Sorry Henredrick, but cute as this little guy is, my baby days are over!
Anyway, I didn't think I had to actually spell it out, and it probably won't stop anyone who is really determined, but I figured I should at least have something in place saying not to steal my stuff...just because I put it "out there" on the internet doesn't mean it's up for grabs. Geez!
I'm probably the last person on the planet to try these, but have you seen the nail polish strips that you peel and stick to your nails? I was curious, but not enough to pay the $8 price for them; then I found a box discounted to $2 at Target - bingo! My biggest surprise was that they smelled like nail polish when I opened the box - I really thought they were just stickers, but no, it's actually polish. Anyway, they weren't too difficult to use, and I'll probably try them again when it gets closer to my half marathons - I get paranoid about having real pedicures because I'm afraid they'll do something that will make my feet hurt, so with these, I can still have pretty toes (and keep the damage that running does to the nails hidden).
So fun! Of course, I probably should have taken a picture when I first put them on - this was taken over a week later and there's some chippage from wearing my running shoes.
Oh - do you not LOVE my pink sandals? I found them in the clearance section at TJ Maxx - $20! They are BOC brand, and so comfortable. Heh, based on the polish and the shoes, you might think I spend a lot of time in the clearance sections of stores. You would be right. I check them fairly often...you never know what bargains are out there!
I came home from my trip with a lovely parting gift - an espresso machine! You guys. This thing is AWESOME. I am becoming quite the barista, and in the process, am saving tons of money by making my own iced-venti-nonfat-lattes. Sorry Starbucks, but I don't need to visit you nearly as often as I used to! This is an old Krups machine - it belonged to Barbara's husband back before they were married, and was used on a daily basis. We figure it has to be around 15 years old...he took great care of it, and it still works wonderfully. He replaced it with a super-fancy Rancilio espresso maker, and now that I think about it, I need to put in for that machine in 15 years! Oh, and another fun thing that came with making espresso at home? I'm using a wedding present - the pretty blue and white espresso cups - for the first time. Who knew that holding on to something for 28 years would finally pay off?
Thanks, Dave - this has been a real treat!
While I was in California, I bought some espresso coffee at Java Bob's, and I've liked it a lot. I can order more, but I think I should buy some locally (and not pay shipping charges). I bought a can of Illy espresso at World Market the other day (expensive! but at least I had a coupon), and I can buy some at Starbucks, too. Any other brands that I should look for? I like a dark roast, if that helps.
********************One thing that I love seeing when I go to Santa Cruz is the beautiful landscapes. The weather there is perfect for so many interesting flowers and plants - here's some that we saw as we walked around downtown Santa Cruz one evening:
The hydrangeas - gorgeous. And I love the tiny flower centers, too!
Succulents - I never was a fan of them back when we lived in California, but I can't get enough of their different shapes and colors now!
My favorite picture, though, is this one:
This is what 35 years of friendship looks like!
Have a great weekend!