Monday, January 31, 2011

you CAN rock a ukulele!

sometimes people give you things you dont know you need;)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snowmagedon: Deja vu all over again

I took this a few hours ago... Now it's 8 inches deeper, dark and the power is out! ahhhh...winter!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

australian flood orphans

200 cows dead in wisconsin and thousands more in vietnam....5000 blackbirds dead in arkansas...several million fish killed in the chesapeake: 2011 seems to be the year of the animal (fail). unusually harsh weather has been fingered as the culprit in a number of these cases...including tsumami-style floods in australia which have killed both people and animals...these baby bats were rescued by the australian bat clinic. bats are adorable and important. 

Friday, January 21, 2011


saturdays seem as frantic as any other day of the week around here: busy people in traffic jams running to and fro...i try to stay out of it! i will go on a hike with oto and the mister, then head downtown...i'm thinking of going to the renwick gallery: an oasis of calm in a sea of stress. despite this museum being across the street from the white house, it is never crowded or loud, and there are two exhibitions on display now that sound so interesting! the revolution in wood has 66 carved and turned pieces from important artists, and the art of gaman shows work created by inhabitants of the japanese-american internment camps from 1942-1946...both exhibits end the 30th.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

restaurant week

its restaurant week in dc, people! that means reasonably priced lunches and dinners in a town filled with pricey eats...make the best of it and eat out both lunch and dinner! i wonder if the discount applies to food trucks also:)...runs thru sunday night.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

my favorite iphone 4 apps

my new (ish) iphone 4 is very fantastic: the new camera is super sharp...i love the multi tasking option...and i havent had an issue yet with reception, even with a bumper cover...the apps make the phone your own, so i have a couple hundred or so, but just a few favorites. here's a short list of my best, in no particular order.
square:  a credit card processing service with extremely reasonable rates and a super cool credit card zip scanner that fits into the headphone jack. your customer's credit card is processed very quickly; they sign their receipt with their finger on the face of the phone; receipts are sent view email or text; the money is deposited directly into your bank account: it is so great!
scanner radio: listen in on police activity in your neighborhood ...or someone else's.
trapster:  via the phone's built-in gps, this app shows and tells you where red light and speed cameras are, as well as places police speed traps are commonly located. it really works almost as well as a radar detector and if i had it running a few weeks ago, i could have avoided the $135.00 ticket received in the third street tunnel.
wall street journal: keep yourself informed: its not boring at all.
lose it: very simple calorie tracker with a large data base of supermarket and restaurant foods, plus the ability to customize...also notes exercise calories burned. you can set goals and track your progress...if you want.
evernote: this is probably my favorite app because i like being organized and it gets rid of all of my scraps and bits of paper, file folders, and printed copies of research i might be doing on the web. also takes voice memos, text and photos...everything is in one place...and i can find it.
ezimba: simple and very effective photo manipulation/enhancement app. you can do special effects...or just rotate a photo.
iradar/radar in motion: i have a whole page of weather/outdoorsy-type apps, but i cant live without at least two radar apps...looking for number three!
master gardener: great app for busy gardeners, especially in winter when i am trying to plan a few different gardens ...this app was designed by me and my brother.
peapod: if you arent having groceries delivered, you are wasting time! peapod brings you the freshest foods straight from the warehouse...they give you any sale prices and accept coupons...your previous orders are kept as a list so ordering is quick and is usually free but if you cant find a discount code, it is $7.95. the peapod app lets you do it twice as fast from your phone...under the 3:30am.
youtube: i loaded all of my favorite retro shows! now i can watch the odd couple, square pegs, mary tyler moore, rhoda, pee wee's playhouse and kimba the white lion whenever. streaming runway shows: need i say more?