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Friday Stuff n’ Things: Florida, Part II

We’ve been in Florida for two full weeks now and have another week to enjoy the warm weather before moving our road trip north to Washington, DC for a long weekend and then heading back home. The weather has been spotty this week with a lot of rain and some storms. While it’s not ideal weather for being outside, it does make perfect SHOPPING weather! We’ve done a lot of browsing, hit up the massive Sawgrass Mills outlets (a shopper’s paradise), and have had quite a few nice lunches at new and different places. I have a lot of fun tidbits for you below… enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

1. A few glimpses of our second week in Florida…

2. I miss this little guy…

3. Our limoncello is officially limoncello-ing.

We figured since we were going to make it, we might as well make a triple batch. Go big or go home, right?! I’m looking forward to filtering and tasting next week!

4. One of my absolute favorite things to do when we’re down here in Florida is go to Lion Country Safari. It’s a drive-through animal preserve located in West Palm Beach and is just so cool. You drive your car through a four-mile area where almost all of the animals can roam free (only the lions are in a fenced area). You can see them eating, sleeping, running, mating, nursing, and just about anything else that animals do… right next to you. It’s such a cool experience – if you’re going to be in the south Florida area, definitely check it out!

5. I’ve been agonizing over the decision to buy a new laptop, and since I’m quite possibly the most indecisive person on the face of the planet, I can’t seem to make up my mind. I’m on my 3rd or 4th laptop that has begun a quick downward descent less than 2 years after my purchase. During a stormy afternoon this week, we hit up the mall and I browsed around the Apple store looking at the new MacBook Pro, and then went to Best Buy to check out the PC laptops. I’m hesitant on pulling the trigger on an Apple – it’s definitely priced at a premium and I’m wondering if having a machine that lasts longer might also mean that the technology becomes outdated. Gah! If only it didn’t take me forever to make a decision! Back and forth, I go…

6. Speaking of the mall, have you ever heard of the store Charming Charlie? They have one at the local mall here and it’s new to me, but after looking at the “store locator” map on their website, it seems that they’re just about everywhere (including Pittsburgh, in the Mount Lebanon area, which may as well be on the dark side of the moon, since I live in the northern suburbs – Pittsburghers understand). The entire store is dedicated to ladies’ jewelry and accessories, but – and this is the best part – the store is completely organized by COLOR. There is one whole section of turquoise, another entire section of red, black, and so on. I could spend hours (and a significant amount of money) in there. Love it!

7. I always forget how much I love football season until the very first Sunday of sitting in front of the RedZone. We made our favorite football crock-pot meal and I whipped up some potato skins for the early games, while we waited allll day for the Steelers game. Such a bummer that we lost! This cartoon is spot on, but include hockey season, and suddenly I’m only classy and graceful during the summer months… sometimes the truth hurts ;-)

8. I’ve been eating an ice cream cone nearly every single night we’ve been in Florida… this is obviously something I have no trouble making a decision about. Edy’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup in a waffle cone has been my flavor of choice. Looooove ice cream on vacation!

9. I keep intending to complete a photo challenge, but am admittedly horrible when it comes to actually doing it. I’m gung ho for a week or so, and then fall off the wagon. With the holidays coming up, I’m making a renewed effort. I love the monthly photo challenges by fat mum slim, and recently found a color-themed Project 365 challenge from positively present. Have you ever successfully completed a photo challenge? Are there any you’d recommend?

10. TGIF! I hope you have a swimmingly-good weekend!

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31 Responses to “Friday Stuff n’ Things: Florida, Part II”

  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on September 14, 2012 at 1:23 am

    That’s awesome you’re making some limoncello! Love that stuff…
    I am the same way with decision-making…especially when it’s such a huge purchase like a laptop…you want it to be the perfect one!

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  2. Mary Ann on September 14, 2012 at 2:02 am

    You should definitely go for the Mac!

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  3. Suzy on September 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Seconding the mac. Just bought one last weekend. BTW, my six year old mac is still running fine…first hard drive died after two years, but the second is still working after four.

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  4. Kerry @ Kerry Cooks on September 14, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Hard choice re laptops – I would say go with the lightest as you’re a blogger, I have a pretty heavy laptop but a friend has a mac that is so light she can pop it in her bag – jealous!

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  5. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on September 14, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I bought a Toshiba Satellite from Best Buy and I have had if for a couple of months and have been pretty happy with it. Mine weighs about 5lbs. I could of gone lighter but the guy at Best Buy told me it wouldn’t handle all of pictures ect… that I would use it for. He said eventually I would have to by extra storage space. For some reason I wouldn’t get a MAC. I have issues occasionally with compatibility, but it’s a personal reference.

    Good luck!!! By the way the picture of the dog swimming in the end is hilarious!!

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  6. icakepops on September 14, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Neat photograph of the ocean! And the picture of the dog swimming made my morning. Thx!

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  7. nancy K on September 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Go for the MAc…I have had a MAcBook since 2006 and it is still going strong…even after spilling liquid in the keyboard.I abuse it way more than I should but it is tough. I have only owned Apple computers. I really think they are well worth the added expense. They are great machines and I never have to worry about getting a virus. enjoy the remainder of your vaca!

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  8. Pam on September 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I agree with everyone else about the Mac! I’ve had mine for 5 years now and it’s still going strong! I’ve never had any problems with mine and I absolutely love it :) definitely worth the investment!!

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  9. Jul on September 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

    LOVE the doggie swimming, made my morning. Glad you are enjoying your time in Florida. I love living here, and I love our visitors. :)

    I am looking into buying a Sony laptop. Have had one before and never had a problem. I have a Macbook I bought 4 years ago and have only had minimal problems with it, but it does seem to have compatibility problems. Can anyone say Flash?! If you have an iPad, an iPhone and iPod, then it is a good move, buck I sway from the masses and have an Android. Good luck however you go and get the warranty!

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  10. Ashley P on September 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Looks like a great trip! Will you be doing a post on the food you packed for your road trip? I’d love to get some inspiration for a future road trip!

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Ashley, I don’t have a post planned, but usually for road trips we like to pack sandwiches, granola bars or loose granola, pretzels, fruit, something sweet like chocolate chip cookies, water and Diet Coke. That’s usually enough of a variety and certainly enough food to keep us going. Sometimes we skip the sandwiches if we plan to stop and eat somewhere. I hope that helps!

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  11. Terri on September 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

    As a life long East Ender I couldn’t help but laugh at your dark side of the moon comment. I am not opposed to crossing rivers but don’t usually do it to shop. Enjoy the rest of your trip and GO STEELERS!

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  12. Natalie on September 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I try to block the Strawberry cupcakes at Sweet Surrender from my mind so I don’t head to Boynton constantly. But now I know where I’m headed this weekend!

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  13. hina on September 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I would go with the Mac. We bought a Sony Vaio and that died on us within a year (I paid $1400 for it!); we bought the MacBook Pro in June 2010, and other than the battery running out faster than it used to, it’s still like brand new. It’s definitely worth every penny.

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  14. Maria on September 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Yay for vacation! We leave for ours in a few hours. I am going to have to follow your ice cream every day rule:)

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  15. Mary Lynn on September 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the reminder of the Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbassa bake. It is delicious. Will make it for Sunday’s game. We, also, live in the North suburbs and our friends in South Hills hardly ever visit, due to the distance…Maybe that’s why their son moved to North Hills..LOL. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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  16. Stephanie on September 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

    What is that wonderful picture a breakfast you posted up in number 1?

    And yay to ice cream every single day!

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Stephanie, That was cinnamon-nut French toast from a restaurant in Manalapan called John G’s. I had it twice while we were away – fantastic!!

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  17. Michele (also a brown eyed baker) on September 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Charming Charlies…Galleria is five minutes from my house! I have some friends that shop there regularly. Great place to go if you are looking for color specific accessories for an outfit. Store does have an interesting layout. Just so you know…there’s a Trader Joes around the block and some great dining in the area if that further entices you to cross over to the South Hills! Also, there’s an Anthropologie store upstairs and a Williams-Sonoma store as well in the Galleria!

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  18. tom@morethanpepper on September 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

    nice moody shot of the beach

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  19. Aly on September 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I got a new Asus Zen Prime this summer and have really liked it. It’s light, speedy, and the screen is awesome! (Helps with picture viewing/etc.) It’s all about personal preference. I wanted a Samsung one I had my eye on for a while, and then I decided to test it on my lap like I would be typing at home, and the screen wobbled so much that it annoyed me. This one didn’t and was perfect for blogging and regular surfing.

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  20. Holiday Baker Man on September 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Love the doggie!

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  21. Laura Dembowski on September 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    That animal reserve must be amazing! I would love to go there; so glad you shared the pics :)

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  22. Kelly on September 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I totally vote for the Mac. We bought a refurbished iMac laptop in feb 2008 for almost $850 we still use it daily almost and it’s going strong…except the track pad dies on us…but we just plugged in a wireless mouse and were good to go. :)

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  23. Nicole on September 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    When I was blogging, I was going through a laptop a year. I splurged on an iMac and have never looked back. That was 5 years ago. The thing about PCs is that parts for them are discontinued after so long, but with Mac, you can keep buying replacement parts (like RAM) for years! It’s definitely worth the investment.

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  24. Abigail on September 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hi there. I love your blog so much! You have so many amazing recipes that actually work out :)
    Just thought i’d input since i’m on my 4th year with my Apple Macbook. I’m still on the original software, have had no problems or maintenance and it still runs great!
    I’m updating this year to a newer software (lion I think?) just because of the extra features but that will only cost me about £70 :)
    Enjoy the rest of your trip :)

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  25. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on September 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I would definitely recommend Apple computer products. My family has used Apple computers since the 90′s…I find them to be much more reliable (and aesthetically pleasing!) than PC’s. I had a MacBook for years (until it got stolen :-() and was very happy with it. And don’t worry too much about technology becoming outdated…their computers aren’t like the iPhone that keeps updating itself year after year :)

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  26. Jen @ Savory Simple on September 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Have fun in DC! Florida looks fab.

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  27. natalie on September 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    i have the SAME PROBLEM… computer is dying…. don’t know what to do! I’ve had mine for about 3 or 4 years now and it’s basically a glorified brick. well, a heating brick. i could probably bake cookies on it if i really wanted…. (it’s an HP for the record, but it’s from the brief period of time that they were using AMD processors instead of intel)… not to get too nerdy on you bug UGH, AMD, GROSS.

    flroida looks amazing!

    and oh my gosh… charming charlies… i just went in for the first time a couple months ago and i don’t know how i lived my life without it.

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  28. Natalie on September 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Go Mac for sure! My husband just bought the MacBook pro and handed down his old Mac he’s had for 5 years to me………………….it’s running faster than my 2 year old HP. It’s a great investment and in the long run you will actually be saving money :))

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  29. Debra on September 30, 2012 at 1:25 am

    :D Thanks for sharing!

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