Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hitting The Crest

I’ve been too busy this week to blog about daily life things.  I guess you could say I’ve been living life, which is a good thing.  I have many blog posts planned this week, including a giveaway/blog hop, Project Life Week 16, a stuff-I’ve-been-cooking-and-eating-at-home-and-I’ve-lost-two-pounds post, and a couple more others.  So this week will be quite busy on the listgirl blog!  :)

This past Monday Todd and I took the day off work to hang out.  We both have a lot of un-used time off at work.  If we don’t take the days off, we lose future vacation time accruals because we’re bumping up against the maximum that we could accrue.  So every month we take a couple of days off, usually Mondays.  Because let’s face it, working from Tuesday to Friday is better than working from Monday to Friday!  :p  Until we can take a weeklong vacation off, we’ll always be bumping up against our max vacation accrual at work.

As per our new Monday off tradition, we drove down to Crest Café in Hillcrest for breakfast.  We discovered it earlier this year after driving down to try Hash House A Go-Go and finding a huge wait there.  We walked down the street to Crest Café and it was excellent!  Our new favorite breakfast place.

I had the usual Hangover Omelette with potatoes.  The omelette has pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, and chicken sausage inside.  I shared the potatoes with Todd, and I only ate half the omelette and saved the other half for the next day.  The best part about the omelette?  The green chimichurri sauce on top.  It is tangy and nutty and utterly delicious.
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Instead of the banana walnut waffle, Todd got a blueberry waffle.  He does not like eggs or cheese, so his breakfast favorites are sweet items and potatoes.
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And because there hasn’t been a Todd Shot on the blog lately, here’s one for you!
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After breakfast, we put more coins into the parking meter and walked over to our favorite thrift/used clothing store, Buffalo Exchange.  This Buffalo Exchange location always has shirts that fit Todd’s slim figure.  He tried on a couple and liked them, so we bought them.
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And what would be an excursion to Hillcrest without going to Todd’s favorite bakery, Bread & Cie?  The sweet choices were many.
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As well as breads.
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But Todd always gets their brownie, which is his favorite. 

We walked around on 5th Ave because there’s cool buildings to look at.
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And a new Urban Outfitters.
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After Hillcrest, we stopped by Target on the way home because I needed hair conditioner.  I looked in the stationary aisle near the Post-It notes, and what did I see?  Washi tape.  Four rolls for $4, so cheap!  So I got some.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 Project Life | Week 15

I ended up doing Week 15 and Week 16 together this weekend, since I hadn’t done Week 15 yet.   I actually like getting two weeks done at the same time, since it seems to take less time than doing each week individually.  But two weeks is my limit in being “behind”.  For 2012 I have not let myself get more than two weeks behind.

My Friday Frenzy mass production of Project Life journal cards really helped me with getting my two weeks of pages done. 

Week 15
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Todd had been sick with a cold but we finally got out for lunch and a walk around the lake, which was awesome.  And I finished our 2011 taxes and filed it.  One of my college degrees was in Accounting, but taxes were never my specialty.  Nevertheless, I feel a sense of pride in doing our own taxes, even though nowadays it has gotten a lot more complicated.  Thank goodness for Turbo Tax.  (Which, by the way, is headquartered a couple of miles from our house!)

Left page.
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I used a week title page from the Clementine Core Kit.  It had a gray and orange postal border, so I went with the same colors while scrapping it.  The doily stamp is one that I carved myself.  I used Jenni Bowlin dye ink in Weather Vane and Chicken Feed.  “Life Is Good” stamp was from the $1 bin at Michaels. 
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Photo of Todd walking at the lake, and photo of our lunch at Chile Peppers, plus some journaling.
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We went out to dinner on Wednesday to celebrate finishing and filing our 2011 taxes, even though we owed money, LOL.
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A Noodle page.  The red stamped “love” is another one I carved myself.  The “with love” strip is actually white on sketched gray washi tape!
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Right page.  I did a lot of crafting this week so a lot of the page was about that. 
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I’m trying to cut back on carbs and this grilled steak edamame salad was SO SO good!  I created the semi-transparent banner in Photoshop and typed journaling on it before printing the photo out.
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This was a funny photo of all the noodle I DIDN’T eat at the Vietnamese restaurant.  They sure give you a TON of noodles!
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A couple of journal cards to summarize our week.  The left one I used the stamp I carved that looks like a piece of washi tape.  The circle “TODAY” stamp is another one from Michaels $1 bin.
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This section of the page is all about me taking up carving stamps.  The ampersand journal card on the left is one I made using the 3x4 Project Life grid journal card, the Studio Calico ampersand mask, and some Mr Huey spray ink.
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Some more crafty things I did in Week 15.  I did a Print & Cut of a whole sheet of labels with my Sihouette. The top banner on this page was cut with Amy Martin’s Cutting Files: Edged Borders SVG files from The Lilypad.  I upgraded my Silhouette Studio software to the Designer Edition so that I could open and work with SVG files.
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That’s it for Week 15.  Please leave a comment if you have questions.

Just a short note about comments.  I’ve noticed that a lot of people visit my blog nowadays, and very few people comment.  It’s a little bit discouraging to me when I spend a lot of time blogging about my projects and hardly anyone takes the time to comment, even though I see things pinned to Pinterest from my blog all the time.  It doesn’t really encourage me to want to take the time to share my Project Life or other types of projects on my blog.  It really takes me a lot of time to blog about these, and if you’re getting some sort of inspiration from it, or have any thoughts to share, it would be quite encouraging to me if you could take the time to leave a comment from time to time.  I try to do the same in the blogosphere when I come upon something that I like.  Because the author and content-provider spent the time to share, and she deserves some encouragement via comments.  That is all.  :)
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