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Three sisters, three places, one goal.

To keep in touch by sharing our adventures and endeavors.

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Hiking and cricket

Yesterday was an extra busy and fun Saturday. We went on a hike to a waterfall, and then a surprise second hike through a LOT of bush to a second waterfall. I am covered in mosquito bites, but as usual it was worth it. They were beautiful.

In the evening we went to a cricket match – Trinidad versus Barbados! The match didn’t start until 9pm, so it was a late excursion. I think I finally understand all the rules of cricket. And, Trinidad won! Whoo hoo!

Sprinkles Cupcakes vs Georgetown Cupcakes

Like a lot of people, I love TV shows about food, and especially about cupcakes! I love Cupcake Wars and DC Cupcakes (also known as Georgetown Cupcakes). One episode of Cupcake Wars featured another bakery called Sprinkles. (Fun fact – Sprinkles also sticks in my mind as creating a “Cupcake ATM“, which is essentially a vending machine for cupcakes, but still awesome.)

When I was in DC with my mom and Rachel, I looked it up and Georgetown Cupcakes and Sprinkles Cupcakes were on the same street, just a 35 minute walk from Rachel’s hotel! Since they’re typically willing to accommodate a crazy scheme, I convinced them to take a walk to sample both.

At Sprinkles, we ordered a salted caramel cupcake. We planned to get Georgetown next and eat all the cupcakes at home, but the line for Georgetown Cupcakes was huge! So, we did the logical thing and ate the Sprinkles cupcake in the Georgetown Cupcakes line.

At Georgetown we ordered a chocolate chip brownie cupcake and a vanilla birthday cake cupcake. Hands down the Georgetown cupcakes were better! The chocolate chip brownie was amazing!

My Mini Garden

Since today is Corpus Christi (a holiday in Trinidad, the official unofficial start of the rainy season, and a popular day for gardening), it seems only fitting that I share my mini garden adventures.

Our new apartment has a tiny outdoor space, and by tiny I mean about 35 square feet. It was used as the dumping ground for trash and construction rubble.

After a few days of serious effort (just when I thought I got all the concrete and brick pieces up, lo and behold, more would surface), I got the trash out and the rubble moved around to the side out of sight.

The next step was to start planting. The majority of my plants come from Kevan’s grandma’s house, where I either propagated new plants from her existing plants or straight up took ones of which she had many. The soil in my tiny garden isn’t the greatest, so I did a little soil amending around the new plants. I needed to make up space anyway, because of course when I dug up the soil to plant them I found more pieces of rubble to take out.

I also found six pretty, unused concrete blocks at Kevan’s grandma’s house. Layered cinder blocks are a popular small garden fad on Pinterest, so I rolled with that idea and stacked them up to be a place for flowers and herbs.

About a month later, my mini garden looks much better even though it still has a long way to go. My flowers aren’t blooming but have got a good start, and for herbs I have basil, rosemary, and chives. I’ll have to move the rosemary once it gets more established because it needs more room to spread its roots.

The rest of the garden is still mostly dirt. I splurged and bought a palm – it’s actually three palms, and they grow spindly so it will be a good fit for this space. The other things I planted are coming along well, and I have some bougainvilleas getting started too. They will provide a lot of color once they get a little bigger. I’m also trying to fill some of the space with grass. Another long process.

At this rate, it’ll be a long time before it’s a completed garden, but I don’t really mind. I like the process, and daydreaming about what plants I could put where. I redesign it in my head all the time, and for now that’s enough 🙂

– Rose

 

American Ninja Warrior Taping

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I were able to snag tickets to see a taping of American Ninja Warrior! It’s an obstacle based TV show that we really enjoy watching.

(You can see a clip of the show here, if you’ve never seen it)

How it worked:

Tickets were free and your party was assigned a time slot, 8pm, 10:30pm, or 12:30am.

(It’s an overnight taping!)

We had a 10:30pm ticket, so they let all the 8pm ticket holders in before us. We waited in line and ended up getting in at about 11:30pm.

They overbook the tickets because they need a full audience all the time. How would it look on the show if the stands were half empty?!

Overall it was an absolute blast! It was so fun to see a couple of our favorite contestants run the course live!

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but here are a couple of the course from the waiting line:

~Sara

Adventures in Dog Sitting

This weekend we were dog sitting our friends’ red heeler. Her name is Sophie and her and our dog Grizzly get along great! They don’t have much space to run around in the townhouse but they manage to play anyway.

Ours is the smaller black lab mix, he’s about 11. His age is a bit of an estimation because we adopted him from a shelter 5 years ago and they estimated that he was between 4 and 7, so we figured he was 6. His hobbies include itching obsessively, rubbing his face on the carpet, and sleeping.

Sophie is the larger white and copper dog. She’s about 4, so a bit younger than Grizzly! She enjoys playing fetch, leaping long distances, and chasing/barking at squirrels.

~Sara