Coffee, cars, and carnitas

I hooked up with a gal pal I met online. We met at a Starbucks. She mentioned the Lamborghini in the parking lot that I completely missed when I drove in. How observant am I? Of course I had to snap a few photos to share with my son. Lamborghini

After admiring the lines of the car and playing paparazzi, we moseyed on to my favorite nail salon to enjoy spa pedicures. The massage is my favorite part.

Once the polish set, we decided we were hungry. Off to the Old Town Mexican Café for Mojitos and carnitas. Oh, and don’t forget the handmade tortillas! (Someday I gotta learn how to make flour tortilla.)

We chatted about whatever came to mind. She has an air of quiet intelligence, an ever-ready smile, and a refreshing outlook on life.

Building skills

LoomThis week was all about building and setting up a loom. At first I was hoping I could get my husband to assemble the loom. No, go as he had too many things going on all at the same time. I cajoled my son – he rolled his eyes at me. Heavy sigh. Fine, I’ll do it myself . . . and I did!

LoomThreadedNext comes warping the loom. After watching a few YouTube videos, I was ready to try my hand at it. It’s fairly simple. I enjoyed working the the lovely yarn my Fiber Goddess gave me a long time ago. I love the colors and I’m pleased that I have a project for which I can use the beautifully colored yarn.

Okay, so I warped it backwards. Up until now everything went well, surly it was time for a mistake. I convinced my husband to help me swap the bars. Once we completed that task, it was time to separate the warp threads on the beater bar. (That sounds naughty, doesn’t it?) While a bit time consuming, the tasks of setting up the loom for weaving are rather calming.

When my youngest daughter arrived home from school, she was excited and took to weaving with the air of someone who knows what they’re doing. WeavingProject

There’s good news, and then there’s good news

The good news is, I have another weeks vacation. Why is that good? Because I get another week to indulge in morning Yoga classes, take my kidlets to school, and be a slug as the mood strikes me. What’s not to love about indulging in an afternoon nap?

As much as I love doing Yoga, I must confess that I’m way, wicked sore. Today I shall indulge in an afternoon nap and I will probably fall asleep early.

I’m thinking 8:30 is a good time to call it a night.


Back to back

My kids, hubby, and mom joined me and we cheered on the San Diego County Spinners compete in the timed   Wool To Sweaterinternational Back to Back competition. The goal is to complete a sweater from the “back” of a sheep to the “back” of a person. The event was held at the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center.

Now, when I first mentioned it, some of my kids groaned that they didn’t want to go, that it wouldn’t be fun. My hubby was quite enthusiastic and supportive. He even got up early and made coffee for me, and he’s not a morning person. There are many reason why I love my husband, that he supports my coffee addiction is but one of them.

Surprisingly, we left the house at my target time of 8:30. I know! Practically unheard of to get everyone dressed, fed, and out the door this early on a Saturday morning!

I had no idea what to expect, and I was delighted at who and what we found. We had a blast! The San Diego County Spinners are lovely, welcoming people who shared their passions and skills with us all. The kids tried their hands at spinning using both a hand spinner and a spinning wheel. They also got to weave using these way-wicked cool looms.

CWeaving  TWeaving  RWeaving

My youngest daughter in particular was all over the loom.

CSpinning  TSpinning  RSpinning
My oldest daughter was all over the spinning wheel.

When we got home, my son insisted I teach him how to knit.


Not because he plans on becoming a knitster, but because he simply wanted to prove to himself that he could do it.

And he did.

Road trip

Hubby and I had most of the day to ourselves. So, we drove up to Chino Hills, specifically to the Costco there, to take advantage of the Treager road show. We purchased the LIL’ TEX, and then moseyed on home to see what we had in the freezer we could smoke.

Chicken. Lotsa chicken.

Hubby and son assempled the legs and primed the grill. I prep’d the bird. After prepping the grill (and bird) it was time to put the cool new gizmo into action.

The day was lovely, and it gave me and my hubby lots of alone time together. Wait, is that even possible?

Happy (early) Birthday, hubby; mwaaaaaah!

Whew! Busy day!

  • Yoga/Pilates class this morning (kicked my butt!)
  • Went to the lab to color match my teeth (I broke a crown last Tuesday night)
  • Got a manicure and pedicure, (totally cute 3-D cupcake design!)
  • Took the per-employment drug test
  • Filled out the forms for a background test

I’m thinking that it’s Miller time! Well, perhaps a glass of wine or two.

Snaggle tooth

I skipped my morning yoga class today to spend a couple of hours in the dentist’s chair, instead. A crown cracked, and I was left with a stump of a tooth. It wouldn’t have been so bad had it been one of the back teeth. But, nooo! It’s a front-and-center tooth. My hubby teased me and my kids wouldn’t kiss me goodbye. Geesh!

I kept my promise to pick up my oldest, and we scooted over to a mom-and-pop stand for chocolate & peanut butter shakes. I seldom get these as they are highly addictive. We dashed off to yet another shopping center to replenish our supply of body washes from Bath and Body Works.

My favorite is the Black Currant and Vanilla. My fashionista went for Pink Chiffon.

Time to go home and collapse in front of the TV. Oh, and then watch the blonde’s play the Lego version of Lord of the Rings on the XBox. Must see TV!

Shopping spree

My fashionista took me clothes shopping this afternoon. She had fun putting together outfits for me to try on. She found a couple of different styles of jeans (that makes me look down-right skinny!) and a couple of blouses that hides what I need them to.

At one point she mentioned “now I know why you don’t like to shop with other people, Mom. It’s boring when you’re not the one getting clothes.” Huh, shopping for work clothes turned into a teachable moment. She kept her up-beat attitude during the adventure, we had fun, and she learned about patience. I’d say a most successful shopping spree.

These shoes are made for . . .

My oldest daughter is out early all this week due to state testing. Well, heck! I might as well take advantage of this opportunity and take her to lunch. Can lunch be lunch without a trip to a store which contains clothing? Of course not!

She had her eye on a pair of shoes at a department store. I let her talk me into taking her there “just to see them, Mommy.” She must think I’m a push-over or something. As I did buy her the shoes, I guess I am. Drat! The good news is, I found a pair for me, too; something comfy yet still work appropriate. I’m stoked!

I don’t mind shopping for others, or shopping for my home, but I detest clothes shopping for me. That I found something that not only fit, but was comfortable AND affordable, felt like finding the pot-o-gold. Maybe it’s a portent of things to come, as I’ve procrastinated purchasing new work clothes, maybe I should take my oldest out to lunch again tomorrow. Why not? It worked before.