Thursday, May 28, 2009

Together at Last.

When we purchased our 4 seater Klippan couch at Ikea, I was disappointed with the covers they offered. So basic. They offered black, blue, and two types of whites which makes me scratch my head because both whites look the same. {?}

So, I turned to the trusty ole' internet and ran into what looks like one of the only vendors that sells a variety, if not, cute Klippan colors and patterns. BEMZ is the name of the company. Sucks that it's based out of the UK because shipping is a bitch to pay. Tacks on another $100 just to ship the dang fabric.... can you believes????

Yes, there is Ebay, but it's very limited to certain colors like, barf pink. No offense to the pink colored couch owners. I'm sure it looks lovely in your casa.

Anyways, BEMZ sent me an email informing me of a lovely unity. BEMZ + Marimekko. Oh mah gaaawwwd. This is news. I heart Marimekko patterns. I want to spoon with them everytime I see such a pattern because they are just so bright, cheery, and makes you plain smile.

They start at a retail price of $289. Yowzers, I know! Kinda up there. But, hey, it's Marimekko, right? My favorite is the Prallini-Light Grey.

BEMZ does not only specialize in Klippan couch covers. It has covers for all Ikea couches. So, if you are looking to spruce up your Ikea couch with a bit of flair, you may want to check out BEMZ.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Heel, Maddie.

This weekend is a big weekend for Maddie. It'll be her first official doggie walk with other dogs and people. I'm a tad bit nervous as she tends to get "highly stimulated" when around other dogs and wants to play with them. Hence, the hubby saying, " You are walking her!" Ugh. Gee thanks, bub.

We've prepared for her walk by purchasing her a harness to keep her in control and have been walking her as much as we can to just get her used to the outside world and more importantly, her freakin' leash! It's been quite the adventure, I must say and alot of saying, " Maddie, NO!"

We are participating in the SPCA doggie dash at William Land Park in Sacramento, CA. I'm really looking forward to this walk primarily because I just looooove this park. I usually go jogging here with the Wendells.

The area is surrounded by beautiful and charming homes and the park itself is just cozy.

She'll be getting spayed on June 11th, by the way and I'm soooo nervous. I never really thought I'd be such a wreck when it comes to such a routine procedure. But, she's getting older ( she's 7 months, now!) and I know that she needs to get this done. Ugh. I'm going to need some love on this day as much as she needs love.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My 2nd Love: Purses

I don't know what it is with me and BIG purses. I'm talking, big, roomie, ginormous, the size of my head kind of big. Heck, I'm the perfect person to come with if you ever want to sneak in some snacks into a movie. I gotcha, girl, it's all good.

A coworker/friend who is my purse partner in crime introduced me to this awesome-lovely website. I have yet to order from them, but I'll probably be ordering from them soon. They have one heck of collection going on and I just had to share it with you gals.

The website is called ShopSuey. All if not most of the purses retail for under $60! Sweet, sweet deal.

Memorial Weekend Roundup.

Busy, Busy Weekend for the Dubyah's. Moreso, because it was our First Year Wedding Anniversary. I still can't believe it's already been one year for us. I know this sounds cliche to say, but it really does feel as though it just happened yesterday.

Am I the ultimate sap when I say that I nearly come to tears when I lookback on our wedding day or even when I view the little video tidbits the event planner puts on Malibou Lake's fan page on Facebook?

I already received my wedding anniversary gift. Remember my Garmin watch? Love it by the way. Its able to tell me acurately how many miles I've ran using the GPS system built into it, calories burned, and I'm able to save my routes if I so happen to go on a different run route.

Since the first year anniversary is a "paper" theme, I gifted the hubs, a pair of season tickets to the Cal football games. Unfortunately, the tickets don't arrive till end of July, so I printed out a list of the home games. Kinda anti-climatic if you will. I think I was jumping up for joy as he was opening up his gift more than he was.

He opened his card, looked at the printout and was just staring at it for what felt like the loooooooooooongest 3 seconds of my life. I'm like, " DUDE, YOU JUST GOT SEASON TICKETS, YO!" WTH? Same something.

Call it shocked. Call it disbelief. Call it whatever. He said he loves his present and I can only believe him and hope that he really does.

The parents were so sweet and gifted us a digital frame to which they uploaded some snapshots of our wedding day. Loooove it! We have a digital frame, but never took it out of its box to use it. Now, I'm a huge fan of them. I feel so futuristic now.

You can upload videos which I plan on doing as soon as I figure how to do so. Heh. I'm really slooooooooooooow when it comes to technology, so hopefully, I'll get it up and running before the year ends.

As for the actual celebration of our One Year, we decided to celebrate it at one of our favorite restaurants, Ad Hoc in Yountville, California. Lucky us, got to nosh on leek salad, lobster rolls, and lemon pound cake with fresh blueberries and vanilla whipped cream.

Ofcourse, the hubs ran into one of his old college friends. Big, Big surprise, right? We even were seated right smack dab next to them. So, it made for a pretty conversational one year anniversary dinner. Gotta plug it in. His friend opened up a restaurant in San Francisco called, 5A5. We plan on checking it out sometime this year. He also hopes to open up a bakery, too, that specializes in cupcakes. Love.

On Saturday, the hubs, best woman, came up and we trotted around town. We ended up checking out the town of Locke, California to see the oldest Chinatown. It sure was a sight to see. Looked like a western movie set, except it wasn't.

Its pretty sad because they are in dire need of money to help continue restore the buildings. Gonna see what I can do, sorority-wise, to help raise funds for this place. I would hate for it to go away.

On Sunday, the family had a little small gathering. Sadly, no bbq {saved for the following weekend}, but we had a medly of take home dim sum, Popeye's chicken, Churro's, and homemade bolognese sauce that was brewing for like a gazillion hours. Random food items, I know, but it was all too yummy and I went home with NO stomache ache.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Weekend Roundup.

It was twas' an eventful weekend for the Dubyah's. Great surprise awaited us and we were so happy to be a part of it.

The BFF gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Saturday. I guess all the walking we did a couple of days before coupled with the spicy buffalo chicken salad that she noshed on encouraged the little guy to come on out. Well, we think that's what gave him a little push to come on out.

It was my first baby delivery to every see. You would think that since I work in the healthcare field that I would have seen at least a handful. Nah man. I'm not a pediatric kinda gal. Would rather have the big boys.

It was very eye opening, emotional, and just plain an awesome experience to be a part of. I'm glad that I was able to be there for her.

On another note, loved this "kitchen cure" idea posted on Apartment Therapy. It's such a quirky, unique, and sorta hip idea to store your dish soap, oil, or vinegar. Don't you think?

Now, I just gotta find that perfect bottle(s) now.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Community Supported Agriculture.

Lately, I've just been thinking how the disease, cancer, is such a common word nowadays. Seems like one knows a handful of people that has been affected by it and that scares me. A couple of good friends of mines said they fear the same thing and have been eating more organically and alot more healthier. More fish and vegetables; less meat.

This got me thinking. Really hard.

Then, a friend turned me onto the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and I was dam intrigued. She picks up a box of organically farm grown produce weekly and cooks dinner with it throughout the week. She said she just loves the fact that it's fresh, organic, and it's quite exciting to see what you are going to get each week and being to try produce that you wouldn't normally try.

Discussed this with the hubs and he was all for it, too. Sweeet! Love him.

Been researching various farms on which we should subscribe to. You can check out and see what farms are around you. I may be subscribing to Terra Firma Farms which is the one my friend subscribes to. They provide produce boxes 50 weeks of the year. Most farms offer their service from Jan-Nov. Plus, it seems like they are more reasonable priced. They are $59 a month, which breaks down to roughly $15 a week. They also provide recipes for some of the vegetables they give you that week which I think is pretty darn cool.

Do any of you subscribe to CSA farms?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hot Tea, Anyone?

Ever since I went to have tea with some of my gf's a few months back, I have been sprung on tea leaves. My good friend, Bernbaby, inspired me to invest in some tea tools and I couldn't have thanked her enough for doing so. It truly makes a difference and is quite the experience.

It's kinda cool to see the various tea leaves, smelling them, and being able to taste them and experience the taste, smell, the comfort it gives you when you take the first sip.

It's quite the difference with coffee, that's for sure. With coffee, it's all the same to me. I've gorged on the expensive stuff and the cheap stuff, and frankly, while I can taste the difference in cost, I don't get to relish in the difference in how a certain bean taste. You feel me? It still taste like coffee.

While, I have yet to crave hot tea on mornings when I'm in dire need of some caffeine fix, I'm trying to work on it. I have to admit that I do break down sometimes and enjoy a cup of joe from time to time. I regret that I should have reached for a cup of tea instead after feeling the side effects of what coffee can do to your digestive system. Ewww.

Oh, can I just say that I picked up yet another mug for myself? Man, where am I going to put all of these if I continue my obessession with mugs?

I purchased one of the Orla Kiely mugs at Target. I wish they had a bigger section for this truly adorable line.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Long Overdue Weekend Roundup.

Little time to blog these days. Been busy with life's necessities.

Celebrated wingwoman's 31st birthday at Udupi Palace in San Francisco. It was Southern Indian food which is a bit different from the Northern Indian food. They don't serve Naan. Instead, they serve Poori which are these puffy breads that are deep fried. It was quite fun deflating them.

But, what was the real show stopper were these ginormous dosa's. Some of them were as long as a midget's limb. I kid you not. It was quite spectacular to see.

Sadly, our experience sucked there. Really sucked.

Mother's Day turned out wonderful. I enjoyed the time spent with mamasita and co. We
brunched at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in Napa, Ca. It was the first time for all of us dining there. Got really lucky at opentable since I opted to make reservations only a few days before M-day.

Failed to remember to take a family picture. But, oh! I remembered to take many pictures of the food we ate. Dang, I'm such a loser.

Received my one year wedding anniversary present early. Talk about awesome! Been whining too much about wanting a Garmin 305 Forerunner watch for my training. Used it sometimes while running with a friend and got hooked.

It has a built in GPS via satellite, can track my pace, distance, heart rate, calories burned. The kicker. I can do all sorts of training like intervals.

Experienced the Trekkie life by seeing the movie. I was quite excited to see it, rather than dreading it as I heard so many good reviews about it. They made it to where non trekkie's and trekkie's can enjoy it. It was entertaining to watch. I highly suggest you go out and see it.

Was really surprised to see that G's college friend, John Cho, was in it. He played the character, Sulu. Looks like he's starting to get up there in the roles now which is a good thing.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Post Cinco.

My coworkers and I started up a tradition of celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Chevy's by the River. If you aren't from Sacramento, it's a popular place to go to, especially on summer nights to hang out and enjoy a ice cold beer or a slushy fruity margarita out on the patio, by the river.

Last year was pretty fun. I was just an engaged woman gearing up for my wedding day for later that month. Trying to watch what I drink/eat as I was picking up my dress two weeks later. Eeek.

But, this year. Ooooh baby. I went all out and didn't give a shiz. I even had a designated driver to drop me off and pick my red ass up. Had a little too much fun. Make note to self: Gots to find out if it's hard liquor before beer or visa versa? Ugh. It's probably visa versa as I was none the happy.

I haven't been that drunk since my bachy party and I did not feel good at all. Felt like crap throughout dinner with the hubs and the smell of an ounce of tequila made me nauseated and my saliva build up.

Think I'm going to take it mucho slower next year.

How was your Cinco?