Kevin’s First Snowman

A little relaxing after shoveling and blowing snow! Perhaps not the most symmetrical snowman, but not too shabby for a first attempt.

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Jungle Island – Miami

Here are few photos from our trip to Jungle Island in Miami. It was my first time getting to play with kangaroos!

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Update

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A ton has changed since my last post. Steve Jobs died, the Olympics were hosted in London, and I bought a house :D. Stay tuned!

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Easter 2011

I just wanted to share this photo I snapped on Easter Sunday in Wisconsin.

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Animals Say The Darndest Things

My brother sent this too me. I found it too humorous not to share. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Pineapple

I bought a pineapple at the grocery store with the intention of eating it. ¬†However, I could not help but to play with my food ūüôā

Pineapple

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Many Thanks!

Grazie, Danke, Salamat Po, Merci, DŇćmo ArigatŇć, Gracias, Thank You!

Had it not been for all the prayers and support from all of my family and friends, I may not have made it as far as I have.  Yesterday, I was notified that my pharmacist license was issued by the Professional Licensing Agency of Indiana.  I am very excited, but must also thank all of the people that believed in me along the way.  Thank you all so very much!

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Flashlight Photography

I decided to experiment with taking pictures in the dark using a flashlight as the light source. I like the way this picture turned out, even if it is a bit sinister looking. What do you think?
Flashlight Photography

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My Cold-Blooded Roommate [Updated]

Upon moving into my new apartment, I found a ball python coiled next to my water heater. This took place today about 30 minutes ago (10:30pm EST). Enjoy this short clip! I’m happy to report that the maintenance man at the apartment complex has raised snakes and is going to provide this little guy with a new home.

UPDATE: The apartment complex was able to contact the previous resident, and indeed he had lost his pet python two weeks prior to moving out more than a month ago.  Arrangements have been made for the former resident to be reunited with his strayed serpent.

Holding my cold-blooded roommate

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Culinary Quest

I have very little experience in the cooking arena. ¬†A typical meal that I cook consists of pasta from a box with sauce from a jar. ¬†I have made a couple of “chicken helper” meals as well. ¬†Outside of that, cooking is a foreign concept to me.

Because today is Super Bowl Sunday, I wanted to have chili to keep in line with tradition.  After some time spent searching around the web for an easy chili recipe, I found just the one.  It had the fewest ingredients, people raved about how simple it was, and there was a general consensus that it tasted great.  I was sold.  Did you know that some chili recipes call for cocoa?

After a trip to the grocery store, I was ready to begin. ¬†Prior to today, I had never sliced an onion before or prepared any type of red meat. ¬†It turns out that the old phrase, “If you can read, you can cook,” is true. ¬†The chili was delicious, especially with the cornbread I made from a box. ¬†Here’s a photo of the end result:

Chili & Cornbread

For the sake of completeness, here is the recipe that I found at allrecipes.com:

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans

Directions:

  1. Combine ground beef, onion, and garlic in large stockpot. Cook and stir over medium heat until beef is brown. Drain.
  2. Stir in chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; break up tomatoes while stirring. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in beans. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes; stir occasionally.
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