Friday, August 29, 2008
When I was a kid my brother and all of the neighborhood kids used to talk about there being a Tomato Monster that lived in the sewer at the end of the next door neighbors driveway. I don't know how the legend came about but it must have been passed on from kid to kid on our street. We would throw sticks, rocks, gum, comic book pages, firecrackers and all sorts of other crazy things down threw the sewer grate to see if we could upset the Tomato Monster and see this elusive urban legend come to life. Why he was called the Tomato Monster, no one really knows. I imagined that he was dark red like a rotten tomato and had arms made of vines all tangled up and knotted. All you could see were just small pock marks were his eyes should be surrounded by the abundant amount of flesh all puffed up on his face. His mouth was gross and toothless, when he made noises he would spew seeds encased in clear tomato phlegm. I was scared of the Tomato Monster but I loved to taunt him with my brother and the other kids. I secretly thought if one night we weren't on the front lawn by the time the street lights went on, the Tomato Monster would seep out of the grate that covered the sewer and slither over to where we were like The Blob and suck us inside him and take us down into the sewer. As much as I thought him disgusting and horrible I felt bad for him as well. Maybe he was misunderstood ,that Tomato Monster. Was he was once a kid like me who hid out when it was time to weed the garden or put up a fuss when he had to clean his room? Perhaps he too just wanted to ride bikes, chase the ice cream truck and run through the sprinkler like the rest of us. Did he watch us do all of these things with envy? I was a kid the last time I thought about the Tomato Monster. So strange, that I didn't even remember him until now when I went to name this post Tomato Monster for other reasons stated above and below. I wonder if he still lives in the sewer. I am glad that we did not have cable television, video games or modern day things; we were forced to use our imagination and spent our summers outside playing. I think next time I go home to visit, I might drop something down into the sewer to see if I get a reaction from someone other then the Department of Public Works. Just for old times sake.
Well, after that story, my real Tomato Monster post seems pretty lame. Just wanted to show you all how many tomatoes I got in my CSA box last night. Some of them are pretty ready to go so I am going to make a sauce this weekend.
I have one more tomato story, which is short I promise. One summer I remember my Dad announcing that he was not going to grow tomatoes. I guess too many went bad the year before because we didn't eat them all. To prove how much he wanted tomatoes in the garden, my brother made a colorful banner on a roll of butcher paper we used to draw on that read "I LOVE TOMATOES" followed by a child's simple plea to have them planted in the garden that year. I think my parents planted tomatoes that summer and I don't think many ended up in the compost heap. Thanks big brother for encouraging the constant plentiful harvest each year thereafter, I love tomatoes too!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Anyway, I am back!
- Had dessert for lunch last Friday (did I mention the stress at work?)
- Had a garage sale! Didn't make much, but every little bit helps
- Met quite a few neighbors on the morning of the sale which was nice
- Made a HUGE donation to the Goodwill with leftovers from our sale
- Got the stomach flu or something of the sort - terrible
- Went through the layoff process at work, I have a job, but sad
- Made the short list for a photo city guide of Salt Lake City - they make final picks soon! It is not a paid thing, but I get photo credit.
- Got picked to be an actor in a training video at work!
- Had a night to myself with mojitos and fashion magazines
- Watched a lot of movies on my new portable DVD player
That is it that I can think of right now. There was SO much more, but a girl needs to keep some things to herself, right?
More tomorrow, I am taking another canning class with Debbie! I am super excited!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sara, Cam, Tim and I went to Citrus Club for dinner in the Haight. Citrus Club (if you have not been there) is a wonderful place with great prices where you can get HUGE servings of noodles of all types. We all ordered something different so it was nice to taste the other dishes. I had a very non traditional plate of Pad Thai, it was not like any Pad Thai I have had before and some of you know, I am on a quest for the best. Unfortunately, this was not it. It was great though, but had it not been listed as Pad Thai on the menu, I would have never guessed that is what it was. More like a curry, noodle, veggie thing but I guess that description wouldn't really sell the dish on the menu! ha ha! We got to the restaurant just in time, that place can fill up like none other. We were jammed back in the corner all snug at our table. Service was quick, food was wonderful but nothing could top the company. When we left, there was a line of people waiting to get in!
After dinner, Tim took us on a scenic drive back to our neighborhood and we went to Maggie Mudd's for some locally made ice cream! I had a flavor called The Dubliner that was insane, chocolate ice cream with whisky, chocolate cookie pieces and a little carmel running through it. Cam had your traditional strawberry, which is always a hit and Sara had coconut lychee which tasted like a super sweet Japanese candy! Tim's was the best and almost had a radio active like color to it...he got one scoop of birthday cake and one scoop of cotton candy, it was elecrtic blue and pink (hilarious!). After ice cream we dropped Sara and Cam off at their next evening event - they are packing them in since they are here just a short while. Tim and I feel super lucky to have been able to steal a couple hours from them for a great dinner and a fun evening!
found on 8/14/08
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Large and in Charge
Eyebrow...party of one
Just Clowning Around
Oh Deer (in the headlights)
Less is More
Born to be Wild
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
PS - Added bonus, the basket strainer is collapsible so it stores flat! Thank you gift giver, you know me too well! Practical and saves space...SCORE!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Monday morning, we took our time packing things up and at about Noon we headed back to our homes, airport (Angela), etc. I was so tired I spaced out once I got to the Golden Gate Bridge and put my Jeep on autopilot for the rest of the way home. I unloaded everything into the house and went to bed and guess what? When I tried one last time to get my portable DVD player to work, IT WORKED!!!!!! I love it when things like this happen. I also think it is funny that I did not throw it away, I kept trying it each night before I left for the weekend.
Maybe it needed time to recharge just like I did.