Sunday, January 18, 2009

A year, a bird, and almondella

I'm not sure why the date sticks out in my mind, but on January 18th last year I was loading up my belongings into a moving truck I'd rented space on to send it back here to Texas. Wow - I sure don't miss moving in snow!

I can't believe I've been in Austin for nearly a year! It has flown by. And as anxious as I am to get my "life" in Dallas started, I realize that the next year is going to fly by just as fast as the last one.

On a recent trip to Bullard, my parents and I had gone into Petsmart for something - and we picked up some food for my bird. It is identical to the food she had last time ... but somehow the little pieces are a bit smaller. Apparently this is a problem - because my formerly mess-less sweetheart is dropping tiny biscuits EVERYwhere.

We also have had a bit of a cage malfunction as a result of my doing Tae Bo. I accidently whacked the cage in the midst of flinging myself about the living room of my apartment, and now one of the seed-catcher things on the side is a little wonky.

She has to be the sweetest little thing though - she was surprised and a little upset that I was hitting her, but it hasn't changed her opinion of me. I was clucking my tongue at her the other day, forgetting that she dances to snappy sounds like that and can't seem to stop even if she wants to. Suddenly she put her little foot over my mouth like "Stop it! I don't want to dance anymore!" Ha ha! The cold weather has made her rather cuddly too. Sometimes I'll put on my big sweatshirt and let her sit with me while I read or watch TV, and she likes to climb into the little pocket on the front to hang out. Too cute!

Today I had a rather disappointing culinary experiment. I tried to make "NOTella" ... a healthy version of Nutella. While it isn't disgusting, and it is chocolatey ... it is nothing like Nutella. Part of the problem is that I used almonds instead of hazelnuts. Apparently hazelnuts only exist at Christmas. They had bins and bins of them less than a month ago! I'm not sure where they all went, but I couldn't find a single hazlenut at my wal Mart. I probably should have tried HEB.

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