Playing Favorites
May 26, 2009

The Sprout and the Bean

A few of my favorite things*:

My new Starbucks reusable cold drink tumbler thing. Regan started it. Once I actually saw her cup in action, I knew I needed one for myself. I don't drink enough water, well, ever. And this cup, with it's double walled no condensation sides seemed like the perfect thing for drinking cup after cup of ice water. Especially since it has a straw, which guarantees that I will drink whatever is in the cup FAST. I managed to find a few of these cups at the Starbucks near my work and between me and a co-worker, we practically bought them out. But seriously, I love this thing. I've been drinking SO MUCH water. Also, I think it's really helping my skin, which wasn't terrible to begin with, but is remaining remarkably clearer than normal. I think it's got to be the gallons of water I'm ingesting.

My new Birkenstock Gizeh sandals. I've had one pair of Birkenstocks since 1989, and I wore them to death. The only original part on them is the top straps (they're the classic Arizona style). I still do wear them sometimes, but I thought it was time for a new pair. I love the Gizeh because they're styled more like a flip flop, but with the supportive Birk sole. A perfect combo, if you ask me. I decided on the black patent for a little flair (bonus: they match my current toe nail color). The other thing I discovered for this particular material is that the under side of the strap is not leather (it appears to be some sort of felt or micro fiber), so there's less chance of my eczema flaring up. I think I may have found the perfect pair of summer sandals, and wouldn't you know, it was when I was least expecting to.! I've been a member for a while, and I love that they keep track of what I've been listening to on iTunes and give me back stats, etc. Then, last week, I realized that I can listen to my library on any computer I'm logged in to. It's like having my ipod with me all the time, without actually having to plug it in and sync it to a computer. It's made me a pretty happy camper.

And finally, frozen yogurt. I thought just 80's fashion was back in style, but it appears that food trends from the era are not exempt either. I remember being rather young and making frequent trips to any number of yogurt shops with my parents (there was one around the corner from one of the apartments my dad lived in). Over time though, it seemed like the majority of them disappeared. In the past year or so, they seem to be coming back, and they're better than they were before. I've found one that I'm particularly fond of with a wide variety of flavors, even more toppings, and it's self serve. They charge you by the weight of your yogurt. I think it might be the best deal in town. And if that's not enough to convince you, they have two arcade game tables full of classic 80's video games. I don't think it gets much better than that. I'm not going to tell you how many times I've had yogurt this week, because it's a bit embarrassing, but I seriously can't help it - I'm addicted. It's probably a good thing that it's not too close to where I live, otherwise I might never leave.

*Favorite things are not set in stone and may change at a moments notice. Though we're not usually that fickle.



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