I’ve been a little slow-moving this week due to coming down with hay fever. I woke up on the first day of Spring with itchy/watery eyes, runny nose, and lots of sneezing. Aside from that, I am pleased to annouce that the backyard is finally done! I’ll have a full reveal post on Monday!
I also tried my very first week of Blue Apron! For $59.95/week you get all the fresh ingredients delivered to your doorstep to create three delicious meals enough to serve two people. It’s great for someone like me who a lot of times gets home from work too tired to think about what to make for dinner and will resort to eating out. This service allows us both to get in the kitchen and make a meal without really having to think about it. It’s affordable, easy, and we get to try something new each week.
Turkey Chili with Avocado & Cheddar Cheese – We put the whole jalapeño in, and boy it was SPICY! Had to add a few spoonfuls of sour cream to cool it off. I accidentally forgot to put the cheddar cheese in the fridge when the delivery arrived, so my cheese went bad; instead I used a shredded jack mix I had on hand in the fridge. I don’t like avocado, so I didn’t have any on mine but my sister and Joshua put it on theirs. It was really yummy, just next time we won’t put in as much jalapeño.
Tom Yum-Style Shrimp & Noodles with Gai Lan & Thai Basil – I’ve never made a dish like this before, especially with so many ingredients I’ve never heard of, but now after making with the help of this service I’m confident I could make it again with a trip to my local international market. It had just the right kick to it, and it make three heaping servings.
Today my next delivery shows up, so I’m looking forward to planning out my meals this week!
I launched a site this week! I’ve been managing the redesign of CGA for quite some time now, and Thursday evening the site FINALLY went live! I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
Aside from the launch, I’ve began working on the design for their annual conference site. Every year they have a different theme, so we have to design a splash page and site design. I should have the splash page up in a week or two followed by the full design in May.
I made a lot of progress this week! I began importing over posts from here to The Lovely Geek and organizing them as well as installing the Bones theme, setting up the rest of my pages, and configuring my menu. Since I’ve been working on designs at work it has put me in design mode for this site, so I’m excited to move into that phase.
Last Friday my mom and I took a one night trip to Santa Cruz. We got to see my sister perform in her choir concert at UCSC, and after the concert we went out for dinner with her and her friend. We stayed overnight at the Dream Inn, a hotel right by the beach. It was a nice little one-night getaway!
Sunday night/Monday morning Joshua and I woke up around 3:30am to what turned out to be gun shots. Joshua went outside to investigate and by the time I came out the house up the street caught on fire. This video footage was taken from our driveway.
Despite Monday’s crazy shenanigans, we didn’t let that set the tone for the week. On Tuesday I got to take Joshua and his parents to see Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles. It was awesome! We had a lot of fun – it felt like being at a Beatles concert!
We finally heard back from Property Management on our plans for painting and removing the carpet from the office. The good news is our paint colors were approved, so we can start painting right away! The bad news is we can’t tear out the carpet ourselves. Anything with the floor has to be done by their vendor, not ours, which means it will be pricey.
I began to work on content for The Lovely Geek, but that’s about it. My goal for this week is to get all my content in, minus the blog posts I will exporting out from here.
The backyard is looking awesome thanks to my father and brother in-law. We’re so close to being done! Here’s what’s been happening so far:
Clean and Clear
They yanked everything out, weed eated, mowed, and sprayed roundup to give it a good base to start.
Laying the Amendment
They brought in soil amendment and let that sit for a couple days.
Tilling the Soil
Soil was tilled and prepped for irrigation.
And here’s a pic of the area where the planter boxes used to be:
Leveled and Plant-Ready
After the soil was tilled, the irrigation was installed and then the dirt was leveled out. You’d never know we have a fully functional sprinkler system underneath all that dirt!
Plants and Edging
We picked out our plants which included some herbs for a small herb garden, Pink Lady Indian Hawthorn, Loropetlum Chinense Fire Dance, Pink Rockrose, and Agapanthus Queen Anne Blue Lily of the Nile (both backyard and front). All of the plants we chose were considered ‘water wise’ which is awesome given the drought shenanigans we’re experiencing in California.
I’m especially excited for my herb garden. I’ll have rosemary, cilantro, parsely, and mint leaves to start. Once I get better at keeping plants alive and expand my culinary skills I might consider adding more.
In case you’re wondering, Blue Apron is a service that sends all the ingredients for healthy, fresh meals portioned and ready to go; all you have to do is cook and eat! I’m hoping that this will help me enjoy cooking more since it does the hard part for me and gets me to try something new. I get my first delivery on Saturday – I’m excited!
Couple of tight deadlines had me working a few late nights at the office this week. We presented our research findings for one our projects on Wednesday, and although we missed the mark on a couple of things we gained some great insight about the project. I’m really happy with the changes our process is going through because I feel it is going to up the quality of our work a ton.
Progress this week on The Lovely Geek hasn’t changed much since last week. All I’ve managed to do is login to update plugins. I really need to get back to working on that if I want to launch in May.
As for this current blog, I’m trying not to let the distraction of a new blog in the works take away from this one. Doing these weekly reviews have definitely helped so I don’t become too quiet.