Monday, April 30, 2007
Here's a pic of me and William enjoying hot dogs from Top Dog in Berkeley, CA. Todd's band The Northstar Session played at Blake's in Berkeley last year, and William was nice enough to come out and see the band. He was excited because it was his first night out after Thomas was born. So he "lived it up" with us and had a hot dog, a beer, coffee, and saw the band. We had a fun evening chatting and hanging out.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
So, on Monday 4/23, we embarked on our "Aventura de Las Turistas". First stop was lunch. We had heard about a new restaurant in PB (Pacific Beach for those not from San Diego) that's famous for fries. It's called Belgian Frie. Just don't call them "French" fries, because they're Belgian! We were so excited because there were parking spaces everywhere in PB. This NEVER happens on a weekend! We walked in and studied the menu on the chalkboard for over 5 minutes. Just the choices of dipping sauces for the fries was overwhelming. We finally settled on our order. Todd got meatball sandwich with marinara sauce. I got smoked sausage sandwich with peppers & onions. And of course, we got an order of fries to share. I also felt that it was a moral imperative that I order the Belgian hot chocolate. You know, to get the WHOLE Belgian experience. I wouldn't wanna jip myself of that! ;-p
Our food came and we were so excited. Only to be disappointed a few minutes later. Our sandwiches seemed mediocre, and the fries seemed only alright compared to the hype. I guess we expected the fries to be more special because the restaurant does have "Frie" in its name. But the Belgian hot chocolate was the best hot chocolate I've ever had! Todd stole some from me because he was jealous. They topped off the hot chocolate with whipped cream and real Belgian chocolate. Delicious! It's worth going there again just for the hot choco. Don't get me wrong, the fries were pretty good, just not super-special good. While we were there, we noticed a pregnant woman who came in and ordered JUST the Belgian fries. I guess it hit the "weird craving" spot! Then a young college-aged couple came in and also ordered just the LARGE order of fries (you get 2 sauces with the large order). Apparently, people order fries as their main meal. So next time I go, I'll get hot choco and fries as my whole meal.
After lunch we walked around the boardwalk at the beach. I took a picture of the "Ocean Blvd" sign, because we were after all at the ocean. While I was snapping the pic, a homeless dude rolled up on his bicycle and offered to take a picture of the two of us, so we graciously accepted. He said he used to live in Hawaii and has lots of experience taking photos for people. He took a nice pic of us with Crystal Pier in the background. We walked around a little more, enjoying the sunshine and breezes. Then we got back into the car and headed to nearby Sea World.
- "You are admired for your adventurous ways."
- "Life to you is a dashing and bold adventure."
- "You will have many friends when you need them."
- "A good way to keep healthy is to eat more chinese food."
- "An optimistic attitude is half of success."
- "Your observations are useful to others."
- "You find beauty in ordinary things, do not lose this ability."
What are your favorite fortune cookie sayings that you've gotten?
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
- when I walk outside at lunch, enjoying the sun, extremely blue skies, breezes, listening to John Mayer on my iPod.
- when Todd and I take a day off from work on a weekday just to enjoy each other's company and make it a point to have fun together. (More about yesterday later!)
- when I get an email from a friend just to say hello.
- when I make plans for the future without fear, knowing that God is in control.
- when I cry and aknowlege sadness.
- when I drive to work with my sunroof open, blasting Switchfoot.
- when I finish a digital layout and it looks good.
- when I learn something new that I didn't know before.
- when I sit so close to the field at Petco Park that I can smell the grass.
- during football and baseball season. (and March Madness)
- when I tell Todd, my dad, my sister, or a friend something and they completely understand.
- when I find my favorite things on sale.
- when I see monkeys, sea lions, or sea otters play.
- when I run at Miramar Lake, listening to John Mayer.
- when there's ice cream or chocolate, or both.
- when I put makeup on and it looks good.
- when that pair of skinny jeans fit (okay, so allow me two vanity entries).
- when I get waken up by the rain in the middle of the night, knowing that I'm safe and sound and protected inside my home.
- when the orange cat walks by my window.
- when I can do the headstand in yoga without help (this only happened once).
- when I can run faster & longer at 37 than at 27.
- when I help someone else in secret.
- when Fred next door brings us his fresh home-roasted coffee beans.
- when we scrap our healthy-cooking plans and order pizza ;-p
I'm sure there's more, so I'll add to the list when I think of other stuff. It's still good to be alive when things aren't going so well. If we didn't have "downs", then how would we have "ups"? Like the Switchfoot song says, "shadow proves the sunshine". Also, Todd has a t-shirt that says, "Without rain there wouldn't be any rainbows". That's really interesting to me, philosophically.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
We first went to the Bamboo Lounge at 12:05, and they told us the bartender wasn't ready. What?!?! So we skipped it and went to Lucky Buck's, which was a Mexican restaurant. They weren't "ready" either. How lame, I must say. If you signed up to participate in the Taste of Hillcrest and you know it starts at 12:00, you should have your food ready! I don't have time to eat at all 37 restaurants as it is, so I'm not coming back to your restaurant later! Bad first impression! Here's the list of places we actually ate at.
1. T Deli - ham & swiss sandwich on warm sourdough. Big thumbs up from Todd and Sally. I thought it was pretty good, but it's still just a sandwich in the end.
2. Baja Betty's - we loved it last year, we love it again this year! They were ready, and the spread was nicely put together. We had a carnitas taco with cilantro, onion, pico de gallo, and hot sauce. And they put out small cups of margaritas! Here's Sally & I at Baja Betty's. Two thumbs way up!
3. Mama Testa Taqueria - choice between small carnitas soft taco or crispy beef taco. Pretty yummy!
4. Amarin Thai - shrimp peanut paste on cracker; tangy cabbage salad; and pad thai noodles. It was alright. We all thought the pad thai was kind of tasteless.
5. Ono Sushi - another perenial favorite. Udon stir-fried noodles with mushrooms & veggies, chicken fried rice, and sushi roll pieces.
6. Bacione Ristorante - served same food as last year - rigatoni with creamy tomato sauce & mushrooms. The sauce tasted good.
7. Taste of Szechuan - we skipped it last year thinking how could it be good Chinese food. But Todd's friend Dave really likes the restaurant, and usually Dave has good taste, so we tried it out. They served chicken with asparagus on rice, and crab rangoon. Well, I must say the chicken dish had great flavor! We declared it a winner.
8. Crush - they have strange food here, probably because it's really more a hipster bar than a restaurant. They served up roasted vegetables baked in goat cheese, with balsamic vinegar on melba toast. It was pretty good but I don't like goat cheese, it smells funny.
9. Corvette Diner - slightly disappointing meatloaf sandwich.
10. Kemo Sabe - turkey wrap - seems not so special considering it's Kemo Sabe. Todd liked last year's Brownie-ala-mode better.11. Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India - this was our favorite restaurant in SD, until they moved across the street and changed chefs. They served chicken masala tikka or banana curry over rice. It was pretty good. But Indian food toned down for the masses. We like the spicy faire.
12. Sushi Itto - peel & eat edamame, chicken teriyaki skewer, stir-fried noodles, and sushi roll pieces. It was decent.
13. Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro - enjoyed the atmosphere and saffron curry chicken over couscous with raisins & chickpeas.
14. Urban Mo's Bar & Grill (formerly Hamburger Mary's) - what?! I had not idea this placed changed names. They served the same buffalo wings as last year though. But the full-sized pink lemonade was new, and it hit the spot.
15. Brazil by the Hill - a traditional Brazilian dish - beef with black beans & rice in a brownish sauce. Also, a little cup of thick chocolate mousse! That was yum-O! Todd tried the chicken with onions, but I was getting full.
16. Ortega's Mexican Bistro - they expanded their restaurant to twice the size it was before. They served up carnitas tacos with gaucamole and pico de gallo. It was fair but not great. However, Todd and I have been there 2 or 3 times before, and we loved the filet medallions and Baja lobsters there.
At this point we decided to take a break from food by clothes shopping at American Apparel. Bad idea. A fitted cotton-spandex polo dress just doesn't seem quite so attractive when your tummy is bulging out from eating.
17. Pizzeria Arrivederci - thin-crusted pepperoni pizza was pretty good.
18. Afghanistan Khyber Pass - the three of us actually ate here for the first time one week before Sept. 11th, 2001. At that time we thought it was delicious. Afghani food is similar to Indian food, with curries and basmati rice. They served up the Afghan version of chicken curry (kinda orangish) and spinach saag on basmati rice. It was fairly yummy.
19. City Delicatessen - Todd looks forward to this every year. They serve up brownies, lemon bars, and chocolate mousse cake. Well, you can only choose one. Todd & Sally went for the brownies and I went for the lemon bar.
20. Whole Foods - the deli at this health food grocery chain is actually really good. They served us vegan tempeh curry with nuts (very yummy) and cabbage salad.
21. Chipotle Mexican Grill - yes the chain - we were stuffed by then, so we each got a different kind of taco and Sally put them in her purse to eat for dinner later. Sally got a barbacoa taco, and she said "barbacoa" in a very spanish accent.
22. Robeks - a smoothie shop - we each got a small cup of passion fruit smoothie.
23. Ben & Jerry's - the last stop in our whirlwind international food tour - Todd had "Turtle Soup", I had "Triple Caramel Chunk", and Sally had "Cherry Garcia".
We ambled back to Sally's house with big smiles on our faces and vows to skip dinner.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
I haven't made a digi-layout in a while, and I didn't want to spend a long time on it. So I used one of Kellie Mize's layout templates at DesignerDigitals and ScrapGirls' "Hana" papers and came up with this. Todd and I were on Oahu for a couple of days in December, prior to meeting up with my parents on Maui. We drove to the North Shore's Banzai Pipeline, where they were having the big wave surfing competition Pipeline Masters, the last competition in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. December is big wave season on the North Shore of Oahu. Speaking of Hawaii... Don Ho died this weekend! Sad... long live "Tiny Bubbles"!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
Friday, April 6, 2007
These last few weeks Dad has been organizing the house quite a bit. I think it has been therapeutic for him. The house is nearly all organized now, and it is as he likes it. I brought a bunch of mom's clothes and costume jewelry home for keepsake.
Which leads me to grandiose organizing plans for myself. If my stuff were ever organized all at once, I might faint! From all the stuff I have, you can tell I live a full life. There's sporting goods, old school books and notes, cards and keepsakes from everyone important in my life, photographs, negatives, all my hobby things (knitting, soapmaking, jewelry making, scrapbooking, just to name a few). I just read an article in Real Simple magazine that keeping too much clutter in your house is like having emotional baggage. You should only surround yourself with stuff you love.
My Ambitious Organizing Plans:
- My desk in the home office.
- My bookshelves in the home office.
- My CD collection. There's music that I never listen to anymore. I should either have a garage sale, sell them on eBay, or give them away
- My photography stuff: cameras, tripods, flash memory cards, batteries, product manuals. ALL my photographs, photo books, negatives, etc.
- My books: how-to's, cookbooks, writing books, knitting books
- Magazines. Ugh, so many to throw away. Ever try to throw away magazines, only to be lured in by the headlines and before you know it, you think you need to keep every useful article in them, "just in case you visit the Florida Keys some day", or "just in case you want to visit that restaurant later"? UGH!
- Media supplies: envelopes, folders, notebooks, hanging file folders, printer paper, vellum, printer photo papers, etc. Wow.
- Toys & Games: you'd think adults with no children don't have much games, but we do.
- Clothes in the "other" closets.
- Extra pillows and bedding. Guests can only use so much. Pillows and bedding take up a LOT of space!
- All my sundries. I'm a sucker for nice-smelling lotions, body butters, sprays, etc.
- Gift-wrap papers, gift bags, gift tags, gift boxes.
- Scrapbooking stuff. I converted to digital scrapbooking about a year ago. I still have tons of paper scrapping supplies. They're nice to look at and to make cards with, but I doubt I'll ever use it all.
- Soapmaking supplies: pot, stirrer, scents, oils...
- Knitting & crocheting supplies: yarns, needles, yarns yarns and more yarns. Project books. Finished scarves, hats, other projects.
- Drawing supplies, finished drawings, pencils, charcoal, huge clipboard, coloring pencils, crayons, coloring books. I love them all but they take up room.
- Beads, string, clamps, etc for jewelry making.
- Cross stitching stuff: floss, fabric, designs.
- Stuffed animals.
- My purses. Don't ask.
- Candles. I used to love them and people kept giving me candles for every occasion as gifts. Now I have too many.
There's more, but this list is enough. Why do I have so much stuff you ask? Because I have many hobbies. But also because they're all symbols of "possibilities". That's what makes me happy and give me hope. I COULD play with all this stuff and create something beautiful and useful. It's like the joy of window-shopping too. You can imagine the possibilities of what you want to buy, and get joy out of it without actually buying it.
Listgirl is tired from making this massive list. She's off to take a nap now...
But, before I go, I'll share with you this layout that I had started last June before my mom got sick... I finally finished it this week.