Monday, June 22, 2015

Poker Night and Housewarming Party

Every month a friend of ours hosts a Poker Night at her place. It's an evening of friendly poker, where for $5 in playing chips, you can pretty much stay in the game the entire night. I once participated and was so horrible at it, I lost all my chips by 9:30 p.m. or so LOL!! I think I prefer to snack on munchies and imbibing while watching the game more than participating.

At the last Poker Night this past Friday, our friend had set up the tables on the backyard patio and we played under the glow of grotto lights and grape vines. It was a fun evening!

Saturday morning I rode to the nail salon to get a pedicure and manicure. Afterwards I rode to the Sparks Legends Outlet to shop for shoes. Would you believe I barely found three pairs I could live with in a store FULL of shoes?! It is always that way, isn't it? When you are looking for something in particular, you can never seem to find it.

After that I went clothes shopping. It isn't something I particularly enjoy doing because I never know what to buy, but it was hard to pass up one of my favorite stores since it is also in the same complex so I couldn't pass it up.

I think riding my bike to do it all and logging over an hour made it much more fun for me. :-)

After I got home, I set to the task of making a housewarming gift for another friend who was having a party yesterday evening. i got the idea from a magazine I had read. So I painted one side of a cinder block bright yellow. Then John helped me cut out stencils for the house number and spray painted it in the cinder block. And we filled each if the cavities with flowering plants. Little did I know they happened to be my friend's favorite flowers!

There were grilled hot dogs and burgers and fresh fruit salads and beer and wine!! Some of the people played ladder golf or something like that. And we sang Happy Birthday to my friend and ate cupcakes. We stayed through the evening and enjoyed the fire pit before breaking away.

On Sunday, we didn't do much. We worked around the house and then went to lunch at a new place neither of us haven't tried for Father's Day called C.J. Palace, a Chinese and sushi restaurants. they had a lunch special which came with an egg roll, fried (or steamed rice) and soup or salad. I opted for the egg drop soup while John went with the salad. Our meals were delicious and there was plenty of food to take home!

The cinder block house number planter we made.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Raised Garden Bed

Hello there. I thought I would write again since this is my personal blog after all. Life has been non-stop this year and it seems to have accelerated after the end of April when I took a new job. I no longer work for the University but am still on the same campus. And so I travel about one week (and sometimes two) weeks a month for training. Mostly in-state and recently to Chicago. We've also launched our online bicycling boutique, Cuter Commuter LLC. where we carry stylish and functional products for the everyday bicyclist and the orders have been keeping us busy. More about work and business another time.

This post is about our Sunday afternoon and finished garden bed!! John rode his bike this morning with this teammates and I caught up around the house. When he returned we went to lunch at BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse in Sparks, NV. There is a nice outdoor patio and that's where we like to sit. However, there is no bicycle parking so when we ride our bikes there, we just chain them to the railing near our seats.

John ordered the BJ's Brewhouse Burger with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Cheese and I had the Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowl, a new item on their menu. It was roasted Atlantic salmon with sautéed red onions, mushrooms, fresh asparagus and fire-roasted red bell peppers served over quinoa and drizzled with soy ginger sauce. It was delicious although I would prefer a little less salt or soy ginger sauce next time. Sorry I forgot to take pics!

After lunch we went home and John put in new irrigation lines for the raised garden bed he built me last fall.

He's always doing something around the house whenever he has an inkling of free time so I was super excited when he could finally get around to this project.

Eventually he filled it with dirt while I went to the lawn and hardware store to pick up some plants! Hey, I may not have green thumbs but it's not a problem some green bills can't fix, right?

And voila! Thyme, oregano, mint, miniature bell peppers, parsley and four varieties of tomatoes to start. Oh...and marigold. I'm not sure where I'll plant those yet. I also heard something about companion plants so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them in the comments!

Until the plants are established, I have a hose sprinkler set up to water them daily. I'll keep you posted!!