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Frugal Rich Life

My Birthday Weekend

I wanted to share this past weekend with you folks. Burnette did an amazing job planning out the weekend. It was filled with laughter, relaxation and some amazing meals. I also want to thank my co-workers for dedicating their time to celebrate on Friday evening AND Tuesday evening!

Saturday night, we headed off to the San Jose Improv to watch Bob Saget. I was a bit skeptical on how the show was going to be, due to everyone well-informing me on how nasty he was.. That being said, we had an awesome time! *Frugal hint: Balcony seats are a little bit less expensive that showroom seats, but you get a better view of the stage.

Sunday, we started the day off with a couples Massage at Watercourse in Palo Alto, which has got to be one of the top places to go in the Bay Area for a massage. I would highly recommend it. *Frugal hint: They also accept SpaFinder gift certificates, which you can purchase at a discount ;)

After the massage we headed over to Joanies Cafe, also in Palo Alto. We ordered the salmon omelet and salmon eggs benedict. They both were absolutely delicious! They don’t take reservations, so you might have to wait a bit.

Later that evening, after letting our stomachs settle, we headed off to dinner at The Grill on the Alley in downtown San Jose. We ate here last year on my birthday and I had the Ahi Tuna Steak, which I remembered being freaking awesome. I was actually trying to order it again, but it could not be found on the menu as it was a special last time. So, I mixed it up and tried another special, the goat cheese and spices fillet mignon. I don’t think that’s the exact name, but it was absolutely amazing. My taste-buds seemed to take full control which in contrary led to my eyelids shutting on me. So good! *Frugal hint: We had purchased a discounted gift certificate through restaurant.com.

On Sunday before dinner, B’s mom had stopped by and dropped off some birthday gifts, which included a home grilled smoked salmon. So delicious! I think she’s got me figured out.. :)

I also received an awesome surprise package from my parents. Which included a surprise attack nerf gun, air popcorn popper and jalapeno popcorn seasoning. I can’t wait to try out the popcorn popper. I’ve been thinking about getting one for awhile since it’s supposed to be a much healthier way to cook popcorn.

Thanks again to everyone that made my birthday so special. Including you, Facebook friends! :)

 

My Birthday Weekend

I wanted to share this past weekend with you folks. Burnette did an amazing job planning out the weekend. It was filled with laughter, relaxation and some amazing meals. I also want to thank my co-workers for dedicating their time to celebrate on Friday evening AND Tuesday evening!

Saturday night, we headed off to the San Jose Improv to watch Bob Saget. I was a bit skeptical on how the show was going to be, due to everyone well-informing me on how nasty he was.. That being said, we had an awesome time! *Frugal hint: Balcony seats are a little bit less expensive that showroom seats, but you get a better view of the stage.

Sunday, we started the day off with a couples Massage at Watercourse in Palo Alto, which has got to be one of the top places to go in the Bay Area for a massage. I would highly recommend it. *Frugal hint: They also accept SpaFinder gift certificates, which you can purchase at a discount ;)

After the massage we headed over to Joanies Cafe, also in Palo Alto. We ordered the salmon omelet and salmon eggs benedict. They both were absolutely delicious! They don’t take reservations, so you might have to wait a bit.

Later that evening, after letting our stomachs settle, we headed off to dinner at The Grill on the Alley in downtown San Jose. We ate here last year on my birthday and I had the Ahi Tuna Steak, which I remembered being freaking awesome. I was actually trying to order it again, but it could not be found on the menu as it was a special last time. So, I mixed it up and tried another special, the goat cheese and spices fillet mignon. I don’t think that’s the exact name, but it was absolutely amazing. My taste-buds seemed to take full control which in contrary led to my eyelids shutting on me. So good! *Frugal hint: We had purchased a discounted gift certificate through restaurant.com.

On Sunday before dinner, B’s mom had stopped by and dropped off some birthday gifts, which included a home grilled smoked salmon. So delicious! I think she’s got me figured out.. :)

I also received an awesome surprise package from my parents. Which included a surprise attack nerf gun, air popcorn popper and jalapeno popcorn seasoning. I can’t wait to try out the popcorn popper. I’ve been thinking about getting one for awhile since it’s supposed to be a much healthier way to cook popcorn.

Thanks again to everyone that made my birthday so special. Including you, Facebook friends! :)

 

birthday gifts

birthday gifts

 

My Birthday Weekend

I wanted to share this past weekend with you folks. Burnette did an amazing job planning out the weekend. It was filled with laughter, relaxation and some amazing meals. I also want to thank my co-workers for dedicating their time to celebrate on Friday evening AND Tuesday evening!

Saturday night, we headed off to the San Jose Improv to watch Bob Saget. I was a bit skeptical on how the show was going to be, due to everyone well-informing me on how nasty he was.. That being said, we had an awesome time!

Sunday, we started the day off with a couples Massage at Watercourse in Palo Alto, which has got to be one of the top places to go in the Bay Area for a massage. I would highly recommend it.

After the massage we headed over to Joanies Cafe, also in Palo Alto. We ordered the salmon omelet and salmon eggs benedict. They both were absolutely delicious! They don’t take reservations, so you might have to wait a bit.

Later that evening, after letting our stomach’s settle, we headed off to dinner at <a href=”">The Grill on the Alley</a> in downtown San Jose. We ate here last year on my birthday and I had the Ahi Tuna Steak. Which I remembered being freaking awesome. I was actually trying to order it again, but it could not be found on the menu, as it was a special last time. So, I mixed it up and tried another special, the goat cheese and spices fillet mignon. I don’t think that’s the exact name, but it was absolutely amazing. My taste-buds seemed to take full control which in contrary led to my eyelids shutting on me. So good!

On Sunday before dinner, B’s mom had stopped by and dropped off some birthday gifts, which included a home grilled smoked salmon. So delicious! I think she’s got me figured out.. :)

I also received an awesome surprise package from my parents. Which included a surprise attack nerf gun, air popcorn popper and jalapeno popcorn seasoning. I can’t wait to try out the popcorn popper. I’ve been thinking about getting one for awhile since it’s supposed to be a much healthier way to cook popcorn.

Thanks again to everyone that made my birthday so special. Including you, Facebook friends! :)

 

fillet_mignon

fillet_mignon

 

watercourse

watercourse

 

sanjose_improv

sanjose_improv

 

yardhouse

yardhouse

 

Unplugging from Cable TV


Heath and I have been completely unplugged from cable TV since we moved in together. Before that, I had local cable which I barely used and only got it to watch “The Bachelor / Bachelorette, ” (again, don’t judge.) Even then, I stopped watching the show completely after Ali’s season – all the catfights and roomful of douchebag testosterone was just too much for me, so the cable gradually started collecting dust.

Since going unplugged, we get most of our television and cinematic needs through Netflix and Hulu. We actually joined Hulu Plus for a bit, just so we could stream old episodes of shows that we’ve been wanting to watch, but since Netflix has announced their price hike, we actually canceled our subscription to Hulu Plus and will just stick to the Netflix plan.

For all the people moaning and groaning about the Netflix price hike, remember the Blockbuster era of having to get into your car, drive to the nearest Blockbuster location, and pay $5 for a DVD, which you only had a limited number of days to watch and return? OMG! Craziness!

Don’t even get me started on $10 movie theater tickets. Our children will never know what it was like to be able to go to the movies and spend just $10 (including movie ticket / popcorn / drink) – truly unjust world.

So yes, the price of Netflix’s $16 for UNLIMITED streaming and one DVD at a time isn’t too horrible, considering you get to sit in the comfort of your home, comfy in PJs (or naked, if you’re into that kinky stuff,) all the food and drinks you want without breaking your wallet, and watch a good movie without any annoying hecklers, screaming kids, and that annoying individual in the middle who has to make some type of commentary about everything.

I think the frosting on the cake is that you don’t have to adjust YOUR schedule around a movie or show’s schedule. You can have marathon showings of “Glee” or watch “How Harry Met Sally” a million times – not that I’ve done ANY such things – on your OWN time with Hulu and Netflix.

For the sports fans who are afraid to unplug because they will miss the games, you can search live streaming sites online so you don’t miss the action. You can also hang out at the nearest sports bar and really get your blood running with some crazy fans just like yourself. Bonus: maybe make a new friend or two, or possibly get a chance to check out any hot guys / girls while you’re there.

 

Unplugging from Cable TV


Heath and I have been completely unplugged from cable TV since we moved in together. Before that, I had local cable which I barely used and only got it to watch “The Bachelor / Bachelorette, ” (again, don’t judge.) Even then, I stopped watching the show completely after Ali’s season – all the catfights and roomful of douchebag testosterone was just too much for me, so the cable gradually started collecting dust.

Since going unplugged, we get most of our television and cinematic needs through Netflix and Hulu. We actually joined Hulu Plus for a bit, just so we could stream old episodes of shows that we’ve been wanting to watch, but since Netflix has announced their price hike, we actually canceled our subscription to Hulu Plus and will just stick to the Netflix plan.

For all the people moaning and groaning about the Netflix price hike, remember the Blockbuster era of having to get into your car, drive to the nearest Blockbuster location, and pay $5 for a DVD, which you only had a limited number of days to watch and return? OMG! Craziness!

Don’t even get me started on $10 movie theater tickets. Our children will never know what it was like to be able to go to the movies and spend just $10 (including movie ticket / popcorn / drink) – truly unjust world.

So yes, the price of Netflix’s $16 for UNLIMITED streaming and one DVD at a time isn’t too horrible, considering you get to sit in the comfort of your home, comfy in PJs (or naked, if you’re into that kinky stuff,) all the food and drinks you want without breaking your wallet, and watch a good movie without any annoying hecklers, screaming kids, and that annoying individual in the middle who has to make some type of commentary about everything.

I think the frosting on the cake is that you don’t have to adjust YOUR schedule around a movie or show’s schedule. You can have marathon showings of “Glee” or watch “How Harry Met Sally” a million times – not that I’ve done ANY such things – on your OWN time with Hulu and Netflix.

For the sports fans who are afraid to unplug because they will miss the games, you can search live streaming sites online so you don’t miss the action. You can also hang out at the nearest sports bar and really get your blood running with some crazy fans just like yourself. Bonus: maybe make a new friend or two, or possibly get a chance to check out any hot guys / girls while you’re there.