@Bio: I agree 100%....
Well, I've gone and done it, and broke out my LEGO collection once again. After getting lost in the world of Minecraft for 5 months, the LEGO building bug bit me again, and I must say that having to deal with Minecraft's really limited building pallette (think of trying to build a huge castle out of nothing but different colored/printed 1x1 bricks, plates and an cheese slopes that share the same colors and printing) has helped my LEGO building skills.
Anyways, I've decided to dismantle some of my larger incomplete projects (for now) and cycle the pieces back into my inventory to build a more achievable smaller project or two. Specifically, I'm referring to my cruiser projects, which kind of stalled out due to lack of parts and inspiration and have since been sitting partially finished for the past year or so. I'm robbing most of the light and dark bley bricks from their superstructures and using them on the two Kre-O USS Missouri hulls to make some destroyers. I started on the Republic of New Jersey Vito Corleone class guided missile destroyer, and got the fore and aft twin 5" gun turrets more or less finished. I'd like to build the superstructure with a dual-box missile launcher (or maybe a VLS) up forward and a helipad back aft, just forward of the aft 5" gun mount... I'll try to post a few pics when I make more progress with it.
I've also been planting like crazy: I've got the vegetable garden started with a row each of Basil and Italian Parsley, and will be tilling up some more ground to plant a row of lettuce and another two rows for my Egyptian Onions and Jerusalem Artichokes. I also just ordered some hardy bananas (Mekong Giant) and hardy gingers (Zingiber mioga) to plant around the house, as well as transplanting my plants from my parents' house (well the woods behind their house) to my house. I got all three of my hardy orange trees moved as well as my one super-tough windmill palm.
I've found that windmill palms are a bit of a crap shoot in this area: they are all guaranteed to at LEAST be hardy down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit, but some individuals can handle temps down to -5 degrees or so, and it's impossible to tell which is which, even from the same batch of seeds from a hardy parent, until they are subject to said low temps. Thus far, I've planted a total of 6 windmill palms from different sources in the woods behind my parents' house, and all but this one died. What makes its survival doubly ironic is that it was planted in one of the worst locations in terms of extreme shade, lack of winter protection and poorly drained soil. Hopefully it will start to take off now that it's planted in fairly well drained soil in full sun on the southeast side of my house.
Also, have any of you seen any of the Summer 2013 Friends sets? They have an actual cruise ship (which uses white versions of the current Pirate ship hull sections), and two sets with MALE mini dolls. I'm definitely getting the cruise ship, which will be converted into another Armed Merchant Cruiser....
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Hufflepuff badger just takes what he wants....