Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dinner + Movie and Other Fun Things


At the beginning of this year, I told Todd that I wanted to have friends come over for dinner regularly.  It is something we didn’t do as much last year that I missed.  We decided to call it “Dinner + a Movie”, because… well because that’s what it is!  About once a month we will invite one friend or a couple over to have dinner together and watch a movie.  This month, Anne & Gilbert were our first “Dinner + a Movie” guests on Monday, 2/10.

Todd cooked Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce, and it was fantastic!  This is one of our favorite meals lately.


Mmm… tilapia.


Anne & Gilbert brought over a fruit mousse cake that was divine.


We may or may not have had more than one piece.  I’m not saying.


The movie choice for the night was “Oz The Great and Powerful”.


It had a slow start but picked up and the ending was pretty good.  Always love a weird movie with James Franco in it, lol.  We’re so excited to kick off “Dinner + a Movie” with friends.  Anne & Gilbert were great company.

In other news…

My February Ipsy Glam Bag came last week.

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So far I’m not as sure I like this bag.  The lip gloss was too bright for me and smelled weird.  The lavender cream eye shadow is not really my color.  I haven’t tried the skin masks & fake eyelashes yet.  I love the light pink Zoya nail polish. 

One night when I came home from work, Noodle was such a ham that I had to take a bunch of photos of him.  It was too much cuteness for one cat, ha ha!

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On Monday 2/10, I had the pleasure of meeting up for a late lunch with my good friend Meera.  A much needed girl-time indeed!  So fun to hang out, just the two of us.

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Some stuff we’ve been cooking.  (And when I say “we”, I really mean Todd.  He’s the great chef of our family.)

This Coconut Curry Chicken Soup was so delicious.  8 WW points.

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Love this Broiled Salmon with Roasted Tomato Sauce.


I took Friday 2/14 off work and spent most of the day remembering my mom and re-organizing my craft studio.  Lots of in-progress photos but no “after” photos yet.

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On Friday evening, I had to drop my car off to the shop because I kept smelling a burnt oil smell.  It turned out I needed about $800 of work done and they kept my car until Monday evening.  I had to work from home yesterday.  But I digress.  The car repair shop was only a couple of blocks away from our favorite Indian food, so we got takeout from Punjabi Tandoor for our Valentine’s dinner at home.  Todd surprised me with a lemon cream bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. 


And Noodle and I both made handmade cards for Todd.  I helped Noodle with some tools which required usage of opposable thumbs.  It was a really nice & quite Valentine’s at home.

I ran five miles at the lake on Saturday.  It was a hot day and even at 9am it was 80 degrees. 

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The last two miles were tough due to the heat, but I made it.  I’m sort of still on schedule in my training for the Hot Chocolate 15K at the end of March.

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After going home and cleaning up, we went to Miguel’s Cocina for lunch.  Because I burned over 500 calories running and had a craving for enchiladas.

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My lunch companion is the cutest!

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I finished more Project Life pages for February.  Still need to photograph them, but that post should be up later this week.

Also, I just want to thank each and every one of you who take the time and effort to comment on my blog.  I’m thankful for you.  It makes the effort of blogging slightly more worth it.  THANK YOU!


  1. I always love reading your blog, and so happy you're blogging again and decided not to quit entirely! You are my go to person to find out the latest and greatest places to eat (^_^) So for that, thank you!

    1. Ha ha, eating is like my, 2nd hobby! Happy to oblige!

  2. Boy I wish I lived nearby so I could eat at all the yummy places you describe! Love all the creative inspiration too!

  3. 80 degrees at 9am? OMG! We have been reaching 70+ in Northern CA. We need the rain but I must admit I am enjoying it when it is like spring weather. TFS the photos. Noodle is too cute.

  4. Those dishes look delicious. Love ur blog!

  5. I love your blog too, full of amazing things :)

  6. You three are simply the cutest. I love all the food photos: you make San Diego cuisine look divine. Count me in on being happy that you are back to blogging.

  7. I wanted to say thanks for continuing to blog! I enjoy seeing sunny California. Just FYI, this year has been so cold in Ohio I had to upgrade my running tights to the kind with fleece inside and have worn two pairs of gloves/mittens on my last runs. Love that you are still wearing capris in the heat! I'd be half naked :)

    1. Wearing the capris was a mistake! I didn't know it was going to be quite THAT warm, and it really was too hot. I should have worn shorts or a skort. You should be so proud that you've been running outside in Ohio! I never ran outside in the winter when we lived in Ohio, lol.

  8. Thank you so much, everyone, for your kind words. When I wrote the last sentence about thanking you for commenting on my blog, I was really wanting to thank you, not trying to ask for more comments, lol. But I really appreciate anyone reading my blog who gets something out of it, even if it's just a smile or hunger pangs. :) I'm happy that I can touch someone else's life even in a small way. That makes it worth sharing snippets of my life and crafting here.

  9. As usual, San Diego looks like a balm. I must, must come out there one day! Love your blog, Christine. It's really enjoyable to read!


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