Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Shamrock Shakes

We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End last night. It was fun - we didn't find it hard to follow at all. Keira is adorable and has such clean, straight teeth when her face is 20 feet high. They could have stopped the rain at the end after 10 minutes though.

On the way there, we had stopped at McDoanld's for supper. Usually I get a Jr Chicken and/or Double Cheeseburger plus strawberry sundae but this time, instead of the sundae, I ordered the Shrek Minty Mudbath. It was similar to a Shamrock Shake but it also had chocolate mixed in.

We were out and about this Easter Saturday and remembered the Shamrock Shakes. The McDonald's at the Walmart didn’t do shakes but we had enough of the taste for it then that we hit a drive through on the way home and asked if they had any. The clerk had no idea what we were talking about but said she could check with her manager. We found it odd that a generation has grown up with no memories of the green minty goodness that was the Shamrock Shake. Luckily, with the internet, I was able to come across others who remembered it.

For more info about Shamrock Shakes including an online petition see:

For another link with some of the old commercials, see:

After a week, the craving had built to the point where I searched out the recipe online, picked up the ingredients, and made some up for the kids. They were quite impressed.

In case I've sparked a craving, I'll save you the search.

Shamrock Shakes
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 cups 2% low-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon mint extract (I could only find mint/peppermint extract)
8 drops green food coloring (I had to use more like 20 drops to get a rich green color)

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. (The ice cream was soft and I didn't want to mess up the blender, so I just used a whisk and a bowl).
2. Pour into 2 12-ounce cups and serve each with a straw. Enjoy.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

It always rains on composter day

Raining again today. We picked up another Earth Machine. Every year, around this time, the city cuts a deal with the company to sell them for $25 - supposedly they have an otherwise retail value of $85 - not that I've ever seen them on sale any other time. We had bought one about 5 years ago - after we had moved here from our old place. There we had two wooden boxes - one for leaves and one for compost. The one for leaves is holding up well but the other wooden composter is going to be replaced by the new plastic one. We also picked up an aerator and a kitchen pail. I was turning them sporadically before with an old pitchfork but, now that we have two, figured we splurge for the aerator.

Friday I had gotten a Reaper of Souls in the mail. I had bought one before from ebay - but the seller flaked. Now the only unique left from the first set that I am missing is the Avatar of Cthulhu.

I had taken the car in on Thursday to get the muffler fixed. It needed the tailpipe and the exhaust pipe as well. A little over $300 when all done but that's one less problem with it now. I had finished reading the Survivor book by Mark Burnett - we've followed each season since the beginning so it was kind of neat to hear some of the back story. It was a quick read but could have used a few labels on some of the pictures as it has been a while and not all the Survivors were familiar.

I also finished the Planet Simpson book as well. It was interesting but not nearly as quick a read. We took them back to the library. I had to drop them through the slot as our library had moved to summer hours - where they are no longer open on Saturdays as well as being closed on Sundays.

Yesterday I was able to put a good couple of hours work on the room. I didn't get nearly as deep as I had hoped for my break, but was able to sift a few things around and clear up significant portion of the working area. Today, I'm going to try and get into the closet (filled with model kits) and see if I can sort then down a bit better.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007


The kids and I had a doctor's appointment yesterday - nothing special, just an ordinary check up. We're all doing basically well.

The surprise for me was that my weight has gone up to 247 lbs in the last few months. I know I was about 230 sometime after Christmas. Now, I'm just shy of 6'2", so it doesn't look as heavy on me as it might, but it's certainly there around the middle. It's definately something I'm going to have to work steadily at to bring back down to a more manageable level.

In high school, I was a constant 150 for several years thanks mainly to being relatively active and somewhat hyperthyroidial. This was also my formative years for my eating habits, unfortunately. After having radiaoactive iodine treatments for my thyroid, my weight rocked back and forth between 150 and 200 before settling in at a solid 180.

After a few years of marriage, I wanted to se if I could get up to 200 pounds. So, with a little increase in portion size I was able to get over 200 - up to 220 in fact. I've been between 220 and 230 for a couple of years now, and was thinking about trying to work it down to 200 or so. The 247 was a bit of a shock though.

I had already picked up a skipping rope a few weeks ago and have started trying to get the coordination for that up but the near constant raining this week has put a bit of a damper on some of my plans. I'll definately have to see about doing some more serious walking like I used to back in the day.

I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


I was off Thursday as I had worked the previous Saturday - my job's like that. I'm off this week, so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to get in here.

I've already crossed off two chores from my list for holidays. I finished turning over the garden for the wife, and I finished getting the pool ready. When we moved into the house a few years ago, there was a 16'x30' aboveground pool in the back yard. It was old when we moved in - I had to patch it every year. Last year it finally gave up. I had to dig it out (that was a fun couple of weeks) and we put in an inflatable 18' round pool. We've been filling it for the year and I finally finished hooking up the filter again. Now we just need the weather to warm up again.

We popped into Keycon this afternoon. Keycon is the local Science Fiction convention. I'll muse more about it at a later date. We saw JP and Jamie, as well as the Barnsons. We also ran into a few old faces. We didn't get memberships again this year but the dealer's room is open to all. We narrowly avoided picking up some games, but picked up some books.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

ebay goodness

My second day and I'm still at this. Last night I got two packages from ebay - Heroclix maps and Horrorclix LEs.

I got the Heroclix maps for The Junkyard (Collateral Damage) and The Lab (Armor Wars). I've been into Heroclix from the beginning and was even a Judge for a while but, due to time, dropped out for a while around the time of Ultimates/Mutant Mayhem. I'm slowly trying to fill in the gaps in my collection. I now have all the maps except the 2007 Convention map.

I got into Horrorclix from the start - it's actually got me back into Heroclix. I don't have anyone to play it with yet but remain hopefull. Plus, it's getting me back into making terrain. I'm missing the LEs from the first set but now have the LEs from the Lab. I need 17 REVs and 2 Unique (1 on way) from the 1st set and 42 REVs and 8 Uniques from the Lab.

From Heroclix, I have completed the sets for Xplosion and Cosmic Justice. I'm close on Infinity Challenge (5+0), Hypertime (1+1), Clobbering Time (1+2), Indy (2(+6)+4), Critical Mass (1+1), and Unleashed (2+1). I'm finishing my Icons (25+0) and Supernova (28+5) sets and filling in Ultimates (74+10) and Mutant Mayhem (61+13) sets. I dont't have much in the way for Legacy, Fantastic Forces, Armor Wars, Collateral Damage, Sinister, or Origin.

I have a few more packages en route. I'll let you know how I'm doing from time to time.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Time and space

If only I had more of each.

A few of my friends have had blogs for a while now, but I've always put it off. Like most people on here, I feel that I'm quite clever and this should provide a medium to express what I'm up to lately. Also, I'm hoping that by putting some of my goals out there, I'll be a bit more accountable and able to track some achievements in my hobbies - of which there are many.

I work with internet access and am often in early due to logistics. Normally I surf the web. This should help to keep me off ebay, a bit.

I'm hoping to be able to post a few times a week. If I can post between 2-3 times weekly, I'll be ahead of the SlackerBlog Web Ring - as JP called some of the others.