I have had people ask me about the turtle releases and I said I would get the information. Of course, I had to procrastinate a little bit. But, now, here you go…To find out when the next turtle releases are and for more information about the turtle releases, call (361)949-7163. They have a recorded message telling you the next possible times and around how many clutches they are expecting to be released. Unfortunately, they do not all fall conveniently on my days off. They also said they are only having releases through July. Oh well. The recording also says you can find out information by going to www.nps.gov/pais. It is the National Park Service’s website for the Padre Island National Seashore. It has tons of good information. Also, the park rangers we spoke to were very helpful and able to answer all of our questions to our complete and total satisfaction.
Hurricane Melissa Wednesday, June 27, 2007
So, this is a much anticipated hurricane season for me. For the first time in my recollection, there might be a Hurricane Melissa. I am SO waiting and waiting and waiting. It is almost July and they haven’t even gotten to Chantal yet. What is wrong with those hurricane predicters? I don’t care if we get through the whole list, I just want them to get to “m” AND, it doesn’t even have to be a hurricane. I am happy with a tropical storm. I’m ready, I’m ready. I’m ready… Any day now. The tropics are amazingly void of any activity. Maybe July will be the “good” month. Something to make the Tropical Update on the Weather Channel worth watching. (Every hour at ten to the hour…) Okay, so, we need to blow through TEN names before they get to Melissa. Oops, no pun intended. I’m too funny. Get it? BLOW through ten names. Har har har hee hee hee snort
Fred’s Fideo Soup Saturday, June 23, 2007
This is Allen’s recipe for fideo soup. (fideo, pronounced: fi-de-o; amazingly just like it is written) We like it with a little bit of broth but, some people like it with less broth. If you like yours with less broth, simmer it longer before you add the noodles. If you can’t take flavor and spice, you may want to skip this recipe until you can. Allen is constantly changing this recipe up. So, as with all recipes, this is just a guideline for a great soup. It is a very forgiving recipe. So, if you don’t like something, add less of it. And, you can use regular lean ground beef but, the flavor isn’t affected by using turkey AND it is better for you. So, you might as well, right? Also, don’t think you can make this as a side dish. It will totally take over any other meal idea.
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
1 small jalapeno, chopped finely
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1 box fideo (vermicelli)
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 limes (one for garnish, one for juice)
2 tablespoons cumin powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 quarts chicken stock
In a large pot, cook ground turkey with a little bit of oil (about 2 tablespoons) until done. Then, add onions, bell peppers, jalapeno and garlic; simmer until onions are clear. Add canned tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, lime juice and ONE quart of chicken stock and simmer. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add vermicelli and brown lightly. Once vermicelli is lightly browned, add the other quart of chicken stock. Turn heat down to low and allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, add the vermicelli batch in with the meat and add the cilantro. Simmer until noodles are tender. Serve with lime wedges.
Last Tuesday was Zane’s tenth birthday. We told him ten was too old for birthday parties and then threw him a surprise party. Let’s see, his day started out like most days, he woke up. I had to go to work but, Allen, Zane and Jaxon went and ate breakfast, where Zane had FOUR tacos. Then, they went to the bookstore and Zane got to buy some books. Then, they went to the movies and watched Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer. THEN, they went and ate lunch. Then, they wanted to go swimming. And, we had planned this part. They went and got a hotel room at Embassy Suites where they have an indoor pool. And proceeded to swim the afternoon away. Everyone showed up and made it in the room without him being any wiser thanks to that swimming pool. Finally, we told him he had to come to the room. That is where everyone surprised him. He had a really great birthday this year. He said it was his best birthday ever. Here is him being surprised. For more pictures, go to Flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/midaswhale/. All the pictures are grouped together on the side for your viewing pleasure.
On Father’s Day, we woke up at the crack of dawn, literally, and arrived at the beach in time for the 7 a.m. turtle release. We had not been to one before. It was really interesting. They released about 153 baby Kemp Ridley sea turtles. It seemed like a lot. They had a net on poles to keep the birds away from the babies and a rope to keep the people away. All the people who helped out wore gloves so they wouldn’t contaminate the turtles. They said the amount of nests found increases every year. In Mexico, where the turtles are protected by the government also, they said so many turtles return every year to nest, they no longer gather the eggs but let them hatch on the beaches. I think that is awesome. I think there will be a time in the not to distant future when we will be able to go to the beach and see a turtle on the shore laying her eggs at almost every visit. Also, they said they have discovered that the temperature the eggs are kept at for incubation will effect what sex they are. However, they said they could not tell the sex of the released babies. So, I do not know how they figured all this out. Anyway, it was REALLY cool. Zane enjoyed it. I enjoyed it. Allen enjoyed it. And, Jaxon got to play in the sand. If you get the chance to do this, go. There were so many cool pictures from this experience that I could not list them all here. To see the rest of them, go to my NEW Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midaswhale/. The sea turtle pictures are all grouped together on the side for your viewing convienence.
This is a picture of the boys taken by Allen. They are sitting under the causeway bridge waiting for me to come pick them up after they got seasick on a rough fishing trek. They were happy to be back on solid ground. No, they didn’t catch anything. Well, except for a little bit of sun.
In case you didn’t notice… Thursday, June 14, 2007
I added a couple blogs I ran into that I thought some of you might be interested in. Go and check them out. The one is strange maps and stuff associated with maps. The other one, paleo-future, I saw on the strange maps site, it is about stuff they said the future was going to be like but isn’t. I think. I have only browsed a little bit.