I contributed a project to DIY Stocking Stuffers. There are 12 projects in all and each one is pretty darn great. Thanks to Kirtsy and Blogstar for having me!
Leaf recognition software at Kottke. An iPhone app, LeafSnap, will help you identify that tree. And I already have a tree in mind.
venomous porridge – A conversation with my PS3. This was our exact same experience with our PS3, I read this aloud to Scott and we laughed harder than you’d expect.
The Ugly Green Chair: More Randomness. She recommends the Magic Hour photo app for Android.
Les Paul’s 96th Birthday Google Doodle. This little HTML 5 object lets you strum the guitar strings with your mouse, or you can use the keys on your keyboard, charted there by PC World. They even tell you how to play the chorus to Suspicious Minds. The doodle is really cool and lets you strum three of the most often used chords. Neato.
We were at Both Ways Cafe here in Seattle. I like it there.
This is the mural I stare at while I’m waiting for the Light Rail to arrive. For some reason the thing I focus on first is always Alice juxtaposed with the rice cooker. Something about the rushed worry next to a quiet kitchen appliance makes me giggle. My camera does that face detection thing and I’m happy to tell you it only recognized
Dr. Frankenfurter Elizabeth Taylor there as a human.
Today was sunny so Scott and I headed out to the Columbia City Bakery for sandwiches and a window seat. Their sandwiches are my favorite quick food in the neighborhood.
I’m still thinking about the Rosemary Shoestring Potatoes that I had on our obligatory stop at Burgerville on the road from Portland to Seattle.
We slipped away to The Kennedy School for a short weekend trip and found this view out of the window of our room. Blue skies and blossoms, just what I needed.
This is the sediment that is left after you pour a bottle of Russian River Supplication Ale. It’s brewed with sour cherries and strains of bacteria and aged for a year in a Pinot Noir barrels. It’s delicious, sour and complex, and it’s expensive, but so worth it.
I’ve been baking more sizes and shapes of rainbow cakes to see if I can recreate the nice rainbow arch in different pans. So far the answer is a very big no. Perhaps picking the right shape of cake pan on my first try was the luck of the Irish? I’ll update the original how-to with my findings.
Above is my attempt at Tiffany blue frosting which turned out far too pastel.
My internet has been nonexistant today so I’m sending this from my iPhone. This is a photo of the bolognese I started at 10am. I’m starting to suspect the recipe author and I have different definitions of "a low simmer". Still, I think given enough time it might be impossible (perhaps Megan proof?) for a bolognese to turn out badly. It would be easier to pass the time if I has the Internet to amuse me. So far I’ve cleaned the house and washed the dishes and practiced with eyeshadow to create a smoky eye (it’s not supposed to make me look like I’m upset, right?) and I’ve even sorted some kitchen cabinets. The Internet better return or I’ll have my tax preparation done before the day is out.
Today started with fried chicken and gravy on a biscuit at Dahlia Workshop. Yum.
Here is the view from the apartment we’ve rented, complete with the
horn players who were playing when we arrived.
Here is a second test of posting from my iPhone to this website by way
of Flickr. Cross your fingers that it works.
It worked! Thank you Flickr for allowing the fine tuning of how pictures appear on one’s site.
This is the view at the top of the hill that we climbed after filching a cup of tea from a fake chuck wagon after an unexpectedly long hike at Sun Mountain Lodge. That snow capped mountain you see in the way off distance is a corner of the Cascades.
This is a test. You will not be graded on a curve., originally uploaded by not martha.
This is a test to see if I can post from iPhone to Flickr to
Wordpress. Her goes.
Yay it worked. Ok, this is a picture of a very special cup of tea. Scott and I were staying at Sun Mountain Lodge in the Methow Valley of Washington state and went for a short hike around the grounds. Or what we thought was a short hike. Turns out? The grounds are huge. And forested. Creepily forested. And we were there in October so Halloween was in the air. After walking far too long (like Hansel and Gretel!) we exited into a clearing. A clearing with picnic tables and a faux chuck wagon. Nobody was around but the wagon was stocked with coolers that held blissfully cold water and packets of tea. I’m pretty sure we weren’t really supposed to take it, it was likely stocked just in case a lodge guest opted in for the twilight horse ride to the Cowboy Dinner, but I was so tired and thirsty. It turned out to be a good thing that I stole the tea because the next part of the hike was straight uphill. But uphill to a good view with a peek at the Cascades.