It’s a Zoo Over Here!

So many animals! As of yesterday, my brother and sister-in-law are in charge of 4 pets! Granted one is a bit more needy than the other three:

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Since I’ll be gone for almost four weeks, and security at airports isn’t exactly gold fish and hermit crab friendly, my brother and sister-in-law agreed to take them in over the holidays. Neville has already stayed with them before, but this will be Padfoot and Prongs’ first time!

Also, I’d like to note that Padfoot and Prongs are mearly their formal names. I actually refer to them as Big Dude and Little Dude. It works.

So I cleaned up their cage, packed up their stuff, and also grabbed the rest of my dad’s gluten free cookies since I couldn’t finish them off before my trip (Okay, not couldn’t, but knew I shouldn’t eat 2 dozen cookies in 3 days…).

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I also cleaned Neville’s bowl, he was very happy about it. He’d been a little neglected over the past two weeks.

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And here is ALL of their stuff! Neville is a light packer, but the crabs, despite how low maintenance they are, had a bunch of stuff in their bag. Not all necessary, but you never know.

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They weren’t exactly pleased with me taking them out of their closet and removing them from the cage… Here’s them after I cleaned out the cage and put them back in, hiding under the coconut. Haha sometimes I wish I could just go chill out in a coconut. Or with a drink in a coconut… Either way.

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What I found very interesting though, is how they reacted when I brought them to my brother and sister-in-law’s apartment. Whenever I get anywhere near them, they always hide in their shells. Well when I arrived at their apartment, they went CRAZY!

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They were climbing all over the place and having a ball! Honestly, I think they just don’t like me. Or perhaps they were very excited to meet Molly. I did tell Molly that she would not be able to play with them…

Want to know another exciting thing that happened yesterday? Packing! Haha thrilling, I know.

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I’m actually quite the packer. I lay everything out beforehand and then systematically put it into my bag, with small things in the middle and big things to cushion on the outside.

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And one more exciting thing: I got my computer back!!!!

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I was so happy when I got the call because I was worried my brother would have to bring it when he came to Kansas City for Christmas, or even worse: it wouldn’t even get back before then and I’d be without it for four more weeks!

But it’s all good. It’s back, although now it’s basically a completely new computer. I have to re-load all my programs and it’s totally empty. But that’s fine with me! Especially since it can actually stream video fast enough so that I can catch up on this season’s Biggest Loser! Score. What a great way to start the break! haha.

 

How are your packing skills?

How many pets do you have?

The Silver Lining

So. About my computer. It died.

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Oh, and the best part? I’m a genius and hadn’t backed up anything for almost a year. In other words, I lost all my photos (thank goodness for Facebook) and all of my school notes and outlines. With finals starting next week, you can imagine the panic attack that ensued.

I literally almost threw up in Best Buy.

Then I cried on the sidewalk.

Then I went into fix-it mode.

Whenever a problem arises that stresses me out, my immediate reaction is to fix it. I cannot calm down until I have done everything I can possibly do to make it better. So I sucked it up and started calling/texting/e-mailing people from each of my classes to get notes. Who would actually give me their notes from the ENTIRE SEMESTER? That’s a lot to hand over to someone else.

But you know what?

They did it.

Then I almost started crying again. I got an outpouring of support from my classmates, and people I didn’t even contact sending me things to help. It’s in the moments where we think the whole world is crashing down around us, that we see how much good there is in those around us. I realize this isn’t a life-changing traumatic situation, but without these notes I could potentially fail some classes, which to me would be highly traumatic. Dealing with situations like these just reminds me that people are inherently good, and that I have so much more support than I could have ever imagined.

So while I’m pulling myself back together today and starting over on all my outlines, I want to share a gift with you!

I teased you with it yesterday, but here you go: Holiday-Themed Protein Cupcakes.

Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cupcake

Ingredients

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (21g)

1 T flour (I use garbanzo bean flour or Bob’s Red Mill GF Baking Flour)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 packet Truvia

1 T applesauce

1 – 1 and 1/2 T milk (may need to add more)

1 mashed up mini candy cane (yielded around 1/2 to 1 tsp pieces, can use more)

Directions

Mix together dry ingredients and candy cane pieces. Then add wet ingredients. Mix together and scrape sides of bowl so it’s all down at the bottom. (I use a 1 cup size microwavable bowl). Then microwave for approximately 35 seconds. May need to put back in for 5-10 sec intervals depending on your microwave and how cooked/uncooked you like it.

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I was actually surprised on how well the peppermint taste came out! This would also be good without the cocoa powder, and I’d also like to try it with a little peppermint extract, I just don’t have any at the moment!

 

Cranberry Protein Cupcake

Ingredients

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (21g)

1 T flour (I use garbanzo bean flour or Bob’s Red Mill GF Baking Flour)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 packet Truvia

1 T applesauce

1 – 1 and 1/2 T milk (may need to add more)

1 T cranberry sauce

Directions

Mix together dry ingredients, and then add in wet. Mix all together and scrape sides of bowl so it’s all down at the bottom. (I use a 1 cup size microwavable bowl). Then microwave for approximately 35 seconds. May need to put back in for 5-10 sec intervals depending on your microwave and how cooked/uncooked you like it.

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I know it looks like it’s chocolate, but that’s just the color that the cranberry made it come out! I’m also considering putting the cranberry sauce on the bottom of the bowl, and then topping it with the rest of the mix… Either way, this was a delicious way to use my “leftover” cranberry sauce! And yes, I realize it looks exactly like the peppermint one… I promise I took two pictures! Haha.

 

Any other holiday flavor ideas? I have several in the works…

Have you ever been surprised by support you get from people?

Note To Readers: GO BACK UP YOUR HARD DRIVES. RIGHT NOW. You never know when a hungry beast will knock over water onto your computer. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.