Sunday, February 28, 2010

Project 365: Day 54

BluPnutMM first introduced me to wasabi peanuts a while ago and to this day, I still love eating them. It had been a while but today on the way to the premium outlets, I stopped by at Buc-ee's to get some gas. It was kinda windy out so I went into the store and saw these tasty morsels. Whatever willpower quickly crumbled as these were purchased and immediately set to be devoured.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Project 365: Day 53

Ever since seeing an episode of Man vs. Food, I have wanted to try out New England style crab cakes. I had discussed this topic with Lemon and he said that you could actually order them online and have them delivered fresh. Today while shopping at HEB, I spotted some of these crab cakes on sale. I snagged them up immediately in preparation for dinner. 10 minutes in the oven, flip, then 10 more and they were ready. They tasted totally awesome with the crab being extremely moist with a crispy outer shell. Since it wasn't deep fried, there wasn't that extremely oily aftertaste.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Project 365: Day 52

How did PP get the moniker PP? This picture sheds some partial light on this enigma.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Project 365: Day 51

M is out of town to visit some friends up in the NE so after a long day of work, both of us were feeling lazy so we opted for the take out approach for dinner. It has been a while since I have had KFC, but the grilled chicken was delicious. In particular, the fiery grilled wings were awesome, kinda hot, but very flavorful.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Project 365: Day 50

Every day when I am coming home from work, I pass by this particular traffic light that is apparently a bird hotspot. There are literally hundreds of birds perched on the power lines there and if there is ever a loud noise, they take flight like a massive swarm of locusts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Project 365: Day 49

M loves making fresh baked bread in the bread maker. Usually it comes out well, but she likes to experiment with different additions. Some like nuts and raisins came out very well, but some like chocolates chips create truly horrific monstrosities. Often times, these monstrosities stay in the fridge for extended periods of time.

Project 365: Day 48

I had previously mentioned that M had given PP and I "pigs" as gifts. PP's pig was very cute and very lovable. Well, here is my pig...not as cute, or lovable..but definitely has a very large nose.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Project 365: Day 47

The following takes place between 5.1 L.B. and 5.3 L.B.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Project 365: Day 46

PP decided to make some Chinese herbal medicine for Chi restoration. This is cool and all but one thing that truly bugs me is the "wonderful" aroma cooking it produces. I can smell it slowly consuming the entire house.

Project 365: Day 45

Mass Effect 2 is a great game...but there is one very significant flaw: stupid mineral mining mini-game. Sure the MAKO parts of Mass Effect 1 were often railed upon, but why take it out completely and replace it with something even more monotonous and boring. For a gamer with OCD tendencies like me, I just HAVE to deplete every planet which leads to hours and hours of just staring at this screen.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Project 365: Day 44

Today was another day of "Firsts" as PP sold her first car today! She basically drove the car for 2 years, and only paid $500.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Project 365: Day 43

PP and I went to a Mariah Carey concert today. It was amazing that even after all these years, her singing live still sounds as though she were in a sound stage. She was promoting her new album so most of the songs we did not know, but she did perform some old favorites like "We Belong Together" and "Hero."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Project 365: Day 42

The theme for the next 2 weeks is "person/thing that has an impact on you." This picture is pretty self explanatory =)

Project 365: Day 39-41 Part 3

Today was a short day as we had to fly out in the afternoon. Nonetheless, we met up with Kira and Lemon in the morning and had lunch at The Cottage in La Jolla. PP ordered a fantastic looking fruit plate while I had some oatmeal pancakes and a Southern California Omelet. We spent the rest of the day at Cabrillo National Monument, sight-seeing and enjoying the beautiful weather and tidal pools. Wish we had more time to visit San Diego in the future!

Project 365: Day 39-41 Part 2

Woke up the next morning and immediately headed out to Mission Bay to go beach hopping. We walked along the shore and PP posed for many pictures. During the picture taking, we were so intent on getting good shots that we completely missed the massive wave splashing onto the beach. PP's shoes were totally soaked from the experience but she eventually walked it off! After the beaches, our next target was Balboa Park. This place was pretty cool with very unique architecture and lots of nice scenic spots. If there is one thing that sucked about San Diego, it was the parking. It took forever to find parking anywhere and the best example was during our lunch at Fish Market Restaurant. The parking lot was completely full, the valet was completely full, all the lots close by were full. I ended up parking about a mile away in a paid parking lot. The food was totally worth it though. I had the lobster while PP had the Tilapia and both dishes were perfect. The lobster was fresh and juicy and the Tilapia was wonderfully flaky and seasoned. To cap off the meal, the restaurant even gave out long stem roses since it was Valentine's Day. After a wonderfully tasty lunch, it was off to Sea World to see Shamu and friends. Even though we got there relatively late in the day and only had about 5 hours, we managed to see pretty much everything in the park including the Shamu show and Sea Lions Live. PP was pretty tired after Sea World so we headed back to the hotel. While PP rested, I headed on over to Kiratomato's place to visit Kira and Lemon. Kira took us over to a hotpot hosted by his Dragon Boat racing crew then back home where I took this nice picture of Kira's bookshelf.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Project 365: Day 39-41 Part 1

Our trip to the West Coast was pretty awesome. Got into San Diego on time and the weather was just fantastic: 76 degrees and sunny. We had quite a bit of frustration waiting at the Avis car rental counter. There was a huge long line and only 2 people helping. This lead to almost an hour wait just to get into our rental vehicle (They really do care...)
Our hotel room wasn't ready yet so we headed off to Tofu House with PP's MBA classmate for some lunch. After lunch, we checked into our room at Travel Lodge and were pleasantly surprised. We had read some nightmarish stories of conditions at Travel Lodges, but this one was clean and organized. After changing into some shorts and a T-Shirt, it was off to the beach to see some pregnant seals. They were rather.....unimpressive and mostly just laid there basking in the sun. The view was fantastic though as we walked up and down the beaches near La Jolla. After the beat, we went to see Old Town which was a replica of the classic original settlement point for California. The highlight of Old Town was a candy shop where I ended up splurging on salt water taffy and assorted chocolate and fudge. We ended the day by walking around the harbor while viewing a random assortment of stuff including skateboarding chicken, rock balancing, singing parrots, and even an aircraft carrier!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Project 365: Day 38

I decided to try out Edible Arrangements today and ordered their Sweetheart Bouquet. It turned out fantastic as the strawberries looked wonderful while the chocolate coating was delicious. Wish the picture turned out better though.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Project 365: Day 37

三国杀 is the latest and greatest craze going on in China right now. Essentially it is just Bang! set in the Three Kingdoms era with the addition of a "counter" card. There are loyalties and many different special abilities but the basic gameplay is very much the same as Bang! I think I'll bring it to SD and the next VO to see if we can have some fun playing it. The Chinese characters and rulebook may pose somewhat of an obstacle, but with Catnip and jOrange's help, this shouldn't be a problem.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Project 365: Day 36

I took my camera to work this morning in hopes of catching the sun rising over Houston. It was really hard trying to not get my reflection on the glass. This was the best one I could get.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Project 365: Day 35

PP swears by her secret concoction to help her skin stay smooth and beautiful. While I was able to capture glimpses of what it looks like, the hidden ingredients may never be known to man.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Project 365: Day 34

PP sometimes gets a snack attack and wants sweet things. No, she's not pregnant. Anyhow, this particular Superbowl Sunday, she suddenly had a craving for cookies. We created a list of possible candidates: Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Shortbread cookies, vanilla wafers, and animal crackers. I went down to the local Walgreens and found that they had snack packs of cookies on sale for 99 cents! Needless to say, I purchased every single kind and PP enjoyed a glorious Superbowl!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Project 365: Day 33

It's almost Chinese New Year and as per tradition, we made dumplings this afternoon. However, there was an added twist in the dough was made from whole wheat! M and PP made the dumplings while I was in charge of rolling the dough and making the wrappings. Needless to say, because of my awesome wrap-making abilities, none of the dumplings broke in the water and they tasted uber! Oh and I guess the people who made the dumplings deserve some of the credit too....

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Project 365: Day 32

PP and I went to a Chinese New Year celebration at the local Chinese Civic Center today. We chatted with a lot of M's friends and even met the local District Councilman. The food was pretty sweet with these awesome jalapeno/pepper gulf shrimp and delicious slow cooked brisket. I caught one person taking a stealth snack before everyone arrived.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Project 365: Day 31

A penny saved is a penny earned! For a cute gift, M got us matching piggy banks. This one is totally cute and sweet and represents PP. The one that represents as cute.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Project 365: Day 30

Our team went out for bowling during lunch today. The bowling alley has a deal where you pay $10 and get lunch and a game. This was my attempt to capture a sweet strike...unfortunately, 1 pin stood afterwords.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Project 365: Day 29

Ever since I stopped drinking sodas, I have been on the lookout for something to act like a substitute. I tried vitamin waters, teas, various fruit drinks but they were all either too expensive or too dull. This is until I found these wonderful drink mixes from Walmart. Three bucks lets you make 5 gallons of the stuff and it comes in so many different flavors. Now, when I get bored of the usual water, I use this to add some sweetness.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Project 365: Day 28

The theme for the next 2 weeks is "sweetness." I think this is a fitting place to start. While EA hasn't always produced the best games, the Battlefield series have always been sweet. From the first time =VGI= stormed Omaha beach to the last time we destroyed the Titan on Verdun, the Battlefield series has always been a nest of fond memories. Now that everyone has their own lives, those times may have passed forever, but...we will ALWAYS have Wake Island.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Project 365: Day 27

My wrists had been getting kinda sore at work from using a cramped Dell 104-key keyboard. It was small and I had to bend my wrists at an awkward angle to type. The ergonomics department of my company were amazing as no sooner had I sent a request, as someone came by and dropped off my brand new MS ergonomic keyboard. My wrists now feel way more relaxed and the keyboard will probably delay my impending carpal tunnels by another 10 years or so!