Wednesday, April 2, 2014

'Our Year at The Fahm' - After 4.5 *Actual Years* - is Drawing to a Close

As all good things must do, our time here at The Fahm as full time residents is slowly drawing to a close. I am fresh off a month-long employment and housing exploration in my favorite hometown ever, Santa Cruz, CA, where we will be relocating - at least part-time - sooner rather than later.

The plan has been in the works for more than a few months and we are slooowly starting to see results in the form of multiple job interviews become reality squeezed in between walking Molly (Mom's new dog; along West Cliff Dr. and the rest of the west side), visiting The Buttery and Emily's, frequenting New Leaf Market (downtown and west side), Trader Joe's (downtown), Safeway (west side), visits with Elizabeth Quinn near the yacht harbor, and more trips than I care to admit to Bookshop Santa Cruz (downtown).

O! I do so love Santa Cruz, that hippie-welcoming, patchouli-scenting, alternative lifestyle-promoting, CSA/Homeless Project-pioneering, surf-obsessing, consciousness-raising, Silicon Beach-aspiring, sea lion-loving, Poop Fairy-denying, tree-hugging, real estate price-gouging sanctuary on the Montery Bay, where my family history stretches back over three decades, and our "ancestral manse" (such as it is) is located...

Much has changed for me, for us, for everyone, since late 2009 when we last resided in the San Francisco Bay Area, and even more has changed since I left Santa Cruz (under protest) for Oakland in 2002. Some for better, some for worse, some TBD. But this is a homecoming nevertheless, and excitement abounds!

Moving forward, there will likely be no more NEW Our Year at The Fahm posts. Should you wish to, you can follow details of my new exploits, adventures, art works, and items of general interest at the blushingly bare (for the moment) www.SaraParker411.blogspot.com. Stay tuned there for more soon...


Friday, February 21, 2014

The Berkshires and Burning Spear

Last weekend Raj and I took a little road trip to the Berkshires and beyond to hear some music, see some friends, and make a short literary excursion to North Bennington. We left the Fahm during a snowstorm which is something we rarely do. For one thing, driving during a snowstorm is no picnic, and for another, well, we just don't. Real snowstorms inspire my coziest fantasies of being near a roaring fire with a book or a game of Scrabble. Driving away from the Fahm in the snow seemed rather strange.

Friday, January 31, 2014

"My friend hurt her foot..."

"...so I'm going over there to empty her mouse traps for her. " -My friend Andrea today on the phone, when we were making some plans. Welcome to life in the country!

Monday, January 27, 2014

There Have Been Some Shortages - Reprise

Last week, hardware stores began running low on snow removal supplies and by the time the last storm was over, they were pretty much out.  There wasn't a roof rake, snow shovel, or box of hockey puck salt tabs to be found anywhere, not to mention snow blowers. When Home Depot is sold out of a big ticket seasonal staple like a snow blower, you know you're having a serious winter.


The good news is, I have found a way to reuse our sock singles! In a fit of DIY, I asked Raj to rummage through his sock drawer for singles and worn out socks while I bustled off to the hardware store for a bag of calcium chloride.  Raj managed to produce 19 socks and I filled them each with a fist-sized portion of the stuff.  We raked the roofs and flung the sock bombs strategically which means aiming for just behind the bigger icicles. The sock bombs are so much better than the hockey pucks in terms of placement; the downside is, in the spring we will have 19 filthy socks sitting on our roofs like dead things the cats might drag in to our bedroom.


Everyone, at this point, except those who have the great good fortune to live in a perfectly insulated home David & Monique has ice dams, ice cycles, and way too much snow on their roof.  Roofs are collapsing all over New England, while I know of at least one poor man in Worcester who had a heart attack and died while clearing snow from his roof. Even stoic New Englanders are shaking their heads over this hard Wintah - though I still note latent pride beneath their complaints. This Wintah will go down in the record books in terms of snow fall if nothing else, and a legendary winter spawns legendary ...well... legends.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Serious Soy Chorizo Shortage at Trader Joe's Leaves Me Peevish

UPDATE --------------------------------------------------------

Official latest word on the status of Trader Joe's beloved SOYRIZO from Corporate HQ.
"Dear Sara,
Thank you for your feedback.  Our Trader Joe's Soyrizo is currently out of stock in our warehouse and assure you it has not been discontinued. At this time there is no exact date on when it will be available for our stores to order.  We encourage you remain in contact with your local store's Captain or one of the Mate's for availability.
Thank you for shopping at Trader Joe's,
Amy
Customer Relations"
TLDR: Trader Joe's soy chorizo is still MIA with no ETA.

UPDATE --------------------------------------------------------

Originally posted 10/14/13 2:09 PM EST


I have been having a serious craving for soy chorizo from Trader Joe's, so much so that we made the 40 minute pilgrimage to the closest store, in Shrewsbury, MA.
The refrigerated tofu and fake meat section at Trader Joe's was filled with all manner of faux ground beef, "chicken" cutlets, sweet and sour "pork", Tofurkey, firm tofu, silken tofu, and seiten (SATAN!!). Not a speck of soy chorizo though, no matter how hard we looked or how many employees we asked, NOTHING.

I guess I'm going to have to learn how to make my own. Do I have to do everything myself??