Saturday ended up being a relatively uneventful day. I spent most of the day manning the office at Wildlife West. It was an amazingly beautiful day (as already mentioned). I was offered a 2-day fursuiting gig next month as well as a tag-a-long opportunity for the big Festival of the Cranes to be held in November at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge.
Now that the weather has started to cool off some, my urge to actually cook something has increased. I went home and decided to cook my favorite meat loaf. It's a great recipe, but takes quite a bit of time to prepare. If you're interested, here's the
1 T. butter
3/4 cup green onion (finely chopped)
3/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cup carrot (grated)
1/2 cup celery (finely chopped)
1/2 cup green/red/yellow pepper
2 t. minced garlic
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. cumin
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup milk or half-n-half
2 lbs ground meat
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
In a saucepan, heat the butter and cook the green onion, onion, carrots, celery, pepper, and garlic for about 10 minutes. let cool. In a small dish, combine salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg, and cumin. In a small bowl combine eggs, ketchup, and milk. Stir in spices. Add mixture to ground meat. Add vegetables to meat mixture. Add breadcrumbs. Keep mixing, preferrably with your hands. Put mixture into greased loaf pan, pressing down and into the sides. Place pan in shallow pan with approx 1" of water. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting
By the time the meatloaf was cooked and eaten, and the dishes washed, it was quite late. I did manage a few chats, although they were kinda depressing. I tried to shake the "loser at home on a Saturday night" feeling.
I woke up this morning with a mild funk. It was more like I wanted to just sleep in. But, I had my commitmemt to help out at Animal Humane, so I got up and went. I was told I should help out in the kennels this morning. O.K. It's all good. The one worker had just left to open them up. A minute later he comes running back in saying, "The dogs are loose!" His boss asks which one. He said "All of them!!" We grabbed every leash we could and ran to the kennel. As he opened the door, a stream of dogs came running out. I could look inside and saw canine chaos. A couple of folks pushed their way in to start rounding up the ones inside. I started chasing after those that had gotten out. Fortunately, most wanted to be skritched and petted, so I quickly captured 3. I snagged 2 more after that, and then several of us herded in the last 2 holdouts.
When I got inside the kennel building, my jaw dropped. There were ripped open bags of dog food. There were even a few CANS of dog food that they had managed to open (with pull tabs). The decorative planters had been dug up. There were bedding blankets and towels everywhere. And of course.....the floor was covered in dog shit. It must have been like a prison riot! 50-60 dogs all running loose all night long. I really felt sorry for the handfull of cats that were caged in the back. Oh, the stories they could have told! It took a few hours to get all of the shit cleaned up from the main kennel area. We finished by sorting out all of the dogs and getting them into their proper kennels. It was determined that it was some sort of prank. Since there was no sign of forced entry, it was possibly an inside job. Heads are gonna roll!
So I then spent the entire afternoon waiting for the cable guy to come to replace my bad line. He never showed. I got to spend a nice afternoon outside on the patio, but I'm gonna ream somebody a new one at the cable company tomorrow.