Monday, October 30, 2006

Our Pumpkins

No crazy Summers pumpkin this year... just a couple of silly gourds.

Josh was the proud winner in the "Most Perverted" category, with his reference to the animated will-maybe-someday-be-a-classic, "Rejected":

And the, heh, rear view:

(his was one of those linoleum pie pumpkins, so carving was beyond painful)

Mine isn't a pumpkin, but a winter squash. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't even really know what kind. Perhaps an orange hubbard? In any case, it is *not* a pumpkin. I went face-less this year:

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Pumpkin Carving 2006

Saturday was the 8th annual Kriegel-Jacobs pumpkin carving event. This year was plagued by a regional shortage of pumpkins. So, several of us resorted to carving other fall vegetables, which was...different. Or pie pumpkins, which we suspect may really be made of linoleum.

Heather's reconstructed spaghetti squash:

Steve's pepper snowman, and Koos' pie-pumpkin conjoined twins:

The grand event winner, Susan's jack-o-quarium (she found a real pumpkin, even!):

And one carving pic, before my camera battery died:

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Apple Green

Hey, look - it's a complete apple peel, and my husband, displaying said peel against Jer & Sha's apple-green bathroom wall.

Maybe you had to be there. Or maybe this is just stupid picture day.

Josh is going to hate this post, I think. Sorry.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


A perfect October fall afternoon, and a perfect Boston creme donut. Life is good.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Grocery Carts

Outside Whole Foods, Fresh Pond. That about sums this post up.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Girls' Night Out

To help Saru through her 1/3 life crisis, we went out for a night of dancing, bachelorette party style. We're not 25 anymore (well, except for Alyssa), but a good time was still had by all.

The group + "Easy" (as in the Big...) :

Kira as our designated fake bachelorette:


Bhuvana fends off an admirer (not very effectively):

Friday, October 20, 2006

Leaf work

Only so long I can ignore the leaves. They're almost done. I think they peaked last Friday, actually, in general. This is the view from my desk at work, in Southborough, overlooking the Sudbury Reservoir. I keep telling people that it's my pick of places to go for leaf peeping.

Though, I had to leave my desk and walk across rt. 9 to get that clear view. Below how I actually see it - through my spotted window (the spots are permanent - they're there even after the window washers come by), across the parking lot and the road.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Cock Soup

How sophomoric of me to post this...and right after the corkscrews.

But it's cock flavored soup mix...! It probably isn't even funny to those crazy Jamaicans, man. Thanks, Saru and Justin, for finding and buying this. Sorry the picture (below) is so unflattering.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Corkscrew Porn

This always seems to happen whenever our corkscrews come out. I can't figure out why.

Well, I hope they've at least amused, naughty things. Note that the alien dude with belonged to Josh's grandmother.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Beer Brewing

A team of beer brewers descended on my kitchen on Saturday. Kind of like canning, but more manly. My only "job" in the process involved taking pictures and drinking—in about 5 weeks.

Some raw materials:

Mmmm...wheat berries in brew-socks, steeping in hot water:

The team - Craig, Josh, Justin (and a low-hanging lightbulb):

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wet Kale

Honestly, I tried to find a picture that didn't involve plant life, since I think I'm in a bit of a rut, but couldn't find anything else recent that I liked enough to bother posting. So here's some kale, caught in the morning after a night of rain.

More leaves

So, like, it's autumn. I'm a bit focused presently on these wacky leaf colors.

These 2 pix are of the very large tree growing in Arlington center in front of the Unitarian Universalist church.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Yellow Fern

Who doesn't love a good fern?

Yeah, ok, I know, you don't love ferns.


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Fall Colors in Noanet Woods

A lovely warm, clear October New England weekend had us checking out the trails at the Noanet Woods in Dover. Bonus: I now know where Dover is.

A spotting of my favorite, the ubiquitous swamp maple (or sugar maple) leaves:

As noted in the wikipedia entry, it grows next to water:

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Just add water.

From left to right: spider plant, ivy and a wandering Jew (anyone know where the last one got that name? seems kind of un-PC, no?)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Korean Dogwood Fruit

So there's this tree outside my house with these funny-looking fruit. They taste pretty good, if you don't mind spitting out a mouthful of pits. Anyone know of anything useful that can be done with them?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fishing Boat

Strange light. Fishing boat. That's Boston in the background, which I guess means that the air is clear, since I'm standing in Gloucester.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Dog Bar/YK

The annual trip to the Eastern Point lighthouse in Gloucester (aka Dog Bar) to cast away our many, collective sins, in the form of old bread, for a not-exactly-traditional Yom Kippur celebration.

The seagulls are now busy digesting those sins, I guess. Sorry, birds.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Riekje, Tatje + yogurt

Riekje, S.O. Robert, and adorable 14-month-old son, Tatje, grabbing some yogurt. They stopped by our place for a couple of nights, while on vacation in the US from Berlin. Riekje is my 2nd cousin 1x removed, we think (our fathers our first cousins), exactly my age. However, we'd only met once before due to the oceans separating us, both literal (Atlantic) and figurative (strict restrictions of the East German government, up till we were teenagers, anyhow), so it was fun to have this chance to reconnect.