coal mining began in earnest.  Hundreds of tons of coal were shipped to Salt Lake City, and soon a narrow gauge railroad was built.  The settlement was renamed Coalville as a result of this early success mining coal."

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Go Fish
2017: Flatout New York
2016: Hill Town Transportation
2015: 651 Miles To Go
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, March 08, 2019

Four Balanced Women

To celebrate International Women's Day, I celebrate four women who have mastered balance in their lives. 

This photo, taken in January 1952 shows my mother and her three sisters.  From left to right:  My Aunt Ronni, my Aunt Michele, my Aunt Joya, and my mother.

Hashtag Balance For Better.

2012: Looking For A Coffee Fix
2011: Container Port, You Are No Friend Of Mine
2010: Encased In Plastic
2009: No Lifeguard On Duty
2008: Palm Sketches
2007: You Know Who You Are
2006: I Fear The Family
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Concentrating On Cabbage

Ed at the wheel, driving 28 miles per hour over Cabbage.  That was the fastest we could go with snow chains and Auto Socks on.

Yes, he wears sunglasses in the winter.

Yes, he drives like a grandma.

Yes, he always drives with two hands.

And yes, he's always this serious when working.

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I Don't Care What You Call Them, These Paws Will Never Touch My Lips

2017: Spicy Rubs In Bulk
2016: Tiny Life
2015: Where The Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains Meet The Pacific
2014: A Spontaneous Slumber Party And An Italian Feast To Go
2013: Bright Spot On The Mountain
2012: Thinking About Adding A Few More Wheels To The Rig
2011: Cooled By The Ocean
2010: Oh, Mother!
2009: Eddie Adds Culture To His Day
2008: One Armed Bandit
2007: 614
2006: Having A Good Reason
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

A Middle Aged Castle

The ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, located on the Rhine River above the Rhine Gorge, near the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany.

The medieval castle was built in 1212 and demolished in 1689.

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The Malecón And More

2017: The West Side
2016: The Populace Of Winter
2015: Two If By Sea
2014: Beauty And The Bleak
2013: Don't Even Ask
2012: Click Mouse, Make Money
2011: Buttons Beware. There’s Someone Cuter In Town!
2010: Eddie Dials Up The Lunch Order
2009: Trucking Superhere And Sidekick
2008: I’m Just A Goy In Love With A Boy
2007: When Pork Goes Pornographic
2006: Now Where Did I Put Those Underwear??
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!