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Monday, February 23, 2009

How I Spent My Saturday

Oh, and it was my birthday, too. I didn’t ride my horse, but I did ride.

Photo courtesy of Paddock Boy

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Foto Funny

Get this algae that is stuck on my nose OFF please, mom!

Much better, thank you!

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SkyWatch Friday #32

Sorry about missing the last couple of weeks. It’s been crazy around here lately.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Stills Challenge: The Moon

Sunday Stills Challenge: The Moon

I had plans to post great shots that I took of the moon from Tuesday. However, they turned out horribly. Luckily, I have some nice pics from back in October that I can use instead.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Recipe: Perfect Pico de Gallo

Here is another recipe from our Super Bowl feast. I am known as the Salsa Queen in my circle of family and friends. A few years back I perfected making many kinda of salsas, from verdé to roasted chili to this Perfect Pico de Gallo. I am so proficient and efficient at this one that I had to actually practice it to come up with the recipe you see here. Feel free to adjust and substitute ingredients to taste. I love cilantro so I usually have more than some folks like. It can be an acquired taste. This is best eaten with fresh, warm homemade tortilla chips, but store-bought are much less labor intensive. I think this rivals restaurant salsa because of the use of sweet onions. If you find that you have too much jalapeño, use more lime juice to cut the heat.

OK, I just made myself hungry typing this post...time to hunt down the chips and salsa in the kitchen! And maybe a beer to go along with it. Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Diagnosis: Compromised Vision

Here is Dr. Bob’s official write-up:

Hx (medical abbreviation for history) of possible vision loss which is non-progressive and stable over time. On exam there is moderate microphthalmia OD with reduced menace response and direct PLR (Pupillary light response). Normal consentual PLR OD (Oculus dexter) and reduced and incomplete consentual PLR OS (Oculus sinister). On fundic exam 2-3 bullet hole type chorioretinal lesions are noted in the zone between tapetal and non-tapetal retina. Optic disc appears diffusely pale to yellow with normal vasculature and slightly small diameter compared to left. Margins of the optic disc appear irregular. Normal corneal reflex. All other exam findings are unremarkable.

Based on exam findings some vision loss or compromised vision is expected and congenital retinal hypoplasia is suspected.

So, she is compromised and I have kinda figured that since day one. What it means? Not much. I just now know WHY she behaves in certain ways and I can even be more proactive than I already have been. And I may be able to make her more comfortable about certain things because I am more aware of the reasons why she reacts to certain stimuli.

OK, now I need to get ready to go ride with girlfriends today.

More later (with pictures)!

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Recipe: Black Pepper Dip

Our local QFC grocery store occasionally has this killer dip in the deli that is outrageously priced. I have succumbed to buying it twice in the past month, but no more. I went through the ingredients on the label and did some internet searching and came up with my own version that tastes almost identical, if not better.

I didn’t perfect my recipe in time for the Super Bowl, but I will now use it as my staple for chip and veggie dipping. And it beats the salt-laden packages of Hidden Valley Ranch and Uncle Dan’s that you get in the stores, too! Tweak it to you heart’s content!

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