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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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Best of July 2016

It’s hard to believe that another month has gone by already!  Summer is flying by!  Time for another “Best Of” monthly post!

Todd’s parents came to visit and we took them to Coasterra for dinner. 

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On the same day, we went to the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights “Star Spangled Pops” concert on July 1st.  Lots of patriotic music and fireworks afterwards!

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Todd’s parents got to hear Todd speak at the annual American Mensa conference, which happened to be in San Diego this year.  Todd gave a talk about how to make friends as adults (because we all know how hard that is!)  They were so proud of him!

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We also walked at Miramar Lake.

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Wore these heels to work.  I don’t normally wear heels at all because I hate being uncomfortable, but these 3” heels are actually quite comfortable. 

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Went running at the coast.  Oh San Diego, how we love you.

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Todd participated in the “Cake Off” contest at work with his chocolate caramel cake.  Sadly he did not win.  I’m pretty sure it was rigged.

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We tried out a new-to-us restaurant called “Brothers Provision”. 

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We had a weeknight movie date to see “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, because we love Miyazaki’s animated movies.

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We got a new refrigerator.  Our old one came with the house when we bought it in 2001.  It was time.  Todd was very excited!

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You might be wondering, why are they buying and upgrading and re-doing all these things around their house?  Well, we’ve saved up some money, and we believe that things around the house should enhance our everyday experiences rather than annoy us.  So, as much as we’re able to make our house a place of comfort, that’s what we’re doing.  New windows?  We’re enjoying them so much.  Opening them every morning and every night is a great everyday experience and huge upgrade from our old windows.  New office?  LOVE the experience of being in it now that it’s open, airy, organized, and bright.  New fridge?  It’s big and all the food is organized and it’s energy-efficient.

We donated the old fridge (still works), two bookshelves, and a big filing cabinet.  Todd had to take the doors off the fridge and got help from our neighbors Tyler and Fred in order to get the fridge out our front door.

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Todd officially joined the San Diego Triathlon Club.  He went on two bike rides with them, plus a couple of ocean swims (but I don’t have pics). 

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I took a Friday off and spent the 3-day weekend painting my craft room and hauling all my boxed up stuff back into the craft room and organizing it.  Here’s a peek, but I’ll blog the craft room makeover later in August.

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We tried a new Hawaiian poke place called “Poke Go”, not too far from us.  I deemed it pretty good.  Nice to have poke not too far away.  It’s a decent closer-by choice for sure. 

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We went to a concert at Open Air Theater and we saw Howard Jones…

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OMD (Orchestral Maneuvers In the Dark)

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And Barenaked Ladies (our 5th or 6th time!)

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It was like re-living high school and grad school all over again!

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Todd went salsa dancing with some co-workers.  He’s in the Swing Dance Club at work, but this was different type of dance.  They got lessons too!  Next time I’ll be joining him.

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I printed out photos for the first time since last September (10 months ago!).  I’ll be scrapbooking again soon, now that I’ve made over my craft room.  For various reasons I haven’t scrapbooked since 10 months ago.  I feel like doing it again.

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Dad & Shelly came to visit and we celebrated their combined birthdays with lunch at Duke’s La Jolla.

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Followed by a walk around the Cove.

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Went to the Padres game downtown at Petco Park with AJ & Meera.  They ended up beating the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 in 10 innings.  Love hanging out with AJ & Meera!

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Cooked a bunch of great meals at home.

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We helped Noodle celebrate his 6th birthday by letting him lick some Cheetos.

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Some more Noodle antics in July:

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I didn’t take any photos, but I got to have lunch with my scrapbooking friend Pearl and also visit her new house.  I loved it, and loved spending time with her!

I’ll blog my craft room makeover in a couple of weeks.  We are SO looking forward to August because we’re taking a week off work and just staycationing here in San Diego.  It’s our favorite thing to do! We love San Diego and living here is a dream.  And also, Peppermint will be coming to visit! 

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