Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I hope to take some nice photos in the mountains. I've been taking a lot of lame pictures this week, including a Fruit Loop happy face. I'm debating whether or not to carry my tripod. My "lightweight" Bogen 3001N with quick-release, ball head is a not-so-light-for-backpacking four pounds. I went to Wal-Mart this evening and bought a small, one pound, table top tripod. Since this is a rated PG blog, I'll just say it's essentially a $14 toy. The plastic head wobbles more than a weeble....and it'll probably fall down! Hopefully I can tape up the packaging and return it. Bad news is I don't have time to buy the used, lightweight, Gitzo tripod I had my eyes on. Worse news is my Bogen tripod is in the trunk of my cousin's car. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to pick it up tomorrow during lunch. This whole tripod situation sucks....but don't worry, be happy!
I had my hearty minced meat stew for lunch and dinner today. I should finish the remaining leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Speaking of food, I had an amazing revelation this past Sunday. I was looking for some sunscreen and came across my daughter's fish tank. The fish hadn't been fed for a week....oops! One of the fish looked like Karen Carpenter....but worry not, they've been fed twice a day since then. Don't worry, be happy!!
Three things from the 1980s that are no longer (for me anyway):
1. I had just turned fourteen when I ran my first marathon, the 1980 Honolulu Marathon. My two brothers and I ran four Honolulu Marathons and one Maui Marathon between 1980 and 1983. Haven’t run one since….but will.
2. The Ray Ban aviator sunglasses were popular in the 1980s….probably influenced by Tom Cruise and the movie "Top Gun." I was in my Air Force training in the 80’s and I think I got mine in the base exchange for a really good deal.
3. Comb….self explanatory.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
While I was doing the dishes, I saw this guy outside the window. My little beady eyes became as big as saucers....then I remembered I was having hamburger stew again tonight.
As I was eating supper tonight, I remembered a story. As a kid, I used to love to bake cakes, cookies, malasadas, and all kinds of good stuff. When my little sister got older, she started cooking, so I quit....I guess I liked the eating part and not so much the cooking part. Anyway, this one time my sister made meat loaf. Unfortunately, she didn't realize the little "t" in the recipe stands for teaspoon and not tablespoon. She put tablespoons of salt and pepper in the meat loaf instead of teaspoons...essentially three times the recipe. The black pepper left major scars on our tongues and memories and the salt nearly killed the dog. Rather than throw the leftovers away, my mom sliced it up and made a stew out of it....but it was still really spicy!
Anyway, my stew was delish again....just the right amount of salt and just the right amount of pepper.
For dinner last night, I had a backpacking meal. Wayne’s Test Kitchen churned out a curry rice dish, made with instant rice, TVP (dehydrated textured vegetable protein), dried onion bits, golden raisins, and various spices. I wanted my fellow backpackers to try it out before we took it on the trail later this week. There was a ton left over, so I ate it for dinner.
I ran out of Honey Nut Cheerios, so I had Fruit Loops for breakfast today. The date on the milk is 6/25 and it did seem to have a bit more flavor than a couple days ago. Fortunately, the sugar and artificial colors in the Fruit Loops masked the slightly off flavor really well. I may need to freeze more of the milk before it matures too much more.
For lunch, I had a bowl of hamburger stew, or perhaps I should call it “hearty minced meat stew”…if that sounds more appetizing. I didn’t have any flour or corn starch to use as a thickening agent, so I mixed pancake mix with water and it worked beautifully. I may make a batch of minced meat stew for the family when they return. I’m glad it came out well, because I need to finish the pot of it before I go backpacking on Thursday night.
It’s a bit early to start thinking about dinner, but I have a sneaking suspicion that stew is on the menu.
Monday, June 28, 2010
While digging through the pantry today, I found the mother lode....a stash of instant ramen! I planned on eating tuna and crackers for lunch, but had ramen instead. That allows me to save the remaining can of tuna for a future meal. I have cheese, elbow macaroni, milk, and canned corn….so perhaps I can make a tuna casserole. The date on the milk is 6/25, so I put three Tupperware containers worth into the freezer (about one liter total). We have three tubs of ice cream taking up valuable real estate in the freezer, so I don’t have space for more milk. Oh well, no use crying over frozen milk…
Good news is I have a lot of protein. I came across some frozen hot dogs and a can of spam….so I should have some awesome meals down the road. Also have flat iron steaks, venison, beef liver, trout, and something that looks like pork or chicken….all safely frozen for future consumption.
Okay, enough about food…..it’s getting me hungry! On a side note, it’s hotter than a dog again today! I showered last night after midnight because any sooner, I would have sweated to death. Today, I finally gave in and turned on the AC…just don’t tell anyone…
On another note, I'm doing pretty well clearing out the fridge, freezer, and pantry so far. As I noted previously, my challenge is to see how long I can survive without going to the grocery store. I was a bit tired after my hike today, so for dinner, I mixed canned tuna with mayo and spread it on crackers. I started cooking some red pasta sauce, using the can of tomatoes from the pantry, half an onion, and garlic. I'll probably have pasta for dinner tomorrow.
I also have some hamburger defrosting. I can't decide whether to mix it with Cream of Mushroom soup and make SOS....or if I should make a hamburger stew with it. I have a few carrots, one potato, and 1.5 onions left, so I'll probably make hamburger stew....that way I'll get more meals out of the hamburger and will make good use of my remaining fresh vegetables.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We had steak on Sunday for my son’s birthday (and Father’s Day) and bought a few pounds too much. I’ve been eating steak for lunch and dinner since Monday…and probably have a few more meals before it’s gone. The fridge was also packed with fresh vegetables, lettuce, carrots, celery, and broccoli. Unfortunately, it looks like the veggies will run out before the steak. I hope there’s some Liquid Plumber in the cabinet because there could be some major CC problems (Colon Cloggage).
Here's today's lunch. Notice there’s no rice on the plate…a strange sight for an Asian plate. Well, I’m too lazy to cook rice so I’m clearing the bread out of the pantry. Why cook rice when there’s bread ready for the eating?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Lesson #1: Dump the water out of the cups before loading them into the dish washer. This will save you the follow-on step of mopping the floor.
Lesson #2: Perhaps it's time to fix the sprinkler system. We've been using these sprinklers that screw into the hose for the last few years because I was too lazy to fix the broken sprinkler. One of the neighborhood kids (possibly related to me) stepped on it and broke the PVC pipe below the ground. Anyway, I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought another cheap screw-in-the-hose sprinkler.
Lesson #3: If you're going to set your refrigerator temp at the coldest setting, do not fill up a glass container full with water and cap it. Today, I noticed a minor flood in the fridge. Apparently the water froze, expanded, and shattered the glass container. I swear I set the fridge at the middle setting....perhaps one of my roommates changed it.
Okay, that's it....I'm sure there will be more lessons learned in the upcoming days and weeks.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I set-up the camera on rear curtain sync and remained in the frame for a few seconds...then quickly left the scene before the shutter closed (before the flash fired).
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I dragged the kids out into the front yard for a quick photo. Kevin wouldn't smile unless I prompted him to and Kami looked over to see if he was smiling...right as I snapped the photo.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
After a few snaps, I suggested we hang out for another hour and a half until the sky got more color....but she thought what I had was good enough. She loves me....but not that much!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Here's the lamp on the hotel desk. I didn't adjust the white balance because I felt the warmer light complemented the brown tones in the lamp and wall.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This is her Topcon Wink S Mirror Camera (circa 1960's).
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
In the spirit of Galen Rowell, I decided to combine the two activities and jogged the ridge yesterday with my camera. Here are some clouds rolling in over the Pleasanton Ridge.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
This is the fire station in Danville, off Camino Tassajara Road.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The clouds were beautiful today, so I just had to get a super-wide angle shot that included the sky.