Tuesday, February 25, 2014

No more Vegas

I don't mean to complain about going on vacation, because that's ridiculous. But let it be known that Las Vegas twice in 5 months is too much.

It all started two years ago when our friend group decided that the only acceptable way to turn 30 is to get everyone together and go to Vegas. Fine, dandy. Until we had to go there 3 times in one year. (Ok technically only 2 because the "we live in Texas" thing made it difficult last year.) Still, I am officially Vegased out. I think it would have been super fun if we didn't do it wrong... leaving Friday night after the longest day of work, and returning Sunday afternoon with a 7 hour drive each way.

New rule for road trips: If you are in the car longer than you are at your destination, just say NO! I still haven't recovered from the lack of sleep this weekend and brutality of my work environment these last two days. I had a teaching observation today that I was 100 percent not prepared for and am not looking forward to the debrief of dread that will surely follow. Thanks Vegas!

That said, there was a lot of fun on Saturday...

The Bellagio fountain show always reminds me of Ocean's Eleven. Bright side: I'll have plenty of time for watching all my favorite Brad Pitt movies when I'm fired because my observation went so poorly. 
I might be over exaggerating. I hope I'm over exaggerating.
 
I don't gamble, but I always win big at the buffet! 
Check out my 12 pounds of crab legs and all you can eat cotton candy. 
I ate 4 things of it. Don't judge, it's practically air.
 
We stayed at the "diviest" of hotels. The Quad in the center of the strip.
Great location, but truly disgusting and NEVER AGAIN!
Our friends got the penthouse room. I don't know if anyone has stayed in it since 1981.
 We had a girls' spa day at the Flamingo across the street
and did some window shopping at the Forum shops at Caesar's Palace

I love my friends and I'm happy they're all 30 now so we can commiserate and the like, but I am super over going to Vegas. I vote Cabo San Lucas for our 31st Birthdays!

Friday, February 14, 2014

L is for

LOVE!

Happy Valentine's Day!  Here are some things I'm loving this Valentine's Day and they all start with "L".
 
The LEXUS 400H we bought on Monday after the transmission on my Saturn Vue gave out.
 

I know what you're thinking.... "How convenient!  Did you time that just right so that within one week of each other both of your cars would need replaced?"  And the answer is NO, no we did not. Something I'm not loving so much this Valentine's Day is having a car loan. But the new car is great, it's a hybrid so it's really quiet, it's a dark gray color with pretty light gray leather interior. It has butt warmers (the true mark of any car worth having :) and a back up camera so you can see the people you're hitting up close. It also has this cool navigation system with a touch screen interactive calendar and bla bla bla. But the best of all...


I can LISTEN to books on tape because it has a tape deck. Most cars don't play cassettes anymore, right? So basically this car is the perfect mix of vintage classic and well, I don't know. I don't even read books that much so listening to them in the car might be a longshot. Also, upon closer inspection it reads "theft deterrent design" across the tape slot, so perhaps installing an outdated cassette player was only to deter criminals from stealing an obviously not-worth-your-time stereo system.  Whatever, it has butt warmers!

I am also loving my new LEISURELY routine of foot spa and an alcoholic bevvy after a long day. I haven't even started the arduous task of filing our two-state-taxes yet. Priorities, man!
 
 
Obviously I LOVE my Hoagie-Bear, and the LIMERICK he wrote me in this Val Day card.
 
 Sweet and a little cheese-ball. Don't worry, he's saving the intellectual writing for his dissertation. and job applications.  He has been busy applying for full time, tenure track professorships at LUTHERAN universities in Orange County. I don't think we're really Lutheran, but it goes with the L theme, so I'm LOVING it!

I'm also outing myself as a full on LUNATIC because I am still playing Candy Crack Crush.  Just wanted to document my highest score ever. Be very impressed, or shake your head in disapproval. The first step is admitting you have a problem. I can quit anytime I want to.

Loving this LITTLE taste of heaven in the morning.
Wish it came in the big size because this only lasted me one week.


 Loving this LOBSTER dinner Andrew made for us tonight.


Loving our LONG-LASTING warm weather in the winter spell.  Sorry snowpocalypt friends. This just in: you had an earthquake too?! I wish California would give you some sunshine instead of an earthquake!

 
Don't hate, just come visit!
 

Loving this late Birthday present... a LOUIS VUITTON "delightful" purse. 
Andrew purchased it from this website and it was a fraction of the cost. Still a big fraction,
but delightful is going to be my word of the year for 2014,
and what better way to remind me to be delightful than a fun new bag?!


Lastly, today was full of LOTS of candy and treats from my students. Somehow those kids are so much more adorable and tolerable when they come to class bearing gifts.
We're going to have to make this a regular thing :)

Tomorrow starts LADIES weekend... my mom and my sister are coming to visit and good times will ensue. Yay!

Hope you have a LOVELY 3 day weekend!



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Going Hoag Wild

We Hoags had somewhat of a wild weekend.
 
First we bought a new {to us, to normal folks it is ancient!} car for Andrew.
 2002 BMW 325ci
We are calling it "Vandross" because the previous owner conveniently left
disc 1 of the Essential Luther Vandross collection in the cd player. Yay?!

We normally buy practical cars like Toyotas, but this one was silver and black (my favorite colors) and it's really fun to drive. So we threw practicality out the window. It might be a mistake, but you know what they say: YOLO!
 
 In keeping with the "wild" streak of the weekend, we ventured north to the Wild Animal Park. It was recently renamed the Safari Park, but we refuse to recognize the name change. It's stupid.
 
We checked out the lions first. They were doing normal lion things like napping on Range Rovers and eyeing the antelope across the path. 

There were new lion cubs being playful and adorable.
 
We got our picture with Miley, the giraffe.



 
They opened a new exhibit, the Lemur walk where the
 lemurs are free to run around you as you walk through a little enclosed area.
They didn't seem very amused. But they sure were adorable!
They were really working the smoky eye.

There were rodents: meerkats, chinchillas, and hedgehogs. 
 

After walking all over the park, Andrew obliged me with a trip to the Escondido Mall and got me a frozen yogurt with my favorite fixings: Euro-tart and Pineapple yogurt with coconut shavings, yogurt chips, and mochi  Yum!

Check out the gal with the bare midriff behind me... is that back in style? Not hopping on that trend. You're welcome.

I think our wild streak is over for a bit. Today it's Super bowl parties and counting down the weeks until Summer. I miss our 80 degree January heat wave. Sorry to my friends who are experiencing real winters and polar vortexes, I feel your pain.  It was in the 50's yesterday. Brr! Thank God for all my faux fur or I would freeze to death!