Friday, July 31, 2009

Howard's Orchard

Howard's Orchard

I filled out a "Will Attend" log on a recently published event. If I do end up going - which I hope I do... it will be my second event. After I did that, I clicked on the event host's profile to see what caches they had in the area - and if I had done any. I had completed a few, but as I went through the list of caches they had out I came across one that had a reference to an orchard in the title. It was only 16 miles away! I got excited and decided it would be my next cache.

I woke up at the crack of dawn the next day and made my way there. I got there at 7 am - the only time of the day you can do anything outside with out sweating to death. The orchard was tiny compared to the one I worked at in my teen years. It was basically a guy who decided he wanted to grow fruits and vegetables on his property. It was small but pretty organized and there were a lot of different things. He had tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, apples, pecans. It was very quiet and peaceful little place. For just a little while, I didn't feel like I was in Arizona at all.

I picked fruits and veggies, paid for my goodies and then went around and snapped some pictures. After I was done with that I went after the cache. The cache ended up being a pretty easy find, and I was finally able to get rid of some travel bugs I've had for too long!

IcE cOLd

I went into the freezer to grab a Popsicle this evening and noticed something was off.

POP goes the Pop.

I looked again - and realized what it was.

POP goes the Pop.

POP goes the Pop.

Oops. Someone forgot about the pop chilling in the freezer! (It wasn't me). I cleaned up the pop cans and tried to clean up some of the mess in the freezer. I shortly gave up after I started to make more of a mess.

Anyway, I snapped a lot of pictures because.... well, I thought it was kind of pretty!!

POP goes the Pop.

POP goes the Pop.

I tried to drink some... But for some reason, it wasn't working.

POP goes the Pop.

So I just took another picture instead.

POP goes the Pop.

At least the freezer smells delicious now.


Enjoy this bored doodle! you can click on it to see it larger...


Friday Falshback

And after all the recent news about tanning beds - I was reminded of this picture. Though I do not look all that tan in it - Prepping for this dance was the first time I used a tanning bed. There was a slit in the side of my dress and I was trying to get rid of my soccer tan. My arms were also way tanner than my back and chest. Anyway. Yes, tanning beds are bad - but god I love the sun! Moving on...

Like my half-assed smile? By the time this dance rolled around I wasn't too excited to be here with this person... But when you've got the dress, scheduled a hair and nail appointment and all your friends are going to be there... what's a girl to do?

I could go on about horror stories and funny stuff... but I'm not going to even get into that....

...All I wanted to do was use this picture for my Friday Flashback! This was one of my favorite dresses. Simple, yet pretty with a low and strappy back. My little sis even recycled this dress and wore it to one of her homecoming dances.

(Sophomore year of High School)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Twinkle Twinkle, Tons of Stars!
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

Space Shuttle Fly By
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Can't Fight the Moonlight.
Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Space Shuttle Fly By, Bye Bye
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

The streaky pictures are the space shuttle passing overhead last night. The first space shuttle picture was on the news here, KOLD. :-) That happened through twitter. Technology is amazing these days!

Other pics that have been shown in the past:
Here, Here and Here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Back Porch Sittin'

Back Porch Sittin'

Not much to report lately. It's been WAY too hot to geocache these days. I think it made it to 107* F. I'm ready for it to start cooling down... I have a feeling we still have a while until we see cooler temps! :-/

This photo is straight out of the camera.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Postcrossing Sunday

I've decided to only post one card when I do these now - to save my self some time!

I did however want to address a comment I received on a previous postcrossing post:

"i am a postcrosser, too. It is very interesting to get postcards from several
countries. But i think some people would not like to see the backside of their postcards at the internet. But nevertheless happy postcrossing"

This person is entitled to their opinion, but frankly I don't give a $hit. It's my blog and I'll post whatever the he11 I want on it. I block out my own address as well as others, if they put it on there. There is a $hitload of people out there with postcrossing blogs and even a group on flickr. So I'm not alone. On the actual postcrossing site they tell you to only post the picture side to there site - which is understandable. I know there are some morons out ther who have no idea how to take an adress off.

So yeah, I take the address OFF.... the writer is pretty much anonoymus to my blog readers. So I don't care if they care. It's not like they are telling me their deepest darkest secrets! This is NOT Postsecret.

Again. I don't give a crap and I'm going to keep posting them. It's gotten alot of other people involved in postcrossing - who otherwise wouldn't know about it. I since I've started posting them on the blog, Six different people have told me they started doing it!

Oh and thanks to that commenter - I haven't ranted in a while and it feels gooooood.

Here is the BACK of todays card! You may click to engarge if you would like. I know alot of my geocaching readers may find this one interesting!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy Early B-day!

Happy early Birthday Jessica! Since she has already gotten the DVD and gift in the mail (I thought it would take longer to get to her!!!)- I decided I'd go ahead and post it all here :-)

How did you do that?
It is actually quite simple. I plop the camera on a tripod and hook up my remote. I like to use the remote so I don't risk bumping the camera. I then move whatever I'm giving motion to ever-so-slightly and take a picture... In this case I repeated that process 199 times. Putting the 199 pictures together in a video isn't very hard because the pictures are pretty much in order. There are some things I duplicate and some things I reverse the order of for effect.

It must have taken forever!
Not really. I think the whole molding of the Play-Doh and snapping pics took a little under an hour, including Breaks. puttin it together on the computer took about 30 minutes. :-) I've done it a couple times so I can do it faster than I used to!


I also included some "cake" and candles int he package with the DVD card!

Crumby Noodles

Crumby Noodles are one of those sides we always begged my mom to make. Now I can make them myself - which means I will probably never be able to get her to make them for me again.

I documented the making of my first batch of Crumby Noodles, so I figured I would share my knowledge with all of you. That's right, I'm going to teach you how to make them! Don't worry - it isn't rocket science and you can't really mess it up. In fact, I'm guesstimating on the measurements... it really depends on how much you're making and how crumby you want your Crumby Noodles.

You will need:
Egg noodles, salt, garlic salt, butter, bread.

*Fill a pot with water - set it to boil.

While you are waiting for the water to boil...

*Take two slices of bread, and grate with cheese grater.
*Melt about 2 tbs of butter in a frying pan.
*Add a dash of garlic salt and table salt - (about a couple shakes)
*Add bread crumbs. Keep the bread crumbs moving so they don't burn. They should look like this when they are finished.IMG_0608
*Take them out of the pan and set them aside.

You water should be boiling by now. Add your pasta, strain when done.

*Add a 1 tbs of butter (it really depends on how many noodles you have and how much butter you like) and stir.

*Stir in breadcrumbs....


Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I've picked a winner!!

Congratulations Greg Not Craig!!

"If I'm lost -with a GPS- it's because I wandered and lost signal.
I'd use the rope to tie myself to a tree, so I stay put. Just like I learned in Cub Scouts."

Greg, please send an e-mail with your address to: airrikajswan(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get it in the mail shortly!

Thanks to everyone who entered! be sure to come back for future blog contests!

Monday, July 20, 2009

"Survival Kit" Giveaway! Deadline July 20th -10pm EST (CLOSED)


Don't you just hate it when your stuck in the middle of nowhere without the things you need? I know I do - Especially when I'm out in the woods Geocaching. Since I figure I'm not alone, I would like to give everyone a chance to win some items that may be helpful in a situation like that.

While most of these products will probably not help you actually survive in the middle of the jungle, desert or tundra - they may help with that unexpected sudden downpour, random scratch or just make you feel a bit more comfortable while out in the wilderness.

The giveaway "Survival Kit" includes..

Possible uses for your potential winnings:
Swag items, event prizes, hiking bag/car/purse emergency stash, camping supplies, a gift for someone else - the sky's the limit, all you have to do is win it!

To enter your name in the drawing you

*Leave a comment to this post telling me which item you would probably end up using first and why.
Example: "I would probably end up using the cold pack first becuase I'm constantly falling on my head."

To earn extra entries in the drawing you can do any or all of the following:
Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each of these the entries to count also include your twitter name and/or your blog address where necessary.

*Twitter about this contest. You must link back to my blog and mention a contest in the tweet.
To make it easy you can use the following if you would like:
"Check it out @_erikajean_ is holding a blog contest! #geocaching Hurry! It ends July 20th."

*Subscribe to this blog, and tell me what method of subscribing you chose. If you are already a subscriber please tell me the method of subscribing you use - and you will earn this extra entry as well.

*Blog about this contest on your blog! You must link back to my blog and mention a contest in the post.

Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each of the entries to count. I will be checking the comments, printing out entries, cutting them apart and drawing out of a bowl to pick the winner.

DEADLINE for entries: July 20th -10pm EST

Fine Print:
Family members are not eligible. You do not have to be a US resident or a blogger to enter - just be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. The winner will be announced on July 21st, 2009.


Sunday, July 19, 2009


Is that a sinkhole?

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I don't know.

Me either. Dare you to go in.


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Hurry! hurry! Take the picture. I'm sinking!

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Thankfully Theresa didn't sink into the abyss... This picture was taken while completing an EarthCache about crystals. You can read more about that adventure in this post. If you would like to read more on sinkholes - read this HowStuffWorks explanation.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stateside Informal Reception

Theme: Crazy T-Shirt

The Couple
(B. & T.)

The Set Up
(Lots of chairs, four tables, three tents, two grills and one trampoline.)
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The Food
(The Best Man aka the Chef for the evening)
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(AKA, people to eat all the food!)
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The Cake

(Mini Tiffany's boxes with cute little bows. Extremely tasty for a box)
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(What I really mean to say is the beverages - but check out those cups!)
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The Games
(Can one even call it a grill-out without cornhole?)
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Best Friends!
(No explanation needed.)
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