Archive for April, 2006

Beck and decided to give this one a go when we did a little food shopping yesterday. We picked up:

  • Passion fruit (looks like a giant raisin)
  • Papaya
  • Mango

These exotic fruits are far from cheap $1-2 each, but I’ve never bought any of them before so it’s kind of cool trying some new foods. I’ll keep you posted.

Update: So I ran into a bit of a snag with all these new fruits…I had no idea how to prepare them OR how to eat them. Yeah, I know that sounds pretty stupid, but it’s true. After I cut open the passion fruit, I saw a bunch of little seeds in some gelatinous yellow stuff. So, do I eat the guts or do I somehow eat the thin membrane-like layer just behind the hard, wrinkled skin? I didn’t have a friggin’ clue. I had to actually get on the web to find out. Turns out the edible part includes the seeds and transluscent yellow goo. And actually, it’s primarily used as an addition to various dishes or drinks.

I also struggled with cutting the papaya and mango – I was clueless once again with how to slice these up. Didn’t care for the papaya too much, though strangely I did like the juice. The Mango was by far the best tasting, kind of a cross between a peach and an orange. Riley ate up both fruits, which proved to us that she will in fact eat practically anything.


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I knocked six more movies off the list by joining the Columbia House DVD club. I found this forum thread online that had some codes posted that could be used on the CH website to get a better membership deal. So with that code I was able to get six DVDs for 49 cents each and free shipping, take a 7th movie for $14.95, and buy 2 more movies in the next two years at regular Club prices.

With the regular deal without the code you have to buy 4 movies in two years and you only get 5 DVDs at 49 cents with the option to buy a 6th.

I absolutely love the web!

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Looks like this one well get done out of necessity. My current phone hasn’t been able to recharge. I’ve gotta start looking for a way to get a new one without paying full price. I’m off to investigate!

I hope to have a new one lined up by the end of the week. We’ll see…

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I'm getting closer, so close it hurts. I desperately want to finish but I'm sick of scraping paint off the trim and sanding the trim afterwards. Tonight I finished scraping the last major section – the doorframe leading to the kitchen. My hands hurt, I smell bad, and I'm ready to hit the sack. I managed to get the new doorbell installed which I also had to stain to match the trim. It looks great. After I get this trim out of the way I'll be moving on to the window seat drawers – either buying new drawer fronts or replacing the drawers altogether – gotta price out both options.

Putting the [alcoholic] bar in the closet will have to come later, it's not in the budget right now. Can't wait to design it though, it should end up looking very cool.

I'll be posting some dining room photos on Flickr very soon!

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Looks like this one is progressing rather quickly. After talking with my mom last night on the phone, she's still planning to move out here in June or July. For me it's going to be the test of all tests. There are so many things to think about and plan for – transportation, housing, helping her find a job. But I'm committed to making this happen and I know I can be the catalyst for change that my mom needs.

Teach her to fish and she'll eat for a lifetime, right?

So that's what I plan to do – give her all the tools she needs to be independent and leave the rest up to her. In the beginning she'll be living with Becky, Riley and I, but we plan to have a strict timeline and house rules in place for all of her living and working needs to be met without us driving eachother crazy in the process.

It's gonna be absolutely nuts having her live in the same town as us – and I mean that in a good way. Not since grade school have we even lived in the same state. So after about 10 years our roads are winding back to eachother and for the first time in many years my mom and I will have the chance to share more than just special occasions – we'll get the chance to share everyday life.

What that means exactly is yet to be determined…

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