Monday, September 5, 2016

Best of August 2016

August sure was a good one!  We took a week off work for staycation in our own city and had so much fun.  We did some new things and did some of our old favorite things. 

We went to the Summerfest in La Jolla, the annual free La Jolla Music Society concert at La Jolla Cove.  Todd’s friend Cecile joined us.

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Open air concert by the ocean… so good.

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Todd continued to play at his work’s chamber music club.

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Todd put up a shelf with hooks in our office so I could hang up my work backpack and purse, which makes everything neater in our home office.

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STAYCATION – We took a week off work and staycationed here in San Diego. 

Peppermint & Tom came to visit for a few days during that week. 

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Where they were here we:

  • Ate carne asada from El Nopalito
  • Watched several episodes of Mr. Robot, the Olympics, and movies Brothers Grimm and Spy.
  • Shopped at Nordstrom Rack, Costco, Saks Off Fifth, Sprouts.
  • Ate at Burger Lounge.
  • Went to see Jason Bourne at the recliner theater.
  • Ate at Phuong Trang and went to The Boba Bar.
  • Walked around Pacific Beach.
  • Had cupcakes from Pure Cupcakes.
  • Played puzzles.

It was low key and laid back, just like we like it.

The rest of staycation included:

Barnes & Noble date.

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Breakfast at Original Pancake House.

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Daytrip to Oceanside.  Lunch at Brooklyn Boys Pizza.

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A visit to Old Mission San Luis Rey, which we had never been to.

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Visiting the California Surf Museum.

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Walking the length of the Oceanside Pier, which we had never done before.

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Mariposa Ice Cream at the base of the Oceanside Pier.

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Chef’s Tasting dinner at Veranda at Rancho Bernardo Inn.

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Lunch date at Bottega Americano downtown, where I had the best mussels ever.

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Visiting the Central Library in downtown San Diego for the first time.  Quite the architecture and it’s huge.

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Going to Hotel Del Coronado and having ice cream at Moo Time, our favorite ice cream in San Diego.

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Eating the Triton Fries at Supernatural Sandwiches, which was everything I had imagined it would be.  Good French fries topped with shrimp, scallops, lobster, cheese sauce, and guacamole. 

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Besides Staycation, there were other fun things this month.  We made some yummy food at home.

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We made milk tea with bobas (tapioca balls) at home.

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Todd got a new MacBook Pro at work, so he gave me his 1.5 year old personal MacBook Air!

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Todd got a new car… a 100% electric car!  He has free charging at work, so it makes sense for him.  I get to drive his old Subaru now, and we’re going to sell my 17 year old Honda Prelude.  It’s been quite a month of inheriting hand-me-down things for me! 

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Todd ran a corporate 5k challenge race and PR’ed at 21:40!

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We ran at Miramar lake.

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We got to see the Ira Liss Big Band Jazz Machine again at Bernardo Winery.  Magical, as always.

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A couple of cute Noodle shots.

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I’m not sure that September can top all this fun in August.  But fall will be here and we’ve already seen the first weekend of college football.  This is the most exciting time of the year for Todd!  I had planned to photograph my new craft room but didn’t even get to it in August.  I spent no time in there.  Maybe when it cools down in Sept I will want to spend time in there.  Hopefully I’ll do a post of the craft room re-do soon.


  1. That library was a little weird for me. But I was happy to stumble upon books I wanted.

  2. Wow great staycation. You can splurge since you saved on travel and hotel.

  3. Ps the library looks weird from the outside. It looks like the Death Star from Star Wars.


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