Monday, June 25, 2012

THIS WEEKEND I LOVED...


i loved escaping work on friday and heading straight to a new dinner spot! we tried the angus burgers and housemade ketchup at the naglee garage in san jose. (here's a clip from when it was on that show on foodnetwork diners, drive-ins and dives.)


i loved waking up early (well, early for a saturday!) and heading to a spinning class with nick. we've been going a lot lately - it is such a great workout.


i loved an indulgent brunch after our amazing workout... mimosas and pork belly benedict at LB steak in santana row. good thing i got a workout in because i literally licked the hollandaise sauce off of my plate!


i loved a little shopping spree on saturday. we both picked out some new work clothes... j crew for me and brooks brothers for him.

i loved our afternoon walk to the rose garden on sunday, which turned into an impromptu picnic in the park. the roses are in full bloom and it was just gorgeous.


and a few things i didn't love... cleaning the bathroom, the crowds at the outlet mall and a diy project that didn't come to fruition because i couldn't find the krylon looking glass spraypaint ANYWHERE in san jose. looks like i'll be ordering it online and working on it again soon.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NOTHING BETTER THAN FROZEN YOGURT ON A WARM SUMMER NIGHT.



ok, who am i kidding? summer nights are never warm in northern california. but, i still love me some fro-yo. nick likes his with reese's. i like mine with fruit and nuts. and, i also like to steal bites of his because i like reese's too, but i feel better about myself when i order fruit and nuts! :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

CAPITOLA.




nicholas and i had a great day on the beach in capitola on saturday lounging, reading, and people watching. we devoured pizza my heart for lunch (their chicken bacon mushroom pizza is soooo good. with ranch to dip it in, of course!) when we got there it wasn't too busy, but by the time we left, the beach was absolutely packed. it seemed like everyone had the same idea! unfortunately, the day ended with a parking ticket... we thought we had paid using our credit card at the pay station, but i guess the transaction didn't go through, because when we got back from the beach we had a $36 parking ticket on our windshield (for $3 worth of parking)! bummer. but, all in all a great day at the beach. capitola is such a cute little beach town and next time we visit i'd love to check out more of the shops and cafes.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

DEAR DAD,

happy father's day.
i love you!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

SATURDAY AT THE BEACH.

it's 98 degrees in san jose today, so nicholas and i decided to escape to the coast. i'm sitting on the beach in capitola with my man as i type!


happy weekend!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

JUNIOR LEAGUE GRADUATION.

last week, i graduated from being a Provisional in the Junior League of San Jose to being an Active member. (and, i got my JLSJ nametag!)


i have absolutely loved my first year of junior league. not only did i get to do good things in the community, but i got to meet some of my best friends here in california! i've learned a lot about the league in my first year - we had lots of trainings.

i am so excited to serve on a committee next year starting in August. I will be on the Done-In-A-Day Committee. here's what the JLSJ website has to say about DIAD:

The purpose of the Done-In-A-Day Committee is to provide short-term volunteer staffing and/or in kind donations to nonprofit community organizations that fall within the League's Community Program.
The combination of committee activities provides an avenue for our League members to respond to community needs, and work directly with clients, community members, and nonprofit staff - resulting in immediate benefits to our community. 

i'm excited to spend some more time volunteering in the community. on monday 6/18, we have our first social for the DIAD committee, so I'll be meeting a lot of new faces. how has the first year gone by so fast?

Friday, June 8, 2012

TWO FOR TWO.

after work today, nicholas and i went to our favorite burger joint in los gatos to celebrate something very exciting....
we just found out that nicholas PASSED his 2nd CPA exam!! 

i am SO proud of him.

two tests down, two to go! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I WON!

guess what?! i won another giveaway. how lucky have i been!... first, my bracelet from Ex Voto vintage (which i wear ALL the time!) and now, i won $150 store credit to jigsaw london on M loves M.

hm, time for me to do a little shopping and narrow down my choices!
thanks mara and jigsaw london!

image from M loves M

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ALLISON AND JESSE ARE ENGAGED!

monday night nicholas and i went to dinner to celebrate the engagement of our good friends allison and jesse! jesse proposed in florida (their home state) while they were visiting over memorial weekend. he had everything planned out perfectly including an airplane banner and a photographer to snap a few pictures! 

i just have to show y'all the amazing pics that the photographer took on the beach (which i stole from allison's facebook!!): 



and her new, absolutely gorgeous ring!!

we are so excited for them in this next chapter of their lives.

the sushi at blowfish was amazing by the way! us girls wanted all the wedding details without the interruption of guy talk, and there were 11 of us at dinner, so we separated the table - girls on one end and guys on the other! allison has exquisite taste - just check out her wedding board on pinterest. ah, wedding planning is so much fun! i want nicholas and i to have another one! :)

... a few snaps from my phone - the blushing bride-to-be and our delicious dinner.

congratulations jesse and allison!

Monday, June 4, 2012

MONDAY BLUES.

it's monday and i'm back to work... i had such a fantastic weekend, and i'm wishing it didn't go by so quickly. it involved a hike, the greek festival, laying out in my new swimming pool ($30 target purchase and 100% worth it!), reading trashy romance novels, getting a manicure, and my amazing husband who not only went to the grocery store, but also cooked up two feasts for us.

[seriously so relaxing]

[not to shabby for our little rental house!]

[shish kabobs and bacon wrapped asparagus]

[this is the grill i got nicholas for his birthday - we've been putting it to good use]

[bon appetite!]

last night, we made ribs and twice baked potatoes... 
but devoured it all before i even thought to take a picture! 

even though it's monday, i at least have something to look forward to... 
our friends allison and jesse got engaged last weekend 
so we're all going to dinner tonight to celebrate!! 
i've been wanting to try this sushi restaurant in santana row, 
and that's where we are headed.

have a great week!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

MY BIG FAT GREEK FESTIVAL.

when nicholas and i were driving home on friday after dinner, we saw signs in our neighborhood for a greek festival! honestly, i had never even had greek food until we moved out to California, and i was totally missing out. saturday afternoon, we walked a few blocks to the 41st annual San Jose Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. we enjoyed some traditional greek music and dancing, gyros, greek salad and fries and even greek beer. what i found most interesting though was the tour of the church.


we received a lesson in the history of the greek orthodox church and discussed their beliefs, traditions and rituals. i have to admit, the whole time i was playing scenes from my big fat greek wedding in my head... i LOVE that movie! and isn't it convenient that my husband's name is nicholas?! the whole time i could call him by his traditional greek name.... "nEE-k"  ;) [if you have no idea what i'm talking about this watch this!]



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Saturday, June 2, 2012

HAPPY WEEKEND!

the weather lately has been perfect! it's tough working inside at a desk when you know the weather is just so gorgeous. so, yesterday nick and i went on a hike right after work. i love that it stays bright so late now. we had about a 2 hour hike of uninterrupted conversation about our week and just about everything else!


and then, we went to the poor house bistro for some cajun food and live music on the patio. i still can't get used to how much the temperature drops at night here. while we were hiking it was 85+ degrees, and then sitting down for dinner, i was shivering even with a heater going next to me!



bbq shrimp po-boys and cajun fries! yum.

for the rest of the weekend, we are planning on going to the greek festival in our neighborhood, enjoying my new blow-up swimming pool (impulse buy!) and cooking up some ribs for dinner! have a great weekend!