Have you ever heard of an ice circle? Neither have I. Until today. I saw this amazing video of an ice circle, which is described by Becky Oskin of LiveScience as "a spinning ice disk" in the middle of a body of water. And that is exactly what it appears to be. Watch this video:
A few weeks ago I visited our city's new central library. It is a building that has been in the making for more than 20 years. It was worth the wait. The structure is magnificent and it is an ideal setting for people of all ages to enjoy the spice that books add to our lives.
My parents have always had a fondness for night blooming Cereus plants. I remember them from when I was a little girl. They're a cactus, but not your typical "Arizona desert" cactus. They don't have spines, to begin with. They have long gangly arms and grow and flare wildly from the base. We must have had 3 or 4 plants scattered throughout our garden while I was growing up.
I have said before that fall is my favorite season. Now that fall is here, I couldn't be happier.
It's nearly 8:30pm. My kids are in bed. My cats are asleep. I am more than ready for bed. But I couldn't pull myself away from my computer. Many nights I regret when this happens because I end up going to bed too late with my brain fried. But tonight I learned something new, and it's really cool. It was worth it to stay up extra late to see this video about the Leidenfrost effect.
My son entered kindergarten this year. He is attending a Mandarin immersion program at school, which means he is taught basic subjects (math, history, science, art, culture, etc) in Chinese for 80% of the day, and he learns English (reading, writing, speaking) for 20% of the day. It has been one month since he started and already he is speaking and thinking in Chinese. He comes home every day with a new word that he has learned. Lately it is a whole set of words. He can say "Hello, my name is Texas and I am 5 years old." It is amazing that he picks it up so quickly.
Cheese is a staple in our kitchen. I cook many cheese-based dishes for my family. My kids love quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches. I love cheese on my salads. And my hubby loves baked brie as an appetizer. I've liked cheese since I was a little girl.
I am nuts for nuts, and I am proud to admit it. I've liked nuts since I was little. My mom calls it a curse becuase they can be very fattening if not eaten in proportion. I've tried many kinds of nuts, and my favorite by far is the cashew.
I love fruit. I love fresh fruit espeically. My father has a beautiful garden at his house. We group up with an assortment of fresh fruits, like oranges, lemons, blackberries, avocados (if you consider that a fruit), plums, apricots, peaches, tangerines, tangelos, grapefruit, and more. My dad has a green thumb, so much of the fruit he grows is exotic for our locale. Nobody had heard of an etrog growing up, but we had them in our kitchen. While my friends were eating boring old apples (which I also love, of course), we were enjoying chirimoyas.
I remember the day that I realized that I
liked -- no, loved cauliflower. I must have been in 4th grade. My parents dropped my sister and I off at the local Round Table Pizza restaurant, and we were enjoying some pizza. I saw another patron head to the salad bar, pick up a piece of cauliflower, dip it into the ranch dressing, and then savor it in his mouth. It looked good when he did that. So I tried it, too. And that's when my love affair with cauliflower and many other vegetables began.