August 15, 2009

Bulk view

Garden updates

Our organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden is coming along wonderfully.

Garden

That’s about two-thirds of the garden. The other third would be the zucchinis, who have taken over the entire corner:

The most exciting news is that the tomatoes are beginning to ripen, which means that there will be plenty of salsa, bruschetta, and tomato sauce in our future. I’m particularly excited about the grape tomatoes, as the small tomatoes sell at a premium in supermarkets and are thus usually off our grocery list. The early tomatoes we planted are maturing first, and the grape tomatoes will follow in due course.

Tomatoes

Other small fruits are starting to appear. The 5-colour peppers and the green peppers are adorable!

Green
Purple

More exotic veggies are coming out, too. Here’s the edamame I planted in a pot:

and the okra:

We get enough basil for four good-sized servings of pesto each week:

Basil

(sage and parsley are in there too, too)

I’ve been snacking on beans, as we harvest so many of them:

Bush beans

The strawberries have made some runners, and I’ll figure out where to put them after we replace the tomatoes with a raised bed.

All the pictures:

Garden

Five hats

We picked up some lamps from Home Depot and used them to light a sheet of plexiglass. Here are the results of my experiments:

Hats

Weekly review: Weeks ending August 8 and 15, 2009

From the previous week’s plans:

  • Find ways to recognize the contributions people had made to the idea lab
  • Learn enough about Lotus Notes programming to create that sign-up button with referral tracking
  • Take the medical exam for my permanent residency application
  • Take another improv class (whee!)
  • Prepare another week’s meals
  • Chat with someone who’s interested in Gen Y and careers
  • Think about what I’d like to do for my 26th birthday =D

For the week ending on August 8, I also:

  • Made apricot syrup
  • Chatted with a mentor about influence
  • Got ready for a staycation

For the week ending August 15, I:

  • Reviewed my past year of blog posts
  • Reflected on relationships
  • Had a Skype party with my friends
  • Made jalapeno jelly and blueberry jam
  • Sent a care package home
  • Finished a new dress
  • Ordered some books
  • Wrote a Ruby program to extract my blog tags
  • Attended an improv class
  • Blogged a number of reflections
  • Facilitated a session on generational challenges
  • Had a facial. Still breaking out, though.
  • Organized my drawers neatly. Yay!

Next week, I plan to:

  • attend a class on presentations
  • make a Slideshare presentation on networking for introverts
  • write some more
  • bike every day
  • host a tea party
  • plant snow peas