Our sponsor this month is Digistamps4Joy. Our DT member, Jen, is one of the talented artists for DS4J. And this month's winner, chosen at random, will win 5 digis of his/her choice. Kewl, huh?
It's been a week since my last post. And I wish I could remember everything that happened in this last week. Sadly, I can't. I have been reading so much that I let everything else just pass me by. Well, I did clean house and made a card and did the laundry and ate at Bourbon Steak with friends on Saturday night. (Bourbon Steak is a restaurant up at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale.)
About that meal. To start, they bring out french fries, fried in duck fat, with three dipping sauces. I don't eat fries often, and duck fat didn't sound too good to me, so I passed on the starter. (I actually would have preferred a really good dinner roll. That I would have eaten.)
For an appetizer, Gary and I split an order of cold prawns, served with two sauces. When the prawns arrived, we noticed that there were only two of them. But they were huge! And darned if they weren't tough to chew. Overcooked, and for $30, you would expect better. But did we complain? No. Because it takes a lot for us to complain. Obviously.
Gary ordered the Wagyu filet, medium. He got it medium rare, but did he complain? No. Because it takes a lot for us to complain. Again.
I actually loved my meal. I had really delicious Alaskan halibut, served with a wonderful risotto, English peas, and royal trumpets. It just melted in my mouth. My tummy was doing the happy dance.
Gary's favorite course was his strawberry shortcake. He said it was really good. And I had the beignets with Macallan 18 year butterscotch pudding. I have no idea what the 18 years mean. Nor do I care. All I know is that each bite was incredibly sweet and satisfying.
I doubt that we will ever go back; as Gary says, we have had lots of better meals at less expensive restaurants. So there is that. But it was a pretty place to eat. And a Michael Mina restaurant. For those of you who care.
Now, to my friends and family who are stunned that I cleaned house. I had to. The Directv guy was coming over to install updated equipment for our three televisions. Since he had to see most of my house, it needed to be clean. That's just the way I roll. And Gary didn't do a bit of it, because I actually cleaned during the week. Whaaaaaaat? Yes, that's right. I did it all by myself. And I'm paying the price for it still. My back is just one big ache. Vacuuming still rips it up. Oh well...I'll let G do that when we clean again next year. (Just kidding, I think. About next year, not about Gary.)
So on to my card for the challenge. Chocolate. One of my favorite subjects. And I found a really cute image to use: The Paper Shelter There's A Penguin In My Cocoa. Love this little guy. I printed him on MICBC and used my Copics for coloring. (Now there's a shocker for you, especially since this is the Alcohol Markers card.)
G40, G43, G46, YR21, YR24, YR27, E23, E25, E27, E50, E51, E53, R00, R46, R59, C0, C2, C5, C7, Copic Spica
Here's a list of my card components:
DP: American Crafts Kringle & Co.
CS: Stampin' Up
Dies: MFT Always Time for Tea
Cheery Lynn Pine Branches, Christmas Knick Knacks, Sofia's
Heart Doily, and Mini Sofia's Heart Doily
Wink of Stella Brush Clear
Flower Soft Polar White
And I followed, (in my own way, of course), a sketch from this week's Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge.
I also used my Zutter to distress my DP. That pretty much does it for this go-round for me.
And I have to say, the creations by my talented alcohol teamies are really worth a look! (Notice I did not say alcoholic teamies. 'Cuz that just would not have been nice. And I am always nothing if not nice. OK, you can quit rolling your eyes now.)
I have to go. All this chocolate has made me hungry. And I have to find something to eat that has no calories. At all. Because I am trying to make up for the beignets I had last Saturday.
Have a great weekend! And be sure and join us with your creation--color a chocolate image, or color an image in chocolate browns. Easy peasy!