It seems like I update my New52 experiences in groups of 3. It works for me because I really don’t want to do these updates every week, but I also like to stay fairly caught up or I will fall off the wagon. So I guess 3 entries at a time is working for me.
Week #24 Riding Trax downtown and back
Trax is our light rail system in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have ridden on Trax several times before, but I’m still using this as my entry for week #24 because it really was a new experience. My Mom was in town and we decided to take my kids downtown via Trax. We boarded in Murray and rode to the center of the city. We had no particular plan in mind, other than to just go downtown and see how all the big construction projects are going. Salt Lake it probably one of the few places that is actually underdoing major renovations and expansions, even in a recessed economy. It’s going to be quite the thing when it’s all done. We got off the train and wandered around with our cameras. We ate pie BEFORE lunch. We walked for several blocks. We took tons of photos. Then we rode the train back to Murray. It was just a fun experience and it felt way more adventurous than taking my car.
Week # 25 Decorative sewing
My daughter needed a bandana to go with a pioneer costume and we couldn’t find one that we liked. We bought a plain brown bandana and I experimented with the decorative stitching feature on my sewing machine. I have never even turned the dial to anything but straight and zig zag sewing, so this was an adventure for me. It turned out great, it almost looks like a little pattern of wheat when you get up close. Yay for trying new settings!
Week #26 Cherimoya (or poisoning ourselves at dinner)
My kids love to pick out new fruits or vegetables at the store. We decided to try Cherimoya, a very mysterious looking fruit that had an interesting and descriptive sign posted next to it (with no warnings on it).
I wasn’t really sure how to serve them, so I just asked my hubby to slice them up while I was preparing the rest of our dinner. He asked about the seeds and I told him I didn’t know much about it. He popped a seed in his mouth and said it wasn’t bad. We started tasting the fruit and it was very unique. As we sat down to dinner, I decided we should probably learn more about this experience, so I pulled out my iPhone and opened up the entry on Wikipedia, I found this disturbing piece of news and read it out loud to my family just as my daughter had taken a big bite.
Cherimoya and other members of the Annonaceae family also contain small amounts of neurotoxic alkaloids such as annonacin, which appear to be linked to atypical parkinsonism in Guadeloupe. The seeds are poisonous if crushed open. An extractive of the bark can induce paralysis if injected.
As soon as my daughter heard that, she rushed to the sink and spit like crazy. She also went a bit crazy as she had eaten at least 1 or 2 seeds. We were trying to calm her down when my son grabbed a big hunk of cherimoya and ate it. She came unglued again, but he said “at least we’ll die together.” I was touched by his devotion to her, and a little dismayed that I now had 2 poisoned children and 1 semi-poisoned husband on my hands. After many Google searches, and quite a bit of laughter, we determined that no one in our house would be paralyzed or die from this experience. I don’t think we will ever buy cherimoya again though. LOL! Probably our most adventurous NEW52 yet!