the state

-of shopping synergy by jgrimsrud
Monday, 15 February 2010, 15:44
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i made my regular visit to kroger, mainly to get a new round of homestead milk (i miss the eggnog!), and of course the impending-doom-panic of a snow-inspired grocery run.

the $2.00 bottle deposit may be offputting to some, but not only do i believe it to be worth it, but the bottle return cash i get at the front desk leads me & my 3-year-old across the parking lot to goodwill.  with a few milk bucks in my pocket, we’re set to score some toys & books.  today’s crop included:

two mini coopers, one eric carle book about cats,

a recycled frisbee,

and some amazing books.

(today, i believe the Lord would gather his flock around the water cooler.)

i was thinking of using the latter as freebie giveaways for preacher’s show on wxjm live this thursday night (streaming here). 

but we’ll see if i can bear to part with them…


– of belts. by vastate
Thursday, 18 June 2009, 9:39
Filed under: -of deals, -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey

anybody need a belt?

a handmade belt ready for a sweet belt buckle?  like this:


made from saddle leather?

well.  go talk to curtis at preston dry cleaners next to rugged warehouse.

not only does he do the best shoe repair around, he makes belts. who knew?

for $16.

well.  go on.  go buy one.  you know you want to.

– of economic stimulus. by vastate
Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 16:16
Filed under: -of deals, -of eats, -of jhumphrey


click for small print.

babies and mamas unite!

– of colleen’s tacos. by vastate
Saturday, 23 May 2009, 14:34
Filed under: - of restaurant review, -of deals, -of eats, -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey

a quick break from the action to ponder and celebrate a townie favorite:

colleen’s taco at the blue nile downstairs.

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i wasn’t neat enough to get a photo at the show last night, but if anyone has an image, please forward it and i’ll post accordingly.

but here’s the description:

tortillas filled with sauteed portabella mushrooms, organic free range Polyface beef, or chicken with onions, green, red, and chili peppers.  served with a salsa and homemade guacamole.

can’t say enough about this little $6 gem, folks.

indulge next time you’re at the bar.

– of valley organic resources. by vastate
Friday, 3 April 2009, 10:02
Filed under: -of deals, -of green, -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey

i was on the hunt for compost.

and found this:


and i called a farmer.  dennis stoneburner, to be exact.

and i am going to go pick up a load of his well-composted manure after it dries out from the morning rains.


– of seeds. by vastate
Friday, 20 March 2009, 13:46
Filed under: -of deals, -of eats, -of green, -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey

okay, i’m obviously geeking over the garden.

but, i just spent a hour breathlessly placing almost every packet of seeds from roanoke’s southern exposure seed company in my online basket.  i have yet to check out.  some narrowing of selection is very necessary.  tough choices lay ahead.

yellobell vs.   redcherrytomato

we had no idea where to find the organic, heirloom seeds we were in search of.  so we did a very cute thing and called our neighbor.  we just so happen to be very lucky as far as neighbors go – and tom benevento happens to be our neighbor.  his entire house is a garden.


read more about him here.

anyway, he passed on the southern exposure seed tip.


and told us that harrisonburg public works has a free leaf mulch pile that you can dig through to find the good, old, decomposed stuff for your garden.  sometimes they will help you load for an extra few dollars, especially in the early morning or later in the afternoon.  bring your own truck.


-of plan 9 goodbyes by jgrimsrud
Tuesday, 17 March 2009, 17:37
Filed under: -of deals, -of harrisonburg, -of jgrimsrud, -of localism, -of sound

we’ve been greiving, bitching, and passing rumors, as usual, & today i went to pay my last respects.

and i did pay, but not as much as i would expect!  the spoils:

none of which i could’ve found browsing around anywhere else in harrisonburg.

goodbye plan 9.