Loving: Chico Bag

Mike’s brother and his wife gave us (well, I took it) a Chico Bag for Christmas and I’ve been grateful to have it at least a dozen times since. I just stuck it in my purse because it folds up so small, and whenever I’m buying enough stuff to fit into one sack I pull it out and use it.

Even though I reuse plastic shopping bags for trash sacks, I always have more than I know what to do with, so this is one more way to keep from getting them. At Target, especially, it seems like they force you to take extra bags. Oh, you asked for paper? Why don’t I put your eggs in an extra plastic sack? And why don’t I put about three things in your canvas bag so that I have to add at least a few more extra bags to your cart? I don’t get it. I worked at Target and I don’t remember being told to load up hippies with plastic sacks.

You can buy them at health foods stores or online, and I think they’re only $5.

Loving: Snow & Graham calendar

As I was flipping my office calendar to April I was just thinking, once again, how much I love my Snow & Graham 2008 calendar.

The patterns are so pretty I could almost eat them. I ordered it from Delight.com, which is basically a vacuum for my paychecks. I gave them lots of my money right before Christmas, but I don’t regret any of my purchases. I am pretty much their number one fan. But not in a creepy way.

Tiny pears!

Shortly before Thanksgiving I spotted the cutest little pears at the grocery store. They’re called Forelle pears, and I bought a bag so I could display them at my Thanksgiving dinner for 13 (!!). Well, in the rush to put everything together, I forgot all about the little pears. But after everyone left I found them in the crisper and decided to try them for a snack. They’re delicious! Definitely a little sweeter than regular pears, and with a thicker skin that sort of pops when you bite into it.