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2011: Unpublished

A collage of never-before-seen images to commemorate our 2011.

I wish you all a colorful and memorable 2012! Happy New Year!

 

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Now that Jeff and I have committed to living in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future, it’s a good time for us to focus on what we love about Indy and why living here rocks. For me, one of Indy’s greatest assets is the wealth of public spaces. This is why I would like to start a series of blogs focusing on some of the area’s best (and usually free) public attractions..

On a gloomy winter day, the conservatory at Garfield Park is a great place to visit to get your fill of greenery and humid air. Throughout most of the year, the price to visit the conservatory is a piddling $1. However, a special holiday display jacks the price up around Christmas time. Yeah, you do have to fish around for an extra two dollars, but you also get to push open the peppermint candy striped doors to this:

If you’re into poinsettias and trains, then I guess this is the place for you to treat yourself to some excitement!

Seriously, though: I love plants. And while train sets and festivity is all fun and good, the best parts are beyond the next set of doors. There you’ll find:

Orchids of every color and size, tingeing the soily scent of the room with springtime fragrance.

You’ll discover some pretty amazing feats of nature.

You’ll meet some attention craving koi.

(be sure to bring along your favorite hand model.)

You may end up in some pretty poses…

And if you’re really lucky, on the way home you may just run across a festive dinosaur or two (or five):

At $3 a person, I’d say that Garfield Park Conservatory is money well-spent.

Stay tuned for more on what Garfield Park and Sunken Gardens has to offer during warmer months.

For more information, visit http://www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org/

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Yep. Lookin’ good…

Err, well, at least two-thirds of it have been moved to the new house, so that’s good.

In actual garden news, I finally broke down and destroyed my cold weather crops that were bravely persevering in the one remaining un-disassembled bed. The cauliflower, broccoli, beets and carrots were actually looking great since the frost killed off all the cabbage loopers, but they just weren’t getting big enough fast enough.

So sad. But now I know that planting seeds on October 1st isn’t going to get me very far, even during an extremely mild autumn.

I did manage to salvage some edible babies. And the beet greens tasted great sauteed and tossed into an omelette.

Evie briefly considers vegetarianism:

So, with a sigh, I must admit that my 2011 gardening season has come to a close. Appropriately, I completed my Master Gardener class this very evening, and I am stocked with knowledge and enthusiasm for the coming spring. Now if I could just get my hands on some seed catalogues, this winter might not be such a bad thing…

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I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone told me that I had spent 1000 hours on the internet in 2011. In reality, I have no idea of the exact amount, though I would not put it past myself to have spent an average of 2.7 hours a day browsing the web.

That’s a lot of hours.

So, even though I normally don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, this year I’m making an exception.

I’m giving myself a 90% discount. A gift, this year, of 900 hours of extra free time spent away from computers. I am resolving to spend no more than 100 hours online in all of 2012. Total.

No, this doesn’t mean that I won’t be reachable by email, or that I will be boring on Facebook, or that I will save up all my week’s worth of internet time to spend watching one movie on Netflix… I will check my email nearly every day, and I will be as brilliant as ever with my social networking. And Netflix doesn’t count. đŸ˜›

I’m not doing this out of some fear that technology is evil, or that social networking is deplorable, or even that web browsing is addictive and tears apart families, or anything crazy like that. I’m simply curious to know what I will do with my extra 900 hours. I want to remember a bit of what life was like before the internet. I want to get a taste of that restless boredom that motivates people to find ways to fill their time. I simply want to know what will happen.

I enjoy thinking about the possibilities. 900 hours is a lot of time, and I can’t decide what to do with it. I could take a lot of naps.

Or I could get another part-time job and have several thousand dollars of spending money.

I could read the entire work of Charles Dickens.

I could watch every single episode of Lost—ten times.

I could walk 3000 miles at a brisk pace.

I could learn a new recipe every day.

I could even go crazy and master the art of origami…

Any suggestions?

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