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Shower time

By Hass :: January 31, 2005 @ 10:19 AM

We had sprout's big baby shower with Cole's family.

Here are the pics . . .


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Baby Shower

By Hass :: January 31, 2005 @ 10:02 AM

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Baby Shower

By Hass :: January 31, 2005 @ 10:01 AM

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Baby Shower

By Hass :: January 31, 2005 @ 10:00 AM

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Baby Shower

By Hass :: January 31, 2005 @ 09:57 AM

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By Cole :: January 20, 2005 @ 09:56 PM

• 8 oz. cellophane noodles
• 1 TB PB
• 2 TB soy sauce
• 1 TB rice wine vinegar
• 1 Shredded carrot
• 1 minced shallot

Seasonsings to taste. I recommend a Chinese spice blend of some variety (Penzey's Bangkok Blend works very well).

Add tofu and vegetables for a full meal.

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Cabbage Unrolled

By Cole :: January 20, 2005 @ 09:51 PM

• 1 LB of veggie ground beef
• 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
• 2 tsp of yellow mustard
• 1 T. sugar
• 6 cups of shredded cabbage ( or 1 bag od coleslaw mix)
• 1 C. chopped onion
• 1 C. cooked bulgar

Brown onion, stir in veggie crumbles, tomato sauce, mustard and bulgar. Stir in cabbage and allow to cook 10 minutes.

Can be made spicier with the addition of chili sauce.

Makes 6 1 C. servings at 3 points

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Summer Salad

By Cole :: January 20, 2005 @ 09:46 PM

• 2 bags of mixed salad greens
• 1 mango peeled and cubed
• 1 pint strawberries
• 3 kiwis peeled and sliced
• 1/2 C. dried cranberries

Toss all salad ingredients together

For dressing:

• 1/4 C. red wine vinegar
• 1/2 C. olive oil
• 1/2 C. sugar

To garnish

1 C. candied slivered almonds

(to candy heat almonds and 1/3 C sugar over low heat until sugar is melted and almonds coated)

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The Amazing Sprout

By Cole :: January 19, 2005 @ 11:07 AM

Well, little Sprout has reached 34 weeks gestation. Again we schleped into the Dr's office, and once again (thankfully) everything was A-OK with the Sprout. Mind you, I don't mind for a moment reporting boring news, but it doesn't make for noteworthy reading. Sprout's heartbeat was perfect, and she even cooperated with the DR this time and didn't flee from the doppler. Mama's doing great as well, all the usual stuff check out. We have one more 2 week period between appointments and maybe - just maybe sometime after that things will start getting exciting around here.

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Bean Gravy

By Cole :: January 18, 2005 @ 08:17 PM

Saute in small oil:
hot pepper

Add, cook until softened
1 1/2 pound of chopped plum tomatoes (canned diced tomatoes may be subsituted - 1 large can)

Add, stir till mixture is hot:
2 cans of pureed cannelini beans
1 can of cannelini beans with liquid
salt to taste

1 pound of dried beans that have been cooked may be subsituted for canned beans, no need to puree a portion of those.

Serve over pasta (Hassan's preference), rice or bulgar.

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By Cole :: January 18, 2005 @ 08:12 PM

For the sauce:
4 T. butter
1 fresh hot pepper finely diced
fresh ginger finely diced

Add, stir until smooth and bubbly:
4 T Flour
3 T Curry
2 Tsp Salt

Blend in slowly:
4 to 5 C. Milk (skim is fine)

Chopped hard boiled eggs, or chicken subsitute, or tofu

hot pepper
hard boiled egg
golden raisins
mango chutney
crushed pineapple

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Peanut Wraps with Maple Dipping Sauce

By Cole :: January 18, 2005 @ 07:41 PM

• 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla (Burrito sized)
• 3 Tablespoons Creamy PB
• 2 Tablespoons chopped apple (or apple pie filling)
• 2 Tablespoons Crisp Rice Cereal
• 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

• 1/4 C. Maple syrup
• 1 Tablespoon Vinegar (cider or balsamic)
• 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Spread tortilla with PB, sprinkle with apple, cereal and brown sugar. Roll up and cut into 4 pieces.
Combine sauce ingredients for dipping.

Excellent hiking/camping treat

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Cocoa Snowflakes (Christmas Cookies)

By Cole :: January 18, 2005 @ 07:37 PM

• 1 C. all purpose flour
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 5 TB. butter
• 6 TB. cocoa powder
• 1 C. sugar
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 C. powdered sugar (for rolling in)

Full entry
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Tater Tot Casserole

By Cole :: January 18, 2005 @ 07:32 PM

1 lb Vegetarian Hamburger Crumbles
2 Cans cream of Mushroom soup
72 tater Tots
Shredded cheese

Layer tater tots, hamburger, and soup. Sprinkle with cheese, bake at 350° for 45 minutes

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Life's last great mystey SOLVED

By Hass :: January 12, 2005 @ 09:33 PM

We caved and found out Sprout is a Girl. Cole seemed pretty certain we were having a girl from the get go. Given the track record of 0 boys to 6 girls among the men of the Star Ledger graphics department, it wasn't a big suprise to me either. We're excited, and the life( as we fantasize it) of our little one is starting to come into focus.

This has postponed the circumcision debate, but we're still going to need to find a name. Perhaps we can get a little online voting going.

Everybody can stop buying yellow and green and move onto a definative Pink. and incase you're still buying us gifts of the clothing variety, Mommy says we're all set on new born clothes and gifts should be directed toward 3-6, 6-9, of 9-12 months sizes.

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Today’s meat: Bacon

By Hass :: January 12, 2005 @ 09:20 PM

Being less than two weeks away from a new address I'm feeling less need for civility about soon to be former neighbors. Regarding the neighbors one floor below, whenever they cook we can smell it and it stinks. In the last four days we have smelled the following frying:

• Tonight:Bacon
• Monday: Fish
• Sunday: Chicken

We're expecting to smell out the week:
• lamb
• beef
• baby seal.

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oh yeah, well the jerk store called

By Hass :: January 11, 2005 @ 06:28 AM

we've got company coming next week, how bout we just have them use your bathroom.

Something I should have said to the evil downstairs neighbors who encourage their guests to park behind us.

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Sneak a peek

By Cole :: January 10, 2005 @ 05:07 PM

Thirty-two weeks of pregnancy behind us, approximately 8 more to go. Tomorrow morning we go in for our routine monthly ultrasound. Not expecting much - so no one get excited. The techs seem to have less and less patience with me. During the first scan I was gleefully shown every inch of our little baby, from her cute little head to the bottom of his feet (remember no idea what we're having so I'm using pronouns interchangably - there is only one baby in there). Second scan the tech wanted to know if there was anything wrong she was supposed to be looking at (charmer eh?). So who knows what tomorrow morning will bring - perhaps they'll just hand me the wand and tell me to do it myself.

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Baby making class

By Hass :: January 08, 2005 @ 10:34 PM

We had our child birthing basics class today. Work schedules meant we had to go for the 8 hour saturday class instead of a 2-hour class once a week for four weeks. It was a great class, it filled me in on a lot of important matters and gave me a great idea how the uterus contracts in contractions.

My role in the birth process now seems clear too.
1) Get Nicole to the hospital (preferably well rested, fed, emotionally ready for battle, and with a feeling of satisfaction about the end of her foolish youth)
2) Park the car. This may seem pretty simple, but there was plenty of yelling this morning. And it would have been a whole lot worse had the confusing parking lot been coupled with contractions.
3) Keep Nicole cool, relaxed, breathing smoothly and comfortable through the labor process. I have been authroized to use any means neccesary, team breathing, distractions, eye contact, hot oil massages, jokes, fairy tales, admissions of complicity in international scandals, and most importantly letting her count my fingers as she exhales.
4) Adminster the epidural. I've gotta practice this one.
5) Help out and encourage while she pushes. woo team work.
6) Cut the cord
7) Call the fam
8) Post to the blog
9) Post the pics for all to see
10) Bribe the clerk to get a birth certificate

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NPS bird's eye views

By Hass :: January 07, 2005 @ 06:21 AM

A collection of great renderings from the National Park Service.

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Renewed interest in cartography

By Hass :: January 07, 2005 @ 05:26 AM

It's 5:30 ( in the a.m) and I've been up thinking about maps for 90 minutes. There's nothing like an unmitigated cataclysmic event to make you enjoy making maps again. Journalistic cartography certainly is a cruel mistress. 150,00 people dead and I've got all of the space I want to create beuatiful (hopefully) maps. With news like this, you really can't make a map that's too big.

What a hectic two weeks it's been, large daily maps for the first week, a double truck for tuesday of the second week, a little break (used to reflect on the double truck's vastness and experiment with Natural-Color maps), and now back in the fray for another run at it with some new arrows in my quiver.

Remember mapping the war in Afhganistan? I was so reckless and oversaturated about hypsometric tints. Now that I'm all a tingle about Natural-Color, hypsometric seems so 2001. At SND in 2002, BIll McNulty let me in on a little prediction, that raster GIS would be the next big thing in newspaper mapping. I didn't have the courage to disagree(in hopes of finding employment), but I did internally scoff at his liberal use of population density data. He might have been right, but the data to OOooo and ah about is not Landscan, but possibly well used MODIS VCF (Vegetation Continuous Fields)

Using preemptive hindsight I can say my maps this week SUCK EGGS! (although I think they are pretty cool right now- and yes I will post some soon)

Recommended reading http://www.shadedrelief.com/:: A wonderful set of tutorials. Once things calm down, I'd like to expand on some of Tom Patterson's techniques and how I use them. note: I don't expect things to ever calm down.

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Visisble signs of Life

By Hass :: January 05, 2005 @ 08:34 PM

We've been able to feel sprout Kick for months, but now we've got a whole new source of entertainment. We can see sprout kick. Little feet move pitter pat across the belly. oh the wonders of parenthood, this is more exciting than Television. I bet there is some way to harness the power of these little feet to create energy, and then rule the world. bruh-Ha-Ha!

something else to note: If I push on sprout from the top of the belly, mom can feel it on the bottom!

We also finished reading another book to sprout last night. Sprout seems to have all of the same book preferences as daddy, go figure. It took us a couple of nights and sprout did most of the reading to complete David Macaully’s UNBUILDING.

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32 weeks

By Cole :: January 04, 2005 @ 05:24 PM

This week is Sprout's 32nd week birthday. We celebrated at the Dr's office this morning, which is how we like to currently celebrate all of Sprout's milestones. What's the good word? Same old Same old. Nicole has been pregnant forever, and will continue to be so for at least another 8 weeks. Blood pressure and weight are all good for the mom-to-be. Only news of note: The Sprout is measuring about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. We're assuming that some of that is simply Momma related, and that in fact we're not carrying one unusually large baby. More updates to follow next week with the 8 month Ultrasound visit (and no, there will be no more attempts to discover Sprout's gender).....

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New look, kinda

By Hass :: January 04, 2005 @ 09:53 AM

I realized I was never going to finish the upgrades to the site before we moved, and possibly not before Sprout is born, and possibly not before a 5th birthday. So, I made the redeisgn that I have the front page.

So the stylesheet is updated, but the the templates don't completely match the stylesheets causing a whole range of wacky hyjinx. Give it some time I can likely make a couple fixes to pull this of most of the way.

The main thing holding up launching it earlier is the picutre int he front. I want to fully automate that as part of the photoblog. Photo blog you say, yes I want one, no I don't have one. I've been searching for a good way to do it, and I think I can using a bevy of plugins to automate it all and just drop photos into a folder and poof make an album or splash or an entry, somehtign fancy ya know. but with minimal work in the long run. however I don't have time to put forth the effort in the short run.

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Best picture of the year, 2005

By Hass :: January 03, 2005 @ 10:36 PM

Three days into 2005, and we already have the best picture of the year! we'll have to see if I can beat it. Shot it a few minutes before sunup in New Hope Pa. The stream right through town and past the bucks county playhouse, which is an old mill. This fall looks like it was once part of an undershot wheel, but I'm not a mill expert.

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What days is it?

By Hass :: January 03, 2005 @ 10:27 PM

More than a hundred thousand people dead in Asia, I wonder what Hass has been up to? yes that's right folks, I've been at work. I've done at least five 3 colum plus maps of the disaster in the last week, culminating in a double truck. It's been a blur of a lot of work, not much sleep not much quiet and not much eating. I reached a new low today by arriving at work while it was dark, and leaving whence the earth had rotated back put Newark in darkness again.

We seem to have kicked the NY Times' girlie little cartographic ass. I haven't seen any other pubs though so I don't know what anybody else did, like I said a blur. Not sure if the Times had much of staff last week, we certainly didn't but we still kicked geology.

I'm in the hardest part of the doubel truck, the worrying and waiting. will it print well? did I spell my name correctly? did I put my social security number in accidentally? we'll fin out tomorrow.

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No wonder he's hanging out with us

By Hass :: January 03, 2005 @ 10:22 PM

The car quietly sits by on the night stand watching, watching, keep an eye over us. NIcole sleeps, hass fiddles on the puter. awww and the cute little cat sits by our side the ever watchful cat who just loves us. Oh wait, there is a spider on the wall, he has no interest in us.

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