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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Waffle heaven

Last month, Walt and I stayed at the Ramada Inn in Carlsbad for a weekend. Our room fee included a free continental breakfast in their dining area.

One of the breakfast items were Belgian waffles that you make yourself. They had all the batter measured out in these little cups, which you would pour into the waffle maker. You then close the lid and flip it over so that the batter will coat the bottom of the maker as well. When done, the timer goes off. That's when you flip the waffle maker over and open it up to release the freshly baked waffle.

Ever since then, I've been hankering for a waffle maker. Walt and Nanc got me the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker for Christmas. Not only does it flip over and has the built in timer, this baby can produce 2 Belgian waffles at the same time!

How did the waffles turn out? Well, I had to break it in by making waffles for Christmas morning. They absolutely turned out splendid. As promised, the waffles came out of the baker effortlessly and clean up was a snap. At first, I was wanting the one by VillaWare. I totally did not expect the one by KitchenAid, but I'm definitely NOT complaining. The fact that I can make 2 waffles at the same time is an added bonus.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

More Powerbook goodies


Walt also got me some accessories for my Powerbook from Radtech. Wildeepz are transparent urethane display cushions for the laptop. Notebook ScreensavRz protect, clean and polish the screen. It also serves as a buffer between the keyboard and screen to prevent key marks and scuffs. I also got PowerSleevz, which is a form fitting sleeve that insulates the laptop. I will use it in conjunction with the Lapdog case that I got for extra protection.

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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Outerwear for my Powerbook


One of the gifts Walt got me for Christmas is a Lapdog bag along with the expandable Doggie Bags by Shaun Jackson Design.

I really like the expandability of the bag set. What's really great about this bag is that it's like having a portable workstation with you.

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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas

Judging from the gifts that I received, I must've been a very, very, good girl. More to come...

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Bad Santa

While perusing Dooce's site, I came across this link for Scary Santas.

I don't think I've ever posed with Santa as a child, but if I did, would've been scared shitless from the looks of some of these Santas.


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Friday, December 17, 2004

Bye, Erika!

We were in San Diego yesterday. I went and got my hair done and also met Erika for lunch. We went to Panda Inn and ordered the Honey Walnut Shrimp. This will be the last time I'll probably see her in San Diego. She and Derek bought a house in Florida, and after many months of delayed closings, the date has finally arrived. I'm gonna miss hanging out with her. I guess we'll just have to plan a trip to go to Florida in the future.


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Saturday, December 11, 2004


JourneyMy mother-in-law got me a pair of tickets to see Journey for my birthday. Walt and I went to see them last night at Green Valley Ranch.

I've been a long time listener of Journey and this is the first Journey concert I've ever been to. The band was incredible in person. Their new lead singer sounded just like Steve Perry. While the concert was great, the venue wasn't that great. The concert hall looked more like a ballroom or conference room. The seats are all in one level, and since we were near the back, there's always someone taller than me that's standing in the front. That didn't really bother me, since there were large screens everywhere that showed what was going on in the concert.

One thing that did kinda get on our nerves was the group that was directly in front of us. You can tell that it was an office party because it looked like they weren't there for the concert. They were just gabbing with each other and walking in and out getting more drinks. There was this one woman in front of us, who was obviously MUCH OLDER than I am. She was dressed like Britney Spears and was just totally tonsil wrestling with her date.

About 2/3's into the concert, one of the security guards asked us if we wanted to move up. We took her up on her generous offer and managed to move up another 20 rows. What we thought was a good concert became 1000 times better.

We will be sure to be on the look out for future Journey concerts. We would definitely love to see them again.

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Friday, December 10, 2004

The Big 36!!!

Bel_ftnI turned the Big 36 yesterday. Ever since I hit 35 last year, I've been dreading my birthday.

To ease in the stress of it all, Nancy, Walt and I went out to dinner in one of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever been to. And I can attest for good Mexican food, since I lived in San Diego for over 6 years.

One of the things I knew I was going to miss about San Diego was the little hole in the wall Mexican eateries. Walt and I used to go to Sombrero Mexican Food all the time in San Diego, since it was only 10 minutes away from us. My favorite is their Carnitas Burritos.

When Nancy told me there was a Roberto's, which is another major chain in San Diego, near us, I was pretty excited. We went to get food there, and frankly...it was horrible. I ordered my standard Carnitas Burrito and when I took it out of the bag, it was totally dripping of grease. Ewwww! The guacamole that they served was the type that looked like it came out of a can.

Anyway, I had started to lose faith on the quality of Mexican food out here until Nancy took us to Viva Mercado's. It's a sitdown restaurant with a casual flair. When we go at night, there is a guy who sings with his guitar during dinner time. The atmosphere in this small, dimly lit restaurant reminds me of the ones in Old Town, San Diego.

Viva Mercardos received an award for being amongst the Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in the country. They serve a lot of authentic Mexican dishes from various regions of Mexico. I have to say that I've been really happy with every dish I've ordered from them. Their Horchata drinks are unlimited refill and is the best that I've tasted.

After we totally stuffed ourselves to the gills, we decided to take a walk on the Strip to check out The Fountains at Bellagio.

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