Thursday, February 24, 2011

Free Movie Night

Tonight, I'm going to watch my favorite movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird." I will also watch the bonus disc of the Gregory Peck biography that was included in the case when I bought the movie. There's popcorn in my cupboard (the old school kind that you make on the stove), soy butter in my fridge and comfy blankets in the hall closet. This evening of entertainment will cost zero dollars.

Friday, February 18, 2011

How to Save $ on Veggies

Today, I totally geeked on an heirloom seed site. I ordered some chantenay carrots, Cinderella pumpkins, moon and stars melons, Brandywine tomatoes, purple hull peas, assorted sweet peppers and even some cotton. I don't know if cotton grows in Shanghai, but there's only one way to find out.

I also plan to put an herb garden in the firepit, since we won't be using it for fires in the summer. Dill is lovely to put on salmon (for my pescetarian days). Basil is easy to grow, and I can act all fancy when I use it for cooking. "Oh, this is fresh from my garden," I'll say when we have potlucks at work. Chives are nice for potato salad. And maybe some hyssop because they're always talking about that in the Bible. Mint's something even an idiot can grow. And then there's oregano and parsley and whatnot.

And, when I'm at the office and a thunderstorm comes up, I can fret and say things like, "My, I hope all this rain doesn't ruin my crops. I mean, it's fine. I'm fine. I'm just worried about my hyssop."