Tuesday, January 31, 2012

He's Coming for the Party?

I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Kristen Bell, I've loved you since you were Veronica Mars.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Disney x 3

We love Disneyland. Don't you? It feels like home to us. 
I love how Disneyland is still decorated for the holidays, but everyone is dressed in shorts and t-shirts. 
I miss California.

We were able to go three times during our trip to CA thanks to the military discounted tickets. Because we had three days to enjoy the Disney magic, we were able to take our time and enjoy all of our favorite rides and sit down to savor each meal. 

The Hubby was the only one hitting any of the targets. I am a terrible shot, but that's no surprise.

The two of us hit up all of the big rides. Splash Mountain was especially thrilling because my husband held up my arms during the drop.

We ate tons of food and gave Disney plenty of our money. The Hubby and I ate famous corn dogs, had some beignets while sipping on mint julep at the Mint Julep Bar, hunted for cream cheese stuffed pretzels, but settled for Mickey shaped pretzels instead, munched on a hearty breakfast at the River Belle Terrace, and snacked on cookies from the newly opened Jolly Holiday Bakery.

Our best meal of all, however, was at Ariel's Grotto. The Hubby and I were so excited to watch the World of Color show that we purchased a dining option that also reserved special viewing spots for us. Although it was a bit pricey, it was a really delicious dinner and it was nice to sit down away from the crowds after a long day. (Review of meal here

A couple of my pass holder friends joined us for a little bit our first night. I embarrassed them with my camera extender, a gift from my sister.

Now, with the camera extender, we can go from taking pictures like this:

...to nice ones like this without my pesky arm in the way.

There was a little bit of a learning curve though...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Good Morning!

I hope this picture brings a smile to your face.

Our Trip to San Fran (Day 4)

Day 4

The skies cleared and the sun finally made an appearance on our last day in SF.

We fell completely head over heels with the Palace of Fine Arts and its gorgeous neighborhood.

We took our time through the Exploratorium, a hands-on learning museum.
The Hubby drank out of a toilet water fountain (he says the tinkling sound was the worst part of it).

Just a short walk away from the Exploratorium was a dog beach with a fabulous view.
How wonderful would it be to live here?

My favorite picture from the strip is the second one down.

A bus took us to quaint Japantown, where we picked up Asian snacks and knickknacks for only $1.50 each at the amazing store Daiso.

After a heavy Indian food meal, we took a quick nap to prepare us for the NYE party at our hotel.
The Hubby and I were definitely the youngest couple there. Older people know how to have a ball.
Our three-course meal was absolutely delicious and I was thankful for my Spanx. 
My mother's text after I sent her a picture of us made us laugh. 
A photographer took a great picture of us by the Tribute Memorial Wall, but we are too cheap to pay $10 for a 4x6 picture.

We were seated with four other couples, but our favorite had to be Walter and Irene.
Walter is a WWII veteran and the two of them have been married for 62 years.
They danced more than we did.

On Repeat: Please, Please, Please

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Our Trip to San Fran (Day 3)

Day 3

Made our way to Ghiradelli Square on an especially cold and foggy morning.

Took a cable car for the first time to the area.
Hubby was especially sick that day and didn't have the stomach to eat an ice cream sundae. What a shame!

Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 were thankfully not too crowded in the morning.

Took a SF Bay Cruise with the Blue & Gold Fleet.
The fog was so thick that we could barely see the Bridge. 
The bitter cold made the boat tour miserable, especially for my sick husband.

A man fed a flying seagull, which attracted a dozen other hungry birds.

We saw the famous Boudin Bakery, Alcatraz, and the celebrity Sea Lions.

The beautiful Ferry Building was the perfect place to find a late lunch.
Il Cane Rosso served the most amazing beef brisket sandwiches.
We couldn't leave without tasting some of Miette's famous French macarons.

After a long nap, we headed to the giant Macy's in Union Square.

On Day 3, I wore more sensible shoes, even though they were horribly less stylish. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Our Trip to San Fran (Days 1 & 2)

Day 1

Hubby woke up with a cold.
Empty Southwest Flight.
Marine's Memorial Club Hotel at a discounted active duty rate ($79/night!).
Settled for Sears Not So Fine Food for sandwiches after a desperate hunt for food.
A much needed nap because we were both crabby from hunger.
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine at the amazing Food Emporium
Gelato and mango sorbet at Melt for dessert.

Day 2

Union Square, just a short walk from our hotel.

City Pass was a great deal and a lifesaver with public transportation.
The SFMOMA is far too wacky cultured for us.

Tried an $8 slice of Mondrian cake that was supposed to be amazing, but was a disappointment instead.
Hubby tasted the best cup of coffee ever encountered in his lifetime.

Passed by the Conservatory of Flowers uring a long and misty walk to California Academy of Sciences.

Explored the Cal Academy of Sciences. Especially loved the reindeer and penguins.

Headed to the Woodhouse Fish Co.  for giant (and expensive) lobster rolls.

Each one of us chose an individual dessert from Bristol Farms. Hubby found me eating my leftovers on the bed after coming out of the shower. I caught The Hubby scarfing his own cake down with his bare hands when I came out of the bathroom. He then ran into the closet out of shame.

Monday, January 23, 2012

My New-ish Chair

I have always dreamed of reupholstering an office chair after seeing several tutorials online. It seemed like such an easy and satisfying project. When I saw an old office chair selling at a garage sale for $5, I purchased it right away. I also bought some beautiful velvet fabric from a flea market in California for a great price.

I was stumped when it came to actually reupholstering the chair. I soon realized that I had bought the wrong kind of chair and would need to create some sort of slipcover for the back of it instead of the usual staple fix.

The project took hours instead of just a few minutes since I had to pin the fabric around the back of the chair and sew around it. I couldn't find many tutorials for this so I had to base it off of this tutorial on how to make a slipcover for a couch. I also had to figure out how to get the slipcover over such a strange oval shape and still make it fit nice and snug (strategic cutting and placement). 

In the end, my chair is a bit of a mess, but at least it's my $11 mess. The lighting in the pictures below distorts the color of the fabric a bit. It's actually closer to River Mist blue. Did I mention that I have an obsession with Martha Stewart blue?

Good Deed #4

Source: flickr.com via Min on Pinterest

The Hubby and I were circling the Ikea parking lot on a Sunday afternoon (not recommended) when we came across a woman struggling to place a heavy box in her trunk. Her toddler son was looking on as she tried to get a good grip on her new furniture.

I told my husband that I was going to get out of the car and help her and right away he replied with: "You should do it!"

I ran up to her and asked if she needed my assistance and she was so incredibly grateful.

This reminds me of the time my sister and I went to Ikea and struggled to place an eight-piece drawer set on our cart. So many people passed by us and watched us, but no one helped. How hard is it to lend a hand?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Space Rangers

I spent all morning fumbling with my fake Photoshop (Gimp), trying to create nice photo layouts for my blog posts since I no longer have Powerpoint to do that. It was a massive fail. I wanted to give you another blog post for the day so here are some Astro Blaster pictures from our trip to Disneyland.

I used to consistently lose against The Hubby whenever we went on this ride. Below is from July 2008. What is that weak sauce aim and terrified look on my face? Pathetic.

The score below is from March 2009. My laser isn't even up. Of course I lost!

My annual pass holder days served me well, and I was able to show some improvement. I tried to teach The Hubby the same tricks and told him which targets were worth more. I won the first round. He was not happy with this.

Round two. I won again. SUCKA.

In our last round, I had a faulty laser gun (I swear!) and he kicked my butt. Instead of being upset, I was proud that I taught him well. Besides, I still beat him 2 to 1. 

Back to School

I went back to work yesterday for the first time since The Hubby came home in December. I have to say that I was dreading it completely since I have grown accustomed to sitting at home and waiting for him to get off work. Waking up at 0455 this morning in order to drop The Hubby off at work was also dreadful. Even though his office is probably only ten minutes away, I was unable to return to my warm bed until 0600 due to horrible traffic. Going back to bed was really pointless as I spent the next hour thinking about all the errands I wanted to run and how terrified I was of having a bad day.

There was a scheduling mixup with my job assignment so I ended up rushing out the door with my oatmeal bowl in my lap. I made it to my classroom with plenty of time to spare, although a little disheveled.

“Good morning, class. How is everyone doing today?”


“Not well, I'm guessing. Is it too early?”


When did I become so uncool?

The teacher I subbed for did not leave any other work for her students except for them to catch up on unfinished assignments, which basically translated into: “Spend this period texting and listening to loud gangster rap on your phones.”

I'm usually a stickler about having cell phones out in class, but I wasn't about to confiscate twelve out of thirteen phones and cause a riot. I didn't need some high school punk telling me, “I don't like nobody touching my phone!” Besides, their phones distracting them is the only reason why the classroom remained quiet. I spent the entire seven periods in fear of another teacher or someone from the administration walking in and finding everyone on their phones.

When I was in school, I relished free study periods. There was always another class I needed to study for or more work to be done. I am finding that this is the difference between Honors/AP students and kids in “regular” classes. Every time I look at class average scores posted on classroom walls, they range from 60s to low 80s. The highest grade in one middle school math class was 92%. The highest grade in my math classes? Probably a 102%. Everyone wanted to be the top student. These students seem to just want to pass.

I overheard a student talking about how she had a math quiz later and how she also forgot to study for her physics exam. Instead of taking advantage of the time she had in class, she stared at her phone and drew fake tats on her friend.

It makes me so depressed to know that so many of these students are throwing their lives away.

Quote of the day:

Student 1: Cross, you're late!

Student 2: Suck my ____ (hand gesture)

Me: What's your name, sir?

Student 2: Steve Adam Crosby. S.A.C. SAC. Get it?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Human Ladder

Yesterday morning, I listened to The Hubby and Bella take turns snoring loudly. The Hubby rarely snores. Bella and I are the big snorers in this family, but he was especially tired after a rough night. Keep watching the video and you can see The Hubby's unusually loud snore waking up Bella.

Our bedroom's smoke detector was beeping at four in the morning and alerting us that it was in need of a new battery. The Hubby and I tried to sleep through it, but Bella sat next to my side of the bed and stared at me. I told her to go back to her bed, which usually works, but instead she just sat there and began staring at the wall. This was really unusual behavior for her.

Out of the blue, Bella climbed on our bed and got right in between us. Every time the alarm beeped she would try to burrow her head further. We think the noise hurt her sensitive ears. 

We couldn't sleep with all of this movement and noise so we picked up and moved to the guest bedroom. The things we do for our daughter.

The Hubby and I have a tiny car so we have never been able to transport a ladder to our house from Home Depot. We've been changing batteries and light bulbs Cirque du Soleil style.

Teamwork, baby.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Catching Up

We've been very busy since The Hubby has been home. Let's catch up!

We wore our black and gold in support of the Black Knights in hopes of an Army win. They lost in a close game, but at least the blow of the defeat was less severe after The Hubby drank the equivalent of eleven bottles of beer. He began to find everything hilarious, especially the word "McRib."

We enjoyed time in our own home by cuddling on the couch and eating scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I baked over six dozen cookies without a stand mixer (Snickers cookies, caramel stuffed apple cider cookies, lemon crinkle cookies). I also packed some apple cider cookie mix in a jar as a last minute gift.

Then we packed up Bella and some clothes into our car and drove the 22 hours to surprise The Hubby's family for Christmas. With the help of my family and his sister, we were able to show up at their homes without them having a clue.

On the way to CA, we stopped in Tucson for some In N Out burgers. The perfect end to 14 hours in the car.

We spent a night at a pet friendly hotel. Bella did not want to sleep anymore.

The Hubby's little brothers were happy to be able to play with him again.

I was able to see my lovely grandmother.

Good sushi was so refreshing after a year of rolls from the supermarket in Texas.

The boys did the dishes.

And we spent even more time with family.

We always saved room for dessert.

Even after a fantastic second wedding anniversary dinner at Eva's.

Our family exchanged Christmas gifts and everyone was happy, including Bella.

The Hubby and I even took a trip to San Francisco. More on that later.

Our new year also began in The City by the Bay.

But we couldn't leave beautiful California before making a trip to Disneyland. Three times.

We've been home for a few days now and we are slowly growing accustomed to the gloomy weather, cooking for ourselves, saying goodbye in the early morning and not having anything to do in the evenings. The Hubby and I miss our families, friends, ethnic foods, and the sun, but it is so nice to be home again.