Killion House 2.0

Well, we’re trying to settle in at the Killion house, but we’re having a few setbacks.  Mostly we’re realizing that we may have sold a bit too much in our auction last year.  We went on a few big shopping trips right after we arrived… but since my license hasn’t come through yet we’re a little hesitant to go on any more shopping sprees.

Of course when we arrived we had to buy plates, silverware, cups, bowls, and other kitchen things; sheets, pillows, comforters, and other bedroom things; towels, washcloths and a few other bathroom things.  Now we’re at the point where we want more of the “creature comforts…”

Want to make your favorite black beans & rice?  We have to go buy cumin and spices.

W wants biscuits?  We need to buy a rubber spatula and a baking sheet.

Want to paint over the white spackle marks on the walls?  We’ll need to go buy a paintbrush.

It goes on and on…  I started making a batch of lemonade the other day and realized we don’t have a pitcher large enough to hold 2 quarts.  I had to pour it into a pyrex bowl and store it in the fridge that way.  I’m not even sure my measurements were correct since I don’t have any liquid measuring cups : )

ONE quart pitcher and measuring cups

ONE quart pitcher and measuring cups

Pyrex storage containers... not measuring cups

Pyrex storage containers… not measuring cups

When we were living in the Hideaway cabin I felt like the only thing I missed… the only item that I wished we hadn’t sold was our ice tea maker.


That’s all I wanted to buy.  Of course now I can run down to the Target that’s 5 minutes away and pick it up for $20… but I don’t want to fill up all of our cabinets, drawers, and closets just yet.

Part of me LOVES that we have no extra “stuff.”  I don’t feel wasteful… I feel grateful that everything we do have is something that I love and specifically wanted to keep.  And the house sure feels bigger than I ever remember it being.


Shhh… don’t tell anyone!

But I’m actually a mystery shopper.

The photo you see of the boy flying at Universal CitiWalk?  We were PAID to go there : )

The wind tunnel with 4

Wind tunnel with 4″ of plexi-glass


First flight


Perfect form!


Superman pose

iFly Photo

Learning to fly!

At $60 a pop, I don’t think I’ll be going back to fly at Universal CitiWalk anytime soon.  But I’ll let them pay me to go as many times as they want!

Tiger Kingdom

Let me just say, this kind of thing would NEVER happen in the United States… but in Chiang Mai it’s a great attraction.


Going to Tiger Kingdom was such a blast!  We had heard about it before we came to Chiang Mai, and it’s impossible not to see all the ads for it once you get here : )

You don’t have to pay to enter Tiger Kingdom per se, it’s a restaurant and there’s a snack bar where you can buy fish food for the pond outside the tiger area… but if you want to “interact” with the tigers, you pay a fee per person.  The tigers are separated into size categories.  You can visit the Newborns, Small, Medium or Large tigers.  We read the reviews on TripAdvisor and decided to take the advice that said the small cats are more playful and feisty.  When we got there we realized that the rules actually won’t allow children under the age of 13 to visit the larger two categories anyway.  We told Wesley he might look a little too much like a tasty chicken nugget to the BIG tigers : )

I think Wesley was happy with the newborns and the first tiger we visited… he was almost three months old and we nicknamed him Simba… and then realized that was from “The Lion King.”  That’s not a tiger movie.  Oh well : )

You were also able to hire a photographer to go with you… for only an extra $10!  I thought that was a DEAL… to not have to worry about getting the shot, and just have fun experiencing the tigers.  Someone I know… ahem… someone that I’m married to… ahem… can sometimes forget he’s not ALWAYS a cameraman.  Plus, the photographer knew what was allowed with the tigers.  He told Wesley to lay down on the tiger…

DSC_0018 You can tell Wesley is a little bit confused… like “What???”  But the photographer just kept encouraging him, “Lay down and you can pet him… he’ll like it.”




Look at that smile!


Animals have always loved Wesley… he was the only one who got “kisses” from the tiger.

You woke me up!

So tired!

Such a big yawn!  I think he was bothered that we woke him up : )

DSC_0004There were at least four other tigers in the cage after we saw the first one.  We wanted to see all of them.  Next we went to see this guy… who was a little bigger and who we also nicknamed Simba.


He was feeling a little bit frisky and kept swishing his tail.  The rules for being in the tiger enclosures were very simple:

  • Don’t approach them from the front, approach from the back
  • Don’t touch their face or try to pet their head
  • Don’t touch their front paws
  • Don’t let them lick you (I’m serious… that was on the board!)

Of course you’ll see that Damon ignores almost all of these rules…



Since Damon didn’t get caught by any of the workers (and the photographer didn’t seem to care), we didn’t get kicked out and were able to go see the “twins.”


Named Kiwi & Orange, these are a brother/sister that were so playful!  They were tussling and fighting and occasionally letting us pet them in-between attacking each other.  It was too adorable.  They’re still learning not to bite and scratch humans, but they’re allowed to do that all they want to each other.  Damon took this video where you can hear them growling at each other:

Next time I’ll post about our lunch with the big tigers!