Sunday, February 23, 2014

Six Miles, Loads of Dirt, and a Haircut

Last Sunday night (2/16) Todd and I went to Burger Lounge in Hillcrest for dinner, followed by Songwriters Acoustic Night at Swedenborg Hall.

Burger Lounge is our favorite burger in San Diego.  Todd got a chance to try the limited time available elk burger.

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The elk burger warranted a Todd Shot, apparently!

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I had the Baby Lounge burger.  Just my size and right up my alley.  Gotta love it when the meat is so much bigger than the bun! 

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Poster for Songwriters Acoustic Night.

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Todd is friends with Pete, Jason, and Isaac, so it was great to see them all together on stage in one night!


They each sang a song, then circled back again and again.  Such a fun night of local music.


Todd got me a Roomba as an early birthday gift.  Because, as I say all the time:  vacuuming is the bane of my existence. 


It usually takes me an hour and ten minutes to vacuum the whole house.  I spend way too much time vacuuming every week.  The Roomba does all flooring surfaces too, so it will clean all our carpet and tile flooring.  It is really disgusting to find out how dirty your carpet/floors are though.  We vacuum regularly.  We vacuumed with our Dyson before turning the Roomba on.  The Roomba still got this much dirt and cat fur!


Not only is that gross… we programmed the Roomba to vacuum for an hour every day when we’re at work.  And every day this week, it has picked up this much dirt and fur!  I’m grossed out but at the same time so happy, ha ha.

We watched “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” this week.  I hadn’t seen it since like, college.  I had totally forgotten the plot.  You know one of my favorite movies from last year was “Star Trek Into Darkness”.  I’ve seen it, oh, like 5-6 times already. 


Without giving the plotlines away, if you haven’t seen either movie… I was amazed at how much Into Darkness paid homage to Wrath of Khan!  If you like either movie and haven’t seen the other, I recommend seeing them together some time.  Wrath of Khan first. 

I took Friday (2/21) off work and got a haircut.  My last haircut was in October, so it was about time.  My hair was getting a little too long to manage.  Here I am, in the midst of styling.

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This is my hair now.


The left pic is my normal smile.  I still don’t really like my smile with braces.  So I tried smiling with my mouth closed and the end result was an accidental duck face.  Sigh.  Here’s the back of my hair now.

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After my haircut, I bought some hand soup and hand cream at Bath & Body Works.  Then I headed to Barnes & Noble.  I guess I felt like it was a splurge day, because somehow I ended up with a caramel flan frappe and a red velvet cupcake!  I enjoyed them while perusing magazines.

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I did end up buying this calligraphy book and started reading it this weekend.  This book has been on my wishlist for months now, ever since I took the calligraphy class.  I’ve also taken this Skillshare calligraphy class and highly recommend it. 

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I’m in the midst of training for a 15K race at the end of March.  And after the extra calories on Friday, it was a good reason to get out to the lake and run six miles. 

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The six miles this week actually felt great compared to the five miles last week!  The temperature wasn’t as high, I wore shorts, and I was armed with water, Cytomax, and a GU.  I ate the GU after three miles and it helped power me through the last half of the run.  I felt really good on this run.  I felt like I could have gone further!  The weather was overcast yesterday too, that might have helped.

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Ah yes, some Noodle cuteness.  One morning last week I came downstairs and it was quiet.  I love quiet mornings with a cute cat snoozing on his perch!

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Noodle hid under the dining table on a chair and played peek-a-boo with us.


It was a little too much cuteness for one cat, really.


Oh I almost forgot!  We cooked this Pesto Alla Trapanese as a homecooked splurge meal this week and it was SO.GOOD.  We had forgotten how good it was! 


In fact, I blogged about this dish once before, and I was actually a Blogger Spotlight on America’s Test Kitchen blog!  One of my proudest blogging moments ever. 

PS – I finally switched out my blog header banner, after over two years.  Click over to check it out if you are reading my blog in a reader.  :)


  1. Love your haircut! I need to find me a new hairdresser. While I love mine, she is no longer a full time hairdresser and it's hard to for us to be on the same sked. Would you mind recommending yours? BTW, I love the pic of Noodle btwn the chair (the first one!)!

    1. Email me at listgirldesigns (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll tell you about my hair stylist(s). :)

  2. I think I'll need to consider buying a Roomba... :) Love your hair!

    1. The Roomba is like a magical machine!

  3. New haircut and your new blog header both look great!!

  4. Those noodle pictures are too cute!

  5. Hahaha ... not sure what's cuter, you're "accidental duck face" smile or Noodle playing "peek-a-boo"!

  6. I'm thinking about getting a Dyson but have also kind of wanted a Roomba too. Seems like you couldn't survive on just the Roomba alone though. Unlike you I actually love vacuuming :o) I just don't make time to do it more than once a week and with hard wood floors (even in a shoes off house) I swear our floors always feel dirty. Which is why I've thought of the Roomba...hmm


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