Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Turn!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory or two that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see what memories people have of you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. I would love to hear what you guys remember about me!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A few days ago I made Calder come with me to feed the ducks and geese. One thing that really shocked me when we moved here was the ridiculous number of geese EVERYWHERE! At the pond we went to I counted about 30 geese and 20 ducks. We had some moldy bagels, and it sounded fun.

Did you know that gesse hiss? Yeah, like a snake. They'd stand right in front of me and hiss until I gave them food.

I tried to get a picture of one hissing, this is as good as I could do.

I got brave and started letting them eat out of my hand. Notice the ugly babies - they used to be so cute!

We went to the farmer's market this morning (after I drug Calder around to garage sales!) and got a little excited about zucchini! It was $3 for a basket or $5 for two - of course we think - we might as well get two! We got home and realized we had 10 huge zucchinis! We broiled one for lunch and I have some zucchini bread baking right now - and no idea what to do with the other 8!

Poor guy - didn't get to sleep in this morning. Most garage sales here don't start until 9, but since I didn't know, I made us leave at 8 at the LATEST and figured we'd miss all the good stuff. We didn't run into any really good goes, but found this one that was stelling their house and most everything in it. They had tons of really neat antique things, typewriters, an old radio, a dictophone, old singer sewing maching, organ, and something they called a vacuum cleaner but was pre-electricity. Oh, and they had a really old baby stroller that I thought was really neat. Calder was really into the typewriters, so we bought one.

Friday, July 11, 2008

I got called out today on not having posted on the 4th of July. Sorry to all! I didn't because, well, I was so disappointed that I forgot to take pictures and figured that nobody would want to read a boring post about what we did with no pictures to go along with it.

Ok, here it goes, July 4th is Calder's birthday - so it was a double whammy for us! I love his birthday because it being a holiday means we'll always get to hang out and do fun things.

Thursday after work we started celebrating right away! Calder's work had some cake so I left a little early and went down there for that. They got an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen - yum! We walked around downtown for awhile and then went to Joseph A. Banks to buy Calder another suit. We also went and bought a cake.

Friday we started the day by going to our ward breakfast. It was fun to get up and eat good food that someone else cooked, but we were the only younger people there. Our ward has a ton of young couples, but I guess none of them felt the need to wake up at 8:00 and eat breakfast at a park. We vegged out most of the day and had dinner with our friends the Cooks. Later we walked with them down to Calder's office where we met up with some other friends and watched the fireworks from the tip top of one of the downtown buildings. It was a great day - I love holidays and weekends and birthdays!

All in all, it was a pretty uneventful weekend, Calder likes to just hang out and watch TV and read stuff on the internet. Since it was his day, that's exactly what we did! Holy cow - I can't believe he's 26 - that's almost 30 - YIKES!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fast Food Junkie

I have a confession. I LOVE Sonic. I was devastated when I moved here and found out that there weren’t any around. It’s just one of those things you take for granted, you know? I went to Sonic before school at least 3 days a week my senior year of high school, sometimes more. Rt. 44 Diet Coke and large tots 90% of the time. Sometimes I’d mix it up and go for a strawberry cream slush. I didn’t even think to check for Sonic before we decided this was the place for us. I don’t know that it would have changed my mind, but I would have been prepared. Anyway, a Sonic opened up here! It’s way over on the other side of St. Paul, but it’s here. I’ve tried to convince Calder to go with me tons of times, but apparently it’s not worth the 35 minute drive from our house. Ridiculous. I was in the area today for work and figured, why not, it’s only about 6 minutes out of my way instead of 40. I got a burger and some tots with a rt. 44 cherry limeade. YUM! Sonic is such a hit here that they're using a nearby parking lot for cars to line up to get a stall. I didn't have to wait very long, but I heard that the waits were up to an hour when it first opened. I wanted to get so much more, but decided to have some restraint. Sonic is on my list of things to enjoy when I go to Louisiana!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

More Nothings

We've been loving watermelon lately! This is what's left of our second one so far this summer. I actually had watermelon for lunch Sunday and Calder had it (with a cookie and a brownie) for dinner tonight. It's not the most filling food, but it sure is delicious!

To my excitement, I found some tomatoes growing on our plant! We gave up on the poor hail storm survivor plants and bought a new, more grown up, tomato plant from costco. I wanted to taste one, but decided it would be best to let the grow a little longer.

This is one of our favorite dinners. I know, it looks terrible. It actually tastes WAY better than it looks and is super easy to make. We have this probably once a week. It's as simple as throwing some things in a rice cooker and waiting.

Rice Cooker Cabbage

1 lb. seasoned ground round or chuck
1 med. Onion
1 bell pepper
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes and juice
1 c. rice (I like wild rice)
1 c. water
1 head cabbage, chopped (sometimes it doesn't all fit)
Season to taste

Layer in rice cooker as listed. Push to cook rice. It's usually not done and needs to be cooked a little longer.