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One Tiny Starfish--Blog

A new-to-me blog I've been enjoying living through vicariously--I mean, reading--is One Tiny Starfish, written by a young Canadian woman named Nikki.

According to a part of her Who Am I section:

I love reading (my two favourites are Gone With the Wind and The Kite Runner) and love everything to do with travel. I read adoption blogs obsessively and hope to adopt my kids in the future. I don't think I would ever be happy living a 'normal' life in Canada. I am pretty sure I will end up living in a foreign country and working with families in poverty for the rest of my life... just not sure yet which country I will end up in! I have a list of countries I want to travel to, and the top 3 on the list are India, Thailand, and Rwanda. Up until 2009, Ethiopia and Haiti were #1 and 2 on the list, until I was able to travel to both those countries. I would love to go back.

Recent entries are all about her just-ended trip to India and Thailand.


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Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?