Every year Starbucks gets all the love with their famous holiday
drinks. So I wanted to give a kudo to Peets. On this particular day, my
peppermint mocha did not get enough espresso due to the machine not
being calibrated. This is what the Barista told me after I had finished
my coffee that tasted more like a hot chocolate. But for the most
part, I always taste the coffee and actually prefer them to Starbucks. Since my daughter is a better photographer, she offered to take the Peets display photo.
Christmas is coming way too fast but I am hanging on and jumping through
all the hoops that are being put in front of me. As I get older, I
find that it's important to find pockets of happiness. Whenever I become calm, no matter how brief, I make a point of grabbing onto those feelings and running with
it. I also have to push myself at times to get happy. One good example of this was when my daughter was three years old and we took her to
a Thomas the Train event. While boarding the train, I noticed how
crowded it was and muttered something in a cranky tone. I will always
remember a woman, who upon sensing my irritation, said in an
understanding tone, "Just keep smiling." I always think back to that
whenever the grind of life pushes me too far.
Elves have been taking a lot of heat this Christmas, so I wanted to let my elf flag fly. This cute little guy has been in my life for as long as I can remember. I have him posing with one of my blue trees from Anthropologie.
Cardigan: Anthropologie Mallard Bay by Monogram.
Jeans: Vera Wang for Kohls.
Turtleneck: Lands End in forest green.
Boots: Isaac Mizrahi for QVC.
Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane from QVC.
Blue Trees: Anthropologie from about nine or ten years ago.