Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's been fun

I've decided that I am closing my blog, and I will be moving to a new location. I don't like the idea of losing all my previous posts but I think it's for the best. I want to go back to being slightly anonymous and regain the ability to post about anything without worrying about hurting people. I have lived a large portion of my life only worrying about others and I need to do my blog for myself.

Thanks to all of you who have followed my blog, I will miss you.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Weekly Secret

This was my favorite secret that Post Secret put up about a month ago.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Journey

I know it’s been weeks since I’ve made a blog entry, but as you can tell by my last posts I have been pretty busy.

When the little woman moved out about a month ago I wasn’t sure what the future would hold for me, and I was apprehensive to start this new part of my life. I had told myself that I wasn’t going to rush into things, because I know people who had lost themselves in the new found “freedom” of an open gay life. The one thing that I wasn’t looking for at all was a relationship, but as a very smart friend of mine said, “Relationships are wonderful things. The best ones are the ones that find you, not the ones you go looking for.” Which brings me to Bob and Michael…

I met the guys on July 4th, and from the very beginning there was a connection which began to grow quickly. As we continued to spend time together (pretty much everyday) I could tell that something more then friendship was developing between the three of us. A few weeks ago we all attended a potluck for a local bear group, and we attracted a little attention when we walked in together. At one point someone asked us if we were a thropple (three person couple), and out response was, "We're just friends". However, when we returned to Bob and Michael’s apartment the throupple comment sparked a conversation about our relationship, and at this point we decided that we were now indeed a three person couple.


Our situation is different, and I can see that many people just don’t understand, and to be honest it’s hard for us to understand as well. How can someone be in a committed intimate relationship with two people? It’s hard to explain, but things just clicked between us and we are all very happy. As our relationship develops I know that we will all grow closer together, and I’m happy to see what the future holds for us. I want to thank these loving men for making me feel like I belong and for being there for me.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A New Chapter - It's Who I Am

Up until this point I've never really said my name (Greg) or the little woman's name (Lindsie) on my blog, but I have to put it out there so this will make sense. Yesterday I posted the following note on Facebook for all the read:


You know that voice in your head that won't shut up? Well I do, and no I am not mentally insane. For a long time I have known something about myself that I haven't felt comfortable sharing with many people, but the time had come to give into the rational little voice in my head and just say it. In the words of a brave missionary friend, “While this may not come as a shock to many of you who haven’t already had it confirmed to you, to put it quite bluntly, I am indeed gay. And I don’t mean “happy” as the definition on that one. We’re talking rainbow flag-waving, parade marching, turtle-neck-wearing gay…” Unlike Kade I do wave a flag and happen to be in parades but that has nothing to do with being gay. Yes it's true, I am one of those homosexuals you have seen in the movies, or you have heard about on TV, but there is one difference between me and them, you know me.

Some of you don't know me very well, but I'm sure you have come in contact with me at some point, and I hope your impression of me was favorable. Something to remember as we are going forward is that I am the same person you have always known, but now you will know more about me. My sister has taught me a lot about being yourself, and though these next words aren't an exact quote, they are inspired by something she once wrote. :

I am the man that sat next to you on the bus.
I am the goofball that would do anything to make his friends smile.
I was a boy who always knew he was different then his peers.
I was a boy who was afraid to tell others who he was.

I am a gay man.

(This next part is an exact quote)

“I hope you all understand that I am who I have always been.
I hope you all understand that for the first time in my life I am being honest with everyone around me.
I hope you all understand that I have always known who I am, and that who I am will never change.
I hope you all understand that I love you all, and want all of you in my life.”

There it is, now you all know who I really am, but I'm hoping that won't change your opinion of me, but I'm sure that many of you have questions. So I will try and answer some of those here.

Topic One - Greg and Lindsie:

In the words of a wonderful woman named Lindsie, “I met my best friend. The most amazing person I've ever known in my life. Having known many terrific people, I'm sure you will understand what high praise this is.” From the very start we both knew that we had found an awesome person, and that we would be together forever. Our relationship has gone through many changes recently and it will continue to do so, but through all of this we want to remain best friends. One day when Lindsie finds a wonderful man worthy of her I hope he doesn't mind her protective gay husband.
_______________________________

Topic Two – Church:

Although there are certain things I don't agree with I am thankful for the things I learned as a member of the LDS church. I have made so many friends, and I have learned many lessons about being a better person. For those of you church members who don't think you can be my friend/family anymore I would like you to read the first half of this message over and over again, because I'm hoping it will help you realize I am still the person I've always been.
_______________________________

Topic Three – The Future

Lindsie and I haven't worked out all of the details yet, but I'm sure it will take some time. At this time we think that Lindsie may be heading off to Florida to help out her Grandpa which is great, because he is the cutest little old man you would ever know. I will look for some roommates to help me hold down the fort here as I will be staying in the house for now.
_______________________________

For those of you who I have added to my extended family recently I want to thank you for being such a support to me, you are all great examples of wonderful people. You know who you are and “We are family”.

I'm sure some of you will have other questions but instead of trying to answer them through gossip please contact me. Shoot me an email or call me and I would be happy to chat.


This is probably the most personal thing I have ever shared on my blog. It's bitter sweet because I get to be who I am, but I am losing a wonderful person in my life. I'll pray everyday that Lindsie and I can be friends forever.

Tasty Tuesday - Raw Veggies

I was strolling down blog memory lane and I found an old post that would fit perfectly with the theme of raw veggies. The little woman and I have a nice fenced garden which we like to fill with squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and on occasion a watermelon or pumpkin. Normally my favorite thing is to pull out a nice fresh cucumber, slice it, and put on some salt and pepper… Mmmmmmmm. Well here is what I had to say about it back in August of 2007:

Phallic Salad

When I come home in the morning I try to be a quite as I can so I don't wake up the little woman. You know I work nights and she works days.... So I head out to the garden in the back yard. In our yard there is a large garden with nice fencing, a curb around it, and automatic sprinklers. We probably wouldn't have done this but it was nice to move into a house with a nice garden.



We started out with a few things in the garden to test out what we will plant in the future. We have a few varieties of tomatoes, green peppers, a pumpkin (HUGE and TAKING OVER THE WHOLE GARDEN), watermelon, and the Freudian veggie of phallus.... Well lets just say we have a cucumber plant that grows cucumbers so big it would make a porn star blush. I'm not exaggerating but they are

FREAKING HUGE!!!


From the porno garden of mystery,


Mr. O



Reading this made me laugh. Join me next week for Tasty Tuesday theme Family Recipes.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

10 Common Grooming Mistakes

I was clicking through several articles on AskMen.Com and I came across an interesting one called 10 Common Grooming Mistakes, and I found it very interesting. What do I do when I find something interesting? I BLOG ABOUT IT, OF COURSE!!! Below I’ve included the articles points in bold and my comment below.

No.10 - Sporting too much cologne

Too much of a good thing can spell disaster and that couldn’t be more true than with cologne. A few extra spritzes can turn even the subtlest of scents into a cloud of noxious fumes. All you need is two to three sprays in the right places. Targeting pulse points on the wrists and behind the ears should be enough to keep you going all day (and night).


I have allergies so this is something I suffer from on a regular basis, especially in the close confines of the workspace. The company has a policy that people should only wear moderate amounts of cologne or perfume, but people seem to ignore it. Why bathe on a regular basis when you could use a gallon of cologne everyday.

No.9 - Not using moisturizer

Growing a proverbial thick skin is great thing for survival in a crazy world, but going the literal route by forgoing moisturizer could kill your chances for fighting fine lines and wrinkles. Male skin may look tough, but it’s so fickle that a simple shower can leave it dry and cracked like drought-ridden earth. Irritation from shaving just adds fuel to the fire. A lightweight moisturizer with a hint of SPF should be applied daily to the face and neck to replenish water content, soothe skin and provide protection from the elements.


We live in a place that has very hard water and my skin is always dry when I step out of the shower, so I am a frequent moisturizer. I also agree that SPF protection is very important. So many people seem to think that you only need protection when it’s hot, but I can testify to the evil of winter time sunburn.


No.8 - Dirty, uncut nails

While startling, the sight of a well-groomed man with overgrown, cracked nails is not terribly uncommon. Nails should always be clipped short but never so short as to expose the nail bed, which can be an incredibly painful experience. And get over any reservations you may have about manicures and pedicures. Forgoing regular nail care by a professional can lead to uneven nail growth and unsightly fungal infections. It’s essential to treat yourself once every four to six weeks in order to get your nails clipped and filed properly, and most importantly, have your cuticles trimmed down. You can skip the polish.


I don’t really think that guys need to get a regular mani or pedi, but if you look like you’ve clawed your way free after being buried alive, then you need some nail care.

No.7 - Dry shaving

Despite advances in electric razor technology, dry shaving is still rough stuff. Most men neglect to exfoliate and use proper lubrication when going dry, which can result in razor burn, ingrown hairs and a shave that isn’t as close as it should be. Shave during or after a shower when the beard is softest, and apply an exfoliating face wash to clear away dirt and debris. Then, most importantly, use shaving gel and a clean razor to get the maximum shave with minimal irritation.


I cringed when I saw this!!! As a person with sensitive skin I don’t even know how anybody can do this and not cry in pain.

No.6 - Using worn-out razors

Disposable razors are just that: disposable. The problem is that even the most experienced shavers forget that the cartridges have a relatively short lifespan of roughly two weeks. Using a blade past its expiration date can wreak havoc on your face by unevenly ripping hairs out of the follicle and leaving burned, bleeding skin in its wake. A healthy blade should glide along the face and cut with painless precision. Fortunately, today’s best razors have an indicator strip at the top that lets you know when its day of reckoning is near.


I think many guys will ignore changing an old blade because they can cost an arm and a leg, which is why I love my safety razor and the cheap blades (About 100 for $10).

No.5 - Using too much hair gel

The only thing worse than using no product at all is piling on enough to turn your head into a helmet -- the sound of crunchy hair is one that’s better left in the late '80s. Gloppy gels are child’s play and don’t leave much room for movement, so go for lighter pastes and putties that create shape and definition while still maintaining a natural appearance.


This is probably the only thing on this list that I am in violation of, but when you’ve got curly hair it can be hard to skip the extra product to hold my locks in place.

No.4 - Ignoring thinning hair

Only a few lucky men will never have to face the facts of life with thinning hair. Male pattern baldness can start in your 20s and progress at a steady rate of 4% a year until you're left with patchy growth or nothing at all. The right haircut can minimize the appearance of bald spots, but it’s not going to stop the path of destruction. Surprisingly, over-the-counter serums and foams with the chemical Minoxidil are proven to slow down the process and even regrow hair in many cases. If that’s not enough to cut your losses, talk to a dermatologist about prescription treatments. And when all else fails, shave it clean.


I’ve got a higher hairline in the front, but I am so lucky that I don’t have thinning hair.

No.3 - Ignoring nose and ear hair

Almost everything you do in life, from careers to dating, requires you to sell your face. And the most distracting (and nauseating) thing to look at is overgrown nose and ear hair. These hairs are important for filtering debris and ultimately keeping the body healthy, but they cease to have any purpose when they make an unwanted outdoor cameo. Use a small grooming scissor to keep the crowd at bay.


Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww… If your ear’s look like an enchanted forest you need some help.

No.2 - Unkempt facial hair

Treating your beard like a summer camp arts and crafts project is the quickest way to looking like an artist rendering on America’s Most Wanted. If you have a thing for perpetual scruff, you can keep your mane tame without looking like a criminal. Shave just up to the jaw line to create a look that is neat yet effortless. A few extra days' worth of growth is fine, but don’t let your beard achieve mountain-man proportions. And if it takes too much of your time to maintain a five o’clock shadow, a beard probably isn’t for you.


Ok I guess I am in violation of this rule from time to time… I’M SORRY I CAN’T HELP IT! Since my skin is so sensitive I don’t like to shave, but maybe one day I can get some laser hair removal on my neck to stop the burn.

No.1 - Letting body hair run wild

Hair on the body is an undeniable outward expression of masculinity. But there comes a point when a jungle of hair needs to be pruned back. Invest in a trimmer with adjustable settings and clip hair especially on the chest and stomach to an appropriate but natural-looking length. You can avoid getting stark lines of demarcation by making use of the variable settings. It takes a little practice to get it right, but trimming body hair ultimately makes the difference between being a beauty or a beast when you wear an open collar.


Some guys are into waxing or shaving, which isn’t my cup o’ tea, but whatever floats your boat. Remember guys if you look like an ape then you are probably limiting yourself to dating Jane Goodall or a zookeeper.

Well I guess that’s all I have to say about grooming. Carry on…

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Seafood

This week’s theme is seafood, which normally isn’t my food of choice, but I think it has to do with my geography. Since I live a ways away from an ocean I can’t really get fresh seafood with ease and this is my only qualification for good seafood. When I lived in North Carolina I was always close top some good seafood, and this was especially true when I lived in New Bern. This colonial American city was frequented by road side seafood vendors, with seafood that was in the ocean earlier that morning. THAT IS SEAFOOD!!!! I would frequently enjoy shrimp which is one of my favorite seafood items, and if I was there now I would love to try this recipe from allrecipes.com:



Peppered Shrimp Alfredo

Prep Time: 30 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Ready In: 50 Min
Ingredients
12 ounces penne pasta
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 pound Portobello mushrooms, diced
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Directions
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Meanwhile, melt butter together with the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, red pepper, and mushroom; cook over medium-high heat until soft, about 2 minutes more.
Stir in the shrimp, and cook until firm and pink, then pour in Alfredo sauce, Romano cheese, and cream; bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir drained pasta into the sauce, and serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Join us next week for the theme Raw Veggies!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

From a "Solid Christian"

The church of the flying spaghetti monster posts amusing hate mail on their website, and this one gave me a good laugh:

"The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the most fucking pathetic excuse for a religion. Bullshit, a bowl of fucking food created you? It doesn’t even have a fucking brain! Ha ha. I can’t believe how much you are offending me, and many others. Especially your FSM "Bible". Why did you have to make fun of my religion, and others? You called the Christian bible The New Testicle. Seriously, stop making fun of other religions. Also, you called the Hindu’s book, "Ten Little Indians". Okay, you are the most twisted, racist fucking bastard on the planet. I can’t believe you are a racist bastard. Why, do you have to make fun of other religions? Probably because you want to just kick back and laugh at other people, and bash them. That’s why. Also, in your queer FSM "Bible", you obiously had to make fun of the Jews. I’m very offended, because the Jews had probably had the roughest life, and you go ahead and make fun of the REAL Bible, not your bullshit bible!!! Your version of heaven sucks huge fucking dicks. I don’t want strippers, and beer is nasty as fuck. You aren’t even trying, and your version of Hell is the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard of. When you’re already DEAD it doesn’t FUCKING MATTER IF YOU GET AN STD OR NOT!!!!! Fuck you sir, don’t be suprised when you die if you burn in Hell, because I am a solid Christian and I am praying for you, and I really hate that you have to MOCK other religions. You are very racist, and I hope that you burn in Hell and realize your FSM is just your imagination, and you’re full of bullshit. Also, I feel like sueing the publishers of your FSM Bible, since you have gone that far and turned racist.

Don’t be suprised if you get sued for being a RACIST FUCKING DOUCHEBAG! AND YOU CALL YOUR RELIGION "PEACEFUL"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fuck you,
Mike"


Dear Solid Christian,

I would like to thank you for your hate mail that points out how awful this religion is for pointing out how awful it thinks yours is. Well come to think about it I don't think it's really mocking with as much class as you have. I propose that the FSM reach down his noodlie appendage and throw a fuck or two into his holy writings.

I am also impressed that you have the ability to see what doesn't have a brain, which i assume is helpful each time you look in the mirror.

Now I'm not a bible scholar but I don't think Jesus' philosophy of "love one another" included calling someone a douche bag. When I ask myself WWJD I don't think he would send hate mail like that.

Mike if you ever venture out of your mom's basement make sure to wear sunscreen because I don't think you get out into the sun very often.

Love,

Mr. O



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Doughnuts/Pastry

I've always been a fan of a good doughnut, and when I crave one I'm normally on my way to a Krispy Kreme.
"You might say these sweet treats are wholly delicious. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts operates a leading chain of doughnut outlets with about 580 locations throughout the US and in about 20 other countries. The shops are popular for their glazed doughnuts that are served fresh and hot out of the fryer. In addition to its original glazed variety, Krispy Kreme serves cake and filled doughnuts, crullers, and fritters, as well as hot coffee and other beverages. The chain includes about 270 doughnut shops and some 315 kiosks and satellite locations. The company owns and operates 80 locations and franchises the rest. Krispy Kreme also markets its doughnuts through grocery stores and supermarkets." (Source)

It's hard to say what my favorite variety is but if I can't decide I'm always happy to have a good old fashion glazed. Mmmmmmmmmmm doughnuts *drools* Join me next week for the Tasty Tuesday theme Seafood.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Visiting the Victim of the Beast

The little woman and I were on an adventure with the sister in law and we decided to take her to visit an old friend of ours, Lilly E. Gray the victim of the beast. This is a post my wife made a few years ago, "During a weekend drive in Spring of 2007, my husband and I passed the Salt Lake Cemetery. I off-handedly mentioned that back in high school I had heard about a place called "Emo's Grave" located somewhere in the graveyard. He joked that we should stop and look for it and before I knew it, we impulsively pulled over and were walking among the gravestones. I had no clue what I was looking for and though we never found Emo that day, we did see some amazing stones and monuments pertaining to Utah History. When we got home that night I did a search for Emo on the computer. The information on it was easy to find and in no time I knew the name on the stone and what it looked like. More interestingly, I found reference to a grave in the same cemetery for Lilly E. Gray. Nothing special about the name, but the inscription on her stone was rumored to be "Victim of the Beast 666". Fascinated, I began to look for information on the location of her stone. Directions were sketchy and a second visit to the cemetery yielded little results (though we did get to say hi to Emo's Grave.) I delved a little deeper into the whereabouts and we tried a third time to find Lilly. Success!!"

It was nice to see Lilly's grave covered with trinkets and flowers.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Dairy

When I think of dairy, cheese is the first thing that comes to my mind. I LOVE CHEESE!!! "There are hundreds of different types of cheese that can be differentiated both by the type of milk - raw, skimmed or pasteurized, and by the animal - cow, goat, sheep, buffalo, horse or camel." (Cheese.Com)

There are so many types of cheeses and there is no better cheese resource than Cheese.Com. This website is a wealth of info about pretty much any cheese. You can search cheeses by name, country of origin, texture, milk, and it's even got some great cheese recipes like this:

Parmesan Chicken

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
25 g plain flour
olie oil for frying
225 g / 8 oz Mozzarella cheese, sliced
60 ml / 4 tbsp Parmesan, freshly grated
30 ml / 2 tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs
salt and black pepper
TOMATO SAUCE
15 ml olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stick
1 red pepper
1 garlic clove
400 g chopped tomatoes with basil
150 ml chicken stock
15 ml tomato puree
10 ml / 2 tbsp caster sugar

Steps :
1. First make the sauce. Take a frying pan and heat the oil, adding celery onion, pepper. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. 2. Wash the meat properly and cut it into two small pieces. Put the flour in a shallow bowl and coat the chicken lightly. Then preheat the oven. 3. Heat the olive oil. Cook the chicken escalopes for 3 - 4 minutes. Spread half the tomato sauce in a large baking dish. Add the escalopes, the rest of the sauce and Mozzarella cheese. 4. After mix the Parmesan with breadcrumbs and sprinkle over Mozzarella. Put it into the oven for 20 - 30 minutes.

No matter how you slice it there is a cheese for every occasion! Join me next week for the theme Doughnuts and Pastry.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Playing with Bo Bo

Playing fetch with Bo in the back yard, but while he is trying to fetch the toy Hunny is trying to fetch him.

video

Weekly Secret

My weekly choice from Post Secret.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Salad

I'm normally not a super fan of salad, but there is one salad that my wife's family has almost every time we go over for dinner. They make an amazing fruit salad. There isn't an exact recipe but this is normally what I use:

* Can of pineapple chunks
* Can of mandarin orange segments
* Grapes
* Berries in season

Drain the juice from the canned fruit and put everything in a bowl, add some mini marshmallows, some sweetened coconut, and the put in sour cream. Add enough sour cream to coat everything. I normally like to let it sit for a little bit because it will soften the coconut, but it's something you could make right before a family dinner or BBQ and then put it in the fridge for dessert. This stuff is seriously amazing!

Well this has been another edition of Tasty Tuesday and join me next week for the theme Dairy.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.

Pirates took my house

On the way home from the movies the other day the little woman and I decided to drive by our old house and see how it was doing. Months ago we got a call from our old neighbor and found out that the man who bought our trailer had died, but they didn't find him for like a month (sad)... So we wanted to see if someone had bought the trailer or if it had been taken away. Well it was there, and to make it even better it turns out that the person living there is a servant of the FSM, as shown by their bumper sticker:



On the way home we also saw a car with this bumper sticker:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Beef

The first thing that came to mind when I went to post about Beef was my favorite Chinese food dish, GINGER BEEF!!! I've never seen it anywhere outside my native land of Alberta Canada, but I absolutely love it. This recipe is courtesy of About.com

GINGER BEEF

The staple dish of Chinese take-out restaurants. Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients:

* 1 pound flank steak
* Marinade:
* 2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
* 1 Tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
* 1 tsp granulated sugar
* 2 tablespoons ginger juice (storebought or homemade)
* Sauce:
* 1 Tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
* 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
* 2 Tbsp white or rice vinegar
* 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
* 2 Tbsp water
* 1 teaspoon hot chili oil or crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
* Other:
* 1 stalk celery
* 1 red bell pepper
* 1 carrot
* 4 to 5 cups oil for deep-frying
* 2 Tbsp oil for stir-frying, or as needed
* 3 red chili peppers, seeds left in
* 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1 tsp sesame oil
* Batter:
* 1/4 cup flour
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 Tbsp hot chili oil (optional)
* 1/3 cup water, or as needed

Preparation:
Partially freeze the beef to make it easier to cut.

If making homemade ginger juce, grate the ginger and squeeze out the juice until you have 2 tablespoons. Cut the partially frozen beef along the grain into thin strips the approximately length and width of matchsticks. Add the marinade ingredients and marinate the beef for 25 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, vinegar, sugar, water and hot chili oil. Set aside.

While the beef is marinating, prepare the vegetables and sauce. Cut the celery, red bell pepper, and carrot into thin strips.

To prepare the batter, combine the flour and cornstarch. Stir in the vegetable oil, and the hot chili oil if using. Add a much water as is needed to make a smooth batter. It should not be too dry or too runny, but should lightly drop off the back of a wooden spoon.

Heat the oil for deep-frying to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Dip the marinated beef pieces into the batter. When the oil is hot, add the beef and deep-fry until it is golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Deep-fry the beef a second time, to make it extra cripsy. Remove and drain. Clean out the wok.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the wok. When the oil is hot, add the chilies, minced garlic and ginger. Stir-fry until the chilies begin to blister. Add the carrot. Stir-fry briefly, then add the celery, and then the red pepper.

Push the vegetables up to the sides of the wok. Add the sauce in the middle. Heat to boiling, then add the deep-fried beef back into the pan. Mix all the ingredients together. Remove from the heat. Stir in the sesame oil. Serve hot.


I think I may be too lazy to make this, but I can't wait to go home to visit family and to have my fill at an all you can eat buffet. Mmmmmmmmmm

Next week we will be talking about salad.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret and I think it's true for most people.



Spring Clean Up

I took these pictures last week when I started doing some hardcore yardwork. I work all night and then when I came home I mowed, weeded, and trimmed the evil hedge from hell.



I'm also happy to say that the tree we planted a couple of years ago is hearty and happy. It's really got some pretty flowers on it.


Bored at work?

What do you do while you are bored at work? Well when I’m bored I draw pictures of a giraffe. Awesomeness you say? YES IT IS AWESOME!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Smart Pugglets

On my blog I collect pictures and sayings from bumper stickers but I wanted to branch out and start including license plate surrounds. What a better way to start then something I would have on my own car. As a proud daddy of two pugglets I am happy to say that my pugs are often smarter then some peoples honor students.

Tasty Tuesday - Egg

Welcome to this weeks edition of Tasty Tuesday. Since this is National Egg Month I decided to post about eggs. As an avid low carber eggs have always been something I use frequently, and one thing I like to make is Revolution Rolls (aka Rev Rolls). These magical rolls are a fluffy, wonderful replacement for bread and they don't last long in my house. Courtesy of Linda I have a recipe for anybody who would like to try them.

Improved Revolution Rolls

4 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda
Pinch salt
3 ounces cream cheese, softened

Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, Splenda, salt and cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Gradually fold the yolk mixture into the egg whites being careful not to deflate the whites. Spray a baking sheet or muffin top pan with cooking spray. Divide the mixture into 6 mounds then flatten them slightly. Bake at 300ยบ 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top but soft and not dry and crisp. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes then cool completely on a rack. Store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator.

Makes 6 rolls

Per Roll: 88 Calories; 7g Fat; 5g Protein; .5g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; .5g Net Carbs
Per 2 Rolls: 175 Calories; 14g Fat; 10g Protein; 1.5g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 1.5g Net Carbs

My problem with these is I can't make enough of them, because 6 rolls is gone in no time. Mmmmmmmmmmmm Rev Rolls with butter.

Thanks for joining me for another edition of Tasty Tuesday, and feel free to visit next week for the theme of Beef.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret. Happy Mother's Day Mommy!



Friday, May 7, 2010

Tattoos with meaning

So often you hear stories about people who get tattoos that they regret later, which is probably because they have no meaning. Or there is the case of a guy the little woman and I chatted with online. He had met a single mother online, and he started to love her and her children very much, even though they hadn't met in person. Which I can understand because I had similar feelings for my wife before we had met in person. To profess his love he got a tattoo of Theodore from The Chipmunks holding a heart, and the heart contained the name of his online love. This was all well and good until this online lady confessed to him that she wasn't the beautiful girl in the pictures she had sent. I know it's common for people to post pictures that make them look their best, even if they are old pictures which may make them look better. However, this woman had sent pictures of her sister to this online beau. Yes it's what's on the inside that counts, but sending pics of your sister?!?! Guess that will teach him a lesson of making rash decisions.

Well some people get tattoos with meaning, like our friend who recently got this:



Organ donation is something that is very important to her, and this is a clever way of displaying it. Bravo on an awesome tattoo.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Prayer can't fix everything

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was thirteen, served a mission, got married in the temple, and went inactive shortly there after. Although there are things that the church teaches that I don't believe it I have always supported their right to believe whatever they want. One of the things that has caused me to become disenchanted with the church is their support of Proposition 8. Yes I agree that they have a right to believe that all people shouldn't have the right to get married, but it's hard for me to associate myself with a group that does. I've always thought this, but these feelings have grown stronger since my sister came out as a lesbian. The idea that two straight people who hate each other can get married, but two people of the same sex can't is beyond me.

I know many gay people who grew up in the church and heard that they were told they could be cured by serving a mission, getting married, etc. It's sad to think that people thought they needed to be cured of something that is just who they are. Until the other day I thought that this was the extent of the church's attempts to "cure" people, but I was wrong.

I had always thought that those camps to "pray away the gay" were reserved for churches belonging to the religious fanatics, but I was again wrong. After talking to my friend the other day it came to my attention that there is an organization called Evergreen International. They say, "Evergreen is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" but their "Board of Trustees usually includes one or more emeritus General Authorities and we continue to build relationships with Area Presidencies and other Church leaders. Upon request, we provide training to hundreds of stake and ward leaders each year." (Source) So they aren't affiliated with the church but their board of trustees includes general authorities, bishops suggest people go there for help, and they hold their annual conferences at church buildings? Ummmmmm... Yeah.

I've always said someone can believe what they want, but it doesn't work for me when their beliefs include supporting a group like Evergreen International. Camps like this often lead to people developing strong emotional issues, and often suicide. I'm sorry for all the people that have been driven to something like this, by an organization they thought cared about them.

Got her goat

When I set up my blog in 2006 I searched for a picture that went along with my moniker The Oqquirh Mountain Man, and I found this cute sketch of a goat online, which fit very well. After all this time of using this picture I wondered where it came from, because I felt bad for using something without giving credit to its creator. After a Google search I stumbled across a blog called Blackwing Sketchbook by the Animation story artist Jenny Lerew. I emailed Jenny and she confirmed that she had indeed drawn this sketch, which was originally posted on her blog entry "My goat, gotten". She was glad I enjoyed the picture so much and thanked me for making an effort to contact her.

This talented artist has worked on some of my favorite childhood TV cartoons such as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. She also worked has worked on movies such as Bee Movie, Flushed Away, Shrek 2, and How to Train Your Dragon, which I saw yesterday and thought it was sooooo awesome!!!!! I found these things listed on Jenny's IMDB profile so I apologize to Jenny if this isn't accurate and I welcome any corrections.

Having said all of this I encourage you to check out this talented artist's blogs at:

http://blackwingsketch.blogspot.com/


http://blackwingdiaries.blogspot.com/


I enjoy seeing new sketches and posts made by Jenny and I am excited to continue following her blog.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Latin Food

In honor of Cinco De Mayo I decided to choose the theme of Latin Food, so I hope to see some spicy entries. I'm normally not an adventurous type, but on occasion I like to try new things. One of the things I've always wondered about is Tamales. We have a very large Latin population here and I've seen lots of Tamales around. I hear they are very tasty and I've been tempted to buy when they are offered to me in the Wal-Mart parking lot, but that's a little scary to me. Maybe I will have to make some myself one day, but first I want to know what they are.

According to Wikipedia "A tamale or more correctly, tamal (Spanish tamal, from Classical Nahuatl tamalli) is a traditional Latin American dish made of masa (a starchy dough, often corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be further filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned." Oooooooh ahhhhhh. LOL. I'm totally going to make some buy some!!!

Join me next week for the incredible, edible egg.

Picture Source

Monday, May 3, 2010

How should I spice up my blog?

I love my blog, but it seems like recently it seems like I’ve been posting the same old things over and over again. “How can I make it more exciting to myself, and to my followers?” I thought to my self, and then I laughed at the idea that people actually read my blog :P Well I’m sure I have a couple people that read! *hopes* ANYWAY… I thought that a way to spice up my blog would be to start video blogging, but there are downsides to that, like:

Who wants to see me talk about something?
Shaving/making myself look pretty before posting
Anonymity

I think the last one is something I would be most concerned about. I could always video blog wearing a mask, using some video effects to change my appearance, or something of that nature, but if I’m going to do that should I just do audio blogging? Hmmmmm… I’m not sure what to do.

Let me know what you think in the comments and check out the poll I have on my sidebar.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.



Saturday, May 1, 2010

Important Marriage Tool

Friday, April 30, 2010

Hooters!

The little woman likes to doodle on occasion, and she made me this nice set of hooters today.



She also drew these cute sheep being naughty playing leap frog

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Atkins Journey

I’ve always been a larger person, and I’ve always known it. I would get teased at school for being the fat kid, and it did do some damage to me mentally but luckily I stopped caring how people felt about me. I was never much into sports so I couldn’t do that to help myself lose weight, but I would try to eat healthier. I remember that during high school I would try and do Weight Watcher with my mom, but I normally failed at that because I was greatly restricting myself, and I still felt crappy. My mom had also done Atkins on and off over the years and when I was younger I always thought it was weird because all I saw her eat was eggs and meat.

As I was about to move away to University I started reading up on Atkins and I realized that I had many misconceptions about it, which most people do. “Atkins is just meat”, “No Carb Diet”, etc, etc, etc… I’ve heard so many people say those kinds of things, and when I ask where they learned it I normally find out they haven’t read Dr. Atkins book, but they saw someone doing the diet (most likely they were doing it wrong). I moved down to school about a month before it started, and from the get go I was on Atkins, working out, and trying to be very conscious about my health. I felt great!!! Not only did I start losing weight, but my headaches stopped, and I had more energy. In the course of the next year I got within about 30 lbs of my goal weight, which much sound like a lot of weight but it wasn’t that much seeing that I had lost like 75 lbs already. At school I also started developing a relationship with a wonderful woman online, we got engaged, and I was so excited to get married. In preparation for getting married and moving down to the USA I sold my house, and moved back home to live with my mom. I have to say that planning a wedding can be a little stressful, and with us I also had to go throught the stress of immigration.

I tried a few times to get back on Atkins but I never really stuck to it, and I found my self eating extremely large amounts of food. Some days I would eat more then others, but this is what I found myself eating on a weekend when I had nothing to do but eat:
Breakfast
McDonald's Sausage McMuffin x 2
McDonald's Hash Browns x 2
McDonald's Breakfast - Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles™

Lunch
Totinos Hamburger Party Pizza x 2
Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, Mesquite BBQ - Half a large bag
Ben & Jerry's One Cheesecake Brownie - 1 Pint

Dinner
Subway 12" Meatball Marinara
Subway White Macadamia Nut Cookie x 2
Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, Mesquite BBQ - Half a large bag

Total
Calories: 6,890
Fat: 363g
Carbs: 717g
Fiber: 33g
Net Carbs: 684g

I ballooned up to 385 lbs, suffered from awful blood sugar related headaches, nausea/heartburn from a hiatal hernia, little to no energy, and I had to start buying fat clothes, which is probably what made me really start thinking about my weight. Finally I decided to get back on the Atkins wagon, and this time it would be easier because my wife decided to join me. We cleansed the house of all the carb laden foods, and I became the Atkins Chef and my wife’s Atkins Obi Wan Kenobi. We both started losing weight, feeling better, and we were eating so much healthier. This is what I was normally eating on a typical Atkins day:
Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Lunch
Turkey Sandwich on Julian Bakery Low Carb Bread

Dinner
Grilled Chicken Breast
Broccoli and Cheese

Snack
Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Almonds
Cheese

Total
Calories: 1,780
Fat: 88g
Carbs: 47g
Fiber: 31g
Net Carbs: 16g

Currently I’ve lost 42lbs and I am continuing to work towards my goal of 220lbs, which means I've only got 123lbs to go. Wish me luck!

Can't cut your own butter?

For those of you who can't cut their own butter, now you have the butter cutter!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Sandwhich

When I remembered that the theme for this week was sandwiches I knew I wouldn't be able to help posting about the new KFC Double Down. "The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken fillets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterrey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce. This product is so meaty, there's no room for a bun!" (KFC)Bread, who needs bread? Mmmmmmmm I love meat. Well now you can have your meat, with more meat inside accompanied by cheese and yummy sauce. It' not the healthiest sandwich, which is show by the nutritional information:

KFC Original Recipe® Double Down
Calories: 540
Fat (g): 32
Sodium (mg): 1380

According to the Mayo Clinic "Most recommend not exceeding the range of 1,500 and 2,400 milligrams (mg) a day for healthy adults." So you probably want to stay away from this if you have a blood pressure issue, but what a way to die, DEATH BY DOUBLE DOWN! I guess it's not that bad compared to some other things you can buy at fast food joints. I found this chart on Geekologie today and it shows how many Double Downs are in your food:



I let myself cheat on my diet a little bit while our friend has been staying with us, but once I'm back on Atkins this will be perfect in the grilled form. So head to your local KFC and check this out.

Next week join me for the theme of Latin Food.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I've Got The Clap

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tribute to doing it wrong

I've always loved how infomercials and commercials always show people having trouble doing the simplest tasks. You know what I'm talking about... It's all black and white, they are making over exaggerated motions trying to do something like put on their shoes. Well this nifty video on You Tube is a tribute to those moment. I LOVE IT!

An FSM Sighting



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Salty Snacks

There are sooooo many choices for salty snacks, but I've always love the mix of savory and sweet that comes with Nestle's Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I don't know why, but I love to suck the chocolate of and then eat the pretzel. Ok I have to stop this because I am getting hungry!

Join me next week for the theme sandwiches.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Obama: Give Gay Couples Hospital Visiting Rights

I am so happy to see that something good has come from this tragic event. I'm hoping it's a sign of good things to come regarding gay rights in the United States.

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners. The President's order was apparently inspired in part by the case of a woman who fell into a coma at Miami's Ryder Trauma Center, while her life partner was made to stay in a waiting room.

The order, quietly issued by the Obama administration while the President was visiting Miami Thursday, directs that hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds must allow visitation and health care decisions to be left to patients. Mr. Obama points out in his order that it does not exclusively benefit same-sex partners, but that gays and lesbians are "uniquely affected… often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives."

The order, quietly issued by the Obama administration while the President was visiting Miami Thursday, directs that hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds must allow visitation and health care decisions to be left to patients. Mr. Obama points out in his order that it does not exclusively benefit same-sex partners, but that gays and lesbians are "uniquely affected… often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives."

In 2007, Lisa Pond of Seattle had just boarded a cruise ship in Miami with her partner of 18 years, Janice Langbehn, and the couple's adopted children when Pond fell ill. She was rushed to Jackson Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where Langbehn was not permitted to visit with her. Langbehn claimed that a Jackson Hospital social worker told her that "this is a anti-gay city, an anti-gay state and you're not going to see your partner, period."

Langbehn said that even after she produced a power of attorney given her by Pond, she was denied visitation. Pond lapsed into a coma and died the next day. Langbehn said she was finally allowed to be at her bedside as last rights were administered. Langbehn sued Jackson Hospital. The case was thrown out of court.

Langbehn said she got a call from the White House Thursday. "A staff member came on and asked if I could hold a moment for the President. I said, 'Of course I can hold a moment for the President!'"

"He (President Obama) started out by saying 'I know of your story and I know about Lisa's death, and I'm so sorry for how you were treated,'" Langbehn told KIRO-TV in Seattle.

Jackson has denied any discrimination based on sexual orientation. In a letter to President Obama Friday, hospital officials wrote, "Jackson has always been inclusive of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community." The hospital said that the nurse in charge of Lisa Pond's care the night she was admitted, and who made all visitation decisions regarding Bond's case, "is herself a lesbian with a life partner."

The hospital said the decision to delay visitation was made solely based on medical considerations. "Our first priority... is always to stabilize the patient and save their life," the hospital's letter said.

The changes in federal rules directed by President Obama would allow patients to designate any individuals as permitted visitors, including them in documents - such as advance directives - that have legal force when a patient is in a coma or otherwise unable to communicate. (SOURCE)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How Fairy Tales Really End

This is one of the fun emails that I had forwarded to me at work. So funny!






Signs & Bumper Stickers

It's been a while since I've posted a sign or bumper sticker, but I thought I should clear out the pictures I've collected on my phone. This first one was taking in the Chili's Parking Lot:



The next two were on the same car... I think someone is a swimmer:




Nothing says sexy like lady pirates!



Well I guess it's even because Atheists don't believe in God :)



I'll keep my comments to myself...

Tasty Tuesday - Fruit

When I was trying to think of an interesting fruit post I remembered a great fruit I got to try on a school trip to Australia. One of the parents of the billeting family I stayed with in New Castle was headed to the store and I got to tag along. In the produce in section I saw Rambutan aka the "hairy fruit" and my host family thought my reaction to the little fruit was amusing so they let me buy it. Not only was it fun to look at but the meat inside the fruit was very tasty. It was fun to be able to try a fruit that wasn't your everyday apple, or orange.

Check back next week for the theme of Salty Snacks.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Your Choice (Dog Food)

This week with Tasty Tuesday you get to choose ANYTHING to post. Yeah you heard me, ANYTHING!!! Since I talk about my animals so often, and they are like my children I decided to post about what I feed my dogs.

There are so many dog foods out there, and most people know nothing about the ingredients of these foods. When the little woman and I got our Boxer puppy Bo we did lots of research on what dog food to feed him, and I found a great site called Dog Food Analysis, which includes good break down of the quality of ingredients, and an explanation why certain things are bad. Looking at a food like Hill's Science Diet Puppy Growth Small Bites you would think that it's a great quality food because that's what many vets sell, but I would disagree. The first ingredient in this food is Ground Whole Grain Corn, which might be good for tortilla chips, but I don't think dogs would be eating corn in the wild. According to Dog Food Analysis, "Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems." The next ingredient is a chicken by-product meal which is "meat", but this explanation given by Dog Food Analysis makes me wonder why we would want to feed this to our animals:

It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”


After filtering through all these awful food reviews I found a great brand of food called Blue Buffalo. A Wikipedia article on "The Blue Buffalo Company" gives some great info:

The Blue Buffalo Company is a maker of natural food for dogs....Blue Buffalo also referred to as "Blue" is a family owned company and was created as a result of the owners' Airedale, Blue, contracting cancer. A formula was developed with human grade ingredients such as real chicken, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and a blend of nutrients and antioxidants. Blue Buffalo uses ingredients such as whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley, rye, oatmeal, potato flour, tomato pomace, whole carrots, whole sweet potatoes, ground flaxseed, alfalfa, herring oil, sea salt, menhaden fish meal, and barley grass. The company does not use animal by-products, corn, wheat, or soy as do many other holistic or natural food manufacturers.


The little woman and I settled on Blue Buffalo Fish & Sweet Potato, which our dogs enjoy, and it helps reduce the noxious fumes doggy gas.

Let me know what you've chosen to post about for this weeks edition of Tasty Tuesday, and join us next week with a post about fruit.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Commited Tattoo

Last Sunday at work I was very bored when we ran out of things to do, so I was browsing the website for The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and I found this fantastic tattoo. Not only is this person insane devoted to the FSM, but they got a tattoo to prove it.



What's better then a tattoo of a Flying Spaghetti Monster you ask? Well it's a tattoo of a Flying Spaghetti Monster high-fiving Jesus riding a pink unicorn!





I have to thank Bobby Henderson for posting this, because it made me laugh.

Tasty Tuesday - Candy

Welcome to this weeks edition of Tasty Tuesday. Since Easter is fast approaching I thought that Candy would be a great topic for the week.

Long, long ago I was at the store with my friend Malynda and as we looked at the Easter Candy we wondered what that had to do with Jesus. After a short discussion we decided that chocolate must be "JESUS MAGIC", and from then on that's what we called it. The picture I provided is an example of Jesus Magic that I found at Wal-Mart and posted back in March 2009. So if you celebrate Easter or not don't forget to head to the store and buy some of that yummy candy on the seasonal isle. *drools thinking of Cadbury Mini Eggs*

Next weeks theme is Your Choice so join in and post anything food related.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekly Secret

Here is my weekly secret choice from Post Secret. This secret made me laugh because I have heard people at work talk about farting on multiple occasions at work. Since we work in a medical lab and there are the occasional poo specimens people blame their farts on the specimens. Tee hee hee. I WOULD NEVER DO THIS! *looks around all nervous*