Monthly Archives: October 2014

Riding High

 

Needed a hex key, or Allen wrench to adjust the seat on my bike to the correct height here.

Didn’t know the name of the tool used to adjust the height of the bike seat so I literally showed this picture to a neighbor, a random cashier at the store, and a coworker in order to identify it. Then I remembered to ask my dad, which definitely would have cut down on that whole process.

I’m not really a bike person.  Which is to say, I don’t know much about them. In the past I intermittently scoped out Craigslist and did my best to read up on different kinds of bikes because I eventually wanted to get one, but it kind of left me paralyzed in terms of decision making. I even had a nightmare about riding a shoddy bike on a rough patch of road where I got a punctured tire and catapulted into a pile of mud.

Naturally, I now own a couple sets of hex keys, a helmet, and the second hand bicycle I walked by the weekend before last.

Sometimes pushing an idea through to fruition  despite being not quite ready does a body good. While I highly recommend doing your research in order to optimize your chances for success, forcing a decision in order to create some forward momentum in your life can lead to interesting results…I started this blog! I have short hair! I’ve been to Canada!

I also accidentally re-attached the front wheel of my bike backwards because I didn’t know what a shift brake was. Never fear, 50 yards down the road I realized something was off kilter–and Google and I old friends. Figured that one out 😉

This is actually me practicing letting go of my desire for some unspecified level of preparedness prior to taking on new opportunities.

Not that I intend to dive blindly into impulse driven shopping sprees–the goal is to hone my cost-benefit analyses skills. I’ll spare you the spreadsheet I made that lists the pros and cons of this particular adventure, but I’m proud that I’ve already gone on a five mile bike ride and made it back home in one piece!

 

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Nope, not spaghetti

Crock-pot cooking...now this is on my level!

Crock-pot cooking…now this is on my level!

Crafting can take you down strange paths.  Right now the odor of wet wool and Kool-Aid is wafting about and let me tell you–that’s a special smell.

So a few days ago I was minding my own business spinning a new batch of yarn. It turned out beautifully, particularly given the fact that it was the first time I tried plying:

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I had a gorgeous hank of yarn ready to use…but it was so bland. There is not one jot of cream in my house, so this obviously would not do! As it turns out, you don’t actually need specialty equipment or strong chemicals to get a basic dye job done.

I dumped all all the  yarn in my hand-dandy crock-pot, added 4 packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid, a dash of white vinegar, and then soaked it all down in warm water. I let it cook on the lowest setting for about three hours, and by the time I looked at it again, the fiber had sucked up literally all of the color. Rinsing the yarn didn’t produce much run-off color, and everything I’ve read indicates this will be pretty much colorfast, which is awesome.

The finished product turned out really well! It doesn’t show very well in this photo, but I used all of the ‘warm’ colors available–yellow, strawberry pink, orange and red, and there’s variation throughout.  I can’t wait for it to dry so I can start knitting. What should I make with this batch of yarn?!?

Oooh la la! Talk about some bright colors.

Oooh la la! Talk about some bright colors.

The Laziest Quiche Ever

Some weeks I just can’t adult.

This became very clear yesterday when I realized it was only halfway through the week and I’d already made burritos in excess of four times. I love good food—I just don’t care for making it, or cleaning up after cooking! I don’t see that changing anytime soon, but I do recognize the need to eat something other than beans and cheese occasionally.

Quiche seemed like a good choice. It’s got the benefit of including vegetables, the comfort of pastry and cheese, and the protein of eggs. Apparently some people follow recipes for this kind of thing, but that seemed like too much effort. So did actually chopping things up.

So.

I literally pulled out a frozen pie shell and a pair of clean scissors and cut things directly into the shell. First some mini peppers, then a layer of spinach. Then I tossed in some frozen corn that I had laying around, piled on the cheese, and salted everything down. Then all I had to do was crack a few eggs in, smoosh it all around and hey presto!  Once it was cooked it looked (and tasted surprisingly) like something out of a Martha Stewart magazine.

I need to find ways to maximize effort saving tactics while cooking regular food. One cannot live on burritos and pancakes alone, much as I try.