Contest Day #2!

I'm having so much fun this week.  I love throwing myself a 24th birthday party!  Who knew it could be so much fun to turn 24 every year?

Thank you for all the song suggestions so far.  I'm such a music junkie.  I've added several songs to my iPod.  I'm sure Briefcase will appreciate me downloading more music, because … ahem, I didn't have much to start with.

Last Saturday I went hiking in Laguna Beach.  I love Laguna.  It's beautiful and it's one of my favorite haunts.

Coast

It was a really hot day (in the nineties) and I very quickly regretted not bringing along a water bottle. 

Laguna

By the time I took this photo I was having full-on fantasies about being at a Starbucks.  I was craving an icy, cold, Passion Iced Tea.  Have you ever tried one?  They're so refreshing!  The minute I finished my hike I stopped into one of the Laguna Beach Starbucks to get one.  While I was there I picked up a couple gift cards to give away to you!

Today's Contest:
I'm giving away TWO Starbucks cards valued at $30 each!

You may enter as many times as you'd like – one entry per comment. 

Winners of all contests will be announced on Monday, November 3rd.  The contest will close at 5 p.m. Pacific time on my real birthday, Sunday, November 2nd.

Winners will be picked randomly utilizing the Random Integer Generator.

Just leave a comment telling me the name of one of your favorite haunts.  (Is it Starbucks?  Is it a place to walk, hike, dine, hang-out?  Is it the beach, the mountains, a lake, a park?)  Can't come up with a "haunt"?  Just leave me a comment!

If you don't have a Starbucks close to you, you can always "re-gift" this prize during the upcoming holidays! 

You may also still enter yesterday's contest here to win an iTunes gift card valued at $25! 

Happy 24th birthday to me!

402 Responses to “Contest Day #2!”

  1. SSG

    me, i like to hang out in my local pub, the Brewery Tap. it is a really great pub and the landlord and landlady are lovely, the food is tasty, they got real ale, will make me cheeky vimtos, and have a great Quiz. They also have an open log fire and outside seating for the summer. And they got loads of games and didnt mind when i fell on the floor and a vodka bottle fell out my bag. (A long story).

  2. SSG

    me, i like to hang out in my local pub, the Brewery Tap. it is a really great pub and the landlord and landlady are lovely, the food is tasty, they got real ale, will make me cheeky vimtos, and have a great Quiz. They also have an open log fire and outside seating for the summer. And they got loads of games and didnt mind when i fell on the floor and a vodka bottle fell out my bag. (A long story).

  3. SSG

    me, i like to hang out in my local pub, the Brewery Tap. it is a really great pub and the landlord and landlady are lovely, the food is tasty, they got real ale, will make me cheeky vimtos, and have a great Quiz. They also have an open log fire and outside seating for the summer. And they got loads of games and didnt mind when i fell on the floor and a vodka bottle fell out my bag. (A long story).

  4. SSG

    But one of my favourite places in the world just to be, to walk, to run, to think, to watch, is the Lochan, near where i grew up in Scotland. A secret location! It’s just so beautiful and peaceful I could cry!

  5. SSG

    But one of my favourite places in the world just to be, to walk, to run, to think, to watch, is the Lochan, near where i grew up in Scotland. A secret location! It’s just so beautiful and peaceful I could cry!

  6. SSG

    But one of my favourite places in the world just to be, to walk, to run, to think, to watch, is the Lochan, near where i grew up in Scotland. A secret location! It’s just so beautiful and peaceful I could cry!

  7. Joanne

    my Favorite beach haunt is in Martin County Fl., the Hobe Sound Stae wildlife Refuge. I belive it is one of the last beaches without condo’s . Five miles of pristine dunes and ocean beach.Cross the dunes and you find a marshy area and the brackish lagoon inland from the ocean.
    My other favorite place is the DuPuis Management area, almost 50 thousand acres of natural Florida prarie, I camp there, in the winter (cant wait!) In honor of your birthday I wil find and post some pictures of these places on my blog with your happy birthday greeting!,
    luv ya! JJ

  8. Joanne

    my Favorite beach haunt is in Martin County Fl., the Hobe Sound Stae wildlife Refuge. I belive it is one of the last beaches without condo’s . Five miles of pristine dunes and ocean beach.Cross the dunes and you find a marshy area and the brackish lagoon inland from the ocean.
    My other favorite place is the DuPuis Management area, almost 50 thousand acres of natural Florida prarie, I camp there, in the winter (cant wait!) In honor of your birthday I wil find and post some pictures of these places on my blog with your happy birthday greeting!,
    luv ya! JJ

  9. Joanne

    my Favorite beach haunt is in Martin County Fl., the Hobe Sound Stae wildlife Refuge. I belive it is one of the last beaches without condo’s . Five miles of pristine dunes and ocean beach.Cross the dunes and you find a marshy area and the brackish lagoon inland from the ocean.
    My other favorite place is the DuPuis Management area, almost 50 thousand acres of natural Florida prarie, I camp there, in the winter (cant wait!) In honor of your birthday I wil find and post some pictures of these places on my blog with your happy birthday greeting!,
    luv ya! JJ

  10. Janine

    Sadly, my bed. Before child? I would say the local pool hall (before it closed), Katie Blooms or The Bistro.

  11. Janine

    Sadly, my bed. Before child? I would say the local pool hall (before it closed), Katie Blooms or The Bistro.

  12. Janine

    Sadly, my bed. Before child? I would say the local pool hall (before it closed), Katie Blooms or The Bistro.

  13. ballerinatoes

    I must admit that Starbucks is a favorite of mine. Grande non-fat peppermint mocha and the paper and I’m very happy.

  14. ballerinatoes

    I must admit that Starbucks is a favorite of mine. Grande non-fat peppermint mocha and the paper and I’m very happy.

  15. ballerinatoes

    I must admit that Starbucks is a favorite of mine. Grande non-fat peppermint mocha and the paper and I’m very happy.

  16. Margie

    I like to be at home with my granddaughter, husbby and son.

  17. Margie

    I like to be at home with my granddaughter, husbby and son.

  18. Margie

    I like to be at home with my granddaughter, husbby and son.

  19. amyz5

    ahhhh. easy. gilgo beach long island. there is no place i would rather go than this beach when i need to think things through. even in the winter!
    oh and the impressionists room at the metropolitan museum of art!

  20. amyz5

    ahhhh. easy. gilgo beach long island. there is no place i would rather go than this beach when i need to think things through. even in the winter!
    oh and the impressionists room at the metropolitan museum of art!

  21. amyz5

    ahhhh. easy. gilgo beach long island. there is no place i would rather go than this beach when i need to think things through. even in the winter!
    oh and the impressionists room at the metropolitan museum of art!

  22. Donna in VA

    The beach. Any beach. Preferably a Gulf Coast beach, but since I don’t get down there much, my favorite spot is Nags Head, NC. All I need is my Jeep, a chair, a book and a cooler and I’m in heaven.

  23. Donna in VA

    The beach. Any beach. Preferably a Gulf Coast beach, but since I don’t get down there much, my favorite spot is Nags Head, NC. All I need is my Jeep, a chair, a book and a cooler and I’m in heaven.

  24. Donna in VA

    The beach. Any beach. Preferably a Gulf Coast beach, but since I don’t get down there much, my favorite spot is Nags Head, NC. All I need is my Jeep, a chair, a book and a cooler and I’m in heaven.

  25. Kristan Hoffman

    You know, I feel kind of like a tool entering contests when I love your blog so much anyway… At least you ask questions and give a good excuse for me to leave comments.
    ANYWAY.
    Favorite haunts, hmm… Does MADRID count? Because I love Madrid, and miss it, and dream about it. In Madrid, more specifically, I love the plaza outside el Palacio Real, and el Parque del Buen Retiro, their version of Central Park.
    Unfortunately it would cost me like a thousand dollars to go see my fave haunts, haha, so I settle for my back patio/yard.

  26. Kristan Hoffman

    You know, I feel kind of like a tool entering contests when I love your blog so much anyway… At least you ask questions and give a good excuse for me to leave comments.
    ANYWAY.
    Favorite haunts, hmm… Does MADRID count? Because I love Madrid, and miss it, and dream about it. In Madrid, more specifically, I love the plaza outside el Palacio Real, and el Parque del Buen Retiro, their version of Central Park.
    Unfortunately it would cost me like a thousand dollars to go see my fave haunts, haha, so I settle for my back patio/yard.

  27. Kristan Hoffman

    You know, I feel kind of like a tool entering contests when I love your blog so much anyway… At least you ask questions and give a good excuse for me to leave comments.
    ANYWAY.
    Favorite haunts, hmm… Does MADRID count? Because I love Madrid, and miss it, and dream about it. In Madrid, more specifically, I love the plaza outside el Palacio Real, and el Parque del Buen Retiro, their version of Central Park.
    Unfortunately it would cost me like a thousand dollars to go see my fave haunts, haha, so I settle for my back patio/yard.

  28. emmysuh

    Because I live in a sad, sad small town, my haunts are few and far in between…I shall list them for you…
    1) A delicious, delicious Thai and Japanese restaurant called Jasmine. We eat there as often as possible – my rules for eating out are, “Not expensive, unless it’s Jasmine.”

  29. emmysuh

    Because I live in a sad, sad small town, my haunts are few and far in between…I shall list them for you…
    1) A delicious, delicious Thai and Japanese restaurant called Jasmine. We eat there as often as possible – my rules for eating out are, “Not expensive, unless it’s Jasmine.”

  30. emmysuh

    Because I live in a sad, sad small town, my haunts are few and far in between…I shall list them for you…
    1) A delicious, delicious Thai and Japanese restaurant called Jasmine. We eat there as often as possible – my rules for eating out are, “Not expensive, unless it’s Jasmine.”

  31. emmysuh

    3)We used to haunt McDonalds but have cut down on the fatty foods and $spending. But seriously at one point the nighttime manager knew us.

  32. emmysuh

    3)We used to haunt McDonalds but have cut down on the fatty foods and $spending. But seriously at one point the nighttime manager knew us.

  33. emmysuh

    3)We used to haunt McDonalds but have cut down on the fatty foods and $spending. But seriously at one point the nighttime manager knew us.

  34. emmysuh

    When I’m at home and not at school, I like the place where I work, B’Russell’s, because it’s swank but fun and has delicious food (red curry, macademia nut encrusted chicken, strawberry short cake…) that I get with an employee discount. Plus, there are lots of fun friends who also work there.
    And liquor.

  35. emmysuh

    When I’m at home and not at school, I like the place where I work, B’Russell’s, because it’s swank but fun and has delicious food (red curry, macademia nut encrusted chicken, strawberry short cake…) that I get with an employee discount. Plus, there are lots of fun friends who also work there.
    And liquor.

  36. emmysuh

    When I’m at home and not at school, I like the place where I work, B’Russell’s, because it’s swank but fun and has delicious food (red curry, macademia nut encrusted chicken, strawberry short cake…) that I get with an employee discount. Plus, there are lots of fun friends who also work there.
    And liquor.

  37. emmysuh

    5)At school, there’s a little creek with a path (pics on my blog) that we like to hike along and take pictures, it’s really beautiful and peaceful but not far out of the city.

  38. emmysuh

    5)At school, there’s a little creek with a path (pics on my blog) that we like to hike along and take pictures, it’s really beautiful and peaceful but not far out of the city.

  39. emmysuh

    5)At school, there’s a little creek with a path (pics on my blog) that we like to hike along and take pictures, it’s really beautiful and peaceful but not far out of the city.

  40. Renee Couturier

    Favorite Haunts, I would probably say that I love the mountains,
    so Linville Falls, NC

  41. Renee Couturier

    Favorite Haunts, I would probably say that I love the mountains,
    so Linville Falls, NC

  42. Renee Couturier

    Favorite Haunts, I would probably say that I love the mountains,
    so Linville Falls, NC

  43. Renee Couturier

    I also love the beach,
    one of the prettiest in NC
    is Holden Beach and Sunset beach.

  44. Renee Couturier

    I also love the beach,
    one of the prettiest in NC
    is Holden Beach and Sunset beach.

  45. Renee Couturier

    I also love the beach,
    one of the prettiest in NC
    is Holden Beach and Sunset beach.

  46. Tricia

    I’m a daily Starbucks junkie.
    My favorite haunts are my husband’s arms, our mountain cabin in Vermont and my home office.

  47. Tricia

    I’m a daily Starbucks junkie.
    My favorite haunts are my husband’s arms, our mountain cabin in Vermont and my home office.

  48. Tricia

    I’m a daily Starbucks junkie.
    My favorite haunts are my husband’s arms, our mountain cabin in Vermont and my home office.

  49. Liz C

    I <3 Starbuck's! here in the Seattle area, we have espresso stands everywhere (almost like corner bars in Wisconsin) but I always go to Sbux. I'm a creature of habit, what can I say?
    (Happy 24th!)

  50. Liz C

    I <3 Starbuck's! here in the Seattle area, we have espresso stands everywhere (almost like corner bars in Wisconsin) but I always go to Sbux. I'm a creature of habit, what can I say?
    (Happy 24th!)

  51. Liz C

    I <3 Starbuck's! here in the Seattle area, we have espresso stands everywhere (almost like corner bars in Wisconsin) but I always go to Sbux. I'm a creature of habit, what can I say?
    (Happy 24th!)

  52. Judi

    I love to take the Palm Springs Tram up the mountain, especially when there is snow on the ground up there (but it’s still nice and sunny down below).

  53. Judi

    I love to take the Palm Springs Tram up the mountain, especially when there is snow on the ground up there (but it’s still nice and sunny down below).

  54. Judi

    I love to take the Palm Springs Tram up the mountain, especially when there is snow on the ground up there (but it’s still nice and sunny down below).

  55. Judi

    My favorite place in the universe is Yosemite National Park. If I could live at the Ahwahnee, I’d be in heaven. Alas, can’t even afford a night’s stay, but a girl can dream while she stays in the Lodge and hikes around the park.

  56. Judi

    My favorite place in the universe is Yosemite National Park. If I could live at the Ahwahnee, I’d be in heaven. Alas, can’t even afford a night’s stay, but a girl can dream while she stays in the Lodge and hikes around the park.

  57. Judi

    My favorite place in the universe is Yosemite National Park. If I could live at the Ahwahnee, I’d be in heaven. Alas, can’t even afford a night’s stay, but a girl can dream while she stays in the Lodge and hikes around the park.

  58. Sandra

    And of course Maui. I enjoy going every couple of years or so. Love it there! The beach, the heat and the food. Yummy!

  59. Sandra

    And of course Maui. I enjoy going every couple of years or so. Love it there! The beach, the heat and the food. Yummy!

  60. Sandra

    And of course Maui. I enjoy going every couple of years or so. Love it there! The beach, the heat and the food. Yummy!

  61. Judi

    As for actual, real places I hang out regularly… my favorite spot is the recliner in my family room, cats on my lap, hubby by my side.
    Second would be in my kitchen, baking something yummy (like your pumpkin choco chip cookies!).
    We’re pretty much homebodies, like some others have said.

  62. Judi

    As for actual, real places I hang out regularly… my favorite spot is the recliner in my family room, cats on my lap, hubby by my side.
    Second would be in my kitchen, baking something yummy (like your pumpkin choco chip cookies!).
    We’re pretty much homebodies, like some others have said.

  63. Judi

    As for actual, real places I hang out regularly… my favorite spot is the recliner in my family room, cats on my lap, hubby by my side.
    Second would be in my kitchen, baking something yummy (like your pumpkin choco chip cookies!).
    We’re pretty much homebodies, like some others have said.

  64. Sandra

    A local haunt would be my girlfriends house 3 doors down. They have no children so it’s quiet and always have wine and champagne.

  65. Sandra

    A local haunt would be my girlfriends house 3 doors down. They have no children so it’s quiet and always have wine and champagne.

  66. Sandra

    A local haunt would be my girlfriends house 3 doors down. They have no children so it’s quiet and always have wine and champagne.

  67. MLS

    My favorite place in the world is Ruidoso, NM The smell alone sends me to that peaceful place that my mind never gets a chance to see these days.

  68. MLS

    My favorite place in the world is Ruidoso, NM The smell alone sends me to that peaceful place that my mind never gets a chance to see these days.

  69. MLS

    My favorite place in the world is Ruidoso, NM The smell alone sends me to that peaceful place that my mind never gets a chance to see these days.

  70. MLS

    My favorite place in the world is Ruidoso, NM The smell alone sends me to that peaceful place that my mind never gets a chance to see these days.

  71. MLS

    My favorite place in the world is Ruidoso, NM The smell alone sends me to that peaceful place that my mind never gets a chance to see these days.

  72. MLS

    My favorite place in the world is Ruidoso, NM The smell alone sends me to that peaceful place that my mind never gets a chance to see these days.

  73. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    I can’t say Starbucks is my favorite hang out, but I go there all the time. If Starbucks had free WiFi, then it would be a fave. Sooooo, I do love Coffee Bean (even before they had WiFi).
    There’s a place here in Sacto called Tupelo that’s got more of that independent cafe vibe…and free WiFi – Woo hoo!

  74. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    I can’t say Starbucks is my favorite hang out, but I go there all the time. If Starbucks had free WiFi, then it would be a fave. Sooooo, I do love Coffee Bean (even before they had WiFi).
    There’s a place here in Sacto called Tupelo that’s got more of that independent cafe vibe…and free WiFi – Woo hoo!

  75. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    I can’t say Starbucks is my favorite hang out, but I go there all the time. If Starbucks had free WiFi, then it would be a fave. Sooooo, I do love Coffee Bean (even before they had WiFi).
    There’s a place here in Sacto called Tupelo that’s got more of that independent cafe vibe…and free WiFi – Woo hoo!

  76. Slick

    Wow…beautiful photos.
    I’m allergic to hiking but even I would love to see that in person.
    My favorite haunt?
    The PGA Superstore πŸ˜‰

  77. Slick

    Wow…beautiful photos.
    I’m allergic to hiking but even I would love to see that in person.
    My favorite haunt?
    The PGA Superstore πŸ˜‰

  78. Slick

    Wow…beautiful photos.
    I’m allergic to hiking but even I would love to see that in person.
    My favorite haunt?
    The PGA Superstore πŸ˜‰

  79. Lori

    My favorite places to go are hiking in the mountains and for a walk by the ocean. Since I don’t live anywhere near mountains or oceans this so seldom happens. Right now my favorite place to go is my friends house because she is the only person I know that doesn’t mind me coming over with a 2 and 3 year olds. None of my friends have little ones so rarely do we go anywhere besides work.
    The other place I love to go to is my sisters which is “up north” in Minnesota and it is so peaceful and beautiful there. It’s in the middle of no where and lots of woods and nature. She also is good about the kids coming there. Sadly we don’t get there enough because of the distance.
    Not long ago you shared a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Since it’s my day off today, my little people and I made them and we LOVE them! We made some without the chocolate chips since my little guy doesn’t like chocolate and they are equally delicious. My husband is off today and he thinks they are great. We don’t eat a lot of sweets around here so this is a good treat. Thank you for sharing! I would encourage everyone to make these.

  80. Lori

    My favorite places to go are hiking in the mountains and for a walk by the ocean. Since I don’t live anywhere near mountains or oceans this so seldom happens. Right now my favorite place to go is my friends house because she is the only person I know that doesn’t mind me coming over with a 2 and 3 year olds. None of my friends have little ones so rarely do we go anywhere besides work.
    The other place I love to go to is my sisters which is “up north” in Minnesota and it is so peaceful and beautiful there. It’s in the middle of no where and lots of woods and nature. She also is good about the kids coming there. Sadly we don’t get there enough because of the distance.
    Not long ago you shared a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Since it’s my day off today, my little people and I made them and we LOVE them! We made some without the chocolate chips since my little guy doesn’t like chocolate and they are equally delicious. My husband is off today and he thinks they are great. We don’t eat a lot of sweets around here so this is a good treat. Thank you for sharing! I would encourage everyone to make these.

  81. Lori

    My favorite places to go are hiking in the mountains and for a walk by the ocean. Since I don’t live anywhere near mountains or oceans this so seldom happens. Right now my favorite place to go is my friends house because she is the only person I know that doesn’t mind me coming over with a 2 and 3 year olds. None of my friends have little ones so rarely do we go anywhere besides work.
    The other place I love to go to is my sisters which is “up north” in Minnesota and it is so peaceful and beautiful there. It’s in the middle of no where and lots of woods and nature. She also is good about the kids coming there. Sadly we don’t get there enough because of the distance.
    Not long ago you shared a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Since it’s my day off today, my little people and I made them and we LOVE them! We made some without the chocolate chips since my little guy doesn’t like chocolate and they are equally delicious. My husband is off today and he thinks they are great. We don’t eat a lot of sweets around here so this is a good treat. Thank you for sharing! I would encourage everyone to make these.

  82. missy

    My lovely backyard in the evening with a glass of wine…so peaceful, until the husband gets home and the 3 dogs want to come outside and run around.

  83. missy

    My lovely backyard in the evening with a glass of wine…so peaceful, until the husband gets home and the 3 dogs want to come outside and run around.

  84. missy

    My lovely backyard in the evening with a glass of wine…so peaceful, until the husband gets home and the 3 dogs want to come outside and run around.

  85. geez

    Anywhere, anytime where there is the warmth of the sun! (Entering major winter-blah season).

  86. geez

    Anywhere, anytime where there is the warmth of the sun! (Entering major winter-blah season).

  87. geez

    Anywhere, anytime where there is the warmth of the sun! (Entering major winter-blah season).

  88. Renee Couturier

    You know what else I like to do,
    walk in the woods(I live in the
    country).

  89. Renee Couturier

    You know what else I like to do,
    walk in the woods(I live in the
    country).

  90. Renee Couturier

    You know what else I like to do,
    walk in the woods(I live in the
    country).

  91. geez

    Second favorite…curled up in bed on Sunday morning with hot coffee and The New York Times, and my 15 lb cat, Phil.

  92. geez

    Second favorite…curled up in bed on Sunday morning with hot coffee and The New York Times, and my 15 lb cat, Phil.

  93. geez

    Second favorite…curled up in bed on Sunday morning with hot coffee and The New York Times, and my 15 lb cat, Phil.

  94. MadWoman

    There’s a private-ish beach here in Victoria where Hotty Hubby and I like to go on Mothers Day and throw some roses into the water in memory of his mother. We’re the only ones down there, the only ones enjoying the quiet. And it’s beautiful

  95. MadWoman

    There’s a private-ish beach here in Victoria where Hotty Hubby and I like to go on Mothers Day and throw some roses into the water in memory of his mother. We’re the only ones down there, the only ones enjoying the quiet. And it’s beautiful

  96. MadWoman

    There’s a private-ish beach here in Victoria where Hotty Hubby and I like to go on Mothers Day and throw some roses into the water in memory of his mother. We’re the only ones down there, the only ones enjoying the quiet. And it’s beautiful

  97. jill prettyman

    OK you said we could enter ore than once. I also love my back yard, sitting around the fire pit hanging out with friends is one of my favorite ways to spend a Friday night!!

  98. jill prettyman

    OK you said we could enter ore than once. I also love my back yard, sitting around the fire pit hanging out with friends is one of my favorite ways to spend a Friday night!!

  99. jill prettyman

    OK you said we could enter ore than once. I also love my back yard, sitting around the fire pit hanging out with friends is one of my favorite ways to spend a Friday night!!

  100. jill prettyman

    OK last one. I love going to Napa Valley and staying at the Wine Country Inn. We are meeting friends there this weekend and I can’t wait! I’ll drink a glass of wine and toast our birthdays, mine is in November too, on the 11th Happy 24th to us all

  101. jill prettyman

    OK last one. I love going to Napa Valley and staying at the Wine Country Inn. We are meeting friends there this weekend and I can’t wait! I’ll drink a glass of wine and toast our birthdays, mine is in November too, on the 11th Happy 24th to us all

  102. jill prettyman

    OK last one. I love going to Napa Valley and staying at the Wine Country Inn. We are meeting friends there this weekend and I can’t wait! I’ll drink a glass of wine and toast our birthdays, mine is in November too, on the 11th Happy 24th to us all

  103. Judi

    One other haunt from my past – the Chicago lakefront. Parks, beaches, public art – lots to do and see along Lake Michigan. I probably spent more time on Lake Michigan beaches in my 18 years there than I have spent on CA beaches in my 25 years here.

  104. Judi

    One other haunt from my past – the Chicago lakefront. Parks, beaches, public art – lots to do and see along Lake Michigan. I probably spent more time on Lake Michigan beaches in my 18 years there than I have spent on CA beaches in my 25 years here.

  105. Judi

    One other haunt from my past – the Chicago lakefront. Parks, beaches, public art – lots to do and see along Lake Michigan. I probably spent more time on Lake Michigan beaches in my 18 years there than I have spent on CA beaches in my 25 years here.

  106. Jen

    Okay, reading for a while, don’t think I’ve commented. I like hanging out at home baking. Seriously, it makes me happiest (and fattest, but that’s another story). And I tried your pumpkin cookie recipe, delicious! Definitely had enough to share with the other ambulance staff. Happy Birthday early!

  107. Jen

    Okay, reading for a while, don’t think I’ve commented. I like hanging out at home baking. Seriously, it makes me happiest (and fattest, but that’s another story). And I tried your pumpkin cookie recipe, delicious! Definitely had enough to share with the other ambulance staff. Happy Birthday early!

  108. Jen

    Okay, reading for a while, don’t think I’ve commented. I like hanging out at home baking. Seriously, it makes me happiest (and fattest, but that’s another story). And I tried your pumpkin cookie recipe, delicious! Definitely had enough to share with the other ambulance staff. Happy Birthday early!

  109. Shannon

    STARBUCKS! Esp the ones in the Barnes & Noble cafes where I can sit & sip my Pumpkin Spice Latte while reading a good book!

  110. Shannon

    STARBUCKS! Esp the ones in the Barnes & Noble cafes where I can sit & sip my Pumpkin Spice Latte while reading a good book!

  111. Shannon

    STARBUCKS! Esp the ones in the Barnes & Noble cafes where I can sit & sip my Pumpkin Spice Latte while reading a good book!

  112. Lo

    sigh. it’s taken me FOREVER to get to reading you today, bc of work and life and locking myself outta my house- er… yeah… hum, anyway.
    my fav haunts.. will be entered as seperate posts bc HELLO I WANT A GIFT CARD. bc I TOO am addicted to passion iced tea. aahhh… my fav tea EVER. it is so yummy. it’s a party of flavor in my mouth. plus it’s a pretty color.
    one of my fav haunts would be my house. bc i am a total hermit. i like to curl up on my couch and have a glass of wine and pretend that i’m off in the country somewhere, and don’t have to work tomorrow, and can enjoy my book and wine until i feel good and ready to go to bed.

  113. Lo

    sigh. it’s taken me FOREVER to get to reading you today, bc of work and life and locking myself outta my house- er… yeah… hum, anyway.
    my fav haunts.. will be entered as seperate posts bc HELLO I WANT A GIFT CARD. bc I TOO am addicted to passion iced tea. aahhh… my fav tea EVER. it is so yummy. it’s a party of flavor in my mouth. plus it’s a pretty color.
    one of my fav haunts would be my house. bc i am a total hermit. i like to curl up on my couch and have a glass of wine and pretend that i’m off in the country somewhere, and don’t have to work tomorrow, and can enjoy my book and wine until i feel good and ready to go to bed.

  114. Lo

    sigh. it’s taken me FOREVER to get to reading you today, bc of work and life and locking myself outta my house- er… yeah… hum, anyway.
    my fav haunts.. will be entered as seperate posts bc HELLO I WANT A GIFT CARD. bc I TOO am addicted to passion iced tea. aahhh… my fav tea EVER. it is so yummy. it’s a party of flavor in my mouth. plus it’s a pretty color.
    one of my fav haunts would be my house. bc i am a total hermit. i like to curl up on my couch and have a glass of wine and pretend that i’m off in the country somewhere, and don’t have to work tomorrow, and can enjoy my book and wine until i feel good and ready to go to bed.

  115. Lo

    okay i gotta do another one. HAHA i am so flippin’ desperate. i just like to WIN.
    another haunt of mine is a town called Sarasota on the gulf coast. god i love that town. it is SO peaceful. white sand beaches…. and only a 2-hour flight away.

  116. Lo

    okay i gotta do another one. HAHA i am so flippin’ desperate. i just like to WIN.
    another haunt of mine is a town called Sarasota on the gulf coast. god i love that town. it is SO peaceful. white sand beaches…. and only a 2-hour flight away.

  117. Lo

    okay i gotta do another one. HAHA i am so flippin’ desperate. i just like to WIN.
    another haunt of mine is a town called Sarasota on the gulf coast. god i love that town. it is SO peaceful. white sand beaches…. and only a 2-hour flight away.

  118. goodfather

    OK, my favorite place ON THE PLANET is Priest Lake, Idaho. My island is there. Technically, it’s a state-owned public island, but it’s been my island ever since I camped on it at the age of 17. And I can call it a haunt, because it definitely does that in my memories.
    Lucky, lucky, STARBUCKS! Daddy needs a new pair of lattes!

  119. goodfather

    OK, my favorite place ON THE PLANET is Priest Lake, Idaho. My island is there. Technically, it’s a state-owned public island, but it’s been my island ever since I camped on it at the age of 17. And I can call it a haunt, because it definitely does that in my memories.
    Lucky, lucky, STARBUCKS! Daddy needs a new pair of lattes!

  120. goodfather

    OK, my favorite place ON THE PLANET is Priest Lake, Idaho. My island is there. Technically, it’s a state-owned public island, but it’s been my island ever since I camped on it at the age of 17. And I can call it a haunt, because it definitely does that in my memories.
    Lucky, lucky, STARBUCKS! Daddy needs a new pair of lattes!

  121. goodfather

    Oh! And! My favorite TOWN in the world is QuakenbrΓΌck, Germany, close to where my beautiful wife grew up. It’s the first town she showed me, and it’s the perfect quaint German town, complete with its own piece of the Roman wall.

  122. goodfather

    Oh! And! My favorite TOWN in the world is QuakenbrΓΌck, Germany, close to where my beautiful wife grew up. It’s the first town she showed me, and it’s the perfect quaint German town, complete with its own piece of the Roman wall.

  123. goodfather

    Oh! And! My favorite TOWN in the world is QuakenbrΓΌck, Germany, close to where my beautiful wife grew up. It’s the first town she showed me, and it’s the perfect quaint German town, complete with its own piece of the Roman wall.

  124. Miz Liz

    The window at Johnny’s on Greenwich Ave NYC, with a bloody in one hand and Led Zeppelin on the jukebox.

  125. Miz Liz

    The window at Johnny’s on Greenwich Ave NYC, with a bloody in one hand and Led Zeppelin on the jukebox.

  126. Miz Liz

    The window at Johnny’s on Greenwich Ave NYC, with a bloody in one hand and Led Zeppelin on the jukebox.

  127. missy

    Watching the sunset anywhere in Hawaii, with a coctail of course. This is so fun – I love to see where your readers live.

  128. missy

    Watching the sunset anywhere in Hawaii, with a coctail of course. This is so fun – I love to see where your readers live.

  129. missy

    Watching the sunset anywhere in Hawaii, with a coctail of course. This is so fun – I love to see where your readers live.

  130. jennster

    shut the hell up, i want to win BOTH starbucks gift cards (is that selfish)? lol
    favorite haunt? i have an unhealthy obsession with disneyland. being there makes me happy. i love it. love love love it.
    and miss miss miss it.

  131. jennster

    shut the hell up, i want to win BOTH starbucks gift cards (is that selfish)? lol
    favorite haunt? i have an unhealthy obsession with disneyland. being there makes me happy. i love it. love love love it.
    and miss miss miss it.

  132. jennster

    shut the hell up, i want to win BOTH starbucks gift cards (is that selfish)? lol
    favorite haunt? i have an unhealthy obsession with disneyland. being there makes me happy. i love it. love love love it.
    and miss miss miss it.

  133. jennster

    now for entry #2, which will win me the SECOND gift card- LOL:
    i also love (and miss) malibu. pt dume is where i would go almost every weekend to hang out, journal, watch the surfers, watch the dolphins, etc. malibu is my peace of mind.

  134. jennster

    now for entry #2, which will win me the SECOND gift card- LOL:
    i also love (and miss) malibu. pt dume is where i would go almost every weekend to hang out, journal, watch the surfers, watch the dolphins, etc. malibu is my peace of mind.

  135. jennster

    now for entry #2, which will win me the SECOND gift card- LOL:
    i also love (and miss) malibu. pt dume is where i would go almost every weekend to hang out, journal, watch the surfers, watch the dolphins, etc. malibu is my peace of mind.

  136. Kelly

    I have an old worn leather chair I love to sit in and read!

  137. Kelly

    I have an old worn leather chair I love to sit in and read!

  138. Kelly

    I have an old worn leather chair I love to sit in and read!

  139. riane

    i’d have to agree with laguna or just about any beach in santa barbara

  140. riane

    i’d have to agree with laguna or just about any beach in santa barbara

  141. riane

    i’d have to agree with laguna or just about any beach in santa barbara

  142. Christy

    Did somebody say Starbucks?! This is my kinda contest! I love Starbucks–which is funny b/c I was a diehard Dunkin’ Donuts fan until we moved to Ohio (no DD here.) I got addicted to Starbucks’ coffee frapp light and now when I go back home, I can’t even drink DD coffee b/c it tastes like water to me–yuck.
    PS: My blog is ‘Heavy on the Caffeine’, so yeah, I like my coffee! LOL

  143. Christy

    Did somebody say Starbucks?! This is my kinda contest! I love Starbucks–which is funny b/c I was a diehard Dunkin’ Donuts fan until we moved to Ohio (no DD here.) I got addicted to Starbucks’ coffee frapp light and now when I go back home, I can’t even drink DD coffee b/c it tastes like water to me–yuck.
    PS: My blog is ‘Heavy on the Caffeine’, so yeah, I like my coffee! LOL

  144. Christy

    Did somebody say Starbucks?! This is my kinda contest! I love Starbucks–which is funny b/c I was a diehard Dunkin’ Donuts fan until we moved to Ohio (no DD here.) I got addicted to Starbucks’ coffee frapp light and now when I go back home, I can’t even drink DD coffee b/c it tastes like water to me–yuck.
    PS: My blog is ‘Heavy on the Caffeine’, so yeah, I like my coffee! LOL

  145. Midlife Mama

    Hmmm I have lots of favorite haunts . . . but I’ll post ’em separately so I can get lots of entries. Starbucks — YUM!! πŸ™‚
    Okay, first and foremost, my favorite haunt without having to drive a long way, is Barnes & Noble. I heart books; and the intoxicating smell of books and coffee is heavenly. I want to live there. Yes, IN the store. **sigh**

  146. Midlife Mama

    Hmmm I have lots of favorite haunts . . . but I’ll post ’em separately so I can get lots of entries. Starbucks — YUM!! πŸ™‚
    Okay, first and foremost, my favorite haunt without having to drive a long way, is Barnes & Noble. I heart books; and the intoxicating smell of books and coffee is heavenly. I want to live there. Yes, IN the store. **sigh**

  147. Midlife Mama

    Hmmm I have lots of favorite haunts . . . but I’ll post ’em separately so I can get lots of entries. Starbucks — YUM!! πŸ™‚
    Okay, first and foremost, my favorite haunt without having to drive a long way, is Barnes & Noble. I heart books; and the intoxicating smell of books and coffee is heavenly. I want to live there. Yes, IN the store. **sigh**

  148. Midlife Mama

    Okay, so my second favorite haunt, which I don’t get to go to very often because it is a 4 hour drive from me, is the ocean. Ft. Bragg and Mendocino being two of my favs. I love love love the ocean. I want to live there, too.
    In fact, my idea of heaven? Is living inside a Barnes and Noble that is located near the beach. Ahhh.

  149. Midlife Mama

    Okay, so my second favorite haunt, which I don’t get to go to very often because it is a 4 hour drive from me, is the ocean. Ft. Bragg and Mendocino being two of my favs. I love love love the ocean. I want to live there, too.
    In fact, my idea of heaven? Is living inside a Barnes and Noble that is located near the beach. Ahhh.

  150. Midlife Mama

    Okay, so my second favorite haunt, which I don’t get to go to very often because it is a 4 hour drive from me, is the ocean. Ft. Bragg and Mendocino being two of my favs. I love love love the ocean. I want to live there, too.
    In fact, my idea of heaven? Is living inside a Barnes and Noble that is located near the beach. Ahhh.

  151. Midlife Mama

    Okay third, is San Francisco. I definitely left my heart in San Francisco. There is so much to do and see there. LOVE it.

  152. Midlife Mama

    Okay third, is San Francisco. I definitely left my heart in San Francisco. There is so much to do and see there. LOVE it.

  153. Midlife Mama

    Okay third, is San Francisco. I definitely left my heart in San Francisco. There is so much to do and see there. LOVE it.

  154. Midlife Mama

    And I love Disneyland, too. One of your other commenters said the same thing. Every time I go there I ride the same things over and over (thank goodness for fast passes!). I ride Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Matterhorn. Oh, and the Peter Pan ride too. Heh

  155. Midlife Mama

    And I love Disneyland, too. One of your other commenters said the same thing. Every time I go there I ride the same things over and over (thank goodness for fast passes!). I ride Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Matterhorn. Oh, and the Peter Pan ride too. Heh

  156. Midlife Mama

    And I love Disneyland, too. One of your other commenters said the same thing. Every time I go there I ride the same things over and over (thank goodness for fast passes!). I ride Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Matterhorn. Oh, and the Peter Pan ride too. Heh

  157. vodkamom

    my favorite haunts…Websters Used Bookstore- The Library, The Goodwill Store, and Wegman’s!!!!
    There. you got it. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

  158. vodkamom

    my favorite haunts…Websters Used Bookstore- The Library, The Goodwill Store, and Wegman’s!!!!
    There. you got it. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

  159. vodkamom

    my favorite haunts…Websters Used Bookstore- The Library, The Goodwill Store, and Wegman’s!!!!
    There. you got it. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

  160. Joanne

    about five years ago, I took an expedition trip to the Amazon Rain Forest Preserve, in Peru. a full day up the Amazon to a camp called Explornapo. It is the one you see where there is a canopy walkway that goes 120 ft up into the trees. THAT scared the crap out of me. But the river, and the camp, and the people who had never seen TV, almost to much to comprehend. I took off my shoes and left my bare footprints in the soft soil in the rainforest. I cried when it was time to go back home

  161. Joanne

    about five years ago, I took an expedition trip to the Amazon Rain Forest Preserve, in Peru. a full day up the Amazon to a camp called Explornapo. It is the one you see where there is a canopy walkway that goes 120 ft up into the trees. THAT scared the crap out of me. But the river, and the camp, and the people who had never seen TV, almost to much to comprehend. I took off my shoes and left my bare footprints in the soft soil in the rainforest. I cried when it was time to go back home

  162. Joanne

    about five years ago, I took an expedition trip to the Amazon Rain Forest Preserve, in Peru. a full day up the Amazon to a camp called Explornapo. It is the one you see where there is a canopy walkway that goes 120 ft up into the trees. THAT scared the crap out of me. But the river, and the camp, and the people who had never seen TV, almost to much to comprehend. I took off my shoes and left my bare footprints in the soft soil in the rainforest. I cried when it was time to go back home

  163. MLS

    I’d have to say my second favorite place is Maui and then third would be anywhere in the New Hampshire/Maine area especially along the coast line.

  164. MLS

    I’d have to say my second favorite place is Maui and then third would be anywhere in the New Hampshire/Maine area especially along the coast line.

  165. MLS

    I’d have to say my second favorite place is Maui and then third would be anywhere in the New Hampshire/Maine area especially along the coast line.

  166. alntv

    My favorite place? Any movie theatre in the U.S.A. Plop me down with a tub of corn and a soda anytime and I’m happy! πŸ™‚

  167. alntv

    My favorite place? Any movie theatre in the U.S.A. Plop me down with a tub of corn and a soda anytime and I’m happy! πŸ™‚

  168. alntv

    My favorite place? Any movie theatre in the U.S.A. Plop me down with a tub of corn and a soda anytime and I’m happy! πŸ™‚

  169. Midlife Mama

    Okay I thought of another one. Big Sur. LOVE that area. Carmel, Santa Cruz, too.
    OH, and Santa Barbara. Pretty much anywhere on the ocean. LOL

  170. Midlife Mama

    Okay I thought of another one. Big Sur. LOVE that area. Carmel, Santa Cruz, too.
    OH, and Santa Barbara. Pretty much anywhere on the ocean. LOL

  171. Midlife Mama

    Okay I thought of another one. Big Sur. LOVE that area. Carmel, Santa Cruz, too.
    OH, and Santa Barbara. Pretty much anywhere on the ocean. LOL

  172. Angi

    There’s a little bookstore just up the street from me. It’s one of my favorite places to go and wander around.

  173. Angi

    There’s a little bookstore just up the street from me. It’s one of my favorite places to go and wander around.

  174. Angi

    There’s a little bookstore just up the street from me. It’s one of my favorite places to go and wander around.

  175. mama llama

    Oh.
    I have to leave the country. I go to PerΓΊ. There are some great places in Lima that I love to visit every time I am there…even though I really don’t like the city. Then I love getting out of the city and into the Andean foothills. Such beautiful land, beautiful people, indigenous colors still worn as daily wear–it grounds me and me back to the simplicity of survival.
    Be well, 24.

  176. mama llama

    Oh.
    I have to leave the country. I go to PerΓΊ. There are some great places in Lima that I love to visit every time I am there…even though I really don’t like the city. Then I love getting out of the city and into the Andean foothills. Such beautiful land, beautiful people, indigenous colors still worn as daily wear–it grounds me and me back to the simplicity of survival.
    Be well, 24.

  177. mama llama

    Oh.
    I have to leave the country. I go to PerΓΊ. There are some great places in Lima that I love to visit every time I am there…even though I really don’t like the city. Then I love getting out of the city and into the Andean foothills. Such beautiful land, beautiful people, indigenous colors still worn as daily wear–it grounds me and me back to the simplicity of survival.
    Be well, 24.

  178. Donna in VA

    I’ve recently just found this little dive Mexican restaurant that I frequent often. It’s truly a dump, but they have the BEST Burritos de Carnitas EVER and their margaritas are half the price as they are in the fancier places. And I has to have me some margarita if I step foot in a Mexican place.

  179. Donna in VA

    I’ve recently just found this little dive Mexican restaurant that I frequent often. It’s truly a dump, but they have the BEST Burritos de Carnitas EVER and their margaritas are half the price as they are in the fancier places. And I has to have me some margarita if I step foot in a Mexican place.

  180. Donna in VA

    I’ve recently just found this little dive Mexican restaurant that I frequent often. It’s truly a dump, but they have the BEST Burritos de Carnitas EVER and their margaritas are half the price as they are in the fancier places. And I has to have me some margarita if I step foot in a Mexican place.

  181. Liz C

    My favorite beach is Popham Beach in Phippsburg Maine. I’m guessing this is because I’ve never been to CA. Popham is gorgeous, tho.

  182. Liz C

    My favorite beach is Popham Beach in Phippsburg Maine. I’m guessing this is because I’ve never been to CA. Popham is gorgeous, tho.

  183. Liz C

    My favorite beach is Popham Beach in Phippsburg Maine. I’m guessing this is because I’ve never been to CA. Popham is gorgeous, tho.

  184. EricaB

    Honestly, no Starbucks around here so we are CRAZY Dunkin Donuts fans. Seriously, the women who work there buy my kids presents for each holiday…

  185. EricaB

    Honestly, no Starbucks around here so we are CRAZY Dunkin Donuts fans. Seriously, the women who work there buy my kids presents for each holiday…

  186. EricaB

    Honestly, no Starbucks around here so we are CRAZY Dunkin Donuts fans. Seriously, the women who work there buy my kids presents for each holiday…

  187. EricaB

    We have been doing a lot of hiking lately. My newest favorite “haunt” is a mountain here in NH called Blue Job. Easy hike, beautiful views and we made some great memories last weekend.

  188. EricaB

    We have been doing a lot of hiking lately. My newest favorite “haunt” is a mountain here in NH called Blue Job. Easy hike, beautiful views and we made some great memories last weekend.

  189. EricaB

    We have been doing a lot of hiking lately. My newest favorite “haunt” is a mountain here in NH called Blue Job. Easy hike, beautiful views and we made some great memories last weekend.

  190. EricaB

    My favorite place in the world to be is my father’s house. It is the house I grew up in, the only home I ever knew. I love to be there with my family, spending time together and creating new memories.

  191. EricaB

    My favorite place in the world to be is my father’s house. It is the house I grew up in, the only home I ever knew. I love to be there with my family, spending time together and creating new memories.

  192. EricaB

    My favorite place in the world to be is my father’s house. It is the house I grew up in, the only home I ever knew. I love to be there with my family, spending time together and creating new memories.

  193. Angela

    p.s. One of my favorite haunts is the Tropical Smoothie cafe near my work. In fact, I ate there for lunch today πŸ™‚

  194. Angela

    p.s. One of my favorite haunts is the Tropical Smoothie cafe near my work. In fact, I ate there for lunch today πŸ™‚

  195. Angela

    p.s. One of my favorite haunts is the Tropical Smoothie cafe near my work. In fact, I ate there for lunch today πŸ™‚

  196. Ronda

    I have my Grandma’s old chair (that I got reupholstered) in my bedroom now, and I recently finished crocheting a blanket specifically for that space, so that is my favorite place to be lately …

  197. Ronda

    I have my Grandma’s old chair (that I got reupholstered) in my bedroom now, and I recently finished crocheting a blanket specifically for that space, so that is my favorite place to be lately …

  198. Ronda

    I have my Grandma’s old chair (that I got reupholstered) in my bedroom now, and I recently finished crocheting a blanket specifically for that space, so that is my favorite place to be lately …

  199. Stepping Thru

    My favorite haunt is my camper either beside a beautiful lake or tucked among the trees in the mountains. OOHHH, I so want to be there now. πŸ™‚

  200. Stepping Thru

    My favorite haunt is my camper either beside a beautiful lake or tucked among the trees in the mountains. OOHHH, I so want to be there now. πŸ™‚

  201. Stepping Thru

    My favorite haunt is my camper either beside a beautiful lake or tucked among the trees in the mountains. OOHHH, I so want to be there now. πŸ™‚

  202. Stepping Thru

    My second favorite haunt is relaxing in my back porch swing with a glass of wine in my hand and a fire in the fireplace.

  203. Stepping Thru

    My second favorite haunt is relaxing in my back porch swing with a glass of wine in my hand and a fire in the fireplace.

  204. Stepping Thru

    My second favorite haunt is relaxing in my back porch swing with a glass of wine in my hand and a fire in the fireplace.

  205. dpsunshine

    My favorite “haunt” will always be the library or the bookstore. Always quiet and surrounded by books!

  206. dpsunshine

    My favorite “haunt” will always be the library or the bookstore. Always quiet and surrounded by books!

  207. dpsunshine

    My favorite “haunt” will always be the library or the bookstore. Always quiet and surrounded by books!

  208. Cindy Carnes

    I love to go to Barnes and Noble, grab a starbucks coffee, and then head to the cookbook section. I pick out books to look over, I can spend hours there. Once in awhile I even buy one of them!

  209. Cindy Carnes

    I love to go to Barnes and Noble, grab a starbucks coffee, and then head to the cookbook section. I pick out books to look over, I can spend hours there. Once in awhile I even buy one of them!

  210. Cindy Carnes

    I love to go to Barnes and Noble, grab a starbucks coffee, and then head to the cookbook section. I pick out books to look over, I can spend hours there. Once in awhile I even buy one of them!

  211. Liz C

    I am pretty lucky to live in a pretty area — the Puget Sound region. Every day I drive to work (and Starbuck’s) I remind myself how lucky I am.

  212. Liz C

    I am pretty lucky to live in a pretty area — the Puget Sound region. Every day I drive to work (and Starbuck’s) I remind myself how lucky I am.

  213. Liz C

    I am pretty lucky to live in a pretty area — the Puget Sound region. Every day I drive to work (and Starbuck’s) I remind myself how lucky I am.

  214. Joanne

    I THINK i MUST HAVE PUT THIS ON THE WRONG CONTEST….I went on an expedition to the rain forest preserve, in Peru. big plane, then little plane, then a three wheeled “taxi” and to a boat, then three hours up the Amazon River to a camp called Explornapo. no electricity,no hot water,no AC. we hiked in the jungle and fished and ate Pirhana, and other delicacies from the jungle. I cried when it was time to come home, but I took off my shoes and left my bare foot prints in the soft soil of the jungle.

  215. Joanne

    I THINK i MUST HAVE PUT THIS ON THE WRONG CONTEST….I went on an expedition to the rain forest preserve, in Peru. big plane, then little plane, then a three wheeled “taxi” and to a boat, then three hours up the Amazon River to a camp called Explornapo. no electricity,no hot water,no AC. we hiked in the jungle and fished and ate Pirhana, and other delicacies from the jungle. I cried when it was time to come home, but I took off my shoes and left my bare foot prints in the soft soil of the jungle.

  216. Joanne

    I THINK i MUST HAVE PUT THIS ON THE WRONG CONTEST….I went on an expedition to the rain forest preserve, in Peru. big plane, then little plane, then a three wheeled “taxi” and to a boat, then three hours up the Amazon River to a camp called Explornapo. no electricity,no hot water,no AC. we hiked in the jungle and fished and ate Pirhana, and other delicacies from the jungle. I cried when it was time to come home, but I took off my shoes and left my bare foot prints in the soft soil of the jungle.

  217. Joanne

    OK, I found it DUHR~(dup of above post)!! anyway there is a spot in northern Maryland called the fredick county watershed area. A beautiful watershed lake surrounded by green mountains. It looks like a mirror image and reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle

  218. Joanne

    OK, I found it DUHR~(dup of above post)!! anyway there is a spot in northern Maryland called the fredick county watershed area. A beautiful watershed lake surrounded by green mountains. It looks like a mirror image and reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle

  219. Joanne

    OK, I found it DUHR~(dup of above post)!! anyway there is a spot in northern Maryland called the fredick county watershed area. A beautiful watershed lake surrounded by green mountains. It looks like a mirror image and reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle

  220. Shannon

    Also love to just sit on the beach with a nice warm breeze listening to the laughter of children & sounds of the ocean. Very relaxing

  221. Shannon

    Also love to just sit on the beach with a nice warm breeze listening to the laughter of children & sounds of the ocean. Very relaxing

  222. Shannon

    Also love to just sit on the beach with a nice warm breeze listening to the laughter of children & sounds of the ocean. Very relaxing

  223. CarolQ

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    During the summer my favorite place to ‘haunt’ is the front deck with a nice view of a tree-lined green fiend with flowers in the deck and no HOT sun. I’m a wimp that way.

  224. CarolQ

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    During the summer my favorite place to ‘haunt’ is the front deck with a nice view of a tree-lined green fiend with flowers in the deck and no HOT sun. I’m a wimp that way.

  225. CarolQ

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    During the summer my favorite place to ‘haunt’ is the front deck with a nice view of a tree-lined green fiend with flowers in the deck and no HOT sun. I’m a wimp that way.

  226. CarolQ

    In the fall, I love to get the garden ready for winter, weeding, moving plants that aren’t in the right spot and clipping back over-grown bushes/trees.

  227. CarolQ

    In the fall, I love to get the garden ready for winter, weeding, moving plants that aren’t in the right spot and clipping back over-grown bushes/trees.

  228. CarolQ

    In the fall, I love to get the garden ready for winter, weeding, moving plants that aren’t in the right spot and clipping back over-grown bushes/trees.

  229. CarolQ

    I’d love a Starbucks card because I collect their city cups and it eats into my vacation spending money LOL.

  230. CarolQ

    I’d love a Starbucks card because I collect their city cups and it eats into my vacation spending money LOL.

  231. CarolQ

    I’d love a Starbucks card because I collect their city cups and it eats into my vacation spending money LOL.

  232. CarolQ

    Shaunna! I grew up in T.O. and we loved going up to the cross overlooking downtown Ventura. Also loved Hollywood Beach but we couldn’t do anythig but ‘watch the submarine races’ because the surf was so bad and there was always an undertow!

  233. CarolQ

    Shaunna! I grew up in T.O. and we loved going up to the cross overlooking downtown Ventura. Also loved Hollywood Beach but we couldn’t do anythig but ‘watch the submarine races’ because the surf was so bad and there was always an undertow!

  234. CarolQ

    Shaunna! I grew up in T.O. and we loved going up to the cross overlooking downtown Ventura. Also loved Hollywood Beach but we couldn’t do anythig but ‘watch the submarine races’ because the surf was so bad and there was always an undertow!

  235. CarolQ

    BTW, that was a ‘nice green field’ not a green fiend but for Halloween, who knows. . . .

  236. CarolQ

    BTW, that was a ‘nice green field’ not a green fiend but for Halloween, who knows. . . .

  237. CarolQ

    BTW, that was a ‘nice green field’ not a green fiend but for Halloween, who knows. . . .

  238. ballerinatoes

    And my other favorite place to hang out is the deck on my Mom’s Beach house in Galeveston Texas that is still standing, although battered.

  239. ballerinatoes

    And my other favorite place to hang out is the deck on my Mom’s Beach house in Galeveston Texas that is still standing, although battered.

  240. ballerinatoes

    And my other favorite place to hang out is the deck on my Mom’s Beach house in Galeveston Texas that is still standing, although battered.

  241. Kristen

    I too am a homebody….nothing better than being curled up on the couch with a good book or movie.

  242. Kristen

    I too am a homebody….nothing better than being curled up on the couch with a good book or movie.

  243. Kristen

    I too am a homebody….nothing better than being curled up on the couch with a good book or movie.

  244. Mad Woman

    I’m really happy just curled up on my couch with a good book (some of which I will list in the other contest). Add a glass of wine and I’m set.

  245. Mad Woman

    I’m really happy just curled up on my couch with a good book (some of which I will list in the other contest). Add a glass of wine and I’m set.

  246. Mad Woman

    I’m really happy just curled up on my couch with a good book (some of which I will list in the other contest). Add a glass of wine and I’m set.

  247. Sugee

    I like to go to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble… I used to have some nice tall trees and shade where I used to live and I’d walk through them every morning. It was quite peaceful. Sometimes I just go to the park and enjoy the scenery. Sadly there isn’t much around as far as scenery, I’d have to drive to the beach or to the mountains πŸ™‚

  248. Sugee

    I like to go to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble… I used to have some nice tall trees and shade where I used to live and I’d walk through them every morning. It was quite peaceful. Sometimes I just go to the park and enjoy the scenery. Sadly there isn’t much around as far as scenery, I’d have to drive to the beach or to the mountains πŸ™‚

  249. Sugee

    I like to go to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble… I used to have some nice tall trees and shade where I used to live and I’d walk through them every morning. It was quite peaceful. Sometimes I just go to the park and enjoy the scenery. Sadly there isn’t much around as far as scenery, I’d have to drive to the beach or to the mountains πŸ™‚

  250. Sugee

    My favorite drink at Starbucks is the grande caramel frappucino, however I have a new drink I love from It’s a grind called the butter brickle blonde. It’s a must try! Dayne always gets the chai tea or the double chocolate chip frap πŸ™‚

  251. Sugee

    My favorite drink at Starbucks is the grande caramel frappucino, however I have a new drink I love from It’s a grind called the butter brickle blonde. It’s a must try! Dayne always gets the chai tea or the double chocolate chip frap πŸ™‚

  252. Sugee

    My favorite drink at Starbucks is the grande caramel frappucino, however I have a new drink I love from It’s a grind called the butter brickle blonde. It’s a must try! Dayne always gets the chai tea or the double chocolate chip frap πŸ™‚

  253. shaunna

    carolq – i used to live on hollywood beach and i now live below the cross in downtown ventura – and my parents & grandparents lived in t.o. – small world!
    okay, back to favorite hang-outs
    montecito (the beach)

  254. shaunna

    carolq – i used to live on hollywood beach and i now live below the cross in downtown ventura – and my parents & grandparents lived in t.o. – small world!
    okay, back to favorite hang-outs
    montecito (the beach)

  255. shaunna

    carolq – i used to live on hollywood beach and i now live below the cross in downtown ventura – and my parents & grandparents lived in t.o. – small world!
    okay, back to favorite hang-outs
    montecito (the beach)

  256. shaunna

    el rey cantina downtown ventura
    (tortillas hechas a mano)
    time to quit… once again, happy birthday – and best of all good things!

  257. shaunna

    el rey cantina downtown ventura
    (tortillas hechas a mano)
    time to quit… once again, happy birthday – and best of all good things!

  258. shaunna

    el rey cantina downtown ventura
    (tortillas hechas a mano)
    time to quit… once again, happy birthday – and best of all good things!

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