Thursday, January 21, 2010

The paper anniversary

Hey, did you know that today is National Delurking day? (well, I think it is, after a quick Google search there are several days in question.) According to Urban Diction, “delurk” is defined as “entering an online discussion after a time spent lurking, especially if prompted to do so.” (yes, yes, that was the English nerd coming out of me. Although, my English professors might snub their nose at the Urban Dictionary) AND, did you also know that Saturday is the one year anniversary of when I started this blog? So, I thought this might be a splendid time for us to get to know each other – or rather for me to get to know you – because Internet, I love reading your comments. In fact, I nearly get giddy with excitement when I have one, and I love discovering new blogs. And well, that’s all this blogging stuff is all about, right? A bunch of people sharing their ideas, and becoming friends and honestly, peeking into stranger’s lives and gleaning their stories, anecdotes and tips.

So, I’m going to ask a question – a really, easy question – and in the spirit of my big anniversary, I’d be overjoyed if you’d answer that question. If you want to leave me a URL so I can check out your blogs and comment as well, that would be great. If not, no worries, I’m just happy to know that someone is there reading my random musings.

So, here’s the question: what did you have for dinner last night? Bonus points if it involved chocolate.

To make you feel more comfortable, I’ll go first: we had leftovers consisting of Sherried Tomato Soup (from Pioneer Woman, although I made changes, but don’t worry, I kept the sherry…I just may have added a bit more. No officer, I don’t have a problem), tacos, rice, applesauce, and whole wheat pasta with fresh herbs and some Australian White Cheddar. And water with orange slices. And maybe a large slice of Berry Pound Cake (The goal was to clean out the fridge, right?) It was a smorgasbord of flavors. Although, if I’d known that today I was gong to post about my previous nights dinner, I would have made something more fancy.

Although, I just realized that this is the second time In. A. Row. that I have mentioned we had leftovers for dinner. Honestly, I do cook sometimes.

But enough about me, what did you have for dinner last night?

(Also, while I’m asking, if anyone has any ideas on window treatments for a baby’s room that have teeny, tiny windows, I would love that information too. I’m out of decorating ideas and in a rut. Ok, so now there’s three questions.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just like spring break, but in January


Man, has the weather has glorious this past week. While the rest of the country is dealing with blizzards, major snowstorms, gray skies and rain, in sunny So Cal we’ve had mercury in the mid-70’s and beautiful blue skies. It feels more like we just celebrated Easter rather than Christmas. 

A combination of leftovers and Chuck reruns meant we were wide awake earlier than most of our fellow Valley residents (yes, yes, we really know how to live it up on a Friday night). So, after a wonderfully refreshing and long (did I mention hilly? My hips are still sore) hike under a perfect blue sky we enjoyed bagels and coffee. I tell you, the Valley is fantastic if you enjoy it before 10am on a weekend morning. We decided to play hooky from the million and one baby and house-related chores we had finish, and take a greater Los Angeles driving tour. First up: the Ahmanson Theater in downtown for a matinee showing of Mary Poppins. A few hours later, with Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious stuck on repeat in our heads, we decided to head over to the Westside for dinner – where we admired both a stunning sunset from the freeway and our wise decision to buy a house in the Valley instead of the Westside (we like to pretend our realtor didn’t laugh at us when we originally wanted to live in that part of town). We went to Cantalini’s for dinner in Playa del Rey, a favorite of ours when J lived a mere one mile from the beach. To me, there is nothing better than the salty smell of the sea air and cioppino. Then we went for ice cream at Diddy Reese, where I had a mint-chip ice cream sandwich for a buck and a half.



Sunday, with the grocery shopping complete, I had breakfast with my new favorite fellow, an almost two-year old with the most amazing eyelashes you’ve ever seen. His mom accompanied him, of course (I mean, he’s a smart kid, but probably still a little too young to drive by himself), and we stuffed ourselves silly with pancakes, bacon and fruit. The rest of God’s day of rest was spent napping in the beautiful sunshine, reading our Russian novels and eating Macaroni & Cheese, WITH BACON.

In case you were wondering, it was pretty much as life-changing as you’d think.

*All photos taken with J’s new iPhone. We’re still novices at using it, so excuse the blurry pictures!

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