Birth Day!

The past four years we have been pretty good about going out, making time for lunches and winery days. Dragging Kaili around was like second nature. She just went with the flow, tucked into her back pack of goodies and for the most part kept herself entertained. Averi, on the other hand hasn’t been as complaisant to sit in a highchair or spend time twiddling with play-doh. She would rather manage the back of the kitchen or throw toys on the ground. Who the hells kid is this? I have found myself bowing out of a lot more things these days… just knowing how much of my time and patience will be spent managing Averi instead of actually enjoying myself, so we stay home. But for my birthday, I wanted to go out. Out, out…without kids. To the places that shun kids, the places I haven’t been to in years or ever. So we got a sitter and planned the afternoon checking into places that were just that, adults only.

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It was a whopping good time. I even got the courage, ahem, thanks to my nudging husband, to introduce myself to one of my favorite chefs. If you watch Top Chef than he needs no introduction.

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Richard Blais in a nutshell < Top chef runner up, Top Chef All-stars Winner. Guest judge on Top Chef, learned from some of the Master chefs aka Thomas Keller and now has two San Diego restaurants which is why I was able to capture this photo.>  Happy birthday to me.

We also squeezed in a quick stop at the Waterfront Bar and Grill. The oldest tavern in San Diego and I am embarrassed to admit neither of us had ever been there..hangs head in shame.

IMG_0349I will leave it at this. I had a great time and I crossed a lot of places off of my to-do list but I did not feel hot the next day. Next year I want to go kayaking and eat at Nobu in Malibu. Shane says we should wait until 2017 to decide…whatever, that just gives me time to plan a roaring 40’s birthday eating seaside in Hawaii!

Weekly Favorites

I have amazing neighbors, actually they are more friends with neighbor benefits.  Many wonderful things come with having such great people living next door to you. The only downside is that it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, if I decide that it’s time to take off my bra and get halfway naked, they will surely come over. Happens. Every. Single. Time.

Great neighbors are a favorite in my life but here are some more.

Favorite Recipe- Hold the phone, blackberries on a pizza with burrata? So you’re saying it’s going to be amazing? Yes please!

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Favorite Recipe #2 – There is no way this pizza isn’t delicious, caramelized onions, gruyere, plus pepper bacon. GASP. No way! She makes amazing food.

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Favorite DIY-  Life size lincoln logs made from pool noodles!  Love this idea. Unfortunately the link to the pin didn’t work but we got this!

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Favorite DIY {Halloween style}- Dammit, so brilliant!

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Favorite Funny-  Shane would have something to say about this.

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Favorite Photo- I just couldn’t stop laughing at this.

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Favorite Destination- I have been trying to talk the Mr. into heading to Hawaii for Christmas. But if I am hoping to be pregnant by then, then maybe I should be reconsidering? {Wait…what?  Stay tuned for more on that!} This hotel isn’t too shabby.

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