Posted in Adventure, Travel

Labor Day Weekend

Hello everyone!

I realize this post is a little late, but for Labor Day weekend my husband and I went camping and we had a blast!

We saw a lot of beautiful scenery, sunrises and sunsets, the moon and stars, and a ton of wildlife. There was a young black bear eating berries right in the middle of the road, a few antelope, some mule deer, an elk, a very sneaky coyote, and a handful of white-tail deer.

But the biggest part of our adventure was cooking breakfast.

Of course we brought all the usual camp food with us. It was mostly ramen noodles, instant oatmeal, and individual coffee packets because our camp stove is only capable of boiling water 12 oz of water at a time.

Each morning there were a few different options for making breakfast.

We could boil enough water for both of us to have coffee. Or we could boil enough water for both of us to have oatmeal. Or we could boil enough water for one of us to have coffee and oatmeal while the other person waited their turn.

I don’t know about you, but I am the kind of person that wakes up and is immediately a hungry grouch and I like to start the coffee before I start cooking breakfast so they will both be done at about the same time. Then I like to eat my breakfast and sip my coffee while easing into the day.

My husband is the opposite. He rarely needs coffee to function and the second his feet touch the ground in the morning, he is ready to go. For breakfast he will usually have a granola bar or some other snack which will hold him over until lunch.

Unfortunately getting the camp stove to work is a little tricky. If there was even a hint of a breeze, whoever was cooking was unable to light the stove. If there was no breeze the stove would heat the pot up until the wind blew and then the flame would go out. So whatever we were making was usually almost warm but never hot because after trying to boil a cup of water for 30 minutes, my husband and I would just give up, eat, and go about our day.

Below is a picture to shed a little insight into our daily routine. And as always, we had quite the adventure.

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Posted in Adventure

Guest Post – Mike

Backpack Hunting

Picture a man

Keeling on a wood floor

A fireplace cackling in the background

Before him a mountain of gear

A rifle and a backpack

He grabs a knife

Smiles as he thinks of trips its been on

He puts it in his pack in its place

Now a grimace.

He holds a broken stove and its replacement

He thinks of the food and warmth the stove provided

Now he looks at the new untested stove uneasy on its dependability

He puts it in the spot the old stove occupied for years

He lifts a second pair of shoes

Looks at his pack

And puts them on the floor

He repeats this process until his pack is filled

He places the pack by the door and the rifle in the closet

A deep breath for a night of fitful sleep

The hunt starts tomorrow.

Hunting off a Horse

Hmm.. Do I really need that second box of Twinkies?

Yes I do.

 

I also have to add a small disclaimer. The photo I used is not my own and it is from the Free WordPress Library.

Posted in Adventure, Cooking

How to: Cook Curry!

Hello everyone!

As you can tell, this is going to be a cooking post because I’m always looking for ways to keep my blog from getting too stagnant.

This is the first time I have tried this recipe and I got it from Pinterest. If you have read any of my other cooking posts, you already know that I use Pinterest for most of my recipes. I also never follow a recipe completely, but I do use the original recipe as a guideline.

I will tell you right now that I substituted some things, I left out a few things things, and I didn’t even measure some things. So this is my take on the recipe, but if you want to look at the original, I did provide a link.

So let’s just get into the cooking!

Recipe: Simple Curry

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Please excuse the quality of my picture, I am not a professional photographer in any way.

Cooking Time: Maybe around 10 or 15 minutes?

Ingredients

  • Olive oil – To make sure nothing sticks to your pan.
  • 1 Shredded rotisserie chicken – The original recipe calls for ground turkey, but I’m lazy so I just substituted that for a rotisserie chicken from Albertsons.
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Curry powder – Its curry so of course this goes in.
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne powder – The original recipe called for 1/8 tsp, but I don’t have that small of a measuring spoon so I used the 1/4 one.
  • Salt – Just put in a regular amount so that it tastes good.
  • Pepper – Again just add a normal amount.
  • 1 Onion – For some reason I couldn’t find an onion so I used onion powder and didn’t measure it because I just throw in some and then taste it to make sure it isn’t going to be too bland. If I think it needs more, I’ll add more. I think it was about 1 tsp or so?
  • Garlic – A while ago I went to Sam’s Club and got a giant jar of chopped garlic and I just threw in some and it tasted pretty good so I didn’t add any more. I also think it was around 1 tsp.
  • 1 Can coconut milk – The original recipe calls for 1 cup but I don’t like to have leftovers so I just put the whole can in.

Instructions

  1. Shred the rotisserie chicken. If you don’t know how, just grab two forks and go to town on that guy until it looks shredded.
  2. Combine all your spices into a small bowl. If you don’t want to you can always just add them as you are cooking.
  3. Warm up your pan on lowish-medium heat. Also throw in some olive oil so nothing will stick to the bottom.
  4. Add your chicken to warm it up.
  5. Dump in all your spices.
  6. Add the coconut milk.
  7. Mix that around until its well mixed, warm and smells good.
  8. Make some rice or quinoa. I have a rice cooker that works really well and since I was in the mood for some rice, that is what I made.
  9. Eat dinner and feel very proud of your cooking skills!

I hope you liked this recipe and if you did leave a comment so I can say hi!

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Posted in Uncategorized

Pregnancy & Miscarriage

Hello everyone!

This post is a little more personal than my other ones and I will be sharing some uncomfortable details because it is about pregnancy and miscarriage. I know these topics are not interesting for everyone, so if you don’t want to read about these maybe skip this one?

Finding Out

Although my pregnancy started in May, I didn’t miss my period until the beginning of June. By the time I decided to take a pregnancy test my husband and I had been joking around that I was pregnant and surprise, I was!

I had all the feelings. I was excited, I was filled with dread, I felt unprepared, I felt like I could handle it, and I felt like we both were going to be great parents.

We announced the pregnancy to my dad and Mike’s dad for their Farther’s Day gifts. We didn’t really post it on social media because we were waiting until I was further along so we could use a bump picture.

Symptoms and Appointments

My pregnancy was pretty easy as far as my symptoms went.

During June I had some heartburn and had to pee every 10 minutes. I also had some spotting at 6 weeks, but it wasn’t bright red and it went away after I took a nap so my OB said not to worry about and I didn’t. I also started dreaming that we were having a boy.

In July my symptoms picked up and I had aversions to all meat. I couldn’t look at it, smell it or even think about it without getting nauseous. I only threw up for real about 4 or 5 times which was pretty lucky. I had my first prenatal appointment at the beginning of my 3rd month of pregnancy. Me and the baby were healthy and we got to see our tiny baby wiggling around on the sonogram and the heart rate was 169 beats per minute.

In August my pregnancy symptoms were still nausea, frequent urination, food aversions, and some cravings but I was beginning to feel better. I thought it was because I was almost done with the first trimester which is when most early pregnancy symptoms go away. I also had my second appointment which was at the beginning of my 4th month of pregnancy, and I was so excited because I was going to hear the baby’s heart beat for the first time on the doppler and we were going to find out the gender via a genetic test.

Miscarriage Diagnosis

At my August appointment I found out that the baby had passed away which was a humongous shock because I still had all my pregnancy symptoms and during my pelvis exam my OB said my cervix wasn’t dilated so the chance of miscarriage was low.

I was diagnosed with a missed or incomplete miscarriage when my OB couldn’t detect a measurable heart rate for the baby via doppler, two low-tec sonograms, and one high-tech sonogram. The baby was also the same size as he/she was in July.

At this point in time I was told I had 3 options:

  1. Wait until I miscarried naturally – this obviously wasn’t happening since the baby had passed away nearly a month earlier and I showed no physical sign of a miscarriage.
  2. Take medication to induce the miscarriage.
  3. Have surgery to remove the baby.

When I got home from my appointment I was inconsolable, but thankfully my husband was given the rest of the week off which was so wonderful because we were able to be sad and eat our feelings together.

Experiencing the Miscarriage

My husband and I decided to try the medication and if that didn’t work we would do the surgery. I was told when I miscarried I would have cramps, a heavier than usual mensural period, maybe I would see some blood clots, and it would take about 4 hours.

The weekend after my August appointment I took the medication vaginally. 4 hours later when I thought it would be over, nothing had happened except some mild cramps. Then I got up to use the restroom and all of a sudden things started happening.

It felt like someone popped a water balloon. This was my first pregnancy so I wasn’t familiar with the sensation of having my water break and to be honest I didn’t even know that could happen in a miscarriage.

After that my cramps were terrible. I was getting doozy cramps about every 5 minutes that would last about a minute each. I did see a tiny lime sized baby which broke my heart and was very unexpected because I was told the baby would be too small to see. About a half hour after this, I had another lime sized clot which I can only assume was the afterbirth.

After that, I started to bleed and the amount of blood loss I experienced was tremendous. I was using the biggest elephant sized pads Walmart sold and I ended up needing to change my pad every hour or so.

It took about 8 hours from the time I took the medication until I passed the baby. Apparently this is when the miscarriage is considered over and I honestly thought things were going to wind down and that would be the end of that. But I continued bleeding heavily for about 4 days, light bleeding for about 5 days and spotting for about a week. Then everything pretty much back to normal.

What is Next

I am now considered a “high risk” patient because of the miscarriage. I did get back on birth-control just so I can give myself some time to heal both physically and emotionally.

The genetic results come back and the baby was a boy just like I had dreamed he was. He also had a genetic abnormality which is known to cause heart issues. My OB told me that this was likely the reason he had passed away.

I know this was a really long post with a lot of personal details but I hope that the information in here might be helpful to anyone going through a similar situation.

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Posted in Adventure, Travel

A Break From My Blog

Hello everyone!

I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but this summer I took a pretty big break from my blog. Since it wasn’t intentional, I never posted about it so I’m sorry if anyone actually looked forward to reading my weekly blog. But I am back and I feel like I can finally write again so I thought I’d tell you all why I needed such a long break.

The biggest reason for me was my physical and mental health. If I’m brave enough, next week I will post about what has been going on there for the last few months. I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to share that with everyone yet but I will soon because I’ve never been one to keep secrets from anyone. I do feel however that I am still processing everything so if I’m not brave enough to post about it next week, I will post about it eventually.

For now I will just say that both my husband and I have had a summer full of big feelings. Since this blog is from my perspective and not his and I would never write about another person’s feelings, this post will not include how he has felt this summer. He did offer to write a post from his perspective if anyone would be interested in that. If you are, you can leave a comment and we will consider it.

My second reason why I haven’t been writing is because I have been so busy that I just haven’t had time to sit down and write. That is such a silly excuse but I have been traveling so much this summer that I haven’t had access to a computer or reliable WiFi. I never blog on my phone because I don’t like to write a ton on a keyboard that is designed to text.

Anyway, I think I will dedicate the next portion of this post to tell you about my summer adventures.

In May I went home to Alaska. My brother and his wife were going on vacation so my sister in-law and I were going to babysit all the kids. Long story short, they canceled their vacation because my brother’s baby ended up in the hospital. Everyone is happy and healthy now but for a second there it was pretty scary.

June was a month full of big feelings and I will get more into that next week?

In July my sister asked me if I could go home to Alaska to babysit her kids for a few weeks. One of my brothers ended up coming to visit us and we installed a dishwasher. Other than that it was pretty uneventful although I was still dealing with everything from June so I was pretty exhausted the whole time.

August has been another month full of big feelings and changes and I will also get more into that next week.

Anyway hopefully this updated you guys a little bit on how the summer has been.

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