Miscellany Monday – First One of 2011!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve linked up my randomness, so here goes!

{1} Blogger meet-up over BBQ
Back in December, my husband and I hung out with Danni, from oh, hello friend and her husband Nick (this was our second meet-up)!  They were in Kansas City for the holidays and we took them to our fave BBQ restaurant, Oklahoma Joe’s.  We waited in line for an hour but it is so worth it.  After all, this joint was named 1 of the 13 places to eat before you die by Anthony Bourdain.

{2} My Anthony Bourdain Sighting
Speaking of him, I actually saw him in person back in April 2009 while I was eating at one of my favorite restaurants in Cairo, Egypt called Abou Tarek.  He filmed part of Egypt series of No Reservations there, unfortunately, I’m not shown in that episode though, darn!  Actually, when I saw him I didn’t even know who he was, but my friend told me he was popular foodie that had a TV show.  I’m glad I always have my camera with me and took this picture because I aspire to visit his 13 places to eat before you die, Anthony, you are my idol.

{3} Blogger Meet-up over Indian Food
Sorry, I digressed a little bit reminiscing about my business trips to Egypt… now where were we, oh yes!  A few weeks ago, I met up with the lovely Piper from Reviving Remnants.  We chatted about blogging, tweeting, running a shop, and life over Indian food.  She’s opening up a shop very soon and gave me a few items that she’ll be listing in her shop! πŸ™‚

{4} Skype Date with our Nephew
It makes me sad that we live so far away from our nephew.  We only see him a few times a year (in the past two years) and it’s always so hard to say goodbye.  Thank goodness for Skype and being able to see him more frequently!

{5} One Year Blogiversary Celebration!
As you all know, my one year blogiversary was last Wednesday.  You may not have known but my husband and I went out to celebrate for it.  My favorite part of the celebration was the tower of onion rings!!  And then I had to pay for it with an intense workout at the gym…

{6} A Taste of my own Medicine
Marvin just got new Samsung Transform cell phone and was glued to it all weekend.  Now I know how he feels when I’m stuck in front of the computer working on blog posts, editing pictures, and sometimes only half listening to what he says…

{7} Jojo’s GQ pose
I’m not sure if there is anyone else out there who loves their stuffed animal kids as much as my husband and I love ours.  Here’s our oldest child posing for the cover of GQ magazine.  Feel free to send me a self-addressed envelope and he’ll sign his autograph for you.

Ready, set, GO! Tell me something random about your weekend!


  1. January 16, 2011 / 8:03 pm

    Something random…um…I bought way to many beads from the local jewelry supply store because I got a little excited for spring. πŸ™‚

  2. January 16, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    I just read Anthony Bourdain’s memoir – Kitchen Cofidential …. SO interesting…. I would like to be a chef in my next life

  3. January 16, 2011 / 8:16 pm

    let’s see…I worked on a cowl design that was in my head instead of working on any one of the many commission I probably should have been working on. oops.

  4. January 16, 2011 / 8:24 pm

    Sweet picture of your nephew!! I bet it is saying “goodbye” to him! What a cutie!!

    Jealous you’ve gotten to meet some other bloggers!! I’m planning the Indy Blogger Meetup for this weekend! There are 6 girls coming! Can’t wait!

    Have a great week!

  5. January 16, 2011 / 8:30 pm

    Your weekend sounded so fun! You are so lucky to have seen Anthony Bourdain, he’s quite a character πŸ™‚ I am amazed by that onion tower, and Jojo is so cute with his modeling πŸ™‚

  6. January 16, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    I love that you meet so many blog friends. It’s amazing and I want to meet bloggers too!!

    Ahh random from the weekend. I watched Troy because it was on tv one night and I started to Wiki information about it. I adore ancient history and it was fun to see what might be real and what is fiction.

  7. January 16, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    Love your oldest child πŸ˜‰ Something random hmmmm… Me and my son are playing Guess Who and we always end up picking the same character haha!!! xoxo

  8. January 16, 2011 / 8:47 pm


  9. January 16, 2011 / 8:53 pm

    Something random… um… I ate lots of candy. Does that count?

  10. January 16, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    biggest “Anthony” fan over here!! Random weekend moment: I had my hiney kicked by P90x last night : /

  11. January 16, 2011 / 9:11 pm

    I LOVVVVVVE Anthony Bourdain. I went to his restaurant last year and it was amazzzing! I’m jealous you… hehe.

    Random thing I did this weekend – I baked 4 cakes. haha

  12. January 16, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    the onion ring tower!!! woow πŸ™‚

  13. January 16, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    I am suddenly craving onion rings hahaha! πŸ™‚ YOU WENT TO EGYPT!?

  14. January 16, 2011 / 10:27 pm

    now you made me crave for onion rings!

  15. January 16, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    If I ever make it to KC, Oklahoma Joe’s is going on my list! I also think it’s pretty amazing that you’ve been to Egypt. Indian food is something my husband turned me onto about a year or so ago and now I crave it. Chicken Tikka Masala is my fav! I’ll have to check out your friend’s shop when it goes up. I love that pillow and the cute earrings.

    Your nephew is a cutie and thank goodness technology can keep you close across the miles.

    Mmmm…Red Robin. That tower looks about half of your height. Yay for celebrating your blogiversary!

    Jojo is quite a looker πŸ˜‰

    I hope you had a great weekend!

  16. January 16, 2011 / 10:36 pm

    Wowwwwza @ that onion ring tower! And I now seem to be craving onion rings at 4.30am!!!

  17. Amber W.
    January 16, 2011 / 10:59 pm

    I’m using my FI’s work computer to look at Wedding blogs right now because mine decided to get a really nasty virus. (Apparently it needs to go to the doctor)

  18. January 16, 2011 / 11:23 pm

    randommmm hmmm..

    i impressed myself in the kitchen & made my favorite thing i’ve ever cooked…two nights in a row! smoked salmon paninis are my new staple! πŸ™‚

  19. January 16, 2011 / 11:59 pm

    Okay, seriously, we need to meet soon! Next time you’re in the San Diego/Los Angeles area, you better let me know! Best thing for me this weekend was a great dinner with friends — I made a to-die-for butternut squash lasagna.

  20. January 17, 2011 / 1:27 am

    So fun! Random about my weekend? Lots of chocolate, hot and otherwise. Also seeing my family here in Monterey. Such a treat!

  21. January 17, 2011 / 7:06 am

    Nothing to do with your post but I’m loving all your outfits! nI’m inspired!

  22. January 17, 2011 / 7:39 am

    Ahh lots of blogger meets – love it and love that pillow!Congrats on your one year blogaversary – those onion rings look totally delish!
    Rachie xo

  23. January 17, 2011 / 8:14 am

    I spent half of Saturday helping our friends move 2 rooms around in prep for their new baby. We ended up cleaning up and moving things in 3 rooms and it looked great! I really enjoy organizing and they really needed my help so we had fun!

  24. January 17, 2011 / 8:23 am

    Loving the recap and YAY for bloggy meetups!! I’ve had several in the last few days πŸ™‚ Blog friends are becoming “real world” friends more and more each day!

  25. January 17, 2011 / 8:50 am

    OMG the tower of onion rings is exactly what I could eat right now πŸ˜€ It’s not celebratory is nothing fattening is involved, no?

    Random weekend things: my granny square blanket is now at 26cm, I ate at my fav Thai restaurant and I cried alot watching TV.

  26. January 17, 2011 / 9:07 am

    So cute that y’all went out to celebrate your blog turning 1 – Happy Blogiversary! πŸ™‚
    Your nephew is too stinkin’ cute!
    I love your blogger-meet-up friends’ stuff… so cute. Thanks for the reference!
    And, you have me craving BBQ now! haha!



  27. January 17, 2011 / 9:10 am

    Yay for linking back up!!! AND LOVE the pictures!!! And I love that you and the hubs went out to celebrate the blogs birthday! πŸ™‚ Too cute! Your nephew is so precious. GAH!

    Love ya friend πŸ™‚

  28. January 17, 2011 / 9:11 am

    i like that you are make a goal to go to anthony’s 13 places to eat before you die. Keep us posted on how this going for you, I would love to read about them!

  29. January 17, 2011 / 9:41 am

    HOLY moly! that tower of onion rings looks SO good! happy bloggy anniversary. so fun that you meet up with other bloggers! xoxo jcd

  30. January 17, 2011 / 9:46 am

    What randomness!!! I LOVE it!!!
    Have a wonderful day love!!

  31. January 17, 2011 / 9:54 am

    fun post! what were you doing in egypt – that’s crazy!! and sooo random you saw anthony bordain, how cool is that!

    your nephew is darling! πŸ™‚

  32. January 17, 2011 / 10:14 am

    haha jo jo is too cute:) love love love. where can we send fan mail to?

  33. January 17, 2011 / 10:24 am

    omg …that onion ring tower is insane! ps your nephew is super duper adorable!

  34. January 17, 2011 / 11:44 am

    I made my first homemade biscotti and have yet to eat them with tea or coffee-isn’t that what they are for?

  35. January 17, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    Sandy, your blog is just wonderful!! I love the theme and all of your photos exude fun and happiness! What fun to be able to meet up with those awesome bloggers!

  36. January 17, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Wow, those onion rings look amazing? Here’s something random about my weekend: Was mad at my fiance because he didn’t want to get dessert for me, lol.

  37. January 17, 2011 / 1:12 pm

    holy guacamole, those onion rings look so! dang! good! =D i love to dip mine in ranch! haha!

    something random about my weekend… hm… i had the best meal 2 days in a row! πŸ™‚


  38. January 17, 2011 / 1:24 pm

    i have a lil stuffed hedgehog that i take w/my on all my travels

  39. January 17, 2011 / 1:35 pm

    Love your misc. round up! Sometime random about my weekend: jumping on a trampoline! Haven’t done that in ages. My mom invested in one for fitness, but it’s really addicting!

  40. January 17, 2011 / 2:09 pm

    I love Anthony Bourdain as well! I love all the traveling you do Sandy (even though I’m sure it gets tiring as well). I *love* that tower of onion rings! I have no idea how you’d eat those humungous pieces except in tiny tiny bites. lol. I also love your meetups with other bloggers. Hopefully one day you’ll drop by our corner here and I’ll get to meet you too. : )

  41. January 17, 2011 / 2:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, I NEED those onion rings!! That looks amazing. If you ever come to Cincinnati, give me a buzz – I’d love to meet up!

  42. January 17, 2011 / 3:03 pm

    I <3 anthory bourdain too. =)

  43. January 17, 2011 / 5:24 pm

    I can’t stop thinking about those onion rings! Mmm.. they look so delish!

  44. January 17, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    That sounds like fun! And now I’m going to have to get onion rings after work! I love them so much! Grrrgh, and I have to work like you do! xoxoxoxo

  45. January 17, 2011 / 9:53 pm

    ahahaha i feel you on the phone/boy situation! i am hoping in cutting back on my phone use it will inspire him to do the same. maybe. it’s my fault after all!

  46. January 18, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    I love Anthony Bourdain – how awesome that you spotted him once! Those onion rings look delicious right now even though I’m headed to bed : )

  47. January 19, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    that onion ring stack looks insane!

  48. January 19, 2011 / 4:07 pm

    must be so awesome to meet bloggers in person all across the country πŸ™‚

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