Yesterday I had to head over to the Valley for work.  Normally running around all day instead of getting things done at the office is pretty stressful, but instead I decided to take a cue from my last post where I gushed about my sun-lovin’ attitude and enjoyed the ride through the palm trees, green lawns, and 100 degree heat. I was one happy camper!

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By the way, has anyone else noticed that bloggers are shameless self-photographers??

Going over the hill ALSO meant I got to stop off somewhere to grab lunch.  I deliberated over Panera (maybe for once K would have been jealous of my soup/baguette combo!) but I simply couldn’t pass up the Sushi Dan lunch special. I used to go here ALL the time when I worked at my old company but now I am a little too far away to make it there and back in my lunch hour.  So now I just have to save it for dinners out, but I try to get the Dan anytime I have a random open afternoon.  There are SO many options to choose from, but one of my favorites is spicy tuna, cucumber roll, California roll, and miso soup for $9. Amazing! I had half for lunch, with lots of ginger.

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Plus a great cup of miso soup. Normally I would just eat this with chopsticks but I got the cutest soup spoons from Cost Plus/World Market ages ago that I haven’t had a chance to use! So pretty, no??

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For dessert I had these two strawberry candies. My great aunt always had these on hand when we were growing up and they remind me of childhood!  I think all hard candies should have an ooey, gooey center.

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I also squeezed in an impromptu little run before Marissa’s birthday dinner that felt great.  I didn’t have time to make it to the gym and back before I had to shower and get ready to go out.  I’m not usually in the mood to run but the thought of doing a 30 minute workout in just 30 minutes, with no driving and parking time tacked on, sounded fabulous! Afterward I refueled with a big glass of water and a translucent piece of yellow bell pepper.

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Dinner was great, and I got to unload a whole bunch of magazines on Kate and Courtney.  No complaints when I pulled out the October issues of Vogue, InStyle, Harper’s, and about 10 different weeklies!

Speaking of weeklies (and by that I mean that the week is almost over, whew!), I’m so glad it’s Thursday night. Today I made it to the Farmer’s Market and snagged my first brussel sprouts of the season. Yay! Definitely one good thing about fall.

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They baked up perfectly next to my leftover sushi!

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Another NEW fall favorite – pumpkin ice cream! Rachel and I couldn’t resist buying the Dreyer’s Double Churned variety at the grocery store tonight and it was awesome. It went perfectly with the Office 🙂

Speaking of TV, I missed the premiere of Grey’s!! Anyone know if this posts online somewhere?!

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