Sunday, June 24, 2012

We didn't melt in the Texas Sun...yet

Things we've been up to since I last posted

1. My baby hamsters are sick with mange and aren't doing so hot. They are on antibiotics and children's benedryl to help them with their itching and make sure they don't get infections from scratches. Giving a tiny tiny animal that weighs about 1 ounce medication with a syringe can be tricky. Josh has to help me with Atalissa because she is so squirmy. Amana just sits patiently and really likes the cherry flavor of the medication.

2. We went to a Round Rock Express baseball game on Tuesday 6/19. The tickets were provided by Josh's work. I have more pictures and a post to write up about that definitely. I had a great time and I'm glad Josh took me.

Round Rock Express

3. The last bit of our new bed was delivered on Thursday so now our bedroom is comfy and awesome and we'll be posting pictures of that too.

4. I cut off my hair so I have fun summer hair :)

New haircut

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

C & H Hawaiian Grill

This past Saturday we took a road trip to Killeen to have tasty Hawaiian food. We were both missing the tasty Hawaiian food we had multiple times in Chicago. We tried a place in Des Moines that didn't sate our craving.


Spam Musubi! Yum! The bun on the right is a manapua which means "pork cake" in pidgin. It is a steamed bun with shredded pork in it. It was interesting but I like the pork buns at Mitsuwa market in the Chicago Area the best.


We shared a plate lunch of Katsu Chicken. Loved the breading, missed the katsu sauce from our Chicago place. I think we need to go back and try some of the loco moco or their roast pork dinner. It is about an hour from us and was an amusing drive on a nice day.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Almost home

Drivin down 195 - Animals!

We have seen cows, calves, goats, horses, and a donkey so far on our way home. I like the back road way home :)

Drivin up I-35 : part 2

Is it a requirement that every small town has a bar called Rumors?

Saturday Night Road Trip

We're here! Yum yum Hawaiian food in Killeen Texas...
Pictures and review to follow

Drivin up I-35

We're taking a little adventure about an hour north of us today. I am excited I saw a sheep with a cute black face in the back of a pickup truck just a moment ago :) yay road sheep!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Colleen - 1, Texas - 0

If temperature was a competition, then I won today. I had a fever of 101 and Texas only got as hot as 99 degrees at 4pm. I I don't win. Being sick in the summer bites. I think I have the flu. Yuck. Guh. Blah. Blurg. At least our new bedroom furniture gets delivered tomorrow and I have that to look forward to.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Flowering front yard

This bush looks like purple cabbage or some kind of lettuce leaves. What is it?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hammie getting ready for bed

Atalissa was being incredibly cute as she was getting ready to go to sleep. She had to groom and then snuggle into the bedding. Her sister likes to sleep inside their house and Ata sleeps all over the place, sometimes even flattened on top of the bedding not even snuggled in.

Back In Time: Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

Surprise Austin Visit

Look who came to Texas!

My sister and brother-in-law came to Texas Memorial Day weekend :) He planned it all and Bridget had no idea that it was happening. He told her they were going to a good BBQ place......and then drove her to the airport! I was so excited for the visit and it was hard not telling anyone beforehand so not to ruin the surprise. We picked them up at the airport on Friday night and there was much chatting and then a quick tour of the house before bedtime.

Next post, I'll show you how we enjoyed the first full day of the visit.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Delicious Steak Salad

I made a steak salad the other night with spinach, romaine lettuce, cornbread croutons and homemade dressing that was pretty tasty.

Cornbread Croutons

The recipe called for store bought cornbread that you cut up and toast in the oven to make croutons. No where around here had cornbread in their bakery - I guess it's out of season? So I made some cornbread and resisted eating it while it cooled and then roughly chopped it up to make it crunchy and toasty.

There are red bell peppers and strips of flank steak on the salad along with the dressing I made. I changed the dressing recipe from vegetable oil to olive oil and added extra cloves of garlic. I highly recommend the dressing for a summer salad - 6 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, one jalapeno, 1 teaspoon of salt which are all whirred around in the food processor until smooth.

Salad TaDa!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Whatcha Got There Josh?

Whatcha Got There Josh? a video by bean.zilla on Flickr.

A cute video so you can see how tiny and wiggly our new hamsters are :) Atalissa Oskaloosa is the light grey one and she has a silly name because so far, she's completely silly. And Amana Magnolia is brownish grey with a darker stripe on her back and is quite sweet and a bit more shy. They both will take treats from our hands and neither have bit us, but as you can see they are very interested in exploring and wiggling. Their names are cities in Iowa (including their middle and last name).

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tiny cotton balls with faces....


Atalissa Oskaloosa Greene and Amana Magnolia Greene say a very very very tiny "How do you do?"

Meet A Kitten: Cassie


This is Cassie. She is quite loud and spunky. She has three other siblings that are various combinations of white and brown tabby and fluffy as all get out. She might not want to eat her wet food right away, instead exploring and climbing around seem like a better idea to her. As you see she was trying to scale my shirt to my face but I wouldn't let her because it is time to eat!. I believe she is about 4 weeks old, but don't quote me on that since I fed so so so many kittens tonight.

I was feeding kittens at Austin Pets Alive from 8pm yesterday to 2:30 this morning (Now it's Saturday yay weekend yay). My new friend, Diane, was there too and we were tag team feeding kittens because there's quite a lot of small fuzzy cats right now. It was really fun and now I'm trying to simmer down so I can get some sleep :)