Last weekend David was totally consumed with working on a take home final. Well, it was originally called a midterm, but then his teacher e-mailed and said that there wasn’t going to be a final, so doesn’t that mean the take home test was his final? I don’t know but what I do know is it took David all weekend. Literally hell on earth. I felt so bad for him because it was a nice weekend, and we kept day dreaming of all these fun things we could have been doing. We have a problem where we keep talking about how wonderful life will be when he’s graduated.
Since it was just me and Ryder with not much to do, I decided to take Ryder up to my parents house (they were not home). They live out in the country (somewhat) so going to take Ryder on a walk around the block by their house is about 2.5 miles. Ryder was very appreciative of this walk/adventure because as you can tell from the photo above he was rather bored.
We had a pretty uninteresting walk for the most part, and almost made it back to their house without anything exciting. Now, what happened next was probably one of the most awesome things to happen in my life thus far. Doesn’t that really build up what I’m about to tell you? Or maybe it just mean’s not that many awesome things have happened in my life…hmm…well, if you’re an animal lover like me, then you might think this is really awesome. Be prepared for a long story.
We passed a house where a man in his backyard started blowing leaves. This scared a pack of deer that were across the street from us, causing them to run all around. Right away I noticed this one smaller female deer. She was totally staring at me and Ryder and seemed unaffected by the leaf blower. Ryder totally wasn’t paying any attention to her (typical lab). I tried to forget the deer and started to continue walking.
Another neighbor noticed that the deer was following us and shouted out that what a friendly deer that was and that I should pet it. I laughed it off and said no way! At this point I thought to myself that maybe the deer just happened to cross the street for another reason. It couldn’t be crossing the street for me and Ryder…
This is about when Ryder noticed the deer. He stood so still, and I tried to pull him. Believe me, I tried yanking him but Ryder and this deer were having a stare down. I even pulled him so hard he fell over and sat and then he proceeded to lay down while I pulled him. He would not leave this deer. Through all this pulling and me laughing and talking to Ryder out loud (yes, I talk to Ryder) the deer kept getting closer and closer. Literally one foot away! This is when I decided to drag Ryder, while he was laying down to get away. I didn’t want Ryder to sniff the deer, and I wasn’t super thrilled that this deer was so trusting of us.
We crossed another street to put some distance between us but the deer crossed too! I started to walk faster and the deer walked faster. That’s when I decided to run. Yes, I ran from a deer…I looked back and the deer was literally chasing us! Ryder was ecstatic and didn’t know what to think of this thing! I tried to get out my phone at this point to take a picture, because we were stopped and there was only about one foot between Ryder and the deer. I heard a car coming, and could see that the car was approaching slowly. The car stopped, rolled down it’s window, and the lady started talking to me about how she’d never seen a deer do this before. I guess she’d seen from a ways away what was going on. She asked if I wanted a ride home but I did not accept. She was probably stopped for at least two minutes and we were just watching the deer and Ryder. Not much was happening, except the deer seemed happy that it had caught up to us and we weren’t running away.
I really wanted to get a picture but it was kind of weird with her sitting there watching the three of us. She finally drove away and I immediately started walking though this time the deer didn’t follow. I missed my opportunity to take a great photo of Ryder and the deer. The deer was eating some grass while we walked off. Ryder kept looking back to check on it, but now she would not follow us. I’m pretty happy she didn’t because being chased by a deer was a little unsettling.
Anyway, that’s my awesome deer story! I’ll probably never have another experience like it, so I had to write it down to remember it.
When I got home, I made David this new dip. As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’ve been making him lots of hummus this semester. It’s been about a month straight of the spinach feta hummus, so I asked him if I could try a new recipe. Luckily, he said he was ready for something new. I pretty much threw this together with what we had on hand.
It came together so quickly and he loved it. I really like this too! You could add some different seasonings if you wanted and maybe some lemon would be good too, but I think it is really delicious just the way it is. I’m sure I’ll be making this recipe again in the near future! It’s nice to take a break from the regular ol’ garbanzo beans and tahini. Try it for your next get together or for a football game.
White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip
1 clove garlic
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1 (8 oz) jar roasted red bell peppers
1 heaping tablespoons flat leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
In a food processor; pulse garlic until chopped. Add in beans, red bells, parsley, and salt. Process until it starts to come together. Drizzle in 3 tablespoons olive oil and process until smooth. Scoop out and serve in a bowl with vegetables or pitas chips/favorite chips.