I can’t stop thinking about the engineering effort, time, testing, and sheet ingenuity that went into making this $4,000 machine that spits out the worst pancakes I have ever tasted.
Encountered at the Heathrow Airport Doubletree Hotel on our layover coming home from Greece. This was also my first time experiencing manufactured fried eggs that were simply re-heated on site. Each one looked exactly the same and tasted only vaguely like the real thing. Progress!
Meghan’s aunt gave us a ton of jalapeños from her garden, so I tried making poppers for the first (or possibly second?) time. It was a very time consuming process. I should have worn gloves (oh, the burning!). But they turned out absolutely delicious.
The weather was so nice I cut our run short when we got to the pier and went for a swim in my running clothes. Salty would not come in at first. He freaked out and ran around the pier and float, then for some inexplicable reason picked up my socks and flung them into the water in exasperation, where they sunk before I could get to them. It was hilarious and also sort of problematic, because I had to run back home, wet, with no socks. I did manage to get him into the water eventually, and he swam around a bit, then repeatedly attempted to climb atop me and drag me under.
And now we are four. Salty is a yellow lab/collie/something mix that we adopted from Northeast Animal Rescue. He comes to us 3 months old and weighing 13 lbs, and will probably quadruple in size in the not-too-distant future.
Mat takes a breather in a piece of Cleveland art. This huge stamp may have been one of the highlights of Cleveland, but there were somewhat more impressive things to see on our brief side trip to Niagara Falls. While in town we explored, went to the Zoo, visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and saw the Springsteen show.
They devolved in 1997 and took residence here in 2004. Clearly they were going a bit nuts with the symbolism. According to Wikipedia, “the cost of the building (£431 million) remains more controversial than any of the legislation so far passed by the Parliament.” It is quite a nice building.
I’ve just posted a small photo set of Edinburgh, including a neat panorama, from my visit to Scotland with Jessica last July.
Last month I spent the weekend with my aunt and her friend in Washington, D.C. Among the places we visited was the National Zoo, where I got some neat animal photos. Check out some DC stalwarts or to jump straight to the cuddly animals.
Pictures from last weekend’s Long Island adventures with Deirdre are up. The jellyfish infestation along the coast led us to cut short our excursions at the beach and invade a nearby pool instead, with interesting results. I also got to have some “real” New York pizza, and it was marvelous.