Friday, December 12, 2014

Yoo 642 - Thanksgiving Camping Trip

We went camping at Seminole Canyon State Park for Thanksgiving. It was a successful experiment. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. My first Dutch-oven turkey was lemony, but palatable. The park had Wi-Fi so I could still shop the Amazon Black Friday deals. And Roscoe didn't even go crazy the whole time.

Afternoon nap, waiting for the turkey.

This pizza with Brie, chicken sausage, apples, and caramelized onions was another successful experiment. We also tried a Canadian bacon and pineapple upside-down cake for breakfast that was great. I would link to the awesome blog I stole all of the recipes from but the router I'm on has it blocked...

Tongs of Fire!

Sunset over the Rio Grande! Hi Mexico.

The first night was a little chilly and we were thankful to have our mini-furnace curled up next to us. The other nights not so much. Also, I tested out my new sleeping bag and am a FAN. Though it needs to prove itself in temperatures south of freezing.

Thanksgiving camping trip. This should become a tradition.

Have a great day :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yoo 641 - Fish-Eye Christmas Party

I got a fish-eye lens yesterday and am so excited to play with it. The thing is making me giddy right now. Think of the possibilities of my dog pictures NOW! As soon as I can train Roscoe to not lick the lens or turn his head away from the camera. I'm being ridiculous but also serious.

It's so fun. Also I have a lot to learn with this lens.

Also also, Greg's Christmas party was last night and, having just opened my new lens, I had to test it out.

And now you're thining, "Well that's the best money you've ever spent Teagan".

And yes it is.

But the real point I'm trying to make here is that steak on the plate a few pictures back. I was saving that steak for Greg's lunch today and also a portion for pups. BUT THE WAITER STOLE IT FROM ME. Without even asking.

Other than that it was a fun Christmas party and Greg works for some pretty great people.

Ok, back to life.

Have a great day :-)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Yoo 640 - A Lot of Roscoe Pictures

It's been foggy all day. Though I'm not complaining because I like working more when I look out the window and decide that I'd rather not be outside. Plus the fog is making it feel warmer. I'm currently sitting in bed. Greg is watching Frozen next to me. Roscoe is curled up at our feet. And this post is all about him.

I thought there would be a honeymoon period when we adopted Roscoe. And I thought I'd eventually come down from the DOGS ARE THE BEST THINGS EVER ESPECIALLY THIS ONE high. But he's three years old now and we've had him for half of his life and it's only gotten worse. It is really ridiculous how much we like our dog, and I make fun of us constantly for it, but I still feel like I'm going to explode when he puts his face on my lap or runs around with his tongue flopping sideways out of his mouth.

I keep typing trying to come up with a decent segue into the photos below, but I'm coming up short.

So here.

Roscoe was helping me fold laundry and I thought it was cute so I took a picture.

Shortly thereafter, Roscoe was laying funny on the couch. So I took seven pictures.

Fair warning...the next one is more PG-13. There is a strategically-placed tail.

In the next two shots, please notice the subtle difference in focus. I'm an artist.

Grin like a cheeseball.

THEN, Roscoe was getting his ears cleaned out, and that got documented as well.

And that's 99% of my camera roll most of the time.

Have a great day :-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yoo 639 - Lost Maples

Pictures from our obligatory fall hike at Lost Maples! The rest of Texas is brown slash brown-green. But Lost Maples has a few pockets of color! It was a beautiful, slightly chilly day full of conversation and reminding Roscoe to heel. Just kidding! Roscoe has no idea what heel means. Like every other hike and moment of his life spent outside, he was racing. But he's still the best dog on the planet.

There were lots of favorite parts of the hike (like every time we stopped and ate some chocolate caramel trail mix), but I was really impressed with a family I saw doing the entire West Loop. They were a young couple with three young kids. One had some kind of disability that hindered walking. The mom and dad would trade-off giving him a piggy-back ride and pushing him in his wheelchair. Yes. Wheelchair! That was the impressive part. This is by no means a handicap-accessible hike. It's rocky, rocky, rocky and all sorts of uneven. Completely untamed. And the wheelchair was just a normal wheelchair. Yet they were carting that thing around and the whole family was happy and having fun. We passed them a few times as we were looping around various trails and I was all sorts of inspired by them.

I can't think of an activity I love more than a good hike with Greg and pups. Probably flying in a fighter jet but I can't say for certain. YET...

The day ended with hamburgers and turning pumpkins into pies. Four pumpkins. Well, three and a half. Roscoe had killed part of one and that was discarded. But the edible parts of those pumpkins came together in what has to be my best pie to-date. And I'll totally own the fact that it only lasted three days. That actually took a lot of self-control.

Pumpkin pie and fall hiking (and Roscoe, always) for president!

Have a great day :-)