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"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

=( March 30, 2011

Filed under: Life,Personal — Lulu @ 6:17 pm


Fanless and I just got back from Washington last night. Sadly, his grandpa Bud passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. I didn’t know Grandpa Bud that well since I’ve only spent a few days total with him since Fanless and I started dating. But I can tell you that he was a great man. Very kind and caring. He was incredibly loved and well-respected. I think there had to be at least 100 or more people at his funeral and there was not a dry eye in the house.


They also had three Navy sailors in dress uniform perform the presentation of the flag (Grandpa was in the Navy towards the end of WWII). I never realized how emotional that part could be. It was bad enough when the guy with the bugle played “Taps”, but when they did the flag folding (in complete silence, I might add) and then presented it to Grandma Rosanne, and said “On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this Country and a grateful Navy,” well… we just pretty much lost it. (I’m talking full on ugly cry here). But Grandma. Goodness that woman is amazing. She held it together. She simply smiled at that sailor and said “okay, thank you” and placed the flag in her lap. She was stoic and brave all throughout. And even though she was sad – she and Grandpa had known each other their whole lives – she later said that she got her strength from him. (I’m crying again.)


It wasn’t all sad, though. Mostly we spent time with family and listened to funny family stories and enjoyed just being together. I have to say, my in-laws are pretty great.


Anyway, here is the obituary from the program they gave out. 





And that’s all.


Currently March 10, 2011

Filed under: Life,Miscellany,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 10:15 pm

LISTENING: To “The Office” on the TV.

EATING: Nothing

DRINKING: Dr. Pepper

WEARING: Pink tank top, gray shorts

FEELING: Congested. My allergies are being a pain today.

WEATHER: I have no idea, but it was like a monsoon outside earlier in the day.

WANTING: To take a road trip. Just feeling the need to get away with my honey.

NEEDING: A haircut and a dye job. My roots and grays are out of control!

THINKING: Where has the week gone?? Too much to do, too little time.

ENJOYING: LOOKING FORWARD TO: Our movie date tomorrow night! We haven’t been to the movies in forever, but we’re going to see “Battle: Los Angeles” tomorrow night. Yay!

WONDERING: What the surprise is that my honey said he was getting me today. He said it was something I’ve been wanting, but that it is not technology-related. So that leaves out a Nook and a Fuji Instax camera. The only other thing that came to mind is a hedgehog, but I don’t think it’s that.


Stray Thoughts:

  • I’ve literally just started working on the scrapbook of my sister’s wedding and I’m already overwhelmed. Oy vey!
  • I forgot to call the Toyota service department to see if the replacement part for my engine has come in already. I really need to do that tomorrow.
  • Looking forward to seeing the scrappy girls on Saturday and the book club girls on Sunday.  Which reminds me that I want to start posting about the books we read in book club. In case anyone else is interested in them.
  • Speaking of books, I started my $3 copy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter yesterday. Loving it already.
  • I finished another baby album. This one is for my friend, Joy, who’s also having a little girl. I’ll share pictures after I have a chance to edit them.
  • Just caught a glimpse of myself in the dresser mirror. I really, REEEALLY need a haircut.

That’s all for now. Peace out, yo!


Exactly March 9, 2011

Filed under: Life,Miscellany,Personal,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 11:05 pm



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8 Oz burger Bar

Filed under: Food — Lulu @ 1:45 am

Okay, I admit it… I was late to the “8 Oz Burger Bar” party. This place opened, what, 2 years ago? It’s literally 5 minutes from Fanless’ place, yet we had never been too interested in eating there. And in the interest of full disclosure, it’s because we – and I’m quoting Fanless here – “thought it would be douchier.” Yes, we assumed that it was a buttoned-up, richy-rich joint. I can only blame this on the fact that Novecento once existed in its location and we’d been to the Novecento in the Gables. Buttoned-up, richy-rich.


But thanks to the overabundance of group discount sites popping up all over the ‘net, we came across a $20-for-$10 deal for 8 Oz. I figured this was as good a chance as any to try the place out, so I purchased the coupon. It sat, unused, in my wallet for several months. I finally pulled it out the other day and noticed that it would be expiring within a couple of weeks so we finally used it this past weekend.


Right off the bat, we realized that our assumptions of 8 Oz Burger Bar were waaaaay off. It is not, at all, a douchey, buttoned-up place. It’s actually super-casual and relaxed. Kind of like Dewey’s. But with more lighting. And less smoke.


(Disclaimer: Pictures are crappy as my camera’s memory card broke – literally; a piece of it snapped off –  and I had to take pics with my phone.)

We got there at an odd time – not quite lunch, not quite dinner – so they weren’t busy and we were seated right away. They have a pretty decent selection of different beers (not sure if they are considered craft beers or not, but they had a nice variety), but I just ordered a Coke. Fanless had an IPA Dogfish Head beer (I think it was this one). I tried it but it was a little bitter for me.


He actually got a little buzz off the one beer, but I think that’s because he hadn’t eaten.


They have several flat screen TVs that go all the way around the main dining area, and were showing a variety of different sports programming. Football highlights, the Heat game, even college cheerleading and gymnastics competitions. (Oh, and there’s our server, Sarah. The redhead. She was very sweet. Hi, Sarah!)



The bar is located just behind the main dining area and, as you can see, it looks pretty well-stocked.



I had the “8 Oz Burger”, which is one of their “house blends” (per their website, “house blend consists of sirloin, tri-tip, short rib and chuck cured in our Himalayan salt-tiled locker").  The burger was delicious. I asked for it well done, and it was still tender and juicy; not at all burnt or dried-out. I didn’t even add any condiments to it, just the vegetable toppings included, and it still had a good flavor to it. I also substituted the french fries for the stout-battered onion rings. So good! They were huge, super-crispy, and the batter had a slight sweetness to it that was just perfect.



Fanless ordered the Bison Burger with Kennebec french fries. I tried his burger and it was AWESOME! Oh my… The meat was so tender it practically melted in your mouth. The burger was topped with roasted garlic tomato, fried onions, and bacon crumble blue cheese dressing. It sounds like a lot of flavors, but trust me, the blend was just perfect. All of the toppings worked together to enhance the flavor of the meat without overwhelming it. The fries were really good, too. Really crispy and light, with just a light dusting of seasonings. Think “Five Guys” Lite.


We were both really happy with our meals and even had leftovers to take home (the burgers are piled high) for later. I would definitely recommend checking out 8 Oz Burger Bar at least once. We even agreed that we were adding it our local favorites list. And to think… we’d never have gone had it not been for Living Social!


TJ Maxx Haul March 7, 2011

Filed under: Shopping — Lulu @ 2:21 am

Just sharing some fun items I found at the TJ Maxx on 5th and Alton on Miami Beach.


The super cute Cynthia Rowley clipboard and pad were just $5.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (from the same author of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies) was a total score at $3!

The scrapbooking supplies were a steal! The Anna Griffin 4-in-1 tab punch was $3.99. The American Crafts precision pens were also $3.99. And the Amy Butler Lotus chipboard letters and clear stamp set were just $1.99 each!! Awesome!! (Who knew TJ Maxx had scrapbooking supplies?? Granted, these were the only ones I found at that particular location. But still!)


Anyway, that’s all for now. Peace out, yo!


Scrap Space Redo March 5, 2011

Filed under: Life,Personal,Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 4:58 pm

I reorganized my scrap space again last night. I had been getting tired of having the collections that I kept in the clear crop bags falling over all the time, and while I was at Target earlier in the day, I looked through the home décor/storage solutions aisle and found some of these canvas bins on sale for $4.64 each (normally $9.99).

They were the perfect size for holding my 12×12 papers and embellies that I keep together in bags. Unfortunately, only the blue & green striped ones were on sale, and all my other storage items are either pink or purple, but I didn’t care. $4.64!!

So this is what my shelf and scrap desk look like now.

For detailed information, you can view the image on my Flickr page HERE, and mouse over the image to read the notes.