• Cube watermelon and combine with tomato chunks, basil and basic vinaigrette. You can substitute peach for the watermelon or the tomato (but not both, O.K.?). You can also add bacon or feta, but there goes the vegan-ness.
  • Mix wedges of tomatoes and peaches, add slivers of red onion, a few red-pepper flakes and cilantro. Dress with olive oil and lime or lemon juice. Astonishing.
  • A nice cucumber salad: Slice cucumbers thin (if they’re fat and old, peel and seed them first), toss with red onions and salt, then let sit for 20 to 60 minutes. Rinse, dry, dress with cider vinegar mixed with Dijon mustard; no oil necessary.
  • Shave raw asparagus stalks with a vegetable peeler. Discard the tough first pass of the peeler — i.e., the peel — but do use the tips, whole. Dress with lemon vinaigrette and coarse salt. (Chopped hard...
jun 7 2010 ∞
jul 12 2010 +
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  • Neuromance,
  • Count Zero,
  • and Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson. I mostly read these cover to cover. Paranoid dreams followed. Worth it!
  • Atonement by Ian McEwen. Mostly worth it
  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea monsters. A spiced up Jane Austen, but still Jane Austen
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. A new favorite
  • Duma Key by Steven King. A Mcbook if there ever was one
  • Sweeping up Glass
  • Omnivore's Dilmena by Michael Pollan. Food for thought.
  • Teacherman by Frank McCourt.. maybe a little too close for home
  • Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris... the best book of his so far
jan 31 2010 ∞
apr 7 2010 +
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Julie and I love to eat and drink our way through town. Here's the list we came up with of places we will go soon.

  • Harvest
  • L'etoile
  • Buraka
  • Cafe Costa Rica
  • Trees
  • Sardine for brunch
  • original pankcake house
  • Fresco
  • Magnus
  • Tapas Rias
jul 8 2009 ∞
feb 2 2010 +

Because I'm crazy, I'm training for a 62 mile bike ride. There's food involved, so I couldn't say no. I'm going to try to bike every day until September 11 in order to train. Here's my list of how much I'm biking daily

  • July 18: 10 miles
  • July 19: 4 miles (and hurt foot already)
jul 18 2010 ∞
jul 20 2010 +

There's always something going on in this town, which means I am always missing something. I'm listing things by when they happen so I can remember to go to things again or start new traditions.

  • Restaurant Week: January
  • Orchid Quest: End of January/Beginning of February
  • Pork Off: March sometime?
  • Wisconsin Film Festival: Spring
  • Burgers 'N Brew: June 5
  • Restaurant Week: Summer
  • Martini Week: For some reason, I can't remember much about the last one
  • Taste of Madison: Labor Day weekend
  • Forward Music Festival: September
  • Ducktoberfest: October

???? Pie palooza

feb 2 2010 ∞
jun 28 2010 +
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I stumbled across this, and thought it was a good idea. Nerd.

    • 10 people who most helped me in my life. – each of us meet people as we go through life, many of them help us or have an influence upon us. Sometimes we may not realise their influence at the time. Quite often we forget or do not get a chance to thank them. This list is an opportunity to acknowledge those people and to express your thanks.
    • 10 most memorable places I visited – I does not matter whether it is your neighbor’s yard, the top of a mountain or an ancient site, just list the 10 places that have been most memorable to you.
    • 3 best things I ever made – Some of us are more creative than others, for the less creative among us it is easy to forget things we made. For the more creative pe...
sep 7 2009 ∞
apr 7 2010 +

I'm well aware that things don't make people happy, but I'm as susceptible as the next person to occasional wants vs. needs. When I have expendable income, these are some things I wouldn't mind picking up.

  • Artists tshirts from Hirsute History.com So cool. Tamara's my favorite
feb 18 2010 ∞
feb 18 2010 +
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Stolen from Julie...

"the mission is to complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. tasks must be specific, realistic, and stretching with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. cross them off as you do them and include the date you started the list and the finishing date." this is my mission 101 list.

start october 26, 2009 (one check every 10 days) Personal fulfillment

  • Successfully bake bread
  • Find a morel cache in the area
  • Master the vegetable garden
  • Finish crocheted blanket
  • Host a dinner party
  • Figure out the loom
  • Go geocaching
  • Take the pile of stuff to goodwill
  • Finish knitting cardigan
  • Call grandma once a month
oct 26 2009 ∞
jul 12 2010 +