Guess what I did today

Well, did you guess?

If you answered pretty much nothing, you’d not be far off. But I did do somethings. Like go pick up my latest CSA farm share. Which was delicious looking…

Here’s the take:

1- 1 dozen eggs
2- 2 more honey bears
3- 2 decorative gourds
4- 1 bunch of arugula
5- 1 acorn squash
6- 1 bok choi
7- 1 bunch of small turnips
8- 1 quart of potatoes
9- 1 sweet lightning squash
10- 1 onion
11- 3 carrots
12- 1 carving pumpkin

While at the farmer’s market, I also paid for a Thanksgiving turkey. Locally raised, none of that crazy breeding, and probably twice as delicious. I’m excited, although it will probably be on the smaller side. We’ll see.

I also ran 9.5 miles according to my iPod. I’m not sure if I believe it or not. I was supposed to run 8 miles, so I spent some time over at, trying to figure out how to stretch 8 miles out of my usual suspects. I finally settled on this run:

As you can see, the distance is clearly 7.65 miles. That didn’t phase me because there’s a delightful little back trail through the neighborhood that adds about half a mile to most of my runs anyhow. So I finally got myself ready to go (I had been putting off the run all morning, rationalizing that it was too cold still, and somehow decided that downloading Dr. Mario to the Wii was a good idea instead of running, even after I’m all dressed and stretched… It was a rough morning, I guess.)

It was a beautiful day for running! The roads that I chose were mostly dirt (I honestly didn’t know there was so much dirt road so close!), and they were lined with trees in color. I agree, Elizabeth, wonderful time of year! I did end up choosing a good temperature to run in.

However, my iPod announced that I had completed my 8 miles at a point in my run where I knew I still had over a mile to go. That was a little weird. I decided to keep going, since I’d been at it for over an hour at that point.

At the end of the run, my iPod showed this as my final score:

So which was it? 9.67 or 7.65. The world may never know. My iPod isn’t exactly accurate, but I don’t think that it would be off by a mile and a half either. The funny thing is that MapMyRun and my iPod agreed on the length of my other favorite runs. Who knows? Maybe Steve Jobs does.

Oh, and as a little challenge for my blog readers, I left something aside from the eggs out of the picture above. Can you figure it out?

So why are you supporting McCain, my friends?

So, I’m sitting here, watching the debate (unfortunately without debate cookies), and coming down from a runner’s high.  I realized that I never asked the second half of my presidential politics question:   Why are you supporting John McCain in this election?  

Devoted readers will know that I am horribly undecided in this campaign, and still can’t really make up my mind about who I will vote for this November.  I have a list of things that I like and don’t like about each candidate, and right now, they about balance each other out.
As part of my research, I’m asking you, dear reader, to discuss politics with me.   I’m not really interested in why you aren’t voting for McCain.  I’m interested in the positive aspects of why you support him.  Do you think his tax credit for health care will work?  Do you think his tax cuts will work to stimulate the economy?  Are his foreign policies the way to improve America’s standing in the world?
I still welcome thoughts about Obama in my previous post.  If you support him, feel free to leave me a comment here.  I’ve enabled anonymous comments for both posts, which you can use if you don’t want me to know who you are?
Oh, and if you see Joe the Plumber out there, I’d really like to know who you are voting for, but I’d also like to stop hearing about you.

An Alphabet Tag Thing

I got tagged. I guess. Whatever that means. Silly internet memes.

A-Attached or Single: Single

B-Best Friend: Pierre, my roomba

C-Cake or Pie: Pie… Apple Pie

D-Day of Choice: Thursday

E-Essential Item: iPod + Nike. I can’t run without it. (And that’s really about all the usage my iPod gets!)

F-Favorite Color: To wear: blue. To look at: red

G-Greatest Accomplishment: Learning to juggle scarves

H-Hometown: Lovell, Wyoming

I-Indulgences: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

J-January or July: July

K-kids: Nope, see M.

L-Life is incomplete without: 3 books in my to-read list

M-Marriage Date: Should I speculate about the future?

N-Number of siblings: 7

O-Oranges or apples: Honeycrisp Apples (But really, it’s a seasonal thing…)

P- Phobias or fears: Falling and Failing

Q-Quotes: Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.
– Christopher Morley

R-Reason to smile: Because it’s all fun and games until someone loses $23 million.

S-Season: Fall (Really, apple season) (and sometimes oregano)

T-Tag 5 friends: You, you, you, you and you. You’re all it.

U-Unknown fact about me: I’m terribly self-conscious about my chipped tooth.

V-Very favorite store: Borders

W-Worst Habit: Blogging / Facebooking at work

X-X-ray or Ultra-sound: I prefer to think of this question as X-ray vision or Ultra-sonic hearing. I choose X-ray vision.

Y-Your favorite food: My favorite food is really sharing what I’ve made with friends. So whatever that is. It’s probably not a casserole. It’s more likely an oven omelet.

Z-Zodiac sign: Scorpio

Ten Years Ago

I was reading my daily news sites, and when I got to the Wyoming section of my reading list, I realized that today was the ten year anniversary of an event that had an important impact on my life.

Ten years ago, during my freshman year at the University of Wyoming, Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence post outside of Laramie, beaten, and left to die. He was discovered the next day, still alive, but tragically he did not survive his injuries and died in a coma a few days later.

The reason most commonly given for the attack was the fact that Shepard was gay. His kidnappers/attackers had offered him a ride home from a local bar, and then turned on him, pistol whipped him, stole his shoes, and abandoned him.

In Laramie, the reaction to the killing was generally outrage. I remember a newcast where a hardened old cowboy took off his hat, shook his head, and said “That’s not the way we do things in Wyoming.”

One month into my education at UW, the quiet town of Laramie was turned on its head. Several opposition groups (some representing activist churches) protested loudly and spread messages of hate. One of my honors classes took time to discuss the events, to try to see what had happened from several points of view. Many in the community, including myself, wore yellow cloth armbands with three green circles on them to show that we supported tolerance, not hate.

It was a chance for me to reflect on what it meant to be Mormon. The saints had been victims of hate and violence a century and a half before. Christ spread the message of tolerance, love for all, and hope. I had seen outpourings of hope and love, but had also seen the dangers of taking religious beliefs too far.

The events of a decade ago have moved me to be more tolerant… to take a moment to remember that Jesus said love everyone, to treat them kindly too. Even if I don’t share belief or value systems, even if I find those beliefs and values repugnant, I try to remember there is a person underneath and that they have value.

Matthew Shepard changed me. I hope that we all can all be changed for the better by the tragedy of Matthew Shepard.

Sidebar stuff

Ok, so this is the lame post where I tell you what I’ve been doing with my blog template.

I’ve been jiggering with my sidebar. Since my blog isn’t actually hosted on Blogger, I can’t do all of the cool and easy template changes, like adding a widget. I have to actually edit the code of my template. It’s not hard, since most of the time, I can just steal the code from somewhere else, but it’s knowing what to do with it that’s the trouble.

The first thing I added was my shared items. Sometimes, I’ll be reading something somewhere, and I’ll just want to share it with you, but not say anything about it. I like it, and I think that you, dear reader, might like it too. But not enough for me to say anything about it. Right now, there’s an anti-High Fructose Corn Syrup thing, a really cool video of dominoes made of dominoes, and a cross post from a friends blog about Mormon dating, so you can see it’s pretty eclectic, and not about food most of the time. So if you’re reading this on my actual website, go ahead and take a look to see what I’m reading and thinking about these days.

I also added my Twitter feed. It’s like the Facebook status updates, except more frequent and less other information like photos and wall posts and applications. I’ve got it set to show my most recent three updates, so you can see how my day/week progresses. It’s like microblogging. I’m not satisfied with how it looks right now, so it might move around a little bit until I get it right. If you want to friend me on Twitter, my username is brady32. I read this really interesting article about the whole Twitter/Facebook/Microblogging thing. It’s worth a read in this brave new world in which we live.

Finally, I also added a map and list that shows where people are reading me. You’re stalking me, and now I’m stalking you back. Take that, blog stalkers. 😉 Now if I could only figure out who in Connecticut is reading my blog.

Bi-weekly Veggie Fest #9

The season seems to be wrapping up. I’m guessing we’re in for a lot of winter squashes and pumpkins in the next few weeks, but not much else. The pickup this week was full of peppers, including one that I’d never heard of before, the Joe Pepper. Hmm.. no idea. The picture above is the board that hangs in the cow-print tent each week. It shows which items and how many are available for each share.

Here’s the take this week. I forgot to weigh it:

1- 2 honey bears from the farm beehives. (Mmm… fresh honey!)
2- 1 Sweet Lighting squash

3- 1 quart of potatoes
4- 1 squash (I chose Zucchini this time)
5- 1 eggplant
6- 1 onion
7- 4 banana peppers
8- 2 bell peppers
9- 1 Joe pepper
10- 6 jalepenos
11- 2 chili peppers
12- 1 dozen eggs

I spent way too much time at the market yesterday. In addition to my CSA box, I was looking for secret ingredients for the Hill Street Hoedown chili cook-off this weekend. Take note, Elder’s Quorum Presidency. You’ve been warned. 😉