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Sometimes I commute via running on the Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle. My commute is roughly six miles. With my new camera, I can pictures during my run since the camera fits easily in my running pants. These aren’t the greatest photos, but I think they give you a window into my day. I’ve been super busy programming of late, so I haven’t had too much time to post. That’s a good thing I think.

The trail goes underneath the Aurora bridge which is where these three photos are taken.

Then next we go into my evening commute home. I wished you could see this traffic caravan of bicycles fit with red lights. It was pretty cool, but this is all I got.

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Happy New Year

Here’s my new point-and-shoot Canon in action. I’m still getting used to the camera and I’m still getting used to my new Mac Book which I got for Christmas. This is my first Mac, so please bear with me. It will take me a while to get familar with the new photo editing software.

I hope you are as happy today as Jake clearly is here skiing.

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Smoked Turkey Day

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we decided to smoke our turkey instead of bake it for our Thanksgiving feast. I was responsible for preparing the turkey which included injecting it with a butter marinade and brushing it with butter. It was by far the easiest preparation I’ve ever had for a turkey. Jake took everything from there and tended the BBQ adding wood chips and coals every so often as well as checking the temperature.

What did I learn about smoking a turkey? Surprisingly the flavor only had a hint of smoke. You could taste it on the skin and in the dark meat, but other than that it is pretty comparable to a baked turkey. For this reason I think next year I’ll prepare it with a similar recipe to what I do when baking which means massaging butter underneath the skin, adding herbs to the cavity etc.

My favorite part about smoking the turkey rather than baking it is that I was able to use all three shelves in my oven. With the root vegetables, the two stuffings, and the veggie casserole, there was actually no room to spare. I can’t imagine what I would have done with a turkey in there too. The roasting pans for turkeys are ridiculously large and they pretty much take up your whole oven. I think smoking the turkey is definitely the way to go if you only have one oven.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gigantic Rabbit Feet

Is it just me or does Danton have the largest feet you’ve ever seen on a cat? He kind of reminds me of Bugs Bunny with his white belly and white paws.

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Here are some odd leftovers. To see the whole gallery, click here to go to my flickr set.

1. I’m not sure what this funnel building was in the back or even what town this was, but I thought it looked cool and weird.

2. A gargoyle in Tours.

3. Bicycle and wheat.

4. Goat on a haystack.

5. Cat on a hot tin roof in Tours.

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Sancerre

This is a great little wine town in France. Look out for it on your next wine list. For some reason the photos of Sancerre turned out great. We climbed the town tower and were able to get the views you see below. I can’t believe we cycled up those hills. I was dog-tired when we finally got to the town.

Sancerre had some of the best food in France, and our best accomodation of the trip came from a wonderfully stylish and friendly Frenchwoman who owned a bed and breakfast called La Belle Epoque. If you ever go, you should stay there.

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Foie Gras Burger

On our recent trip to France, foie gras was ubiquitous. I doubt there was one menu where it didn’t make an appearance. Asking the French to give up foie gras is like asking Americans to stop driving. While it may be the right thing to do, it’s not going to happen.

Jake ordered this foie gras burger in Nevers. You can’t really eat it like a burger. Every bite would be way to rich. It was delicious and decadent though.

As an aside, I should have my France pictures to post any day now. Editing them is taking a lot longer than I thought.

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