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April
2015
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Life

I had a really nice Easter weekend. On Saturday, we went to service with Joshua’s family and out to dinner at Red Robin as per tradition. Sunday we went to church with my parents, and afterwards Dani, Joshua and I had yummy mimosa’s at Early Toast.

Easter mimosas with @daniloo and @joshua300td!

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On Sunday I hosted Easter for the very first time! Joshua and I grilled leg of lamb and Dani made potatoes, both recipes which were from The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today’s Home Cook. I also made this delicious Skinny Broccoli Salad (minus the tomatoes and olives), and my dad brought sauteed spinach.

For hors d’oeuvres Dani provided an assortment of cheeses, and my uncle brought homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert. It was a yummy meal, and we all had a great time!

Work

Monday my splash page for the CGA Strategic Conference launched! In addition to that I made major progress on my design for The Wire.

Have I mentioned how happy I am to be designing lately? I haven’t had any designs to work on since last year because I’ve been doing a lot of project management, but now that changes have been implemented at work (for the better), I’m getting to do a lot more design. Not only that but I think my designs are getting better especially with the guidance I now have.

Blog

The blog didn’t get a whole lot of love this week, but since I am going on vacation next week I am hoping to have some down-time where I can really get to work on things. At this point I am not sure if a May launch is realistic. We shall see.

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April
2015
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Life

Monday we wrapped up our second round of teaching Financial Peace at our church. Joshua and I had full attendance for all nine weeks, and it was awesome to see everyone’s transformation during that time. Our next round is in September so we have a bit of a break until then.

Aside from that not a whole lot has been going on. We had a few visits from Joshua’s brother during the week, and then yesterday evening Dani and her friend Becca came up for the weekend.

Work

splash page style guide

This week I finished my splash page design for this year’s CGA Strategic Conference. My Design Director is also having us create our style guides before we even go into design, so it has been helping a lot with streamlining the design process.

Blog

On The Lovely Geek, I created a custom post type for my House Tour section. The three places I’ve lived in are categories and the rooms are posts complete with custom fields for showcasing images, source lists and the like. Back when I was living at my Nana’s house (second rental), I acquired a lovely book called Homeowner’s Record Keeper. I really like how it organizes everything, so I’m using that as my inspiration for how I will layout the different rooms.

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March
2015
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Today I am happy to share that our backyard makeover is complete!

We started this makeover with an overgrown yard that we’ve let go since September. After several failed attempts at our yard we called in the professionals: Joshua’s dad and brother.

Backyard - Before

Backyard - Before

Backyard - Before

Backyard - Day 1

They weed-whacked, sprayed round-up, brought in new soil, tilled, added all new irrigation, plants, and grass. And now it’s a clean and beautifully landscaped space one that we can’t stop spending time in. The dogs love it too!

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Originally our fire pit was in the middle of the yard. We had the garden beds pulled out and moved the fire pit down in its place. The garden beds were coming apart and the dogs wouldn’t stay out of them, so it was best to take them out.

Backyard Makeover Reveal

By bringing the pit down here we’ve also opened up room for more seating on the wall and bench nearby. We have some plans to bring in some solar string lights, but I’m really excited to light a fire down there at our next get-together.

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Back in September when we “started” on the backyard, one of the things we did was take out what we believe to be a fountain-turned glorified planter box. We turned the empty space into an herb garden. I have rosemary, cilantro, parsely and mint to start.

Backyard Makeover Reveal

This side of the house used to be a dumping ground for debris and dirt. Now, the trees have been cleared (hello, natural light in my office!) there’s a nice path and gravel.

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Joshua plans on parking his trailer back here, and maybe one day down the road an RV! #dreaming

Backyard Makeover Reveal

Backyard Makeover Reveal

We are so happy with how the yard turned out and so grateful that my father in-law and brother in-law were able to make it happen! We love being in the yard now, especially since we topped it off with a variety of solar landscape lighting scattered throughout. It’s a great space both during the day and at night. I can’t wait to entertain here!

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March
2015
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Life

Ahhhh the backyard looks so good!
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.

Here are the yummy meals I made this week:
Cooked my first #blueapron meal tonight: Corned Beef-Spiced Flank Steaks with Braised Cabbage & Buttered Red Potatoes. Super yummy! Tonight's #blueapron meal: Turkey Chili with Avocado & Cheddar Cheese. I don't like avocado, and I forgot to put the cheddar cheese in the fridge; instead I used a shredded jack mix. My final #blueapron meal this week: Tom Yum-Style Shrimp & Noodles with Gai Lan & Thai Basil. Loving this service! I get my second delivery tomorrow!

  • Corned Beef-Spiced Flank Steaks with Braised Cabbage & Buttered Red Potatoes – I’ve never cooked cabbage before, so this was a yummy new experience. I had to be careful about not overcooking the flank steaks too much, but they turned out great. For my first meal on this plan it was really easy tasted great!
  • 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!

Work

CGA
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.

Blog

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.

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March
2015
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Life

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!

Hello, Santa Cruz.

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.

Later on we found out there was a domestic dispute that turned into a shoot-out and house fire. It was definitely a bit scary to have this kind of stuff happening in our neighborhood, that’s for sure!

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!

Excited to be here with @joshua300td and his parents! #TheBeatles #Fab4 #LetItBe #RainTribute #AbbeyRoad

Work

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.

Blog

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.