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holy hail!day 3558: two birds in the hand...day 3558: and yet still more hockey.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. VI.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. V.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. IV.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. III.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. II.day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls. I.frida celebrated st. patrick's day at doggie day care.

the traveling driftless beer.

the traveling driftless beer.

two anonymous gifts left on my desk. the beer today, the coaster 7 years ago. while i’d love to drink the driftless brewing company beverage, maybe i’ll give it away and someone can take a picture of it so it can become the flat stanley of beers. #travelingdriftlessbeer

giving blood. the surrealist edition.

giving blood. the surrealist edition.

due to cancelled blood drives on account of inclement weather, the red cross is short 38,000 pints of blood in the midwest. give blood!

in a scandinavian themed church basement, when asked why i made the trek to give blood in inhospitable wintry conditions, i almost made the nurse cry when i told her about all the the transfusions odin received in the nicu. and after giving blood ( the the rarest blood allele ), as i was helping a co-worker who passed out ( it happens! ) i was told i look like charlie sheen. on a tuesday.

goodbye ‘grade b maple syrup’, hello ‘grade a – dark robust taste’?

goodbye 'grade b maple syrup', hello 'grade a - dark robust taste'?

we consume a lot of maple syrup, much of it added to lightly sweetened plain yogurt and, of course, occasionally on top of french toast or pancakes. i can’t remember exactly when, but at some point years ago i remember learning that grade B was better. huh? how could grade b be better than grade A? and cost less?! well, it was true, the cheapest maple syrup tastes best and once you get used to the dark, flavorful grade B you can’t go back to the bland grade A. but it obviously has had a branding problem, since in almost every other instance you can think of, grades with lower letters in the alphabet mean the product is inferior.

vermonters are moving towards a uniform grading system where everything is grade A with flavor descriptors – e.g. grade B will become ‘grade A dark, robust taste’. no doubt some folks think the new grades “lose vermont touch and some see a conspiracy:

“In Wisconsin, where the grading proposal is under discussion, syrup-maker Katrina Becker of Stoney Acres Farm said some producers fear their industry could become Big Maple. One standard is the first step to price controls, more regulation and speculative maple-syrup trading, she predicted.”

maybe this is the first stage of a maple syrup revolution that could change the business forever finally realizing thomas jefferson’s dream of maple syrup besting sugarcane in the battle for america’s sweet tooth.

my first attempt at creating a refreshing chocolate soda actually creates an exploding chocolate volcano.

as usual, after a 10 mile run of course i have some organic valley chocolate milk on hand for my refueling needs.

only this time, i think, hey, how about making a nice, refreshing chocolate soda with my sodastream. the folks at sodastream even have a recipe, but that recipe involves mixing carbonated water with chocolate milk and i thought, “why water it down? why not just fill it up all the way and carbonate it!”

turns out, the reason you don’t do that is it creates a spectacular exploding chocolate volcano!

you can briefly see me carbonating the chocolate milk in this clip but i attempted to to shoot the video just as it reached full pressure and chocolate foam started comign out of the top of the container. i dropped the phone, loosened the bottle, and boom! chocolate milk everywhere.

the aftermath does no justice to how far and wide the chocolate milk went.

try and try again….

10 mile run with 10 mph winds and +5°F degree wind chill. in. a. snow storm.

10 mile run with 10 mph winds and +5°F degree wind chill. in. a. snow storm. I.

i guess at least it was above zero and no snow blindness!

10 mile run with 10 mph winds and +5°F degree wind chill. in. a. snow storm. II.

it didn’t sustain snowing at this intensity for long but the wind whipping around the steady snow fall was, um, fun? there’s a road there somewhere!

when i’m out in weather like this, i get looks from drivers that i think means something along the of, “you poor, poor, deranged soul.”

playing around with flourescent fluid – what could possibly go wrong!

playing around with flourescent fluid - what could possibly go wrong!

there are a lot of fun projects in nick and tesla’s high-voltage danger lab. odin’s working on the “van tracker”. you soak the inner core of a highlighter in some water, then if you’re following the instructions you put the bag on the bumper of a van and poke a pin in it and use a blacklight to see where the van went.

not really thinking it through before i said it, i offered that it might be more fun to put the flourescent fluid in a squirt gun and write secret messages in the snow that you can only see with a blacklight.

highlighter fluid in a squirt gun – what could possibly go wrong!

8 mile run. 15 mph winds. sub-zero windchills. snow blindness. looking for a tauntaun to crawl into.

8 mile run.  15 mph winds. sub-zero windchills. snow blindness.  looking for a tauntaun to crawl into.

after a year of keeping 110 pounds off, finally trimming the wardrobe.

after a year of keeping 110 pounds off, finally trimming the wardrobe. I.

it’s coming up on a year since i lost 110 pounds by running over 2,400 miles and i’ve managed to keep the weight off by continuing to watch what i eat, weighing myself every day, and continuing to run even in crazy cold weather.

i’m cautiously optimistic that i’ve found the weight loss recipe that works for me, though i know i will still take constant vigilance to keep it off for another year and every year after that. i told myself i’d keep my big clothes for a year on the chance i’d need them again, and now i think it’s time to donate them to someone who might find they fit a little better.

it’s a little hard to tell from this picture but i went down about 12 inches on my pants waist size and can now fit in 32″ “regular fit” pants which i think was the same size i wore in 9th grade :-)

after a year of keeping 110 pounds off, finally trimming the wardrobe. II.

i’m happy to get rid of all the clown clothes but, ummmmmm, i think i need to go shopping.

frida the sweet puffball snoozing comfy couch companion.

frida the sweet puffball snoozing comfy couch companion.

(finally) making another batch of purple moon ice cream!

(finally) making another batch of purple moon ice cream!

it’s been awhile since i whipped up a batch of purple moon ice cream. odin’s hockey team played a great game and earned a spot in the state hockey championship, which was the perfect excuse to make another half gallon.

this will sit in the fridge overnight and i’ll put in the mixer tomorrow.

i snuck a taste and i think this might be my best batch yet.

now that i think of it, i owe a debt of purple moon ice cream in exchange for getting an awesome lunchbox. maybe i’ll have to make two batches :-)

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