West Coast Adventure

These photos are a very small percentage of the photos we took on our big trip to California.  We started by flying to LA for Eric’s sister Christine’s senior art show at Biola University.  The show was AMAZING.  It didn’t feel like a student show at all- I know it was loads better than my own senior show.  Christine showed her massive charcoal drawings that seemed to float on the page, and her friend Mar wove a 30 foot whale from reeds and suspended it from the ceiling.  It was crazy how well the two girls’ work complemented each other.  The space was such an inspiring place to be.  I got to help set up the show the day before it opened, and it was cool to see how the drawings transformed themselves and the gallery as we mounted them on the walls.   Big things coming from these young women.  BIG THINGS.

The day after the show opening, Eric and I rented a car and embarked on our trip up Hwy 1.  We intended to rent a Jeep Wrangler, but it occurred to us at the rental office that Wranglers don’t offer much in the way of security, and we were going to be traveling and camping with all our stuff in the car for the next week.  So we settled for a silver Mustang Convertible, no big deal.

You will note that it was December when we drove this drive, and even though it was sunny California, December is no time to be riding around in a convertible.  I spend all our driving time cocooned to the ears in our double-wide sleeping bag.

The Pacific Coast Highway (Big Sur, mostly) is one of my favorite places I’ve seen in America.  It makes me so happy to live in a country that has such diverse landscapes.  On one day of driving through Big Sur, we were completely fogged in, driving hairpin curves with sheer cliffs on our left.  We camped about 30 feet away from one such cliff, and couldn’t even see the edge of it from our tent.  I couldn’t stop noticing the color palette, so different from what I experienced growing up in rural southwest Virginia, or living in suburbia and cities in recent years.  The colors were simultaneously rich and muted- deep forest green, cream, goldenrod, and all manner of grey and brown and black contrasting with the stark white and cerulean waves.

One of the stops we made was Hearst Castle, and I’d recommend it to anyone doing a Hwy 1 road trip.  The views were spectacular, the art and architecture impressive, and the story fascinating.  What impressed me most was the indoor swimming pool, tiled in cobalt blue with gold accents.  Apparently if you’re a member of the “Friends of the Hearst” Club (aka, an important donor), you get to attend swimming parties at the swimming pool.  While we were there a toddler threw his sippy cup in the pool and the tour guides looked completely disgusted.  They had to fish it out with sticks.

Another thing that surprised me (though it shouldn’t have) was seeing citrus trees growing every where!  Lemons, limes and oranges, just growing in people’s yards.

Every time we saw a seal on the trip, Eric and I freaked out and took a million photos (and there were a lot of chances to see seals on beaches- they were about as common as deer are in the woods).  This photo was taken at San Simeon, and the beach was chock full of elephant seals.  Those little white seals are going to grow into that big fat seal, pretty incredible.

We wrapped up our trip in San Francisco, which I adored.  I finally got to eat at Tartine Bakery!  I’ve been obsessed with this place so long, and it met or exceeded every single one of my expectations.  I bought two half loaves of bread, a morning bun, brownie and most delicious of all- a banana cream tart.  Sorry, no food pics.  I don’t have as many photos from SF, because by that point in the trip we were beyond dirty and the batteries on all our devices has been dead for some time.

I will say that if you visit SF, in addition to Tartine, you really need to go to Paxton Gate and The Pirate Supply Store.  They are only a couple blocks away from Tartine, and next door to each other.  Paxton Gate is the oddest, most interesting store I’ve ever been in.  They had everything from gardening supplies and plants and terrariums, to taxidermy and things  like mummified monkey paws, to nature-themed jewelry like silver casts of beetles and rings carved from deer antlers, to art books and old maps and science posters…in other words, everything creepy and amazing.  The Pirate Supply store is the front cover for what is in fact a children’s literacy program.  But you’d never know that; they take themselves pretty seriously as “San Francisco’s only independent pirate supply store.”  The shop is full of pirate necessities like spyglasses, maps, wooden legs, mermaid repellent and lard(??).  The walls are covered in witty and snarky stories and one-liners.  A must-see.

 Oh, on their website you can find a (partial) list of uses for lard.  They include: Grub cooking, Skin moisturizing, Mast Greasing, Hair Styling, Lard fights, Dog rewarding, “My Little Lard Baby,” Shark enticing, Finger nail softening, Salad Dressing (seasonal), Gift Wrap.

I think that important lard info is as good an ending to this blog post as any.

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A Yearly Tradition

Every October, my mother’s side of the family in Missouri gathers to make the year’s batch of apple butter.  They’ve been doing this since even before my mother was born, back when my grandparents were children.  My grandfather’s brother, Kenny, went to great lengths to secure his family’s old kettle from an auction in 1979, and they’ve been using it ever since.

There’s no written recipe- the elders just know the approximate amounts and wing it every year.  It always turns out more or less delicious.  I do know that it involves copious amounts of sugar, even though they’ve scaled back from the traditional 15 pounds of sugar per bushel of apples, to about 8 pounds of sugar.

My grandfather is pretty much amazing.  He was a pilot and a POW in World War II, and his stories are incredible.  A favorite part of the day was when Edward (granddaddy), and his brother Kenny and sister Margie were all in the same room, and Kenny told stories about the war.  Lou chimed in with what it was like being at home with two brothers in the war.  It was emotional for everybody.

My grandfather has even written a book about his experiences, Lest They Forget Freedom’s Price.  Check it out.

We jarred over 60 pints of apple butter.  I am so grateful for this tradition, and for the 3 jars of apple butter in my pantry waiting to be consumed, and for selfless men like my grandfather.

Kenny and Graddaddy

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We had a hurricane

What a weird couple of weeks.  The first week we were here there was a huge freak accident on the highway that runs through Baton Rouge, and it took me 2 hours to drive Eric to work, 5 miles away.  The city was basically one big parking lot.

Now it is the second week, and I just weathered my first hurricane!  Everyone I met really talked it up before it happened.  All the stores were out of bottled water and bread and some of the gas stations were even out of gas.  Eric’s work was canceled and we prepared to hide in the closet all day.  Around noon on Wednesday the power went out, and even though hurricane Isaac turned out to be little more than some wind and rain, our power has YET to return, and it is Saturday.  We are literally the last neighborhood in Baton Rouge to get our electricity back, and I would normally enjoy camping in my living room, except it is so hot and damp and the cat puked on the carpet so it smells and we can’t open the windows because there are no screens and our yard is one big standing puddle full of mosquitos, and you know, WEST NILE DISEASE.

our yard right now

I’m done complaining now.  The good things are:  I have a studio!  I can bike to it from my house!  I’m going to start kickboxing!  We live with cats now!  We have roommate(s)!

And maybe someday I will tell you the story of the couple we moved in with except that they broke up the day before we moved in, but today is not the day.

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Red Stick


old capital building, Baton Rouge

Hello friends.  Last time I wrote to you I was in Central New York.  Today finds me in a coffee shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Oh, and we visited Montreal, Canada and Niagara Falls in between.  This year has been transitional, to say the least.  A quick recap of the last week, if you will:

Eric and I shoved all our stuff into the car early last Thursday morning, and at 4 am we set out for the last day of StartFast- Demo day.  It was held in the Emerson Art museum in Syracuse.  All the teams got on stage in this awesome room made all from concrete, and presented their businesses to the investors.  It was fascinating!  The companies I was most interested in were  Tivity, Padproof, RevoPT and Guard My Angel.

I actually downloaded the Guard My Angel app (free!  check it out) yesterday when I was feeling iffy about where I was in Baton Rouge…you tell the app who contact (husband, mother, 911 etc) if you don’t check in “I’m okay!” within a set period of time (you tell it 45 minutes, 3 days, whatever).  I’m not usually a paranoid person, but for some reason every person I’ve told that I’m moving to Baton Rouge sucks in their breath and feels the need to tell me I’d better watch my back there.  I actually have yet to encounter anything too sketchy.  Oh wait that’s a lie.  The motel we stayed at the first night was the very definition of sketchy.

Anyway, Eric and I left New York that very night and drove all the way to Virginia, arriving at 6 am Friday morning. We were absolutely packed to the gills.  I was singing “We’re Jammin’” as we stuffed every nook around ourselves in the car.  I was sitting under a huge roll of paper…we couldn’t see out the windows…there were jars of oatmeal and peanut butter between my legs and clothes beneath my feet…it was a ridiculous sight to behold.  We repacked in Virginia and left some (more) of our stuff in my parent’s barn (sorry guys…)

We spent the night with my parents in Knoxville, TN, and went the next day to Nashville to hang out with my brother and his girlfriend.  I got to try Jeni’s Splendid Ice cream at a real Jeni’s shop, which had a million delicious and exciting flavors, but I’m spoiled from the CNY way of ice-cream.  They give you massive scoops there for no more than 2 bucks, but Jeni’s charged me 4.50 for half as much, which fine, whatever, I’m being piggy, it’s organic and stuff but still.  I made sure I taste-tested 5 different kinds before I chose my flavor.  The hip girl who waited on me clearly thought this was a bit much, judging by her lack of eye contact/smile/HUMANITY.

Sunday morning we waited in line for an hour at the Pancake Pantry, enduring the musical stylings of an acoustic cover artist who had strategically positioned his dollar-filled guitar case in front of all us tourists.  I thought my brother was going to rip that guitar out of his hands and cram it into his whiney mouth.  Pancake Pantry was as tasty as it is famous, but I don’t feel the need to do it again.

And then we drove to Baton Rouge!  And we stayed in a hotel room that had fake wood linoleum flooring and a wheezy AC unit!  And Eric started his new job the next day!  Who knows what the next few weeks will hold!

 the trees here host colonies of ferns on their limbs

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here and now

 

I can assure you that you are fulfilling a berry’s highest life goal by picking it off the bush and putting it straight into your mouth.    It’s all they want out of life- to be that irresistible.

Doodling around at home and…green ice cream?  (I put my green spinach smoothie in the ice-cream maker.)

My little brother suddenly grew up.  I couldn’t stop double-taking. (but he still loves legos.)

chandeliers: at home, and a gorgeous Chihuly at the Corning Museum of Glass

stopped to say hello to the cows on the way to the finger lakes drive in movie theater, and popped in on a honeybee lecture at the lavender festival here in skaneateles

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