This has been one crazy busy weekend, but a good one nevertheless.
The weekend started a bit early on Thursday when my family (and my brother-in-law’s family) gathered to celebrate the twelfth birthday of my nephew, Carter. Carter, although a bit shy, is a great kid with a variety of interests. His latest project involved the assistance of my husband, Andrew, who helped Carter choose the components for and then build his first computer.
Friday night Andrew and I enjoyed the latest installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, which was called “Jurassic World.” Since it’s now been 25 years since the first movie (based on the book by Michael Crichton) was released, it does feel like Hollywood is milking it for all it’s worth, but thankfully the movies haven’t been too bad. I tell everyone to go in with low expectations. That way you might be pleasantly surprised when it turns out to be a halfway decent movie. Through some clever writing, state of the art cinematography and sound mixing, they somehow still manage to keep us on the edge of our seats a quarter century later.
Saturday my parents joined my husband, sister, and me on an outing to the new Dublin Farmer’s Market which is being held on Saturday mornings on one of the streets in the new development near the river. It was a good choice for location as the road was reasonably shady, so quite comfortable for walking around on a day with a heat advisory.
In the hour or so we were there we had plenty of time to peruse the offerings of each vendor (including some rather unusual ones like the guy pitching compost bins for $20 where you keep bringing back your full one in exchange for an empty one and he takes care of dumping your refuse). Good plan for those who perhaps live in an apartment or who are environmentally minded but don’t have the time or money to invest in their own compost maker (like the ones where you turn the crank to mix up the contents periodically) or compost pile in their backyard. We used to compost, but made more than we needed, so we scaled back to now just keeping a small container in our refrigerator which we usually dump in the trash once a week. My neighbor informed me he’s going to start a compost pile again in his backyard, so we’re welcome to come over and dump our fruit & vegetable waste there. Thanks Dick!
Since it was the first time my parents had attended a Farmer’s Market, or at least one down here, they seemed to have mixed reactions. My dad enjoyed the free samples, but refused to spend $3 on a cookie, not being used to how much things cost on the open market (from both vendors and food carts). I wonder what he thought about Andrew and me spending $7.50 for this:
Yes, a bit pricey perhaps, but since Andrew was also drooling over it, he quite happily agreed to me buying it to later split.
My mom enjoyed the few produce stands there were and purchased a zucchini and some other vegetables to take back with them. I bought a head of lettuce and a tomato, so those were my healthy choices. Here’s Andrew and I enjoying our mid-morning snack:
My sister, Karen and I went together and bought the same shirt in a price reduction deal for buying two. Since I was also still in the middle of eating my PB & J popsicle, I didn’t have my hands free to get a picture of the two of us with them, so here’s me wearing mine at home:
Andrew and I also purchased a jar of vanilla pear jam and a jar of honey.
My rating of this Farmer’s Market: a 6 on a scale of 1-10. Not many produce vendors, and really not that many vendors overall. Even though it’s close by and convenient, I can’t see visiting too many times because there just isn’t the variety. Hoping to get to Hilliard’s and Upper Arlington’s before the summer is over.
My afternoon was spent at a nearby art store called Dick Blick’s learning how to create and bind my own book. Even though I had already learned basic bookbinding skills in another art class there (taught by my friend, Amy Flowers of Shrewd Art), it had been many years, and the example book sitting by the cash register was pretty impressive, so I decided to sign up. There were five of us, four ladies and the daughter of one of them, so we all squeezed around a six foot table for the next two and a half hours while our instructor, Mikayla (an employee and design student at OSU), instructed us in the process.
Since I had done this before, I didn’t find it too difficult. The hardest part was attaching the book to the cover so it laid flat without any bubbles, but with ample flexibility. I ended up with some wrinkles from not flattening it properly with my bone press (or laying a heavy object on it to keep it flat). Still, I was pretty happy with the finished product and certainly feel more capable of making more books in the future.
Later in the evening after Andrew had returned home from helping Carter build his computer, we attended the first Gallery Hop of the summer in Grandview. The name is really misleading since there are no actual galleries on this “hop.” The art aspect comes in with the various vendors that line Grandview Avenue each vying for a sale from all the hot and sweating attendees. If you want to browse galleries it’s better to attend the Short North Gallery Hop held on the first Saturday of every month year-round (which we attended once last year). Of course these things are as much about food and drink since food trucks also line the streets and the bars usually have patrons overflowing out into the street.
At the Gallery Hop in Grandview there were tents selling beer in exchange for a set amount of tickets, so you had to queue up twice, which was two times more than Andrew was willing to endure in the 80+ degree heat. Lots of people apparently didn’t mind since most of the crowd seemed to be holding a plastic cup of booze.
There were a decent amount of vendors to peruse, so it probably took us best part of a couple hours after enjoying dinner from a food truck. Plus, we also popped into a couple shops and stopped by St. Christopher’s parish festival, (who were also using the ticket system, even to sell baked goods).
Have a happy Fourth of July everyone and stay cool!