Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm a gardener!

So, although I have very limited space with which to grow anything.  But I used my resourcefulness and carried home some old discarded wooden planter beds from the side of the road on my way home from school, put some dirt in em and threw in some seeds and...VOILA!
Oregano, parley, basil, bell peppers, lettuce, and chili peppers.  It's AWESOME!

I use them all the time and my cooking has certainly improved as a result.  Not to mention constantly buying fresh herbs is really expensive, especially when half of them usually go bad before you can use them.  Therefore, I highly recommend this!

I also have a hanging gourd/bird house (it's like my favorite thing ever) and a hanging flower basket that started out as some dead looking rejected little thing of flowers that were the leftovers from some Relief Society thing.

And they GREW!
I've pretty much never kept a plant alive besides cactus, and that's mostly because I went to college and my mom kept it alive.  So this is very exciting for me!  There's just something really cool about watching the plants come to life and flourish under your care.  It's been a fun experience for me :)  Not to mention I did a waaaay better job than my neighbor:

hahahaha :D

Carlilian Summer

Cool tree canopy down the street- I took this while on my bike:

And we also had a really interesting sunset the other day:
In real life, it looked like the clouds were on fire- very neat

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Missing Rugby

I came across these pictures this morning from a rugby team retreat a few years ago.  It was like our Spring Training, but we went up towards Sundance into the snow (counter-intuitive, I know) because we had the use of a sweet indoor facility.  This was one of the best weekends of my life: amazing teammates, huge mansion to stay in, and live-in gourmet chef feeding the team.

First of all, to my adoreable friend Becky who apparantly broke her nose earier in the day during practice, could only find a Kamakazi bandana to bandage herself, and still wanted to help to cook dinner- I love you!

Secondly, I just have to share this story.  So the forwards had this great coach named Brad who also happened to be a cop who was called up as reinforcements during the Sundance Film Festival that same weekend.  During some downtime, he stopped by the mansion to see how we were all doing after our first day of training up there.  This is him walking in the door saying, "I got a call about some loud partying in this house"

And then all of us old timers and forwards ran up to say hi:

And then the best part of all was a brand new back (so Brad was not her coach and she never had met him) gasped in horror, "Oh my gosh!  Who called for a male stripper?!!"

I was rolling on the floor laughing.  I nearly died.  :D

2 of our coaches, if you can beleive it:

The beauty of rugby is there is a position for every skill and every body type.  Long live rugby :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Go Community!

Here is a photo of Binks and I (and Binks' relatively new bling) sitting on the lawn of the local undergrad university and listening to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra play a free 4th of July concert.

Then since we had Monday off for the holiday observing the 4th, I went on a bicycle tour of the town with some of my fellow Carlilians and it was actually a TON of fun!  Cheers to healthy habits, artistic experiences, and community.

Photo of me on the bike ride in Tour-de-France mode (they MADE me wear my helmet):

And the notorious Fire Police escorting the bikers through as many red lights as possible: