I was having a really bad week at work this week and I desperately needed a laugh. Thought you guys might enjoy a couple of these too. Some I've seen over and over and they're just still so funny!
Friday night, Ryan and the guys wanted to show us just how great shrimping really is. Charley bought a fancy 1ft or 2ft green light and Pete bought a REALLY fancy 4ft light. Between the two of them, they said it would light up the water around the whole boat and make the shrimp super easy to see. We piled 6 of us onto Al's pontoon boat and headed out with the nets, lights and buckets to catch some shrimp.
We got out on the water around 8:30 but it doesn't get dark until at least 9 so we were just hanging out. The later it got the more focused we got - watching the water for any signs of movement, looking for those beady little shrimp eyes. We caught a few but they were far between and it was tough to be patient. There were a bunch of local rednecks on the shore who look like they probably come out every night and they weren't catching anything either so we figured it wasn't us. A little after midnight, we finally gave up and just took our couple dozen shrimp and a couple catfish home.
I was going to take some pics but our catch was pretty embarrassing so I didn't even take any pics of our whopping 8oz of shrimp we caught, LOL. The plan was to bring the shrimp we caught to my work's annual Crawfish Boil on Saturday (today), but like I said, we just didn't catch enough. We got to the park for the Crawfish Boil around noon and just hung out and ate for a few hours. It was fun as usual :) More to come soon!
I decided to do a little baking tonight so I picked out a recipe for a tasty peanut butter treat...for Willow! She was out of treats and I didn't feel like going to the store tomorrow, plus I hadn't made any treats in quite a while so I figured I'd whip some up real quick. I picked a simple peanut butter recipe (one of her favorites) that I already had the ingredients for. After I mixed up the dough, I really didn't feel like rolling it out to cut out circles so I decided to try and make them like peanut butter cookies. I rolled the balls and then used a fork to press it down.
You can see in the background it's basically just brown rice flour, oat flour, peanut butter, an egg and a little honey (and water for the main liquid). Doggy sure approved! After I gave her one, she followed me around the rest of the night and she kept sniffing/checking my hands to see if I was hiding any more from her, LOL.
This past weekend was fairly low-key for us - we cleaned our cars and did some chores and then Saturday night Ryan went shrimping with some friends. Apparently you just shine a light in the water, watch for them and net them up. They were out there for at least 4 or 5 hours but they came back with around 150 shrimp! And the shrimp they brought back were pretty darn big :) Here's a pic of Ryan cooking them up on the grill Sunday:
So, speaking of being patient and making sure you don’t screw up…I finally decided to make my design wall. I used the measuring tape to decide how big I wanted the design wall to be (36” x 72) and then decided which side of the molding I wanted on the outside versus the inside of the “frame”. I marked all my pieces and got out the saw and miter box to cut them. First I cut the 72” pieces, and I was careful to make sure I measured to the outer points and marked which way the cuts need to go. But then I went to cut the 36” pieces and I guess I got a little sloppy because I cut these pieces opposite of the long pieces, doh!!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t salvage the two short pieces and I didn’t have any extra molding so I had to go back to Home Depot to get one more piece. I marked the pieces again – more carefully this time, and cut the last two pieces. The most frustrating part is that it is exhausting for me to cut these pieces by hand in the miter box so I was upset I wasted all that energy on those three cuts, ugh. But at least I got the pieces cut correctly this time and then I just sanded down the edges a bit so they were nice and smooth. I think they fit together pretty decently.