Baseball season starts today.


Much to Kris' excitement and anticipation, the 2005 MLB season starts today.

Boston vs NY Yankees.

Oh joy. Must... contain... excitement.


 Magazine a day: day 2

Day two of my magazine-a-day attempt, which started yesterday.

Today's magazine was Nutrition Action. It's a thin magazine without advertising. Each issue discusses a main health topic, as well as smaller blurbs of other health topics. It also has an comparison article discussing how to make good choices with some food group.

The whole magazine is very light (being thin), but is pretty good for the topics it covers. This issue discussed thinning bones and what nutrients can help prevent osteoporosis. The last issues was about lead in water. That cover story is actually online at the magazine's website.

 Interrupt-driven gardening

Today was a full-on gardening day. Previously, I'd been following my own advice and spending 20 minutes a day working on the yards. I had managed to clear out the side yard in three days, but today was going to be full day of working on the gardens.

Imagine having 10 cubic yards of organic compost dumped into your driveway. Better yet, here's a picture of what it looks like.

We purchased and moved 12 cubic yards of compost into the back yard garden this two years ago, to great success in the garden. 12' sunflowers with 18" heads, more food than we could eat, a billion tomatoes, yeah.

If you're in the Bay Area, and need organic compost, I highly recommend Wheeler Farm. The prices are great (about 1/3 the cost of compost from any gardening or home improvement store), and the owners fantastic.

So, moving this compost. The goal was to move it from the front driveway, to the back garden area. Full preparation of the garden involved tilling the garden, moving the compost to the garden, spreading the compost, then, if needed, tilling again.

Which is what I did.


Kris was sick, so I ended up moving all the compost myself for today. He managed to keep the girls from bark-bark-barking at me all day, which was good. But it was a lot of work.

Even with all the compost moving, I barely made a dent in my 5 cubic yards of the 10 cubic yards in the driveway.

Took me about 4 hours to move as much as I did. It took me a while to get started because of the cascading issues for the tools.

To move the compost, I needed the wheelbarrow.

To use the wheelbarrow, I needed to dump the current compost (from my compostor) out of it.

To move that compost out, I needed to have a place to move it to.

To create a space to move the compost to, I had to cut down, clear, and move plants next to the house where they don't belong.

To cut, clear and move, I had to, well, it keeps going. I spent the first 40+ minutes cleaning up the various parts of the yard just so that I could just get going. Urf.

I still have the compost for the side yard to place. And the front yard.

 How many?

Me:  "You know, I know our houses are exactly the same size.

From the garage:

Kris: How many?


Me:  What did you think I said?

Kris: I didn't hear what you said.

Me:  Then why did you ask, how many?


Kris: It sounds better than," (in his best granny voice) "What?!? Wha? What?!"

 Magazine a day: day 1

I have a lot of magazines lying around. They've been piling up, to the point where I'm almost overwhelmed with them. When I get busy, the first thing to go is television, the second is magazines. And they pile up.

So, I've decided to read magazine a day until I've caught up.

Here's the first one.

The April issue of Self magazine.

Now, some magazines have content online, as well as archives. Others will have content for a while after publication, moving it to a subscriber-only archive after some date. And then there are some that have only the table of contents online.

Self is one of the latter ones. It has just the table of contents online, which sucks if, even as a subscriber, you're trying to reference something online.

I'll have to figure out how to get the content I want to save in some digital format. Scanning isn't the best option, but not terribly search-friendly.

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