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A Herniated Disk and the Gun Range

This weekend Brent finally convinced me to go to a gun class. He signed the both of us up for the safety certification class on Friday, which was 4 hours long. I have to say, I wasn’t all that excited because to be honest, guns scare the crap out of me. Brent loves them. He grew up around them and he just eats up everything that has to do with it. Me, you can drop me off at a mall and I will be entertained for a while. Brent, drop him off at Bass Pro Shops and the man will send hours upon hours just walking around the place. It doesn’t really help that the Bass Pro Shop in Foxboro has a bar inside of it.

A few weeks ago, Maggie and I wanted to stop at Victoria’s Secret for their semi-annual sale and Brent was at Bass Pro Shop for almost 3 hours. The sweet guy that he is, he bought me a beer bottle coozie.

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Anyways, you get the point. So, Friday night we sat through the 4 hour class and learned about guns. How they work, how to store them, how to disarm them, how to apply for one and how to shoot one. It was actually really informational and slightly eased my terrifiedness of them. After learning about them for a while and practicing with some fake ones, they brought us into the range to give some real ones a go. I took a quick picture while I was standing in the range waiting, and I felt like a complete nerd because I not only looked like one, I was caught.

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Brent was already shooting his revolver and semi-automatic. They had instructors standing there with you just to make sure you weren’t going to accidentally shoot yourself or anyone else.

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All good things.

You ended up shooting about 20 rounds and then went back to your seat. I didn’t do too badly. I was extremely consistent, but I kept hitting the bottom left corner of the box we were aiming at. I took a picture of the target paper but it’s on Brent’s phone. I really didn’t do too badly for the first time shooting at a target. I was really consistent, so they were thinking the sights might have been off.

The Oreo:

On Sunday morning, I woke up to Oreo jumping off my bed, which is about 2 feet high, and spinning around in pain. She was biting at her bum so I naturally thought she had to go out. I let her out and she immediately went to the bathroom then curled up in a ball under a tree. I called her back inside and she just sauntered back in and curled up in a ball with her head on my leg. She was being unbelievably clingy and if you have a dog, you know that’s the first sign that something is wrong and they don’t feel well.

I picked up her and carried her downstairs where Brent is sleeping and woke him up with a hurt Oreo. He brought her back outside because at his point she was salivating at a crazy rate. Her entire mouth was soaking wet. She immediately went over to a tree and curled up in a ball. And if you have ever watched Marley and Me, you KNOW this is never good.

We ended up calling a 24/7 emergency vet and they gave us the address to a closer one. After waiting for 45 minutes or so, the vet did a quick exam and came to the conclusion that she herniated a disk. Painful. We brought her back home under strict instructions to keep her as immobile as possible. No long walks, no stairs, no jumping, no playing. Just sleep. I thought we were going to have to put her in her crate for hours but the poor thing has no interest in anything but sleep.

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The poor thing. We have her on pain medication, which seems to help a ton. I’m such a sucker though…I’ve been trying to make things as easy as possible. She doesn’t really want to eat but she has to in order to take her meds so I sat there and fed her the food one by one. I have also just pushed her food right up to her little bed and let her munch in the laziest of positions.

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Yesterday she was definitely much better than Day 1. Today, I would say she is around the same as yesterday. A bit more active but still in a bunch of pain. I have heard that herniating a disk isn’t that uncommon in smaller dogs. It just usually happens when they are a bit older…not 2. It makes me nervous that she is looking forward to many more of these episodes. 😦

They all make fun of me because I’m slightly babying her…but someone’s got to do it!!

Last night I also came up with a Clockwork Ab workout to share with you. I had Maggie do it with me at the gym and she loved it. There are no crunches and it will really get you!

Are you the type that babies your sick ones or are you the “Meh, give her the meds and she’s fine!” ??

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts and Book Club

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I’m kind of a nerd and kind of love useless facts. I feel like when you share them with other people and absolutely shock them it’s really really entertaining and fun. So, in the interest of allowing all of you to do just the same thing…I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Fun Fact list…just a continuation of the Christmas One! I mean…who knew Mistle Toe was really another way of saying Poop Twip. Shocking!!

  • Around 1 billion cards are sent. After Christmas it is the second largest card giving Holiday.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 10 account for 650 million cards given to teachers, friends and family members. Teachers receiving the largest  number of Valentine’s Day cards.
  • In Korea, if you are not given a gift on Valentine’s Day, then you along with all of the other singles go to Korean restaurants and eat black noodles to mourn their single status. Wowie. 
  • Cupid is the symbol of Valentine’s Day because he is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. He holds the bow and arrow because it is believed that the arrows were magical and aroused the feeling of love. 
  • Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet, still receives about 1000 Valentine’s each year in Verona.
  • In the middle ages, young men and women would draw a name from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. They would wear the printed name on their sleeve for a week and was done so that it becomes easy for people to know their true feeling. This is where “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from.
  • In America, pilgrims used to send confections for Valentine’s Day because it contained sugar and it was a rare product. Hence, the beginning of sending chocolates to your valentine!
  • The heart is considered the source of all emotions. In early days, the shape of the heart came about when people attempted to draw the organ without knowing exactly what it looked like.
  • In olden times, some people believed that if a robin flew over your head, you were going to marry  a sailor. If it were a sparrow, she was going to marry poor but be happy. If it were a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
  • The Romans celebrated Valentine’s Day on Feb 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman Empire gods and goddesses. She was also the goddess of women and marriage.
  • Physicians would prescribe chocolate if someone was pining for a lost love.
  • 3 percent of people give gifts to their pets on Valentine’s Day! Down 4% from Christmas!!

 

Fun!! There are definitely some goodies in there! If you know any other fun facts, post them in the comments!

Last Night’s Book Club

Last night I headed out to Boston to meet with a bunch of ladies for book club! I had been a part of the book club 3 years ago before I moved to Florida, and they are still getting together 🙂 It was sooo good to see these girls again because it had honestly been 2 years since the last time I was at one. There are some new additions and some people that have moved off but it was definitely a good time.

This month, it was held at Shannon’s apartment and she had a yummy spread out. I won’t spoil it because I know that she is posting it on her blog, Dresses and Desserts. She blogs about all of her sewing projects and delicious yummy desserts that she whips up. I saw a few of her projects that are in the works, and daaaaaang. She has a black dress that she used the fabric from a prom dress that she hemmed. And also the LARGE T-shirt blanket that she has been working on for a while. Rumor has it that her next project is flower girl dresses for a wedding. It’s amazing the things that she can do.

Anyways, for book club, we read The Chaperone.

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It is a book about a woman in the early 1920’s who was an orphan in New York City. She, along with several other girls were sent off on an orphan train across the country. The train would stop, the girls would line up and people would walk by them and select them tom come home with them. Cora is selected by a family in Kansas who raises her as her own. They suddenly die in a grain silo accident leaving her without a family. She eventually meets her husband, Alan and settles down in a small city in Kansas.

The story follows Cora as she travels back to New York City as the chaperone of a friend’s young girl. She leaves Kansas in hopes of finding out the truth about her past at the orphanage and her own family.

It is a very different story. The author brings in twists and turns that you really won’t see coming. The book was an east read and captivates you right from the start. It was rated as a great book by everyone in the book group…and that NEVER happens.

If you have read this book, feel free to email me with the link and I can post it below…of just comment with your own review!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Hope you all get chocolates and flowers!!

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Chocolate Oreo Pie

This weekend we celebrated our friend Jeff’s birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I was trying to think about a pie, cupcake, or cake that I could make for him when Brent suggested that I make something Oreo. I was steering towards making a chocolate cake with an Oreo mousse on the inside, but then I remembered this pie that my aunt had brought to christmas last year. It was absolutely unbelievable. You honestly couldn’t eat enough of it.

My aunt sent it to me a few weeks later and it’s been sitting on a shelf since then. It was about time that I gave this guy a try as well. The recipe is actually Emeril’s Chocolate Cream Pie. I can take no credit for this one. One day I hope to come up with something this scrumptious. So, I thought this would be a great way to get the work week going, a little mouth-watering chocolate cream pie.

Filling Ingredients:

1 Cup, 2 Tablespoons Sugar 2 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
3/4 Cup Buttermilk 3 1/2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
Pinch Salt 4 Egg Yolks
4 Ounces Good Quality Chocolate 1 Tablespoon Butter
3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 3 Tablespoons Confectioner’s Sugar

Crust Ingredients:

2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 1 1/2 Cup Oreo crumbs, without Cream Filling
1/4 Cup Sugar 1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Melted

**I didn’t use graham crackers, but definitely recommend it.

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan (not on heat), combine sugar, 3/4 cup heavy cream, buttermilk, cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Whisk until smooth. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Whisk constantly to prevent it from burning. The mix will thicken quite a bit. After about 5 minutes, reduce the heat and whisk and boil for an additional 5 minutes.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly. Pour 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the eggs and whisk well. Pour the egg yolk mix back into the sauce pan and whisk over heat until it is very thick and well combined, 1-2 minutes. Then, pour the mix into a mixing bowl and add the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Continue whisking until combined throughout. Cover the mix with plastic wrap directly on the surface and put it into the fridge for 30 minutes.

3. When the chocolate mix is ready to come out of the fridge, put 1 3/4 cups heavy cream in a chilled mixing bowl and add the confectioner’s sugar. Beat it until stiff peaks form. Gently fold 1/4 of the whipped cream into the cool chocolate pudding mix. Then spoon it into the pie crust and refrigerate it for 4 hours until it is firm. The remaining whipped cream is served on top of your pie!

For the Pie Crust:

1. In a food processor or a blender, process the graham crackers and the Oreo cookies to make cookie crumbs. Then, in a mixing bowl, mix the crumbs, sugar and butter with your hands. Press the mix into the pie pan. You can even cover the crust with plastic wrap and press another 9 inch pan into it to make sure it is even. (I didn’t do this and the crust was definitely packed enough). Bake it in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes. Let it cool completely before putting the filling in it.

Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours. It will make the pie cuttable without the pudding running. 

**Tips

  • I used a 9.5 inch pie plate for this and as you can see, the filling didn’t completely fill the pan. So, if you do use a larger pie plate, don’t fill the cookie crust to the brim, your filling won’t end up reaching it.
  • Make the pie crust first and then the filling. The pie crust needs to cool down for 30 minutes as well, and also need to be baked. So while the crust is baking you can be mixing the filling. Otherwise, it will take much much longer.
  • Definitely use the graham crackers in the crust (unlike I did) I found the crust to be almost too chocolatey. The graham crackers would help balance that out. Good thinking Emeril!

This is an absolutely yummy pie. We all loved it last christmas and I clearly remember it a year later. It had to be good then 🙂 Just don’t ever calculate the calories on this guy. It won’t be your friend.

Let me know what you guys think! And I hope everyone has a great week!

What’s your most memorable cake or pie?? What made it memorable? Was it a complete disaster or a great success??