Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Eggsperiment - Day 4

No picture today. It looks just like it did the day before! I'm way to drowsy to get up and snap a pic. It's the meds. My lack of tooth is healing well... Stay tuned for tomorrows egg pic!

Silly egg video:

The Eggsperiment - Day 3

How do I know if an egg is fresh?

Stale eggs smell bad and should not be eaten. You can test an egg to see if it's stale without cracking it by using a bowl of water. A stale egg will float in a bowl of water and a fresh egg will sink. This is because as an egg gets older the air sac gets bigger as water is lost from the egg and the extra air in the egg makes it float

The Eggsperiment - Day 3
Humpty Dumpty?

The Eggsperiment - Day 2

I'm sure these next few days will be very un-eventful in The Eggsperiment... So I shall entertain you with the corniest of corny jokes...

Eggsperiment - Day 2

Q. Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall?
A. To make up for a lousy summer.

Q. What do you call an egg from outer space?

A. An "Egg-stra terrestial".

Q. What did the eggs do when the light turned green?

A. They egg-cellerated.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Eggsperiment - Day 1

I was at WalGreens this evening doing some wandering around when I found this little gem. I found it near the garden/spring stuff. "How cute!" I thought, but immediately wondered if it would really work. I checked for an expiration date, which was Dec. 2009 - still good. Hmmmmmm... it was on sale, so I decided I would try it.

So I took this little egg up to the counter to make my purchase, small talked with the lady at the counter, and suggested they put it by their Easter stuff. I came home and immediately got crackin'....

The Eggsperiment - Day 1

The Eggsperiment - Day 1

The Eggsperiment - Day 1

The Eggsperiment - Day 1

I plan to post a picture of my growing egg everyday! So stay tuned!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Creating 5 from 1

I needed some smaller logs for some of my caches. Before I knew it, this is what I ended up with! The long and skinny one will be perfect for another container I have waiting to be camouflaged. I cut with an exacto knife type of blade using a straight edge for neatness. I then used my beading tools and bent over the wire so the pages wouldn't fall out.

Geocaching Logs

For the parts without spiral binding, I tightly wrapped a strip of camouflaged Kentucky Chrome around the edges. I had some epoxy out for a cache I was creating so I put a thin layer over the top end for extra hold. I made sure to get all the pieces covered.

Geocaching Logs

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Under Construction

Changing it up... I my last one was temporary, the pos colum wasn't wide enough for my flicker pictures!

Love this layout, much cleaner and more like my very 1st template - for those of you that have been around that long. Still messing with it and customizing and what not.... but for the most part its finished!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3 FTF + 1 Co-FTF

I got home from babysitting around 11am today and saw that some new caches were published around 7:45am. Though no one had logged the caches, I was certain someone had found them anyway. My foot was feeling better so I decided to go find them, with no hopes of FTF. I was pleasantly surprised when I reached the first cache and there were NO signatures on the log! It was my 1st FTF (first to find). I went to the next one, and found the SAME thing. 2 FTF's on the same day right in a row. Too good to be true I thought. I came home and excitedly signed the logs online.

I spoke to an old friend for a bit after that. At some point in our conversation Macaroni Grill came up. After I finished my call, I knew what was for lunch. They have the BEST bread, I ate one on the on the way home and the other when I got home.

Just as I was about to dig into my spaghetti, I saw that 3 more caches were published. Knowing I didn't have enough time to get two of the three, I stuck my food in the fridge and ran out to get the one super close to my house. Another FTF for me! What an amazing day.

I came home, logged, got ready for work and then left.

When I came home I noticed that the two other ones still hadn't been logged. I decided to risk it and go out and try for two more FTFs. From a distance I saw some one walk into the bushes about where the cache was. When I got closer another one walked that way - I was close enough to say something. I asked if they found it. They did not... we looked... and I spotted it! So we went in for a Co-FTF. I don't exactly know those "rules", but I'm not going to hog all the fun!

This was the first time I ran into fellow cachers while hunting! They were super nice and we chit-chatted a lot. They both hadn't found a cache I had placed not to far away - so I got to watch them look for it. I didn't say anything, but It was an easy find for them ;-) While we walked an talked I found out one of them had found the next one I was going to look for. I'm bummed I didn't get the FTF on it, but again glad I didn't hog all the fun! I went and found it with the other cacher that hadn't found it either.

The sun was setting, but since all the ones I found were micros, I was not able to get rid of my TC. I rushed to another cache I hadn't found and picked up to TB's and dropped my TC.

Now I'm going to go eat my lunch for dinner!

Sorry about the crappy cellphone pic.... but what a day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WisDOOM Tooth News/Update

So I finally made my way to the dentist, got X-rayed and learned the news. I have to have my one wisdom tooth removed. I'm very happy that I only got the one, I wouldn't have been able to afford getting 4 teeth out! I have to say, I am a bit nervous. I've had a root canal, so I'm expecting it to be similar... but with more pain afterwards. Since I'm "new" to Tucson (nearly a year), I had to search for a dentist. I simply googled "dentist" and my city, and clicked on the first one! I read the site and was pretty much sold when I found out my future dentist was a fellow Ohioan. They were also running a pretty good deal on X-rays and a check-up for new patients, which being un-insured, I couldn't pass up! The office was one of those house-turned-office deals, and quite charming I must admit! They were very up-to-date on the technology. The dentist stuck an ittybitty camera in my mouth and snapped some pictures and they were instantly on the screen for me to see! How cool.

I wish I had those pics and X-rays to show you! Since I don't I went browsing online for some pictures that look close to what is going on inside my mouth. Again, this is NOT my mouth. If you google wisdom teeth, you can see some wild wisdom teeth, it seems like they come in however the h3ll they want to! Lucky for me, mine are fairly straight!

Monday, March 23, 2009

New GeoCoin.

Is it GeoCoin or TravelCoin? I've been using the words to mean the same thing. Anyway, I got a new TC, This one isn't for the younger sister OR the older sister. It is ALL mine!!

Current GOAL: This jar of "All Natural Green Gooey Goodness" would like to travel the world!

About this item:
This was my last jar of Forest Preserves, and I cant seem to find it at my local grocery store anymore. Please snap a picture to curb my appetite.

Forest Preserves


Dear Internet,

Are you trying to tell me something?
Erika Jean

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Picture MeMe

As I sit here watching Lifetime with what feels like a broke or fractured foot, I decided to do a MeMe. I don't generally do these things, but I thought this one was fun!

The idea of The Picture MeMe... is to answer the questions with pictures found on the internet. I used Google's Image Search.

Age at next birthday:

Place to which I would like to travel:

Favorite Food:

Favorite Place:


Favorite Color:

College Major:

Name of my Love:


Bad Habit:

Thanks Sanni-licious for the idea!
If you do this MeMe let me know in the comments!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Flashback - Once.

Once, I tried tap dance. Then, I started sports and never looked back. THANK GOD.


I look SO thirlled.


Don't I look like a little dutch girl??

Please. Comment away...

For more Friday Flashbacks - See the sidebar ;-)

My Tooth Kills

Not much to say... So instead I doodle....

Erika's Doodle
Click to enlarge.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Geocaching Highlights

Here are some highlights from geocaching today. Because it is a video today I'm going to say this... If you know where I geocache, and you are in the same area - you might not want to watch. But that is not to say that I was geocaching in the same area that I normally do. Muhahaha.

This is a not necessarily in order video either. I picked up one travel coin today, and left a bunch of swag at each place I could. I also left a CD of a PodCacher Episode in my last cache of the day. On one of their more recent Episodes they said that some people leave CDs of their episodes to get the word out... so I thought I'd help. I'm new to the program, but I really think others might enjoy it! I also think it would be neat to have if you had a long day of caching planned, or wanted something to pop in the CD player during a long trip.... let's just hope it survives the heat ;-)

Sorry about the crappy quality - maybe a video camera will be my next investment!

Somewhere, USA
Click here if you can't see the video

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Mystery Machine

My two sisters are coming to visit this week, and we have a lot of geocaching planned while they are here. My older sister, Sara, Has never geocached. She tried once, but her GPS failed her. So not only will she get her first cache here in AZ, she will also release her first GeoCoin into the world.

Her birthday is on the 18th, so this is her present! I've already told her she is getting it, so this post shouldn't surprise her!

Swany's Mystery MachineSwany's Mystery Machine

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Flashback - SeaWorld


I'm Loving These Words

I went to the library today in hopes of a free movie to watch. Poor selection, but I picked one up. I also managed to come home with two books. I promise to do a book review when I'm finished. I have gotten out of the habit of doing those!

My little trip to the library was my second here in AZ. I'm not much of a library person, becuase I love to abuse my books by bending covers and folding down corners to mark my place. I also am really bad about getting things back on time.

The library is brand spankin' new and has a neat little sculpture/art thinggy in the front outside...






Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Multiple Multi-Caches

Multi-Cache (Offset Cache)

A multi-cache ("multiple") involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered a multi-cache.


I decided to get a few short multiple caches in today. They weren't too hard in the mental and physical department, which I appreciated today. My brain is fried and my body hurts.

Here are a few snap shots from today, in no particular order...

Geocaching 3-11-09

Geocaching 3-11-09

Geocaching 3-11-09

I did what one manages to do while geocaching - I discovered an unknown location near to home! This is a Frisbee golf course. It's something I've always wanted to try, but never have. Now that I know this course is so close I might give it a go some day!

Geocaching 3-11-09

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Snail Mail

These four handmade postcards are making their way into the mail today. I really enjoy this crafty crap! Can you tell?


My Valentine postcards.

Ninety-Nine, One Hundred

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Last night I was getting ready to head out for a cache that I had gotten a hint on. I don't like to get hints (this is only the second hint ever), but after looking for this one three times I was getting annoyed. While I was loading the cache into my GPS I noticed another one had just been published not too far from the other one. I loaded it up and attempted my second FTF (first to find). I failed again. I'm just not as quick as some cachers in the area. It was my first night cache though... After signing the log on that one I went for the one with the hint. I don't know HOW I missed this, I kind of feel dumb for even asking for a hint... Anyway, those two last night put me at 98.

I woke up in SO much pain this morning. So much that I felt like crying after going for my ringing phone 3 feet away from the end of the bed. No joke. I am having major issues going from the standing position to the siting position - and well - just walking. You see, I signed up with a personal trainer a while ago and just started getting back into it these past few weeks, - and yesterday I think she was trying to kill me. I have never done so many lunges in my life. I feel like an old lady hobbling around the house.

Despite the pain, I was determine to get my 100th in today. (Lisa you owe me a Travel Bug - I WON).I had planned this (GC1MVVQ) for my 100th, but with the terrain - I knew I wasn't going to make it even half way there... So I opted for some easier but interesting ones...

GC179H4 - Would a Tree Stump You

This cache gave parking coordinates. I'm glad too, because I wouldn't have known where to go! The "curb" was about two feet high. I should have taken a picture of it...

Anyway I saw the cache about 70 ft. away. Though it was an easy cache, I really appreciate that someone took the time out to make this cache. I love the neat ones!

Geocaching 3-10-09

There was even a fancy plaque on it.

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The only negative to this cache was the desert casualty I spotted when I removed the container...

Geocaching 3-10-09

There wasn't much for taking, so I just signed the log and left some goodies for the next person.

Geocaching 3-10-09

GC1N03 - We Are the Champions

I picked this one because I thought the name was perfect for my 100th find and victory!

It was... uhh.. interesting. I'm not sure if it was supposed to look like a pile of rocks or a steaming pile of cow crap. Either way, I found it and I'm counting it!


This is me with my 100th. Pardon the grunge look - I decided to shower after getting dirty caching.

Geocaching 3-10-09

I got the cap off and signed the log! I took a little heart shaped key chain and left one of my monkies.

Geocaching 3-10-09

Here is the bottom, in case you were wondering how it was made. Its that foamy stuff I don't know the name for!

Geocaching 3-10-09

Monday, March 9, 2009

Prank Wars

I'm not sure if you are familiar with College Humor and their "Prank Wars," but this video is worth the watch. I was laughing so hard I was crying.... Though it is late - I might just be slap happy. Anyway basically these guys have been pranking each other back and forth for some time.... enjoy!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

DIY * T-Shirt

I made my first T-Shirts with iron-on letters. The next day I upgraded and used a freezer paper stencil to make my mom one. Then today I got the bright idea of teaching you how to make your own! The one I'm working on in this demonstration will be a FTF prize in my next large cache, or a donated prize if I end up at caching event first...

You Will Need
*A Picture -Black and white. I like to find clip art of some sort. Clip art type pictures are usually pretty solid with clean lines which make it easier to work with.
*A Pencil
*Freezer Paper
*A Craft Knife (A good sharp one! Change the blade if you need to.)
*Fabric Paint
*Paint Brushes ( I use the spongy ones)
*A T-Shirt
*An Iron

Step 1:

Place your image under the freezer paper and trace. Make sure you trace on the dull side (with out the wax). It may help if you tape down the wax paper so it doesn't move around on you when you trace. Shade the black when you are done tracing, so you will know what to cut out and what to keep in the next step.

Step 2:

Tape down your freezer paper to a piece of cardboard. With your craft knife, carefully cut out the shaded areas.

Be sure to keep and loose white pieces, you will need these.

Step 3:

Pick a spot and Iron your stencil on your T-shirt. Shiny(wax) side down. It doesn't take a tremendous amount of heat/time/pressure, just make sure the paper is on there good... no steam.
Step 4:

Pick your fabric paint. I used acrylics the first time around, but these paints I picked up at Michaels worked a lot better on this shirt - I will be using them from now on!

Place a piece of cardboard between the layers of your T-shirt. Paint away. I only needed one coat. On a dark shirt you may need more. It looks nice if you paint in one direction, I usually go "with the grain," top to bottom rather than across the shirt.

Step 5:

Let the shirt dry and then slowly and carefully peel away the freezer paper. For small pieces or bits of paper that get left behind - pull out those tweezers!

Step 6:

Follow the directions on your paint bottle. My shirt needs to dry 24 hours, and then I have to set the paint with an iron on both sides for 30 seconds. Your paint may be different - so read the bottle!

I'm going to be adding more to my shirt (this is the back) I hope to post a finished project soon!