When I was growing up, we had a one-eyed shih tzu named Punkin. She would go NUTS during thunderstorms. If one hit during the day, she would immediately go bury herself in the litterbox to the point where her entire face was caked in litter. At night, she would shake like a leaf and try to climb up to the highest point in my parents bed- apparently on top of my dad’s head. The best instance was when one particularly loud clap of thunder hit and she proceeded to pee all over dad’s head. We loved that story… apparently too much, though, because now karma has decided to bite me in the ass.
This morning around 6:30 we had a big thunderstorm roll through Dallas. It lasted until 11. Chloe started barking at about 6:31 and didn’t stop until I left for class three and a half hours later. Brian moved her from our bed into the living room and set up the baby gate, but she continued to bark even more frantically and then tried to pull down the gate. I threw in earplugs and could STILL hear her. Awesome. Oh, and somehow in the middle of all this she peed in the dining room.
Needless to say, I needed a calming breakfast. There was half a can of pumpkin left in the fridge and we were out of bananas, so pumpkin oats it was.
The best part about the pumpkin is that it really pumps up the oats (volume and FILLING) without adding a bunch of calories. I added it at the end of cooking, along with vanilla and cinnamon. For toppings: sliced strawberries, blackberries, honey, sliced almonds and a few PB Puffins.
In class we made crepes and soft caramels. The crepes were topped with a Suzette sauce, though they’re not technically Crepes Suzette.
Crepes are surprisingly fun to make. It took a little practice to get the heat just right, but we got on a roll pretty quickly. The caramels were still too soft to cut by the time we left, so I’ll have photos of those tomorrow.
A little excitement on the train ride home today. We were cruising along between Mockingbird and White Rock Station when the conductor SLAMMED on the brakes. Apparently a tree had fallen on the tracks. We ended up having to reverse direction, wait a looong time, switch tracks, and then eventually made our way to White Rock. Thank goodness I brought a book.
For lunch: veggie wrap (hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, red peppers and dijon on Ezekiel tortilla) with leftover beans ‘n’ kale and couscous salad.
The rest of the afternoon was spent catching up on some school work. The semester ends in a couple of weeks and I have a LOT to finish. Oh, procrastination.
We met Joy for dinner at the newly re-opened La Calle Doce in Lakewood. This place burned about a year ago, and they just recently reopened. This place is such a favorite and we desperately missed it! The only other location is in Oak Cliff, and that’s kind of a trek for us.
I had the Coctel de Camarones:
And a cup of the Sopa de Pescado (with lots of lime, just how I like it!):
Hope everyone had a happy Monday. We’re looking at more storms tonight, so wish us luck…
Do you have any weird/funny pet stories?