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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Vegas Baby!

Late Oct, I took a work trip to Las Vegas, NV for a Derm conference. My mom came along so that we could hang out in the evenings after the conference and we had a blast! Here are some pictures from our trip.
This is when we were eating lunch one day on the strip in front of the Bellagio.
All dressed up before we went out to the Cirque du Soleil show KA at the Mirage

Mom lounging by the pools at our hotel, Caesar's
We had a blast!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Good morning, from Seattle

I had an amazing night last night   I had an amazing late dinner at a fun French pubish restaurant it was awesome. I had handmade pretzels with honey mustard, beef borginiun, and a bing cherry flan dessert. It was chic and yummy. Our suitcase is ready for the trash. It is turning clothes and stuff black. Ah!  It is chilly here! Last night walking back after dark it was chilly   I love this view I could look at it all day long! I did not get to shop last night as I got in about 8. Took a shower, and went to dinner..  Having a blast 

Seattle day 1

Truthfully I don't know if there will be a day 2 or three even though I will be here through Sunday. I have taken an extended break from blogging (life got in the way) which is both pleasant and annoying! I have only been here 4 hours but I have had a blast. Mr. Is coming Friday and I can't wait to share this fabulous city and view with him. I ate at a hip little place downtown. super atmosphere and amazing food. Though none of my Picts turned out as the lighting was so dark. My hotel overlooks downtown Seattle. I could stay in this bed and look at the view all day! (I wish I was artsy and could take a pict that would do this justice. Having a great time!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

AMI Spring Break 2012!

Anna Maria Island is a very special place to Mr. and I. It is were Mr. decided he wanted to marry me, where we became man and wife, and where we have spent several wondrful times including this past week.

We rented a beautiful beach house and invited some great friends to share it with us. Here are some picts!

 Rach and Jose love these guys thanks so much for coming! 
 Rachel and Jose at the Columbia!
 Sis and Bro n law, so glad that they could come. We had a blast.
 Beach Times! 
 Tandem Biking to get ice cream! 

More beach time! 
 All dressed up to go to St. Armand's Circle
 Enjoying the sunset

We had a wonderful, restful, blissful week. It was great time with our friends and we can't wait to see them all again real soon. Love you guys! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Indonesia Trip! Part 2

 Here are a couple more pics from our trip. This is me and Mr. in a bacha. This is the traditional form of transportation on the island. The man in the ball cap behind us is pedaling us along. 
 Here is a side view of the bacha. Mr. and I are hijacking it! 
Here is a picture of me and Mr. exploring a 900 year old Hindi Temple. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ryla Training 2012

10 years ago I went to RYLA as a Camper. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award and it is a weekend of teambuilding, high and low ropes course events, camping, cold, new friends, uncomfortableness, and being completely alive and happy. I went away from my Ryla experience with the knowledge that I could do things I did not think I could and now ten years later as a camp facilitator I get to give other High School Juniors that same experience! Totally siked. My Sis (who went to RYLA too) went with me and we spent the weekend training, Tune in in a month for the actual camp experience.
 This is a pic of my awesome sis and a friend and fellow facilitator climbing the Giant's ladder. 8 or 9 rungs high and the rungs get progressively wider as you ascend four stories in the sky.

 This is my sis when she and her partner made it to the top rung! (Her partner had already belayed to the ground.)
 This is another high course event. The Pamper Pole you scale it and jump off! This is "Number two" (that's the ryla name of my awesome teammate!)
 Me and the sis posing for a pic.
My sis is in the middle in action belaying a person on their team.

A great weekend and so glad that we could go back and give back.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another Freebie courtesy of Money Saving mom

Corner Bakery Cafe: Free Power Panini

Reserve a free Power Panini at Corner Bakery Cafe.
The website is loading slowly, so you’ll have to be patient to get in on this offer.
I just registered for mine. The thing is you have to specify the time and date you want to go pick up your panini. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Free Lotion BBW Today

If you have a bath and body works by you you can go on facebook like em and then show the cashier the wall post about a free lotion to recieve yours. (the one at my bbw didn't even need to see it she just gave me my free lotion.) FYI! 

Bath & Body Works: Free 2-oz. Pink Chiffon Lotion (January 20-22, 2012)

from Money Saving Mom® by Crystal

Bath & Body Works is offering a free 2-oz. bottle of Pink Chiffon Lotion this weekend (January 20-22, 2012). Just stop by any Bath & Body Works location with this coupon to get your free bottle. No purchase is necessary.

Friday, January 20, 2012

More Christmas Picts

 We just took the Christmas Tree down and stored the two huge bins and several ancillary boxes in the Garage (soon to be in their final resting place in the attic). But you probably know I love Christmas and I am thoroughly SAD to see it go into boxes. So I am attempting to prolong it a little longer on my blog with Christmas pictures. (I will not even promise that this is the last Christmas post): 

Here are more Christmas Picts that are too cute not to make it onto the blog. I am so late posting these. However, not too late considering that I still haven't sent out Christmas Cards... as you can tell they will probably be Valentine's cards. But lets face it our December was packed full this year (graduation, accepting my dream job, family, Certification test, south carolina for Mr.'s Family Christmas, Houston for our Fam Christmas, and prep for Indonesia)... something had to give. I fancy that a great problem to have! This is my gorgeous sis and Bro n law by our Christmas tree. They are going to make beautiful babies! 
 Mom, Sis and Bro n Law. 
 Me, Mr. and Mom

 Me and Mom after all the craziness when we could just go to Chuy's for some Mexican food and some much needed R &R. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Indonesia Trip!

The trip to Indonesia was 2 weeks of family, eating, and experiencing a culture that is 180 degrees different from our everyday. My sis and I have been going since my sis was 8 months old so we knew what we were in for. My brother in law and Mr. took everything in stride though and did a great job of assimilating into the culture evan though being "Orang Bulle" they stuck out and got lots of attention! 

Soo many stories so I just thought I would show a few of our pictures. 

Us at the Mud Volcano. This is a huge natural disaster caused by careless oil drilling. The mud has overtaken 5 villages and growing. I really wanted to jump in and play around... However, Mr. said that was not a good idea... I still don't see what the big deal was. 

Exploring the supermarket to get an upclose view of some of the different fruit in this part of the world. This is durian. We also tried Mangees, Salek, and Rambutan. Yummy weird different fruit. It is amazing the different fruit that grows in different parts of the world. 

My sis and I love to eat from food trucks like this one while we are in Indonesia. It is basically an all out assualt on your digestive system but it is part of the culture as these carts are everywhere and portable so that the owners can travel down the streets selling their dishes. Some of what we sampled included: Pachel a breakfast miz of peanut sauce, rice, and veggies, Chwemie which is noodles with dumplings, Sate, Mr's favorite, a chicken kabob with a sweet and peanutty sauce, and Soto ayam a soup of chicken rice and yumminess that is my sis's fav. 

This is us Jalan Jalan (walking) down Telamoyo the street where my mom grew up. 

This is the group outside the van/public transport bus that we caught a ride home on one day. 

We went to a spa one day. I did not give my bro in law a foot massage. He got one from a trained professional. 

This is a bacha. A traditional taxi. This is us hijacking one!! 

This is an entire cart full of krupuk, an indonesia chip made out of fish or shrimp. They are really yummy. The seller drives around selling these to pedestrians on the street. 
 This is Mr. at a 900 year old Hindi Temple that we went to tour at Blitar. 

Sis and Bro posing at the Temple. 

The group of us along with some family in front of the building that my uncle is a professor. My mom lectured while we were there to Master's and PhD engineers about Lean manufacturing. 

Family in front of my grandma's house.

Bro n law and I in Singapore trying the Singapore Sling.