Saturday, April 21, 2012

Round Robin: The Egg Variations

For this week's Round Robin Challenge: Back to the Egg, I asked to see any kind of eggs, or egg-shaped objects. Yes, we just passed Easter, when kids hunted for Easter eggs and adults bought Cadbury Creme Eggs at their grocery checkouts, but that wasn't what I had in mind for my own post. You see, one aspect of this semi-Paleo low carb diet John and I have been following involves buying natural and organic foods for the most part. So aside from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, John's been going to a farmer's market and also to the University of Arizona's, umm, Meat Sciences Lab. Don't worry: it's not experimental meat!

Anyway, I don't think any of the mostly free-range, cage-free eggs we've bought recently have been white, like the eggs I grew up with. I didn't even know it was possible for a chicken egg to be another color until I was about ten years old, and the semi-retired farmer across the street gave me a brown egg from his favorite chicken, Henrietta. Yes, he really called her that.

But the thing that John got really enthusiastic about was when he bought a dozen eggs from a different old farmer. Inside the rather ordinary carton was a surprising variety of eggs, from golden brown to a very pale blue! He has since bought similar eggs from someone else on a day when the old guy wasn't there.

Another package of eggs we had at the same time is much more uniformly brown. But look! They're monogrammed: EB. Emmett Brown?

Maybe those are experimental foods after all!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Outpost Mâvarin --Posted!

Carly **Welcome back!** --Posted!

Kara - Posted!
Notes from the tiny napping house

And please check the Round Robin blog Sunday night for a new Challenge and an eggciting announcement about the NEW Round Robin Photo Challenges!

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Round Robin Challenge: Just in the Neighborhood

For the Round Robin Photo Challenge: Take a Walk! I asked folks to take a walk in their own neighborhoods and post the resulting photos. Here are some of mine, taken late Friday morning as John and I walked the dogs together.

This little blue bridge crosses the Alamo Wash near the local high school. Most of the wash is wild and gravel-bottomed, but this little stretch looks more like a concrete culvert. During a monsoon storm, the wash floods and so does Calle Betelgeux where the wash crosses it.

I added the caption because on this walk I was racking up steps, distance and calories burned on my Nike+ pedometer, which consists of a sensor in my new Nike shoes plus an app on my iPod nano. The Nike+ Active website has a game that equates your walking and running to travel in various cities. This walk earned me a postcard for running across the Brooklyn Bridge!

Here's how this same little blue bridge looked on one rainy afternoon at the end of July, 2007.

You know what? I think I'm wrong. There are two little blue bridges that cross the wash in our neighborhood. I'm thinking that the taller one is the one by the school, and the shorter one is near the park. But the stretches of wash beneath them look pretty similar when it hasn't rained in weeks or months.

Here's the view behind Palo Verde High School, looking northeast from Betelgeux. The steps on the left lead down from the bleachers, just a couple of feet from the sidewalk.

This is the alleyway that runs next to the wilder part of Alamo Wash, looking north. The wash itself is to the right. This is my favorite part of the neighborhood. John wanted to walk in the wash itself, but we gave it up after a couple hundred feet. The shifting sandy gravel beneath my sneakers made for arduous, treacherous walking, and I had bad memories of having to hike out of a canyon with similar conditions back in 1986 or 1987, after spraining both ankles!

The alleyway continues behind the little neighborhood park. The blue roof is the top of our underused neighborhood gazebo.

Check out all of this week's participants! So far...

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Karen - Posted!
Outpost Mâvarin

Jama - Posted!
Sweet Memories

And by the way, Happy Easter!