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Halloween work party

I love my co-workers! Some super creative costumes, fun food and a bloody mary bar :). I dressed up at Rosie the Riveter (the poster). Erin brought her almost 3 week old son Carson, they dressed as a family of pumpkins…and the little man is a thumb-sucker…at 3 weeks old, so stinking cute!!

Happy Halloween!!!



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Weekend re-cap: Bears, Friends, & Dona Tomas

Another wonderful weekend! Friday night was spent with Erika & Justin catching up and preparing for a Saturday football game-day. Our sleep was interrupted at 4am with the LOUDEST thunder I have ever heard. I sat straight up in bed and couldn't catch my breath. It set off our neighbors car alarm. I couldn't fall back asleep for a good hour and a half. Erika also couldn't fall back asleep but it was because Justin had convinced her that it was a gunshot :). Saturday was an awesome day at Memorial Stadium with another wonderful Bears victory! A little rain on our tailgate at faculty glade but the Genova sandwiches stayed dry and the Coors Lights were flowing so we were happy tailgaters. After the game we had burritos from our favorite place (Gordo) and went home and played Ticket to Ride and Seafarers of Catan, both fun and awesomely addictive board games.


Sunday morning we said goodbye to Erika & Justin and they got to witness one of Kirky's "kills", a first too…it was a mole (random!). Then Matt and I went to the Dona Tomas 10th anniversary party. We each had a tasty margarita and samples their superb food. It is still hands down my favorite restaurant around. Congrats Dona Tomas!! Cheers to 10 more years of serving great food in Temescal, Oakland!

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Mini Weekend-recap: fun with cat toys

This was taken Friday night of Erika & Justin's cat Snarf (named from the Thundercats). After finding that link I just realized that the internet is a crazy crazy place and that there is a website for ANYTHING! I actually had to decide which Thundercats link to use because there were so many.

Cat flips out from Joanna Nelle on Vimeo.

Cats are funny!! More about the weekend later!

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What I love about Tuesdays: iPhone Apps

Ok, so I thought the novelty of the myriad of iPhone apps would wear off after a while. How long is "a while"? I've had my "iPhone machine" (as Matt calls it) since February and I still love browsing for apps…mostly the free apps (my favorite #).

Here are my top 5 favorite apps: 

BeeJiveIM: I did pay for this app (one of the only I have paid for), but it was well worth the $. I stay logged into all my chat avenues (GChat, AOL, Yahoo, Live, Facebook… if I wanted to). It pushes all new chats directly to me like a text message, which is great to cut down on the number of texts I send & receive.

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Facebook: I am convinced this app is the reason I am addicted to Facebook. I rarely log into Facebook on my computer anymore and love scrolling through status updates when I have free time, like waiting for my lunch, or at a red light (I know…I probably shouldn't do this but at least I'm not moving right?) A Free app too…BONUS!

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TapTap Revenge: Just got this app about a week ago. It's the free version (yay) and it is the Rockband/Guitar Hero of iPhone game apps. It works with music (lots of free downloads) and you can set the difficulty level and "tap-tap" the different color balls when they pop into the targets…SO FUN! I'm not a big games app user but this one totally hooks you in, and did I mention it's free?

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*And here are my top 2 most essentially "useless-but-fun-nonetheless" apps:

Flashlight: I admit that I downloaded this after a few glasses of wine while in Tahoe. We were out sitting on the dock at night watching the moon and just chatting and I felt like I needed a bit more light to help me find my way back to the house…voila…Flashlight app. I read a review on iTunes that said "it's just a blank screen" (or something to that effect) my response to that? Duh, what else did you expect the flashlight app to do? Sing & dance? I don't think so. It's perfectly fine for it's intended purpose…to light your way.

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Zippo: Again, it's helpful for one purpose: to look like a cool lighter. I downloaded this at The Fray concert on Saturday and, yes I held it up and waved it back and forth…which I am convinced is THE reason they even made this app. It's super fun, you can customize the lighter, flick open the top of the lighter and actually even strike the lighter thing that sparks and turns it into flame (I have no idea what that part is called, obviously). And when you wave it back & forth it flickers and waves too, pretty neat if you ask me. Also…yup you guessed it…it's FREE!

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