Sunday, November 30, 2014

The One With November Life in Pictures

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I wasn’t very good with writing personal blog posts in November.  Life was very busy and I just wasn’t motivated.  Here’s a look back at November.

We Cooked:

We actually cook at home on weeknights quite a bit.  I just always forget to take photos, especially if it’s not a new dish/recipe.  Two favorites from November were Swedish Meatballs (made with chicken!) and Tuscan Potato Soup

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The Tuscan Potato Soup is actually better than the Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden.

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We Ate Out:

11/9 In-N-Out Burger


11/13 Mister Falafel with Dejah & Roby


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11/18 IKEA CafĂ© – I took a long lunch from work so I could drive down to IKEA and buy some Kassett boxes to finish organizing our DVDs into the shelves in the family room.  While there I had to have the Swedish meatball plate.

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11/20 Tofu House – Todd took me there for dinner to celebrate this annual audit being over for me at work.  This annual audit is a huge pain in the ass and I was so glad it was over for this year.

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I love the little side dishes that you get at Korean restaurants!

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My tofu with beef and mushrooms!

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11/21 Bites of Boston – I had lunch there because I felt like eating a lobster roll.  The special of the day was lobster BLT, how could I resist?

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11/27 Pacifica Del Mar – Todd and I usually have our Thanksgiving meal at Pacifica Del Mar if we’re in town alone.  This Thanksgiving it was 82 degrees at the beach and we were lucky to have this awesome outing!  Thanksgiving turkey with an ocean view.

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Not bad spending Thanksgiving at the beach with shorts on.

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11/28 Mama’s Lebanese Bakery – took a break from turkey for some Labanese!

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Afterwards we had gelato at Papalecco’s.  Todd had nutella and I had chocolate PB.

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11/30 Carnitas Snack Shack – ending the month on a piggish note. 

Beet Terrine

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Triple Threat:  pull pork, pork schnitzel, and bacon.

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Todd’s Outings:

Todd continues to enjoy the clubs where he works.  The Chamber Music Club had a Sunday meetup on 11/16, where they played Brahms piano quartet #1 in G Minor Opus 25.  Todd played the 3rd and 4th movements on piano.



11/25 - Todd went with the Swing Dance Club on a weeknight outing to the Atomic Ballroom in Irvine.  He really enjoyed it, although he says most of his dance partners were better than him.  On this night it was the Lindy Hop.




We went running at the lake after a long while of not running at the lake.  It was a beautiful day on Sun 11/23.

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I ran 3.5 miles and took it at an easy pace.

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Speaking of beautiful days… San Diego has been one of the few areas in the country where we were not hit with any foul polar weather.

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And this from our local news station really cracked me up.  Come on, even I know that this was NOT cold compared with the rest of the country.



Crafty Stuffs:

On Tuesday night 11/18 Pearl came over to hang out and check out my newest scrapbook projects.  The sad thing is we forgot to take even one photo together!

A fun announcement on Elle’s Studio blog and Instagram about their Celebrate December daily inspiration on their blog.  Look who is participating!


I got some new inks from Studio Calico.  I’ve already used them quite a bit!

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Sneak peek of my 2014 handmade holiday cards.  I’ve been working on them for a few weeks already!

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Another sneak of something I’m making for our Elf Party.

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Sneak of a Project Life spread that will be on the Paper Issues blog and my blog tomorrow.


Sneak of a layout for One Little Bird using her collection Gossamer Blue, coming later this week.


Sneak of an upcoming layout for Paper Issues.

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And lastly, sneak of an upcoming layout for Evalicious.



Where in the world is Noodle?

On the stairs waiting for me to come down in the morning.

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Under a blanket watching football.

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On the ground, asking for belly rubs.  We found out he’s 15 lbs now and he is on rationed food portions now so he could lose some weight.  Poor Noodle!

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On the DISH receiver.  I bought him a heated bed last year and he wouldn’t use it.  I ended up giving it to Peppermint so Mo could use it.  Then Noodle goes and sleeps on appliances.  Silly cat.

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Snuggling on the chair with Todd.  Nothing cute to see here at all!



Sleeping on Todd while we watched TV.

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And… under the table while we watched football.  This one really cracked me up!

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And that was November!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

DT Announcement | Evalicious


I’m so excited to announce that I’m back on the Evalicious design team for another term!  I was on the team from Jan to June last year and really enjoyed creating with Evalicious goodies so much!  You can see all my previous (as well as future) projects made with Evalicious products on my blog here.  You can go to the Evalicious blog to see the announcement and see the rest of the team! 

I’ll be making my first project soon, and I’ll also have a giveaway in early-mid December that will blow your socks off!  It will be open to everyone including internationals.  Be on the lookout for the giveaway on my blog near Dec. 10th!  :-)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elf Party Invites + Free Download

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Our annual Elf Party is coming up in early December. 

We didn’t have it in 2013 due to our vacation to Hawaii, but this year Elf Party IV will be back!  This past weekend I made some invitations for the party.  I wanted to hand-letter my favorite quote from the Elf movie, so I drew some pencil lines and sketched out my lettering in pencil first.  Then I went over it with my Sakura Micron pens.

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After I erased my pencil marks and fixed up my lettering a little more with my Microns, I was happy with what I had.

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I scanned it and then pulled it up into Adobe Illustrator to digitize the lettering.  I used the Live Trace function to digitize it.  Then I changed the colors of the digitized lettering for my invitations.


I printed them onto matte photo paper in A2 size. 

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I trimmed them and adhered them to red cardstock.

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I was pretty happy with how they turned out!  Not bad for a Saturday’s work!  I’ve sent out the invitations to our Elf Party friends.  Now I need to get started on my party favors!

If you like this digitized version of my hand-lettering…


I’ve made some downloadable printables for you!  Please remember it’s for personal-use only and not for resale in any form.  You can download them here:  3x4, 4x6, 8.5x11

Enjoy! :-)

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