Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Making Me Happy This Week – 4/1/2018

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I didn’t take a lot of photos last week.  I almost think I need to make this list in real time sometimes.  By the time the week is over, and if I didn’t hardly take any photos, I’ve forgotten all the things that made me happy! 

Here’s what’s making me happy:

  • Sunny and 70’s weather all week!  San Diego returns to form!20180326-2018-03-26 07.02.22_blog
  • Got trained at work on our new financial planning system.
  • Todd’s cooking:  the sweet & sour chicken with fresh pineapples and noodles, and meatball marinara from scratch!  Yum, yum, yum!20180329-2018-03-29 18.43.48_blog
  • Daily free bagels from Panera for two weeks!  I’m a rewards member and they sometimes give me offers.  I got daily free bagels for the entire month of November before!
  • Working from home on Friday.  I hardly ever get to work from home anymore due to my meeting schedule.  Sigh.
  • Noodle getting obsessed with his puffy bed that I bought him over six months ago!  Sometimes it takes cats SO LONG to decide that they actually like something!20180329-2018-03-29 17.00.30_blog
  • Opening Day of the 2018 Major League Baseball season!
  • Hour long walk at the beach, followed by our favorite pizza!  It actually was quite cloudy on Saturday, but I LOVED the long walk and getting out for fresh ocean air!20180331-2018-03-31 12.09.41_blog
  • Finally submitting our taxes and getting large refund back due to our solar panel installation in 2017!  We were waiting on Todd’s corrected W2 from his work.  We celebrated with Creamistry ice cream!20180331-2018-03-31 17.28.04_blog
  • Pitch Perfect 3 – I still love it, even though it’s so cheesy.  I love the singing and it’s still funny to me. 
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  • Getting invited to our next door neighbors’ house for Sunday rib dinner.
  • Dyed my hair purple with just shampoo.  (See ice cream photo above.)
  • Finally getting paid the rest of my annual bonus.  When they paid me the bonus two weeks ago, it was less than I had expected.  Turned out they only paid me a prorated 7 months of bonus for 2017 instead of 10 months.  They “forgot” to calculate my bonus for Oct – Dec, when I returned to work from my leave of absence.  Super-lame, but glad I got the rest paid to me.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Making Me Happy This Week–3/25/2018 Spring Break Edition

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I took three days off this past week to relax and recharge.  Todd took two days off with me and we had a mini-staycation in San Diego.  The weather cooperated and we really had a sunny & warmer nice couple of days! 

Here’s what’s making me happy this week, Spring Break Edition!

  • My day off alone, where I made myself a nice breakfast, stayed in pajamas all day, and chatted on the phone with Peppermint for over two hours!  We don’t usually talk on the phone (we IM and text almost every day though), so it was a lunch phone date!  I loved it.  I had to ask her if we were doing Facetime or just phone, because I told her I just wanted to wear pajamas and not put on makeup, ha ha.
  • Our Tuesday staycation where we went to lunch at Carnitas Snack Shack to celebrate Todd’s raise at work.  Everything was so good, including the chips & guac not shown!20180320-2018-03-20 11.47.07_blog
  • We drove over the bridge to Coronado.  Even living in San Diego, it feels like a vacation when we drive over the bridge to Coronado!  I just love the palm tree lined streets.  We were going to rent and ride a tandem bike, but they were all rented out by the time we got there.  So we just walked around and enjoyed the scenery and weather.  I felt so free, like I could breathe deeply again.  We also had ice cream at our favorite ice cream shop in San Diego, Moo Time20180320-2018-03-20 12.22.20_blog20180320-2018-03-20 12.24.53_blog20180320-2018-03-20 13.02.11_blog20180320-2018-03-20 13.02.45_blog20180320-2018-03-20 13.05.02_blog20180320-2018-03-20 13.07.33_blog20180320-2018-03-20 13.30.50_blog20180320-2018-03-20 13.59.59_blog
  • Todd’s homemade Asian-inspired noodles.  So good!20180320-2018-03-20 17.53.02_blog
  • We watched the movie “Coco” on Tuesday night and it was so good!  Really loved the music.20180321-2018-03-20 22.14.28_blog
  • It was warm enough to wear shorts! 
  • On Wednesday went to lunch at Macaroni Grill (Todd had a BOGO coupon), and hung out at the mall.  Then we went to a recently opened cafe called Mostra and had a latte and a brownie.
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  • We had banh mi sandwiches for dinner on Friday night.  Our favorite banh mi place also had an outdoor open mic that night.  It was kind of cold and nobody showed up early.  But we saw on their IG account that people showed up after dark to play the open mic, so we missed out by being too early.  We were hungry though!20180323-2018-03-23 18.49.47_blog
  • I got a really nice new full-length mirror from Target.  Todd hung it on the wall for me downstairs in our entryway.  Now I have great lighting for outfit photos, ha ha!  The background is our spiral staircase.  To the right (or left, since we’re looking at a mirror image) is our living room that we use for working out.  I love the new mirror and its location!20180324-2018-03-24 11.59.00_blog
  • Todd and I went downtown to Copley Symphony Hall for a jazz concert.  It’s the Lincoln Center Jazz band with Chick Corea, who is one of Todd’s long time favorite jazz piano players.  20180324-2018-03-24 19.55.35_blog20180324-2018-03-24 20.05.41_blog
  • Noodle being cute. 
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I did work Thursday and Friday, but those are the best days of the week to work!  I could get used to this taking three days off and working two days per week, ha ha. 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Making Me Happy This Week–3/18/2018

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Here are a few things making me happy this week:

  • Wearing colorful pants.20180312-2018-03-12 09.05.50-2_blog
  • Todd’s work coffeeshop is now selling boba milk tea.  AND Todd figured out how to do Instastories, ha ha!
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  • Super-busy time at work is finally letting up.
  • Chatting with my good friend and then just buying something she said she liked on the spot, on my phone, so that she could have it in 2 days (Amazon Prime for the win!).
  • My birthday gift from Todd.  I already had the Bowflex weights (Todd’s Christmas gift to me several years ago), but now I got the proper stand for it!  I’m starting back up with weight training.20180314-2018-03-14 10.50.54_blog
  • Finding out that someone else at my workplace is also in the PMT Style Challenge!  We can wearing matching outfits for 5 weeks starting on April 2nd, ha ha! 
  • Sugary treats at work.  We’ve had a ton of meetings so our admin has ordered a ton of food.  While I took these home and shared with Todd, it’s time to stop eating the “found food” at work, LOL.  I guess they make me both happy & sad at the same time!20180316-2018-03-16 14.46.45_blog
  • Todd’s new stir-fry recipe for green veggies.  LOVE!20180316-2018-03-16 18.33.43_blog
  • Noodle totally interested in the roasted chicken dish that Todd made, ha ha.20180313-2018-03-13 18.47.05_blog
  • Buckeyes getting in the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time in years.  And winning the first round.
  • Todd made lime bars for his work book club meeting on Friday.  Saved a piece for me.20180316-2018-03-16 19.36.36_blog
  • Todd and I both got paid our annual bonuses this week!
  • When one of your best friends sends you a lavender aromatherapy eye mask out of the blue, because you need it to decompress after a tough work day, which was almost every day.20180317-2018-03-17 08.51.26_blog
  • Todd watching the March Madness basketball tournament with Noodle.20180316-2018-03-16 20.09.26_blog
  • Lolitas tacos.  This shrimp one was particularly good.20180317-2018-03-17 12.11.38_blog
  • Noodle all tuckered out on Todd’s desk, LOL.  Oh, the paperwork!20180317-2018-03-17 11.06.27_blog
  • Yogurtland tart yogurt.20180318-2018-03-18 13.12.20_blog

I’m taking three days off this week (first multi-day of days off this year), so I’m making memories and hopefully have more happy things to share at the end of this week!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Making Me Happy This Week–3/11/2018

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This past Sunday was my birthday!  Due to daylight saving time, I only had 23 hours of birthday, ha ha.  I made the most of it.  Another trip around the sun and I couldn’t be more grateful for my family and friends. That’s what life is all about.

Here’s what’s making me happy this week:

  • Talking to my sister Joyce on the phone on my birthday.
  • My birthday lunch at Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad.  Some may think it strange that’s where I went for birthday lunch.  But I’ve always wanted to try this deli ever since they catered Oktoberfest at my work.  20180311-2018-03-11 13.05.52_blog20180311-2018-03-11 13.30.41_blog
  • Ordering stuff from the internet, using my bonus money. 
  • My new Old Navy denim jacket.  I’ve discovered that since I don’t like to button my jackets, it looks nicer and more fitted if I get one size smaller than my normal size.  So I got a small in this jacket and I like the fit much more.  Returned the medium.  20180309-2018-03-09 19.12.28_blog
  • Taking naps.  Seriously the best.
  • Dinner with Dejah & Roby at Tasty Noodle House.  Miss them so much since they moved away!  Awesome conversation and great food.20180305-2018-03-05 19.16.25_blog20180305-2018-03-05 18.28.06_blog
  • Signing up for the PMT Spring 2018 Style Challenge and buying the few pieces of clothing that I didn’t have yet.  I love spring colors and will LOVE Audrey telling me what to wear everyday for 5 weeks starting on April 2nd!  You can find out more about it here.
  • Lunch with the ladies at work at Cheesecake Factory.
  • Chris Botti concert at CA Center for Arts in Escondido.  Was a nice week night out.20180308-2018-03-08 19.42.11_blog20180308-2018-03-08 21.28.53_blog
  • Todd’s “Cake-Off” contest at work, and his chocolate prune cake entry.  He saved a piece for me.  Todd squared off against Meenal.  Todd won for taste, and Meenal won for decoration.  Todd does not decorate his cakes, but they are always super-tasty!28872650_149155772422698_2232493428883587072_o_blog28958662_10155105970442511_1595857298362007298_n_blog20180309-2018-03-09 16.51.38_blog
  • Doing a Jessica Smith workout.  I haven’t worked out regularly in two months, for various reasons.  Felt great to move my body.20180310-2018-03-10 09.58.58_blog
  • All the birthday posts on my Facebook wall and birthday texts from family & friends. 
  • Bringing banh mi sandwiches to Jon & Kameran’s house for dinner on Saturday night.  We got to hang out, catch up, and Kameran made delicious cake and coffee for dessert.20180310-2018-03-10 17.56.55_blog
  • The birthday breakfast burrito that Todd made me on my birthday.20180311-2018-03-11 08.43.12_blog
  • The homemade beef stroganoff dinner that Todd made me on my birthday.20180311-2018-03-11 19.33.07_blog
  • The white chocolate raspberry bundt cake for my birthday.20180311-2018-03-11 19.53.18_blog

This week’s post was full of food, ha ha.  I indulged on my birthday week.  Better get back to eating well and eating less this week, heh.

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