April Showers.

Ugh, Mother Nature. Looks like no adventures this weekend, which may be just as well, because I’m still having a hard time following my injury last weekend. Furthermore, I kinda exacerbated that injury with yard work – I had several big azalea bushes I wanted to transplant (made easier by pulling them up with the Jeep), and other stuff to do in the yard. I spread thousands of sunflower seeds on the Way Back, which should look amazing come summer, and also planted some new plants, including a nice blue spruce and weeping cyprus. I hate how “dead” everything looks in the winter, so I’m trying to plant things that will stay green year-round; the downside is that evergreens are slow-growers, and expensive. Still, at least I’ll have some greenery next winter.

Because of the lack of adventure, I’m not going to get to put my new toy through its paces. I bought a Garmin Dash Cam 55 for the Jeep. I have sometimes used my GoPro in the Jeep, but this is more of a purpose-built device. My main impedius is that I often see deer and other wildlife when driving, as well as the occasional road idiot, and it’ll be cool to capture these on film. Plus, if I ever have an accident – after all, what’s the point of having an epic crash if it’s not recorded for posterity (and possibly insurance)?

I’ve determined that I need a polarizer for it, which will knock off the reflections in the windshield. That’s going to be a little convoluted – the Garmin doesn’t have a traditional camera lens with the ability to screw on a filter, and it’s an odd size (29mm). So, I picked up a 37mm polarizer – the smallest I could find – and a 28mm to 37mm adapter. Using my Dremel tool, I’ll make the 28mm opening slightly larger, then it should slide right on. In another week or so, once I’m sure I’m going to keep the Garmin, I’ll order a hard-wire kit, and wire the thing into the Jeep so I don’t have the unsightly power cord running across the dash to the power port in the console. Then, I’ll order a second camera to put in the rear window (many collisions being rear-enders, after all). The camera itself is about the most expensive dashcam out there, but so far, it seems to be worth it – WiFi, voice commands, GPS, lane departure warnings, speed camera and red light warnings and other bells and whistles. Plus, I clearly love a good video.

Lion Vanilla Macadamia

In good news this week, the Hawaii Coffee Company now has several Lion varieties in K-Cup format. So, step one, buy a Keurig (done!). Step 2, order coffee. I’m really surprised at all the varieties of coffee available in K-Cup format. At the store, I picked up some vanilla biscotti, caramel, some donut flavor (natch), as well as some traditional roasts. The thing also makes hot chocolate and tea. The K-Cups average about 50 cents each, which is half my daily pre-gym gas station coffee, so I guess that cute girl at the Quik-e-Mart will have to find someone new to flirt with.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be better weather. The last thing I need is to be cooped up all weekend, injury or not. I’ve got my eye on you, Mother Nature. I guess one day of rest won’t kill me. Nothing else has been able to.