Saturday, July 31, 2010

Delicious Sweets

Ted played in a poker tournament at Chumash Casino today. On his way home he stopped at Enjoy Cupcakes in Solvang and brought home these delicious cupcakes.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Crazy Heart

Ted and I watched Crazy Heart this evening. It is a beautiful story. Jeff Bridges definitely deserved an Oscar for his role. He played it beautifully. I'm a country music fan so the music in the film was a bonus.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Third Walk Down

Our Heart Walk team completed our third training walk after work today. We started the walk from our downtown office and it took us through beautiful Santa Barbara.
Pictured left to right: Claudia, Alfredo, Maddie, Beth, Louise, Monica, Linda, Ana, Christine.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nine Teeth

That's how many teeth Callie had pulled on Monday. Poor baby.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Generosity Of Neighbors

When we got home this evening we found this bag of beans and apples. They are from our neighbor's, Kathy and Winnie, garden. A wonderful surprise.

Monday, July 26, 2010

So Glad We Flew

As we flew home today I looked out the window at the desert and was so happy we did not drive to Vegas.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another Eventful Day In Vegas

It was another hot day in Vegas today.
Picture #1: Ted, Nicole, and Bryce after brunch each sporting their alma maters hats: UCSB, UNC, Cal Berkeley.
Picture #2: The temperature was over 100 degrees again today so we spent more time at the pool.
Picture #3: I had a Krispy Kreme doughnut for a snack after the pool.
Pictures #4-8: Pictures in the Venetian.
Pictures #9-13: Ted and I decided to check out downtown Vegas. As many times as we've been to Vegas neither of us had been downtown. It was really neat to see old school Vegas.
Picture #14: Ted took me to a Korean restaurant in the Imperial Palace casino. I had bi-bim-bop and it was delicious.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Great Day To Sit Poolside

It was hot, hot, hot today in Vegas. After a delicious brunch at Palazzo, Nicole, Bryce and I spent the majority of the afternoon at the pool. The pool was crowded but still a very nice place to sit and relax on a hot day. For dinner we dined at Lupo, another Wolfgang Puck restaurant, at Mandalay Bay. After dinner we saw The Lion King. The show was amazing. I've wanted to see this show since it opened on Broadway in NYC, and the wait was worth it. It is definitely one of the best shows I've seen at the theater.
Picture #1: Nicole, Beth, Ted, and Bryce at the Grand Lux Cafe.
Pictures #2-3: Pictures taken from the pool.
Picture #4: A view of the main pool and several side pools from our room on the 30th floor.
Picture #5: Beth and Ted at The Lion King.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Las Vegas Bound

We flew to Las Vegas this afternoon to hang out with our friends Bryce and Nicole for the weekend. After getting settled in to our hotel rooms at the Palazzo we met for dinner at Cut, a Wolfgang Puck steakhouse. The food was unbelievable and had a price tag to match. Definitely a five star establishment.
Picture #1: Landing in Vegas.
Picture #2: Beth, Ted, Bryce, and Nicole at Cut.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Trip Essentials

Getting ready for our trip to Vegas tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Freedom For Callie

Callie got a taste of freedom this evening. She loved it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Like Water For Chocolate Take Two

I tried watching Like Water for Chocolate a few years ago but I didn't like it. My friend Pat loves the movie and the book and was telling me about them the other day. To hear Pat describe the story it sounds interesting so I figured I would give the movie another try. Pat lent me the movie and the book. I'll start with the movie and if I like it I will try the book.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Beautiful Day For In-N-Out

I brought my lunch to work today but it was so beautiful I had to get out and enjoy the sun and fresh air so I treated myself to In-N-Out.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Inception And 2 Free Movie Tickets To Boot

Ted and I saw Inception this afternoon. It was really good. I had no idea what the movie was about and I'm happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie. Unfortunately the projector stopped four times during the movie, each time at a pivotal point in the movie. On the upside, we got two free movie passes for the hassle.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


I bought Eeyore from Kohls this afternoon. He fits right in with all the other animals.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Not Really An Education

Ted and I were going to watch An Education this evening but I was in the mood for a scary movie so we watched The Alphabet Killer through the Netflix watch instantly option. It wasn't very good.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cell Phone Fun

Ilaria had a ball this afternoon playing with Carolyn's cell phone. She was in 7th heaven.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Second Heart Walk Training

This afternoon we had our second Heart Walk training. Several new folks joined us for the 2 mile walk. Pictured left to right: Lynda, Fay, Monica, Paul, Christine, Sharon.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Very Clever

My boss Sharon went to the 2010 SHRM convention in San Diego two weeks ago and got all kinds of fun goodies from different vendors. One that I think is particularly clever are these paperclips shaped like glasses that she got from a vision carrier.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Callie In Repose

Callie on the stairs waiting for dinner.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Ted and I watched Daybreakers last night. I haven't seen a movie with Ethan Hawke in a while and he did a pretty good job.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fun, fun day. Ted and I spent the afternoon in Solvang and then had dinner at Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez. The weather could not have been any nicer in Solvang; perfect for walking around.
Pictures #1-2: Eating delicious Aebleskiver.
Picture #3: I found these magnets in one of the gift shops. In Korean Oma means mom and Opa means brother.
Pictures #4-6: We discovered the cutest cupcake shop in Solvang. The shop itself is super cute and has a retro vibe. The cupcakes are out of this world delicious. I'm so glad we found this shop and now have a new place to buy sweet treats.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Lunch Bunch

My company volunteered at the United Way Fun in the Sun Lunch Bunch today at Goleta Valley Junior High. Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for local companies to spend a lunch hour with elementary school kids eating lunch then playing games. This was my second year participating and I spent the hour playing card games with two kids, Martina and Benji and had a great time. This is a picture of the volunteers from my company. From left to right: Greg, J.T. Jillian, Chris, Beth, Fay, Annette, Ana.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Old School

When I was in North Carolina last month I found my first computer and printer. My parents bought them for me before my freshman year of college. At the time they were state of the art; seeing them now they almost seem like toys. At the time though I loved them. Most of my college papers were typed on this computer and I found a few that were still saved. Talk about old school.