Saturday, February 23, 2008

Six to Ten, Six to Ten, grab the shovel and do it again! Go Team!

This is the view out my front door this morning! And "six to ten" really captures the moment because while some spots got six, many areas in my town got ten inches in fluffy drifts of goodness. Next year, perhaps I should put down my camera and spatula and get me a truck with a plow on it. I could pay for my kid's college several times over if we have another winter like this one. This was seriously fun to shovel yesterday evening on my first pass with the shovel. Light, fluffy, considerate, kind snow. Okay, I kid, I kid...but I actually enjoy shoveling light snow. Color me weird, but it is fun for me.

Shoveling does turn me into an eating monster though. Several bowls of Honey Bunches of Oats with peaches were consumed. Followed by yogurt (that YUMMY Fage brand of Greek yogurt...oh, so gooood!) Then Mochi, the cinnamon raisin kind, with organic maple syrup. Don't know Mochi? Don't worry. By the end of this post you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

I have been scanning the Pet-Finder sites lately. Okay, honestly, I have been trolling the pet sites for a year now. I have spent more hours looking at dogs than I have potential dates from the "dating" sites this year. Here are some of the top contenders. Keep in mind I have screened all for compatability with kids and cats, personality, training, and Kyootness:

Top runner up, presently: Joy- a terrier/sheltie mix currently located in Connecticut

Milton- such a Sweetie! Check out 'dem Yoda ears!!!

Opus- A whippet mix

I don't need to hear from any nay-sayers on this. Nothing is written in stone yet. I am just looking about for the perfect companion. I want a medium sized dog with kind energy and intelligence. I want a dog to walk in the woods with, to cuddle, to lend more doggie context to my daily life. To love. Send me good vibes, please. Thanks!

Your Daily Dose of Cool Things:

"Paul Mawhinney, a 69-year old Pittsburgh man, is selling off his old record collection. Nothing too unusual about that, except that Mawhinney happens to own one of the largest collections of music in the world."- Paste Magazine (I think he also has a donut collection somewhere, too)

Silly Doggie!

Creative Mapping

Your Daily Dose of Wonderful Design:

Eco-Lighthouse (via Lost at E Minor)

Called the Lighthouse (BRE House), this is the UK’s first ever net zero carbon home that also meets the highest level of the UK Standard Code for Sustainable Homes.

Your Daily Dose of Inspiring Words:

Once upon a time, there was a large mountainside, where an eagle’s nest rested. The eagle’s nest contained four large eagle eggs. One day an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down the mountain, to a chicken farm, located in the valley below. The chickens knew that the must protect and care for the eagle’s egg, so an old hen volunteered to nurture and raise the large egg.

One day, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born. Sadly, however, the eagle was raised to be a chicken. Soon, the eagle believed he was nothing more than a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family, but his spirit cried out for more. While playing a game on the farm one day, the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring in the skies. "Oh," the Eagle cried, "I wish I could soar like those birds."

The chickens roared with laughter, "You cannot soar with those birds. You are a chicken and chickens do not soar." The eagle continued staring, at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be with them. Each time the eagle would let his dreams be known, he was told it couldn’t be done.

That is what the eagle learned to believe. The eagle, after time, stopped dreaming and continued to live his life like a chicken. Finally, after a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away.

The moral of the story: You become what you believe you are; so if you ever dream to become an eagle follow your dreams, not the words of a chicken.

- Author Unknown

Your Daily Dose of Wicked-Good Food:

Grainaissance Mochi

"Mochi is a nutritious bake-and-serve rice snack made from whole grain brown rice. Mochi is all-natural and without additives, preservatives or colorings. It's also wheat-free and gluten-free. Mochi can be eaten in a variety of ways. Just cut into 1-1/2" squares and bake in a pre-heated 450° F oven for 8-10 minutes. Watch them puff up before your eyes!" (via the Grainaissance site)

Seriously, this stuff is addictive, yummy and chewy goodness. Try it out. You will be really happy you did!