January 8, 2013
Let’s face it. Most DIY gift ideas are terrible. They are either too difficult, or too easy (and look like you spent about 5 minutes on it). They can be utterly useless to the person you are giving it to, or creating it can be so expensive that you should have bought a real version of it instead.
DIY Gifts Should Be:
- Useful or Desirable
- Less Expensive than Buying It in a Store
With that in mind, I present the top 5 DIY Gifts that don’t suck.
December 17, 2012
For the past two years, my friends and I have walked the entire perimeter of Manhattan in a single day. After some deliberation, we named this event “The Side Walk”. There is also a fully organized and open walk around Manhattan run by a great group called the Shorewalkers. They call their walk “The Great Saunter”. My friends and I simply wanted to head out on our own, but if I were alone, I would definitely join up with the Great Saunter. The whole trek is about 32 miles and both times have been grueling, awful, and so very rewarding.
Note: My 60-year-old mother, who thought she would join us for 10 miles or so, ended up completing the full trek this past year. You can do this!
Now, for those of you who don’t live in NYC or don’t plan on visiting just to spend an entire day tearing up your body, take a moment to figure out another route you can take that is local to you. In San Francisco, for instance, perhaps Oakland Airport to San Fran Airport? Or in Boston, the Prudential Center to the New Hampshire state line is a similar distance and sounds like a fun challenge. In any case, many of the tips below should apply to long walks no matter where you are.
December 13, 2012
Though not novel, cooking is a classic project/activity that is great for experimentation. A few years ago, my mom provided me with a binder with a few of my favorite childhood recipes so that I could recreate them. Recently, I came up with a new method to expand my cooking portfolio.
Have two binders.
My new binder would have printouts of recipes I found on the web. I would search for things like “Best recipes of all time” and print out the ones that looked the best to me. Then, I try cooking a dish. Then, I assign it to one of three categories:
- This is great! It goes in the main binder alongside my mom’s recipes
- This has potential. I will try cooking it again, but change a few things, or try to get better at it.
- This is terrible. I immediately throw it away.
In that way, I build up my cooking repertoire with only my favorite recipes!
This was tonights effort. It is a snack of queso dip and homemade tortillas. The tortillas are going in the main binder. I think I will scour the web for another queso recipe though.