I typically compose my Year-In-Review posts by looking back at my previous posts throughout the year. However, this year I have been a slacker when it comes to blogging. Instead, I will have to base it on the photos uploaded to the Flickr.
We welcomed in the New Year with Josh and Charlotte in Evansville.
Cale started 2011 off on the right foot, based on this facebook post:
"Cale: have you put any thought into your first breakfast of 2012?
Sara: uh, cale, its 2011:
Cale: I told you I don't do time."
We also celebrated Abby's 29th birthday in style, sinkin' the biz
It rained ice.
And we lost heat in our house out in Spencer.
So we moved closer to town.
We saw the Swing Rays play.
Santa was there.
With just the barest hint of spring in the air, Cale and Jake headed out to the disc golf courses.
I celebrated spring in my typical fashion, taking pictures of my bare feet outside.
Hudson Hornet played their first gig up in Indy.
Later they played the Players' Pub in Bloomington.
More Hudson Hornet. New drummer.
Memorial Day with the other Reeves.
And Cale bought himself another motorcycle. In pieces.
I also started my internship with the Indiana University Foundation and Cale started summer school.
I turned the big 3-0.
We went to Judah Fest.
Cale built a new seat for me on the back of his rebel out of an office chair. It made the longer trips more bearable.
We started getting produce from our CSA, Stranger's Hill. As the season wore on, we became less and less impressed.
As part of my internship, I attended the Big Ten Development Conference held at IU. I made this presentation.
We went up to Bristol to learn how to make casciatelli with Grandma Carusillo.
While we were there, the learned of Grandma Hoffman's stroke. Luckily, mom was able to make it out east to be with her before she died.
Cale went to the 2011 Wauseon National Swap-Meet and Flat Track Races. Where he saw a motorcycle that I might be able to ride.
As part of my internship, I attended The Fund Raising School's Principles and Techniques of Fundraising class in Indianapolis.
And I volunteered to photograph the rabbit judging at the county fair.
Cale made an emergency trip to Virginia to pick up a friend who was in a motorcycle accident (he's fine).
We celebrated Shar's 30th by sinkin' the biz. And with matching Olive Tot t-shirts Cale and I made with our screen printer.
Labor Day weekend was the wedding I had been looking forward to for months. Hannah and Jay tied the knot and we got to see all our Peace Corps friends again at Wedding Camp!
We saw Te Vaka at Lotus Festival.
Along with some other performers.
We went to our only IU tailgate.
Marian turned 23.
Hudson Hornet played again. Another new drummer.
And we celebrated Joe's birthday.
Remember that motorcycle Cale had in pieces at the beginning of the year?
We celebrated Phaelen's 30th birthday, sinkin' the biz.
We had Thanksgiving with family...
We celebrated a very Carusillo Christmas.
Somewhere in there we also went to school, some how I failed to photograph any of that. Cale got accepted into the honors program and started working on his honors thesis. I continued to work on the new SPEA Abroad program, ACCT International. Our proposal was accepted by IU Overseas.
Here's to 2012 when Cale will finish his Triumph. I will go to Kenya. And shenanigans will ensue.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thanks to Gopi on the facebook, we now know this is a Dragon Tongue Bean. With a name like that one would expect an exciting backstory, but my extensive research (i.e. googling dragon tongue bean) has not revealed any pertinent details. This web site tells me they are also called Dragon Langerie. However, if you google that you get all sorts of results for Dragon Lingerie. The image search results indicate to me that this is a common confusion.
Back to our beans. Both the bean and the pod are editable. The internets tells me they are best raw. Cale and I ate them steamed. When we cooked them they lost the fanciful coloring and looked like any other bean.
So now you know.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Thanks to Jess on Facebook, we now know this is a plant with many names. She calls it Mexican sour gherkin cucumber. Wikipedia has several other names: mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour cucumber. However, I prefer the Spanish name, sandíita, which apparently means little watermelon.
Also according to Wikipedia, these little Sandita (I know, redundant) were "domesticated before western contact began." So there you go.
I never opened one up, I just popped them into my mouth. This is what the internet says they look like inside: