Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Celebration Time

Mr. G and I celebrated last night because I turned in the final project for my masters :) Now I just have to wait for my grade (eek!). He had Bailey's + whipped cream and I enjoyed vodka + carrot juice. Yum!

I'm also treating myself by ordering this dress tomorrow :) Thank you again for all your kind words and encouragement - it was wonderful to have so many people rooting for me!

Have you done any celebrating lately?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Turtle Tango

As I was driving home from work last week, I saw something weird in the road. At the last second (as I was about to pass it), I realized it was an upside down turtle.

So I pulled over and ran out to pick it up. Since I didn't know which side of the road the turtle wanted to be on (and I didn't want him to have to brave another crossing if I picked the wrong side), I took him with me. He rode home on my lunch box lid.


And met Dottie. Clearly the highlight of this turtle's year.

Then I took the turtle outside and put him by the body of water (is it a pond? is it a swamp?) behind my house. He thought about it for a minute, then charged in and disappeared below the water. Awesome!

Have you had any recent encounters with the wild ones?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Signs of Spring

The market had local asparagus this weekend and that made me pretty cheery.
But then I saw the chicks . . and got really cheery.

Squee! So adorable! :)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Saving Money on our California Trip

Mr. G and I try to plan our one big vacation each year for June because the weather is (usually) mild and we can double-dip and celebrate our anniversary too. This year we're heading to sunny California for a little over a week. We're so excited! 

We're flying in to San Diego, making our way up the coast, and flying home from San Francisco the following week. Everything is booked (we slowly made reservations over the past few months to spread out the cost) so the only thing left is making a playlist and lots of anticipation. :)
This had the potential to be a super expensive trip since there are plenty of cities in California renown for their high cost of living (San Francisco is #2 in the whole country!). So here are a few things we've done to lower the cost . .

We used a Southwest credit card to earn free flights. Southwest Airlines offers a credit card that allows you to earn points for every dollar you spend. Plus, if you spent more than $3000 in the first three months, you got a bonus 50,000 points. Those bonus points plus normal spending for a few additional months were enough to get us free flights to and from California. Score! (Side note - we pay our credit card off in full each month, so this was worth it because we had no interest charges.)

We booked at Hilton for 2 nights to score free Lego Land tickets. Mr. G is pumped about this. Lego Land tickets are normally $75 a person for adults, so while the Hilton's rates are about $20 higher than other hotels in the area, we're still coming out ahead. I see a lot of photo shoots with Lego statues in my future!

We're staying in some small towns. Hotels in big cities are more expensive, so we have a few stops along the way in tiny towns with much more reasonable rates. This way we still get a taste of LA and San Fran, but without spending a mortgage payment on accommodations. 

How do you save money on vacation? Do you have any trips coming up?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beard Lollipops

You never know what you'll find at the store these days . . 
Given any foods a double take lately?

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