Back from vacation, and with a ton of mugs…
Hello, everyone! After many weeks, I’ve returned to my desk. I had an absolutely great time and accomplished a lot–and now I’ve more work to dive into. Oh, how the work of a writer never ends.
I had a wonderful trip–seeing family and friends can be so rejuvenating and motivational. And I can’t lie: seeing the ladies of Let the Words Flow was definitely the highlight of my trip! (No offense Mom and Dad!)
In addition to lounging on the beach, playing in the waves, and dancing around singing Disney tunes (yes, we really did this), we visited Harry Potter World in Orlando. It was–as you can no doubt guess–pretty FREAKING COOL. The best part, though, was getting completely and utterly soaked on the log flume ride at the Island of Adventure (see the above picture).
This picture was taken with Savannah’s camera just outside the Island of Adventure–and before we got too hot and sweaty for photographs.
Another interesting event was that I discovered–quite by accident–that I was on the cover of Dalton Magazine. Seeing as I didn’t even know such a magazine existed and since I wasn’t exactly told this whole interview thingy was going to be published, it was……well…..SURPRISING to walk into the local post office and see myself on the magazine rack.
In addition to acquiring more copies of my face than I ever want in my life, I’ve come back to Germany with an assortment of new mugs.
I’m a coffee lover, so I can’t deny that new mugs ALWAYS makes me happy. I drink coffee every day, all day, so only having to wash mugs once a week is fantastic. When my amazing crit partner Kat Brauer sent me a handmade Japanese mug with a top, I was over the moon.
When my BFF, Brenna, gave me a mug that CHANGES when there’s hot coffee in it, I practically cried. Yeah, the continents vanish beneath the oceans in the same way they will with global climate change.
And while I was home, I acquired these new and BEAUTIFUL coffee-drinking creations.
First off, the amazing Sarah J. Maas gave me this absolutely stunning and drool-worthy mug from Anthropologie. Seeing as I never treat myself to their lovely wares, I absolutely squeed over this mug.
Ah, so elegant. This will be my go-to mug for Something Strange and Deadly Book 2!
My mother then gifted me with this mug, which references this hilarious video. After my dog, Jackie, died, we started quoting this video all the time because Jackie was LITERALLY as badass as the honey badger. She once killed a skunk–even though it was spraying her in the face until her eyes bled. She killed it and ate it, no concern for the foam and goo gushing from her face.
Honey badger don’t care, and neither did Jackie.
And then, my sister gave me this AMAZING mug that pretty much embodies all of my dietary priorities in life. It’s the Cookie Monster–and yes, that little space in his mouth is meant to hold your cookies. Wow, huh? Talk about INGENIUS.
I actually have WAY more mugs from all sorts of places and people, but these are my most recent additions to that ever-growing collection. I gotta say, my friends and family never fail to impress.
So what about you? Do you have any super special mugs? What about other gifts that hold a special place in your heart?
August 1, 2011 @ 12:35 pm
Welcome back! Sounds like you had an amazing time, and congrats on being on the cover of a magazine! Also, your coffee mugs are AWESOME. Love the Cookie Monster one. 🙂
August 1, 2011 @ 2:39 pm
Thanks, Linda! That cookie monster one is a areal work or art, eh? 😀
August 1, 2011 @ 1:21 pm
Sounds like you had an amazing time!! And coming back to seeing your face on a magazine is fantastic.
I have to say, that Cookie Monster mug is the best thing ever (and if I could find one, it would make an amazing gift for my cookie monster boyfriend 😉 Love all the mugs! I think my favourite is one my Mom gave me when I was leaving home to move away for the first time. It’s got a photo of a kitty on it that looks just like my late kitty Shadow and reminds me of home whenever I look at it. It’s survived (albeit with a chip) moving all around the U.S. and now lives safely in my cupboard here in England 🙂
August 1, 2011 @ 2:41 pm
My sister says she got the cookie monster mug on Etsy, so maybe you can look there. 😀
And awwwww, your mug sounds so sweet. I bet that one has a lot of sentimental value–getting it when you move for the first time AND having a cat on it like yours? Plus, it has a little endearing chip (like Chip from Disney’s Beauty & the Beast! I know…I’m a dork).
August 1, 2011 @ 2:59 pm
Welcome back! Sounds like you had loads of fun. 🙂 I’m a lover of coffee mugs too. I think my favorite one is my “I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good” mug that changes into “Mischief Managed” with coffee in it. So fitting. 😉
August 1, 2011 @ 3:18 pm
OMG, that mug sounds AWESOME. I totally want that one next!! Especially since coffee pretty much ensures my daily mischief will be managed… 😉
August 1, 2011 @ 3:31 pm
Cool cover, and LOVE the funky mugs. Sounds like a great trip!
August 1, 2011 @ 3:35 pm
Thanks, Kat! Those funky mugs are great for keeping my writing mojo running. 😉
August 1, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
Welcome back! Glad you had fun!
Love love LOVE the honey badger mug. Effing hilarious. I’ve been collecting mugs since college. Most of them are silly and don’t make any sense (i.e. the “World’s Best Godfather” mug my college roomie bought for me) and half of them are chipped or faded, but I can’t part with them. They each have their own story and remind me of a specific era of my life. It’s probably time to replenish though. I totally want Holly’s ‘mischief managed’ mug!
August 1, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
Hahaha, “World’s Best Godfather”–LOVE IT. Those are the best kinds of mugs–the ones with stories that you will cherish forever. 😀 One day, these growing set of mugs will be just the same!!
August 1, 2011 @ 5:14 pm
(Looks nervously for Ireland at global warming mug)
I do this whenever anybody mentions a dog, so here we go: I had a dog one *Silence* he died on Christmas day.
Oh my god I love the cookie mug:O
August 1, 2011 @ 6:14 pm
Um, Tim, do you WANT to make me cry? Dogs dying is a sure way to do it. Dogs dying on Christmas Day, and I’m pretty much a useless ball of tears.
Seriously, though, that’s AWFUL.
August 1, 2011 @ 7:25 pm
Oh, um, sorry. Ahhh it happened a long time ago so I kind of um treat as a joke. Sorry!
August 1, 2011 @ 5:39 pm
I am a sucker for handmade pottery mugs – the kind that the colors have been left to drip down the sides of the mug, converging to create new colors and interesting patterns, the glaze topping it all off with a high shine. Every time I go to a craft fair I inevitably come home with at least one, usually two (which, actually, happened just yesterday). I also love the ones from Anthropologie! They always have great shapes and colors.
August 1, 2011 @ 6:15 pm
Oooh, that sounds lovely, Chelle! My dad was the same with the craft fairs. Inevitably, he’d return with a few new soup bowls… Hahaha–coffee mugs are way more useful!!
August 1, 2011 @ 6:04 pm
Harry Potter world! Oh so jealous. AND WHOAAAA you’re on a cover! You’re famous. Oooooh.
Hang on a sec — your dog ate a SKUNK? Wooooow. Very bad-ass dog.
August 1, 2011 @ 6:16 pm
Yes, my dog ate a skunk. And almost killed another the next week, but we intervened…though not soon enough to keep it from spraying her. ::sigh:: Jackie was literally the most badass dog every.
And HA to being famous. Dalton Magazine has a readership of, like, 5 people. 😉
Sarah J. Maas
August 1, 2011 @ 6:33 pm
1) I’m honored that my humble little mug made it into this post.
2) You look DAMN GOOD on the cover of a magazine! Next stop: Entertainment Weekly…? >:)
3) I miss you SO EFFING MUCH.
August 1, 2011 @ 7:21 pm
1) Your mug is AWESOME. And I can’t wait to use it. Inspiration is a guarantee with such lover-ly patterns to gaze upon. And knowing it came from YOU. 😉
2) I am pretttttty sexy, I know. And yes, I do plan on a cover shot–with you at my side (or rather, me at your side!)–on Entertainment Weekly.
3) Yep. Pretty lonely too. Who am I going to giggle with over cute lifeguards??? 🙁
Sarah J. Maas
August 2, 2011 @ 7:59 am
Hahaha, I can see the EW cover now!!! People will probs die of hotness overload.
Boo for no more cute lifeguards. I swear, that pack of them running down the beach was, like, a government experiment or something. Like, they could have all been stunt doubles for Captain America (after he gets all jacked/oiled up/sexy). *sniffle*
Hope you got back to Germany safely!!!! <3
August 1, 2011 @ 8:29 pm
I am glad you had fun!
Okay, I love mugs. Like, a lot. So I have a bunch of cute ones, but I may end up leaving one at home upon my return back to school. My mom was being sad about the disappearance of all the pretty mugs in a couple weeks. (All of the other ones are blank or from NPR)
And your dog sounds super cool.
August 3, 2011 @ 9:04 am
Hahaha–I love that if you take all your mugs, it leaves your mom empty-handed. And yes, my dog was super cool (though I am biased. The post man she chased down might disagree.).
August 2, 2011 @ 3:35 am
Mugs? Let’s just say that my roommate said no more, and looked sad when I informed her I have more at my parents’ house I still haven’t moved up into my apartment yet, because we have no more room in our cupboards for them…
It looks like you had an awesome time! I went to Harry Potter land last summer and it was packed! But totally worth it. I almost cried when my sister and I got into Honeydukes, haha.
August 3, 2011 @ 9:05 am
Another HP World visitor! Yay! We were not prepared for the Hogwarts ride–for how INTENSE it was! We all wound up sick for the whole day…haha. Oops!
And WOW, you must have a lot of mugs…but I can relate. My Mug:Cup ration is definitely 2:1 at this point. 🙂
August 2, 2011 @ 6:15 pm
Hi Susan! Welcome back!! It’s so fun to hear about your great vacation… I love your mug 🙂 on the cover of the mag!! AND your mugs- collection, that is… what a great idea!
Oh- and I love that you’re a dog person 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Have fun getting back into the swing of things–
August 3, 2011 @ 9:06 am
Oh WOW that was one heck of a pun, Happy! It took me a sec to even get it out. Niiiiiiice. 😉
August 3, 2011 @ 3:53 am
Glad your vacation was so awesome, Sooz! Your time with the LTWF girls must have been a blast. I’m super jealous that you got to visit Harry Potter World. I definitely have to get my butt down there and visit some time. 🙂
I love your mug collection. I’m not really a tea/coffee person, but now I want mugs…
August 3, 2011 @ 9:06 am
Well, you can always just drink water out of mugs. 😉 And yes. HP World was probably a million times more fun since I was with the LTWF ladies! 😀
Savannah J. Foley
August 3, 2011 @ 5:43 pm
Omg those mugs from your family are so awesome!!! I collect beautiful mugs myself; I have a ton from Anthropologie 🙂
Also I decided to give that mug I bought at HP world to my dad for his birthday…
August 3, 2011 @ 6:36 pm
Aww, that’s sweet, Sav. HP World mugs are certainly one-of-a-kind gifts. As are HP necklaces. <3
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