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climb the ceiling route at Stone Gardens

So dragonc and I have set a date for this goal… July!

remodel my bathroom

Finally finished painting. This is a picture of the new ventilation shaft window.

Improve the 43 Things iPhone app (read all 3 entries…)
available in iTunes

Here’s the link to the iTunes Store:

Please let us know what you think!

try 43 new recipes (read all 24 entries…)
#15 Pumpkin Pie

There are three recipes here: including directions about how to prepare the fresh pumpkin and crust. A food processor makes the crust a lot easier. I had a lot of pumpkin so I used the proportions of pumpkin/eggs/milk/cream from the Molasses recipe, but with maple syrup instead of the molasses and honey.

I also used to precooked filling technique from the recipe at It made it a lot easier to taste the filling for the right amount of spice and sweetener.

ripen bananas (read all 3 entries…)
What happens

If i hit back before the entry is done saving

try 43 new recipes (read all 24 entries…)
#14 buttery garlicky oniony mashed potatoes

Maybe this doesn’t really count as a recipe because I made it up, but I want to post it anyway.

Dice up 1 onion and 1 head of garlic. Melt 1 stick of butter and sauté the garlic and onion over medium heat (turn to low to keep warm when the onions are browned).

Meanwhile, cook about 2 pounds of potatoes until they’re really soft. I use the pressure cooker so it takes about 15 minutes, and by then the onions are done.

Dump the water out of the potato pot, and put the potatoes back in, and pour the butter and onion mixture on top. I don’t peel the potatoes. Peeling boiling hot potatoes is not fun.

Now mash! With a potato masher or whatever handy mashing implement. This is the fun part because a pile of potatoes and onions magically turns into mashed potatoes! Add salt to taste and mash it in.

ripen bananas (read all 3 entries…)
Day 2

No obvious change.

ripen bananas (read all 3 entries…)

We have some really green bananas so I am doing an experiment to test whether putting bananas in a bag with an apple really makes them ripen faster. I know it’s supposed to be a paper bag, but I only have plastic.

Improve the 43 Things iPhone app (read all 3 entries…)
Feature complete

The new app is finally feature complete—it’s at the point where it’s usable enough that I get distracted by actually using it when I should be working on it. Here’s a sneak preview…

lead a 5.11 on gear (read all 2 entries…)
Stems and Seeds 5.11b

We went to Vantage again last weekend, and I got a chance to lead Stems and Seeds. I’d done it on TR a couple weeks ago, so it felt pretty comfortable, but it’s definitely different on lead.

climb 5.12
Heinous Cling, 5.12a

TR’d my first 5.12 yesterday: Heinous Cling at Smith. I fell 3 times but it didn’t seem that hard… (ie it didn’t seem completely impossible).

lead a 5.11 on gear (read all 2 entries…)
if there's another Vantage trip this winter

There are a couple thin finger cracks I have my eye on at Vantage. Might need to buy or borrow a few more small cams and another set of nuts…

climb a 5.11
in Vantage!

Led a couple short and relatively easy bolted 11a’s at Vantage: Weep Holes on a Sill and The Creation of Tranquility.

Also TR’d a couple of 5.11 crack routes (Bob’s Your Uncle 11a and Stems and Seeds 11b). Next time…

drink tea (read all 3 entries…)

When pouring more than two cups, pour tea equally into eah cup until the pot is empty.

try 43 new recipes (read all 24 entries…)
#13 slow cooker winter squash

The slow cooker is a really easy way to cook winter squash, no peeling, hacking, chopping, boiling, etc. I like the flavor of roasting better, but this would be great for soups or including in recipes where the squash really needs to be peeled. Just put a whole squash, unpeeled, seeds and all, with a little water into the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or so, clean when done. Recipe from Not your mother’s slow cooker cookbook.

receive 43 postcards from 43 different 43Thingers
I'm pretty sure

The robot coop has received many more than 43 postcards from 43 people. It’s great to feel loved.

plant a garden (read all 6 entries…)

No, I didn’t plant any dates. I don’t think they would grow here. But I’m testing how dates work in the iPhone app.

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#12 Dehydrated zucchini

I got a big pile of zucchini and other summer squash from my CSA, so I sliced them really thin, dipped them in soy sauce, and dehydrated them. Recipe from Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook.

drink tea (read all 3 entries…)

The weather today is cloudy and cool, so I am drinking hojicha. Hojicha is made from only stems, no leaves, so it has what seems to me a very fall like flavor.

drink tea (read all 3 entries…)

The weather today is cloudy and cool, so I am drinking hojicha. Hojicha is made from only stems, no leaves, so it has what seems to me a very fall like flavor.

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