Turns out I didn't have my RSS feed fixed. But now, I think we're all good. Cross your fingers.
In case you missed it, I made some popsicles last weekend that turned out really well. So well, in fact, that I just made another batch. I modified the recipe ever so slightly and used frozen mango, which is super convenient, but I ran into a little snag. When I went to blend everything together, the coldness of the mango made the honey harden up and stick to the sides of my blender jar. Nothing that couldn't be fixed with a little scraping and reblending, but something I had not noticed the first time I made these. So keep an eye out for that if you make these pops and use frozen mango. I also used the full amount of honey from Tracy's original recipe, so I'm hoping the batch I made this morning will turn out even better than the first!
So, I've been going over my domain bandwidth with this little site, and I think a lot of it has to do with feed readers and things like that. So in an attempt to do something about that, I set up a Feed Burner feed, and then I tweaked some things, and then my feed stopped updating. And in that time, I ended up posting something TWICE. And it's not showing up at all. Well, unless you actually come to the site, which I'm not sure happens that often. (I should check my stats every once in a while, shouldn't I? Or maybe not.)
I think things are back to normal. So I'm putting this here to see if it'll show up in a feed reader. Oh, and I also figured out how to change my bandwidth allotment, so maybe there was no need for all this Feed Burner nonsense in the first place, but let's see what happens, shall we?
I don't usually do things like this, but I set a goal for myself this summer. I've been wanting to make these Mango Lassi Popsicles since Tracy posted the recipe. It's from last June. Yeah. I figured if I made it a goal, I might actually do it, and whaddya know. IT WORKED.
I did have a couple of obstacles to overcome. One, I needed popsicle molds (easily solved, I ordered these). Two, I recently decided to cut dairy out of my diet (I may have more to say about that later) and these are yogurt based popsicles. Thankfully, there are a lot of non-dairy yogurt options now, and my local Whole Foods had a coconut milk option that I thought might work.
Aside from the yogurt, the only other modifications I made were using frozen mangoes and cutting the amount of honey by one tablespoon. I thought the vanilla flavor in the yogurt (as opposed to the plain in the original recipe) might make them too sweet. However, after reading this article about rock hard popsicles (turns out they need sugar to prevent being frozen solid), I might keep that extra tablespoon in there next time. (My end result was not rock hard, but I wouldn't mind them being a little less solid.)
I love these popsicles so much. The cardamom gives them an unexpected flavor and I think it keeps them from being too sweet. And since I used frozen mangoes, I almost always have all the ingredients on hand to make a batch. Which will definitely be happening again soon!
I'm a little bit relieved that July is over. It ended up being the month of the BBQ. Pretty much every weekend, there was some sort of BBQ going on, which was awesome, but exhausting and I'm happy to have some time to bum around at home and get stuff done, such as:
And of course, there's the usual laundry, lunch making, and tidying up of the house. All things that need to get done, and can sometimes fall off the radar when we're having too much weekend fun. But I think that's totally okay every once in a while, especially when it means I come home with a bag full of smoked pork shoulder. (Okay, so I might actually miss all those BBQs now that they're over.)
Did I ever mention we bought a Roku? We bought a Roku. A few years ago, actually. We even upgraded to a newer model earlier this year. I just searched and it appears I really have never mentioned the Roku. Wow.
It's pretty much how we watch TV now. I wouldn't say we were big TV watchers before, and I don't know that it's changed the amount of it we watch, just how we watch it. Which is a couple of episodes a night of a series that we both kind of like.
What have we been watching?
Moone Boy (on Hulu): Possibly our favorite. It's sort of like the Wonder Years, except the time period is late 80's/early 90's. In Ireland. In a very tiny rural town. And the main character has an imaginary friend played by Chris O'Dowd (you know, the guy from the IT crowd). It's really good. It's so good that we blew threw the entire first season in a couple of nights. Of course this isn't hard to do since there's only 6 episodes. And then the second season finally came out, and we blew through that one almost as fast. I hope the third season makes it to Hulu soon....
The Awesomes (on Hulu): An animated series created by Seth Meyers, who is also the voice for the main character. You'll probably recognize some of the other voices as ex- or even current SNL cast members. They're basically a "B" team of super heroes that muddle their way through saving the world. The first season has been on Hulu for a while, and the second season starts August 4th.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (on Hulu): I showed up super late to this party. Even after the show won a Golden Globe, I still didn't really consider it something I'd want to watch. It's not that I don't like Andy Samberg, I just, I don't know what it was. We ended up watching the pilot on my in-laws DVR last month, and we got hooked. Like two or even three episodes a night hooked. We blew through the entire first season in a couple of weeks, and now I want more! I may have been late to the party, but I'm really glad I finally showed up.
Better Off Ted (on Netflix): The husband came across this one while searching for a Brooklyn Nine-Nine replacement, and it's filling the void quite nicely. I remember seeing ads for this show when it was on the air, but never checked it out (maybe it was the name). Ted is the head of R&D at a large company, Portia de Rossi plays Veronica, his supervisor, and there's a bunch of supporting cast that you'll recognize from other things but probably won't be able to name (I had to look them all up, and that still didn't help much). It's definitely dark comedy and I kind of love it. There's even fake ads for Veridian Dynamics, the company they all work for, which reminds me of early Six Feet Under episodes, but without the death stuff.
And speaking of Portia de Rossi, we finished the final season of Arrested Development a few months ago, and ended up watching this A.D. documentary the other night on Netflix, and it was really good. They talk to the actors, fans, and other people that helped make the show and it was fascinating. It also made me want to watch the whole series again starting from the beginning. Which we may very well do after we finish Better Off Ted...
You may notice that were watching shows on both Netflix and Hulu. We've had a Netflix subscription for a long time, and I honestly don't remember when or how the streaming feature was added, but I'm really glad it's there. It was so nice to catch up on How I Met Your Mother without waiting for DVDs to arrive in the mail. We might be able to get by just with the streaming, but we find that there's still a good chunk of titles only available on DVD (like most of the Miyazaki animations - My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle).
I love Hulu for TV. We don't have a DVR, and it's been the best way for us to keep up with shows that we can never manage to stay awake for (e.g., SNL, the Daily Show, The Colbert Report, @Midnight). It's also how I've kept up with shows that I manage to miss when they're on during the week (e.g., New Girl, the Mindy Project).
Now it's your turn, are there shows you watch on Netflix or Hulu that you'd recommend?
We just got back from a vacation to visit my mum up in Washington and I actually took some photos with something besides my phone (these are not them). They're slowly going up on flickr.
A notable thing about this trip is that I finally figured out the ideal pack-mule configuration for airport traveling. I've finally given in to the BIG backpack because it fits everything! I was able to cram a small camera bag, my laptop, and other various carry on items in it and two straps means I'm not causing distress to only one shoulder. But the big backpack can be hard to maneuver around if you need to get things in and out of it (like boarding passes). The solution? A small cross-body purse that fits my wallet, sunglasses, and phone. It was an epiphany I had about an hour before I needed to get up and get ready to leave for the airport, and it made the sleeplessness worth it. I can't believe it's taken me this long to figure this scenario out, so I figured I'd better document it just in case I ever forget (though I kind of doubt I will).
We had a fabulous time visiting with my mom and step-dad. Highlights include:
The only time we spent in Seattle were some very brief layovers at the airport, which just isn't right. Adding "Seattle" to the "must do" list for the next trip. For now, I'm glad to be back home with the furry cat dudes, but I'll be ready to visit again in no time.
Long time readers may remember way back in August 2009 when I shaved my head. I had been growing my hair out and I was DONE. So done that I took matters into my own hands.
Last month, I had also reached that DONE point. I had been growing out my bangs, and the rest of my hair had taken up permanent residence in Frizz Town, and I couldn't take it any more. My morning hair routine had become me drying the hair closest to my head and then putting it in some sort of up-do while it was still damp. Wearing it up all the time got old pretty fast.
And due to circumstances out of my control, my regular 8 week hair appointment had been pushed out. But I waited. Because I like my hair guy and I knew he'd do a good job, so I wanted him to do the honors. I went in with a collection of short hair "inspiration" photos (mostly Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan) and came out with a lot less hair.
And oh my gosh, it's so much easier. SO. MUCH. EASIER. I can't believe I had forgotten how much easier short hair is. The Monday after I got it cut, I showed up at work half an hour earlier than normal because I didn't have to deal with my hair.
The last time I did this, it was on a bit of a whim, but this time I had weeks to think about it. However, I didn't tell anyone I was going to do it. I've found, over the years, that people have opinions about hair - even if it's not their own. And I am SO GOOD at second guessing myself, I decided that I didn't need any help.
As suspected, a couple of people were shocked, but not in a bad way. What surprised me was the number or people at work who have told me they like my hair, which makes me think I had absolutely no reason for any second guessing.
The important thing is that I LIKE IT. And I'm so glad I did it. I'm honestly amazed I kept it at a longer length for as long as I did. I can't imagine going back.
(I think I said that last time too - let's see how long it takes before I want to grow it out again...)