I finally did it!
Homegrown jalapenos, locally grown garlic, sweet carrots, red onions, and green beans. My brine was a mixture of white vinegar, wine, water, sea salt, and a spice mixture that included lavender, sage, and orange peel, as well as oregano and some other goodies. This was my first time pickling anything, and everything went really well. Obviously it still might taste completely disgusting and we might die when we eat the first jar... but for right now I'm happy believing that I did everything right. I did it based off of the recipe Matao's coworker gave him, a few things I read online, advice from my mom, and my general technique of using whatever the hell we have/I feel like.
Oh yeah, and Matao has never sprouted an avocado seed before, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to change his life. Because it is life changing, afterall.
Unrelated: last night was really wonderful. I had tickets to Sunny Day Real Estate, so Becca came as my date. Not only did we get to hang out in the oh-so-exclusive Paramount Club; drinking overpriced falsely named drinks (Pink Pussy? Excuse me???), and having first (or second) encounters with a bidet (best invention EVER), but the band was absolutely perfect. I still remember hearing them for the first time when I was 7th grade. It took a long time for me to really appreciate them (after they broke up, of course), but I'm so grateful that I got to see them play together. It was almost as good as Lifetime getting back together. ALMOST.