29 May 2009

Boo: Orbit Pomegranate Gum

I was blinded by the purple packaging.

I admit it.

And the word pomegranate in the flavor. I don't know why, but I always fall for the pom flavor. Go figure.

Orbit Pomegranate Gum did not live up, even closely, to my expectations.

I made the mistake of buying a three pack. After opening the packaging and throwing it in my purse, I noticed a scent of nail polish remover following me around. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what the heck it was! It was in my house, at my work, when I went out...I hadn't used nail polish or remover in months, so it was very strange.

Eventually, my super-sleuth skills led me to the culprit: the Gum! That was just the first of it's problems, though. The texture, well, the texture is just plain weird. I don't know how to describe it, but it isn't gum-like at all. For the first few chews, you get some wonderful bursts of flavor, then it gets sweeter, and the texture is almost like what I would imagine chewing the Styrofoam peanuts would taste like. In fact, it was kind of like those candy marshmallow peanuts after they have been sitting in the sun too long and gotten a little melty. In a word: gross.

I had to toss the extra two packs of this gum. It made me sad...I hate wasting things and especially little splurges like gum (ok, not really a splurge for me, more like a must have). More than anything, I was pretty disappointed.

26 May 2009

Tickets Booked!

I know it's been a while...I wish I could say I was off on some fantastic adventure, but, really, I have just been super busy here at home.

I am super excited, however...I finally booked my tickets for my vacation!! Hooray! In October, I'll be heading over to Europe, hopefully to visit my friend's the Q's in Amsterdam (well, I'll be in A'dam, I am just not sure they'll still be there!). I've never been there, and I think it will be so different than most places I go; I can't wait.

After that, I'll head up to Copenhagen and meet with my favorite Swedes, Pernilla & Stina. I have been lucky enough to see Pernilla twice in the past two years, and this will make it three for three! And I got to see Stina last year, too, so twice in two years is equally awesome. She lives in nearby Malmo Sweden, so we'll also head over there. It is also fun that I'll get to spend my birthday with them, just like I did when I turned 22!

Of course, what would a trip to the area be without a visit to Stockholm to visit Pernilla's new house?! She has promised me a hot tub, fire, and wine. I am hoping to try this ice wine she keeps mentioning. I won't get to be there too long, but I can't wait to see the casa negra (it is painted black. Her old house was the casa azul.).

I have lots more exciting plans this year, but I can't wait for this one. I want to plan and book all my stuff now, which is silly, because hopefully prices will come down a bit before I go.

In the meantime...I know there is tons of info out there for Amsterdam, but what about Copenhagen? What are the must sees?

06 May 2009

El Libro Del Amor

I may be way behind the times, but I had never heard this song before tonight (on a TV show, no less). I found it haunting...reading it in Spanish, I love it even more.