My Life as a Dog

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Fresh Ginger

This year Mom gave me the assignment to bring cranberries to Thanksgiving dinner. Being me I had to find some interesting recipes to use. I solicited my Facebook friends for their favorites. I should have know that my gourmet cook and friend, Lisa, would have lots of ideas. While this is not one that she had actually made before she and I thought it sounded very interesting. I haven't sampled it too much yet. It in the fridge cooling a bit. The verdict will be in tomorrow as to how tasty it is or not. But in case it is tasty, here is the recipe.

Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Fresh Ginger

Makes about 2 1/4 cups

The cooking time in this recipe is intended for fresh berries. If you've got frozen cranberries, do not defrost them before use; just pick through them and add about 2 minutes to the simmering time.


3/4 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 (12-ounce) bag cranberries, picked through
2 medium firm, ripe pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks


Bring water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and salt to boil in medium nonreactive saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Stir in cranberries and pears; return to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until saucy, slightly thickened, and about two-thirds of berries have popped open, about 5 minutes. Transfer to nonreactive bowl, cool to room temperature, and serve. (Can be covered and refrigerated up to 7 days; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In the Zone

I've registered to run the Provo Santa Run which is a 5K. This is the first time I've ever attempted such a thing. So now that I'm committed to this run I've started to get more nervous about it all. On Monday night I decided that I needed to get another run in at the gym. I like to get a treadmill where I can see myself in the mirror straight ahead. I try to zone out just staring at my reflection in the distance. On this occasion there were some abs machines in front of me. Halfway into my run two young women started using one of the machines and while I was not watching them I'm sure that it looked like it. In my peripheral vision I would notice them looking into the mirror at me and then after a while they would turn around and look at me. I found it a little amusing. I did my best to just ignore them but they were definitely distracting. I kind of wanted to let them know that they weren't that attractive but I thought better of it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Brandon Flowers

On November 17th, I went with my friend Chris to check out Brandon Flowers at The Depot in Salt Lake City. I had seen The Killers in concert back when their "Hot Fuss" CD was the only one they had out. It was a great show. This time it was no different. Only I had a much better view this time. I took a few photos with my phone but none of them were really great. I did however capture several videos where you can actually listen to and enjoy the music. If you are only going to check out one of the following videos, the last one was my favorite and the closing song of the show. (If you are using a reader you will probably not see the videos listed below. To see them click here)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Slapping a Spook

A few weeks ago I went with my singles family home evening group to Hee Haw Farms. We paid to go through the corn maze and thought it would be fun to go on the haunted hayride. We did the hay ride first. I'm not really a fan of haunted houses but this really didn't feel like something I was going to be freaked out in. Our group got on this trailer full of hay that was being pulled behind a vehicle. Initially we were all facing forward but before the ride started, we realized that it would probably be best if everyone faced outward so as to not get surprised by something or someone. The ride started and it was going pretty good. I was just enjoying seeing the girls freak out by all the spooks (people in scary costumes running around trying to scare people). In fact I was most afraid of Rosa as she jumped all over the trailer in an effort to avoid the spooks. But mostly I spent the ride just laughing. But at one point during the ride I had turned around to watch what was happening behind me on the other side of the trailer. When I turned around there was this guy right there in my face less than a foot away. Needless to say, it caught me off guard. My response? I slapped him! I wasn't sure which was more surprising that I got physical with him or that I slapped him. :) A punch would have been more manly but I'm not sure I was really looking to hurt him. I just wanted his face somewhere other than in mine. As the ride continued he came up to me again trying to be scary saying, "Don't hit me again." (I'm glad he didn't realize it was a slap.) I just replied, "Dude, I'm sorry. It was just a reflex." When the ride was done as I retold my story, everyone seemed impressed with my manly slapping.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Too Many Fingers?

Okay I've known my dad to say a few funny things in my life time. Last night I was over at my parent's house visiting with them and my sister. Dad was showing off one of his new iPad to my sister. After having some problems with navigating the iPad he exclaimed, "I just have too many fingers!" My sister and I got a good long hard laugh out of that one. :)

** Last I checked, he has ten just like the rest of us.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Catherine Tate

So if you've been around me lately, you might have heard me mention Catherine Tate once or twice but probably many more times than that. She is my new favorite thing on YouTube. She's a British comedian with her own sketch show in England called The Catherine Tate Show. She has lots of great characters including: Lauren, Ally, The Annoying Coworker, and the subject of this post, The Frightened Woman. Watch the following clip then continuing reading.

So a few weekends ago I had some friends that were down from Idaho. One of them needed to take the GRE and the other two just came along for a weekend away. Well one night I was sharing my new found love of Catherine Tate with them. We watched several of the videos on YouTube and the one shown above was the last one we watched. Of course I had the sound nice and loud so that no one would miss anything. I left my browser up and everyone went to bed. Two of my friends were sleeping on air mattresses pretty close to the computer. I had gone upstairs for bed. Sometime in the very early morning hours I was awakened to some screaming. I heard it and then there was silence. Then again another scream followed by silence. It repeated a third time. And then there was continual screaming. I was trying to figure out what was going one. I thought it was happening outside. It wasn't until the next morning when I was talking to my friends and they told me that the last clip we watched replayed itself in the night. My friend, Josh, is pretty much blind without his glasses. He was over at the computer in the middle of the night trying to figure out how to turn the video off without much luck. Now when I watch this clip it is extra special! :)

** As best as I can figure out my web browser (Chrome) is a beta version and is constantly updating itself. I'm guessing it did an update that night which shut the browser down and then reopened all the pages that it had open thus playing the frightened woman sketch all over again.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Are You Interested?

Hi. My name is Brian and I have an LDS Planet profile. Okay. There, I said it. Now that I've released that shame let me get rid of more. :)

The other day I had logged into They have this fun little feature called "I'm interested." It allows you to browse through photos and quickly say whether you are interested or not just based on the photo. I decided to give it a try again. I hadn't used it in a long time but thought I had time to browse a few photos. So I started looking at the photos and found myself not to interested in most. I kept clicking what I thought to be the "No Thanks & Next" button. After about 40 photos I got to one that I thought was interested in so you can imagine my horror when I went to click the "I'm Interested" button only to find that I had been clicking it for the first 40 photos! Then I read the small print that let me know that each of the ladies I had viewed had received a "flirt" letting them know that I was interested! Oops! Ladies, I hope that made your day!