Happy Birthday Ghost

Today is a special day! No, we don’t have an agenda to try to legalize marijuana. Four-twenty is not a mantra we use, but instead we are celebrating April 20th as it is Ghost’s birthday!

Our ninety-seven pound puppy is moving into adulthood. We celebrated the day by taking him shopping. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get him a cake for the special day. We did pick up a fresh “pup” cake and some fresh treats. Then we headed to a second pet shop for a new nyla-bone, water buffalo horn and more treats.

I have been teasing the poor boy by yelling that there is a SQUIRREL just outside the house. That drives him just about insane trying to figure out just where it is, but it sure is funny to me.

Love ya Ghost!

Twins Opening Day 2015

Target Field Opener 2014

Target Filed Opening day April 2014

Getting excited about the Minnesota Twins this season might be difficult, but getting charged up about opening day at Target Field is as easy as enjoying a Surly draft out of the Twins pub.

Hitting opening day at Target Field is a tradition I have kept since the ball park opened in 2010. It has been an experience over the years. The first year I had to be talked into spending the money to secure seats for the game. Our group ran into some issues on the way back from Milwaukee and we almost missed getting to the game on time. Since then I have endured some cold temperatures in the shade of the first base line and bathed in the glorious spring rays in left field (while others froze there butts off on the first base side).

Opening day at Target Field is a splendid day that marks the beginning of baseball in Minnesota. It brings to mind thoughts of warm summers on the deck, sitting in lawn chairs, eating sunflower seeds while watching softball, and pulling a cold beverage out of a frigid bath of ice water in the cooler. Here is to the Twins 2015 opener and the end of 2014 winter in Minnesota.

Found Ghost

We were watching some videos of various dogs and kennels in the area when Pauline found this gem.

It is a video of Ghost before we adopted him. I hope they never take it down :)

Leopoldo / Haglund Memorial Wrestling Invitational

Headed to Mound, MN for wrestling tournament where Gage got to wrestle varsity for the first time in 2014.

Gage was lucky enough to draw the number one ranked wrestler at 152 MN AA. Tough draw, but he bravely went out and did his best. Unfortunately there was no major upset, but he wrestled well. Gage lost by fall late in the first period to Mack Short of Simley.

His second match he faired much better winning by fall midway through the first period against Air Chaisattayarak of St. Croix Lutheran.

The last match was best wth Gage wrestling a strong 152 pound senior Cole Anderly from Westonka-Mounds for 5th place.

In the end Gage improved to a 3-1 record on varsity.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

It has been some time since I have posted. I have been meaning to write a few beer reviews and post some more about the diet, but haven’t had the time between projects.

The house is a mess and I have to have the truck packed and ready to go in about two and a half hours so this will be a short post.

Last night Pauline and I became old as we were not cool enough to hang out with for the fireworks. Dayton and Gage both went with their friends to the park to watch the show. Senior wasn’t feeling it I guess and declined to go with us.

The walk to the park isn’t to far down the trail, but it was hot and muggy (the type of night where you can feel the wet air in your lungs). We go to the park about an hour before the show just as it started filling up. We were at the park just north of where they launch the fireworks.

We found a nice spot by a tree and tried to cool down in our chairs. There was a light breeze where we were that helped, but when you felt it, it just made you long for more. The fireworks started after 10:00 pm and it felt kind of odd just being Pauline and I there, but also was kind of nice. I guess this might just be how we celebrate things if Kobe really does move out some day.

Anyway, the fireworks were great and the finale was absolutely awesome (see the clip on the page). After the show we stumbled through the dark path home (I could still see the path well enough, but Pauline was more afraid of the things we couldn’t see).

Coming into the house was a shock to the system as the air was cool and dry. Gage got dropped off by Dayton a little later and then soon left again for the night and Dayton straggled in before midnight grumpy still about her day at work.

I hope I never forget nights like last night though. Pauline and I talked about how great a night it was there. We both agreed that the only thing that could have made it better is if we lived closer to the lake.

Update on the “No Meat” challenge

It has been almost two weeks since I have had some meat and I am still alive.

Going with out meat for two weeks has not been real tough actually. It is the dairy products that I really miss. Greek yogurt and cheese the most.

Eggs have been the other item I miss more then meat. But we are learning to find good substitutes. My favorite substitute, that I might just keep is almond milk for milk. It has good flavor and some better health benefits.

I have been battling with some type of yeast/bacterial issue the last few days. It makes me curious if it is part in due to missing some of those “good” bacteria that you get with dairy. The sore throat never made me miserable, but apparently the halitosis has been pretty bad for all those within a breathes distance from me (sorry friends).

With another two weeks to go, I can see a future with better nutritional choices ahead of me. I don’t plan on giving up meat all together, but I am not afraid now to go a day (or several days for that matter) without eating it. I also have a new palette that enjoys things like broccoli, eggplant, asparagus, cucumbers that aren’t pickles, and zucchini.

Gone are the days were I made most things in a box and instead I plan on making a lot more from scratch with the new blender and food processor.

Finally, I have to note that after two weeks I am close to have losing 10 pounds which is pretty amazing. The lose is only somewhat related to not eating meat. It is very much the result of carefully watching calories and getting some exercise.

June 14, 2012

Dinner for the night

Dinner of falafel with Tofu and stir fry

Just want to make a note to everyone that if you are on a vegan diet, Buffalo Wild Wings is no place for you. Thankfully this diet is only temporary.

Pumpkin Raisin Crunch [5 Points]
Almond Milk [0 Points]
Coffee [0 Points]

Spinach Artichoke with Pita Chips [14 Points]
Carrots and Celery [0 Points]

Cacao Goji Superfood [2 Points]

35 minutes on the treadmill and ran 2.61 miles while burning 538 calories.

Falafel [6 Points]
Tofu and stir fry [2 Points]

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