Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
I have been struck by the tomato fairy! Coming home from what was an epically disastrous day at work I found these mysterious buggers hanging from my door. They look homegrown and smell fantastic. My day perked up instantly when I saw them. Mmmmmm.
Grabbing my magnifying glass and renting a mystery machine, I'm off to solve this puzzle.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
There are thirty-four wineries in the NJ Wineries Passport list and I am determined to conquer them all by the end of 2010. There's a complimentary gift and a grand prize drawing for a trip to Italy if you make it to all of the wineries and send in your completely stamped passport. Winning the trip would be pretty epic, but even if I don't, simply experiencing NJ is enough for me. Also the complimentary gift is sure not to disappoint (I can always use another glass... or bottle opener... Or engraved NJ Passport... Whatever it may be I'll be excited).
As a wine lover I'm now making it a goal to test and write a post about every winery I go to in NJ. I'll offer my pick of their wines and a tour of the venue... Or I'll do neither and just play a post by ear. Regardless, this blog will now include a review of my NJ wine drinking escapades.
Friends & Family- feel free to come out and join for a tasting!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So on this gorgeous, no humidity, east coast day, where the clouds look like the opening to the show The Simpsons,
Promptly a gaggle of geese attacked me. Either I look like dinner or my car looks like mama goose. These buggers are scary in multitude.
Then I hit the trail. The "birthday" ipod playlist is what I use to jog these days, but I tuned in to some Incubus.
Anyway signing off to get a real workout in. Training for a 5k... Or just myself.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Here's a sweet treat I sometimes jog to. The roads here a mainly flat, so jogging is a breeze compared to the steel city. When I head to the shore to jog time flies just because it's so relaxing.
This is a sculpture park in North Jersey. There are a number of random sculptures around the state, some of them very cool, some really creepy. The one below I like. One in central Jersey is of a giant tooth, and below it is a statue of two people looking at it, puzzled. I'll try to snag a picture of that for later.
When I'd go to this bar I'd always sit on the side of the bar facing opposite the sign. One day I sat on the other side, and to my immense surprise and joy I found this fine masterpiece:
Lastly, but certainly not least, I had no idea MSG was an additive to a food. I thought it was something that was just in the way food was cooked and the type of food. At my farm supermarket spice aisle, I was appalled to learn of the giant cases they sell it in. I guess I shouldn't judge Snooki, who didn't know what Tuna was.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
When I first moved to my new apartment this May I was very impressed when one of the local gas stations offered me a "welcome to the neighborhood" package. It included coupons for free bowling, pizza, and an oil change. This morning I woke up to the hustle and bustle of a car shop as I cashed in on the lube job. Now, as I wait, I watch the ab enhancing infomercials and try to decide if I should GTL today.
This is the second summer in a row where I have had epic car woes. Last year I was stranded on the PA turnpike (and then at the notorious bar) as my engine died, and later that summer I also held funerals for the radiator and catalytic converter.
In June 2010 I kicked off my summer by running out of gas on my way to the shore one night. I signed up for AAA right then and there but soon learned of a free NJ roadside assistance service that patrols the highway. They offer tows, gas, and other services that are already paid for in taxes. A very kind man named John pulled behind me helped me out that day.
P215 216 94t - that's my tire size. Two weekends ago I got a flat tire at 2am. Turns out that AAA signup in June was meant to happen as they were lifesavers last night. At this point I found a fantastic tire shop 6 miles from me- I still need to write a thank-you.
Did you know car inspection in NJ is free? And it is illegal to pump your own gas? Some perks over here to offset the immense traffic.
Anyway this has been my first mo-blog (mobile blogging, blogging from the phone). Cheers and Happy Tuesday!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Beach Passes: $8/person
Lunch for three: $35
Definitely, okay maybe, actually not at all seeing Pauly D: Priceless