Monday, July 13, 2009

Another weekend, come and gone.

Mondays just don't seem as bad after a really great weekend. My dear friend Taryn flew in from Seattle Wednesday and spent all weekend with us.

Here's the quick and dirty of the trip (unfortunately no pics -- I am currently in a no-photos-of-me phase): Wednesday night, we met up with Jackie and PJ at Salsa & Beer -- an amazing hole-in-the-wall Mexican food restaurant in the Valley. Thursday, she hung out by the pool while I was at work, and then we made dinner, drank some wine, and caught up. Friday brought Happy Hour after work and then some awesomely bad junk food. Saturday, we took a walk, went to see The Proposal (which was very cute), and then had a bbq at our house (of course) with margaritas and mojitos galore. Sadly, Taryn left for Seattle bright and early Sunday morning.

Sunday, my grandma helped me pick out a spot for Bug's bridal shower and then we had a delicious brunch at Marston's (my favorite grandma-and-me lunch spot). Sunday night, Josh and I saw Bruno. It was, in a word, "eh."

So far, I am still on the sewing kick, too. I have been working on a quilt for my mom using Moda's Gypsy Rose by Fig Tree Quilts.

I am so in love with this fabric, I ordered extra to make myself a quilt of my very own from it.

I also enrolled in this Mystery Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop. This is ideal since the limited commitment of one block a month may jive with my (sometimes unpredictably hectic) work schedule. Here is my first, completed block.

It's funny how much satisfaction I got from making this little guy. It's nice to feel like I made something, completed a project, did something creative even. Turns out arts and crafts make for excellent stress relief.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

my long absence, some news, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

There's a lot to catch up on since my last post a hundred years ago. A lot happened. I kept meaning to post. And, I didn't. I guess I have writer's block. Lately, I have been feeling like I don't have anything interesting to post and am unsure the purpose this blog really serves. But, I guess for now, I've resolved to not caring if it's purposeless.

So, with that, on with today.

To kick off the three-day weekend, Josh and I decided to have date night on Thursday night. I have been craving grilled cheese forever, so we thought we'd check out Grilled Cheese Night at Campanille. I snapped a couple pics with my iPhone.

I ordered the Croquet Madame, a grilled ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top. It was delicious! The crunchy bread with the velvety egg yolk -- so good! That plus a stellar glass of red wine, I was a happy camper.

Josh ordered the regular grilled cheese with the onions and mustard. He was a little hesitant about adding the onions and mustard to a perfectly good grilled cheese sandwich, but after the first bite, he was converted.

Our sandwiches came with fries. Perfect texture and salty. Very good.

For dessert, we ordered a fruit cobbler. The ice cream was so creamy. It reminded me of the ice cream my Aunt in England used to buy that was all cream -- so rich and good.

Overall, we gave our experience at Campanille a big thumbs up.

In other news, I am on some sort of weird sewing kick all of a sudden. I have been learning to sew and have completed a few small projects. I may not seem like the domestic type (although, you may know that I love to knit), so I was as surprised as anyone with this new hobby. But, it's so fun! It's nice to be creative and make something that's actually useful! So, now you are prepared for some possible sewing posts in the near future.

Saving the best for last, the most exciting news as of lately is that my little sister, Bug, is engaged! Ajax popped the question last week, and my sis is already planning her spring wedding. I'm so thrilled for her and cannot wait for the big day!

With that, I'm out for now. I'll try not to disappear again for so long. ;)