- buy domestic tickets on Tuesday after 3pm EST,
- fly on Wednesday, Saturday, or Tuesday, and
- purchase your group tickets individually.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Regarding our Wedding, here's an article from FareCompare.com that is definitely worth looking at. Key take-home points include:
Check out the article at Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
If you've received a paper invitation (or heard directly from us) then you know that we're getting married on May 7, 2011! If you're looking for the web site, it can be found at either:
Love to all!
Amber & Florin
Amber & Florin
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The thing that surprises me the most, however, is just how much of this I really do hold characteristically innate. Now that I'm no longer working an 8-5 full-time office job--instead researching, writing, and tending to my dissertation full-time--I have schedule flexibility unlike anything else I've ever known. With that flexibility has come a sudden rush of "homey" activities that awesomely round out my knowledge and experience about food and where it comes from and what you can do with it.
For example, I was out walking the dog this morning and found myself crunching over unknown nuts strewn haphazardly on the ground. They obviously came from the tress above, but what were they? I picked one up and studied it's smooth teardrop, yet walnut-like appearance. I raised it to my nose and sniffed it. No scent to it; it felt dry enough, so I pocketed it to be researched later in the day.
An interesting story about the co-evolution of the oaks, the hickorys, and the squirrel must now be told; this story is as true today as it was for the thousands of years it took for the forests to fully develop. This story is ecological and is evidence that everything in this world is part of a system, all the parts of which are interdependent.
These trees produce nuts that are the food for squirrels. Hickory nuts provide more nutrition and are preferred by squirrels, but the nuts are hard to open. Therefore, the squirrels eat hickory nuts in autumn because the have the time required to open them. Acorns from oak trees are less tasty and require less energy to open, but provide more calories per unit of feeding time; therefore, these are eaten during the winter. Both oak and hickory trees are alternate bearing; that is, they do not bear the same amount of nuts each year. Also, squirrels tend to steal nuts from each other. Therefore, they must bury their collected nuts in the ground in several places for safekeeping; this is called scatter hoarding. Fortunately for us, they do not have very good memories. Buy [sic] burying the nuts of both species of trees, they literally planted the trees that constituted the oak-hickory forests.
|From My Other Blog|
I'm sold on this stuff. I love learning about these things. I'm thinking that my next outdoor trip (likely tonight or tomorrow) will involve a collection of acorns for the making of an acorn flour and a collection of hickory nuts for a social "nut crackin' party."
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I love green sites, especially green home sites like Re-Nest (http://www.re-nest.com/) and I love creativity like Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/). While researching green technology adoption at campuses, I somehow stumbled upon the below links and can't wait to implement something like this at our own new home. It's perfect and we have a whole lotta' wine bottles ready for use!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Florin is awesome ... because our tandem is awesome!
On Sunday, May 30th, Florin and I rode our newly acquired 1971 Schwinn Deluxe Twinn for 30 miles on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive as part of the [mb] Financial Bank and Active Transportation Alliance Bike the Drive 2010 event. We had stayed the previous night in the amazing Fairmont Hotel on the 32nd floor overlooking Millennium and Grant Park. We were really jazzed about the lovely weather and the general excitement of being in the city again, especially by bike:
On the day of the ride, not only did we see a couple of other cool tandems (i.e., a dual-hitched tandem-recumbent), but we found another couple riding a tandem that looked just like ours! As Florin and I were taking a quick rest, I watched the crowd going by. Then, I saw it--a varsity green tandem. As the couple neared us and pulled away, I was struck with the realization that it was identical to our own. We needed to catch up to them and fast!
"Quick! Get on the bike, Florin! We need to catch that tandem!" I cried out and I pointed to their rapidly shrinking form. He grabbed the handlebars to steady us as I threw my leg over my co-pilot seat. We started pedaling as fast as we could. It didn't take long before we pulled up alongside of them.
"That's a nice bike you have there," Florin nonchalantly complimented the pilot. (We later learned his name was Ross). Ross and his co-pilot looked over at us to say, "Thanks," and when they did, they realized they were staring at a reflection of their own bike. We rode the next 15 miles together discussing cycling, the stories behind our bike acquisitions, and took photos. We exchanged contact info and may plan a future ride together -- who knows?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
After having a day where my soul was wrung through, I went for an evening walk. I heard a hoarse, squawking cry just barely over the roaring of cars on the street. I looked high, there was nothing. I looked low, still nothing. Not until his small, orange ball of of a raggity head poked through the dark blades of grass did I see him. He was a tiny little thing, that kitten. Lost & hoarse from crying he looked directly at me with his wide, azure eyes. Cars continued to roar past, oblivious to his pain and oblivious to my own. I scooped him up, forced him close to my heart. As he began to vibrate from the deep rumbling of his purr, my own heart relaxed and my soul flooded with purpose. We may all be wounded, but we have enough to still tend to others.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Florin scored a sweet deal today! As part of today's block yard sale, he spotted a tandem bicycle that our neighbor, Bill, had placed out for sale. For only $35, Florin picked up the (new to us) bike: a classic campus (or "varsity") green Schwinn Tandem Deluxe Twinn.
The serial Number beneath the badge is FG048363 which means it was produced in June 1971. The Schwinn catalogs (1967 | 1972) provide more information, although not exact data regarding our bike. (If nothing else, they are amusing to browse through.) The asking price for one of these in excellent condition, original, and operational can be $500+, although the going rate of resale appears to be closer to ~$250.
Guiseppe has a blog in which he shows some of the progress and changes he did to his 1973 Schwinn Deluxe Twinn over the summer of 2008: