Week In Pictures

Wrapping up my year-long Starbucks challenge this month. Here is my last week in pictures….

A little bit of SBC….
A little bit of Starbucks coffee…
A little bit of Willows Lodge…
A little bit of Oooh-La-La!
A little bit of Costco shoppin…
A little bit of gift openin….
A little bit of Evolution Fresh….
A whole LOT for the rest….
A happy holidays at SSC….
A new Teavana Latte/Tea….
A radio #FrappBOMB for three…

And ONLY two more weeks of Starbucks for ME!

End of Month – One Month To Go!

So it is the beginning of December which means a couple of things…

How much I spent in November, which was…


AND, more importantly.  I ONLY HAVE ONE MONTH LEFT TO GO?!!!

Do you know HOW HARD it is to eat & drink ONLY Starbucks for an entire year?  It was easy, easy, EASY until lately.

Call it short-timers syndrome, call it being distracted (especially with the holiday meals) but this Bistro Box was my Thanksgiving dinner and yes, I’m getting ANTSY to engage in other types of foods/drinks in the world again!  I mean think about it… I didn’t do this for a mere 30 days?!  No, that would be SUPER SIZED EASY!  Nope, I have done this now for almost 365 days!

And I want a HAMBURGER!

But, even in the midst of my final countdown, in the midst of all the tempting holiday treats and meals that everybody in the world is practically enjoying except for me right now, this entire time I’ve stayed true to my goal… and now I only have 1 month left to go!!!

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been secretly planning a HUGE smorgasbord of my Seattle (and PNW) favorites come stroke of midnight December 31st!  Naughty or nice has nothing on my list.

Simply stated… I. WANT. IT. ALL!

Besides…. I’ll be able to work it off (and MORE) immediately afterwards with my 2014 challenge!  So I’m not worried about overeating anything in 31 days…. I’ve waited AN ENTIRE YEAR to do so!

We are in the home stretch now and I wonder…. WHAT would YOU EAT after an entire year of nothing but Starbucks?!!

Thanksgiving – Grateful for Linda Thomas

If you have followed me and my yearly challenges since 2011 when I lived an entire year ONLY shopping at the Goodwill, you would know that from the start Linda Thomas has been there to announce my latest yearly challenge adventure.


Linda has been a long-standing Seattle media personality that believes in the “stories of others” and from the very start, Linda has been talking to and reporting out on many PNW people and all the interesting, good, bad, strange or celebratory stories that unfold in their lives.  I have been interviewed all over the world since my challenges begun and I’ve become acquaintances with a number of media personalities that are lovely people to follow as well…

Jamie Tompkins
Sabra Gertsch
Marco Collins
Marty Reimer
Dale Emanuel

And there are many others in PNW media that are funny, nice and entertaining that I would encourage to find online and hook into their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram feeds!  They often show not-seen-on-TV pictures and MUCH MORE (like Marco Collins is an avid Art Connoisseur) in their personal interactions in the PNW community!

But since this month is about showing my gratitude for those that have been a major component of this Starbucks years challenge, Linda is my lady!  Our PNW media personalities are wonderful people who I have been fortunate enough to get to know as each challenge year comes along and I for one will always be grateful for them ALL, and especially Linda Thomas’s presence in my life.  I will be the first to stand behind her wherever her new media path may lead, Thank you Linda for everything!  And…