Thursday, August 12, 2010

Taste Test: J&D's Ultimate Bacon Lover's Gift Pack: Part 1: Bacon Salt

Emerging from hiatus to share our latest adventure with food additives. A while back, Ryan found and ordered the J&D's Ultimate Bacon Lover's Gift Pack (how could he not??). A few weeks ago we cracked it open and performed our first taste test, starting with three of the ten varieties of Bacon flavored Salt.

Other items awaiting us in the Gift Pack:
Bacon flavored lip balm
Bacon flavored envelopes (or MMM-velopes)
Bacon flavored popcorn
Bacon flavored sunflower seeds
*Bacon flavored mayonnaise
Bacon flavored ranch dip mix

*Product most likely will not be sampled thanks to it's 2 day layover in our mailbox. Sorry folks, we'll eat a lot of gross things, but I draw the line at food poisoning.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

USA v England with Legos

Somehow one's failure is only magnified when recreated in slow motion with Legos.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Taste Test: Soda Marinade Series: Part 3

We now conclude our tour of soda marinades. Last stop: A&W Sauce.

Part 1

Part 2

Surprisingly, I'd say the A&W was the least offensive of the three marinades. Not that it still wasn't bad. Thanks to my helper tasters Steanso, Paul, Erin, and especially Ryan for braving all three!

Ryan has ordered me a secret gift set that should provide an entire summer's worth of tasting adventures. You are in for a treat and I am....probably not.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Clean dog

I got all gung ho this afternoon to bathe the dogs. Lucy in particular, considering every time I looked at her recently I could practically hear the flies buzzing, was in desperate need of a dip in the tub.

My plan was to get Scout in the bathroom first, because I wasn't sure if

1) She would actually go into the bathroom
2) She would actually get into the tub
3) She wouln't freak the hell out when I ran the water

As it turned out, we barely covered step 1. She was frightened of the towels I had placed on the floor, and when I tried to lead her in by her collar, her defense mechanism was to hit the deck.

Taking a different tactic, I went to get the mini-marshmallows to attempt to lure her into the bathroom. I didn't honestly think this was going to work, but it was worth a shot. After feeding her a couple of treats, I tossed one into the tub to see what would happen, but that only resulted in the sudden appearance of a black lab in the bath.

I gave up and washed Lucy.

So at least Lucy is clean. Right now she mostly smells like wet dog, which isn't the best odor, but at least the flies have disappeared. I haven't given up on Scout. I spent some time after Lucy was washed trying to just get her to come smell the wet towels and realize that I hadn't killed Lucy by hosing her down.

I think we'll eventually get there. I have faith that it can be done. I'm just glad it isn't Jeff the Cat.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

10 Years

Tomorrow, the 28th of April, is Ryan's and my 10th wedding anniversary.

Ryan and I met at a party my freshman year at Trinity University in San Antonio. I had been randomly placed with roommates (hi Shannon and Erica!) that had gone to high school with Ryan, who was attending the University of Texas here in Austin. Ryan was down in San Antonio for the weekend visiting his brother Jason, who was a fellow Trinity Tiger (rawr).

We only chatted for a bit that night, and while I thought he was super cute, I didn't quite know what to make of this tall, *cough* slightly inebriated friend of my roommates who needed a tree for support and seemed to be trying to focus through my head to a point about a foot behind me.

While subsequent meetings went much better than our first introduction, they were few and far between. I only saw him once more that year and twice our sophomore year, but he made an impression on me and I looked forward to our rare meetings.

The stars finally aligned our junior year when Shannon, Erica and I went up to Austin for fall break to visit Shannon's then boyfriend and now husband Josh and to celebrate Erica's birthday. We officially began dating October 28, 1995.

After dating semi-long distance (Austin is only an hour away from San Antonio, and I don't think we missed a single weekend visit) for 2 and a half years, I moved to Austin post graduation. For those of you doing the math, yes, we both are members of the Victory Lap Club and each did 5 years of college.

After 2 years of co-habitation, we decided to make it official. On April 28, 2000 we tied the knot.

This is the tough part. I have a difficult time putting into words what Ryan means to me. I am so thankful that he entered my life at such a young age and I'm even more thankful that he is still with me today. He got me through some really rough times. Hospital stays, trips to the ER, Arizona. Things that would have been unbearable without his company.

There have been wonderful times as well. Living in Austin, buying a house, raising three crazy dogs and a cantankerous cat, spending time with family and friends, and just spending time together. Ryan makes every day more enjoyable, no matter what is going on in our lives.

It's been a great 10 years - I love you, Ryan!

1996. Ryan is making the exact same face that his Wii Mii makes

Halloween 1997

Christmas 2000 - Our first as a married couple. Also: Jeff the Cat

March 2005 - My 30th birthday in San Diego

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Taste Test: Soda Marinade Series: Part 2

What you've all been waiting for: Part 2 of our Soda Marinade Taste Test

Bon appetit

(Part 1 Here)