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06 November 2017

October In Numbers

Clockwise from upper left: (1) Cleaning up a portlight frame; (2) Heavy rains led to flooding at the marina; (3) It's good to have friends who bring you over nachos; (4) Organizing our spices; (5) Fun with Amazon deliveries; and (6) Checking out books at the local library.


It's time for our monthly recap by the numbers. The month started out with some heavy rains leading to flooding at the marina. The electricity got shut off for several days and it was a bit dicey getting on and off the boat. Top tip: when you're stepping in over a foot of murky water, always look to see if there are gators lurking about first. We tackled a few boat projects before Scott went back to Scotland mid-October. Since he's been gone, I've successfully ignored the rest of the items on the boat project list.

So, enough with all of those words, here's the usual random nonsense recap by the numbers:

  • 7 - What Spanish level I'm at on Duolingo. We're talking about cruising in the Western Caribbean this season and Spanish sure would come in handy. So far, I can say useful things like, >>Soy un pinguino<< (I am a penguin) and >>Yo no como pinguinos<< (I don't eat penguins). 
  • 5 - How many cookies I bought at the Guatemalan bakery. I gave three of them away. Did you know that if you share your sugary treats, you get good calorie karma?
  • 8 - Number of dubious looking apples that I turned into applesauce. 
  • 10 - How many books I checked out of the library. 
  • 2 - How many cans of potatoes I used in my new >>Experimental Potato<< recipe. It involved a lot of seeds (cumin, coriander, mustard, carroway), turmeric, and garam masala. Nobody seemed to require hospitalization after eating it, so I've declared the experiment a success.
  • 3 - How many bolts you have screw in when you're replacing the blower fan in our vehicle.
  • 2 - How many attempts I made to try to line up the bolts with the holes, which I could neither see nor feel, and screw the darn thing in place.
  • Nil - How many blower fans that have successfully been installed.
  • 15 - How many >>zoodles<< I ate at a lovely dinner I was invited to. Ever had zoodles? They're adorable. Zucchini is always more fun when you spiralize it. 
  • $20 - How much my new snorkel mask cost. It's one of those full face ones which I've been really interested in trying out. I figure if I don't end up liking it, I won't have wasted too much money on it. 
  • 795 - The number / name of the Dow Corning sealant we used for our portlight. I don't know why they call it by a number. They should give it a more interesting product name, like >>Captain Ron's Magical Water Repellent Solution & Denture Adhesive<<.

And that's all for this month. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite blog posts from last month:

Morning Coffee: Random Thoughts & Oddities
Cruising in the Bahamas Season Recap: Provisioning, Cooking & Eating Out
Do I Really Have to Make My Bed? Or, The Mysteries of Facebook
 
How did last month go for you? What are you looking forward to this month?

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29 comments:

  1. I hope that zoodles are just a fad. Folks keep feeding them to me!

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    1. I think it was the first time I ever had them.

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  2. Never heard of zoodles.
    At least I know how to refuse roast penguin in Spanish. Never know when that might come in handy.

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    1. I'd heard of zoodles, but had never eaten one until that night. Pretty fun :-)

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  3. I can't imagine dodging gators. Just saying.

    Boat projects never end. Never. It's always something.

    I never heard of zoodles either.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. It was a bit disconcerting to wade thru the water keeping an eye out for gators.

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  4. The first thing I usually tried to learn in any language was where the bathroom was. Such an adventurous traveler! :)

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    1. That is the first phrase I would learn too. It's an essential :-)

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  5. I'm off to a bakery. I need some of that good calorie karma! Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. Hope you get something decadent and dripping with calories :-)

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  6. HA! I love the good calorie karma idea. I dunno if I'd like zoodles or not, but I sure like the word. :)

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  7. Ooh, a library! 10 books - I’m impressed. I like the sound of your potato recipe too. Potatoes are brilliant at soaking up flavour.

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  8. Oh, you crack me up. I adore the way your mind works. Ha- I just typed 'words' before catching my mistake. On that note, I need to get back to my fiction for the month. You know me; I'm having fun with NaNoWriMo. In October I enjoyed reading and polishing other stories. Happy writing!

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    1. Good luck with NaNo this month. It's been a real slog for me so far with very little to show for it :-(

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  9. I would like to try zoodles, I like zucchini in any form. I'm looking forward to next month, and Christmas. I need to get my presents ordered ASAP!

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    1. Black Friday is just around the corner and the shopping frenzy is gonna start :-)

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  10. I love these posts -- they're so much fun! If you're looking for some book recommendations for next month, David picked up a copy of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" yesterday that has him laughing out loud and I couldn't put down "The Final Days" by Woodward and Bernstein about Watergate and the Nixon administration -- no need to wonder who's more fun aboard the good ship Cambria (it's me!!!).

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    1. I always love book recs! Of course, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies has already been read, but The Final Days sounds good!

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    2. Thanks Stephanie - glad you like them. I've seen the Zombie book before and always wondered about it. Good to know that David likes it.

      Lucy - did you like the Zombie book too?

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  11. Oooh! I can help you out with your Spanish! I grew up in Spanish speaking countries and these days I like to say that I understand it pretty fluently. Once upon a time I spoke it fluently as well... :)

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    1. Wow - you were fluent! We'll have to practice when you're here. Greg and Duwan are pretty good with Spanish. They speak to each other in it sometimes.

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  12. If the sealant had such an awesome name, you'd start off a Captain Ron love fest and have to hear everyone's favorite quotes. :-)

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    1. I think all products they sell on Amazon should have fun names that reference Captain Ron :-)

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  13. It's good to be on a boat when there is flooding! I enjoy your numbers posts, Ellen. You pick some good and funny subjects. Two attempts to line up bolts with holes is not bad! How long is Scott away for this time?

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    1. Not sure how long he'll be gone. It will take as long as it takes :-) I finally got the blower motor in on attempt #3. Or was that #4?

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