I’m super-duper, thanks for asking five times!

May 31, 2009


I’ve recently started following the blog What I Wore Today.  In one post, she wore this fabulous top from the Express.  Since I was going near the mall, I decided to pop in and see if they were still selling it.  I kid you not, no less than five different employees asked me how I was doing today during my quick walk through the store.  Eye rolling occurred at employee #3.  Uncontrollable laughter occurred at employee #5, after which I quickly got the hell out of there – but not before employee #1 thanked me for stopping by.

The most ridiculous part of all?  When I returned home, I double-checked the blog post.  The top was from The Limited.  D’oh!


Alright already!

May 30, 2009


After some gentle prodding from people online and in real life, I have given the basil another go.  But let me set the record straight: this is my third attempt, and in my house, it’s three strikes and you’re out.  If a month from now all I have is stems, I’m not growing basil again!  I’ve planted him in a smaller pot so I can keep him trimmed and contained.  I love that pot!  It was my mom’s, and since she had it outside for many years, it’s developed a lovely patina.

Also, here’s a bell pepper update:


And my dueling strawberry jars:


And my tomato plants’ premiere blog appearance:


And pictures of all the other plants on my balcony, so they won’t feel left out:




Gardening excitement!

May 26, 2009

There is one pepper on my bell pepper plant that has started to grow!


Isn’t my strawberry jar (which I found in a back corner of the hardware store) simply the cutest?!?


And one strawberry is almost ready to be nomnomnomnomnom!


Damn it, man!

May 10, 2009

Why am I not at all attracted to this:


but am highly attracted to this:


The Urban Balcony Container Gardener

May 8, 2009


Last summer, when I first moved into my apartment, I started growing aloe, basil, and rosemary in containers on my balcony.  The aloe and rosemary have proven themselves rather hardy; the basil did not.  So this summer I’m carrying on with my aloe and rosemary, but am also trying my hand with vegetables!  After seeing how expensive red bell peppers are these days, I bought a bell pepper plant and planted it in the basil’s former pot.

I’m also giving the avocado plant another go.  I tried to grow one years ago, but it must have been the long-lost BFF of my basil plant, ’cause it didn’t make it.  A year or so after the avocado tragedy, I bought The Avocado Pit Grower’s Indoor How-to Book from a used bookstore, thinking I would try again some day.  It sat unread on my bookshelf until this evening, when I had an avocado with dinner and thought, “Aha!”  After a quick read through the book, the pit is now sitting in a glass of water on my kitchen counter, waiting to sprout its little roots.  Once he is good and ready, he will be planted in a pot and will join the others in my balcony container garden.