Last night I decided to be vaguely festive and decorated some cupcakes for Valentine's Day. The X&O's made with Smarties were really easy since they didn't need sorting as even Smarties are sold in holiday colours now. For the mini versions I just dropped a single Smartie on top most of them but a special few were doused in coloured sugar. I've never been a big Valentine's Day person - it always strikes me as even more highly commercialized then most holidays. However having a treat to give out is without fail more enjoyable than being a curmudgeon so I decided to participate this year. My mother used to make us little heart shaped pancakes which were always fun but not quite as easy to share as a cupcake.
I've been wandering southern California and the Pacific coast of Mexico for the last little while. It seems I've developed a tendency to save all my vacation time for mid winter when I need a break most. Using up all my time in big chunks makes it feel slightly more abundant although once I get home I'll be working without a break until Easter.
The weather has been a little unexpected - lots of rain and temperatures in the mid teens (around 65F) - but I haven't minded. It's made wandering around towns less uncomfortable. The heat and humidity last year was a bit much so milder temperatures have been nice. The clouds keep things from being vibrantly clourful but I'm still enjoying dragging my camera around and taking pictures. My big problem is figuring out which ones to keep and which to delete. I'd better get to it before the number becomes even more overwhelming.