Saturday, March 29, 2014

Crashes and Dummies

I was the one cutting you off in traffic to see the giant yellow head peeking up above the treeline.   
I admit it-- I was the one reveling in the irony of my sudden driving to see a ...giant crash test dummy.
I deserved your obscene gestures, your honks, and your sneers.
But, I don't apologize.  It was worth it. 
Crash Test Dummy near Glen Burnie, MD

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

When City Parking Becomes a Good Deed

I'm a Northern girl: long evenings by a bonfire on the beach, high hikes through the woods, communing with nature, getting lost in the middle of nowhere.  But, I'm also a Gemini:  duality and mind changing abounding.  So, despite my overwhelming itch (Right now) to be out in the unknown, or living out my days in a tiny stone cottage near a small main street, I love cities.  I love the noises and the energy and the architecture (Oh, the architecture~ my current obsession) .  I love the city culture and sights and tastes.  I'm in love with the romance of city life, while still wanting a simpler existence...near enough to the city to breathe it in every now and again.  

But, I'm not a psycho... I still hate fighting and then paying for parking!  

Until I saw this: 
This coin eating parking meter (yeah, I don't see a lot of those in cities anymore) grants you parking while feeding homeless!  Instead of disgustingly flushing money away to park for an hour or two, the city allows you free reign parking, giving 100% (yes, 100% according to the sign!)  of these parking fees to a Feed the City program.  

After driving through angry rush hour traffic, struggling to squeeze into an almost non-existent spot, and fending off the growling beast in my stomach, my hangry (hungry + angry) outlook on people and the city was pretty bleak.  

This blue metal meter maid is a Restore Your Faith in Humanity moment. 

If you're interested,  this one is in Baltimore... but, it made such a happy mark on me, that I did some research.  These Feed the Poor Meters can be found in several cities around the U.S.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sugar Tumblers

I've been a not-so-subtle stalker of cupcake themed blogs for years & its a not-so-well kept secret that one of my hobbies is pretending I'm Betty Crocker.  Within the last week or so, my Kitchenaid has been on a sugar high (with requests for birthdays, showers, and our contribution for the St. Paddy's party we enjoyed.)  
Yellow Cake with Camo coloured (it looks more plain in the pics)buttercream 
Chocolate Cake with Oreo Buttercream  
Irish Soda Cake with Graham Buttercream 
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Chocolate Ganache and raspberry topper

My 3 top reasons to love cupcakes:
3. They're easy to experiment with. 
2. They're mini cake...hello.
1. They're absurdly cute. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Yo, Adrian.

Reasons to love Philli:
**Rocky's Footprints, the best bakery, and a pretzel vendor.

**Amazing and ridiculous art sculptures and gardens.  The Reading Terminal Market's Pretzels. 

*More about Pretzels.  Did I mention the pretzels? 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Signs of Spring

Like our good friend the groundhog told us, the cold hearted, stay way beyond her welcome, frosty one, known as winter will soon be leaving us. Sandals and sunshine will soon abound, and if you're like me, you're ready for winter to move south of the Equator!  Sure, Christmas, New Year's, and snowshoeing are always fun, but by mid-March, the cold and ice are just tired.  People are still getting sick and my snow boots are ready to hide out for awhile.

Although this week was greeted by an icy snow day, today has been gorgeous!
I thought today I would share these little signs of Spring.
*March Saturdays are for Seed Sorting; our early sprouts in old egg containers and tissue rolls. 
*Our year round indoor kitchen garden: herb garden in an old metal lunch box, roots growing tall in an old cake pan, our drying herbs.
*Baby flowers poking through a patch of snow; the brooklet running through the meadow.
*Window displays on Main Street foreshadowing the farmers' markets daydreams. 

I don't care what the weatherman is saying about this week's impending snow, Spring is almost here. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

'Cause its frosty

They're waiting for Spring, too. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Back to the ...80's?

Say you don't know me or recognize my face
Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place
Knee deep in the hoopla sinking in your fight
Too many runaways eating up the night

Last night we traveled back to the Back to the Future days for the annual Chastain Dinner. 
(Yeah, I didn't know what Chastain was either.  Its a themed dinner... of sorts. Each group's table leaders {the guy and I} work with their team to create a theme with decorations and food to match.  Last night we were a decade of  tubular awesomeness, next to Greece, Alaska, Super Spies, and an adorable Tree Fort)
*Thankful for my sweet colleague  friend for lending us her 80's Star Wars toys, magazines, and Cabbage Patches.  Stephen (with a ph), one of her dolls, plays PacMan on our old Atari. 

 Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember 
We built this city on rock and roll
**Totally rad shots of  some gnarly people...and Chewbaca...playing with a Rubics Cube.

We built this city on Rock and Roll.  
** Silly Vanity; joining the ranks with a selfie...or three. 
**Channeling Cyndi Lauper ala Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.  The queens of repurposing turning our table's cute first place trophy into an 80's time capsule.  
* Apparently boys just want to have fun, too. 
The bad to the bone one looking the wrong way over his shoulder and looking totally rad is mine. 

Built this city,  we built this city on Rock and Roll.  
* I befriend talented people.  Look at these amazing (and delicious) cookies my adorable friend Ashley made!

*Most of our group posing during munching before the battles began!
*Practicing our mad moves for the Thriller dance off. 

We had a seriously, totally tubular awesome adventure creating our own little time machine with our lovely friends. Now I'm back to this millennium and facing down the forecasted snowstorm.
What's the protocol for cheering for snow days once its in March.