A Girl Could Get Used to This!

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Last night, I arrived at the parents-in-law’s home safe and sound.  After grabbing a handful of almonds, I discovered a nice “thank you” basket filled with champagne and chocolate (and cash!!) was waiting on the bed.


Maybe my in-laws don’t understand that house-sitting for them is essentially like VACATIONING in PARADISE!? :)  I would practically pay THEM to let us stay here uninterrupted!


Eating at my in-laws’ house is so exciting because they have the MOST well-stocked fridge I have ever seen.  In fact, its usually difficult to get stuff back into the fridge after you take it out! It’s like a jigsaw puzzle.


While I contemplated breakfast, I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee al fresco on the patio.


The star ingredient for breakfast: BRANDY!


Yes… brandy in my oatmeal.  That’s how I roll on holiday.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A smidge under 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Added towards the end: 1 tablespoon of brandy
  • Toppings:  Macadamia nuts, dried blueberries, dried raspberries


On the side, I had fresh bowl of fruit….


It was a slightly larger breakfast than normal because we’ll probably end up doing loads of fun physical activities today, like bike riding or walking on the beach…. I might squeeze in a long run, too! :)  Or I just may lay by the pool!


A girl could get used to this….


What’s your FAVORITE place to go on vacation?  I think one of the best vacations I ever had was when my girlfriends and I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  But it’s also nice to just have a relaxing weekend when you don’t feel pressure to go see stuff, either!



  • VeggieGirl November 14, 2008, 7:03 am

    Aww, such a lovely “thank you” basket!! And score on the stocked fridge!! 😀

    **Favorite vacation locations = Sedona, Arizona; Las Vegas; NYC. I visit EACH of these locations almost annually 🙂

  • *Andrea* November 14, 2008, 7:04 am

    wow your in-laws are amazing! that is the best thank you basket ever! love the brandy in the oatmeal 😉 post more pics if you can hehe sounds like a gorgeous spot

  • Meghann November 14, 2008, 7:06 am

    Wow, living in style? So when can i come visit? 🙂 I hope you guys have fun and enjoy your little break away together!

    My favorite vacation spot would be the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. I spent 4 days there on an all expsense paid trip thanks to my Dad’s company and it was heaven. They have everything you need in the little resort that I think we only left the resort twice the entire time. I would go back in a heart beat.

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina November 14, 2008, 7:06 am


    every vacation is a favorite one for me!!! greece with my girlfriends, italy, jordan with my family!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 14, 2008, 7:06 am

    andrea – oh i will! not to sound like the super dorky urban planner that i am, but my in laws live in the niceeeeeeeeest master planned community. loads of photos to come!

  • Meg November 14, 2008, 7:15 am

    Wow! I think you just might be in a dream world! Enjoy!

    I love going to Manele Bay in Hawaii!

  • Alex November 14, 2008, 7:20 am

    Ooh, that place looks SO. NICE. I am looking forward to all of the pictures!

    I have a slightly off-topic question. As far as I can tell from your photos, it looks like you have long-ish bangs – the sideswept kind? I have been thinking about getting that style for awhile now, so I was wondering how you find them when you run? (You can tell you are a dedicated runner when this is your biggest concern about a new hairstyle.) It looks like you pin them back – do you use bobby pins or those clip-down barrette-type things? Do they come loose easily or stay put? Am I being completely neurotic here?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 14, 2008, 7:24 am

    alex – hahahha that is so funny because i had the same issues when cutting my swoopy bangs. i’ve found that pinning them up with bobby pins works just fine, especially when i start to sweat and my hair glues itself down anyways. YOU are QUITE the dedicated runner!!! i love it!!

  • Mrs. LC November 14, 2008, 7:25 am

    geez, you weren’t kidding!! everything about your in-laws’ place and your weekend holiday looks amazing!!

    and veggiegirl, i’ve really been wanting to go to sedona lately! it looks gorgeous!

  • just me November 14, 2008, 7:30 am

    wow, that place looks amazing!!!!! i’m so jealous!! i want to see lots more pictures!!!

    fav vaca spot? def anywhere in Australia, but if it’s nationally, Mammoth Lakes, CA!

    and I thought of you this morning when I saw that it’s national pickle day according to hungry gurl…hehehehe

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 14, 2008, 7:41 am

    Ha! That’s how I roll on holiday too! 😀

    Our favorite place to go is about an hour away out in the boonies. We can rent a cabin and take the doggie and chill for a few days with no one around. Soooo nice! We haven’t done that in over a year and I’m craving it big time.

    Girls night out looks like it was a blast!!

  • tfh November 14, 2008, 7:48 am

    Enjoy your vacation– looks truly relaxing/pampering, which both you and FH deserve! Honestly, my favorite place to go on vacation is just to go back home and visit my parents. So corny and not very exciting. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt if my parents lived in a warmer climate and had a pool. 😉

  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 14, 2008, 7:51 am


  • ashley (sweet and natural) November 14, 2008, 7:52 am

    That pool area looks gorgeous! Looking forward to more pics.

    My favorite vacation of late was a trip with my bf and his parents to Hilton Head. The weather was perfect and we went on 3 hour long bike rides through the forest trails everyday. And ate lots of yummy seafood and ice cream!

  • Tina November 14, 2008, 8:04 am

    Oh my, SO FUN! What a treat, right?!

    My favorite vaca place is TURKS & CAICOS! I want to do back so badly!!!

  • amy. November 14, 2008, 8:09 am

    how fabulous! what a lovely time you’re going to have 😀

  • Rose November 14, 2008, 8:22 am

    Can we switch places? Seriously. I am jealous!

  • Runeatrepeat November 14, 2008, 8:30 am

    That place looks amazing! I don’t know where my favorite vacation place is, I can’t decide!

  • Jordan November 14, 2008, 8:43 am

    Um, I’ll housesit =P I’m only like 20 minutes from St.Auggie!

  • runningwithfood.com November 14, 2008, 8:52 am

    Wow! How fun!! You guys are going to have such a great weekend! I'm so jealous!!!!

    Our vacations are more adventurous, than relaxing … we like to explore!! We love to travel and have been all over. They are all favorites! I'm always just happy to get away with my honey! <3

  • Kath November 14, 2008, 8:59 am


  • Halie November 14, 2008, 9:08 am

    Sounds SO wonderful! Enjoy it!

    Brandy oats? I’m gonna have to try that!

    Favorite Vacation: Half Moon Bay, CA (Ritz-Carlton!!!) and Las Vegas

  • Sharney November 14, 2008, 9:28 am

    OMG!!! Your in-laws place is amazing and absolutely gorgeous! It looks like a tropical paradise! I hope you guys have lots of fun and come back relaxed and refreshed. I wish I was there- it is cold, wet and gray here 🙁

    Enjoy and have fun walking the beach and bike riding!

  • Catherine November 14, 2008, 9:48 am

    Umm can I come house sit for your future in-laws??

    My favorite vacation spot is HAWAII! Specifically Kauai. with Granada, Spain a close second.

    I’ve been to Maui, which is awesome, but Kauai is less built up – tons of kayaking, swimming, running, sailing to do! Plus it’s home to the Kaulilau Trail… a 25 mile (roundtrip) hike that is rated really high by the Sierra Club. I’ve only done 8 miles of it, but one day… 🙂

  • Aimee November 14, 2008, 9:58 am

    I can’t wait to see more pictures from this weekend!!

    I love getting away period, so I don’t know if I have a favorite spot.

  • eatingbender November 14, 2008, 10:06 am

    I could definitely get used to that! Have fun :o) Love love the brandy in the oatmeal!

  • ksgoodeats November 14, 2008, 10:17 am

    Can I just say that I love how you added brandy to your oats. That certainly adds a little somethin’-somethin’ to them 🙂

    Have a great vacation! I hope you don’t mind but I’ve added you to my blogroll, I love yours!

  • Lora November 14, 2008, 10:49 am

    p.s. the oatmeal brandy idea is great…for special occasions, like Christmas and Pattys Day, my grandma always makes us oatmeal with a splash of Baily’s (she is Irish) when we visit their house.

    new orleans is my favorite vacation spot…it is so welcoming down there and full of history, great food, great coffee, and great drinks 🙂

  • Carolina John November 14, 2008, 11:16 am

    ha! there’s nothing wrong with brandy for breakfast. it might not be a good habit, but when you’re on vacay anything goes.

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! November 14, 2008, 11:31 am

    woooooo….I want have my fridge stuffed like that!
    Brandy in oatmeal~~~ this is the most exciting oatmeal I’ve ever heard. Such a great way to begin the day~~~~~

  • Oh She Glows November 14, 2008, 11:52 am

    Oh wow looks lovely!! Enjoy your holiday 😀

    My favourite place that my husband and I went on our honeymoon cruise was Capri, Italy- drop dead GORGEOUS and breathtaking! I think I put a pic of it on my blog 🙂

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) November 14, 2008, 11:57 am

    Wow, looks like fun! And what a nice thank you basket!

    P.S. I gave you an award on my blog. I just put up two new posts – check the first one for the rules and check the second one for what I wrote about your website!

  • Allison November 14, 2008, 12:39 pm

    Enjoy! I’m excited to hear what fun stuff you guys do this weekend! 🙂

  • Justine November 14, 2008, 12:44 pm

    Wow, what an awesome all-expense paid vacation for you! 🙂 And that looks like a humongous fridge!!! Enjoy your weekend!

  • jess November 14, 2008, 12:45 pm

    House sitting sounds SO cool; especially with a stocked fridge 😉

    I like to vacation anywhere I’ve never seen!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK November 14, 2008, 12:55 pm

    wow hubby and I need a mini retreat:) have fun!!!!

  • Chic Runner November 14, 2008, 1:02 pm

    So lucky! As I sit at my work desk and drool over your mini vacation pics. 🙂 Bonus on the stocked fridge. Have a great weekend!

  • Pumpkin November 14, 2008, 1:18 pm

    Shhh… don’t tell them you’d do it for free! Heehee!

  • Emily November 14, 2008, 2:55 pm

    Looks like a great place! Nice breakfast too. I have never thought of adding brandy! Yum.
    Favorite place to holiday is a tough question…. Probably Italy because everything’s so easy, the food’s great and the scenery so beautiful!

  • Erica November 14, 2008, 3:10 pm

    Gorgeous! Look at that fridge! Hmm favorite vacations- Disney during non peak times, Hilton Head, SC, Hawaii!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 14, 2008, 3:17 pm

    everyone’s fav vacays sound so lovely 🙂 i’ll tell my in-laws they have a host of people to watch their house if we’re unavailable 🙂

  • Aggie November 15, 2008, 8:36 am

    Oh that oatmeal sounds good!!

    Have a great vacay!!

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