Monday, December 31, 2012

2013!!! WHAT WHAT!!!! - - - Bucket List {part 2}

It's been so fun and entertaining reading all of your bucket lists since this last post, and now that it's New Year's Eve, I thought it to be good timing to share a few more. 
Nothing like the present or a kickstart to a new year to check some things off your ol' "life list," eh?

Here are a few more things that we put on our bucket list:

- Buy a fixer-upper home and completely renovate it together. {Maybe I've watched too much HGTV in my day, but for some reason this seems like an awesome thing to do.
Aaannnnddd I have no idea how, seeing as neither of us has experience in that department...
But meh....Details, shmetails.}

- Climb up the Eiffel Tower. CHECK!

- Get a dog. {Yes, that made it to the bucket list. I don't think a dog would really work in these travel plans of ours at the moment, but it's definitely something that needs to happen pronto when we come home!}


I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year's, wherever you are.

We just made it to Rome yesterday and will be spending New Year's Eve like the Romans do...because, you know...when in Rome? Get it? No?

Okay, moving on.

Here are a few more friends sharing some fun bucket list items!
I hope you enjoy and can meet some awesome new bloggers too :)


I'm a Florida girl living in the Big City dreaming about one day traveling the world. 
Luckily being a teacher allows me a lot of time to travel and my current country count is around 15 (I consider it a good thing if I can lose count, right?). 
I have never done an outfit post and most of my clothes are from Target & Old Navy. 
Sometimes I'm funny (this blurb is clearly not one of those time).


Hi, I'm Kelsey, a 20-something so-cal native with an obsession with all things fun.  
Eat, Drink, Be a Tourist is a blog about the funner things in life.  From being a tourist in your own city to traveling the world, my blog is all about the people, places and things I love.


Hello Mish Lovin' Life readers! My name is Heather and I blog over at Morning Glory. I named it that because, like the old woman I've always been, I'm a morning person who loves tea and my sassy pet fish, Lloyd. I'm a senior journalism major in exotic Central Illinois, and my blog is where I document the weird and sometimes wonderful tales of myself attempting to grow into a real adult person. 

As for what's on my bucket list...I fought with this for awhile. I have some crazy things I'd like to do, like skinnydipping or driving somewhere new without my GPS (I like to walk on the wild side,) but really, I just want to grow my own garden one day. Easier said than done, I promise; I have a SERIOUS black thumb. Case in point: I've killed multiple cacti. A desert can grow a cactus. A desolate, lifeless desert.
Also, my mother once put me in charge of this plant thing that came back every year. (Those have a name...perreni-annual or something? I could have just Googled it, but here is proof that I have no idea what I'm doing.) That sucker was indestructible, without fail, for 20 years. One year with me and it was gone forever. I decided I cannot reproduce until I can successfully grow a marigold.
To add to my problems, the things that typically reside in gardens really upset me. I can't handle bees, worms freak me out and don't even get me started on spiders. Nothing should have that many legs. Ever.
So there you have it, one life skill I hope to pick up! Until then the Farmer's Market will be seeing an awful lot of me. 
Stop by and say hi sometime, I'd love to have you!


Hi, Mish Lovin Life readers!  I am Casey from True Colours (yes, spelled the European way as I love all things Europe!)  I grew up as an expat kid in Saudi Arabia and fell in love with the traveling lifestyle, the inspiration of other cultures and the draw of a plane headed somewhere far away.  My blog is a journal of our adventures, of my thoughts and our crazy journey in this lovely life.  Come on over and visit me on True Colours, to see my husband's gorgeous photos of our adventures, my thoughts on all the places we've seen and a little bit of everything in between!



Hey! I'm Kayla and I blog over at Sealed With a Kay. I'm also a mirror ninja, as you can see above. I work behind the scenes for an airline, I'm also a student currently studying psychology. I live in one of the ghettos of downtown Houston, though not the ghetto you might be imagining. Along with the thugs, bums and tons of people who just seem to wander the streets at all hours (don't you guys have jobs?) we also have farm animals wandering the streets too. I've seen a horse, a few chickens, a rooster and a goat. I'm still waiting for some farm animal hoarder story to come out on T.V. about someone in my neighborhood. I also live with my boyfriend Mike, and our fur-child Zorra. Mike and I have been dating for 3.5 years, and I couldn't have found a better guy for me. He makes me laugh, he's very thoughtful and sweet, and inspires me to be my best-- he's also very easy on the eyeballs. ;)
My blog is about my life- our travel adventures, recipes, music, local events and crazy stories about my childhood. For example, what it was like growing up with mannequins. Or, the time I met my sister on Myspace. You won't find fashion posts, because I'm not fashionable, I had one of my closest friends tell me once that I had "very plain taste...sort of like a grandma". 
So for your sake, and my own, I'll keep my granny-style to myself.
Come on by and say heyo, or HIYA! - I love new friends and discovering new blogs to follow along with.


Happy New Year!!!
So long suckas!
Peace out 2012!
Hello 2013!
I'll see you next year!
{okay I need to stop...}


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Giveaway!

Happy Friday, friends!

To kick start your weekend, I have a fun giveaway going on:


Gina and Bianca are sisters who collaborate and create together over at Lotus Blossom Design and today, they are giving one of my readers this beautiful necklace!
It's like Christmas all over again!

Good luck :)

"Keeping it a family affair, Lotus Blossom Design was created by two sisters spanning from the East Coast to the West Coast.  We love mixing our styles and ideas together to bring you different perspectives on affordable fashion, and breakthrough beauty bargains to help enhance your natural beauty inside and out. We are also contributors on the 
Lucky Mag Community and would love for you to check us out!"


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Breakdown of Christmas. feat: Jared-Flat-Butt.

10am wake-up call.

Coffee plus a Ham & Cheese sandwich from the only place open on Christmas morning.
{Apparently, eggs & toast are hard to come by in Italy.}

11am began our Cinque Terre hike, starting in Monterosso.

Stopped to do a yoga pose on a kick-A bridge somewhere between 
Monterosso and Vernazza:

2 hours in, reached the next town over: Vernazza.

Enjoyed amazing spaghetti and a litre of red wine for lunch.
{Truth be told, I could have had more wine and been just fine.}

After lunch, began our next trek over to the town of Corniglia.
About an hour in, took a little break to work on our mad camera timer skills enjoy the breathtaking view:

2 hours after lunch, we reached the next town of Corniglia.
{Calves and glutes on fire by this point.}

Met a man named Jared {from Washington}.
Annndddd, I think this lone stranger needed a friend or something, because from there on out, we couldn't shake the fellow.
So I ended up having to stare at this the rest of the time:

And let me just tell you, there are MANY uphill climbs on this hike.
So I was staring at "Jared Butt" a lot.

Moving on.

Now this is the part where I don't know what went wrong.
We may have taken a wrong turn, or chosen the more "advanced" route, 
because all of a sudden, we were climbing up.
and up.
and up.
and up some more.
Walking along treacherous, tiny pathways, staring down into a dark and deep abyss.

And before I knew it, it was dark. Very dark.

But bless Jared and his flat little butt, because he had a flash light!
And if it weren't for that, it's quite possible I would not be here today to write this post, because I surely would have fallen off the side of the mountain to my perilous death.
{So Jared, thank you and your butt for leading the way and saving us.}

What seemed like a bajillion hours later, and a million steps downward, we finally made it to the next town of Manarola.
{Thank sweet baby jesus. If my glutes were burning 2 towns prior, just imagine how they felt by this time.}

Annnnd this is where Mishi had to be a little baby and call it quits.
There was one more town to hike to: Riomaggiore.
I quickly shook Flat-Butt-Jared's hand 
and said, "Nice to meet you, but no, thank you."
Then hopped on a train back to our home turf of Monterosso.

So yeah, okay, I whimped out.
But hear me now: I will be back.
And I will conquer the Cinque Terre in full.

I hope you all had wonderful holidays!
We just got to Florence today and I'm putting these sore glutes to bed.
Maybe I can get a certain someone to give me a nice glute massage...




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Monday, December 24, 2012

To You, For The Holiday.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, friend.
No matter what you celebrate or what Christmas time means to you, I just hope that you get to spend these few days with the people that mean something to you.

If there's one thing I've learned from being away for 35+ days, it's that being with the people you love is nothing short of priceless.

Today, we're leaving Venice and we're going to be spending Christmas Eve on a train to Monterosso (Cinque Terre).
We'll be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas night there.

With zero internet.

I'm not going to lie, but I'm feeling slightly bummed about that. 
I was really hoping to Skype with my family on Christmas Day.

You see, everyone flew in to San Diego a few days ago.
And now they're all together {which is a rarity these days}!

My sister and her husband from Tennessee...
My mom, brother, and nephew from Georgia...
My brother, S-I-L, and new baby niece...
Fasha and Princess Sophia...
Plus aunts, uncles, and cousins galore...

All together, eating lots of yummy AMERICAN food, sitting near a warm fire, laughing and sharing stories, passing around the new baby...

Oh, Christmas...

Can you tell being away this holiday has been a bit rough on me?
I'm trying to stay upbeat and for the most part, I am.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
I'm in Italy! For Christmas!
I've got my Boo by my side, and there's not much more I could ask for...

...except maybe Wifi, so I could Skype in on all the fun. :/
{Ba Humbug.}

Anyway. Don't mind me and my whining.
Go enjoy the friends, family, and yummy food!

We'll be spending Christmas hiking Cinque Terre!

That's right.
You eat all that fattening food...
I'll be working on my glutes.
So there.



Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Top 7 in Venice that really has nothing to do with Venice at all.

1. Watching The Dizzle help the old lady carry her wheely bag up and over the bridge after seeing her standing there, helplessly staring from the bottom of the bridge. #myhero

2. Asian tourists! I missed those gems while in Spain. This particular group spoke to me because I really appreciated the tour guide's giant fake sunflower she held high for her fellow Asians to see... I refrained from hopping in and joining the group myself.

3. Words can't really explain this one fully. But, clearly, this is our impression of falling from a cliff. Duh.

4. The wonderful window displays. Exhibit A, on the left, clearly showcases a pair of men's boxers with a plastic Christmas tree on its ding-dong site, which yes, I'm pretty sure lights up. Exhibit B, on the right, well, this is another one I don't have many words to describe. Pubes? Check. STD warning? Check. Naked baby? Check.

5. The Venetians seem to be very proud of their really tiny,, you get it.

6. We joined the old folks again, because that just seems to be what we like to do these days, and we bought tickets to see a performance of Vivaldi's music. Wow. These guys were amazing. Amazing! It's moments like this that are unexpected with our travels, but I'll remember forever.
And just in case I don't remember, I can always watch this GIF and feel like I'm there again.

7. Being in Saint Marks Square and seeing all the pigeons flock to The Dizzle. There were guys out there selling handfuls of rice for 1 Euro. Uhh...I don't need a bunch of disease-ridden birds on me, thanks.

Venice will always have a special place in my heart. Thanks for keeping us entertained. I really hope we get to go back again someday {preferably when it's warmer}.

*For more Venice pics, you can check them out here!


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Only 36 hours in and Italy has been quite the trip so far.

We made it to Venice last night via a high speed train from Milan.
And let me just tell you, that was one of the most stressful travel days for me thus far.
I know we've been warned that Italian drivers are crazy, but that was crazy.
I also know now why everyone suggested I take the smallest suitcase possible, because those Italian cobblestone roads are not an easy feat when lugging your possessions around in a panic, trying to find your way to the train station.

Also,Verner almost got mugged at the train station during those 10 minutes we parted ways because I just had to go get a Whopper from Burger King and he stayed at the opposite end to get a sandwich instead, like a normal non-picky eater.
Fortunately, nothing more than having his personal bubble space invaded happened.

Oh, and that Whopper of mine almost made us miss our train.

Picture This:
The Dizzle running as fast as he can, trying to catch the train, with his backpack on and suitcase wheeling. Then, trailing about 8 feet behind, a little 5'4" Asian in a big puffy blue jacket, ginormous backpack on, big purple suitcase wheeling behind and tripping her every few feet, and a big Burger King bag in the other hand.

We made it. Barely.

Fortunately, the Whopper was pretty amazing.

Anyway. Anyway!

We're in Venice now.
We are going to explore this wonderful city.
And I am going to eat some gelato, dammit! I don't care if it's only 40 degrees outside. I will have me some Italian gelato!

Happy Friday.


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