Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Holiday Catch-up*

I'm alive, promise.

Belated Happy fourth to you. Hope you had a fun and safe holiday weekend! (If it was a holiday for you. If not, well, still hope it was relaxing and safe!)

We were away this weekend, visiting family, so my poor tomatoes didn't get watered. On the way back, we noticed that the river by town is lower than it was. This means that not only did I not water the plants, but neither did the sky. The poor branches were a little droopy, and some of the leaves looked burned up. I hope that they will have perked back up after being watered yesterday. Killing a total of 6 tomato plants would neither be green, nor frugal.

You know what is pretty awesome, though? Leftovers for lunch. I brought in leftover spaghetti today, and as always, it didn't disappoint. Last night, I didn't do anything fancy, just browned meat, added sauce and boiled noodles (whole wheat ones, thank you very much). I could have made may own sauce, but didn't. (Maybe I'll have enough tomatoes to try my hand at it!) Could have doctored up the sauce, but didn't.

We spent a good portion of the afternoon getting home from work, via the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Sounds daunting, huh? Well, aside from finding the necessary documentation amid our boxes, the process here is relatively painless, especially when compared with previous states where we've lived. The efficiency of this state's motor vehicle/licensing division must save them money. We have been to a few different locations, and when I switched my license over to this state, I braved the branch location on a Saturday morning. I had to wait, but (a) it was Saturday, and I was ready to wait and (b) the line still moved. I don't think that this state is employing significantly fewer people (based solely on what I've seen on the front-end, customer service side of things), but they still move people through efficiently (and politely).

What was fun about it? Since we moved to a different county, our vehicle taxes were lower. It was only $10-20, but, hey, we'll take it!

* I titled this after writing. Please tell me you chuckled a little bit at a "catch-up" post about tomatoes....


Cam said...

Those tomatoes sure are greedy, after all that rain that got dumped on you earlier this year!

Glad you had a good 4th!

I'm afraid your sister is a little dense...didn't get the tomato tie in to the headline :( but it is funny!

Random question: in light of your hfcs v sugar stance, what do you think of sweetening with agave nectar?

swiggett said...

Cam - They are greedy tomatoes! Sure hope they are worth it. (Granted it has been above 90 degrees here for the past week, and no rain.)

Considering what little I have heard/read about agave nectar, it sounds like a good substitute. Honestly, though, aside from the occasional mention online, seeing it on labels in natural food stores, and seeing jars of it sold next to honey, I don't know much about it. What's your stance on it?