Sunday, October 2, 2016

Best of September 2016

September has come and gone!  We had a more laid-back September, even though work was very busy and it ended with very hot temperatures in the high 90’s.  I’ll be excited for the weather to cool down a bit!

The college football season started and of course we were very excited to watch our Buckeyes!  For the entire summer we couldn’t get the local FOX channel because of a contract dispute with DISH Network.  It was resolved just in time to watch the Sept. 17th game versus the Oklahoma Sooners.  That was a great win!

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Todd played puzzles again in September.  Of course, Noodle wanted to “help”.

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We went to La Jolla Shores beach with Sally and her kids.  Hadn’t seen them in a long while and it was fun.

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Beach hair, don’t care.

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Todd got invited by some work colleagues to go indoor rock climbing.

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Todd got a new MacBook Pro at work.


I decided to buy some new clothes that fit me.  A lot of my clothes were too small and didn’t look good.  I figured I should still buy clothes that look and feel good, even if I’m planning on losing a few pounds. 

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I haven’t been able to wear the long sleeves and utility jacket yet, because it’s been so darn hot still!

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Todd competed in the San Diego Triathlon Classic – Olympic Distance.  We got up really early that Saturday and I went with him in the dark.  He got his gear set up in the transition area and I watched his swim start.  Here he is getting out of the water after swimming a mile.

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On the way out of transition with his bike.

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At the end of the bike segment.

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Midway through the run.

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And at the finish line with his medal.  I’m so proud of him!

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During his 1.5 hour bike ride, I went to Panera to have breakfast.  It was nice because it broke up the hours of waiting for him, since I couldn’t see him on his bike until the end of the bike ride anyways.  Way to go Todd!

We went to lunch at Kappa Sushi and they happened to have their anniversary specials.  So I got an awesome & delicious poke bowl.

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And soft-shelled crab sliders!  So yummy!

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We went to see Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band downtown.  Todd loved it!

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I finished an extensive project at work, getting ready for an audit.  So Todd and I celebrated with dinner at China Max.

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He also got me a little lemon bundt cake, which was yummy.  I presented to the auditor on 9/28 and it went really well!

We played around with some Halloween costumes at Target.  I think Todd makes a good Captain America!

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I got a haircut.  (I get a haircut every 3 months.)

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We went to the September Chef’s Tasting Dinner at Veranda at Rancho Bernardo Inn.  It was yummy, but too much food so I didn’t eat it all.

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We cooked a super-yummy miso ramen soup in the pressure cooker.

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The leaves started turning!

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We got a ton of new outdoor furniture at work.  They also expanded the wifi to outside, so people can work outside and have meetings outside if they wanted to.  It’s nice.

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An extreme close up of Noodle curled up.

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More Noodle photos.

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He found a patch of sun!

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And finally, a double-decker of relaxation!

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We started watching some new fall TV shows.  So far we like This Is Us, Lethal Weapon, Designated Survivor, and Pitch.

Onwards to October!  I hope the weather cools down so I can spend some time in my craft room! 

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Best of August 2016

August sure was a good one!  We took a week off work for staycation in our own city and had so much fun.  We did some new things and did some of our old favorite things. 

We went to the Summerfest in La Jolla, the annual free La Jolla Music Society concert at La Jolla Cove.  Todd’s friend Cecile joined us.

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Open air concert by the ocean… so good.

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Todd continued to play at his work’s chamber music club.

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Todd put up a shelf with hooks in our office so I could hang up my work backpack and purse, which makes everything neater in our home office.

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STAYCATION – We took a week off work and staycationed here in San Diego. 

Peppermint & Tom came to visit for a few days during that week. 

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Where they were here we:

  • Ate carne asada from El Nopalito
  • Watched several episodes of Mr. Robot, the Olympics, and movies Brothers Grimm and Spy.
  • Shopped at Nordstrom Rack, Costco, Saks Off Fifth, Sprouts.
  • Ate at Burger Lounge.
  • Went to see Jason Bourne at the recliner theater.
  • Ate at Phuong Trang and went to The Boba Bar.
  • Walked around Pacific Beach.
  • Had cupcakes from Pure Cupcakes.
  • Played puzzles.

It was low key and laid back, just like we like it.

The rest of staycation included:

Barnes & Noble date.

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Breakfast at Original Pancake House.

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Daytrip to Oceanside.  Lunch at Brooklyn Boys Pizza.

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A visit to Old Mission San Luis Rey, which we had never been to.

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Visiting the California Surf Museum.

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Walking the length of the Oceanside Pier, which we had never done before.

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Mariposa Ice Cream at the base of the Oceanside Pier.

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Chef’s Tasting dinner at Veranda at Rancho Bernardo Inn.

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Lunch date at Bottega Americano downtown, where I had the best mussels ever.

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Visiting the Central Library in downtown San Diego for the first time.  Quite the architecture and it’s huge.

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Going to Hotel Del Coronado and having ice cream at Moo Time, our favorite ice cream in San Diego.

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Eating the Triton Fries at Supernatural Sandwiches, which was everything I had imagined it would be.  Good French fries topped with shrimp, scallops, lobster, cheese sauce, and guacamole. 

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Besides Staycation, there were other fun things this month.  We made some yummy food at home.

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We made milk tea with bobas (tapioca balls) at home.

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Todd got a new MacBook Pro at work, so he gave me his 1.5 year old personal MacBook Air!

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Todd got a new car… a 100% electric car!  He has free charging at work, so it makes sense for him.  I get to drive his old Subaru now, and we’re going to sell my 17 year old Honda Prelude.  It’s been quite a month of inheriting hand-me-down things for me! 

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Todd ran a corporate 5k challenge race and PR’ed at 21:40!

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We ran at Miramar lake.

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We got to see the Ira Liss Big Band Jazz Machine again at Bernardo Winery.  Magical, as always.

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A couple of cute Noodle shots.

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I’m not sure that September can top all this fun in August.  But fall will be here and we’ve already seen the first weekend of college football.  This is the most exciting time of the year for Todd!  I had planned to photograph my new craft room but didn’t even get to it in August.  I spent no time in there.  Maybe when it cools down in Sept I will want to spend time in there.  Hopefully I’ll do a post of the craft room re-do soon.

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