Sunday, March 31, 2013
Ross tried to fly my batwing-looking kite. That didn't go so well. Apparently needs a tail. Then I flew our Imp kite for a while. I had to keep my elbows in close to my body to keep my shoulders from getting yanked.
It took a while to set up the orange kite that my dad left us to play with. It is 10 feet across. I got quite the shoulder work out lifting it above my head over and over until it finally inflated and Ross got it flying. That kite was pulling Ross all over the place. He got a unique work out and says he is sore all over now. At one point he decided to sit down. I ran over and sat down behind him to hold him down. Didn't work. The kite started to drag both of us!
We packed up the kites and headed to look at a house. Not a good fit. We might check out another one today.
Friday was much more fun and much less stressful than the kite festival.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Isn't she a cutie in that cutie box?
Borrowing from Nicole here.
- People wouldn't text/talk and drive. It makes me nervous. It makes me angry. On Tuesday I saw a near wreck, afterward the driver was still staring at his phone. Grr. And despite what some ya-hoo said on The Daily Show a while back--it isn't legal in Texas.
- I could be paid to play Bejeweled.
- Matzoh tasted better. At least matzoh balls are yummy.
- We could find a house.
- Shoes never caused blisters.
- We could take a 2 week+ vacation to Greece/Italy this year.
- My shoulders--everyone's shoulders--were magically healed.
- I was really, really good at something.
- People wouldn't litter.
- Teleportation was real.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Half our stuff is in storage. We have lived without it for 6 months, so sometimes I wonder if we need any of it. I do miss some things:
- My ice cream maker(s). A couple of times I have wanted to make ice cream, but I can't.
- My books. Sometimes I want to look something up, but I don't have any of my books with me.
- My Passover plate. Last year it came too late to use it. This year Passover is early, and the plate is in storage.
- My picture frames--the stuff that hangs on the walls. We don't have totally barren walls here, but I miss my paintings, pictures, drawings. Right now I'm especially missing one of my colored pencil drawings. I want to do another art project based on it, but I don't have it as a reference, and I can't remember exactly what it looks like. The original watercolor is also in storage. Also, I miss seeing the Duomo every day.
It is kind of sad. That's all I can think of right now. I can't even remember what all is in storage. I suppose that just goes to prove we could live with a lot less stuff.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
On Thursday night I declared I needed cake and whipped up a double batch of mint cake. I cooked it at 325 for 45 minutes. I think it turned out better than it does in a bunt pan. This cake shows off the honeycomb pan really well.
The honeycomb is disappearing quickly and there are only a few hexes left.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Yesterday we went and had a horseback riding lesson. An actual lesson. Not a trail ride where you just get on the horse and walk around. I hadn't been on a horse since 2001! I learned a lot. I got to bridle the horse, which is something I'd never even seen done before. Ross rode Western and I rode English. The English saddle is unnerving. I felt like I could fall off at any moment. The trot was a bit painful at first. I was bouncing all over the place. My horse was a bit stubborn (like me). He kind of had a mind of his own. He would stop, or break into a gallop, or whatever. Ross got to practice with some barrels and I got to try jumping. The video shows how most of the jumps went--the horse just walked over the wood. That was half my fault cause I kept pulling back on the reins as we approached the jump. It was insanely hard to kick the horse and steer and bend over all at once. I did get one really good jump. I flew up off the saddle and came back down on the front edge of the saddle with my pubic bone. What's really hurting today though is by sits bones.
After our lesson we learned how to take off the saddles and brushed down our sweaty horses. We gave them baby carrots as treats and led them back to the pasture. We also got to meet some other horses. The two year old horses had really soft noses and lips. One of them kept trying to bite Ross.
Inspired by Wife of a Dairyman I decided to have a Guinness float for dessert the other night. I threw a Guinness in the fridge and put ice cream on the shopping list. H-E-B is replacing their freezer cases, so they didn't have ice cream. Well, what else could we do besides go to Amy's? Lucky me they had a pint of Guinness ice cream in the case. I brought it home and made myself a G & G float. No chocolate sauce, no whipped cream, just straight G & G. It was bitter at first, but as soon as the ice cream started to melt it was yummy.
Friday, March 15, 2013
This week I decided to make pizza burgers. I wasn't sure Ross would like the idea or think it was wrong. He liked the idea. The burgers ended up being open-faced. I tried to make them as pizza as possible.
ground turkey (20 oz.)
For the actual burger I mixed 85/15 ground turkey, shredded pizza blend cheese, julienned pepperoni slices, pizza seasoning, oregano, and basil. I made the mixture into 6 patties and cooked them on the stove. I sliced and sauteed the mushrooms. I made a full batch of pizza dough. I added oregano, basil, black pepper, and pizza seasoning to the dough. It smelled really good. I was able to make 5 mini pizza crusts out of 1/3 of the dough. I probably could have made 6 though. I think I cooked them--with the pizza sauce on--for about 15 minutes. I assembled the burgers and served them with oven fries.
Thinking back I could have made the mini pizza crusts without the sauce on top, then sliced them in half so the burger would have a top and a bottom. But I kind of like the open face burger. It's more like a pizza.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Last night I ran into Kevin Bacon, who was a teacher. He called a girl up to the front of the class to check her oral hygiene (by kissing her) and see if her kissing had improved. I walked out of the room.
Odd visits. I'm not a huge fan of either of these two guys, and actually, I don't find either one attractive.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunday marked one year since our first trapeze experience. We decided to have a flyerversary party. We invited some friends, made cupcakes, and all had fun on the trapeze. I've been taking it easy for the last two months because of a shoulder injury. This was my second time back on the trapeze bar and it was fun. I'm finally working on a trick I've been avoiding for the last 6 months. It's going to take me a while to master this one. I'm trying to figure out how I can practice balancing on the bar before I go back.
Everyone seemed to have fun. I'm glad we all got together and I'm glad that Jay was there to cheer us all on.
I don't have videos of Richard or Monica. If they send them to me I'll post them. Richard was a natural. He was so excited he somehow kicked the bar on his backflip dismount! It seemed like everyone had fun. It is amazing how far I've come in one year (and 30 classes). I just bought a 10 class pass, so hopefully I'll be even better next flyerversary.
I wish I'd taken photos of the cupcakes. I made the strawberry-lime and some vanilla-almond. And of course I took some milk--the Horizon individual packs. Nothing like some (organic) milk to go with your cupcake!
Friday, March 8, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
One of the few things that I wanted from Susan's house was her corner chair. We brought it back from El Paso last Thanksgiving, and I promptly took it apart. I bought some supplies to redo the chair, but we had trouble finding the kind of material we wanted for the upholstery. Last month we finally found some good choices at Calico Corners. The chair is finally done and we can use it now--which was the entire point of redoing it.
Surprisingly Bailey hasn't taken over the chair. This may be due to her trying twice to jump on it when there was nothing there except a pile of quilts and she fell through.
My parents were here this weekend and we went to the kite festival downtown. Wow. We stood in line for about 45 minutes to get the shuttle downtown. Zilker Park was crowded!
After we flew kites we decided to check out the vendors. I like fresh lemonade, and Ross likes funnels cakes. Problem? Lines. The lines were so long to get anything to eat or drink. I said forget it. We decided to leave, and the line for the shuttle looked 2 hours long! We all agreed to walk the 2.6 miles back to the car. We stopped off at Shady Grove for some lunch and then hoofed it back up to 15th and Colorado. I slept like a baby after all that walking!