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I'm posting this during my lunch break while eating yummy peanut butter noodles. My coworker has never heard of such a thing (angel hair pasta mixed with a sauce containing peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, and seasonings) and now she thinks I'm nuts.

Okay, my coworker has always thought that, but she's considering this to be further proof. The peanut butter noodles really are so good though!

Has anyone else tried this scrumptious food?

Also, Pica seems to have forgotten all about missing her dad. Actually, I think she may have forgotten that he exists altogether! When Sexy Nerd and I returned from 3 weeks in Australia, Pica and Biscuit were more interested in visiting with my mom (who drove us home from the airport) than us. Dogs are jerks like that.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Puppy Tears

Jack Russell Terriers are known for their intelligence, and when Sexy Nerd left the house last week for a business trip, Pica knew exactly what his suitcase meant.

She laid by the front door, whining, until I shooed her away. Even offering her a cookie did nothing to console the poor dog. I thought if I kept her away from the front door, she'd get distracted by something (a noise outside? a moth? a piece of dust?!) soon enough. Instead, she went straight to the garage door.

Now, for my fellow South Park fans, you'll want to read this next part in the voice of Sexual Harassment Panda.

I'm a saaaad Pica.

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It's the weekend, weekend, weekend!
So I'm so happy, happy, happy!!

We're debating about whether or not to pack our things and move to a house up the street. It needs a lot of work. How much work, you ask? Well, the going rate for a fixer upper in the neighborhood we like is about $350,000. We think we can get this one for $200,000.

That means it needs a lot of work! We love the neighborhood...but we also love our lazy weekends in our current, no-renovations-needed home. Hmmm...decisions, decisions.

Have a terrific weekend, everyone!

Tracy Arm Fjord

On our recent Alaskan cruise on the Oosterdam, Sexy Nerd and I were fortunate to visit the Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm fjord, which was unlike anywhere we've ever been. More photos are coming, but I think this is a good one to share for now:


All the dark spots on the ice? Seals! There must have been at least 100 of them, just lounging and showing off their rolls of flab for the tourists. The ship got us right up to the glacier. My photo makes the glacier seem somewhat puny, so look at it in comparison to those itty bitty (though actually big and mighty) seals.

The ice really does look blue like in the photo. The color is caused by air trapped inside the ice. When a chunk breaks off ("calving", which we witnessed several times), the floating iceberg stays blue until the air escapes, which we were told is usually about 24 hours.

I have many more photos to share, but it turns out that Windows 8 is a jerk and the "sort by date modified" option does NOTHING, which I learned after several hours of preparing photos to post (now they're all mixed in with thousands of other photos - yay!) Thank you for that, Windows 8 (you big, smelly jerk!!)

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I'm feeling much better, except that I have a headache that I just can't seem to shake. Might it be my braces??

Have a great weekend, bloggy friends!


Something's Fishy in Seattle

My plan for today was to share a long, detailed Seattle story with you. However, I'm still sick (aaaargh!) so that post has been switched out with one that's shorter and faster to write so that I can get back to bed. A few days ago, I had a fever of almost 103F. Now, I have vertigo. It's worse than that though. It feels like I'm seasick (!!!) even though I haven't been anywhere near the ocean since last Sunday. The water wasn't even rough on our cruise.

This is getting ridiculous.

Anyway, Sexy Nerd and I love Seattle. Despite its rainy reputation, we're always fortunate to have the sun shining when we visit. We walk everywhere in Seattle and enjoy the unique shopping, museums, and restaurants. Albuquerque just doesn't measure up.

One thing we do not love about Seattle, however, is the overwhelming number of homeless people. That's a very hard thing to write without seeming mean, but hear me out. There's someone passed out or panhandling on almost every corner. Even outside the main tourist areas, it's common to see men sleeping on park benches and beneath trees. We even saw one homeless man "enjoying" a dirty magazine on the side of a bike trail while kids were riding past! All of the homeless people we saw seemed relatively harmless, but I still wouldn't want to cross paths with one if I were by myself.

Or, let's face it, by myself with Sexy Nerd. I love him, but he's not going to be much help to me in a homeless freakout attack.

So, it was the end of our day in Seattle. We were exhausted and were nearly back to the hotel. I turned the corner. 

I saw something in the bushes that freaked me out and made me jump.

"Eek!"

 
It looks so real, doesn't it? You thought it was a real fish too, right??

All the homeless people everywhere I turned had me on edge. Pair that with too little sleep and too much sightseeing and you know what you get? Oh yes, I had turned the corner, caught a glimpse of that little fishy statue, and freaked out. I thought a homeless person had caught it for dinner and dragged it into the bushes.

Sexy Nerd is never going to let me forget it.

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It's bad enough that our Alaskan vacation has ended. Now, I'm sick! Cruise withdrawal, right?

Or more likely, to everyone who read my last post, sugar withdrawal. I see you rolling your eyes over there.

Punk.

(And, in case you're wondering, I've already lost most of my cruise weight. The secret? No eating! Not only does the food at our house not seem as good, but we actually have to prepare it ourselves. Won't someone come bake me some cookies?)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Eating Our Way Through Alaska

Sexy Nerd and I spent last week as guests on the Holland America Oosterdam, sailing roundtrip from Seattle with stops in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria.

By the way, the name of the cruise ship is pronounced like 'Oh-sterdam', not 'Awst-erdam', like we'd been telling everyone. Whoops!

We're cruiseaholics. This was our 8th cruise in the 5 years since we got married. The first thing I did when we got back home? Kiss Pica and Biscuit and look online for new cruise deals.

The best part of taking a cruise? The food!!

Here is how each day typically went:

8:30am - 9:30am: Breakfast in the main dining room

My everyday order was juice, coffee, a chocolate croissant or two, an English muffin, a greek yogurt fruit parfait, a sliced banana with blueberries and, depending on how hungry I was, an omelet with all the fixings, french toast with strawberries, and/or a breakfast sandwich. The waiter would usually suggest I get some ham, bacon, and hash browns on the side. May as well, right?

9:45am - 10:15am: Munchies in the buffet

10:20am: Walk a lap around the ship to avoid getting fat while on our vacation. Do so while snacking on a bag of salty, buttery popcorn from the movie theater.

12pm - 1pm: Lunch in the main dining room

Lunch consisted of an appetizer, soup and/or salad, entree, and dessert. I accidentally (I swear!) ordered 2 desserts one day when the waiter misunderstood my request to substitute 1 ice cream flavor for another. The resulting chocolate lava cake topped with chocolate chip ice cream and the rocky road ice cream sundae didn't cause anyone to bat an eye.

Well, except for Sexy Nerd, but I think he was just jealous.

1:15pm - 2:45pm: Munchies in the buffet

It didn't matter that we were full. The buffet included all the things we'd been too shy/proud to order 5 of while in the fancy restaurant. In the buffet, I was free to eat all the chicken curry appetizers (so good!) that I wanted.

They also stocked an unlimited supply of meringues. Some meringues even had sprinkles! And, just when my love of meringues was beginning to waiver (around the 100 mark, I believe), Holland America came out with this:

Meringue turned into a pavlova - my favorite dessert of all time!

(Chocolate shavings added by me, because you can do that kind of thing on a cruise.)

Side note: Did you know that fresh mint makes all fruits and desserts taste amazing? I never realized that before this cruise. We need to plant this!

3pm - 4:30pm: Nap (sugar coma?)

4:45pm - 5pm: Another stolen bag of popcorny goodness from the movie theater (we never did actually watch a movie in there.)

5:15pm - 6:15pm: Dinner in the main dining room (like lunch, but somehow even better.) Many passengers lined up in anticipation of the Oosterdam opening the dining room doors, hungry and looking forward to the excellent food and service.

On our second formal night, I ordered the "surf and turf", but told the waiter not to bring me the lobster (blech!) He merrily replied "turf, no surf...two beefs!" I laughed and waived him off. There was no way I could eat two beef fillets. There was no way I should eat two beef fillets. They were both so tender and moist though. How could I have let them go to waste?

Keeping with the theme of the cruise, dinner often concluded with a baked Alaska. I bought eggs the day after we returned home so that I can keep up the tradition. Is there a medical term for baked Alaska withdrawal?

Post-dinner: Buffet madness

Post-show: Buffet madness

The Oosterdam really didn't want us to go hungry. While we were out, gorging on brownies and paninis nightly, our room steward was turning down our cabin for us.

And leaving chocolate squares on the towel animals.


By the end of our cruise, I was more sugar than girl.
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