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Life

#SisterSunday was so great! We slept in, relaxed at home, and around 3:30pm we headed up to Rocklin to the Studio Movie Grill to see The Hateful Eight (if you want to know what I thought of the movie you can read my review on Letterboxd).

#SisterSunday at the movies! Seeing The Hateful 8!

The Studio Movie Grill is where you can have a whole restaurant experience while watching a movie. When you purchase tickets for a movie there you reserve your seat, which was nice since we got delayed a little by the weather. After sitting down a waiter comes up and takes your order, and within 15-20 minutes the food arrives. You’d think it would interfere with the movie, but it really doesn’t. Our seats had both cupholders and little trays that popped to hold everything, and our tray included a service button should we need anything. Overall it was an awesome experience, and we definitely want to see more movies there!

I woke up with a sore throat on Sunday, so I spent the whole week trying to heal it and not get sick any further. On Wednesday my throat was so bad that nothing I did seem to help (sore throat tea, lozenges, spray, honey/lemon, hot toddy, etc.). I stopped at Target after work to get a new humidifier, and between that, putting Vicks VapoRub on my chest, and running my SpaMist Ultrasonic Diffuser with some eucalyptus oil, not only did I sleep better than I had all week, but it cured my sore throat right up.

Work

Most of my time was spent researching other bank/credit union websites as part of my competitive technical audit for SAFE Credit Union and working on the wireframes/mood board for OBO’ Italian, an upcoming restaurant from the Selland Family Group.

On Friday we had our 2016 Vision Fest at Ella Dining Room and Bar where my boss did a presentation, sort of a “state of Three29” if you will. Discussed the vision for the company, changes that our happening, the status of our new office, and had an open discussion. I can’t reiterate enough how happy I am to be part of this company and team that is growing and has great vision for the future.

Blog

I did another A Day in the Life post this week, but did it a little differently than usual. Georgie, who hosts the linkup, had us write about it in the form of questions which I thought was fun and different.

My Smuggler’s Bounty box arrived this week, and I decided to film an unboxing video. I mentioned awhile back I wanted to start incorporating videos into my blog, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.

I also started coding TheLovelyGeek.com on Saturday! Yay progress!

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I decided to switch things up a bit around here and make a video! I’m unboxing my second Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Box from Funko. Hope you guys enjoy it, and let me know if you want to see more videos!

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A Day in the Life is a monthly linkup where bloggers document their daily life on a designated day each month to show what a typical day is like. Head over to Hey Georgie to participate!

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My day in five words or less

Cold, wet, and rainy

Just before writing this, I was…

Watching Gilmore Girls with my sister and having a snack. We just came home from yoga.

I ate ____ today

Breakfast: Coffee with foamed half-and-half, thinkThin Honey Peanut Butter Oatmeal, and some fresh raspberries.

Lunch: Unsweetened iced tea, two drumsticks, Loco Side Salad, and some chips from El Pollo Loco

Dinner: Annie’s Rice Pasta & Cheddar Gluten Free Microwavable Mac & Cheese Cup – I had to rush to yoga so I didn’t get to eat a proper dinner. I had every intention of making grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, but I ran out of time and didn’t have all the ingredients on hand.

Snacks: SkinnyPop popcorn and lots of Traditional Medicinals Herbal Throat Coat tea (I’ve had a sore throat the last couple of days)

TIL (Today I Learned)

That banks like to make you click on their disclaimer before you proceed to visiting their social media sites. I had to look at a ton of different banking sites as part of the research phase for one of my projects, and all the major banks had a popup window with a disclaimer before letting you proceed to their social media site. It was annoying!

At 12:34pm today, I was…

Eating a bag of SkinnyPop popcorn (it’s National Popcorn Day, hey-yo!) while perusing my subscribed feeds on feedly.

One thing I could have done better today

Go to bed earlier! As evidence by when I posted this blog post, I stayed up way too late for a work night.

I will start tomorrow by…

Making sure I get to bed before 10pm.

The weather

Here’s a shot of my screen saver that pretty much says it all:
The Weather, City Edition ScreenSaver for Mac

I can’t complain too much though given we’re in a drought. 😉

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Life

Dani and I have started to refer to our Sundays as #SisterSunday where we go do something fun together whether it’s brunch, shopping, or the movies. Sunday is the only day during the week that we both have the day off, so it’s become our special little day. I took her and my mom to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After the movie we did a little shopping.

On Monday after work, we all went over to visit my grandpa and help my mom to disassemble his bed in preparation for his hospital bed. Because he is a so weak and frail, hospice care determined he needed a hospital bed that will help him in sitting up to drink/eat. We disassembled his old bed, put it in the garage, and then went out to dinner nearby until hospice care delivered the new bed. Whatever makes my grandpa comfortable in the end is all that matters.

Tuesday we went out for sushi, and then we made a stop at Target where I bought an ankle brace to help with some nerve pain I’ve been having in the back of my heel/ankle.

Wednesday I created a Facebook page for our church’s Financial Freedom Ministry. There was talk of doing that last year, but the people in charge had since moved on. I inquired about it a few days earlier and got the green light to moved forward with it.

On Friday I went to the doctor’s to figure out what’s going on with the heel/foot pain I’ve been experiencing for the past week and a half. It turns out I have acute Achilles Tendinitis, so I just have to relax and take ibuprofen; if it doesn’t improve, she gave me a referral to a physical therapist and we’ll go from there.

Saturday was spent mostly working on my design for TheLovelyGeek.com. At one point Joshua and I ventured out so he could get his haircut and I could get a pedicure with a gift card I got for Christmas. The massage portion of the pedicure really helped with my Achilles Tendinitis, especially since they did a hot stone massage. Clearly I just need to get more pedicures. 😉

Work

Crazy busy work week! My previous Creative Director from Digital Gear, James, started at Three29 this week as our Senior Digital Producer. I am so, so happy to be working with him again! Because he started this week, he’s been in meetings and trainings the whole time.

We met with SAFE credit union this week as a sort of pre-kickoff-kickoff meeting, and we met with Plum to present wireframes and mood boards. Had some edits to the wireframes to do after the meeting as well as another version of my mood board, so below is what I came up with.

plum mood board on dribbble

I also found this awesome app called Iconjar which allows me to organize all the different icons sets I’ve accumulated during my time as a designer. It makes it easy to see what I have and quickly drag-and-drop it into a design comp.

Blog

I am so happy to report that I’ve finished the homepage design for TheLovelyGeek.com! I buckled down this weekend and got it done, and I am so excited to show you all a preview:

The Lovely Geek homepage design on dribbble

I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I’ll be taking time to work on the other pages this week. My goal is to start building by the beginning of February if not sooner.

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Life

The big thing that’s happening in my life is unfortunately not a positive one. My grandpa’s health is rapidly deteriorating, and we honestly don’t know how much longer we have left with him. He’s been in and out of the hospital several times in the last couple of months with urinary track infections, and he’s gone from barely eating to not eating at all. The last hospital visit they basically said that given his age, overall health and condition that there was really nothing more they could do for him. He got put on hospice care just last week, and so we’re taking it one day at a time. It’s been rough, but we’re getting through it best we can. My mom is one hell of a trooper though!

Work

Coming off a slow December so there wasn’t a whole lot for me to do last week. I spent most of my time working on a ton of wireframes for Plum as well as a mood board.

Just a small sneak peek of what I was working on. I have a meeting with the client this week, so hopefully that all goes well and they like the direction we’re going.

Blog

I’ve been attempting to stay on top of the January Cure assignments which for the most part I have been, I just haven’t blogged about my progress yet. I’ve also got a blog post in progress about my goals and resolutions for 2016 in the works.

I created a separate calendar for blogging on my Google Calendar so I can better keep track of topics I want to blog about. For example, I just went ahead and added all the dates of the “A Day in the Life” linkup posts from Hey Georgie. I use Sunrise.am as my calendar app of choice and one of the perks is it sends me a daily digest; it’s a great way to see everything I have going on for the day which now includes what to blog about.

I just renewed TheLovelyGeek.com which is a sad reminder of how little progress I’ve made on moving over there, so I’m mapping out how to get it launched in the next several months.