February 25, 2016

Road Trip Essentials

Like a lot of people, I absolutely love travelling. I love exploring new cities and countries, and being completely drained when I get back home. But since I have a full time job with only a couple of weeks vacation per year, jaunts to other continents every few weeks isn't really possible. #sadface

That's why hubby and I have been chatting more and more about taking road trips this summer! I mean, it doesn't have to be summer but it's way more annoying when you have to account for winter layers and weather. There's actually so much to see and do within driving distance from us that it'd be silly not to take advantage!

So what better way to take my mind off of this snowy/rainy/sleety/slushy (yes, all in ONE day) weather than by day dreaming of packing for a road trip?!

Drinks are the most obviously road trip staple! We always have bottles of water in the car so I don't even consider that something I have to pack. Just throw in your caffeine of choice to keep you awake - energy drinks for hubby and coffee pour moi - and you're set!

Snacks are a close second - hello chips & candy! - but it's definitely a good idea to throw in healthy snacks as well. Maybe even a couple of sandwiches if you're going to be driving for a while. The more variety the better - there's nothing worse than making a zillion pit stops because you're suddenly craving plain M&Ms, not peanut ones.

Music options, and lots of them! The radio's cool and all until they replay the same song five times in one hour and the commercials become unbearable. We have totally different tastes in music so often take turns playing DJ between our loaded up iPods and mixed CDs. Oh yes, I totally still love my mixed CDs!

Don't forget a GPS (or Google Maps) because ain't nobody got time for getting lost. I mean, yes it can be fun don't get me wrong...but I'd rather not waste two hours back tracking, ya know? By the way, having a paper map in the car can't hurt because you just never know. And I'm kind of old school like my dad.

We've taken our GoPro on every vacation since we got it and I love the awesome videos we end up with. Like our California Pacific Highway road trip...I feel like nothing will ever top that but we can try!

Odds are you're not going anywhere ultra fancy on this road trip so why not wear your comfiest clothes? Jogging pants, hoody and sneakers...yasssss! Plus some shades. Totally #basicbitch but totally the most common sense choice for sitting in a car all day, amiright?

Because safety is always first, we always keep emergency and first aid kits in the car but they're especially important when you're driving long distances. Best to also bring a pillow and blanket as well, just in case. Plus, the passenger (aka me) will most likely be taking naps along the way.

OK so I pretty much can't wait until summer now, ugh. Just three...more...months...to go... Did I miss any important road trip essentials? Comment below!

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February 23, 2016

#Tweetworthy - Starbucks' new "loyalty" program

Alternate title - that time Starbucks thought their customers couldn't do math.
Another alternate - that time Starbucks confused customers with suckers.

The list goes on, really...

In case you haven't heard, Starbucks is making changes to its loyalty program. It will now be a "loyalty" program. If you're not a regular Starbucks customer, you likely don't care. It's apparently the biggest overhaul since its inception in 2009, though it has gone through minor changes. Most notably, the removal of free syrups for Gold status reward members. Little did the outraged customers know at the time, that worse things were coming...

Instead of telling you about these changes in my own words, here are some awesome tweets* from some outraged folks who do a way better (and more entertaining) job at describing how dumb Starbucks thinks we all are.

I just wanted to cap that off with the fact that I, for one, feel quite relieved. More on that later...

I definitely want to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below!

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*The tweets belong to their authors & I'm not trying to take any credit for them. They are public tweets that I thought were gems & needed to be included in this Storify & post. Please contact me if you are the owner and would like yours removed!

February 11, 2016

I'm Too Old For This Shit

As a general rule, I hate this term. The moment you tell yourself that you're too old for something, even if you aren't, you become so. If Susan Sarandon isn't too old to show mad cleavage, you're probably not too old to go out dancing with your friends once a year. #perspective

But I do like using this phrase for shit that I'm totally over. Or was always over, but felt obligated to pretend I wasn't over. If that even makes sense... I guess this could be a slight extension on this post and how I'm selfishly taking my life back.

So here's some shit I'm too old for:
  • Sleeping a fucking air mattress. Or someone's couch.
  • Sleeping anywhere that isn't my bed (or my couch), to be honest
  • Shitty coffee
  • Shitty expensive coffee
  • Bad food
  • Bad service
  • Fake people
  • Dealing with people's sensitivity
  • Doing anything just because it's 'socially acceptable'
  • Cheap booze
  • Mimosas with orange juice
  • Buying cheaply made clothes & shoes...but I'm still going to hunt for those sales!
  • Trying to change people
  • Cheap vacations
  • Pleasing others
  • Skipping dessert
  • Lame conversations
  • Lame "get-togethers"
  • Explaining my feelings or opinions
  • Making time for people who have no place in my life
  • Bad TV
  • Bad movies
  • Giving a shit about things that don't concern me
  • Generally doing anything that I don't want to do...

Time is something you'll never get back - don't waste it on shit you're too old to deal with :)

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February 8, 2016

Snapchat Selfies

I honestly don't understand Snapchat and what it's for. Why don't I just text my friends a picture? Why am I rushing them to view it within 5 seconds? Better yet, why the eff are they rushing me?! I mean, if you're having affairs with married men and want proof to show your friends, Snapchat is perfect. Not me though; I"m taking pictures of my cat.

But you know what I do really like about Snapchat? The hilarious selfies. And because I don't really know how that "Stories" feature works, I'm going to share them here. I might even make it a regular thing. Who knows...

If you have tips on Snapchat, I'm totally open. But for now, hilarious selfies it is LOL

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