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Is the Berber word for ladybug, which increases my vocabulary to, oh, five words or so. MoBob and I were talking about my recent visit to Ginkgo Gardens where ladybugs are now available. Given our cozy home I'd decided that buying herbs would provide both greenery and yummy ingredients, so I got basil, coriander, and parsley for our living room window sill, to complement the massive mint plant. I also wanted a plant that I can just leave in water for the bathroom, and so I went home with three stalks of lucky bamboo. They look lovely in the diffuse light.The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, especially as I was with a friend with toddler twins who were greatly amused by the giant cat sleeping in a carton on the check-out counter.

MB and I were on our way to Adams Morgan, my old neighborhood, to buy tea at the Sudanese grocery store, when we saw a tent set up in front of Union Station. It was the music venue for Start with the Arts Family Festival and we were just in time for the Inner Harbour African Drum Ensemble. They specialize in drumming from Guinea-Conakry, a country which does not have an "easy" reputation in West Africa. Great fun - and we even danced!

Then it was off to watch the Capital Pride parade. We must've been really spoiled by SF Pride because we were both like, "Is that it?" MB was disappointed that there wasn't a float for gay fire fighters. And were was Mary Cheney? But kudos to the GLBT groups representing USG agencies, although I did wonder if there was a correlation between the preponderance of SM/discipline groups and DC being a government town.
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On June 10th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC), meredith_eats commented:
Ladybug is a pleasing word to know in a foreign language.

If you're looking to grow herbs, I recommend rosemary. It is both delicious and durable.
On June 10th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC), clynne replied:
No Gay Firefighters? Aw, that's sad!

I bought a carton of ladybugs yesterday for my tomato plants. I had bought one earlier in the year but I think I mighthave killed them by not letting them go soon enough. Yesterday's crop was way more vibrant, I ended up with ladybugs all over my arms while deploying them around the garden.

With luck, soon I will have disgusting-looking ladybug larvae all over the place.
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On June 10th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yummy larvae!
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On June 10th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It sure beats "fart" which is the other word I know, save from greetings.

What does one do with rosemary apart from lamb and chicken?
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On June 11th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC), meredith_eats replied:

Well, I used to make these gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with fresh cheddar from my local market, olive oil and rosemary. They were yummy! I also used to put it in sandwiches with roast pork and camembert cheese. Those are the only two things I can think of off the top of my head, but I used to use it a lot back in the US, where I had a decent kitchen and all the familiar ingredients of home.
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On June 11th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks for the suggestions - they do sound delish. Are you on food_porn?
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On June 11th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC), meredith_eats replied:
Not yet, but maybe I should be. I'm so looking forward to being able to cook again!
On June 11th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
rosemary is great in marinara sauce.

no firefighters is sadness. i like that mobob got into the parade enough to appreciate their absence.

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On June 14th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC), wunderbar commented:
I only know a few words in Tamazight, too. I know a lot more of Moroccan derija. Including a lot of bad ones :D
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On June 14th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I look Moroccan enough and my Arabic is bad enough that people just assume I'm retarded. :/
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