Monday, August 25, 2008

Convention Week Day 1 Morning

So far it isn't too out of the ordinary down here. A few things I noticed on the ride into work.

1. The bus was half empty and traffic was a breeze, apparently people are just staying away from downtown today.
2. There were several Downtown Denver Hosts standing outside Market Street Station waiting for people looking lost, or so it seemed.
3. There are helicopters flying around already, not traffic copters, helicopters with machine guns on them.
4. I overheard delegates talking about caucus meetings and a reporter talking about his interview with Tim Kaine at 10am on the Mall Shuttle
5. I had to have a co-worker vouch for me before I could get into my office today because I don't have the nifty badge yet.

So far pretty easy, but it's only 8am on Monday, let's see how the rest of the day goes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

McCain and the Oil Rig

John McCain spoke from an oil rig today. This speaking engagement was delayed by hurricane Dolly in July so he had to wait to get out in front of the press to say that more offshore drilling was the answer. I have two things to say about this; 1) This oil field didn't start producing until 10 years after it's discovery and 2) Hurricanes routinely force workers off the rigs and stop drilling/pumping in addition to delaying candidates from stumping on them. If trends continue for more hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and we are more dependent on oil drilled from said Gulf won't we have more instances of shut down if not damaged rigs?

You can find Sen. Obama's energy plan here.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Speech Speech Speech Speech!

That is not one of our tickets, I grabbed an image from the web.

We do have tickets though ;). We'll be getting down to Invesco not long after the gates open at 1pm on the 28th.

Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oh the Humanity!

That is quite a mess.

Fortunately it was not due to me losing a finger.

It is the mess I made peeling beets. Yes beets.

Yes peeling.

I wanted roasted beets for salad, and it was rather tasty.

Roasted beets, goat cheese and walnuts over mixed greens with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top. Tasty tasty stuff. I highly recommend it.

One lesson we learned about roasting beets, at 400 degrees they need at least 40 minutes, 30 left us with the larger beets being a bit too crunchy in the salad.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Garden Update: Beginning of August Harvest

The garden is exploding with produce. Exploding might be the wrong word, but the fact remains we are harvesting on a daily basis!

Zucchini continue to show up at a rate of 2 a week and the cucumbers are showing up at almost 2 a day. Fortunately we really really like cucumbers and have friends willing to take them off our hands, and family, and strangers.

The Early Girl tomatoes are starting to ripen up nicely, in fact I pulled 7 of them out tonight, but more about that later.

I was initially disappointed in the pepper production, and I still am. We do have a few peppers growing nicely, I suspect they will be seen again here in a salsa recipe soon.

Tonight I harvested 6 tomatoes, a couple sprigs of basil, a few cucumbers and a zucchini while the rain had died down for a few minutes, it is pouring again as I write this.

The zucchini became the first course of the evening, zucchini soup. The tomatoes and basil went into a quick no cook sauce that we tossed with some spaghetti. The cucumbers were chopped into a quick salad, we are running out of ways to use them!

After dinner we realized that not only was this meal vegetarian but it was vegan too! Despite the taste of creaminess in the soup it contains no dairy whatsoever, just some olive oil, garlic, zucchini and water. We both agree that adding balls of mozzarella to the pasta would have made it even better. Fortunately for us there are plenty of tomatoes waiting to be transformed into additional pasta goodness to test the cheese hypothesis.