Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mood Board No. 3

Mood Board No. 3- Brought to you by my Pinterest obsession!

Next Post- Garden goodies pic and made my own cleaners from scratch!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Community Garden Update

We had a slow start at our community garden , but it is finally starting to come around.

Our Zucchini is ginormous and has four zucs growing on it currently. We pulled several small ones and then one the size of a football!

The sunflowers are growing so tall and working on their flowers. Yippee!

Lastly, the carrots have shoulders and we have pulled a carrot or two see their progress. WE ate our first home grown carrot and it was Delicious!

Also, we have pulled a set of carrots that are in love. They were too close together and braided themselves. Jesse was afraid that this might happen. Braided carrots may be seen as a mistake in the gardening world, but it makes me giggle every time I see them (Bonus picture next time I post). So cute!

Lessons we learned so far:
1. Do not sow the seeds too deep. Dig a very small indent in dirt, place seed and lightly cover over with dirt.
2. Start the seeds indoors if you can. In little peat pots and cover them so they stay warm and moist.
3. Have patience because they will grow it may just take a little time!

 Next garden post will be of some yummies. We have pulled our first official harvest of swiss chard, carrots and zucchinis.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Green Day Trip

Honestly, before Jesse (my boyfriend) suggested we go to Vashon Island for a day of our 
Fourth of July weekend I had never really heard of it. Vashon is an island that is located 
just north of  the Tacoma waterfront. Jesse planned our day from start to finish and 
we did not need our car!

We live in the Stadium District of Tacoma, which is very close to numerous bus stops. 
We jumped on the no. 11 (at $2 each) and traveled to Point Defiance Park where the 
Ferry was arriving just in time for us. We purchased our "walk on" ticket for just under 
$10 and traveled across the sound.

On the other side, we jumped on the bus (at $2.25 each). The bus took us up the island 
to the middle of Vashon where we jumped off to explore the many shops, the
farmers' market and restaurants. 

Deciding it was time to eat our lunch (stowed away in our backpack), we caught a bus 
to head back down the island to the many parks that it has to offer (no fare needed this 
trip because our transfer ticket was still valid and we had 15 minutes left, eek!)

We had lunch on the waterfront and then headed to the main road to catch the bus back 
to the ferry (at $2.25 each). Once again, arrived at the ferry just in time and waited to 
walk on to make our journey back over the water (the $10 fare on the other side is for a 
round trip!) The last step of our journey was to board the no.11 bus that took us home (at $2 each).

Our well-planned trip ended up costing us $27 total and we did not have to worry about 
waiting for the ferry or parking our car (the ferry alone would have cost us $25, ouch!)
It may seem like it was pretty close budget wise, but the impact we saved 
on the planet cannot be compared. See if you can use your local transport for more of your trips!

Our day was a wonderful, fun filled, sunny trip to a place I was not even aware existed! 
Vashon Island is a beautiful place with extremely nice people wherever you turn who give the 
laid back attitude.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Can I become a Runner?
     On most days, I feel like these lovely woman from Picasso's painting "Two Women Running on the Beach" and think I could never be a runner. I feel overweight, and tired. These ladies do look happy though, don't they?

     Over the next eight weeks, I am going to do a program I found in Runner's World Magazine online. It is a program that turns a walker into a runner. It alternates walking and running over the span of 30 minutes for four days per week, walking for two days, and rest for one.

     I have always wanted to run but let myself believe that I just was not built for it. Lately I have noticed (via Facebook) that a lot of my friends run. I know it will be a lot of hard work and determination, but I think I am finally ready to join them!  Fellow runners, please share your pearls of wisdom with this noob! I need all the help that I can get and it is very much appreciated.

     Hopefully, in the next eight weeks, I can post that I can continuously run two miles. That is my first goal. Wish me luck!

My new shoes and pink watch!
 Went on my first run tonight.  It was tough, but I stuck to the program and did great!