My first full day of my German vacation was an intense one. What was set out to be an hour to two hour hike ended up being close to a five hour excursion through the Palatinate Forest. Halfway through our journey, we came to a rest area near a lake for some quick snacks to re-energize. Much to my surprise, instead of an open area with some damp wet picnic tables and well-used tree stumps, we had stopped at a hikers' oasis. It was a full blown snack shop with sausages, liver pate and beer! I guess you could even think of it as a pub geared directly towards tired and muddy hikers and mountain bikers. I feel like I might be more inclined to go hiking if in addition to a beautiful view, I could be promised a bounty of deliciousness. As if the snacks there weren't enough, all the people we were hiking with had their backpacks full of Haribo gummies and pretzels to share. Yum!
It has been a crazy, hectic start of the New Year, and much to my dismay, I have yet to have a chance to visit my family to celebrate Lunar New Year! Thankfully, the celebration lasts longer than a day and we plan on finally celebrating with a non-traditional meal of burgers and fries tomorrow evening to ring in the Year of the Sheep. I was born in the Year of the Tiger, my parents both in the Year of the Monkey, one of my sisters in the Year of the Rooster, and my other sister was born in the Year of the Sheep. It is a big milestone for her, as it will be three full cycles through the Chinese Zodiac. Shh...she probably didn't want me sharing her age! :) Here are some sheep, and a dash of red, for a fortuitous year ahead! Happy Lunar New Year!
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I remember each year before Valentine's Day, I would go to the store to pick out a themed Valentine's Day card set to give to all of my classmates. They would always come in flat little cardboard boxes with sheets of cards prepped with corny and extremely punny Valentine's Day greetings. I would lovingly assemble a card for every person in my class, making sure I saved the "cool" ones for my friends, the "lame" ones for people I didn't get along with, and the "cute" one for my classroom crush. It was always such an event to distribute them to the paper bag "mailboxes" we would tape to the edge of our desks.
Even to this day, despite the lack of perforated tear-out cards, Valentine's Day just isn't Valentine's Day without a good pun or two. My husband and I never celebrate Valentine's Day in much seriousness. We did once attempt to get all dolled up and go to a nice dinner, but it ended up being overly priced and ridiculously crowded with mediocre food and bad service. Ever since then, we "surprise" each other with silly gag gifts. Mine generally consist of a pack of his favorite candy (usually heart-shaped Sweet Tarts and pink, red and white Nerds) paired with embarrassing Old Navy boxers with silly images and drawings. For example, an adorable cartoon squirrel saying "I'm nuts for you." Or robots hugging saying "Beep boop means I love you." That's my idea of romance :)
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.
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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 :)