Saturday, January 31, 2009
Actually, the spring rolls in the book are made with seafood meat, red onions, carrots, fresh ginger and mint in rice paper. But he doesn't like seafood, onions, is allergic to mint and after we tasted the fresh ginger, we both vetoed that ingredient. He couldn't find the rice paper so he used spring roll wrappers which I think are the same things. We rolled carrots, red bell peppers, asparagus and crumbled pork and cilantro.
The sauce however, we followed exactly, except we duobled it.
1 cup rice vinegar
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 tsp salt
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 thumb-sized red chili peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
3 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
In amedium-sized saucepan, heat the vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 3 minutes, until a syrup forms. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
I actually had to cover my nose and mouth with a kleenex while cooking the vinegar mixture because the vinegar fumes weresteaming into the air and it would burn the inside of my nose. The whole house smelled (and probably still smells) like it.
It doesn't sound like the process would take too much time but between cooking the meat, julienning or finely chopping all the veggies, and making the sauce (which took longer than the 3 minutes it states) and wrapping everything in the wrappers it took us about 2 1/2 hous to do.
They were really good. The sauce didn't taste strongly of vinegar like we were afraid of. It wasn't too spicy either. I got to keep a few for dinner. :o) I'm sure the guys at the poker party are thrilled they have a gourmet cook coming now.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Oh, and I love his ears right now...the fur is really getting long and I love the way they flap in the wind.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This picture is from the day after the accident. It was much more painful than it looks here. Adam had just finished cleaning all four of my wounds out and I was in SOOOOOO much pain. I laid down in bed and my whole body was shaking from the pain. Adam called a pharmacist after about an hour. They said I could take more pain medicine. I did and was out pretty quick. Luckily, each day, the pain got easier to bear.
I think this one was about 2 months after the accident. I was still having to wash it every day and it was still bandagedall but 2 hours a day for a little airing out. This was just after the infection was finally taken care of.
This was taken today. While it's quite big, it's not nearly as big as it was in the beginning. I am sure I'll be scarred for the rest of my life but it doesn't look as bad as I thought it was going to. Of course, when I go out into the sun to bike or walk it will become very dark, like all my scars do and will be even more noticable. Skin is greatly unappreciated but I don't think I'll evr take mine for granted again.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The class is fairly large, between 10-12 dogs. The smallest dog is a dauschund puppy and the largest is an almost full grown (but still a puppy) Akita mix weighing about twice as much as Jasmine. There is one dog in there that is reported to be dog aggressive but he was playing with other dogs after class with no problems. I wish I had taken Bear to one of these classes as a puppy just for the purpose of being able to introduce him to other dogs so he maybe wouldn't have developed a hate/fear of other dogs of course everything else I would have learned from classes would have been good too.
After class, I asked Robyn how to get Bear to learn the focus cue. I have been able to teach Jasmine and Jack but Bear just refuses to look at my face when I try. She told me to put my face just in front of his so he doesn't have far to look...as soon as he makes eye contact, give him a treat. It actually worked. It doesn't work every time but it is progress!
Since I had the treats out, I decided to try to teach Jasmine a game. I put a treat in one hand, closed both hands and let her sniff both fists. Then, she paws the one with the treat in it. She picked it up really easily except she doesn't always do the sniffing part. She just paws one hand and I open it. If there's no treat in it, she paws the other. It's funny but she hasn't quite gotten it down yet. I tried it with Jack too but he really had no idea what I was trying to get him to do. So after watching Jasmine do it, he started shaking hands with me intently. His dew claws really dig in! He never got it so I moved on to something he already knew.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I keep telling Adam that Jasmine is my new biking buddy and that she'll go on some weekend bike trips with me this year. He didn't believe that I would ever take her on any real bike rides though.
Yesterday, after walking Jack and taking Bear on a shorter (2.5 mile) ride, we drove out to the bike path in Boise out to Lucky Peak Dam. I showed it to the Mendozas when they were out here. We started 5 miles from where the bike trail ends so we could do 10 miles.
It was super cold out, 32 degrees so I was bundled in lots of clothes. I left my biking shoes at home and wore my hiking boots. That was much warmer for my toes. I hooked Jasmines trailer up to the bike and off we went. I let Jasmine do far more running than I planned on. It was our first ride with the trailer though and I didn't want her to hate it because she had to spend too much time in it. I only towed her 3-4 miles throughout the entire ride. She kept surprising me with all the energy she had!
There were some mishaps. She jumped out of the trailer while I was moving. I now close the front screen. She pulled us over trying to get to a beagle. It's very odd for her to react to another dog like that. I don't know what got into her. Other than those two things though, I really had a good time. And I know Jasmine did too. She slept on the drive home and except for eating dinner, she slept pretty much all evening as well.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I also found a large, thick belt. I have no idea what it's for but for me, I use it when walking the dogs. It helps minimize the pain of when they pull. It distributes the pull over a much larger area than my regular belt does. So it was a successful trip to REI. :o)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday was Adam's 30th b-day. He was still sick and spent the whole day in his pajamas watching tv by the humidifier. I rented a couple of movies for him to watch and he ate the homemade chicken noodle soup I made for him. He was really bored with watching tv so he got dressed and told me he was going to play poker. I told him that since it was his birthday, I would go with him. He has been asking me to go with him but I keep telling him no. He explained some good hands to me on the drive there. He told me not to feel bad if I didn't last more than a few hands since most people don't on their first time playing. I did my best to remember what he told me but I did forget some of it. I had a really good hand and I won a big pot...and wiped Adam out at the same time. I didn't reaize I had done that though. I ended up playing for about 2 hours and beat about 1/2 the people who had started. The people he plays with seem really nice.
On the way home, we stopped at Walmart for his birthday dessert. He had told me earlier in the day that he didn't want cake since his throat was hurting but cheesecake is a whole different story...cool and smooth. So we had that for dessert.
Tomorrow, we'll be watching "Paul Blart, Mall Cop". He really wants to see the movie and it worked out close to his birthday.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
So I took off the skis and we made our way back home. In my brief time on the skis, I have to say, it seems like something I could really enjoy doing but I guess I'll never really know. I am not going to fix the shoe base since it isn't strong enough material unfortunately. I'll have to put on my thinking cap and see what I can come up with. Even if I am able to come up with an effective idea, I don't know how ready I would be to take Bear for a ride while being dragged along behind.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Since the road we rode on in Wanship was straight, the dogs didn't need to know directions but here, there are options so on our walks since it's been snowing, they've been learning left from right and what they mean. For whatever reason, I have trouble with left and right. I know which is which but I almost always say the wrong one so I learned the traditional dog sledding words for left (haw) and right (gee). Since they're new words to me, I have to think harder about which is which and I usually get it correct. So on today's ride, I was testing them by faking a haw, then saying gee or vice versa. Both Bear and Jasmine did very well. I'm so proud of how well they pick things up now.
My mountain bike (the one I use in the neighborhood with the dogs) needs a complete tune up including truing the rear wheel. I guess I know what one of my evening projects will be soon. I guess I've been lucky that it lasted so long. I bought it from a thrift store in 1999 and really haven't done any work on it, other than putting new tires and seat and rear wheel on it.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Before I left, I told her I was planning on going ice skating in the next day or two and asked her if she wanted to come along. She said she would talk to her girls and get back with me. So today, we went. All four of her girls still living at home came along as well. I haven't been ice skating since I went with Valerie and the kids. I wasn't expecting the rink to be too crowded but I think it was one of the busiest rinks I've ever been in. I pulled the two youngest girls around one at a time. By the end, we were playing crack the whip when we hit an open space. That was fun. I was glad to get off the skates when we finished though.
The day Adam left, the dishwasher broke. The Landlord came by today and checked it out. After looking it over, he decided to buy a new one rather than the replace the broken part. He and his wife should be by tomorrow to put the new one in. He's a good landlord. They put in the laminate wood floors because he has dogs himself, 6 to be exact. At least I know he won't sweat the yard being turned to dirt in a few spots.