Ducks, Chickens, and Further Education

Nearly 2 weeks now we’ve had ducklings.  It all started when my mom spotted a couple of ducks in town while she was in a friend’s car.  She stopped to try to catch the ducks, but were lead by them to their home.  So she left them alone.  However, she knew I’ve always really liked ducks, so she offered to buy me a couple with some supplies to get started.  Since we have a large yard and plenty of room, I couldn’t resist the offer.  So I brought home 2 ducklings.  I was able to borrow a box built for snakes from work, which worked perfectly for the ducks when they were tiny.  They don’t fit now.  I am absolutely astounded by the rate of growth!  I think they have at least quadrupled in size since they came home.  Its unbelievable!  The kids adore them.  They are very messy and stinky, but their entertainment value makes it worth cleaning up after them.

Then a few days ago Evan and I were at the farm store and they had their chickens in.  Evan wanted to get a couple, and we had already discussed it at home.  So we bought a chicken coop and 2 baby chicks.  They are now using the snake box because they still need to keep warm.  And the ducks are out in the chicken coop during the day, and on our back porch in a large plastic tub during the night.  I’m hoping once the chickens are bigger they will be able to cohabitate with the ducks out in the chicken coop + fenced yard area outside the chicken coop.

Beyond 4 new birds in our household, I have also decided to make the commitment to start and finish a college degree.  I’ve been working at the vet clinic for going on 10 months now, and I absolutely love it.  I love how I learn something new almost every day, and that I get to work with animals.  So I decided to enroll in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technology program.  Its all self-paced so there’s not so much pressure to get it done if I don’t have the time.  And I do believe my externships can be done where I work.  I’m not totally certain about that, but I’ll look into it when I get closer to that phase.  I’m very excited to further my education and improve my skills.

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Trending In My Life – March 2015

This month is a little different.  I really haven’t been listening to a lot of music, and I really haven’t been watching any YouTube, so those categories are not included this month.  However, I will spotlight what I have been doing.

Tearaway_mainGame: Tearaway.  Tearaway is a cutesy game on the PS Vita.  You play as a cardboard cutout that you can customize.  You walk through a world with your face as the sun, and everything is made from cut construction paper, including the characters.  The enemies are scraps, and you fight them by poking them with your “giant fingers” as the player.  Its cute, and my words can’t possibly describe it.  I recommend giving it a try.  It’s safe for all ages.

TV Show: The Walking Dead.  It’s over for the season now, but it was a GREAT finale.  And now there is a spinoff in production set to be released over the summer of 2015, titled Fear The Walking Dead.  If you don’t watch TV or have been living out in the middle of nowhere, The Walking Dead is a show set in a post-apocalyptic zombie scenario.  A virus has broken out and turned the majority of the population into flesh-hungry zombies.  The show is based on a graphic novel series, and airs on AMC.  The show’s 6th season will start in October.  The spinoff set to air this summer focuses on another group of people in a different part of the USA.  From what I can tell, it starts earlier than the original show, and explains the beginning of the virus.  I’m looking forward to seeing how they explain the whole situation.

17508_1621111591437191_405903922970114671_nInterest: Ducks.  This past week we got 2 ducks from the farm store.  They are Pekin ducklings.  Right now we are keeping them in a box with a window (sounds horrible, but its quite nice) in our livingroom.  I’ve been taking them outside to play on nice, warm days.  But mostly they stay in the house for now.  I plan to build them an enclosure outside within the next couple of weeks so they can start staying out in the yard safely.  I’ll post more about the ducks in a separate post.

Grilled Lime Shrimp

Looking for new recipes to try out on our new BBQ grill, I came across this gem on Food.com. Sounds scrumptious, so I thought I’d share.

picJEuMfmIngredients
– 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh lime zest
– 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
– 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1⁄2-1 teaspoon salt
– 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 lb shelled deveined uncooked shrimp

Directions
1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add shrimp; toss to coat.
3. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to marinate.
4. Thread shrimp on metal skewers; reserve marinade.
5. Place skewered shrimp on grill over medium heat.
6. Cook 3-7 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once and brushing with marinade occasionally.

Trending In My Life – February 2015

Hello again, friends and followers!  The month of February was a whirlwind of work, work and more work.  And when I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family.  But I’m starting to find a little bit of a balance and I’ve got some things to share.  So let’s just get to it!

Game:  The husband and I got new PS Vitas with our tax return (after paying bills and buying a ton of clothes, shoes and other stuff for the kids, of course), and with that I’ve discovered a few new games.  AND we got a home computer that actually works for more than checking emails and word processing.  So I have a whole world of games that have opened up to me.  When I get the chance to play more, I’ll post about a favorite.

RHL-FriendsTV Show: Friends.  I know its an oldie, but with it recently being added to Netflix in its entirety, I’ve been watching it again.  When it aired I didn’t watch all the episodes.  But so far I haven’t seen any on Netflix that I haven’t already seen in syndication.

markiplierYouTuber: Markiplier.  He mostly just posts game letsplays, but there are quite a few comedy videos too.  He’s got a voice that will at times grate on your nerves, but he’s not afraid to make a fool of himself for his followers’ amusement.  I recommend watching his pole-dancing videos, and “Google In Real Life.”  The kids adore his humor and letsplays as well.  But let the kids watch after you screen, because some of the videos aren’t necessarily kid-friendly.

imaginedragonsMusic: Imagine Dragons has been a band I’ve liked for a while, but I’ve been listening to them a little more lately.  I just don’t get tired of their songs, it seems.  If you haven’t heard them, you’ve probly been living under a rock.  But just in case, check out their style by clicking on their name, above.

Interest:  Work, work and more work (as previously stated).  Working side by side with the DVM has become more and more educational, and I am feeling more confident in my work.  I really enjoy helping animals, and getting to know the people who own them.  I wanted to be a Veterinarian from the time I was 9 years old, and I let it go when I had kids because it would have been too demanding of my time.  However, I feel being a Veterinary Assistant is the perfect balance.  I get to work with animals and learn about how to care for them, and I get to give my family the attention they need and deserve as well.  It still doesn’t even feel like work to me most day.  I am really enjoying this new chapter in my life!

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