Back when Christmas was a blur and New Years was around the corner, my boyfriend and I took a quick trip to Seattle, Washington. It was our first vacation together as a couple and we were very, very excited. We were also very, very terrified since neither of us had been on a plane in 15 years and had no idea what we were doing. Shoutout to the nice lady who showed us how baggage labels worked in the San Jose airport at 5 o’clock in the morning. BUT. Any travel jitters aside, it all worked out great! I don’t get out the state very often and I was stoked to see the Pacific Northwest (spoiler alert: it’s frickin beautiful). I’m nowhere near a travel blogger and me having some ~fancy layout~ with ~fancy travel photography~ would be super sad and awkward. So instead, here’s a few Washington thoughts from a California girl who spent 90% of the trip going “but when does the sun come back???”

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Back in 2004, when GameCubes were new and amazing, little 4th grade me used to sneak downstairs in the early, early morning. I was only allowed a few video game hours a day (anyone else have that too?) so I’d “beat the system” by waking up before my parents. Ninety percent of the time, the game I’d play at 5-something a.m. was the original Animal Crossing. I still think the game’s early morning music is so soft and perfect. Long story short: Animal Crossing, like, speaks to my soul. I’m obsessed. And Pocket Camp happened to come out on my one day off from work. I saw on Twitter that the app was “leaked” early and I basically lunged across the bed for my charger and phone. Cleaning the bedroom? Doing laundry? Feeding myself something more than just Cheez-Its? No thank you. I just snuggled under the covers and started tapping away at every cute animal friend in sight Goldie, plz love me. It’s been about a month now since Pocket Camp came out, and in the time that’s passed I’ve gotten a good feel for the game. Putting together my fangirl heart and analyst brain, here’s a few spoiler-free pros and cons!

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I already have an obsession with making lists and Christmas doesn’t help that. Cold weather means I gotta bullet out the wintery blog ideas. Write down the holiday itinerary. And, most importantly, organize that massive wish list. To be honest, me making a fancy Christmas wish list is a bit of a joke because 1) I’m a desperately poor post-grad and 2) my parents would just look at it like “lol no.” But that never stops a girl from dreaming. Even though I’m nowhere near an income bracket that could afford any of these things, here’s my list of items I wish Santa would bless me with.

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