Dave’s Pumpkin Patch

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So today I visited Dave’s Pumpkin Patch in West Sac. This is the pumpkin patch they have been advertising on Groupon. It was $18 for 2 adults and 2 children admissions. Included was a corn maze, a child’s corn maze, hay rides, a huge gigantic inflated pillow (much like a trampoline), hay stacks to climb, and corn boxes. All unlimited!

You get there and it doesn’t look like a lot, but its a great place to go especially if you have little ones. The first thing we did was get on this very weird looking inflated pillow. You can run back and forth, jump, or do whatever. It was a blast, my kid loved it. Then we went on a hay ride it was about 5 minutes but cute and fun. You take the trail along the pumpkin patch make a u-turn and come back. Not very long but it is unlimited with the groupon. Next up was the corn maze. Oh what a blast! It’s bigger than you would expect for a pumpkin patch of its size, but we definitely got lost inside. Last up was the corn box, and yes that its exactly what the name says, a huge box of corn kernels. You get in expecting it to be like sand and you sink. It is a trip. Its so much fun even the parents will want to get buried and lie around.

Dave’s Pumpkin Patch was very nice, the people that worked there were very pleasant, and their are enough attractions to spend half a day there. They also have pony rides and a zip-line for additional fees. Overall I would say it was worth the $18. I would go back again.

 

Louie

This is just a bunch of random stuff on my mind–forgive me for not being more organized today:

I noticed that Louie season 3 is available on Instant Netflix, I’m already on the second episode. If you haven’t seen Louie C.K.’s stand up or show, I highly suggest you remedy this ASAP. The guy is down to earth, honest and freakin’ hilarious. Bonus–writes his own material.

I saw a trailer for Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” and I have to say I’m intrigued and will see this movie. I think this will showcase Shia LaBeouf. 

There is a J.D. Salinger documentary out that states that a couple of unreleased book will be available in 2015, I’m really excited about that.

A friend showed me this video today and I had to share it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ajQ-foj2Q Please watch, it’s pretty freakin’ great.

Just bought tickets to go see Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers next Friday, I’m really excited. I’ll post about it next Saturday.

This is what I’m listening to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F90Cw4l-8NY

Get off your computers and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Christian

Strawberry Fields Forever

I love strawberries, 100% completely love them. 

So this week I thought I would share with you my favorite drink made from…well, you know… STRAWBERRIES!

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Agua de fresa (translated to strawberry water) is a drink made from strawberries, water, and sugar.  This drink, which can be made with a variety of fruits, is a delicious and refreshing thirst quencher.

Here is the recipe for your enjoyment:

First, boil water and sugar together (in a ratio of 1 to 1) to create a simple syrup. 

While the sugar is dissolving, wash and slice up strawberries (about 2 to 3 cups). 

Take the simple syrup off the stove to cool, place sliced strawberries in your blender (tasting a few while you are at it). 

Pouring the simple syrup over the strawberries, blend together to create your drink.

Add more sugar, water, or strawberries depending to taste.

Depending on if you like pulp or not, strain your strawberry mixture through a mesh sleeve. 

Pour over ice and drink up!

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This drink is perfect for a warm day (and I would dare to say that it is even splendid for a rainy day as well).

I HIGHLY recommend making some for yourself, you will not be disappointed! 

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Go forth and produce something sweet!

– Short&Sweet KG –

Re-watching Alice in Wonderland

I was looking around on Netflix earlier today with a friend trying to decide what to watch. We came across Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Having not seen the film since I was a child, I thought it’d be fun. 

It’s an odd experience to re-watch a film that was a favorite of yours when you were younger as an adult. There are so many things that you miss as a kid–whether being jokes, innuendo or, in some cases, opium-smoking caterpillars. As a child, I missed all of these things, and the seriousness of certain situations that Alice encounters.

We all know the Mad Hatter was really “mad” because of the mercury in his hat, but as children we just think he’s some funny oddball guy. The mouse at the tea party (the one hiding in the teapot with sunken, sagging eyes) is really drunk off his bum. The caterpillar is not smoking hookah or some odd cigarette–it’s opium, and his difficulty expressing what he wants from Alice is not necessarily because of his intelligence, but because of the opiate’s effects. 

One thing that I  noticed that could concern parents is how trusting Alice was. First off, she follows some rabbit because she’s intrigued by him, and loses herself. The most disturbing thing to me is that she comes across liquids and cookies telling her to “eat me” and “drink me”, and she does–no questions asked. As kids we’re taught to say “no” to strangers offering us candy, and Alice is the girl who takes it. 

All in all, I really did enjoy watching the film again, but it’s definitely an interesting experience seeing all the things you missed out on as a kid. 

By the way, the Cheshire Cat was freaky back then and he’s freaky now.

Have a good Saturday night, people!

Christian

PS–listening to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE5DXUfX0cc

Puppy

 

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I got a new puppy about 3 weeks ago, and named her Omega, or Megs for short.  At first my older dog Optimus, didn’t care for her too much. Now Optimus and Megs are running around having a good ole time.

My problem however, are my carpets. They were clean and safe. Now she has made them dirty and smelly. We have been attempting to use puppy pads to train her on, but the only one who uses them is Optimus.

So if anyone has some ideas on how to help potty training her it would be much appreciated.

 

**Mikko

One of my favorite poems

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

You’re on your own, and

you know what you know

and you are the guy who’ll

decide where to go.

You’ll get mixed up

of course, as you already know

You’ll get mixed up with

many strange birds as you go.

So be sure you when you step.

Step with care and great

tact, and remember that

life’s a great balancing act.

 – Doctor Seuss