A rare “family” photo. Count the kitties!
Monthly Archives: February 2011
Can you believe that my kittens are almost 6 months old? As of Horus’ last vet appointment (he was neutered this past Monday) he weighed in at almost 8 pounds! Yikes.
They stopped wearing their collars when Josh was in the hospital earlier this month. Horus had been able to take his off for a while, and by the time I brought Josh home, the collars were no where to be found. Every so often one resurfaces as a cat toy, but that’s it. They really don’t need them anymore anyway.
It’s amazing how far they’ve come, isn’t it?
(Preface: I apologize for vanishing, but I had the flu. I will spare you the details. Now, on to the news…)
Josh and I have finally identified the bird known as goose-squatch. We’ve noticed him hanging around (off and on) with the Canadian geese that live outside our building. We kept proclaiming that he must be some weird goose-duck-loon-something hybrid. A Goose of the Future, if you will.
Just today, thanks to my nifty A Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region, we now know what he is: a Greater White-fronted Goose.
His habitat is supposed to be the Gulf of Mexico, parts of New Mexico, California, and Oregon, and the Northern Tundra: Alaska and North-west Canada. Yet, for some reason he’s been living in Northeast Ohio.
We identified him based on his bright-orange legs and feet, plus his coloring and the white patch near his beak. He’s stands out from his flock of Canadian Geese.
To Goose-squatch, our migrant from the North (or South)!
I’ve started a blog on Food Blog. Here’s my first post, A quick introduction. It’s going to contain quick reviews of individual dishes, recipes, and my thoughts on food. I’m still going to keep the restaurant news and reviews for Examiner.com.
Also, I’ve taken the Goodreads 2011 Challenge. I’m going to attempt to read 100 books this year. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
Well, so much for the grand Superbowl Pre-week that I had planned. I currently have two cookbooks and a watch to review that I didn’t have a chance to write about last week.
My husband wound up in the hospital with pancreatitis and pneumonia. He spent three days there on a clear liquid diet with an IV stuck in his arm. Thankfully he’s home now, and okay, but it interrupted my work week and now I have a TON of catching up to do.
However, I did learn that hospital food is good. I had some excellent General Tso’s Chicken from the cafeteria for lunch one day that was better than the stuff I order from Hunan of Stow. And I also ordered in a room service “guest” meal one night. For $5 I wound up with meat lasagna, grilled vegetables (zucchini, squash, mushrooms and onions), a salad with ranch dressing, a roll with butter, plus a piece of cherry pie and some vanilla ice cream. Oink. Leave it to me to find tasty food even in a hospital.
So, coming up this week I have a bunch of book reviews and some pre-Valentine’s Day posts, along with multiple updates on my kittens and some other stuff. It’s going to be crazy!
Well, I’m not. Unless you count my husband and I sitting on our couch with our cats, eating junk food and repeating, “So, THAT’s what a real football game looks like.” (That was a veiled dig at the Browns, in case you missed it.)
And instead of eating junk food (like me), you could be eating some of these goodies:
1. Instead of: Beef Sliders with Cheese
Try: Turkey Sliders with sliced tomato
2. Instead of: Franks in the Blanket with Mustard
Try: Chicken Teriyaki Skewers
3. Instead of: Nachos with Cheese & Jalapenos
Try: Baked Nachos with Guacamole, Tomatoes and Jalapenos
4. Instead of: Fried Cheese Bread Sticks
Try: Sourdough Bread Bowl with Low Fat Spinach Dip and celery, carrot
5. Instead of: French Fries
Try: Baked Potato Skins with tomato/basil bruschetta
6. Instead of: Beef Chili with Shredded Cheese
Try: Low Fat Turkey Chili with Black Beans, Corn & Salsa
7. Instead of: Fried Buffalo Wings with Ranch dip
Try: Baked Chicken Wings with hot sauce dip
8. Instead of: Regular Pizza
Try: Whole Wheat Margarita Pizza
9. Instead of: Chips, Cookies & Brownies Platter
Try: Air Popped Popcorn, Oat Pretzels, Fresh Fruit,
10. Instead of: Beer, Soda, Juice
Try: Flavored Seltzer and Water
(Food tips courtesy of Carl Germano, RD, CDN, a NY Board certified clinical nutritionist.)
Coming tomorrow… is that a Steeler’s themed watch around my wrist?