Saturday, April 26, 2014

W is for Walking

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




For today's indulgence, I'm writing about something many people see as hard work. For me, one thing that always improves my mood is walking.




Of course, my favorite place to walk would be alongside water, especially on the beach.




Unfortunately, most days my view looks a little closer to this.




Thankfully, my addiction to SongPop takes my mind off of the drudgery. I start playing and, next thing I know, 50 full minutes have passed. It's sweet.




What's your favorite form of exercise?


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Friday, April 25, 2014

V is for Vacation

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:






Today I've chosen one of the biggest indulgences of all...



I, personally, love the beach. But I'm not one of those people who can sit in the sun all day and do absolutely nothing. I'd just end up doing this.



The best vacation for my Type A personality happened when we went to L.A. a few years ago. During the day, we saw the sights...



And at night we went back to our beautiful condo at Hermosa Beach.



Each morning, we'd wake up and have breakfast on the beach and maybe work in a walk along the strand before hitting the town again.



While we were in L.A., we even managed to work in a few seconds on the Friends couch.



What's your idea of the perfect vacation? Are you a beach relaxer or a go-getter?

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Upside-Down Cake

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:





U was tough. I thought of Uno's Pizzeria...



But I've already done pizza and deep dish is just pizza casserole. My husband came up with Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, which is a U if you leave out the "pineapple" part.



It has all my favorite elements in a dessert--pineapple, cake, maraschino cherries... But it reminds me of a recipe I borrowed from The Cheesecake Factory a few years ago for Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake. Whoa, that was a lot of work, but it was delish. How about a picture of their version?



Can you think of an indulgence that starts with "U?"



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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for Tervis

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




For T, I've chosen something you might not have heard of.




We all know drinking water out of plastic bottles is bad for the environment.




Plus, a bottled water doesn't keep your drink cold for long. Most of the day, I drink out of my double-insulated cup using a straw. Some are Tervis...




Some are cheap imitations.




Even the straw is reusable.

But of all my double-wall drinking cups, I like my imitation Starbucks cup the best. It makes me feel like a yuppie.




What do you drink out of throughout the day?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Singing

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:





For S, I chose "singing," but not the kind of singing you see here:




I'm talking about the kind of singing you do when you know nobody can hear you (a.k.a. make fun of you!).




I wouldn't even dare sing in the shower. But the car? All bets are off.




Especially if you just discovered a movie soundtrack you listened to over and over when you were a teenager (Streets of Fire). And you still remember all the words to the songs!






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Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Robes

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




Is there anything more comfortable than slipping into a big, comfortable, warm robe?





It's really an ingenious invention, intended to be worn between showering and getting dressed, but some people wear them all day.





For that reason, someone invented the Snuggie, which was popular for about a minute.




I noticed recently my robe was looking shabby, so I bought a new one. It's a girly-girl Betsey Johnson robe!




How much time each day do you spend in your robe?

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