As those of you who have been following this blog for awhile know, in the later part of 2011 I planted basil seeds. You can relive all the excitement, including a picture of a terracotta pot with dirt in it, here if you like.
My hope was that the basil I planted would result in fresh basil to add to the pasta I cook this year.
Not so Much
Unfortunately, my attempt to grow basil failed miserably. I did learn that if you're going to borrow top soil in Southern California where nothing grows without fancy store bought dirt that contains nutrients you will never find here otherwise, you should borrow the top soil from a place where things actually grow. You should not borrow top soil from a place that has been recently landscaped and filled with store bought dirt that does not actually have anything growing in it. Now I know.
If I was really cool, I'd probably set myself up with some kind of hydroponic system to grow green things like the people in this photo from the WindowFarms site.
A White Guy with a 'Fro Knows Something About Hydroponic Gardening.
Eating Healthier in 2012
Some snack foods I enjoy which would be wise to eat more often include:
- Carrots, hummus optional
- Celery with peanut butter
- Cucumber sliced and dipped in low-fat yogurt
- Handful of almonds, cashews or peanuts
- Pear, sliced
- Slice of cheese
Those of us who have consumed our fair share of beer know that beer is awesome. Not only does it taste good but it can add anywhere between 1/2 and 5 points on the standard 1 to 10 scale of rating potential mates based on their appearance.
Sadly, drinking beer it is not a good way to keep one's weight down. Mixed drinks or straight booze on the rocks offer one an advantage in terms of being lower in calories while still serving as a transport vehicle to the land of intoxication. I mention all of this because if you're going to drink, you should probably stick to just a couple of beers (always tough for me to do) or go with liquor. If you're going to go with liquor, you should probably have ice involved in your drinking. For less than $5 including shipping if you're hooked up with the Amazon Prime thing, you can get yourself this ice cube tray:
Arr, you going to enjoy your rum a little more
when it comes with these swimming in it, matey? Maybe.
TL;DR: Eating a little bit more healthy won't kill you. Plus, a $5 ice cube tray that makes skull and crossbones shaped ice enticed me to shill for Amazon.