chomiji: Yuya and Mahiro hugging each other and laughing - from Samurai Deeper Kyo (Yuya & Mahiro - friendship)

So, yeah, I'm kind of forgetting how to LJ/DW. Like, that I should post things that might be of interest to my circle/friendlist.

[livejournal.com profile] lady_ganesh and her daughter came to visit me and The Mr. as part of a trip to tour the DC/Baltimore area. Mostly we showed off our town, [the People's Republic of] Takoma Park.

I had intended eating dinner in town as part of the total Tacky Park experience, but The Mr. wooed our visitors away from the hyper-local joints in favor of A & J, a favorite of his (and mine, too) up in Rockville, the county seat: about a 25-minute drive. This is a place that serves authentic northern Chines dim sum: lots of noodle dishes (including ones with wonderful housemade noodles) and none of the bready buns that most people associate with dim sum. They also (obviously) serve dim sum in the evening, unlike most places in the area.

It was a lovely visit.

chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, joyfully gathering falling acorns (Totoro - acorns)

Although Lord knows it tried. The start time was shifted by 30 minutes, and once things got really rolling, the rain stopped and the sun came out.

Here, have our local Zydeco Cowboys:

chomiji: Modern AU Chibi of Yukimura from Samurai Deeper Kyo, taking a photo with a compact camera.  Caption: Say Cheese! (Yuki-photos)

So! New cellphone, with much spiffier camera: 13 megapixels vs. 5 (!) on my old camera. And it's a beautiful spring day.

Cut for BIG pictures )

The phone store guy moved over all my stuff from my old phone, so I still have the icons I used for businesses in my contacts list, my downloaded fics and free e-books (which I have imported into a freshly downloaded Aldiko reader), and my old cellphone wallpaper ... which looks all blurry because the screen has a much higher resolution. I need to find the wallpaper specs (it's a Galaxy S4 - the newer ones are too big for my chunky little hands) and make a new one.

ETA for my own reference: 1920 x 1080 pixels for S4 wallpaper, says the Intarwebz.

chomiji: Boxes of sweet cherries, blackberries, and strawberries from our local farmers market, with the caption Real Food (Real food)

My only excuses are that I hadn't been for more than a month, and Waterpenny Farm is in the middle of their main tomato season:

Clockwise from upper left: Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, baby bok choy, struan and caraway rye breads, assorted tomatoes (including some heirloom types), mixed cherry tomatoes, green beans, small cucumbers, peaches and nectarines, satina potatoes, and assorted apples (Gala, Buckeye Gala, Ginger Gold, Jonamac).

(The piece of Vermeer cheese didn't make it into the picture, as i forgot it was in the bottom of the basket.)

chomiji: Boxes of sweet cherries, blackberries, and strawberries from our local farmers market, with the caption Real Food (Real food)

Cantaloupe melon (in basket), caraway rye bread, spelt mini loaf (on top of a barely visible mini country white loaf), green beans, blueberries, blackberries, cider-washed tomme cheese, garlic, field-grown cucumbers, fingerling potatoes, field-grown cherry tomatoes, assorted summer squash, peaches.

chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, joyfully gathering falling acorns (Totoro - acorns)

To all who celebrate it. We are setting up to watch our neighborhood parade:

(From last year's event. More on Flickr.)

chomiji: Boxes of sweet cherries, blackberries, and strawberries from our local farmers market, with the caption Real Food (Real food)

things from the local farmers market; read rest of post for details

Clockwise from upper left: country white bread, eggs, fresh basil, new yellow potatoes, blueberries, two kinds of tomatoes (still greenhouse-grown: local field tomatoes are only just setting their first fruit now), blackberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, more blueberries, and a miniature struan bread loaf.

There likely would have been a couple more things, but it started raining. So we decamped to Mark's Kitchen, where we were joined by our daughter for brunch.

(An odd thing: the icon here is displayed less effectively than it is on LJ. I've never noticed this phenomenon before, but that typeface, Pristina, has very distinct "thicks and thins," and the white-on-dark seems to have made the issue easier to spot as well. The type looks fuzzier here. WTF?)

chomiji: Chibi of Muramasa from Samurai Deeper Kyo, holding a steamer full of food, with the caption Let's Eat! (Muramasa-Let's eat!)

Clockwise from upper left: snow pea shoots, extra large brown eggs, asparagus, rye with caraway bread, struan bread, chicken empanadas (in bag), calverly cheese, poppy seed hamentaschen, strawberries, tomatoes (probably greenhouse-grown at this point), snap peas, Persian cucumbers.

chomiji: Two ghostly princes looking pained, with caption Oooh, that's really got to hurt! ... (Stardust Princes-ouch)

So it's nice out: not cold and not hot. I went down the street to "Old Town," had a haircut, bought some on-sale sports sandals, and then met the Mr. for brunch at one of our local places. Then we shared some gelato and looked in on some of the "Art Hop" exhibitors (this is a yearly event where local artists exhibit their stuff in the front windows of cooperating businesses).

So far so great, and then we parted ways because I wanted to go to the co-op (local cooperatively owned grocery store) to get a few items to tide us over until I do the main grocery shopping tomorrow. About a third of the way there, I tripped on an uneven bit of sidewalk and essentially did a face-plant.

cut for description of minor injuries )

>sigh<

It's not that I never trip, but I usually manage to catch myself before actually falling.

chomiji: A hand with a large paintbrush, painting a wall: the painted area looks like a blue sky with fluffy white clouds (Create)

So how tough is cutting custom mats? We have a nice local framing shop, and we like to buy local, but I just got two tiny watercolors (see more from the series she did here), inspired by some pix from my garden that I posted on FB. On the two she sent me, the quote is split between the two. So I would need a mat with a double opening to frame them together (either that, or two tiny separate frames).

I just know that getting them framed will cost beaucoup de bucks. And I haven't been doing anything crafty recently.

Cut for photos )

Brrrrr!

Oct. 7th, 2012 04:07 pm
chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

It's simply not that cold out - it's 55°F. But yesterday hit a high of 78°, with sunny skies: today it's rainy, and it hasn't been this cold for almost 6 months.

Yesterday I was wearing capris, a tank, and sandals. Today I just came in from spending 2 hours at the Takoma Street Festival, wearing jeans, a tee, a rainjacket, and (again) sandals. And I'm cold, and slightly damp.

At the festival, I had a vegetarian platter (felafel, green beans in tomato sauce, and rice with lentils), a couple of bites of the grilled chicken skewer and crabcake that the Mr. had, hot cider, and a yogurt. The yogurt was free: Quaker Co. (they of the oatmeal) is launching a new line here in Maryland, and they were giving the stuff out.

chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

Items purchased at a farmers market; read description below

Clockwise from lower center: Juliet mini-tomatoes, green beans, assorted apples (Jonamac, Jonagold, Grimes Golden, etc.) and Bartlett pears, tatsoi greens, country white bread (for the Mr.'s toast), brown eggs, and in the center, assorted heirloom tomatoes.

(And the resolution on the camera phone really does suck: I've been working on editing photos taken with the big Nikon in the last couple of months, and the difference just springs out and waves "Hi." I've reduced the display size here on the fly with HTML so that it doesn't look too awful.)

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

2011 logo for the Takoma Park Folk Festival, with the festival name, a stylized banjo, and the word Peace in many different languages

"The 34th annual Takoma Park Folk Festival will be held on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and this year’s theme of Peace and Reconciliation is in recognition of that tragic event. Performers have been encouraged to present music and dance related to this theme, and they will reflect ways that the arts can promote unity and harmony across cultures. Some performers, such as emma’s revolution and Magpie, are internationally known peace advocates. The Festival also will provide opportunities for visitors to hear and discuss various points of view with representatives of nonprofit organizations at our Community Tables."

Festival Website, with schedule of performances, directions, list of community groups participating, etc.

chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, joyfully gathering falling acorns (Totoro - acorns)

Music, food, artworks and handicrafts, social activism! Come on by ...

Takoma Park Street Festival
10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 3, 2010

(And I'd better get my grocery shopping done today - getting in and out of the neighborhood by car will be really complicated tomorrow, because they block off a lot of the streets. One of the performance stages is right where our street runs into the main drag.)

chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

Music, food, artworks and handicrafts, social activism! Come on by ...

Takoma Park Street Festival
10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 3, 2010

(And I'd better get my grocery shopping done today - getting in and out of the neighborhood by car will be really complicated tomorrow, because they block off a lot of the streets. One of the performance stages is right where our street runs into the main drag.)

Manually xposted from LJ

chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, standing in the rain with an umbrella (Totoro - umbrella)

A tornado warning was issued. But although our recycling bins got blown around and some small tree branches came down, we never lost power (although it flickered several times). When I headed out after the rain had mostly stopped, because I had grocery shopping to do, I found trees down along MD 410 and other roads, and traffic lights out for miles. I couldn't pick up anything at the drugstore because they had shut for lack of power.

Apparently the power to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's largest filtration plant went out as well, so we're all under water restrictions. (We missed the first round of that this month because we were on vacation - the earlier one was caused by a failed water main.)

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, in a hooded parka. Animated snowflakes fall; caption is A hazy shade of winter (Hakkai - snow)

I disagree with the name - I don't think we're in a battle, really, because it's not a contest - Mother Nature has us all whipped without trying.

The Mr. has gone back out to shovel some more. I did a stint earlier - it was about halfway up my thighs ... .

snow-feb2010-4
Our house, with the walk and steps shoveled, as well as a little path to the semi-cleared street (where I was standing)
snow-feb2010-3
Looking down the side street, around the corner. Note the amount of snow clinging to the branches and power lines.

There are a few more pix here.

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, in a hooded parka. Animated snowflakes fall; caption is A hazy shade of winter (Hakkai - snow)

I should have walked around yesterday and taken pictures of the neighborhood (Takoma Park, MD), but I was too pooped after shoveling. Anyway, I did take a few around the house.

Cut for pictures )

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