Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.

Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.

Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”

Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!

Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”

Watch it wiggle

May 1, 2011

Remember those Jello commercials from way back in the day, with that memorable little song: “Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle, cool and fruity, Jello brand gelatin…?”

Today is Seattle’s second spring-like sunny day this year. As such, it required poking around to see what less-than-winter-weight clothing choices I could find in my closet. I doggedly tried on dozens of items which had been in our “summer closet” for the last 18 months or so. Afterwards, suffice it to say that my thoughts were filled with Jello.

My outlook brightened considerably, however, when I ran across this video of Jello cubes bouncing in slow motion (Thanks, @Foodista!). After all, if my jiggly belly could somehow manage to look half as graceful and mesmerizing as it bounces around as these shimmering Jello cubes do, I have no reason to view it with such disappointment, do I? I wonder if painting it a rich shade of burgundy would help…

via Foodista

Tee-hee! Welcome to the future, ladies! Here’s to those “9 layers” of our bodies’ largest organ–and the marbles!

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Woo! It’s about time we got some sun for a change! I may even spend a bit of time reading outside on the deck…

F and I decided to just drive around for the remarkably-uncluttered holiday weekend. We headed north to the North Cascades Highway (20), which we’d never taken before. It’s typically closed for several months a year during the winter, so we decided to check it out. Plus, since it was supposed to be rainy and gross here in Seattle, and typically most points eastward are sunnier than they are in the Puget Sound, we figured it would be a bonus to boost our vitamin D at the same time! We did a rough loop all around the state, and 910 miles later, arrived home feeling as if we’d had a “real” vacation!

Here are some of the reasons we love Washington State:

Ladder Creek Falls, in Newhalem

Ladder Creek Falls

A cool tree along the nearby River Loop Trail – see the face?

Stunningly beautiful (and windy!) Diablo Lake:

The aforementioned wind makes the trees at the top of the overlook grow like this:

Washington Pass, and extraordinary views from 5,477 feet:

The cute Old-West-style town of Winthrop:

…with cowboy art…

…and murals, many of which just cracked us up, like this one:

Somewhere between Omak and Grand Coulee:

The Grand Coulee Dam, where they even had a little 4th of July festival:

From the highway, along Banks Lake–there were a bunch of folks out fishing and rock-climbing here:

800 foot-tall Steamboat Rock (also in Banks Lake):

Dry Falls, which would have been 10 times the size of Niagara Falls:

From the Lewis and Clark Highway near the Columbia River Gorge – check out Mt. Hood back there!

The Anaesthetists Hymn

June 21, 2010

Pretty cute, I’ve heard it’s not entirely inaccurate!

via Miss Cellania

The Remember Song

June 19, 2010

I think many of us can relate.

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