I built and sank a boat this weekend

Sep 26, 2011 by

What did you do?


As part of an annual tradition, we participated in our communities Nail and Sail again this past weekend.  Its part of Oceanside’s Harbor Day’s festivities and its a lot of fun.  The goal is simple.  You are supplied with some wood, nails and caulk.  You bring your own tools and you get 2 hours to build a boat that you will then sail around the harbor against the other boats.  This is our third year doing it.  The first year, we built an awesome boat that promptly sunk.  The second year our construction was a bit more thought out with pre-built scale models and everything.  While we did win for best construction, the boat was not as fast as it needed to be.


This year we went with a modified design off of a boat we liked last year.  The plan was solid, we had a lot of fun building it, but the results were not as we hoped.


Our theme this year was Rock the Boat and we all dressed up as rock stars (extra points for theme and costumes, and its just fun).  The bright pink paint was thanks to the returned paint section at Home Depot.


We had so much fun and had so many friends come out to cheer us on.


We already have some ideas for our boat for next year. I think we will win, but I’m positive we will have fun.


Here are some more pictures of the fun

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A simple marinara sauce – plus zucchini noodles!

Sep 24, 2011 by

Been doing a ton of traveling lately and came back home recently to find my tomato plant overflowing with tomatoes.  Were talking TONS of bright little red cherry tomatoes.  I planted some beef stake tomatoes too, but those did not grow for some reason.  In fact I only got one single tomato plant to grow.


But boy did it grow.

So we’ve been eating tomatoes like crazy.  Caprese salads, on regular salads, an on anything else I can think of.

I decided to try my hand at a marinara sauce and it turned out quite well


Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons basil
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 3-4 cups of tomatoes
  • Salt, pepper, & dried oregano

The zucchini are for the noodles I made, Lets get started making the sauce


dice up your garlic


Cut up your onion and throw it in a large deep pan with some olive oil.  Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes


dice up the basil and throw it in with the garlic and onion.  This will smell delicious!


throw the tomatoes in your food processor and pulse them up good


add to pan and throw in the tomato paste


add in a healthy pinch of salt, pepper and sprinkle liberally with oregano.  Lower the heat and let it simmer for a while.  You want all the flavors to mix together.  I let mine simmer for an hour.


While that is simmering you can make these awesome zucchini noodles.


You’ll need a mandolin slicer or a peeler that will also slice into little noodle strips.  I have a mandolin slicer so I set the blade for 1/8th and add the julien blade and slice the zucchini on all four sides until you reach the seeded part in the middle.


You will get a nice pile like this. Use your fingers to separate the strands and place them out on some paper towels to soak up the moisture.  I also add a pinch of salt over the top to help draw out the moisture.  When you are ready to cook these, place another paper towel on top and get any excess moisture out.  You can either boil these very quickly or throw them in a pan with a little olive oil.  That is what I did.  Either way you only need to cook these for a minute or two, nothing more.


I also cooked up some sliced zucchini and threw it all in a bowl with the noodles and covered with the sauce with was awesome and a very good use for all of my tomatoes.   I’ll definitely be making this again.

Got any good recipes for tomatoes, please send them my way.  My garden still overfloweth.



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1-A-Week: Week 37: Letting go of a bad purchase

Sep 23, 2011 by

Sometimes when I buy something, even if I end up hating it and/or not using it, I tend to hang on to it just because I bought it.

Not sure why I do this, but it happens.

This week I’m trying to buck that trend and get rid of something I bought and never used.

Its an Amphipod running belt for holding water.  Its a great product and I bought it used at the REI used gear sale, so I didn’t pay much for it.  It just doesn’t work with my running style so I bought it, tried to use it once and then it has just sat around ever since.

So onto eBay it goes so hopefully some happy runner can use it and it no longer sits around my house.

Do you do this too?  What have you bought that you never use that you still hang on to?


1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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I dig this greenhouse

Sep 23, 2011 by

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a small greenhouse to start some plants in. Then I saw this greenhouse.


Get it?  Toying?  See what I did there?

Its a greenhouse made entirely of Lego’s.  About 100,000 legos.  Made by designer Sebastian Bergne, and unveiled at the London Design Festival, this thing is just awesome.

Now I want this greenhouse.  All I need is 100,000 Lego’s.


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1-A-Week: Week 36: More crap I don’t need

Sep 17, 2011 by

I’m an odd duck.

I sometimes buy things I don’t need because they are a good deal and *might* need them someday.  Apparently I did that 3 different times on the same product.  I cleaned out my office closet recently and found 3, still new in their boxes, 2.5″ hard drive external enclosures.

I bought the same product 3 different times, and have yet do use any of them.  That’s a clear sign that they need to go.  So for this week, I put them all up on eBay.

If you need a 2.5″ external enclosure for an extra hard drive you have laying around, then here are three for you to choose from.





What crazy things do you buy over and over whether you need them or not?  Or is it just me?


1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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