Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Wish List

This year I'm happy to spend the holiday with family. I don't care one bit if I don't get anything. Being with them will be the best gift. However, my husband informed me this is how he buys things for me is by my lists that I make. So just for him here it goes....

1. Agenda Planner.
found here
I know that most people just use their phone but I'm old school. I like to write things down in a planner. I like to scratch things out, write in different color pens, etc. I like the planners that have the month view and then give the day to day writing option. I keep hearing amazing things about Erin Condren planners but I can't pull the trigger on a 50 dollars planner. That's a little too rich for my blood.

2. Books.
 
 
found here, here, here, here
 
I love to read. I could read a book in a day if I wasn't so busy. My favorite author is Stuart Woods and he has several new books out that I haven't read. I've recently got into the Todd Borg Tahoe mystery novels. I also get a kick out of reading the Mrs. Jeffries mysteries.

3. Department 56/ Lemax.
 
 
 
 
 
 
found here, here, here, here.
 
If you know me then you know I'm a huge fan of Christmas. It's my favorite time of the year. I love putting up our Christmas trees, wrapping presents, watching Christmas movies and decorating every inch of our home in Christmas magic. This year I put up my very first Christmas village. I had been wanting to do this for years. Last year I started collecting pieces for the village and the collecting will continue. The items pictured are just a few of the ones I want to add to my collection.

4. A Wallet.
found here
I had this amazing pink alligator wallet. I carried it around for a decade and then about 3 months ago it ripped. I think it's because I was trying to just hold too much in it. Well since then my purse has been a mess. My cards are scattered everywhere in my bag and I hate that. I need a new wallet with lots of card slots.

5. Gift Cards.
 

Oh the possibilities are endless. Clohing, Christmas items, shoes, purses, movies, cds, travel.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Welcome to Palm Springs

The week before Thanksgiving, I ditched the 60 degree temperatures of Northern California and hit the road to Palm Springs. There I found myself in a heat wave of 90 degrees in the middle of November. My jeans felt sweltering and I quickly changed into shorts to walk around in their historical downtown. Knowing that Thanksgiving was just a few short days away it felt odd sitting pool side and lounging in my swim suit. But hey... someone has to do it.

This our first time to Palm Springs and it definitely has a different kind of vibe. It felt like traveling back in time but with tons of spas and restaurants. On this little mini getaway (Sunday-Tuesday) we spent some time by the pool, ate at three really unique restaurants and did the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The restaurants that we ate at were Pinochio, Sherman's Deli & Bakery and Peaks. Pinochio's was a great place for brunch. Sherman's was a great lunch spot as you can see from the pastrami sandwich...

And then Peaks. Peaks is only available if you travel to the top of the Aerial Tramway. You can eat your meal at over 8,500 feet high in the sky. The wait is a little long but the view will keep you busy while you wait.

The Tramway was by far the most fun thing we did while we were in town. First you have to drive 2.5 miles up the mountain to reach the tram. Once you reach the tram you rise up to 8,500 feet above the desert sky.
The tram ride to the top takes about 15 minutes to complete. Once you step out of the tram you are rewarded with amazing views of Palm Springs and the surrounding areas.



Even though we were there for a short time we had a great time in Palm Springs. We may go back next year but you never know. We have so many places we want to go so places like this go back to the end of the line once we've visited them. I think if we were big into hiking then Palm Springs would have been the place to visit. For us it was just a fun place to go for a few days and relax and do something new.
 

Friday, November 25, 2016

A View From the Sky

When we were in Seattle we visited the highest place inside the city. From the top of the Columbia Center you can see the entire town and Mt. Rainier. They call the top of Columbia Center the Sky View. To get to the top, you have to get on two separate elevators.

Once you reach the top you are rewarded with amazing views from 360 degrees. The views from the top allow you to also see the Space Needle.





 
This was one of the last things we did with our time in the city and we really enjoyed it. If you ever get to Seattle make this something high on your list of things to do. We had a great time and can't wait to go back next year in the summer to enjoy other parts of Seattle and Washington. Now let the next trip planning begin.