Monthly Archives: December 2010

Take a Peek in My Purse

Usually I avoid purses all together and will use a wristlet (a small coin bag) to help limit me to carrying around just the essentials (i.e. phone, cards, keys). But, since I’m traveling, I’m making an exception this week. And I thought it’d be fun to let you take a peek at what I’m toting around with me.

Let’s start with the good stuff. First up is a scarf. Believe it or not, it’s actually cold in Florida, necessitating a little extra bundling. Since I’ve been going on a lot of day trips with the family, I’ve been carrying around food reserves to avoid the two options of complete starvation or filling up on gas station food. The orange came all the way from Seattle with me and the Clementine is from my mom’s fruit bowl. :-D I’ve also been munching on cinnamon and brown sugar almonds and pomegranate and vanilla cashews. Both delicious!

Even though I’m using a real purse this week, I can’t let go of my wristlet. It conveniently keeps all of my small loose items from getting lost in the depth of a big bag. Nothing too exciting in my wristlet… just my wallet with cards and cash, lip gloss, concealer, and stamps.

In the side zip pockets of the bag, I keep all of the items that I need at a moment’s notice and a bit of a mish-mosh of randoms. Cell phone (obviously). Camera. Gum. House keys. A three day old grocery list written out by my mom. An old and spotted recipe card for cookies that I’ve been meaning to share with you all. And a scent tester strip. There was also a Publix receipt hanging out in the bag that did not make it into the photo.

Even though I prefer my wristlet, carrying a larger bag definitely has its advantages. And I love how this bag has so much character.

There are the tiny holes in the handle that are the tragic result of Prince’s puppy phase of chewing.

And then there’s the hole in the lining that I fondly think of the black hole of the purse since I’ve lost numerous items to the inside of my bag.

So now it’s your turn. What are you carrying around in your purse (or backpack, wallet, or back pocket) today?

Add One More to the List

And just for kicks…

Newly acquired peach butter to add to the list.

Too Many Butters?

How many butters does one have to receive for Christmas before becoming worried that they will soon be nicknamed The Butter Girl (like the time I was called The Burger Girl)?

I mean, how am  I supposed to explain to Mister E why I received flavored butters for gifts? Or what if airport security asks me on my way back to Seattle why I’m travelling with four different jars of butters?

Not that I’m complaining. I couldn’t be more excited over what these little jars contain. I’m just curious, at what point should I become concerned about my reputation?

Ok, so I know that butter toffee peanut butter and oatmeal is a wonderful combination. And you can’t go wrong with pumpkin butter and cream cheese. And I’d be lying if I told you that I don’t dream about Nutella and Wheat Thins at night. But I need your help with new ideas! What sort of combinations would you try out with these butters?

Chilly Mornings

I know a lot of people are experiencing some pretty cold weather right now. So I really hate to be a complainer. But… 25 degrees in Florida?!? C’mon!!

But with all of the frozen plants…

and frosted railings…

and the sheet of glass off the animals’ water dish…

I am so thankful to stay nice and cozy inside with my Moose Munch coffee.


Did everyone enjoy their holiday? Or at least some time off from work? It still feels Ah-MAZING to be back in Florida and I’m not sure if I ever want to leave. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I could find a way to pack the sun into my suitcase.

I had a wonderful Christmas with my family. The best part about it? We got a late start with the morning and didn’t even start opening presents until 10 a.m. That’s definitely a first for this family. Now that my brother is getting older, the need to get up at 5 a.m. seems to be diminishing! ;-)

Santa was very good to me this year! Can you see any improvement in photo quality? That would be because I’m taking photos with my new Canon DSLR camera! I am so excited about my new toy! :-D Can’t you tell?

(Please excused the half-awake eyes and the unnatural amount of Beatrix Potter paraphernalia taking up my shelf space – I swear that wasn’t there when I occupied the room full-time.)

I’ve only made it a third of the way through the owner’s manual (yes, I’m actually taking time to read the manual) and have boatloads of stuff still left to learn. But for now, I’m having a lot of fun with it!

Another fun present to open was my Secret Santa gift sent by Katrina. I loved it! How did she possibly learn about my love affair with Wheat Thins and Nutella? ;-) And the bowl and butter toffee peanut butter worked out perfectly for my morning oats! I’ve been wanting to try the Naturally Nutty brand for such a long time it most definitely didn’t disappoint. But how could one possibly be let down by a butter toffee flavored anything?

Thank you so much Katrina! Seeing the thought and attention you put into my gift was really special. And thank you Tina for organizing such a fun blogger gift exchange!! It was such a wonderful idea!

Despite being a grown up now, I still spent the rest of my Christmas day playing with my new toy and watching Love Actually. And I still ruined my appetite for dinner by having too many sweets throughout the afternoon. Oh well, what else are the holidays for?!

Later in the evening my family headed out to downtown Mt. Dora to check out the Christmas lights and give ourselves an excuse to change out of our pajamas. ;-)

I think downtown is so magical looking lit up at nighttime.

So I definitely have been slacking off with posting since I’ve gotten back home and I’m not going to promise that it’s going to get any better since Mister E just arrived to spend New Year’s Eve together. But, I’m going to try my best to keep you guys in the loop on the rest of the shenanigans taking place here in Florida!

Things to be Grateful for in Florida

After enduring six hours of young children kicking the back of my seat, I finally landed in Orlando last night! :-D It feels great to be back home and realized that there’s so much to be grateful for. Such as…


Orange and banana smoothies (plus Emergen-C to combat any jet lag sickness) that actually taste appropriate for the climate.

Backyards to take pictures in.


Furballs that like to get too close and personal.

Publix food. Seriously, if there was only one thing from Florida that I could bring to Washington, I would bring Publix.

Sweet cranberry orange relish. The perfect bread. Oh man, I have yet to find a place in Washington that competes with Publix’s bread.

Furballs that don’t mind being lazy.

Teenage brothers that agree to go on bike rides.

Rusty bikes that are stuck in the hardest gear.

Armadillos that are still alive and aren’t roadkill.

Eggnog in coffee.

Weather warm enough to sit outdoors in the evening.

The holiday season.

I Hate This Part

Tomorrow morning, I’m catching the first plane out of Seattle. I’ll give you a clue as to where I’m going. It begins with an ‘F’ and ends with a ‘duh’.

Florida! Back to the land of pigmy rattle snakes trying to break into your house! Yay! I can’t wait!

Despite all my excitement, I do hate this part when it comes to saying goodbye to these little munchkins!

So here’s a little secret about me. Every time I go on an extended trip somewhere, I take pictures of my fur babies so that I can look at them the entire trip. Invariably, this just leads to me crying, but I still like doing it.

This trip, I’ll be bawling my eyes out over these snapshots:

Oh dear. It’s starting already. Can someone please pass me a tissue?