Smile #70 – I Got A Cheap Proposal

Bubble and I are now the proud owner of the newest thinner, faster, lighter, bigger, most revolutionary, gorgeous iPhone 6S.  (I am not boasting, Steve Jobs told me so!)

We signed our lives away in a joint contract.  So for the next two years, we are bounded together … by our cellphone agreement.  🙂  No diamonds, no rubies, just a cell phone contract.  He got off easy on this proposal! haha!   🙂

I am so excited to bring my new love on our adventures around town and our upcoming trips.  🙂  Get ready for the flashes!

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Smile #69 – Nice to Meet You, Davidson, NC!

Nice to Meet You, Davidson, NC!  

Exploring Davidson has been on my radar for a while…even though I drive past it at least once a month.  We finally put it on the to-do list for today.  🙂

This little charming college town was very lively when we arrived.  As it turns out, the town was hosting its annual Downtown Davidson Art Crawl.  Local artisans flooded the street with handcrafted gifts and fine art.  Local musicians performed their harmonious tunes.

The three block Main Street lined with quaint shops.  We browsed through Main Street Books, a cozy little book store.  We stopped at Sanctuary of Davidson, a boutique for handmade local art.

I absolutely adore the Village Store.  🙂  This store is packed with unique gifts, stationary and neat little trinkets.  I’ll be sure to return during the holiday season!  🙂

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Aside from shopping, there is also a great selection of food, from the original Toast Cafe to nation’s top rated restaurant – Kindred.  We decided to try out Pickled Peach.  I didn’t find the healthiness too delicious, but Bubble enjoyed his Brie sandwich.  🙂

Opposite from the busied Main Street is the quiet Davidson College campus.  We were wandering around the very green campus when we stumbled across a tree swing.  I haven’t seen one of these in ages.  Of course, I have to give it a go. …Except this turned out to be more difficult than expected.  I am just a few inches too short to sit on the paddle.  I had to find the perfect balance to avoid tipping over the other end.

After some moments of struggling, I managed to sit tight on the swing.  Victory!  🙂


Davidson’s small town historical vibe made me smile in reminiscence of my beloved college town.  Thank you Davidson for sharing a slice of home with us. 🙂


Smile #68 – $5 of Happiness

What can you do with $5?  For me, I brought happiness for $5.  🙂

I was trekking through my daily tasks at work when my sweet tooth unexpectedly ached for desserts.  The thought of a lemon tart melted away any resistance.  🙂

Tucked away in a rather small shopping center is Renaissance Patisserie, my new favorite bakery/pastry stop.  In contrast to the plain exterior, the shop is beautifully themed in black and yellow and embellished with small chandeliers.  Two display cases are stocked with a variety of desserts and bakery items.  Freshly baked croissants, Danishes, eclairs, tarts, cheesecakes and more.  🙂

For a moment, I baffled at all my options.  How can I make a choice?!  Do I want a delicate multi-puff-layered napoleon or a decadent chocolate mousse?

I finally decided to take the decadent chocolate mousse.  🙂  The soft chocolate coating with creamy chocolate mousse and a surprise raspberry middle garnished with chocolate swirls.


It is beautiful when plated and lip-smacking good when consumed.  🙂

I’d say I spent my lunch hour very wisely!  🙂

Smile #67 – Speaking Jitters

I was surprisingly calm about today’s presentation.  It was just a presentation to reflect to my colleagues about my Dubai experience.  Right….until I saw the invitation was forwarded to our C suite executives.  Okay, here comes the speaking jitters.


I mustered up my nerve and thank everyone for joining.  Slowly I eased into the zone and powered through Lesson 1…Lesson 2…Lesson 3…Lesson 4…Lesson 5.  Soon I was asking if anyone has any questions.  I looked at the clock and a whooping twenty minutes has gone by.  🙂

I answered a few questions from the executives and my team.  And voila, the presentation was over!  🙂

Looking back, there will always be the presentation I ‘could have delivered’.  Nevertheless, I did it!  I made my first presentation to our company executives!  A work milestone achieved!  🙂

Smile #66 – Puzzle & Me

Since my parents first introduced me to puzzles at the age of three, I have been addicted.  Puzzles and I are the ultimate best friends. 🙂  I will clear my schedule just to spend time with my newest puzzle.

My addiction has slowly swallowed up all the walls.  Images of cartoons and iconic landmarks hang proudly around my parents’ home.

Mom has placed a ‘ban’ on this nonsense (AKA we are running out of wall space!), but those around me continued to fuel my addiction.  🙂

For the past 12 hours, I have sat down with my laptop and complete my newest addition.

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Wall, meet hot air balloons.  🙂



Just the right image to capture our adventure over the summer!  Read Smile #32 for our unforgettable experience up up and away on a hot air balloon!  🙂