More Puppy Love

I promise that I am not going to become one of those people who constantly posts pictures of her dogs.

But they just came home to live with us yesterday.

And, they are super cute!

Tyberious.

Piper.  (Yes, we settled on a name.)

Happy Monday!

Puppy Love

Nathan and I have wanted to get a dog since we’ve been married, but we’ve always lived in temporary housing, or in housing that didn’t allow pets.

BUT NOW since we are…

3 1/2 weeks or,
23 days or,
552 hours or,
33,120 minutes or,
1,987,200 seconds

away from moving to Nabire, we found a family here in Sentani that was giving away two puppies!

For now they are going to stay with their momma until we are ready to take them, but we are super excited to have two cute little puppies in our family!

The girl puppy, who has yet to be named.  Any ideas??

The boy puppy who Nathan named Tyberious.  (50 points if you can guess where that name came from!)

We have no idea what kind of dogs they are.  In Papua, the only choice is basically mutts.  So, they are mutts, but cute mutts don’t you think??

The Great Corndog Experiment

Nathan loves anything fried on a stick. 

More specifically, he loves corndogs.

Sadly, there are no carnivals in Indonesia.  And, obviously, no carnivals=no corndogs.

(I’m not really sure it’s actually true that there are no carnivals here…but it is definitely true that there are no corndogs, not even the frozen microwaveable kind.  I do like to ramble don’t I?  This is how my brain operates people.)

So, in my never ending quest for Nathan to always weigh more than me, I set out to discover the secret to homemade corndogs.

First step: Find cornmeal. (To make the cornbread part of the corndog)

Wow, this could have ended my quest to a screeching halt right here, because beside carnivals and corndogs, there is no cornmeal in Indonesia.  (I love alliteration!)

Fortunately, we can buy popcorn.  And popcorn, if grounded finely enough, can be used in place of cornmeal.  Who would have thunk? 

On to Step Two:

Find non-gross hot dogs.

Yes, there are hot dogs in Indonesia.  Lots and lots of really gross hot dogs.

BUT!  There is one brand of hot dogs that we have found that we actually like!  Three cheers for Hollandia Deli for carrying said hot dogs!

Step Three:

Find sticks strong enough to hold up hot dog.

Chopsticks.  Done.

Step Four:

Throw together some cornbread dough.

I used my homemade bisquick mix, added some sugar, cornmeal, an egg and some milk.  (If you’d like the whole recipe, let me know!  I’d be happy to send it to you.)

Step Five:

Roll skewered hot dogs in flour and then in cornbread mixture.

 

Step Six:

Fry.

Step Seven:

Eat.

Yum.

 

In the Shop

Nathan has been on maintenance this week helping with an inspection on one of the Kodiaks.

I really don’t know what all is involved with an inspection, but I do know that they look at a bunch of stuff on the airplane and fix anything they find wrong.

And I also know that maintenance is a huge part of MAF’s awesome safety record!  We love our full-time maintenance specialists!

And I know that Nathan looks really cute in his maintenance clothes.

And he comes home smelling like oil and gasoline.

 I like him.

So, we’re leaving for a little mini-vacation tomorrow.  We’re going with another MAF family to Timika, which is on the other side of the island.  We’re really excited to get away for a little bit!  We’ll be back on Tuesday with pictures from our “fancy” vacation (I hear that this town has sidewalks!!!  Wooohooo!)

Taco/Fajita Seasoning

One thing I’ve learned here is that most things really aren’t that difficult to make if you’re willing to put in a little time and effort.

So, I ran out of my handy fajita seasoning packets that were sent to met from the States.  What’s a girl to do?

Make my own of course!

Here’s the line up of ingredients:

Chili Powder, Oregano, Red Pepper Flakes, Cumin, Onion Powder, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper.

Toss them all in a bowl together and admire the array of purdy colors before shaking to mix. :)

I used this for Fajitas, but it could also be used for Tacos. 

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Directions

    1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.

     

    Yes, the packets are easy and convienient.  But really, this isn’t much harder and it’s super yummy!

    By the way, it’s only…
    4 1/2 weeks or,
    31 days or,
    744 hours or,
    44,640 minutes or,
    2,678,400 seconds
    Until we move to Nabire!!!

    Favorite Things

    I have an illness. 

    An addiction, really.

    To fold-over knit skirts.

    Hi, my name is Becky and I’m a fold-over-knit-skirt-aholic.

    I own six fold-over knit skirts in varying colors. (Black, Gray, Brown, Pink, Navy Blue, and Aqua.  Some from Old Navy, some from Target and one from a friend here who made it for me)

    In fact, when looking for a photo for this post, I noticed that Old Navy has two new colors that I don’t own.  And now I want them.  I told you  it was an illness!!

    But seriously, I wear them ALL the time, year-round.

    They are the perfect skirt for Indonesia.  Long enough.  Cool enough.  Casual enough.  Comfortable enough. 

    So perfect.

    And one [ahem…six] of my favorite things.

    6 Things

    In honor of our move to Nabire in 5 1/2 weeks (June 17 is our move date), today’s 6 things are 6 things that I am looking forward to in our new home!

    1. Fluffy towels. 

    This may sound like a little thing, and it is, but after two years of borrowed, “well-loved” towels, I am looking forward to stepping out of the shower to a nice fluffy towel!  (Our towels have been packed away in our crates.)

    2. Forgotten treasures.

    Speaking of our crates, since it has been about 2 1/2 years since we packed them, I am looking forward to rediscovering some of the fun things we packed away and have since forgotten about.  I know that it’s just stuff…but sometimes stuff makes a house feel like home.  It’s going to be like Christmas!

    3. Ocean Breezes.

    Have I mentioned yet how close the Nabire base is to the ocean??? 

    4. A Laundry Room.

    My house in Nabire has a laundry room!  I’ve never had a laundry room before…I’ve had a laundry closet and laundry porch, but never a whole room dedicated to laundry.  So exciting!

    5. Hanging Up Photos.

    We did have a few photos hung up in Salatiga…but oh the photos in my crate!  I can’t even remember what they all are, but I know they are there. And I can’t wait to hang them up! 

    6. Feeling Settled.

    Really this post could have been narrowed down to 1 thing that I am looking forward to in our new home…and this would be it.  We moved out of our first home as a married couple in April 2008 and have lived in at least 8 different places since then.  I am so excited to have a permanent-for-the-foreseeable-future-at-least-until-furlough-next year-but-at least-we-should-come-back-to-the-same-house type of home!

    5 1/2 weeks, or
    38 days, or
    912 hours, or
    54,720 minutes, or
    3,282,200 seconds
    UNTIL WE MOVE!!!

    Crash

    There was a plane crash here over the weekend.  A Merpati plane (a government run airline) crashed into the ocean while trying to land at an airstrip in West Papua.

    No one survived.  On board was MAF national employee, Merry and her husband Jonas.  Merry worked in the finance office in Nabire, though Nathan and I never had the chance to meet her.  Please pray for their family at this difficult time!  They leave behind an 8 month old daughter. 

    We are again reminded of the dangers of flying in this remote part of the world and the importance of safe practices!  Pray for all of the pilots operating on this island.

    Rainy Days

    It’s been raining a lot here over the last few days.

    And I love it.

    And rain makes me want to be lazy.  So I’m being lazy.

    And rain makes the weather cool down, so I’ve been drinking more tea and hot chocolate lately.

    “Cool” meaning 78 degrees.  I’ll take what I can get.

    And rain means I can’t do laundry…another factor to my laziness.

    But it’ll be a stinker next week when the laundry is all backed up and I have a TON of clothes/towels/sheets to wash.

    Sigh.

    Enjoying it while it lasts…