New car time

Time to think about replacing the Camry.

The car has served me well over the past 16 years, and still runs pretty well. It’s had a fair bit of work done on it recently: new shocks and struts a few years ago, gaskets, tires and a few other things. Gas mileage is pretty decent (~23-25 mpg city driving). It handles road trips out to Atlanta and back nicely and is pretty comfy to drive still.

With the new house and longer commute coming up, time to get something newer though.

Not sure yet what we’ll do with the Camry. We could donate it, or sell it for a reasonable price to someone in need of a fairly reliable car.

As for what will replace it, we’re not sure yet. Another Camry is currently at the top of the list, but we have plenty of options to consider.

 

Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Wescott Park Dog Park

Learned about this dog park thanks to a tip on Reddit. The dog park is located at one end of Wescott Park in North Charleston. Enter the park, hang a left when you see the giant baseballs, and go all the way to the end. There’s a pretty good sized parking lot next to the dog park.

Wescott Park dog park
Wescott Park dog park

The dog park consists of a large dog section and a small dog section. Each section has its own entrance, and a gate allows passage between the two sections.

There’s a water spigot located in the corner of the dog park next to the large dog entrance, but no doggy water fountain inside. There is one just outside the dog park by the small dog entrance though. Buckets placed around the park allow dogs to get water when they’re thirsty.

Dog park water
Dog park water

One nice thing about the dog park is that in both sections are some dog agility type things: platform, ramp, big tunnel, hoops and a jump.

This is a pretty nice dog park, and when you’re done you can wander the paths that run around the park, and maybe check out some baseball games.

Wescott Park is open from 9AM to 9PM.

Here’s the dog park on Google Maps.

Quickie breakfast: Breakfast burrito

The inspiration for this came from a post on Imgur for a breakfast burrito.  Make a bunch of burritos, individually wrap them in parchment paper and freeze.

I thought it was a pretty good idea, so I experimented with a small batch this evening. With most burritos you see in restaurants, the idea seems to be “wrap a tortilla around as much stuff as possible”, but since the eventual goal is for something that’s quick to heat and eat in the morning, I made mine smaller.

  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 3 sausage links (mild Italian was all I had on hand, so I used those)
  • cheddar cheese, grated
  • ~12″ tortillas (slightly smaller ones would work just as well)

I let the burrito fillings cool down in the fridge for about 15 minutes. I figured the tortilla would probably end up getting soggy and mushy after being wrapped around hot steamy filling.

Place a few spoonfuls of each item on the lower part of the tortilla. Fold the left and right sides in, and roll up from the bottom (you can head over to Chipotle or somewhere like that to watch how they stuff/fold/roll burritos).

This was enough to make about 6 small hand sized burritos each large enough to fit into a sandwich bag. 30 seconds in the microwave was enough to warm these burritos up and get the cheese melty. I didn’t wrap or freeze any of these. Next iteration I’ll make a larger batch of everything and wrap/freeze those.

Simple, not a lot of ingredients to prepare. Future versions will be different, using whatever I happen to have on hand. Once we’re settled in the new house, I could see myself making a batch of a couple dozen of these at a time and stashing them in the freezer to eat whenever we need.

Web comic: Wilde Life

Thanks to a post on imgur, I found a new web comic that I thought was pretty interesting.

Wilde Life by Pascalle Lepas. The comic is nicely drawn, and has an interesting story.

Wilde Life

Oscar rented an old house off craigslist, then things got weird…

First it was meeting the ghost of a 1940s mathematician in the upstairs hallway, then it was finding a teenage werewolf in the bathtub. Now Oscar doesn’t know what will show up next. Maybe that’s okay, as long as nothing eats him.

Wilde Life is a supernatural adventure/horror series set in a small town in rural Oklahoma. It focuses on stories about creatures from Native American mythology as witnessed and documented by a journalist from Chicago, Illinois.

Go give it a read. You’ll be entertained.

Quick breakfast options

Looking ahead to when we’re in the new house, I’ll have a much longer commute. That means I’ll have significantly less time for making and eating breakfast than I did at the old house or even now in the apartment.

I’m already getting up at 0’dark-30 and with the new commute I’ll pretty much have to get ready to hit the road to work after taking the dogs out.

Time to contemplate some breakfast options. Something low carb, easy to make early in the morning (like under 15 minutes), or prepare the evening before and eat in the morning.

Most of my cookbooks are in storage at the moment so I’ll have to get most of my inspiration elsewhere.

  • I could get up at 0’dark or 0’darker to give me time for making something breakfast-y.
  • Use a slow cooker to make something overnight so that it’s ready in the morning.
  • Stockpile frozen breakfast type things that I can microwave in the morning.
  • Eat leftovers from the night before.
  • I could just grab something when I get to work too.
  • I also have a little mini-fridge in my office, so I could probably stock some things in there and do office breakfast.
  • Some or all of the above.

I’ve got a couple of months to come up with some ideas.