Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me

Such a great birthday. My wonderful husband treated me to a spa afternoon at Chumash's spa. In addition to a regular massage I also had a reflexology foot massage. They were both fabulous. After my treatments Ted took me to dinner at Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez. The food is so delicious and was the perfect way to end the day.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Birthday Fun

When I arrived at work today my office was decorated with happy birthday signs. I also received a gift from the ladies in my department- a gift card to Borders. Yea! This was a great way to kick off my birthday weekend.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

UCSB Extension Spring 2009

I received the UCSB Extension spring 2009 course catalog today in the mail. Unfortunately the class I am taking next quarter is Saturdays from 9 am- 1 pm. Bummer.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ice Cream Sundae

My department treated me to a birthday lunch today at Marmalade Cafe in Santa Barbara. I took a picture of my yummy birthday sundae.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thank You Cards

The rule of thumb is that you have one year from your wedding date to send out thank you cards. We mailed our guests' thank you cards soon after the wedding, however I applied the one year rule to our vendor thank you cards. I cannot say enough about all of the vendors we worked with, from the florist to the baker, to the DJ. I bought three each of the pictured thank you cards and mailed them out today- right under the one year mark.

Monday, February 23, 2009

American Teen

Ted and I watched this documentary yesterday. There were some very heartwarming moments in the documentary, but there were a few times I literally cringed as I remembered my own teenage years.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Ted and watched Wall-E last night. It was different than what I thought it would be, but it was still cute.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Ted and I saw Taken this afternoon. We both enjoyed the movie. I wasn't too sure about an action movie starring Liam Neeson, but he played it well.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dogs and Goddesses

My mom went to a book signing a few weeks ago. My mom and I share a passion for reading, so for my birthday my mom sent me a copy of Dogs and Goddesses signed by all three authors. I'm so excited to have a new book to read.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Money Sucker

Each week I give this machine $3.00 so I can park in the UCSB parking lot. I've thought about not buying a parking ticket, but so many people in my class have received parking tickets. The UCSB parking authorities do not play around.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Content Callie

Callie continues to take full advantage of her snugly bed whenever she can. Thanks again, Carolyn and Vince!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My New Favorite Cereal

I bought this cereal for the first time a few weeks ago and now I'm addicted. It's good with milk, but even better when eaten dry.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Love Actually

Love Actually
is a great movie. Ted and I watched it yesterday; Ted for the first time, and me for the 6th or 7th time. Even after how many times I've seen it I cry every time I watch it- happy tears. Rent this movie!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Today is chilly and windy, the perfect day to stay in and watch a movie, so that's what Ted and I did. We watched The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. A very cute movie.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day And Happy Birthday Dad

Ted and I went to Pismo Beach for Valentine's Day. It was a chilly day, but the sun was out and you could see for miles. While the selection of food at the Rod Shop on the pier (pickles, peanuts, and popcorn) sounded tempting, we opted for our favorite and had lunch at Mo's. At the end of the pier we met this pelican. I wouldn't say he was friendly but he certainly was not phased by people.

It's my dad's birthday. Happy birthday dad!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Early Valentine's Day And Cake

Today we had cake to celebrate the February birthdays in our office. Since my birthday is in February of course I had to try a piece. I received a few Valentine's items from coworkers today. The second picture is the funniest item I received. Happy early Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cards For Ted

When I was looking for Valentine's Day cards for Ted I couldn't decide between a funny card and a sappy, romantic card so I bought one of each.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Ted attended a conference today in Anaheim and he brought me back this yo-yo. I have not yo-yoed in years. It was fun to try again.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Popcorn Galore

Ted bought me a lifetime supply of popcorn at Costco today. Well, I suppose for some it may be a lifetime supply but for me it will probably only last a few months. I love popcorn. Especially movie theater butter popcorn.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Happy And Sad News

Ted and I had dinner with our friends Allisa and Chris at Outback Steakhouse this evening (yum!). While it was wonderful to see them, they shared with us they are moving to northern CA in less than two weeks. We knew they were moving soon but had no idea how soon. We are very excited for the opportunities that await them, however we will miss having them close by.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Toblerone Again

One of Ted's co-workers got back from a business trip in Germany last week and he brought us this Toblerone candy. Yum.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The House Bunny

Ted and I watched this movie last night. It was surprisingly funny. We both enjoyed it.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Oh Happy Day

I received these flowers and balloon today from a former coworker. I've been working to resolve some outstanding issues for her, and after 8 months of research and legwork I was able to confirm the issue was resolved yesterday. It was completely unnecessary, but extremely thoughtful of Kate to send these to me. They brightened up an otherwise rainy and dreary day. It's also a great reminder to me how much a gesture, like sending flowers, can positively impact the person receiving them.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Do not adjust your screen. What you are reading is true... I received a zero on my homework from last week. Enough said.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

UNC Alumni Review

The latest UNC alumni review arrived today in the mail. I love keeping tabs on what's happening at my Alma Mater.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Customer Service Award

In December I received the 2008 extraordinary customer service award from my company. Apparently Pedro Nava's office saw the press release about the award, and today in our company staff meeting the CEO presented me with this certificate of recognition from the CA Legislature. Pretty cool.

Monday, February 2, 2009


While I find a lot of graffiti extremely beautiful it is still vandalism. This is not an example of beautiful graffiti.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Super Bowl and Subs

Today Ted and I watched the super bowl and ate submarine sandwiches from Quiznos. I used a coupon for $2.00 off our order. You've got to love coupons.