Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Your Plot Points Suck Too

Dear everybody in my Fiction Writing class,


Love, Karlen

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Porch Garden Season 2 Episode 2

I took some more pictures of my porch garden the day before yesterday. I had finally remembered to charge the battery for my D200 so they're much fancier than the last set.

Oh, but first! That morning, Kyle and I made veggie Benedict. Toasted croissant, sliced tomato, poached egg (huge hassle!) and homemade Hollandaise (I'm a fantastic saucier, by the way):

Convolvulus sprouts:

Oregano and Tarragon:

Morning Glory:

Phlox sprouts:

Fiddle Leaf Fig:


Everything is doing really well. Sometime this week I need to get more soil and put the Convolvulus and tomato sprouts in a pot. The Morning Glory is going crazy! I can't wait until it blooms.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

This looks awesome!

You're the Reason I Don't Want to be There

Man on campus: I've got great news for you about Jesus Christ! [shoves a neon pink piece of paper in my face]
Me: [politely] Oh, no thank you.
Man on campus: Oh, COME ON!!! Don't you want to go to Heaven when you die?
Me: [less politely] Absolutely not.
Man on campus to girl behind me: I've got great news for you about Jesus Christ! You ought to be careful! There's sinners on this campus that tell me they don't even WANT to go to Heaven!!!

Can someone please explain to me why this is acceptable?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

from indexed.

[ETA: Also, Happy One Year Blogiversary!]

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Porch Garden, Season 2

Yesterday, Kyle and I decided it was time to fix up the porch garden again. Last year, we had some issues leaving for a month in the summer, specifically that it rains EVERY DAY during a Florida summer and our pots didn't drain properly. Many plants were lost to the flood. Winter claimed a few more, my pothos and purslane and a jalapeno plant that had been doing exceptionally well up until cold and drought killed it off.

Anyway, here's this season's porch garden on day 1:

Palm rescued from unoccupied next door porch, Carolina Jessamine, fiddle leaf fig (which has recently been cut in hopes of making a bushier plant instead of a very tall stick with some leaves at the top).

Real flower boxes are very expensive, so we got these and some zip ties and made our own. I planted Morning Glory seeds in this one.


This one has Phlox.

We're trying out these Burpee "eco friendly" starters. Kyle planted "Tasty Treat" tomatoes in this one...

and I planted Convolvulus (I...think) in this one.

My darling avocado, another Carolina jessamine, and our little Areca palm (I'm sure that's not how it's spelled. Whatever)!

Oregano, tarragon, thai basil (I think the only remaining small plant survivor of the summer flood), pitiful desert rose, pot 'o lavender seeds, weed that Kyle insists is something that we planted but has no idea what it is. And Kyle's butt.

When Mom came to visit a while ago, she brought us a couple grocery store Basil plants. Grocery store herbs are the weakest little things but this one has done surprisingly well! Keep on truckin', little Basil plant!

Ok, so there's our new garden. We're hoping the jessamine will sort of climb onto the railing and make a kind of cover but we probably won't be living here long enough for that to happen. Oh, well, still pretty.

Kyle's dad made me a five pound soap mold which I used....last weekend? Two weeks ago? I'm not sure but I made lavender spearmint soap in it. It's awesome!

Also, a couple weeks ago, Kyle brought home a toy for Momo. It's a catnip seagull (?) with all of these red maribou feathers attached. She basically lost her freaking mind for this thing:

The aftermath.

Ok, that's all. Happy weekend, everybody!