Archive for September, 2007

Iron Chef

My very first Le Creuset!  I’m getting rid of my scratched up teflon pans for some good old fashioned cast iron.  I got this from Ebay and cooked with it as soon as I got home.  I LOVE the way it browns the food.  I like the colorful enameled cast iron pans but I also wanted the benefits of cooking on bare cast iron (iron gets into the food) and this pan has it all.  Mmmm, yummy iron. 

I’m spinning!

I took my very first spinning class yesterday.  Wow, was it intense!  The good thing about spinning is that it’s fairly easy on the joints and muscles so you’re not sore for a week (ahem, unlike that Abs, Back, and Glutes class I took last week).  You do work up a good sweat and it felt pretty good afterwards even though I hated just about every minute of the class.   I would’ve probably hated it less if the bike seat was a bit more comfy.  Why oh why are the bike seats that hard?   They say you get used to it after a few classes.  I don’t know if I want calluses on my bum…

I’ll probably go back to the class but not until I’ve made myself some super duper padded bike shorts!

Reducing junk mail

I just stumbled onto this website, GreenDimes.  This company helps you reduce the junk mail you receive by up to 90% AND they’ll plant 10 trees on your behalf (all this for $15).  Sounds pretty good to me.  Check it out for yourself.

Here are some facts from the GreenDimes website about junk mail:

  • 100 million trees are cut down each year to create the approximately 4.5 million tons of junk mail in the United States 
  • 28 billion gallons of water go into the production of American junk mail annually

Argh, all this tree cutting and wasting just makes me mad!!

Hanging out to dry

This is how I dry my clothes sometimes.  This fits with my living with less theme nicely … less electricity used, less wear and tear from/on the dryer, even less time to dry! 

and it’s green to boot.

100% ghetto though but I don’t really care.  🙂

Doodles of fun

Yay, I’m done with this embroidery doodle.  I finally figured out how to do french knots (after poking my fingers with the needle about a dozen times).  Chirp chirp!

Abs, Back, and Glutes

I will be taking a class called Abs, Back, and Glutes at the gym today. I’ve taken yoga classes in the past but I want to try something different this semester. Here’s the description, “An intense workout focusing mainly on abdominals, glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and lower back. Great for targeting those hard to work neglected areas!” Doesn’t this just sound like torture?

WIP Wednesday – Embroidery doodling

Finally, something crafty for my so called craft blog.  I started doodling with embroidery and this is what I have so far.  I’ll keep on doodling to see what comes out of it. 

Heehee, you can see Molly’s fuzzy foot on the upper right corner of the picture.

Squash on steroids

This is what happens when you don’t pick squash for a couple of weeks.  They take steroids and work out at the community garden until they’re HUGE.  I think they could’ve gotten even bigger if it rained.  Guess who’s going to be eating squash for the next 10 days?

Beachy goodness

I went to Nanstasket Beach (Hull, MA) on Saturday with some friends.  I love that beach because the sand is fine and there are plenty of rocks, pebbles, and beach glass.  My friend had mentioned that she wanted to pick rocks to line a boot tray so in the winter (what’s that?) you can put your snowy boots on them and the water would drip down into the tray.  So I picked up a bunch of rocks and here’s my boot tray!  I could use a little more filler rocks but I really like the look of it.   This will be a nice reminder of summer during the long ass winter we have here in New England.


I was supposed to post something crafty today wasn’t I.  Well, I did start a little embroidery project last night, something I call “embroidery doodling”.  I didn’t get too far on it so maybe I’ll bring it to the beach with me tomorrow. 

Here’s a Flickr group full of embroidery projects.