Category: grab bag
1st Japanese cucumber of the season [+photo]
chris. | 2 June 2014 | 12:13 pm | (garden) 2014, Upstairs Farm | Only Pings

I’m impressed.  I bought this plant as a start from a farmer at the market about 3 weeks ago.  By the time i left for WisCon (about 2 weeks ago) it had this tiny little fruit on it.  While i was gone we had cool, rainy weather.  Since i’ve been back we’ve had warm, sunny weather.  Apparently this is how you make a little cucumbers into big ones.  And i have at least 2 more blossoms turning into little cucumbers already.



in case you were wondering what 17.5oz of homegrown shiitake looks like
chris. | 10 February 2014 | 5:55 pm | (garden) 2014, food, Upstairs Farm | Only Pings

bowl of homegrown shiitake mushrooms

So this particular shiitake block has been pleasantly productive.  We bought it last saturday, it had started sprouting even before i put it in my growing box on tuesday, and now here we are with over a pound of mushrooms.  Andy’s turning some of them into risotto even as i type this.

wasabi on my deck {slides}
chris. | 18 March 2013 | 1:39 pm | (garden) 2013, slide carousel | Comments closed


Guess it’s true that wasabi is amenable to the Pacific Northwest climate: mine sure hit a growth spurt in the past month and has been going like gangbusters.  Some of the leaves are downright massive!


I also didn’t realize they flowered — UNTIL IT DID!

zine cataloging backlog {slide}
chris. | 16 February 2013 | 6:40 pm | slide carousel, zines | Comments closed

zine cataloging backlog

So i may have fallen a little behind in cataloging my incoming zines.  What pushed me over the edge into organizing everything so that the cataloger (aka [personal profile] the_andy) can get to cataloging was finding my stack of zines from Portland Zine Symposium … 2011.  [facepalm]  OOPS.  Most of which i’d already read because i’ve usually read all my new zines by the time the train gets back into Seattle post-Symposium.  BUT STILL.  These things need to be cataloged so that (a) they can be neatly shelved instead of floating around the apartment, and (b) i don’t keep buying duplicates, which i tend to do if my zine database isn’t updated.

Also!  Once my zines are cataloged and duplicates (inevitably) pruned, then i can send a stack up to ZAPP and contribute to their cataloging backlog.  Maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh.


new zine!! or maybe … TWO new zines??
chris. | 11 August 2012 | 11:43 am | zines | Comments closed

Hooray!!  The big ol’ zine on gender that [personal profile] littlebutfierce and i have been working on for the past month is finally ready.  It’s debuting right dang now  at the Crabby Media table at the Portland Zine Symposium.  I am so proud of this zine — it really came together well, writing/thinking-wise and even layout/printing-wise.  Please buy a copy!  Yes, if you’re not in Portland this weekend it will be for sale at the Crabby Media website by the time i go to bed wednesday (8/15) night.  Just $2 for 38 pages!

'Null & Void' (new zine on gender)

Stylin' in the Crabby Media display (suit)case.

Um….  Also there may be a new Cipher?

Cipher (#3)

Cipher 3-pack!

I was home with a headache one afternoon, and waiting for edits on “Null & Void” to come back from j., so i decided to just write something else entirely.  Andy called it “the nostalgia issue”, but it’s probably more accurate to call it a memory box.  You’ll see why.  It, too, can be yours via the Crabby Media website (later this week), for a slim $1.50.

in which my paper-hoarding problem becomes apparent
chris. | 30 July 2012 | 6:32 pm | diary, zines | Comments closed

I like paper.  I’ve always liked paper and creating things with paper.  When i unpacked a moving box the other year, i found a little kid’s briefcase i had when i was, well, a little kid.  When i opened it, there was still some papercraft project inside.  It’s probably older than my spouse.

The other year, it became obvious that the disarray of my paper and rubber stamps was threatening to overwhelm the study, so we bought a nice 6-drawer rolling organizer from Ikea.  Everything fit!  Hooray, perfect organization achieved!!

Until i brought home a box of discarded paper from the office a few months later.  Stage failed.

That was about 2-&-a-1/2 years ago.  Today, however, i scored the perfect paper organizer at the local Goodwill.  Only $20!

paper drawers (closed)

paper drawers (closed)

Nice!!  Perfect organization achieved again!

paper drawers (open)

paper drawers (open)

Well, except for those 3 reams sitting on top.  Why on earth did i think i needed 3 reams of pastel legal-sized paper???

Y’know what Seattle(/i) need(s)?  A zine-maker & DIY crafter’s swap meet, that’s what.  Hmmm……

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