• Paint Party

    May 24, 2011

    Mal ended up feeling sort of sick on his birthday (poor guy), so we decided to celebrate at home. We ordered take-out from Lime Leaf, drank a couple of beers, and worked on a painting project together. I guess you could say we had a paint party! ;-)

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    It’s taken several months, but our sun porch (<– progress post) is finally coming along. This past weekend, Mal and I finally picked a shade of yellow to paint our side tables. It only took us two months to decide. No big deal.

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    We only had one paint brush, so Mal and I took turns painting while the pug ‘supervised.’

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    Murphy really wanted to help us paint, but we thought he’d make a mess, so Mal and I told him he could be the “Project Supervisor.” At first, Murphy seemed okay with this title and responsibility.

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    But, soon, Murphy realized that we gave him a fake job, so he blew it off and goofed around. Typical pug move.

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    One of Mal’s birthday presents from me was a six-pack of Full Sail IPA:

    It has a full, malty body and there’s even a hint of fresh citrus to it. Perfect after your favorite water sport. Even if that happens to be the grueling drag-the-poolside-lounge-chair-into-the-sun event. ABV 6% IBU 60

    I was initially drawn to this beer because Mal’s favorite type of brew is an IPA, but what got me to buy it was the text on the front of the bottle: “12 fluid ounces of ridiculously tasty India Pale Ale concocted by our massive brewforce of 47. Specialists in the Liquid Refreshment Arts since 1987.” It seemed like the brewers have a really good sense of humor! I love that! Plus, Full Sail is brewed in Oregon so that sealed the deal for me.

    I’m generally not a huge IPA fan. I like some of them, but, usually, they’re too hoppy and bitter for me. The Full Sail IPA only has 60 IBUs (International Bitter Units), so it wasn’t super bitter. It also had big aromas of grapefruit and other citrusy notes, and a sort of a malty flavor to it, so I enjoyed it.

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    After a couple of beers, things got a little crazy (for the pug) at the paint party.

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    Murphy asked us to call him “Left Eye” for the right of the evening. He did look pretty badass. (I still have no idea how he got paint under his eye like that.)

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    For dinner, I enjoyed an order of Lime Leaf Noodles, which tasted amazing (as expected).

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    I’ve probably been to Lime Leaf a half a dozen times by now, but I’ve never ordered anything else beside their Lime Leaf Noodles, which is totally unlike me. I rarely order the same thing twice from a restaurant, but I just love this dish so much, I don’t think a different one would live up to is awesomeness.


    For breakfast this morning, I made an egg white sandwich on a Sandwich Thin with Laughing Cow Cheese (blue cheese flavor <—wicked good) spread on one side. I also had cherries and a glass of iced coffee on the side.

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    CNC Book Giveaway

    Thank you to everyone who wished Mal a happy birthday and entered my giveaway to win a signed copy of my book. Mal was psyched to see all of your nice b-day wishes!

    Here’s your winner: Heather!

    Happy Birthday Mal!

    I rule because if something isn’t going well in my life I work to make changes and turn the situation around. I no longer sit on my butt waiting for stuff to happen.

    P.S. The roasted cauliflower looks divine, I think I may try with broccoli too!

    Congrats, Heather! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

    CNC T-shirt Shop

    I added a few new t-shirts to my CNC T-Shirt Shop! If you have something that you want to see on a shirt, please let me know. I’m open to ideas!


    Question of the Day

    What’s the most hilarious t-shirt you’ve ever seen?

    P.S. Pug lovers: Over the weekend, the most important event in the world took place: Oregon’s 11th Annual “PUGLANDIA!” Pug Crawl. Here are pictures of the 25 coolest pugs there. Favorites?

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    Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

    A few years ago, my grandparents gave my brother a shirt that said something about having a um, third leg… they didn’t know what it meant, haha!


    Shanna, Like Banana May 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

    “Fruit is not dessert” Touche Tina! I agree!


    Cynthia May 24, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I saw a shirt once that said, “I would eat more vegetables if bacon grew on trees.”

    I love bacon so I LOVE this shirt!


    Tina May 24, 2011 at 10:38 am

    @Cynthia: LOL!


    Ida May 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

    favorite t-shirt: ‘club sandwiches not seals’


    Kristyn May 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Will Run for Wine!

    I love my beer, but I love love love my wine. =) hahaha


    Ella May 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Ive never heard of IBU – very interesting! Is there some way to find this information on all beers? I’m like you, a big beer fan but not into bitter IPAs. Basically the only kind I’ll avoid. Tell us more about IBU!


    Tina May 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

    @Ella: I’m planning to write a post soon. I got a couple of emails this morning about it! :)


    Grace @ Healthy Dreaming May 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I love that shade of yellow! I have to paint a house sometime this summer and I am looking forward to it but slightly nervous :)

    I love your dog!!!


    Stacey @ Here's to Life May 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I love the “most important event in the world!” So funny…and LOVE those puggies! I can’t wait to get the Will Run for Beer shirt! I’m purchasing today!


    Tina May 24, 2011 at 10:59 am

    @Stacey @ Here’s to Life: YAY! I’m debating between that one and the Will Run for Iced Coffee shirt.


    Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect May 24, 2011 at 11:07 am

    It might have taken 2 months, but they were worth it! I love the shade of yellow you chose. It’s very soothing and happy. Sorry Mal wasn’t feeling so great, but it looks like you guys made the best of it. :)


    Susan May 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    There are two shirts from your shop that I MUST HAVE (the cookies friday purple one, and the run for bagels). Why did I not know this existed before?

    Another t-shirt that I have been looking at buying forever is here – http://www.snorgtees.com/zombies-hate-fast-food . “Zombies Hate Fast Food”. Love it.


    Tina May 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

    @Susan: LOL! Rule #1 is cardio! ;)


    Jamie May 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’d love a “Will run for wine” shirt!!! I think the funniest shirt I’ve seen is one that said “If you see me on the ground, pause my garmin” ; )


    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf May 25, 2011 at 1:22 am

    @Jamie: HAHA! Pause my Garmin. Love it. :D


    lynn @ the actor's diet May 24, 2011 at 11:50 am

    your sun porch is really looking sunny!!!


    Alyssa May 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What about a shirt with a picture of Murphy on it?
    It’s amazing what dogs can get into! Our malamute had a giant inkspot on his tongue because he chewed a pen when we weren’t looking.


    Heather May 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Yay, I’m so excited I won! :-)

    My favorite t-shirt I have right now has Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble on it and it says The Real Housewives of Bedrock. I snatched it up immediately in the store.


    Katherine: Unemployed May 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I once saw a shirt that said “Dear God, Please let there be someone behind me to read this” (aka, don’t let me be the last one)


    Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, that puggie face is absolutely PRICELESS! Thank you for making me smile :)


    LauraJayne May 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Too bad Mal wasn’t feeling 100%, but it looks like y’all still had a good night! I can’t remember a specific shirt, but I like the Nike sports-saying’s ones – they always make me laugh!


    Susan Whicker May 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Funniest Bar B Q shirt:
    “You Pull My Pork,
    I’ll Rub Your Ribs”

    I guess you have to have a certain kind of sense of humor to like it!

    Love your site!


    Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes May 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I love, love, love the Pug Parade. Murphy is too cute!
    The shirts are awesome!


    Rachie @ EatBakeLove May 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I love the pug pictures! The Chinese takeout pug was hilarious!


    Shannon@HungryGazelle May 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    My favorite t-shirt sayings are:
    “I’ve got the runs” and
    “I thought they said RUM” :)


    Kristi May 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm


    I love the Will run for Beer Shirt. I am from Milwaukee, WI so beer is pretty popular and we have a TON of brewery’s …If you are ever in the area you should hit one up :)



    Rachel May 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I recently saw a running shirt that said on the back “Does this shirt make my butt look fast?” I love it!


    Ellie@fitforthesoul May 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    what a sweet activity together–love the yellow too! I think it’s such a pretty color (as long as it’s pastel). hahahah that part about Murphy’s job cracked me up.


    natalie (the sweets life) May 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    love the FRUIT IS NOT DESSERT SHIRT. definitely my motto :)


    TheMeatHouse May 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    How about “Will Run for Bacon”?


    erica May 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    murphy is so cute! and well behaved!
    if that was my dog, i think there would be paint everywhere!!!


    Alaina May 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Love the t-shirts! And I love Full Sail IPA. They have it on tap at Post 390. :-)

    I worked with a girl who was *ahem* well endowed and she had a t-shirt that said “Well, I see you’ve met the twins.” Made me laugh everytime.


    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Fun t-shirts! And I LOVE the yellow table, good choice :)


    Krissie J May 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Happy birthday to Mal! Has Mal tried the Dogfish Head 120 IPA? It’s not only one of my top 5 IPAs, but also top 5 beers of all time. :)


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I hope Mal is feeling better! But it sounds like he still had a nice birthday. Beer, food, and family – what more could he need? ;)


    Brooke (You Can Get Fit!) May 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I love this t-shirt… :D

    It says… “Hola, soy milk” thought bubble from a carton of soy milk, and at the bottom… (translation: hello, I am milk.)

    Had me crackin’ up!!! (Then again, took lots of Spanish way back…)


    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf May 25, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Last year I bought my husband a six-pack of various international beers. He loved it!

    The funniest tshirt I ever wore was not my own. My sister actually made it and I loved it so much I stole it occasionally even though I hate wearing pink.

    It was a pink tshirt that said, “Note to self: Don’t eat the pink insulation. Not cotton candy.”

    Though I did see and iron-on applique (for a pregnancy tshirt obviously) once that said, “Does this baby make me look fat?” I thought it was HILARIOUS!


    Sarah May 25, 2011 at 1:21 am

    It might not be the funniest t-shirt I’ve ever seen, but I do love it…”In my dreams, I am Kenyan”


    Katie G May 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

    The porch looks great! Aw, sorry to hear that you guys weren’t feeling well, however that does look like the perfect bday to me! Love the color paint you chose!


    cher May 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    i am in love with that color of yellow. it reminds me of banana laffy taffy! i want to paint my car that color :)


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