The Best Butter EVER!

I like to call it Arachis hypogaea butter…… OK, I lied. I call it the same as everyone: peanut butter.

I looooOooooOOooOoooooooOooove peanut butter!!! I will eat it with just about anything. In candy, in ice cream, on ice cream, on any type of bagel, on toast, on a cookie, in a cookie, in a pie, microwave a peanut butter and jelly burrito, ants on a log, almost every type of soup will taste better with a piece of bread with peanut butter on it, don’t forget to put it in your fruit salad or at least to dip your apples and bananas in it, on bread with banana, on bread with honey, on bread with Nutella, or just eat it straight off the spoon!!

"Please sir, I want some more"... bet you didn't know that Oliver was really asking for more peanut butter!

I’m averaging about one (18 oz) jar every 5 days right now! Its crazy but I just love the way it tastes. =P

So here are a few fun facts taken from the National Peanut Board, with my comments added in green. Check out their web page for more fun/interesting facts that you will probably never need to know! :)

  • There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. Well that will do for me for a few weeks…. what is everyone else going to eat?
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school. My peanut butter addiction didn’t really develop till college, so ya, I guess I would believe that.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. Hummmm, And I like the Sam’s Club sized ones……
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts. The other 10% must be sugar :(
  • Americans consume on average over 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year…. I think everyone else in the America have the 1 billion, and I bump it up with the last 0.5 billion haha :D
  • Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut… but then, it isn’t a nut, it’s a legume (a bean). Check it out.
  • April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. There are a lot more holidays involving peanut butter, so check out that web page.
  • Sixty percent of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy. I agree. I like crunchy, but creamy is what I crave.

Wasn’t that fun? OK, see you later. If you need me, I’ll be in my peanut butter anonymous group, but if there is something crazy that you do with your peanut butter, PLEASE share!

Digger

Gold digger, grave digger, I even know a dog named Digger… but in this case I am talking about my turtle.

I named my snapping turtle after a character on the  T.V. sci-fi movie S.S Doomtrooper (2006), Sergeant Digger (played by Harry Van Gorkum). [This should be a picture of the character.] Sergeant Digger was a bomb specialist. I don’t remember what country he was from, but he was by far the best character in the movie. (The movie as a whole was one of those “it’s so bad it’s good” movies, as I recall.)

I have probably had Digger for about 6 years now, and he is not the same cute fellow that I found him as. When I found him, his shell was still soft, and he could barely mange to eat a small piece of hotdog. I don’t know if I still have a picture of Digger when we first found him (I think we would have taken pictures, cuz he was so cute, but they aren’t on my computer). So this is a picture of Junior, whom I found earlier this summer while mowing, and who is about the same size as Digger was:

This is not Digger, but he was about this size when I found him

Six years later, Digger is now eating feeder fish by the dozen. I finally had to let him go, because we didn’t have a big enough fish tank for him:

Digger when I let him go

“There isn’t a problem in the world that can’t be solved with the proper application of explosives.”

~Sergeant Digger

Sorry if the quote is wrong. I’m sure it was something like that ;)

New Coat of Paint

Sorrrry! I meant to start posting again right after finals were over, but I failed :(

I have good excuses though. :D Want to hear them??

Excuses:

  1. I had to get a whole bunch of paperwork done before U of I Registration Day.
  2. U of I Registration Day took up… well… the whole day.
  3. I had some paperwork to do after Registration Day (including re-signing up for one class and signing up for a new class that I ended up dropping two days later, cuz I decided I didn’t need 17 hours my first semester at U of I).
  4. Going over to Galesburg to see my best friend graduate from her college (Knox), which is only about a 3 hour drive… but I was up there for almost a week, hanging out with her and then helping her move back home after graduation.
  5. When we got back, we had to turn around and get her ready to go to Europe for three weeks. (Her graduation gift to herself. Where does she find the money for it?… I don’t know!)
  6. And finally, I have been repainting the dining room.

I forgot to take any pictures that were just of the dining room before I got started, but it was all white, no curtains but a LOT of bookshelves. (We like books…. and have a LOT of them!!)

What I did to the place:

I would hate to break with tradition, so I picked out a color that Mom, and a few other family members, did not particularly like. :) It was a bright, lime-ish yellow-green. (Looks a bit like the color in a key lime pie, now that I think of it :)

the cats like to keep a close eye on me

or was that a closed eye??

So there are my younger brother’s and sister’s cats, sleeping right in the way of where I was trying to paint. Their other favorite spot to sleep is on top of all the furniture that we put in the middle of the room — or, for grey kitty, under all the furniture that we put in the middle of the room (because the other kitties like to attack her, and she feels safer underneath something).

I’ve been working on this room for just over a week now. First day was just moving the many, many bookshelves into other rooms or into the middle of the room. Then I started the painting, and if there is one thing that I would suggest after painting 6 rooms, it would be: BUY THE THICKER BLUE TAPE!! It comes in SOOO handy! I know that the tradition is to get the blue tape that is like one-inch thick, but I am telling you, go with the two-inch-thick stuff! It will save you time because you don’t have to be careful that you’re not going to go past the tape! I still put two layers of it around the floor and ceiling, just because the roller has a mind of its own and likes to bounce off the wall, over the trim, and onto the ceiling.

My other suggestion would be to buy the foam roller replacements. They are cheap, so you can throw them away, but they hold a lot of paint and put it on in an even coat, even on textured walls. (Though our walls are so bumpy that it is hard to get any roller to cover all of it :(

It looks like it will be a few more days before it’s done, but I will post the final pictures soon.

Hi!

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!

It’s finals week for me (for the next two weeks really), one last hill before I can go to U of I! More posts will be coming soon… as soon as I’m on summer break ;)

21 Things I Did When I Turned 21

I turned 21 last Tuesday, and the celebration lasted about a week… or at least, everyone wished me a happy birthday on Tuesday, and on Friday I celebrated with my family, so I was celebrating all week, even if no one else was. ^_^

So here is a list  of 21 things that I did during the week, starting on Tuesday and going, more or less, in chronological order. Some of them aren’t really that exciting… but others were funny, to me, at least.

Tuesday

1. Woke up Tuesday morning with a big smile on my face because it was finally warm enough to leave my window open all night. (I love waking up to fresh air!!)

Sweet Peas are the April flower :)

2. Went to school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. No, I didn’t skip Thursday. I am just lucky enough not to have class on that day this semester.

3. Had a great time with my friends at school. On Tuesday, one of my friends (we’ll call him Bob) sat down in the chair next to me in the cafeteria with a McD’s bag. Bob pulled out his fries, and I tried reaching for one, but he pulled it out of my reach and said, “No, my fries!”

And the other two friends at the table (one of which was my younger brother) were like, “Hey, it’s her birthday!”

“Really?” Bob said, sounding skeptical, and everyone said together, “YES!”

So Bob, feeling bad, reached back into his McD’s bag and brought out one of the fries that always fall out of the cardboard container, and he handed it to me with a “Here you go.” Then Bob pulled out three McChicken sandwiches and asked if anyone wanted one, and my brother immediately grabbed at it… and I was left eating my fry… hahaha. I really enjoy my friends!!

4. After lunch, I had a chem lab. We were doing titration, and we had a base that we were slowly dripping into an acid until the indicator changed colors. The base we were adding was NaOH, and, as our lab manual pointed out, “concentrated NaOH solution is extremely corrosive and will cause severe skin removal!” So I was using a buret and dropping this unknown concentration of NaOH into the acid (we knew the concentration of the acid and were testing the base).

Anyway, I was working with the dropper, being very careful to not let more than a drop of NaOH go into the acid at a time…. and all the sudden, the dropper comes off, and the NaOH that was in the buret dumped all over my hands and into the acid! Everyone at my table kind of gasped and froze for a bit, then as I start to turn on the sink, I get a couple, “Are you OK?”s.

Don’t worry! I was fine! We cleaned up, and I changed the dropper out for a different tip… I restarted the experiment…. and did it AGAIN!!

What are the odds that, on the day that I turn 21, I dump NaOH on myself TWICE!!! Luckily for me, the concentration (when we finally got to the end of the experiment) was only 0.1552 M (very weak), and my hands were in no way hurt… though the skin did feel a little dry after washing my hands so many times, LOL.

titration

5. On the way home, I rocked out to 2PM on Main Street during rush hour. \m/>.<\m/

6. I got home, and after a very delicious supper, I made everyone a bowl of ice cream, so we had something to celebrate with on the actual day.

birthday ice cream

7. After dinner, I watched Tangled with some of my family. I really liked that movie. I wasn’t expecting much the first time I saw it, but after a slightly long setup, it is a very good movie.

8. I got a call from my bestest friend halfway through the movie, and so I had to make everyone wait while we talked for a bit. She now lives a good two and a half hours away at her college, so we don’t get to see each other very often, :( , so when we talk, we tend to talk for a while… Don’t worry, though, I didn’t make da fam wait too long… and I called my friend back later… while she was watching a movie. :)

9. Final thing for Tuesday: I read Ruth before going to bed… not for any particular reason, that was just where I was in my reading plan.

Wednesday

10. Had to get up early for physics lab Wednesday.

11. After lunch, I was working on homework in the cafeteria at the same table as a group of friends (yes, I was actually getting work done), and one of them got up to go to class. I saw that he was carrying a Subway bag, so I said: “Hey, I could take that off your hands.” So he handed it to me, warned me that he had eaten off the end so I might want to tear that off, and then he walked off. I’ve never had a free six-inch before!! :D

12. My brother came over to our table about ten minutes after everyone left and was really upset that I got the “huge sandwich,” even though he had gotten the McD’s sandwich the day before!!

13. Wednesday night, some of the fam watched A Beautiful Mind with me. I had game theory earlier this semester in econ class, so John Nash’s name had come up, as had the movie. I hadn’t seen the movie before, so we got it from the library. It was really good!

14. I also started writing this post Wednesday night, because I knew I would never keep it all straight if I didn’t.

Thursday

15. Thursday, this semester, I don’t have any classes, so I did homework.

16. Played some online games. I’m not a big gamer, but now and then I like to get away from reality… and homework.

17. Driving home from art class (not a college course, but just something I enjoy), I had to stop for six deer to cross the street. This isn’t anything new around my house, but it was the first for this year.

Friday

18. Friday, I got up for school in time to make a nice sandwich for myself :) …… and my brother…. :\

19. Was informed by a friend that he would pay me $4 for a foot-long of the sandwiches that I made.

20. Had homework in two of my classes, but couldn’t find the right link for one of the classes (all the homework for that class is online). So I got to class and was informed by another student that it was on a very small link because the other link wasn’t working. So I had to do that really quickly after class. The assignment was tracking the tour of a band or comedy show or something…. that was it… just had to track their stops… oh well, it was easy…

21. Left from school to pick up my older sister, went to a Vietnamese restaurant for my birthday dinner with the family, and then went home for pound cake with fruit and a nice cold drink of… sparkling grape juice… :)

DINNER :D

It was a wonderful week and I really enjoyed it!

Though drinking is traditional on a 21st birthday, I didn’t miss not doing it. I have nothing against drinking, but I also don’t see any great benefit from it. It’s bad for your liver and for your skin, but to each his own… as long as he doesn’t get drunk!