good ole fashioned family programming

So.  This afternoon, I got off of work a little on the early side (yay!), and Rose and I have been enjoying relaxing on the couch watching some tv and eating snacks!  We have accomplished what was thought to be the impossible, and got completely caught up on our DVR!!!  So now we’re bored.  Flicking through the channel guide, we’re coming up empty handed.  There is a prospect or two for later this evening, maybe a chick flick, maybe Rocky IV, who knows?!

Anyhow, we shot on over to Showtime On Demand, and checked out some of the specials.  Did you all know that available right now on Showtime is a wonderful family flick titled “Busty Cops Go Hawaii?!”  This family feature stars the renowned Angelina Ash, Tanya James, Amy Ried, Tory Lane and directed by Jim Wynorski!  I know, I know, we couldn’t believe it either!  I mean, what a lineup!  We are very excited to broaden our theatrical horizons, and watch this flick.  For those of you who may be starting to gain interest in this production, what really caught our eye when flipping through our choices was the synopsis in a sentence provided by Showtime:

“Remarkably well-endowed law enforcers investigate a powerful satellite that has been lost in Hawaii.”

At this, we couldn’t resist!  We checked it out and were blown away by the script-writing, and overall creativity of the plot.  It really keeps you guessing at every turn!  Ok, we don’t want to ruin it for any of you so I won’t say anymore about it.  Don’t take my word for it though, check it out!!!


do i smell a primetime emmy?!

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top of the mornin to ya!

I make posts that tells all of you about the lives of Rose and myself, and our crazy antics, out here.  Today I would like anyone who is following this blog, just stopping by, or anyone even who randomly stumbles on it to share!  How is YOUR day going?  What’s going on with YOU?!  This is not a competition.  It doesn’t have to be crazy, wacky, or particularly obscene.  I’m more interested in opening up the lines of communication today!  I’d love to take a little time to get to know some of you a little better!


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my lady is a tramp?!?!

Let’s just get one thing straight.  I am in NO way whatsoever referring to our happyhippie as anything less than wholesome!  However, I have made several observations, and realize that similarities lay between Rose and pooches!  Ok, first things first.  Like most pooches, Rose doesn’t particularly enjoy shower-time.  It has been an ongoing battle and so I tasked my sweet hippie with creating a shower log so that we might keep track of when she really needed to bathe!

This is posted above our towel rack, as you can see, right next to the shower!

The next comparison that I would like to bring to light is the fact that Rose does not discriminate when it comes to eating.  Like our dog, JJ, she will eat anything and everything you put in front of her!  I have multiple exhibits of this behavior.  At this time, I would like to include my comparison by adding in the fact that she loves treats!

Ex. 1

Ex. 2

Ex. 3 (Treats)

Now I know that for those of us who know and love Rose, we are keenly aware of her rad sense of style!  I however, from time to time, have wondered if our gal is colorblind!

in all fairness, this was the morning after a lady gaga show that i took her to in miami

It is very important that every pooch wears their tags so that if they get lost, someone will be able to get in touch with their owner if found!

i know it's tempting, but don't abuse the fact that my cell number is in this picture

All pooches that I know enjoy going nuts outdoors!  Swimming and running around outside are some all time favorite pooch activities!

pooch floatie

wet noodles

yay for field trips!

pooches gotta have water breaks too!

Pooches tend to know the rules of the house.  I can usually tell that my pooch and Rose both know when they’ve done something bad!

Misbehaved pooches go into the crate for a timeout!!!

I don't actually lock up my wife. I came home from work one day to find her posing like this to make me laugh. It worked!

What pooch do you know who doesn’t like to dig?!

scissors are not ideal for digging!

You can make even the nicest pooch mad if you’re not careful!  You have to make sure to pet them, give them treats, let them sleep, don’t steal their seats on the couch, let them play in the dirt, let them sniff stuff, etc.  If not, you could make your pooch mad!


Finally, if there are still any doubters out there.  If there is anyone who thinks that I am being crazy or unfair, or that I am way off base, I bring out my final piece of proof.  This is undeniable!  If this doesn’t satisfy you, I’m not sure what will!  Anyway, don’t be afraid to let me know what you all think about this!

Case in point.  Thank you for your time.  Rose’s keeper, out.

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All Saints Spitalfields

All Saints Spitalfields.


Check it out!  Pretty sweet stuff if you ask me!

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grilled bbq chicken w/ fresh mango salsa and fried panko shrimp

Alright.  I’m going to warn you right now.  This post is weak.  The recipe is delicious, but let’s face it.  I had not the foresight to take pictures during the cooking process, nor during the plating process!  This picture is of a semi-eaten dish that, to me, still looks delicious!  I promise to raise the bar next time I post (which will be very soon), and provide anyone reading with something to look at other than a tasty dish with a few bites taken out of it!  In the meantime, have faith.  Also, be advised; I’m the kind of guy who gets in the kitchen, and likes his space and privacy!  I don’t play well with others in the kitchen is all I’m saying.  If I ever type out instructions in a way that makes you feel like I’m barking at you or peering over your shoulder, just laugh at me and tell me to buzz off!  With that said, this is an easy dish to make, and I’ve gotten many compliments on it.  Also, the dish is mine!  I take ALL the credit!  Modmealsonmendenhall is AWESOME, but I didn’t get any of this from them!  Haha, sorry modmeals, this one is mine!  Enjoy!

Fried Panko Shrimp

-Shelled and cleaned shrimp

-Panko bread crumbs (I suggest seasoning your bread crumbs with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin)



*Roll shrimp in flour, dip in egg, and then roll in Panko.  Fry in vegetable oil over medium-high heat.  Shrimp will cook quickly on the inside, so you want that oil nice and hot to make them nice and golden on the outside before they overcook!

Mango salsa

1 – avacado – peeled, pitted and diced

1 – lime – juiced

1 – mango – peeled, seeded and diced

1 – sm red onion – peeled and chopped

1 – habanero pepper – seeded and chopped

1 – tbsp fresh cilantro – chopped (Personally, I love cilantro and love going with way more than that!)

*Feel free to add salt if you want.  I also recommend letting sit in the refrigerator for several hours in order to let the flavors blend together.  Also, if you’re not a huge fan of raw onion, like Rose, then use about half of the amount prescribed.  The salsa is delicious, but if you’re afraid of onions, you’ll be happy that you cut back!

Sushi Rice

2 – cups uncooked sushi rice (For anyone who is doing this for the first time, sushi rice is short grain, glutinous white rice.  Yes, it is a BIG deal.  It must be short grain.)

3 – cups high quality H20

1/2 – cup rice vinegar

1 – tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 – cup white granulated sugar

1 – tspn salt

*Rinse your rice repeatedly in a strainer or colander until the water runs clear.  Then, put your water and rice in a medium sized pot/saucepan.  Leave uncovered, bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and cover for 20 min.  At this point, the rice should be soft, and all of the water should be absorbed.

*In a small pot/saucepan add your rice vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar and salt.  Cook over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.  Once this is completed, stir into your already cooked rice.

BBQ Chicken

I didn’t try reinventing the wheel with this one.  I buy some boneless chicken breasts, marinated them for several hours in a mixture of Ken’s bbq sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Frank’s Red Hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.  You get the idea.  Also, I like to occasionally sub out the bbq sauce and replace it with a little bit of olive oil and honey.  The honey helps it stick to the chicken and is quite delicious!  You do you.  Grilled or broiled, I just serve the chicken over the rice, top it with the mango salsa, and add the fried shrimp on the side.  Everyone seems to love this.  A sweet/hot chili sauce goes well with the shrimp, and I definitely recommend shelling, cleaning, and prepping all of your shrimp before cooking the chicken.  Make the salsa and refrigerate.  Marinate your chicken.  Then cook your rice.  While rice is cooking prep your shrimp.  Cook your chicken.  When the chicken is almost done fry up your shrimp.  Garnish with lemon.  Yell at significant other to set the fricken’ table and get some salad out because you forgot to cut veggies for the damn salad.  Serve, and enjoy!


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Mod Meals on Mendenhall

Mod Meals on Mendenhall

I’ve got to say,  “This page is RIDICULOUS!”  The recipes are phenomenal, the instructions clear, and the presentation of multiple recipes in order to make entire meals with themes is nothing short of professional.  I am a HUGE fan of this page.  You will see me making posts of meals that I’ve made in the future, and I can promise you that many of them will be from this page.  You will also see me begin throwing up posts of meals using my own recipes!  Oh, damn…I suppose that the use of the words “throwing up, and my own recipes,” was probably not my finest literary moment.  Oh well!  I’ve been remiss in posting under my own cooking and eating section, so expect more in the near future!

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happy trees

It comes as no surprise that our Rose has a flare for the creative!  Recently, she has gotten me to experiment with painting.  I gotta say, we’re havin’ some fun over here!  Does that surprise anyone?!

Well, I’m glad that at least some people read my blog.  As I was about to publish this, Rose asked me to read my post to her.  Then I read all of the captions to her.  After that, she requested that I talk about how much I like painting.  I need an office.


I really like painting.  I really like painting with Rose.  It is fun.  I like to take breaks from painting to make snacks for Rose.  I also like watching episodes of Jerseylicious while painting and making snacks for Rose.  That is all.  Thank you.

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USMC stuff

I’ve gone through my photos over the last several years and picked out shots that I’ve taken while “on the job,” or in uniform.  All I can say is that the last several years/3 deployments have been interesting.  The photos span from Iraq in 2008, Afghanistan 2009, and Afghanistan again 2010-11, with a couple of shots in between.

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today in the playground

Rose and I have spent the last week sleeping in, spending time with visiting family, and relaxing on the north shore of Oahu.  We, for the most part, set aside the computers, cameras, phones, etc, and just enjoyed the hell out of each other and life in general.  I’m excited to continue posting silly pictures and stories of Rose’s nutty antics, but for today I’m just going to reflect on the last week.  I have the privilege of being married to the most beautiful, wonderful, caring, loving, and supportive woman in the universe.  Rose makes me smile and laugh every single day.  She is my dearest friend, and my most trusted confidant.  I don’t care who you are, or how good everyone else thinks you’ve got it.  I do have “it.”  I love you more every day Rose ❤


don’t hate


Stand by.  We’re back in the playground now, and all is fair game!!!

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Hippie Camouflage

No real story here…the pictures tell it all!

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