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Looking for something personal and fun to send someone?  Consider a postcup.  It’s a simple porcelain mug that comes with a special marker.  You write your message then bake the cup in a regular oven (no kiln needed) and then send it on its way, though I think it requires more than the $0.29 of a conventional postcard.  The message is permanent, but since it was only baked on in an oven (is there even a cone for that?) they suggest you wash it by hand and avoid abrasives.  I think it makes a really sweet message delivery system.

You can buy your own Postcup  from the really lovely site Bailey Doesn’t Bark.

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately in my garden digging up these hellish bushes to make way for veggies.  It started pretty normal, but turned into this intense personal vendetta against these awful, horrible, rude bushes.  The root ball is so enormous and the soil is so full of clay!  I spend all day, hours and hours, hemming and hawing, wrenching these terrible plants out of the ground.  The ground does not want to let them go, but I’m not about to be bossed around by a stupid bush.  Hell to the no.

I’ve started to envision a PBS gardening show based on these little adventures.  I know there’s a show called “the Victory Garden.”  I’ve never seen it but I know it’s there. On PBS.  And it has something to do with gardens.  My show would immediately follow it and be called “Victory Over the Garden” wherein I would do extreme pruning, invasive plant eviction, and pest kick-assery.  I would administer my own brand of swift garden justice.  To the garden victor go the garden spoils.  The more I think about this, the more I feel and sound like a garden tyrant.  I sound like an Ivan the Terrible, but I swear I’m more of a Catherine the Great.

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
-Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste), 1825

In addition to being April Fool’s day, today is also Edible Book Day.  Started in 1999 and occurring on the birthday of notable French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, bibliophiles and book-binders worldwide have been making tasty literary treats.  There’s only one rule, that the edible creation has something to do with books.  This could be a literal book bound from edible materials, or other edible creations inspired by books.  The latter category includes a lot of puns and plays on words (for instance Hamelt, Goodnight Moon Pie,  or the Scarlet Pumpernickel).

Celebrate April 1 by making an edible book, or check out the flickr stream for last year’s festival at Duke University are here, and a worldwide index of photos here.  Warning: Looking at these edible books might make you quite hungry!

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