Disney · Vacation

Disneyland Trip Day 3

Our third day in Southern California, Memorial Day, was spent going to the Santa Ana (for fellow Jeff Dunham lovers, Sa nata Ah Nah) Mall which we usually do every year (Can’t you tell my mom is an avid mall fan?!)

Anyway, we just walked around there a bit like we normally do and we had to go into our favorite coffee shop, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  You thought I was going to say Peet’s didn’t you? We love Peet’s.  I’d go there over Starbucks in a heartbeat.  But The Coffee Bean is even better, and while they have five locations in Northern California (all in San Francisco) they aren’t convenient to get to for just a cup of coffee, so it’s Peet’s for my mom.  I don’t go anywhere really.  Too expensive.  But I do have the occasional cup at home that I make myself.

After going to the mall, we went back and rested fora little while, then headed over to Knott’s Berry Farm for our traditional Fried Chicken Dinner. It’s the only meal I will allow myself to pig out on and not feel guilty.  I don’t eat the skin (I don’t care how crispy, I don’t like skin) so that saves on the calories.

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I didn’t realize that there was a glare in the sign! Oh well.

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Nick was trying to figure out what he wanted, of course we all knew what he was going to get.

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I got boysenberry juice in honor of my dad.  I”m not a big fan of juice, but theirs is pretty good.  One every year (or less) isn’t bad for drinking something with sugar in it.

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I can’t decide what he’s thinking in this picture…  Can you caption this picture?

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For the first course you get salad and your choice of chicken noodle soupe (pictured below) or some strawberry rubharb concoction.

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It may look like I am but I don’t believe I’m praying here.  Not quite sure what I’m doing actually.  Another caption request?

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I seriously love these biscuits!  Especially with their jam.  I don’t even need butter. Just the jam.

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Then the piece de resistance.  Fried Chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy.  OMG SOOOOO freeking good!!!

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I just ate the chicken leg and the breast.  I don’t really like dark meat (although I eat the leg sometimes) and the wing is all skin and not much meat.  We realized after ordering that they had a lighter meal where you get soup or salad, 2 pieces of chicken, potatoes, corn, and the biscuits.  Not exactly healthy either, but I’m going to order that next time because it’s everything I want. 

I’m not a big fan of yellow corn (gimme some white and I’m a happy camper) so I only ate a few bites of the corn.

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I was so full from everything that I really didn’t want dessert, but it comes with the meal so I had a bowl of vanilla ice cream.  I mixed it up a little before I remembered to take the picture.  It was more like soft serve and I love soft serve.

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Once we were done with dinner, we drove across the street to the side that has a replica of Independence Hall along with a replica of the Liberty Bell inside.  You can sit in a room and listen to a re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

Of course it was closed by the time we got there, so we just got to see the outside of it….

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On our way back to the car, you could see the rickety wooden rollercoaster in the park.

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My mom wanted a picture of me.  Not bad seeing as it was dark out.
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Then we finally got back to the room.  Here’s a quick pic of my swag from the day.

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Disney · Vacation

Disneyland Trip Day 2

Okay, I know I’m finally onto getting to the rest of my Disneyland trip.  I have been lazy with it what can I say?  I do want to finish this before going to Tahoe though so I’m not overlapping.

Anyway, day two, we spent the day with my cousin Erin in Santa Monica.  We went and walked down the Thrid Street Promenade which is an outdoor 3 block long shopping area in Downtown Santa Monica, right by the Pier.

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We ate lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express.  It was okay.  I love their food but the salad I ordered was just meh.

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The sweet potato fries my mom and I split were fantastic though!

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After lunch, we walked over to Santa Monica Pier.  It’s not as nice as I remembered it to be, but we didn’t walk all the way down.

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It was a beautiful day.

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It was just really really windy!!!  Although, you can’t tell by Nick’s hair, you certainly can by ours!!!

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We walked back to the Promenade afterwards.  There were a lot of different acts going on in the middle of the street.  I don’t know if you can tell (Because I hardly did!) but there is a guy break dancing in this photo.

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It was a crowded day!  I guess it would be for a holiday weekend!  Let alone in Santa Monica!  I didn’t get a picture of him either, but we were walking behind Drew Lachey and his wife at one point.  It took my cousin a few times to point him out to me I’m so bad with spotting people!

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After walking through Santa Monica, we went and took a walk through UCLA so Nick could see the campus.

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Nick can be such a ham!!!!! He likes to (jokingly) put our head on his chest don’t ask me why! Maybe it makes him feel taller I don’t know!  He’s only 1 inch taller then me.

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There’s my mom, me and my fat arms! I hate being build like a midget football player!  And not European football, American football!

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I’m surprised Nick isn’t trying to do something to me in this picture! He looks like he wants to though!

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On we walked into the school.

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Being that it was Sunday, the school store was closed. 😦 There was a concert series going on over on the football field so you could hear music being played!  Sort of anyway. 

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Not something you can see easily (again) but they have a statue of a bear opposite of the store.  Of course people had to be sitting there…

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On we walked up this hill, which was steaper and longer than it looked!

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This is where my mom decided to stop.  It’s hard for her to walk up hill and we had been out for quite a while at this point.

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She at least had a great view and plenty of shade, it was probably 100 degrees that day.

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Nick, Erin, and I continued on to see the Library and famous Royce Hall.  I only found out then that the outside of Royce Hall is used in pretty much any movie that features a college.  It was used in the Indiana Jones movies, Van Wilder, Legally Blonde and Old School, just to name a few.  I heard some other locations of UCLA were used in films as well.  It makes sense since it is in LA.

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That tiny ant you see apparently pretending to by Indiana Jones is Nick.  Yes, as you can tell, he’s a dork!

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Opposite Royce hall is the library (or one of the libraries, I can’t remember, either way, it’s the main one).

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I love the architechture here! It’s beautiful!

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Between the library and Royce hall, you can go down the steps back to the bottom of the school. Which we did.

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We found the pool! (that can’t be the main pool, it’s too small!

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View from the bottom of the stairs, Royce Hall is on the left, the library on the right.

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Afterwards, we got my mom, and went back to Erin’s apartment to rest for a bit.  They were having a get together in her little area (there’s a small courtyard they all share) and she brought Nick over to see her neighbor who makes his own beer.  I tasted it and it was good, which is a lot for me because I’m not a big fan.

After we rested for a bit, we went over to her father and step-mother’s restarant Warszawa (pronounced varsava), a polish restaurant (her step-mother is polish), it’s the polish way of saying the capital of Poland.

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I took a picture too late, but I had their stuffed cabbage rolls (can’t remember the actual name for them) and they were soooooooo good!!! I have to make these at home!

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Not pictured were the appetizer of perogis (the best I have ever had!) and oh my God they were so good!  We also shared a few desserts, a strawberry crepe, blueberry perogis (steamed not fried), and a chocolate dessert that I can’t remember (I know, me not remembering a dessert that was chocolate is unheard of, but I have a bad memory!) but I do know there was raspberry sauce and I don’t like raspberry and chocolate together…

 Once we were done eating, we dropped my cousin off back at her apartment, and went back home.  We were exhausted from the long day, but it was nice to see her (even though there are no pictures of her…)

Okay, that’s the end of day two!

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Plans, Lists, and The Search for an Onery Button!

Okay that last part is just because I’m annoyed that the bottom button of my shirt just decided to pop off!  Yay for me!.  It’s hiding in the carpeting in my cubicle at the moment and I’ll be damned if I’m going to find it…

Anyway, I’m trying to go through all of my lists for our upcoming trip, which you wouldn’t think there are that many but I do have a lot!  I have a list for what to pack, what movies we are going to bring, what food to bring, places we’d like to eat, what we want to do, what I need to do before I leave.  I’m not always good about writing lists but they help me a lot. 

Our trip is in less than 10 days and I feel like there isn’t enough time to do what I need to do.

Also, next Monday is my 28th birthday and my mom keeps asking me what I want and where I want to go.  I don’t really know about either.  I am trying to stick with eating healthier (I’m noticing that carbohydrates are what is giving me heart burn…) yet, I really want to say PF Changs… They are a hit and miss restaurant but when they are a hit, the food is fantastic! Also, I tend to like their “not so good for you” stuff. Although their beef with broccoli is my favorite so that’s not as bad as what you could get…

I’m still leaning towards a bike for my birthday, but I don’t want to get one at Target or some place like that.  I’d love to get a used bike (as long as it’s in good condition) and I believe they have a wide selection in Davis which was once the biking capital of the world.

Anyway, time to get all of my lists sorted out so I can start getting stuff done!

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Playlists

Am I the only on who has music that reminds them of certain places? I have playlists for or typical vacation spots. For instance, my playlist for Lake Tahoe consists of everything I have of Smashmouth, Sheryl Crow, and the Cardigans, and I recently added Amy Winehouse to the list. Why you ask? They are all albums I listened to throughout the years going to Tahoe.

I also have playlists to listen to while I’m driving through the Wine country, going to Carmel/Monterey, and of course Disneyland.

What do you have playlists for? Is there any music that reminds you of a particular place or time in your life?

Speaking of vacations, I can’t believe that it’s less than two weeks until we go to Tahoe! Let alone less than a week until my 28th birthday! Holy cow!

Not to mention that the back to school commercials are already out! It’s early July peeps!!!

So, my news for today? My mom has officially converted over to Apple!  We ordered her Macbook Pro tonight through my work’s discount website.  I can’t wait to have enough money to get a MacBook Pro.  I have the regular MacBook and it’s been very good to me, I just hope it stays very good to me for the next couple of years until I can afford another computer… (I’m still paying this one off by the way! Word to the wise, unless absolutely necessary, don’t get a computer without actually having the money for it!)

I went to Weight Watchers for the first time in over two months!  Yay for me!  I’m glad I went.  Our neighbor’s sister has been a lifetime member for quite a few years now and I told her I have an interest in getting a bike for my birthday and she offered to ride with me and I told her that it would keep me from making excuses not to go.  She’s funny!  She said she was almost going to come over here and drag me down to a meeting since I haven’t been there in so long!

Going back to Weight Watchers was good for me.  I am going to get back on plan tomorrow morning and next week, I’m going to get the actual journal so I don’t have to worry about internet access to track my food.

Well that was nice hodgepodge of randomness.  Now off to look for places to look for bikes!

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Detox Conclusion

Well, I’m telling you once I skip a few days, it’s really hard for me to catch up.  Then all of a sudden, a week goes by!

So, did I finish the whole “carb detox.” Yes, I actually did.  Did I do 100% with it?  Mmmm, maybe more like 95%.  I really stuck with it though.  I think it helped too because, even though there were a few days in the middle of it all that I could claw a kit kat out of the tv screen, I don’t crave sugars as much anymore.  We’ll just have to see where the next few days takes us.

All in all, I lost 3 pounds over the two weeks.  I was a little disappointed, but it’s better than gaining 3 pounds.  I want to start focusing more on eating less fat now, getting in more exercise, and watching my sugar intake instead of trying to cut it out like I was the last two weeks.  I need to live in today’s world, I can’t become a hermit, which just might happen if I stick with the no added sugar technique I’ve been living the last two weeks.  Tomorrow, I am going back to Weight Watchers and I will weigh in and start doing the points plus program again.  As long as you stick with it and write things down, you’ll lose weight.

Now, as for how my weekend went, I went down to the Bay Area to see my mom and brother.  I was actually planning on picking up my friend on the way and having a little pre-birthday thing, but it didn’t work out.  I went down anyway obviously, just to get away from the heat and everything.

We ate at a Danish restaurant/bakery in Burlingame and I had a New York steak.  It’s really the only thing I can eat on their menu on this diet so oh woe is me I was forced to eat steak!

It came with a salad too, and I of course picked out the croutons.

I obviously wasn’t worried about fat these two weeks, I probably would have lost more weight if I did watch the fat too. One thing at a time!

The steak was perfect.  I ordered it medium and it was very tender.  Unfortunately, my mom’s was not…  She ordered hers medium rare though so I wonder if that had something to do with it?

Anyway, we took a drive down to San Jose for the day on Saturday.  We went into the mall by Santana Row so my mom could look for a bathing suit, unfortunately, no such luck.  I should always remember that if we are planning on going to a particular location, such as driving around Roseville to see locations, or walking around Santana Row, we shouldn’t go into a mall before because 5 hours later, we’ll regret still being at the mall! I don’t know how that happens!

Anyway, we got into the mall and the first thing I saw was the Dugout Store.  It’s the SF Giant’s official store.  We had to go in there and looks around.  It was pretty small compared to the other two I have been in so I didn’t end up getting anything.  I really want a Giant’s shirt, but only one I love, so I just have to be patient.

We were starving by the time we got there so after going into the Dugout, we went to the food court and I ended up getting 1/2 soup and salad from Boudin (the WORLDS BEST sourdough bread!) no, I did not eat the bread!  😦 I wanted to though!  I opened it up a little and just smelled the inside of the bread and all of its sourdoughyness (Yes I made that word up!).  My brother just stared at me and said, you know, that’s what addicts do.  I told him I wasn’t addicted, and he said there was a scene in a movie with an alcoholic sniffing alcohol.  Why do siblings have to tease you???

Anyway, I must say that this particular Boudin screwed up my soup THREE times!  First, they were going to put it in a bread bowl (ahhh! Like that’s going to help me!), then they gave me clam chowder, I told him I ordered the tomato soup, then he gave me their tomato bread soup (what the hell’s with the bread being forced at me?!) so my mom was pissed and brough it back herself, and showed him the receipt and I got my Rosted Garlic Tomato Soup like I asked for in the first place.  I understand maybe getting the tomato soup part wrong but the bread bowl and the clam chowder?  Did they read the order?

Anyway, not something to get angry over or anything, I just thought it weird.

After looking around the mall, I finally managed to get them out of there and over to Santana Row.  By that time we were all a little moody because it took a good 15-20 minutes to find a parking space (5:30 on a Saturday does not make for easy parking!) we walked around a little and ended up going to Sino which was a hip asian restaurant there.

We ordered a few different things, and I got their version of beef with broccoli and an order of these green beans for myself (they had some too, it was just the only thing I could eat).  I must say, I did have a rib…  The sauce was so good!  It was sweet though, from honey I’m sure because it was sticky, but there wasn’t a lot, and honey is good for you.  At least it isn’t white sugar.

The only problem was the seats were too low!!!

I want this Soy Sauce pot!!!

Nick was impressed with the artwork.

We walked around a little bit more, going into Anthropology (I will get an outfit there once I get down to a 14 so help me God!) this organic scent shop, and Sur La Table (my favorite foodie store!).  Did I get anything?  No… Did I want to get anything, of course!

My brother likes to make weird faces.

As you can see, he’s also trying to grow a beard…  I hope this is either just the awkward part of growing a beard or he’s just going through a faze because I don’t like it…

I love taking flower photos!

We stopped to get me a sugar-free frozen yogurt, but it tasted like crap, so I dumped it.  I have to make a mental note that I don’t like chocolate frozen yogurt, especially the sugar-free variety…

I ended up finding this sugar-free ice cream in Safeway where we stopped after the yogurt.  I thought, why did I just find you now, well, I know why now!  It has xylitol in it. Do you know what that does to you?  You don’t want to know!  It cant’ be good for you.  It’s one of those sweeteners that can do interesting things to your stomach if you know what I mean, and I’m not going to divulge further than that!

Anyway, Sunday, we didn’t get our butts out of the house until 1, but we still took a walk!  We walked down past the church were my parents got married, and took a walk along the bay.

As you can see, the bay was a little further out at the point we were walking but it was still pretty non the less.

Another flower picture! Not bad for being from my iPod…

30 minutes later, I was standing in front of a fan set on high!  And then we left to try to make the most of the 4 hours I had left before going back home.

We went into the mall (shocker!) in San Mateo and still no luck with the bathing suit hunt! We did find out they are putting in a Cheesecake Factory where Mervyn’s use to be there.

We ate lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, and I got a Gluten Free Hawaiian Pizza.  It was okay.  I figured it wouldn’t have the white flour in it so it would be okay (totally an assumption though, I really have no idea).  I prefer Amici’s pizza much more I must say!

We ran over to the Apple Store so my mom could have one more look at computers before completely deciding on what she wanted. We actually convinced her to convert!  She’ll be happy with it once she gets used to it.  We can show her things and get all of her applications and favorites set up for her.

After the mall, we went to TJ’s (my mom hates this store by the way!!! How do you hate Trader Joe’s?!) to get some essentials.  They were out of 1% organic milk and non-fat greek yogurt! How does that happen?! I’ve never seen those things out there before.  So, I went to Whole Foods (which I love, I just never shop there because of the prices) to get the milk and yogurt, and I got a few other things and spent probably twice the amount there then at TJ’s.

I got Kombucha tea which I’ve never tried before but have heard so many people say they love it.  I’ll give my review in a little bit… (Not a good one I must say)

By the time I got home it was 6:45!  Eeek!  My mom met me in Danville so I didn’t have to drive all the way down both times, so we finally got out and on our way back to the East Bay.

I didn’t get home until 10 at night! It wears me out to get home that late. The drive alone wears me out, but getting home late is hard, especially since I have to go to school work the next day.

This morning, I tried one of the Kombuchas and…

I hated it…  It tastes like vinegar soda to me.  I know people love it and I was dying to try it, but I just can’t get into it.  I must be missing something about it.

It could be because it had lemon juice in it and I have one more, so I’ll give that one a try, but I’m not promising anything…

Anyway, a long boring day today and now I have to get to bed!

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Detox Day 5 & Bridesmaids

I don’t know if you’ve notice from my blog, but I get to a point if I eat a certain food that I can’t even look at it anymore.  I’m that way with hard boiled eggs right now.  I had 2 hard boiled eggs every day this work week.  And, I love my aunt for doing that for me, but I can’t look at another hard boiled egg!  I’m going to make a batch of some egg bake over the weekend for my breakfasts next week so I don’t have to spend 10 minute I don’t really have in the mornings cooking my breakfast.

Since, I really was dying to change it up, I brought a few slices of TJ’s cracker cuts (I’m SOOOOOOOO glad they’re back!!!) and put them on top of the eggs and nuked them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds just to melt the cheese.  It was better, but I still was tired of the texture of the hard boiled eggs.  It was at least a change.  Along with that I had 2 Saturn Peaches (I’ve seen them called donut peaches too) which again was a nice change from the melon and berries.

Don’t get me wrong, I freeking LOVE strawberries and I could eat them everyday if I wasn’t worried about becoming allergic to them, but I didn’t want to get sick of them because I love them so much.

Before I got ready for work, I ready my cousin’s blog update which is about her journey with stage 4 breast cancer, and she was reflecting over the last year which I can’t believe it’s been a year already.  We all pray for her all the time, and we’re so glad to see the progress she’s been having.  It’s just so hard to know what she’s going through.  Especially since she has 3 small children (one in which is my Godson) and I pray to God that she get’s to have as long of a life as she possibly can.

You never know what will happen in your life.  One minute you’re fine, then the next you’re diagnosed with some horrible disease.  The same thing happened with my dad.  He had a fever for a few days and before we knew it, he was diagnosed with MDS (a rare blood disease that turns into Leukemia).  It makes you realise that you have to appreciate the time you have with your loved ones.  It also reminds me not to take things for granted.

Today I resigned my mom and me for the Light the Night Walk in Sacramento, CA which will be our second annual walk in honor of my dad.  We walked with some cousins last year and decided it would be a good tradition to do in honor of his memory.

I have two organizations that are near and dear to my heart because of him, the Light the Night Walk is one of them, and the other is St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  My dad was very devoted to St. Jude and when he was sick, he signed up to be a member.  He always wanted to, but figured since he was nearing the end of his life, he wanted to share a little bit with them.

Sorry, I got off on a tangent!  Anyway, if you would like to dontate, please do so at http://pages.lightthenight.org/sac/Sacra11/SGianatasio.  I would so deeply apprecate anything you could help with.  It’s such a great cause.

Okay, onto the rest of the day!

I took an early lunch with a friend from work to Mimi’s and had broiled salmon with brown rice and steamed vegetables.

I was so good I even bypassed the bread they bring. Their walnut raisin bread is to die for!!!  I hate raisins too but it tastes like carrot cake or something along those lines!

The waitress was really nice and even put the drink menu up to hide them from me!

I must admit I’m quite proud of myself at the moment!

When we left work the same friend and I went to the new Sketcher’s outlet and I got a couple of pairs of shoes for the upcoming trip to Tahoe, then we went and saw Bridesmaids.  It was hilarious!  The only problem is that they painted in there that morning and the fumes were almost too much to deal with.  We complained and they gave us free tickets for another date.

When I got home I was starving! I cooked some ground beef and beans and layered them on the rest of my Spanish rice along with some cheese.

I must say my eyes were bigger than my stomach, because I only ate 1/2 of it.

Now I’m sitting here watching past episodes of Drop Dead Diva, then I’m off to bed!

G’night!