Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What I'm Wishing For.... :-)


This week we were to tell what we would like to discover. I would like to discover new ways of doing urban farming and new methods of self-sustainability....technically I will be an environmental engineer when done with schooling. I will actually discover what I would like to discover. :-)
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Other things I want:
-----To get a working record player. Also, to collect more records. I go to a lot of thrift shops and rarely find an unscratched record. I must find a way to travel to record shops more often...yes, I have to travel to find a record shop (groan). I wonder if there are instructions for making your own record player somewhere online....that would be interesting if I could do it well enough that it wouldn't ruin records.
-----To buy a graphic novel called "Nixon's Pals." It is about a man who is a parole officer for super heroes.
-----To get a big thick chopping block like they use at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). I would also like to have a set-up where a large amount of my countertops are chopping blocks (like Julia Child's kitchen).
-----The series "The Chopping Block" to have another season. For what it's worth, I agreed with the choice that was made for the winner of this show. I could not make up my mind what I thought of the second place couple and I really liked the third place couple.
-----I would like Trader Joe's to post more of their products online. It is hard when they only talk about 3 or 4 products at a time. I am going to Trader Joe's when I attend a Taste of Home Cooking School session later this week. I am told that Trader Joe's has really good pralines (I am buying some for Husband as I should no longer eat walnuts due to my thyroid issues).
-----One of my things on this list was to go to a zoo. I am planning to visit a zoo later this week...if all goes well. I doubt they will have kestrels....like I want to see...but you never know.
-----This Iron Butterfly Baseball Cap. I would also like to see a video that actually looks like Elvis singing Inna-Gadda-di-Vida.....I think he would have been awesome at singing this. I wrote an e-mail to Iron Butterfly telling them that they should do this. I enjoy having Husband do an imitation of Elvis singing Inna-Gadda-di-Vida.
-----To attract a lot of bees to my yard (fairly safe bees only). I am trying to do my part to fight Bee Collapse. We are going to take up beekeeping....wanted to start this summer but a lot of other projects got in the way.
-----To attend the BlogHer and SXSW Conferences within the next few years. BlogHer is within my price range next year....I hope...if I use the student rate. When I do SXSW, I want the full package...and that is going to take some saving up.
-----To try many grilling recipes next Summer....especially marinades. I have been collecting different marinades whenever I see a clearance or sale at the grocery (of course, I won't be saving these until next year). I like Newman's Sesame Ginger and have a Merlot Sauce in the pantry that we are going to try. Over the winter, I will collect up recipes to try.
-----To avoid catching the Swine/summer Flu. Despite concerns over outbreaks, I see so many people that still sneeze and cough on others. I have several co-workers that come to work knowing they are contagious...and every time I catch something I have to stay away from visiting my mother (due to her being weakened from Stage 4 Breast Cancer).
-----To own "Dragon:The Bruce Lee Story." If I could ask for things that weren't possible...then one of them would be for Bruce and Brandon Lee to have not tragic-and-premature deaths. I also wish that tragedy hadn't befallen Lennon and JFK, Jr. I watched a good movie based on the life of JFK, Jr. recently....I will have to find it and post a link (it is up on Hulu).
-----More farm-fresh eggs. I have found someone to buy them from and need to call to start arranging pick-ups. The info is on the side of my refrigerator...I just need to call and get this started. Maybe I will tell people I am subscribing to farm-fresh eggs. :-)
-----To visit Dollywood. I want to go on their SkyZip ride. Multiple ziplines in the Smokey Mountains. I also want to safely see a bear in Smokey Mountains National Park...and have the knowledge of how to photograph it (relatively) safely.
-----To visit Graceland. I want to make leaf rubbings of the Fall leaves there...a souvenir that would suit me. I would love to have the sewing talent to make a Elvis-style jumpsuit that suits me. I saw the VMA's on TV recently.....and did not really like Katy Perry's outfit or performance.....her outfit looked like Elvis' Aloha from Hawaii jumpsuit cut-up and I was not impressed with her idea of covering "We Will Rock You."
-----To have Hogan's Heroes remade into a movie. I would want it done in a way that was not offensive to Germans/other people in WWII.We have the complete series that we have been slowly watching....and then passing on to my Mother (who is very ill and likes them to pass the time). TVLand.com has a rotating schedule of episodes that you can watch for FREE.
-----More storage containers....lots more. I am especially longing for refrigerator and closet containers. I do not like Tupperware that much....it just gets weird after a while. I would rather buying Ziploc containers every so often.
-----A dehydrator.To make different kinds of jerky. I am intrigued by jerky made out of salmon.
-----To buy a case of Blu Frog (energy drink). I like the flavor much more than Red Bull. Unique. I was hoping to buy some for Summer guests but they did not stay long enough.
-----To find if the song Judd Nelson sang about wanting to be an Airborne Ranger is a real song. If so, I want to learn the lyrics.
-----To find a medieval-looking dress that coordinates with my green Marvin the Martian fisherman's hat. "The Very Merry Seamstress" seems like it might be a good choice.
-----Purchase a mosquito trap called a "Mosquito Magnet" for the grill area. The Mosquito Magnet traps the mosquitos for 200 feet! Right now we have citronella oil tiki torches that we use for get-togethers....and they are beautiful (looks like a Hawaiian lua or fire poi show).
-----To try linguini with clam sauce. Both the red and the white sauce.
-----To take a cruise to somewhere warm. Cliche but true wish. I also plan on a whale-watching cruise to New England/Alaska.
-----To play Bossaball. I do not know of anywhere in the United States that offers this game. I hope I am in better shape the first time that I play.
-----To find ways of eating meat that cause less strain on the environment.
-----To have a complete lapidary equipment setup. I have picked out what I think will be our first rock saw and now must save up. I have BAD hand-eye coordination due to an eye problem....so, I will have to ask Husband to complete anything I design for me (same with the bee-keeping).
-----To finish our bathroom remodel.
-----A new stock pot set. I want to make sure that this set is made better (last did not take to prolonged periods of heat...I kid you not). I also want it to be the correct width/height proportion to not have soup evaporate quickly. I have done some reading on this and found that my original pots were likely not thick enough.
-----A claw-foot tub. We have considered putting in an enclosed bathhouse outside. :-)
-----A rubber duckie. I have told Husband that they have rubber duckies at the dollar store. I am going to drop this "hint" to Husband again. The rubber duckie and the claw-foot tub would go perfectly together. :-)
-----To learn both freehand and string glowsticking.
-----Replace several necklace chains that I am allergic to.Repair a couple that have broken.
-----Purchase and board a horse. Or at least go horseback riding with the same horse on a regular basis. Learn how to saddle/care for a horse. There is an equestrian school that I really want to attend.
-----To make another Kiva investment (micro-business loans to third-world countries). I am on my second Kiva investment and it seems to be going well for the small business that I am lending to.
-----To open a coffee shop....obviously from the title of my blog.
-----More home barista equipment.
-----To go Zorbing.
-----To go on a hot air ballon ride. Every time I have tried, the weather has thwarted me.
-----To get more intense w/my urban farming efforts.
-----To get a truck....because we have to borrow one a lot when hauling manure and the like.
-----To get my Phd. I will be getting very intense with my urban farming...to the point that in the end I will technically be an Environmental Engineer. Another want, unfortunately, is for me to be better at math...I have to pass several higher level math courses at some point.
-----Finish paying off this laptop. I need to get all the stuff off my old laptop as I am going to let Husband use it...a process that is taking me a very long time.
-----Get the proper set-up and repairs done for my guitars. Then learn how to play them. I need a boogie bag for all but one. I also need guitar straps and stands.
-----To watch every video on FoodTube.
-----To put down tiles on the floor of the kitchen sink cabinet...we always seem to be breaking the same pipe and this would be better for the wood. I got this idea from "The Itty Bitty Kitchen Handbook" by Justin Spring.
-----People to keep my Mother in their thoughts and prayers. She has Stage 4 Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Had a Heart Attack and has a host of other health problems. She is supposed to have a surgery but is not strong enough right now. Please think/pray about her if you can.
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2 comments:

Annie said...

I immediately went to Google. Here you go:

http://www.theanalogdept.com/diy_turntables.htm

Sleepypete said...

Turntables were great :-) They added a quality to the music that CDs didn't seem to have. CDs too perfect whereas the records add character ?

Sneezes - I'm infamous at work for PowerSneezing :-) (allergies) but I think I manage to avoid getting people ... Unlike the muppets who go to the loo and neglect to wash their hands.

Laptop - same with my car. I'm bored of it now (and it looks like it's starting to break at 52k miles) and want a different one. 20 months to go on the loan though ...

Fingers crossed for your mom, haven't seen my colleague at work who's also got breast cancer, hope things turn out ok for both your mom and the lady at work.

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