Thursday, November 20, 2008

News of the Day



The news of the day:

Baby on the way!


Caleb and I went to our first Dr. appointment today and found our due date to be July 11, 2009. (Which would put his/her graduation date in the year 2028 I think )


I will be going back in two weeks for a sonogram so after that the due date may be changed a little, but for now it's in July. I was happy to learn that I can continue my Starbucks espresso drink in the morning though. It's recommended no more than 300mg of caffeine a day and that one drink not close to the limit so I should be fine. There is a lot to learn and I'm just trying to take all of the stories/advice I can. We are both very excited though, keep an eye on posts for updates!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Put one in the L column...

My poor Jags - they looked so good yesterday but alas they fell at the end. Good job, Titans, they are still undefeated.
(10-0)





1
2
3
4
Total



Tennessee 3 0 14 7 24 Final




Jacksonville 0 14 0 0 14

(4-6)

In other news...it is SO cold this morning! When I took the pugs out I got a rush of cold air, I'm guessing it must be in the low 40s, maybe upper 30's. Brr...I just found my jaguar print gloves and a scarf to wear in the car until it warms up. Brr...where did Fall go? (not to mention the summer!?)

I made a Cream of Potato Soup that I am proud of this past week - recipe below:
(keep in mind measurements are approximates and I'm not a professional)
3 medium potatoes
2 1/2 cups of broth (your choice)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Dill to taste
1-2 Tbsp butter
1-2 Tbsp flour

Boil the potatoes until cooked. Boil Broth. In Separate container on stove, melt butter and then whisk in heavy whipping cream and flour until boiling. Put 1/2 cup of the broth in the whipping cream mixture and bring to boil, stir occasionally. Take off stove. Take 2/3 of the cooked potatoes and the rest of the broth and put in blender or food processor. Blend well. Put the remaining 1/3 of the cooked potatoes and put in the whipping cream mixture. Pour the blended mixture into the whipping cream mixture and add dill to taste. Stir and serve!


And, just two more picture to finish off posting pictures from our trip:



Trying to stay cool

Monday, November 10, 2008

And more pictures still...

We're both having a little trouble adjusting to the the time change...we were both up at 2am on Monday...Hopefully Tuesday will be better!!!

1. At Snake Temple, Malaysia (altar with snakes...yes they are alive)


Pit Vipers I think...the incense is supposed to subdue/calm them (?!)


2. Kek Lok Si Temple, Malaysia
Columns are all marble! The intricate designs are amazing.








3. Khoo Kongsi, Malaysia -A Wealthy Family Temple, built only for the Khoo family


4. Downtown Singapore


5. Night Safari, Singapore
Didn't get good pictures here because no flash photography was allowed - took a tram ride through the attraction where animals could come up to the tram if they wanted to say hello to a human!


6. Orchid Garden, Singapore
More varieties of orchids and other plants than you can count! Only some orchids were in bloom when we went but I can only imagine what the place looks like when it's peak season!!!








7. Foot Spa, Singapore
These are everywhere in Singapore (and I think they are gaining popularity in the U.S.). Basically little fish, "Dr. Fish" as I saw one poster refer to them, nibble away at the dead skin cells on your feet. It tickles :) We did it twice while in Singapore - once with a back massage while we soaked our feet!









8. Aunt and Hao Han - he's so tall!!!


9. Singapore Flyer
Looks like a big ferris wheel - highest point is 42 stories. Let's you see a lot of the country, full of good info about the country.


One of the capsules on the Flyer...each can hold up to 28 people. Takes 30 minutes to make one round - highly recommended!

More pictures!

1. Picture of grandparent's old house - now a franchise coffee shop.



2. Crossing the Penang Bridge


3. Dad trying to drive stick shift with his left hand.


4. Family Photo - morning of the Tea Ceremony.


5. My cousin did my make up for the ceremony/reception


6. Staying Cool


7. Overlooking city of Penang


8. Penang Beach view


9. Roadside market


10. Roadside Durian Stand


11. Outside of Aunt/Uncle's Hardware shop


12. Uncle serving tea at the Hardware shop office


13. Penang Butterfly Farm











14. Fishing Village in Penang




More pictures to come....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

HOME

Well we are finally home ;) It's a good place to be. It smells like home, it feels like home and everything is familiar.

We arrived last night about 8:15pm and then had to get the car and a bite to eat (that was a debacle) and then finally walk in our front door. (Thanks for watering my plants, Mom and all of the snacks you left us!)

I have soooo many pictures to share from the trip which was great. It had been almost 10 years since I had seen some of my aunts/uncles/cousins in Malaysia and Singapore. (So you can imagine how different some of the younger ones looked 'all grown up'). I won't comment about everything now but I will share a few pictures in this post - this is from our Tea Ceremony...the second day we were in Malaysia we had a scaled down version of the Chinese Tea Ceremony and then a delicious 7 course meal afterward (dishes below).








First Course
All four dishes counted as one course - mostly vegetable dishes


Second Course
Peking Duck (Caleb's favorite)


Third Course
Steamed Fish



Fourth Course
Sea Cucumbers and vegetables with donuts



Fifth Course
Prawns



Sixth Course
Scallops with vegetables and winter melon



Seventh Course
Dessert - Ice Cream with Melon and Tapioca



Caleb's experience was "different" as he keeps saying...he had the chance to have several western meals though - steak, McDonalds, Pizza Hut. So there is no way he was going to go hungry. Family there was very thoughtful in making sure he had something to eat that he liked.

And, I think I'll end this post here...I've managed to kill about an hour an a half (woke up a little after 5am and couldn't sleep anymore - 13 hour time difference with Malaysia/Singapore). I can't wait to see the pugs - I can pick them up at 8am :)