If you are in the U.S., I hope you all survived your day of gluttonous eating followed by a day of gluttonous shopping. If you are an expat, hope you had the opportunity to have a little bite of home at a Friendsgiving. If you are neither than welcome to Saturday! During this holiday weekend I have been hibernating at home, we ducked out Thursday morning for dimsum but haven’t left the house since! If you are hermitting at home trying to avoid the crowds, I’ve got some great blog posts for you to enjoy!
Let’s have a look!
 The photo above is me on the roof of the beautiful Westin Excelsior in Florence on the night Mr. Misadventures and I arrived for our trip in May. Someday I will actually blog about this hotel which we have stayed at twice (in 2007 and 2014) but in the meantime, and for sure with more stunning photos than I can produce, you much check out Kirsten Alana of Aviators and a Camera’s post on her luxurious stay in Florence with SGPLife. As I have mentioned many, many times I am a very loyal SPG fangirl who has enjoyed amazing stays in Starwood properties all over the world. Actually getting paid to stay? Well that is just a fantasy job!
 I’ve got Portuguese roots and have had the opportunity to see a tiny part of Portugal while my family was living in Spain, but I have not explored enough of this exceptional country or its capitol, Lisbon. One of my favorite photographers Sivan Askayo has taken many gorgeous photo there. This week Carol Cain of Girl Gone Travel wrote about her recent visit, a very short trip, and once again lighted a fire of desire – I have to get that trip planned asap. Check out her taste of Lisbon.
 Until reading Jodi of Legal Nomad’s post this week, I had never heard of a repositioning cruise. I now want to do one. And I want to do one with Jodi! What an amazing adventure!
 Both Katie and Christina are putting me to shame. Their posts on their trips to Italy only continue to serve as a giant thought bubble over my head that will not dissipate no matter what I do! It screams at me “Italy posts!” Yet I have still have several to do! Or maybe I will just keep directing you to everyone else’s great Italy posts and be done with it! It can’t be helped when you have ones like this one from Christina’s Cucina which describes creating one of my absolute favorite pastas, spaghetti cacio e pepe which is spaghetti with pecorino cheese (my favorite Italian cheese) and black pepper. It is the simplest of dishes, but then again, most Italian dishes are and they are sent from the gods! Check out Christina’s experience making it with a pro.
 Feeling the way I have been about Thanksgiving and Christmas as of late, I could not help but love Jenny on the Spot’s essay “back in the early 80’s when everything was closed on Thanksgiving.” Amen, sister.
 Blogging is work. A lot of work. Especially when you have another full time job. There are rewards for the hard work. And when they start flowing in, it is very important to consider not saying yes to everything. The power of saying no is exactly what Kelby of Type A Parent discussed recently and it is an incredibly important blog – and life – lesson.
Here are a couple of dishes that caught my eye:
From The View from Great Island, drunken cranberry cocktail meatballs – check out the toothpicks!
From Framed Cooks, banana jam – I love all things banana and have NEVER seen jam!
From Brown-Eyes Baker, honey muffins – my honey has recently discovered cornbread, he also loves honey, so I am thinking of surprising him with these.
Happenings in the Misadventures household
For the seventh year in a row I participated in Buy Nothing Day. It’s exactly like it sounds, a suppression of purchasing. From the Adbusters.org site they define it as: “Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism celebrated annually just after Thanksgiving.”
Tomorrow is a very important day – Small Business Saturday – so if you are considering shopping, please #ShopSmall. Think local, support small businesses – both online and offline. Check out Etsy where there are thousands of crafters just waiting for your orders of their handmade goods.
I haven’t updated you on Jessica for awhile. She is doing very well. Still recovering. We have to keep her in a smallish space to prevent her from accidentally re-injuring herself. I think she is getting a little bored. She is more insistent about spending time with me as well. Here she is sleeping on my hubby’s chair next to me as I write this post – her blankets and set-up is literally on the floor one foot away, but she wants to sit here!
The leg that is showing is the one that had the cast, as you can see, it looks pretty good!
– There is still time to enter the $750 PayPal cash giveaway – everyone needs holiday cash!
– There is still time to enter the $750 Amazon gift card giveaway – that is a whole lot of holiday shopping for those of you who do it.
– If you are a fan of movies, you might like this video.
– Got Norway, the Northern Lights or dog sledding on your bucket list? Then consider Hurtigruten Cruises, I am! Here’s why I want to explore Norway with Hurtigruten.
That’s it for this week!
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