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Project 365

Ok, I have discovered a new app Project 365 (thanks to elise…who also happens to be one of my favorite bloggers). It basically does what I set out to do with this blog (about 300 days ago). It sets up a picture a day and I can also write a small blurb about my day. So here is what I've got so far this month. I only missed one day so far. Happy January!


So this is my month. My new workout obsession The Dailey Method. An early morning trip to The City for a Dr. appointment. Super Mario Brothers, on Super Nintendo. Book club, read "The Road"…made an armageddon packing list. Funny pictures of our cat Kirky. Rain, rain and more rain. Sharks game with the parents. The worst traffic home ever! Tutoring with Reading Partners. Finally, a much deserved CupKate today after a few days of an annoying head cold my double vanilla just hit the spot.


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12 Days of Christmas

So I discovered tonight that we have had our own version of the 12 Days of Christmas, thanks to our cat. In the last week or so we have had a 50 bird feathers, 4 messy raccoons, , 2 mice, one body-less bird, and some sort of animal insides…all right at the entrance to our bedroom. At least he's sticking with the "bird" theme. So whatever you are doing to celebrate this holiday season, I hope it is less gross than dead animals :).  

Merry Christmas!

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So I feel like I spend more time apologizing about not posting than actually posting. But I guess that counts as a post right? I guess I just have a major case of "writers blog" (get "block"…??). Regardless, I am just searching for motivation to keep up with my posting. I know the holidays get busy but that is no excuse. I WILL update my blog, I will, I will, I will.

In the meantime here is a picture of our xmas tree, with me and Kirky. It will go down in history as one of the BEST purchases EVER! Target after xmas sale, January 2006…6 ft. fake tree=$10 (90% off!!) am I a bargain shopper or what?! It's pretty and I bet you couldn't even tell it's fake :). It's also been getting super chilly at night, thus the thick sweater! 

I have the last meeting tomorrow for my Marketing Research class. This is my 4th of 6 total classes until I come out with a graduate certificate in Marketing from UC Berkeley extension. I am currently finishing up a group paper on Organic Dog Food…do I own a dog? Nope, but somehow I ended up in a group where I am completing a 15 page data analysis paper on dog food. Super thrilling. But honestly the class has been great and I am learning a lot about data analysis. Plus, I get to work in Excel and if you know me you know I love Excel spreadsheets, and color coding them, and that I brag about it to anyone who will listen. I am still awake at nearly midnight on a Wednesday because I decided that I wanted to be awake and alert to finish the paper tonight, so I had a latte at 4PM…now sleep isn't something I see in my near future. But I'm gonna try. Good night.

p.s. Is it seriously December already? Where the heck did this year go?

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Catching up

So my posts have been somewhat sporadic the past few weeks. But I do have my new camera now and am trying to figure out all the settings. Here are a few photos that I have taken. My birthday was last weekend, September 26…I turned 29 (woo hoo!). We were up at the Lair for the 60th ex-staff reunion. It was a great place to celebrate my birthday. We had great weather and I was able to catch up with a bunch of old friends. Matt also got me a wonderful birthday present, my first diamond anything :). A pair of diamond stud earrings. I am a happy girl. If anyone is looking for wonderful jewelry check out Pave in Berkeley, ask for Marlene :). 


Great news, Friday my brother moved down to the Bay Area from Sacramento. We went down to Mountain View on Friday night and helped un-pack and went to dinner. It was a great Friday night. Saturday was the Cal vs. USC football game, darn those bears. We blew it again, there goes the season. Matt was feeling spontaneous and bought me a bear hat…pictures above. Sunday was spent around the house, I started to come down with a cold so we were just laying low, cleaning and getting ready for the week. By the time Monday rolled around, my cold was getting a bit worse so I stayed home and also today as I'm feeling much worse…typical cold though. Stuffy nose, sore throat, achy…love flu season :(. I'm resting up and will hopefully start feeling better soon.


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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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Little Kirky

Ok, so I fear I am turning into a crazy cat lady, but I LOVE my cat! He had a pretty rough Sunday with getting his shots and has been pretty pooped out the last few days. I snapped these pictures because I thought they were just too funny. He wiggles himself into some pretty funny positions when he's sleeping. And he also gets shy and doesn't want his picture taken, the 2nd one is his "no mom" face!


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Weekend re-cap: Bears & BBQ

An excellent weekend. Saturday was productive errands, Gordo Burrito, pre-game tailgate and a great game (Go Bears!!).


Sunday started off a bit stressful as it was time for Kirky's annual shots. Those of you who know the story about last year, you know how nervous I was for this time around. I made Matt come this time so we had reinforcements. Turns out I was worked up over nothing (shocking I know, because that's SO not like me :).) I mentioned how the experience was last year and they told me "We have a private room" (read: the bathroom) but still it locked, it was enclosed, it was perfect…and I also thought to myself "Why didn't you tell me this last year??!!"! I went in the "private room" with the vet just to hopefully ease the situation in case he tried to make a run for it, or tried to kill her. I am happy to say that I was a proud mama. Kirky walked out of his little carrier on his own (instead of me having to un-screw the lid and pry him from the thing). He made nice with the vet and took his shots like a fuzzy little man. He was a little tired after but all very normal and Matt seemed to notice that he didn't want to sit down exactly on his little hiney, so he was kinda hovering :). BUT when all is said and done I feel much better that he won't get Rabies, Feline Leukemia, or whatever the 4-in-1 shot helps prevent. And I don't have to have a panic attack for another year. How do mom's take their kids to get shots?! I was a nervous wreck and he's just a cat!!

The day continued with more errands (Target), and an evening BBQ with our favorite people the Lombardo's! Marlene and I took the kids on a quick walk to enjoy the wonderful weather, then had an amazing dinner of BBQ tri-tip, homemade (from scratch) sweet potato biscuits, fried Okra (a 1st for me…and man was it delish), red cabbage cole slaw, and all with Michael's famous homemade BBQ sauce. Superb, absolutely superb! To start Marlene made Tamarind Margaritas (also a 1st for me) they were wonderful and well decorated. She covered the rim with a salt and chile powder mixture,  which paired nicely with the citrus flavor of the drink. The tamarind paste made for a gorgeous dark brown color, mixed with excellent tequila and fresh lime and tangerine juice…we were spoiled for certain! The night carried on and I taught Eva Pearl and Gabe some yoga moves. Downward dog, snake, cat/cow, tree pose, warrior 1 & 2…all comical. My favorite was the tree pose as the balancing on one leg was a bit tricky for an almost 4 year old and an 21 month old. Hilarious! Then a little hide and seek, and after they got all nice and riled up….it was time for us to leave and them to go to bed. Hope they were good about sleeping. Thanks for a great night guys!

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