Saturday, August 30, 2014


Photo only post because I have no words for how much I liked Barcelona. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

British Natural History Museum

To be honest, I thought the Natural History Museum in London was a bit dusty and boring. Nothing compared to our brand new and super interactive Oakland Museum of California's natural science exhibit. So I left the back door a little disappointed and stumbled on the best part of the museum, it's outdoor ecosystem garden! The garden features different ecosystems in England and had beautiful benches and rocks to sit on throughout. There is also a plaque in front of a mysterious mound of rock explaining that there lies ancient dinosaur footprints, right there, in that very spot. So cool! 

Here are just a few of my photos. See more and more of my entire trip to Europe on my flickr, here.

View of the museum in the background. 

I wish I had seen a wild fox while in London too. Apparently they live throughout the city, which seems likely since there are so many parks. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mugwort Magic

A gift from Jessica's garden, tons of mugwort which we thought were in bloom, researched, and discovered we had harvested loads of flower buds. Anyway, I used a portion to make sleep sacks for vivid dream recall, tea for overall health, and a tincture for topical salve. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Go-Go Juice Spritzer by Jeff

Belated Summer Solstice wishes and a first ever guest post by Jeff! Jeff is my best friend and lives across the hall from me where he makes art, bread, and delicious cocktails. Click the link above to see his art. Here is his recipe for a yummy and refreshing drink:

-Place frozen strawberries in glass as ice cubes

-Add one-half bottle of ice cold ginger apple cider

-one (or two) shot(s) of ice cold gin

-Add club soda to taste

-With fresh mint, rub the rim of the glass and garnish

Switching it up is encouraged,  other types of frozen fruits, different flavors of cider,  or any light colored/clear liquor will make this refreshing drink your own. If you like your drinks a bit sweeter I suggest adding a brown sugar rim.

Photos by me, sipping by both of us. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Saquaro Project

Earlier this month I attended a field trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA. Aside from driving up there in 2011 to take in the spectacular view of the entire East Bay west of the hills, I had never been. I couldn't resist buying my cousins science-related gifts....and one for myself: this Saquaro Cactus which sits in a stand, and absorbs terraforming solution from the bottom up. Within 30 minutes crystals were growing on this puppy, and the last photo shows what it looked like about 2 hours later. Amazing!! 

My information brochure tells me that the Saquaro Cacti, the tallest cactus in the world, grow in the Sonoran desert reaching 75 feet within 150 years. To scale, this makes my room about 1/18th of the Sonoran desert and just about as hot today.