Featuring: food finds, fun, fur, accomplishments and attempted alliteration.
1. Accomplishments: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, meet 3-dimensional puzzles.
Up in our Wyoming cabin, the bro, the friend, and I happened across a vintage Peppercricket Farms 247-piece, 3D PUZZLE. We slaved away hours over this thing (at least, I did–the bro and friend dropped out 70% of the way through [weaklings]) and I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve been kinda waiting for an excuse to show you my handiwork since then. 😀 Or that this puzzle was my sole driving force for the three-day span it occupied; I ate, breathed, and slept Peppercricket Farms. I even missed dinner one night???!! What could have possibly possessed my soul so fiercely as to cause such an unthinkable outcome??
Other news in the accomplishments department: I’m running my second 5k evah next Saturday, the 25th! (You can read the recap of my first 5k here.) I’m simultaneously pumped and terrified–since the great fooeing of the knees, running has been rather hard and painful for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely grateful that I’m at least able to run with knee braces at this point, but I’m also out of shape and in pain and such and consequently I’m not nearly as speedy as I would like. For this reason, I’m not hoping to PR on my 5k, but I am hoping to finish strong–that is, resist the urge to walk! Running is an extreme mental hurdle for me, and I only hope I’ll have the strength to jump it.
The race is South Bay Veterinary Hospital’s Run Like a Dog 5k–I’m stoked because of the proceeds going to the humane society. 🙂 Also, it’s pet-friendly, so hopefully I’ll get lots of chances to ogle and photograph all the cute widdle goggies! 😀 Daddio shall run too. Fun!
2. Fur: The many joys of peanut butter. A few days ago, I introduced dog Zixie to the many joys of the spread and put the ends of a jar to good use. We both had great fun.
Yes, my dog looks like a fox. And yes, after this session, the remaining peanut butter levels testified to exactly how far her tongue could get into that jar:
3. Fun: The world’s smallest potato.
I don’t know why, but I crack up every time I look at this guy. Obviously, Mother Dearest and I are such talented gardeners!
Once upon a time I had a pretty orange manicure, but now I’ve traded it in in favor of a more natural earth-inspired nail look.
You know those lucky ducks whose jobs are to come up with witty nail polish colors for the bigshot companies? Well, I call this look “Girl Who Had Way Too Much Fun Digging For Potatoes Gloveless”. Catchy, right?? O-P-I hiring office, here I come.
Fortunately, Mother Dearest and I have also harvested some (marginally) larger potatoes, and other glorious summer veggies (pole beans, snap peas, radishes, etc.)–I’ve got my eye on a satay from Vegetarian Times for these babies.
Fun, part B: Scavenger Hunt w/ Little Bro. Alphabetical, photographic scavenger hunt, no less (“Take a picture of something starting with A, B, C, and so on, no skipping letters and no going inside. First person to finish gets a 10-point bonus; duplicate picture points go in favor of the 2nd finisher.”). Yeah, ‘at’s right, folks, we’re bringin’
sexy good, wholesome fun back!
Here’s my Wasp Nest for “W”. Do those white caps mean there’s still eggs inside the nest?? Ook.
4. Food Finds: Ketchup Curry, and Rockin’ Rice. A few weeks ago I made PBF’s Crock Pot Curried Lentils (minus chicken thighs), which in my opinion was amazing (or maybe I was just really hungry) the first day and then faded into meh for the remaining servings. Not to fear! This mehness resulted in the discovery that I l-o-o-o-v-e the rather offbeat combination of curry + ketchup. Like, a lot. Like, enough to maybe make my own recipe out of it. Nummy stuff, you guys.
(^^Such a beautiful photo. Ain’tcha proud?)
Food Finds, part B: PlanetRice Lightly Milled Sprouted Brown Rice.
(Photo from PlanetRice’s Website, Link Above)
Are we thankful we discovered this! We picked it up on a whim while at Albertson’s in Sheridan, Wyoming, and it turned out to be the best rice Mother Dearest or I have ever tasted! Not to mention the fact that it’s like a healthy combination of white and brown rice–sprouted, too, so extra nutrient power–and pleases my entire Standard American Diet-eatin’ family! Hooray! You have no idea how hard it is to find something healthy that will do this! Thank you, PlanetRice. Highly recommended. Now hopefully we’ll be able to track some down back home…
Well, this was a fun post! Mayhap they will start to become a regular feature–a Fantastically Fun Friday Faves Feature! Or, in the interest of not being murdered in my bed by a band of bustling, boisterous, alliteration-averse apes, I should prune the practice of such postings and crack down on the current craziness to circumvent catastrophic consequences. Happy Friday!