Freshly squeezed

Published October 20, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

With that title I mean literally as in freshly squeezed juice.

When we moved into our apartment in Leiden we found out there was a Orange juicer.
I decided I could buy oranges cheaper than a carton of juice. Plus it is more fun.

We found out that if we squeezed 4 oranges would make 2 glasses of juice.

So here is our first attempt at juicing.

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Of course here is my helpful assistance Christopher.

Imagine this with 8 halves of oranges.

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We were impressed with how empty the halves were once squeezed.

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Here you go our finishes product. It was really tasty.

The start of chapter 2.

Published October 10, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes I got that from our taxi driver from Amsterdam airport.

We arrived on September 29th, this was 2 days prior to Chris starting work.
We had previously been told about October 3, which is basically a huge party over 2 days.

Wikipedia shows “The festival commemorates the anniversary of the 1573–1574 Siege of Leiden,during the Eighty Years’ War, when the Spanish Army attempted to capture the city”

Anyway more on that after.

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As you can see there are lots of geese hanging around.

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Needless to say this seriously confused us both. I thought it might mean something about a dog. And, it means Dog in the gutter. Again it leads to a WHAAATT?

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Yes we had very foggy mornings the first we were here.

Then we got the apartment keys.
Obviously I’m not putting pictures on here.

Any way the party started.

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We saw them putting a ferris wheel up near our house, we had been told about this.
We just didn’t know what to expect.

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As you can see the wheel went up quickly.

Then I got the chance on October 2 to go for a walk.

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Yes the haunted house will have been scary to kids.

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We decided we would go to listen to some music on the Friday night. It just so happened to be our favourite type of music, classic 70’s & 80’s rock.

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And no your eyes are not playing up on you their trousers are crazy. I’ve seen that type in clothes shops here.

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I think it goes to show how efficient the dutch are at street cleaning, on the Saturday, after the big party Friday, the streets were spotless. Wow.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Published September 18, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

I know this may bore some of you but I had a great day.
I went to Monterey as a vacation whilst Chris had a conference there, but I was recommended going to the aquarium for the day.
When I got my ticket at hotel I got the best offer ever. 2 days for the price of one for the aquarium.

This is the trolley that took me up the first day I went up.
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As you can see it is just like a San Francisco cable car.

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Obviously the front of the aquarium.

It was a fun day but I’m thinking my pictures say it all. :-)

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I’ll say that’s enough day one pictures.

Here’s day 2.

The queue was huge as you can see in not one but two pictures

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Luckily I had a pre-bought ticket so I skipped the line.

On the second day I was in time for penguin feeding time.

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After the ocean view I decided to walk back to town.

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I stopped for a little while and listened to some Native American music.

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I got back into Monterey centre and grabbed a cup of tea, I had searched all day the day before for one. Then I sat at the meeting area for my shuttle bus back to the hotel.

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Yes a British pub with a red phone box.
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Monterey – There and back again.

Published August 6, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

As some of you are aware we went to Monterey, Northern California last week. So this is why there was no blog post last week sorry.
Any way to me this was going to be a vacation and for Christopher a conference.

Any way here are some pictures from our journey there the whole 5 hours plus of it.

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As you can see masses of long straight road.

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And again lots of straight road but also lots of desert, which is all good.

 

 

 

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As you can see there was a lot of road and sand but it was all great.

IMAG2688Just so you call know this was our little but big car we had for the whole week.

After  4 days in Monterey we set of home and decided we would go via the Pacific Coast Highway as we thought it would be a great way to see more of the coast. Which with the following pictures you’ll see it was.

 

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But as you can see it was pretty foggy, what can you expect at 6:50am though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As you can see it soon cleared up slightly.

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We came off the road to find the waterfall at Pfeiffer Big Sur State park, but we couldn’t find it.

Any way we just carried on.

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As we went further south it realised it was getting slightly clearer but still foggy.

 

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As you can see here is an action shot from Christopher.

 

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This was on a way our first view of the beach.

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We were both impressed with this tunnel along the coast, so hence the photo.

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We got going further down the road and came across the following.

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It was more curiosity that got us both seeing lots of people at a viewing point and wondering “oooo what’s going on here” and the above  was what we found out.

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We could tell we were getting back to Southern California when the ocean got more blue.

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We actually noticed the journey home was steep, bendy, high-up & foggy.

 

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We thought it was a beautiful drive home, which took 7 hours.

Just to prove we did it together here are us.

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Complete with the ocean behind us.

 

My next blog post will about my day out at the Monterey Aquarium.

I know it’s more food but it’s Pulled Pork!!!

Published July 24, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes that’s right whilst the majority of you are thinking “Oh my god she’s obsessed with food” the response is no I just like sharing a good recipe. Sorry if you are vegetarian but unfortunately I have no good vegetarian recipes.

So let’s begin. Below is a picture with all 3 ingredients I use, yes I did say and no I’m not going mad.

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You can add onions for further tastes, but I’m making it simple.
I use roughly 1lb of pork tenderloin & 750ml of Dr Pepper.

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As you could see there was quite a lot of fat on the pork, so you must trim this off so it cooks better. You can still see a small amount of fat on there but when you cut this into sections for cooking you can trim this even more.

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As you can see I cut the meat into three and then slice them in half again, I find it cooks better.

I then pour the Dr Pepper into a pan and add the pork.

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You boil this for 2 hours. Yes it one of those dishes where you want to relax but nooo you always get up & check it.

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At the end of 2 hours you take it out of the Dr Pepper and place it in a bowl. Then I ask my wonderful assistant Christopher to shred the pork with 2 forks.

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The end result is like this ↘

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You can then add your sauce I always use barbecue as it feels & tastes right.

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You can serve this in anyway you want like in wraps or small bun/baps. We use both.

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This time as you can see we used small buns/baps & a bit of cheese.

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Thank you for paying attention to me for this.

Pasadena Chalk Festival

Published July 11, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

Each year Pasadena has a chalk festival we thought this year we would miss it. But, luckily with the extension of Christopher’s work contract we could actually go to it YIPPEE!!!!

Each year it is at the Paseo and the surrounding area.
We got the bus down to there as it was actually free.

Firstly we just started with a small look around and taking some pictures just so we had record of everything we saw.
Book it soon turned into ” wow look at that and that”. Needless to say our quick journey down turned into a couple of hours, but we still had to be home for the hockey.

Here are some of the pictures from that Saturday.

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This was the area where the event happened.

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Then throughout the event there was entrainment for kids…..

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And for adults.

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As I said we had to get home to watch the hockey so overall great day with art, entertainment and the Kings winning the Stanley Cup.

Go Kings Go!!!! Oh wait you already did & won the Stanley Cup!!!!

Published June 23, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes that right the Kings were victorious!!!
For all of you who don’t know what the Stanley Cup is read the following.
The Stanley Cup (French: La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals. Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named for Lord Stanley of Preston, then–Governor General of Canada, who awarded it to Canada’s top-ranking amateur ice hockey club, which the entire Stanley family supported, with the sons and daughters playing and promoting the game. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Oh my god neither Christopher or myself have ever been on the edges of our seats as during this.

Game one of the play offs in the west the Kings played the San Jose Sharks.
Unfortunately we lost the first 3 games needless to say I was upset then game 4 came about and WE WON!!!

Not just 1 game but the next 4 games which meant we were through to the next round against the Anaheim Ducks.
The first game came but ARRRGGGGHHH the channel on the cable had frozen and we couldn’t watch it. But yay!! We won!!!!! 3-2.
With this we won the first 2 games and this had the happy feeling was starting.
But then we lost the next 3 games, with that the panic set in.
The next game was full of worry if they were won we go out but if we win we’re still in with a chance. But woo hop we WON!!!
Then came the nail biter game 7. I was scared. But we WON 6-2.

The next round came again at the Chicago Blackhawks who were last year’s Stanley Cup champions, we so had to take them down.
Game 1 came and unfortunately we lost it :-(
But we won the next 3 games which brought the happy feeling back.
Unfortunately we then lost three next 2 games.
The 7th game came around, so it was fingers crossed and all of the other good luck mumbo jumbo. Then it all worked we WON!!!!! We were through to the Stanley Cup final. Oh my god that still gets me excited.
But through the 3 knockout rounds we always went to the 7th game, away from home and won. I think that says it all.

The Stanley Cup felt like it took so long to get here but no it wasn’t.

Anyway I’ll get back to the story.

The first game came and so the nerves started. However we WON!!
Game 2 & 3 we also won. We nearly had the cup.
But then game 4 happened and we lost :-(
Then game 5 came around I was shaking I was that nervous it got to the end of the 3rd period and it was all drawn 2-2. So the overtime (OT) starts. The first period of over time 20 minutes was nail biting enough that I thought if this carries on I’ll have bitten all the way to my elbows. After 20 minutes there was no more score than before.
2nd OT started my first thought was “wow you already played an hour how much longer can you go for”
The it came 15 minutes after the start of 2OT Alec Martinez scored we won the Stanley Cup!!!!
You can watch Martinez celebrate below its too cute.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H-KnXdCL0Ew

The team were very happy to say the least.

Derek Sutter the coach at the end of the game.

This is the team on the ice with cup.

Then on Monday June 16 there was a parade of the Kings and the Cup towards the Staples centre.

The lovely Christopher modeling our kings T-shirt it may look as though it was very quiet there but this was like 3 hours before it started.

There was roughly 300,000 people in downtown LA just to see the parade.

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A lot of us.

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This was the route of it.

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Of course the Goodyear blimp was there and Lots of us there.

Then the double decker buses started coming down the street.

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This is the ice crew.

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Can you spot us??

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Yep that’s us!!! We were so close.

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The kings after the celebrations.

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And at the Dodgers stadium.

Overall a great journey and celebration.

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