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Every year as December approaches, the husband and I come up with a list of 25 holiday movies we want to watch as we countdown towards Christmas -- one movie for each night of December. We prioritize the classics, our favorites, and leave room for shorter films for busy days and also new ones to add to the rotation. Much to my dismay, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has made it on the list, and apparently is here to stay. My friends assure me I just need to give it a few more times to understand the true glory of the film. And so far on our shared Google Doc for our December movie marathon, my friends have somehow managed to schedule it for three showings... I guess nothing says December like a squirrel in a Christmas tree :)
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Wicked witches, ghastly ghouls and monstrous mummies! It is only a few short weeks until Halloween, and everywhere I look there is a plethora of pumpkin-flavored everything and black and orange decorations galore. But who says you can't get in the Halloween spirit with some brighter colors -- how about orange, yellow and white instead, for a candy corn celebration? Who doesn't love candy corn? :) Even though I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment on the card above, I can't deny how festive all these candy corn decorations and accessories make me feel! I am excited for my yearly excuse to wear a corgi onesie costume.
When I was younger, I was always really excited when December came around, not only because of Christmas decorations on the street and the many presents to be opened, but also because Coca-Cola cans always were so much more delicious to drink when branded with holiday designs -- specifically the polar bears. I still remember one year when my dad brought home a six-pack of holiday themed Coca-Cola glass bottles, instead of the regular aluminum cans. I never let anyone drink them because I thought they were too special to open. Sadly, we ended up finding them a long while later, just shoved in the corner of the fridge, never to be enjoyed.
Even to this day, there is just something special about drinking Coca-Cola from a bottle, instead of a can. Somehow the clink of the glass and the feel of the bottle makes the drink that much more refreshing and thirst quenching. And somehow it feels nostalgic, though glass bottles were already a thing of the past in my childhood.
This post featuring a few quirky Coca-Cola items was inspired by a beautiful keychain bottle opener, The Scout Hook™, that is the first Kickstarter project for Scout Leather Co. based in Mountain View in the California Bay Area. It is a simple, functional and beautifully elegant item, inspired by the Japanese brass fishhook.
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Wearing polka dot jeans, a black shirt, a patterned scarf and a pair of worn out Keds, I found myself quite out of my element at a beautiful tea luncheon this afternoon. My wonderful friend is expecting a baby girl in the fall, and to celebrate, her friends hosted a lovely celebration with scones, fancy salad, mini no-crust sandwiches, cupcakes and of course, tea. I couldn't help but think to myself that if I ever wanted to host such an event, I would be quite at a loss in terms of appropriate tableware. The teacups and saucers, antique silverware, and lunch plates were beautiful, and definitely made me a bit more aware of my table manners. Here's inspiration to start my own tea accessories collection, though clearly it won't be very traditional.
I hate being caught without my glasses, not because I can't see as well, but just because my face feels so naked. I have needed glasses ever since the 8th grade, and have felt it has become a big part of my personal style and self-confidence. Both my sisters had glasses growing up, and like with everything else, I wanted to be just like them. I would purposely sit ridiculously close to the television and then read books in dim light to ensure I would need to wear glasses. I'll never know if it was my silly antics or simply genetics that have led to my bespectacled fate. Either way, I'm glad for it 8)
Here are a few bright eyeglass cases to add a splash of color to your day!
Because it has been so ridiculously hot the past few days, we have had to wait until after sundown to take our pup out for a walk. Otherwise, our usually brisk walks turn into a slow, drudging crawl through the stifling, warm air. Although it is much more pleasant after dark, there is one downside -- the unknown creatures lurking amongst the shadows!
Last night, while on our second loop around the block, we heard a rustling noise coming from a neighbor's front yard. Our dog stopped in her tracks. So did I. I was peering through the dark and at first, I thought it was a cat. Nope, I thought, way too loud and way too big to be a cat. So then I thought maybe it was a dog. But then I noticed it was a lot more than just 4 legs -- instead, I saw 4 sets of legs! Much to my surprise, it was a family of raccoons scrambling up the tree. Three of the raccoons hurried up to the branches, but one stayed back, cemented to the base of the trunk. I thought the raccoon was preparing to come charging towards us, but instead, as we quickly scurried on our way, we saw the raccoon following us with its eyes the entire way until we were safely out of sight. I have to admit, it was a little terrifying, even though I normally think raccoons are so darn adorable!
Long story short, I am pretty sure the raccoon family we spotted was a sign -- a sign of how awesome Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be. Can't wait to see Rocket Raccoon in action :)
Get the cephalopod love started early :) Instead of teaching a toddler C is for Cat, I much prefer C is for Cephalopod! Here is a collection of cute greeting cards featuring some of the ocean's beautiful head-feet creatures, inspired by Monterey Bay Aquarium's and NPR's Science Friday Cephalopod Week celebrations.
"Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole."
-- Oscar Wilde
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Happy National Donut Day!
Om nom nom :)
This red panda GIF perfectly captures how I am feeling after a Tuesday at work after the long weekend...
It is definitely one of those days -- but nothing like 27 more red panda GIFs to brighten the day :)
And some adorable red panda knick knacks don't hurt either.
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Just the other day, we filled our hummingbird feeder full of nectar and it is now hanging in our backyard, full of delicious sweetness. I am hoping that hummingbirds will soon discover the new feeding spot and come hovering by in large numbers. These tiny birds are adorable to watch, as they flap their wings and dart forwards, backwards and even upside down! Even though watching hummingbirds fly is mesmerizing, my absolute favorite thing to see is a hummingbird take a break from flapping its tiny wings to finally rest on a tiny branch. They are so mini and cute!
Interesting hummingbird fact...
The smallest living bird is the bee hummingbird, measuring in at just about 5 centimeters long and weighing less than a penny!