Art Imitating Life

I thought that if I opened this post with an adorable picture of my homegirl Emily, that you’d forgive me for my lack of blogging lately. Did it work?

It’s officially fall, which means it’s that point in the year where everything starts to move even faster than it was already moving until you find yourself ringing in the New Year wondering where the past 365 days went. You know what I mean, right? It’s as if the second the cool weather comes and the leaves start to change it’s Halloween->Thanksgiving->Christmas, bing bang boom — hello 2013.

Work life is so busy right now, which doesn’t help the speed of things, and I find that instead of having time to cultivate my little hobbies (blog, gym, photography) I’m finding the truth in the cliche of “not enough hours in the day.” When my art imitates life, and life is speeding by so fast I can barely grasp it, well then the art is somewhat lacking.

All this is not to say that life isn’t good. It is. In fact, it’s great. In the midst of the craziness I do take time to appreciate all the blessings, even stopping to count them every now and then. Even if it has to happen while I brush my teeth in the shower.

So some things I’m loving on at the moment…

Fall Centerpieces. I filled up my lovely Kate Spade New York crystal bowl (shout out to NYCathy!) with dried beans, stuck a candle in the middle, added some pine cones and viola! Table runner is from Homegoods last year and the mercury glass votives are from Michaels.

Starbucks Seasonal Drinks. I’m a huge fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Salted Caramel Mocha, but I’m also aware of what a calorie trap those drinks can be. So, did you know you can order a “short” at Starbucks??? It’s smaller than a Tall (which for those who don’t speak Starbucks is a small), but you won’t find it on the menu board. I love the short size because I still get a satisfying dose of my favorite coffee concoction without a side of guilt. Plus it makes me rap 50 cent in my head the rest of the morning, “Go shorty, itz ya birthday, we gonna party like itz ya birthday…”

Puppy Dogs. Clearly I’m always loving on my four legged children, but I especially appreciate them when the hubster’s working bizarre shifts or out of town jobs. My furry dudes keep me company, force me to play outside and always listen to how my day was ūüėČ

Hope you’re having a great week! I’m working on not being so MIA.

Scenes from a Saturday: Starbucks, Sonograms & Singing

Despite the rainy weather, Saturday was perfectly happy and sunny. Mama-to-be Kacie and I went to Reston Virginia because everyone’s favorite North Carolinian, Laci, was in town with a talented school acapella group she choreographed for¬†SingStrong¬†(PS: They killed it, and brought home first place!). You may remember Laci from past productions such as Kacie’s Bridal Shower, Kacie’s Bachelorette Party¬†and Kacie’s Wedding. Need a visual reminder?

Oh man, I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of that picture.

Today looked a little more like this…

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Identity Crisis

image

After being good all week and steering clear of¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† coffee (learn why here), I decided since it’s Friday I could splurge a bit and treat myself to a small cappuccino.

Dear Espresso,I love you. You make it so hard to say goodbye.

Looks like my drink is having a bit of an identity crisis though!

Hey Starbucks, Did You Hear the One About Obesity in America???

 

Dear Starbucks,

Let me preface this by saying you know I adore your delicious¬†coffee, but (you knew the BUT was coming) what on earth is with this new “TRENTA” size??? At 7-ounces larger than a Venti, do you really think people need to be drinking 31-ounces of¬† your iced coffee, iced tea or lemonade beverage offerings?¬†Don’t you know we have an obesity epidemic in America?

O yes, I know you were quick to point out to the media that¬†unsweetened versions of your drinks will still have fewer than 90 calories, with sweetened versions under 230 calories. But I cry foul. According to your website, a 16oz. Caramel Macchiato¬†(one of your many espresso drinks that I happen to know you offer in an iced version) boasts 240 calories and 7 grams of fat (damn, shouldn’t have looked!). So lets say I wanted an iced TRENTA¬†caramel macchiato. Using some rough math, it looks like that sucker would have about 470-ish calories and 13-ish grams of fat. Just one example.

And don’t act like people won’t A) Order those super-sweet, caramel/chocolate, whipped cream topped concoctions in an iced version¬†or B) That you won’t serve those drinks in the biggest size possible and charge the biggest price possible.

Listen Starbucks, I know it’s business and not personal. You need to make money and you know us American’s have a problem with self-control. I’m in marketing, I get it. But I’m also in health care, and I’m worried about the future health of our country.¬†According to the CDC, American society has become ‘obesogenic,’ characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthful foods, and physical inactivity.

Increased food intake, huh. I’m pretty sure the TRENTA¬†would fall into that category, thus adding to the health crisis¬†in America rather than helping. If you need to boost your bottom line, don’t do it with this huge, tacky cup. Maybe instead you should stop opening stores across the street from one¬†another. Not the smartest thing to be competing with yourself, now is it?

I’m not one to tell you what to do, you’re a big company, you can think for yourself. Consider this just a little food for thought. Something to brew over in your mind. Drink it all in. Chew on this… (Ok, I’m done).

Sincerely,

D

 (PS: I vow to never be caught carrying a TRENTA sized anything. Sounds about as cool as a Big Gulp from 711)

Holy Hot Chocolate!

And by holy, I mean you should actually pray to the divinity that is this hot chocolate.

After waiting for¬†inspiration for something to blog about today, it hit me. At 3:51 pm. In the form of an email from Starbucks. They’re bringing back their signature Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!!!! I’ll give you a second to let that sink in.

Salted….

Caramel….

Hot Chocolate…

YES, it’s as amazing as it sounds. In fact, I think this may be the best combination of flavors created since a very wise person, many many moons ago, decided to put vanilla ice cream on warm apple pie.

Note to self:¬†build time into tomorrow’s commute for starbucks run.

I’ll Call You Out

image

Nothing brightens my day like a lovely cup of Starbucks coffee. So you can imagine my disappointment in this mornings over-spiced pumpkin spice latte (aka the best part of Fall). I powered my way through my tall, and took my last sip only to get a mouthfull of globby spices – bleck!!

Starbs, today you get a big thumbs down. And I know you have that little sign posted about “if we don’t make it right, we’ll make it again,” but I’m sorry that I’m on the go trying to get into work and don’t take my first sip until I get back into my car, and by that point it’s not worth the time, effort or dirty looks to ask for a re-brew.

Sighhhhh.

I still love you PSL.