Friday, April 26, 2013

Comfortable Adventure

I just like those two words together.
Seems like a good thing to strive for in a vacation.
And I have learned that posting something on my blog means I am a lot less likely to forget it. So...... "Comfortable Adventure".

There, that should do it.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

YAH Mugs.... Canada

I had a lovely free day today and ran up to visit our neighbor to the north.
It was by far my shortest trip to Canada ever. Just over two hours in the country.
But I was able to see some sights.... White Rock is cool and crazy beautiful.
Did a little shopping.....
That's right.... They had both the Vancouver and the Canada mug! 
And had some donuts.... seriously you have to try a Tim Horton's Honey Cruller...Yummmm.
And I was home in time to pick up the kiddos from school. The weather was wonderful, and all in all I enjoyed the time in the car to sing along to the music I wanted to listen to :)

My YAH mug collection is now at a respectable 6 mugs.
If the Denver airport has a Starbucks, I will grab a Colorado mug this summer, along with Florida :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

"You Are Here" mugs!

I have started a new collection.
It happened by accident... as all great collections do, I suppose. 

I picked up a new Starbucks mug about a month ago. I thought it was fun and it reminded me a bit of It's A Small World. Being a HUGE Disney fan, how could I walk away? 

You might need to see the whole thing to get the Small World vibe. 
Over the weeks that followed this purchase I discovered it was part of a new series of mugs. Starbucks has discontinued the Icon series - which includes icons and landmarks from all over the world, with well over 300 different mugs in the series. And this new "You Are Here" series was just launched this year.

This new information drew me into an internet hunt for what other cities, states, etc have the new series. I found a forum style website where members can post pictures of the mugs they have and found a current list of "YAH" mugs available. The number posted on the site has grown by almost 20 in the month I have been watching it. They have 52 mugs posted today! And I am not traveling nearly enough to keep up :)

But I am working on it.
Starbucks only sells mugs in the location listed on the mug.... i.e. the Pike Place Market is only sold at the Pike Place Market store.  Most are sold in more than one store, but only in that area - I got the Portland, OR one in Hillsboro, OR, and I saw the Seattle one in Kelso, WA. So you get the picture.

So are I have 4!
From L to R: Portland, Pike Place, Seattle, California
I have trips up to Vancouver and Victoria planned to get those and will get the Florida and Orlando ones in a few months. I have two more mug racks with 5 hooks each waiting.... and I know where to buy more :)

I hope the series sticks around long enough for me to really grow my collection. The Icon series went from 2008-2012.

This is going to make an easy souvenir for me! I will post as the collection grows - look for Canada in the next week.