First Things First

I am back in San Diego.   And I love being home.  This picture is actually a self-portrait from me from my soon-to-be-new-home’s balcony.

  All photos in this post courtesy of my iPhone + Instagram <—want to follow me?

Or take with my iPhone + gentle Lightroom 3 editing

After a weekend with my huge camera in Mexico, I rolled with the iPhone cam yesterday afternoon.

Where does any person who’s been on U.S. soil for an hour and who’s getting ready to move residences in the next 28 hours go?

Trader Joe’s, of course.

Just seeing sunny blue skies and all this makes me happy.

I mentioned that Mexico was full of meat + cheese + fried foodsNot my scene, at all. 

Yes there was lots of fresh produce, but there was lots of not-so-fresh-and-green foods, ahem.  Meat city.

I needed Sugar Snap Peas

Don’t doubt my love for the sugar snappies and everything I love to dip them into.

And I could have bought and bought and bought new-to-me products.

But I didn’t.  I’m moving Wednesday morning!

This is my baking cupboard photo in the new house that I posted to Instagram

I probably don’t need any more ingredients or things to make desserts and sweets with.  For a week or so at least.

And this is what my life looks like.  Boxes.  I fill them up, take carloads over to the new place, unload, come home.  Repeat. 

It sucks but pre-moving has been awesome.  That is, if moving can ever be considered “awesome”.

What would be awesome would be to plow through a Magic Eight Bar

Or maybe just even roll with a peach banana colada smoothie that I make myself.

Being back home, having my kitchen functional again, getting unpacked, settled, it will be such a great feeling!

Thanks for the compliments on my last round of Mexico City pictures.  Thank you, so much, to everyone who has commented, complimented me, mentioned that you have noticed my growth photographically, and just the overall praise.  I am humbled.  Thank you!


1. What’s the first thing you do, or what are a few of your first things first, when you return home from a trip?

Brush my teeth, wash my face, go grocery shopping, start a load of laundry, unpack my suitcase immediately.  I can’t stand things just lingering and waiting for me in my suitcase.  I also am that person that washes dinner party dishes at 2am because I could not imagine dealing with them the next day, either.

2. Are you on Instagram? 

I have had my iPhone for months now but never really utilized the iPhone camera, and really didn’t jump on board the Instagram bandwagon either, until this past week but have seen how:

Many of my friends use IG

How easy it is

How functional it is

And how fun it is!

I like IG wayyyy better than Twitter.

And I am pushing my Instagram updates to my Twitter feed.  <—social media much?

3. Any TJ’s products you just have to have?

There are so many of them and I have done posts on some of my fave TJ products (here for example are a few things), but yesterday it was all about the sugar snap peas.  And the chocolate chips!

54 comments on “First Things First”

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  3. I feel we are so alike!! I would do the exact same things when returning from a trip. Also, I do the dishes immediately after dinner and also I would unpack the groceries I have purchased straight away!

  4. When I return home from a vacation, the first things that I do are open mail, stock up on groceries, and get together with friends!

  5. I’d get some sovereign silver and sun butter!

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  7. hey welcome home! i am obsessed with instagram, i’m ‘misathemeb’ on it :)

  8. Miss TJ’s sooooooo much!!! That’s definitely one of the things I miss most about SoCal. Oy, I need to get on board with more social media… soon. Good luck with your official move tomorrow!

  9. I love the sunflower butter and all the chocolate covered things and the prepared food area if I’m lazy. The peanut butter filled pretzels are addicting!

  10. Ah, how I wish we had Trader Joe and Whole Food in Norway!!
    Beautiful photo of you Aviere!
    Im exactelly like that too. I rather stay up late to wash the dishes or the apartment or whatever, than saving it for the next day. I cant sleep if I know not everything is clean. Like last night, I did my midnight-apartment-cleaning :) I often do! I turn on my favorit music and clean and dance and sing (poor neighbors :P)- and I actually enjoy it!

  11. I’m with ya, the first thing I do after vacation is shower! I feel grimy after traveling!

  12. yes I am loving instagram!!! so glad you had a great time and you are back in action! FIRST thing I do is make a load of laundry! I cannot stand having dirty clothes from another place that probably smell and just sit there, if I dont do anything about it! haha I make a load of laudry and then I try to get some basics to have in the fridge too! i hate to buy food at work!

  13. I have never heard of an Instagram before, I’ll have to look it up. Glad you had a safe journey home from Mexico. Best of luck with unpacking and settling into your new home. The first thing I do when I get back from holidays or time away is call family and friends and have a shower! Can’t wait to get into the shower and clean bed clothes after I’ve been travelling.

  14. Good luck with the moving! Doing it in phases definitely seems to help. I love that one of the first things you did was go to TJs :) Ours is opening July 29- ahhhhh! So excited. When I return from a trip I’m a crazy unpacker/laundry do-er. I hate having that stuff just sitting around. I also like to get to the store and restock.

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