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I thought you might like to see what EcoHouse looks like. So I took some pictures. You can click on all these to embigger them.

Before it became EcoHouse, it was known as Stucco House. Note the front yard, which is a prairie. My room is in the foreground, the one with the plants in the window (those are Elissa’s). The guy waving from the upper left window is Desi. He thought I was taking a picture of him. Nope, Desi, just the house.

I don’t know who made this sign (it comes from last year, when EcoHouse was founded), but I approve of it. However, a girl next door at Dag House (not pictured in this post) refers to us as “Soth House”, since the sign is spelled Sigma, sideways Omega, Theta.

The living room is in reality not this dark and gloomy. It’s a pretty great place to hang out, especially what with all the recliners and couches. I love reading there.

Our kitchen, featuring Joe. Dunno what he was making there. We have two fridges and lots and lots of cabinet space, which works out great for ten people. It’s a pretty active place. I’ve learned already that if you have a bunch of vegetables and don’t know what to cook with them, a good stand-by is stir-fry. Just drop in a bit of olive oil and ideally some garlic, and fry it up for maximum delicion. Elissa’s been supplying us with garlic. Vegetables we can get from our CSA (I think it’s Community-Supported Agriculture). That’s a system whereby we pay some money at the beginning of the season, and then get a fat box of fruits and vegetables every week from a booth at the Farmers’ Market. Most other things that we need we can get at the Farmers’ Market, or the local grocery store. I’ve been using lots of Farmers’-Market-originating vegetables, and eggs too.

Elissa’s and my room. My desk is the one without the jacket on the chair. The mess is mostly mine, but I’ll probably clean it up tonight. The snake cage (far left) has been having trouble containing the snake, but I think I fixed it yesterday, so he’ll probably mave out of his interim little terrarium and into his full-time abode soon. You can see the laptop that I’m typing at right now. The little Pet Porter thing below the left side of Elissa’s desk contains her bunny Wilbur. He’s the biggest bunny ever. Like, respectable-puppy-sized.

Also, I totally made pasties last night. They turned out way better than I expected, given my cooking inexperience. I stuffed them with potato, rutabaga, carrot, onion, garlic, and basil. They turned out pretty bland-tasting, though, which I’ll correct next time I make them by adding some parsley from the garden, and other spices. And probably some meat to mine. I haven’t been there yet, but I understand that you can buy local beef and chicken at the Phœnix Café in town.

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Anonymous

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Glad you have made some pasties. I'm going to try them too, when we get back from Egypt. Let me know how you spice them up. I'm gonna try to make those cookies tomorrow. Don't hold your breath, though, because we're also going to your house for dinner, with Carl cooking, I suppose. Thanks for putting in those pictures. It really helps to see your environment. Grandma

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Anonymous

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Your house is quite nice. I'm impressed. bB the way you are obligated to tell the "lure" story (with a straight face) the next time skinny dippin" comes up as either an event or a topic. Wait a few days for the truth. G.Pa.

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Anonymous

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If your snake kills the bunny wabbit, your eco-quarters will be the snake cage.

Your room looks like an Eco-study in organic college mess making. I give it an A.

Dave

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Anonymous

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Help. I've got the cookies made but I don't know your this year's address at Grinnell. If you can let me know asap the cookies won't get stale waiting to be sent.
Grandma

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Chuck

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Got the ginger snaps today; they're delicious. Off to Cahokia in a few minutes with my archaeology class. Cahokia is an archaeological site, but once a year they hold a primitive-skills sort of gathering, with an emphasis on atlatls. That's what I'll be doing this weekend. Afterwards, I'll write another blog here. Sayōnara!

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