Walk for the Animals!

Goofy for the Animals Day 288 - 5/10/08

Today Shane and I participated in the Animal Welfare League of Arlington‘s annual Walk for the Animals. It rained the whole time, turning the park into duck soup, but we had a nice time, and Shane made a new corgi friend.

Tummy Rubs for the Animals

More importantly, we raised $370 for the animal shelter thanks to your very generous donations. Thank you so much for supporting us and the animals!

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Eating and growing locally: week two

Week 2: growing

  • tiny sprouts in our lettuce bin!
  • pepper transplant from Seed Savers arrived – need to get that in a bigger pot.
  • lots of rain the last couple of days has made the tomatoes grow tall

Week 2: eating

  • salad of roasted potatoes and spring onions from the DR market with non-local eggs and bacon (note: buy eggs next weekend), grilled awesome brats from DR butcher (local?), salad greens from FB market
  • rainbow chard (DR) frittata with non-local eggs (recipe from On Rue Tatin)
  • parboiled asparagus (DR) with herbs from our garden and some grated cheese
  • grilled chicken and spring onions (DR) with fresh pasta from Cheesetique
  • fantastic salad and strawberries from the FB market

This week I made an effort to do as much of our shopping as I could using mass transit.  Non-local indulgences included a pizza Tuesday night after a long and frustrating day, and stocking up on our favorite breakfast cereal when it was hella on sale ($1.88 for Basic 4!).  We picked up some fantastic stuff from the Courthouse market today, though, so I’m excited for our mostly-local brunch tomorrow, and good eats this week before I fly to Chicago for a meeting.

    LibraryThing meme

    (From Sonya and Kasia, and I think I might have done this before.)

    Below is a list of the top 106 books tagged “unread” on LibraryThing. The rules:
    bold = what you’ve read,
    italics = books you started but couldn’t finish
    crossed out = books you hated
    * = you’ve read more than once
    underline = books you own but haven’t read yourself

    1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
    6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    7. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    8. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    9. The Odyssey by Homer
    10. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    11. Ulysses by James Joyce
    12. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    13. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    15. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    16. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    18. The Iliad by Homer
    19. Emma by Jane Austen
    20. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
    21. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    22. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    23. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    24. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    25. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    26. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    27. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    28. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    29. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    30. Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
    31. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (three times!)
    32. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
    33. Dracula by Bram Stoker
    34. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    35. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
    36. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    37. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf*
    38. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
    40. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    42. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    43. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    44. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    45. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
    46. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    47. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    48. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    49. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
    50. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    51. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    52. Dune by Frank Herbert
    53. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
    54. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    55. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    56. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    57. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    58. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
    59. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    60. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    61. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    62. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    63. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    64. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
    65. Persuasion by Jane Austen
    66. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    67. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    68. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    69. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
    70. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
    71. Atonement by Ian McEwan
    72. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    73. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
    74. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    75. Dubliners by James Joyce
    76. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
    77. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
    78. Beloved by Toni Morrison
    79. Collapse by Jared Diamond
    80. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
    81. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    82. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    83. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    84. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
    85. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    86. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
    87. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
    88. Beowulf by Anonymous
    89. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    90. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    91. The Aeneid by Virgil
    92. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    93. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
    94. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    95. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    96. Possession by A.S. Byatt
    97. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
    98. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    99. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    100. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    101. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    102. Candide by Voltaire
    103. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    104. The Plague by Albert Camus
    105. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
    106. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

    Eating and growing locally: week one

    We signed up for Farm to Philly‘s One Local Summer challenge, which begins June 1.  The challenge is to “make one meal each week using locally grown ingredients”, which we think is eminently doable.  We also planted our balcony garden last weekend, giving us the promise of fresh herbs all summer long, as well as a couple of kinds of small tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and maybe some lettuce as well.  I’m delighted to have the resources and opportunity to shop at the farmers’ market(s) and grow (some of) our own food – it’s bizarre to me given our long agrarian history that these things are now privileges rather than the status quo.
    Week 1: growing

    • chives in Sunday’s scrambled eggs 
    • transplanted flat leaf parsley from the FB market
    • 2 beautiful strawberries! 

    Week 1:  eating

    • turnips from the DR market, parboiled then sauteed in a vinegar-wine-butter reduction, for dinner on Friday
    • salad greens from the FB market for dinner on Friday, with more leftover
    • strawberries from the FB market for breakfast on Saturday
    • quiche from the FB market for lunch on Thursday

    Walk for the Animals

    In a little over a week, Shane and I will be participating in the Animal Welfare League of Arlington‘s annual Walk for the Animals. The Animal Welfare League is where we adopted Mina, and where we took Sid when she was too sick to wait for the vet. We’re walking and raising money in honor of Sid, who we miss dearly, despite the wonderful friend we’ve found in Mina.

    I’m not going to try to do some hard sell here – but if you’re so inclined, I’d love to have your sponsorship for this walk. They’ve set up a super-easy donation page, which lets you do all the donating online – no need to send me money, etc. There’s no need for us to even know where it’s coming from. My fundraising goal is $150.

    Thank you for your support!

    Walk for the Animals

    In a little over a week, Shane and I will be participating in the Animal Welfare League of Arlington‘s annual Walk for the Animals. The Animal Welfare League is where we adopted Mina, and where we took Sid when she was too sick to wait for the vet. We’re walking and raising money in honor of Sid, who we miss dearly, despite the wonderful friend we’ve found in Mina.

    I’m not going to try to do some hard sell here – but if you’re so inclined, I’d love to have your sponsorship for this walk. They’ve set up a super-easy donation page, which lets you do all the donating online – no need to send me money, etc. There’s no need for us to even know where it’s coming from. My fundraising goal is $150.

    Thank you for your support!