### Erin's Excitement is spelled: C.S.A.

For the last year or so, I've had the great intention of getting to the farmer's market once a week. Embarrassing as it is, I've only made it once. I have been pleased with the selection of fresh fruits and veggies at the regular grocers, but at this point I know it's because I was comparing the produce to the sub-par stuff available in Oahu (everything shipped over and often past it's prime).

So.... I signed our family up for a large weekly veggie/fruit box from our local Community Supported Agriculture group, Abundant Harvest Organics! Each Saturday at 10:15, I head to the pick-up spot for Pasadena (about a mile from home), and schlep home a weeks worth of organic produce. Find out about the group in your area by visiting Local Harvest

Last week's rundown included: butter lettuce, lemon basil, radishes, tomatoes, avocado, serrano peppers, jalepenos, bell peppers, potatoes, eggplant, butternut squash, red onion, a dozen peaches, asian pears, yellow pear tomatoes, a melon, and a basket of figs!

This week we're feasting on romaine, arugula, zucchini, summer & winter squash, eggplant, red onions, red potatoes, grapes (the boys and i ate half the bunch in the car on the way home!), 2 baskets of figs, asian pears, a dozen granny smiths, tomato, italian sweet basil, avocados, carrots, melon & bartlett pears. Oh, and I added on a dozen eggs from some local chickens!

A suggested recipe this week was for bruschetta and I think tomorrow will be the day!

blissful_e said…
Yum! I think there is one of these in Perth now and I just need to try it out. Yours looks terrific!!
kel said…
AWESOME!! I have always thought that would be a good idea to do . . . and have also made it a goal to hit the farmer's market once a week just recently, haha, last week I went just as it was shutting down : )
mama mia said…
omg, those look like some yummy boxes of fresh food!

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe…

### Finding Blissful Clarity by Tuning Out

It's been a minute since I've posted here. My last post was back in April, so it has actually been something like 193,000 minutes, but I like how the kids say "it's been a minute," so I'll stick with that.
As I've said before, I use this space to work out the truths in my life. Writing is a valuable way of taking the non-linear jumble of thoughts in my head and linearizing them by putting them down on the page. In short, writing helps me figure things out. However, logical thinking is not the only way of knowing the world. Another way is to recognize, listen to, and trust one's emotions. Yes, emotions are important for figuring things out.
Back in April, when I last posted here, my emotions were largely characterized by fear, sadness, anger, frustration, confusion and despair. I say largely, because this is what I was feeling on large scales; the world outside of my immediate influence. On smaller scales, where my wife, children and friends reside, I…

### The Force is strong with this one...

Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…