The Hoppy Okapi

Occasional posts about hiking and other stuff

Return to Galleta Meadows March 22, 2009

As I mentioned in November, we planned to visit Anza Borrego state park this spring to see the wildfowers. As soon as projections and reports of wildflower blooms started rolling in in mid-February I made a reservation for a campsite, and we headed out to the desert for the first weekend in March. Our Saturday morning activity was to visit all of the Galleta Meadows sculpture sites – we had only seen a few of them as we drove through town last fall, but this time we made a comprehensive visit. Here are some of the pictures I took of the sculptures:

An Elephant welcomes us to Galleta Meadows

An Elephant welcomes us to Galleta Meadows

Mammoths:

Mammoth

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The Giant Bird (with baby warthog in its clutches!):

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Gomphotheriums -extinct animals that were related to elephants and bear a resemblance to fanged tapirs:

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img_2301Giant Sloths:

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img_2327Tortoises:

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And last but not least, the wild pigs (warthogs! cuddly baby warthogs! I think these were Chuck’s favorite…)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 16, 2009

Filed under: beer,cooking,holidays,home — Amanda @ 20:44
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We’re celebrating with our favorite semi-Irish feast:  home-corned beef (with spices from penzeys), sweet potato fries, and Devotion Ale from the Lost Abbey.

Cheers!

St. Patrick's Day Feast

St. Patrick's Day Feast

 

In Which Our Dining Room Table (Finally) Arrives March 3, 2009

Filed under: home,kitties — Amanda @ 21:20
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Once upon a time, we had a plain (boring), light-colored wood dining room table from Ikea, purchased second-hand while we were in college. We didn’t like it, exactly, but it was nice to have a place to sit down for a more formal dinner, when we wanted to light candles and use our nice silverware and not eat in front of the TV. As the years went by, it became deformed in soldering iron incidents and was less than perfectly stable, and we were quite eager for an upgrade. Thus, when we put our house on the market in spring 20o7, it was one of the first things to go. It took a while to sell our house, and then our studio apartment was far too small for a new table, and then we bought our new place and wanted to build up our savings a bit more before making (more) major furniture expenditures.

So in November, after over a year of coffee-table dinners, we finally ordered our new dining room table and chairs at the same factory-direct reseller that we ordered our bed and dressers from. We were quite happy with the set we picked out, until later in the week we learned that the chairs were no longer available. We headed back up to the store to pick out a new set of chairs, and then waited…and waited…and waited. I knew it had been optimistic to think that we’d receive the set before Christmas, but then the entire month of January came and went with only vague updates from the manufacturer, and so we still were eating at the coffee table when Mom and Dad visited the first weekend of February. Sadness. (Especially since this manufacturer, which we are now not very fond of, has by far the coolest furniture available. Good thing we don’t have any further immediate furniture needs!)

And then, finally! The second week of February, our furniture had arrived at the San Diego warehouse and was delivered the next day. There was much celebrating! And then, much cursing, as the kittens decided to jump on the furniture and scratch the table top and poke holes in the chair upholstery. And so now our stylish dining room furniture is covered in towels, tablecloths, and chair covers, only revealing its true character when we’re actually using it for dinner and feel like being fancy, as kitty-proofing trumps style.

On the plus side, the cats do like to hide under the chair covers…

Our dining room table & chairs in uncovered glory

Our dining room table & chairs in uncovered glory

close-up of our fun window-chair

close-up of our fun window-chair

Beef short ribs for Valentine's Day - our first meal at the new table!

Beef short ribs for Valentine's Day - our first meal at the new table!

Zephyr hides under the chair cover

Zephyr hides under the chair cover

Athena hides under another chair

Athena hides under another chair

 

 
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