99 bottles of beer

actually our output is 66 bottles of beer. three of us went to gallaghers in early july to brew a batch of beer. the beer we chose is very close to diamond knot india pale ale. it was surprisingly easy to do but there are various different hops and knowing what goes good together is the true art of brewing. the beer is ready to bottle this week! next, it’s time to make some experimental batches at home. i’ve always wanted a tasty tomato beer!

Music Monday: The Seedy Seeds

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

the seedy seeds

local band to: cincinnati ohio

riyl:  tilly and the wall, mates of state, boy least likely to

with a completely original sound and presentation, including banjo, accordion and toy keyboard beats, the seedy seeds create upbeat, melodic, danceable indie music that is equally at home alongside pop-punk, alt-country, and lo-fi. the concept for the band was born of a casual conversation in late 2005, in which mike and margaret hypothesized performing as a group with the instruments they owned but hadn’t yet learned to play. the seedy seeds began writing, performing, and recording music shortly thereafter. brian joined in 2008 following the release of count the days, on which he contributed supplemental percussion.

*photo & blurb courtesy of the seedy seeds website. listen to their music here.*

figgy pop

i never liked figs. are figs even a fruit? apparently they are. my mom made me taste one years ago and i thought it was gross and mushy. a fresh fig is one of the most odd textured foods, more so than a raw oyster (which i love). a few nights ago, i was eating a lot of them with a friend.  maybe i am growing up or just have a different set of taste buds but i do like them now.

my parents brought this little twig back from italy years ago. they planted it and gave it a lot of attention for 3-4 years before it every pushed out any figs. it now stands tall in the backyard at over 15 feet. we pick the figs we can reach. the birds peck at the figs at the top and the dogs eat the figs that fall to the ground. this week seems to be the peak. i’ve given out so many to friends and coworkers and taking them to the local farmers market for a trade. i love picking fresh fruit from trees. something about it is thoroughly enjoyable!

no rain

the forecast says sunny skies are here for at least the next week. i really, really, really enjoy the awesome summer storms of texas. the beginning of july had some of the best yet. gray skies make me smile.

sparkle & fade

a good, long day of hanging out with the family, eating delicious brisket that cooked for 24 hours, shopping, napping with the doggies, fireworks and sparklers, and a few shiner beers to celebrate the 234th birthday of America.

hey ya

it is july 2nd. this date means many things. it is the midpoint of the year. six months past and six months left of 2010. it makes sense to start something halfway through the year when everything is chill, so here goes…