Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sundays In My City #44 - & Giveaway!

I'm a happy member of the Sundays In My City Community (SIMC) hosted by the fabulous Unknown Mami. Wanna see the world and join the fun?

It seems the older I get, the more I tend to be a home-body, not traveling nearly as much as I used to. Yes, I fly to my hometown of Ohio a lot, but other than that, I mostly stay here...


...In my city-- Los Angeles, and always like walking through our front door. I'm content in our home and it's a nice feeling.

But this Sunday, I'm dreaming of all the places I could travel to. Not crazy far away places, but perhaps cross-country, way North, the deep South, or anywhere in between. And with a wink and a much appreciated nod, I blame my new found desire for the wild blue yonder all on Ms Bake-It.

She hosted a CSN giveaway recently and I was the lucky winner. I had a whopping $100 to spend (!) and despite having my eye on an All-Clad pot, I checked out with a brand new Samsonite carry-on suitcase. (It cost me less than $17 after applying the gift certificate!)

It's been a very long time since I bought luggage, and frankly, didn't think I needed any until I spotted this baby. It got me thinking and, as they say, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.


I never carry on luggage when I fly, it's too heavy for my arthritic hands to schlepp. But this suitcase has those wheels that turn in every direction and it's so lightweight that I realized, if I traveled with my Beloved Husband, things could work out really well for moi.

You see, as I've spent the day plotting a new travel adventure, I realized that we'll check our usual luggage when we fly, but I'll carry-on this gem of a suitcase totally empty going on our trip, and he'll carry-on the suitcase coming back home-- filled with trip treasures, i.e., shopping purchases.

It makes perfect sense to me-- In a totally *ahem* high maintenance kind of way.

So thanks Ms Bake-It aka Tracy. You Rock! And I love your blog. You're funny and creative and down to earth and on my favorite blogs list. You can meet Tracy HERE.

And YOU, dear reader, can win an $80 CSN Gift Certificate right here on my blog by leaving a comment BELOW and on all of my posts starting HERE (with giveaway details) through midnight, August 4th Pacific Time. The more posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win-- And go shopping!

Where in North America do you think we should travel to?
Welcome to www.TheFityFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins
PS I was not compensated by CSN or Samsonite for this post. I'm just really happy I won.

58 comments:

Mike Smith said...

Try further afield, JJ. Try Scotland!

slommler said...

What a fabulous suitcase!! And starting out with it empty is genius! Your mind is working well!!
I purchased an automatic trashcan from CSN and we love it.
So count me in on your drawing. CSN rules!
Hugs
SueAnn

Mari said...

Congrats on the win! The luggage looks like a great purchase.
I think you should visit Michigan!

TechnoBabe said...

Hi Joanna, You did great with the suitcase! Congrats on your winning the CSN giveaway, I ventured over to Tracy's blog and read about her finding antique store treasures. Cool.

Zuzana said...

Congratulations on your win.;)) I know what you mean about being content at home, I am too. Sometimes to the extend I do not want to travel anymore.) But then I remember the saying; "The world is a book and those who stay home only read the cove page" and I realize how much I miss the adventure of traveling.;)
I hope you get to use that lovely new suitcase.;)
xo

Brian Miller said...

i would love to go to new york again...congrats on the win and i hope you put it to good use! happy sunday jj!

BLOGitse said...

'being content at home' - me too! :)
Happy SIMC from Casa!


Correct link to my blog > BLOGitsePHOTOS

Cathy Clementz said...

Where would we travel to in N America...I think we would go back to Monument Valley. We've been there twice and both times it did not work out so we could actually take a trip/tour through the valley, we just admired it from the visitor area. And I think we would like to go back to Canyon DeChilly (or however it is spelled!) and take the jeep tour IN the canyon instead of the scenic drive above the canyon. There is so much to see in our own "backyard". Enjoy the new luggage; great idea on how to use it! But one of the airlines is charging you $45 for a carry-on...

Big Pissy said...

NICE carry-on and I like your plan for taking it empty and bringing it back with goodies! :)

Have you ever been to San Antonio?

Seaside, Florida is one of my favorite places EVER. :)

secret agent woman said...

Why in North America? How about Hawaii or Alaska? I have been thinking I want one of those suitcases with the four wheels next time I go somewhere. They are a lot easier to lug than the two wheel kind.

secret agent woman said...

Oh, and I meant to say, I had to change my blog URL. This avatar links to the new site.

Kathy said...

What a great bag! I am a bit of a home body too and I've never left the USA. Maybe one day. Enjoy your Sunday!

jillsy said...

sounds like a plan!!

CatLadyLarew said...

Yay! Prizes! The money for that Samsonite couldn't have gone to a more deserving or appreciative winner!

Mama Zen said...

Congratulations!

Nothing beats Hawaii!

noexcuses said...

Vegas, honey!!!!

Congrats on your win! I love the front of your house. It's so inviting. Hope the back is exactly how you want it.

Have a great Sunday!

Tara R. said...

Very nice bag! Now, you're ready for whatever adventure you plan. Bon Voyage!

Kristina P. said...

I am all about New York city. I could really use new luggage too.

Tammy said...

Great suitcase and congrats on your win!! I'm a lot like you in that the older I get the more content I am to just be at home. I love my home, it's comfy and cozy and my special place to just be me.

Marguerite said...

Love the first pic, very inviting! Congrats on winning the giveaway! I think you should visit New Orleans, but do wait till this awful heat subsides. October through May is perfect and you would have so much fun!

ChristineM said...

Newfoundland is on my North American list - I've always wanted to see St John, and a while back I read a book about the people who were stranded in Gander on 9/11 when airspace was closed down...we've been to Nova Scotia and PEI, too - Quebec City is beautiful, too!

Willoughby said...

That's a beauty! I'd have snapped it up, too.

You and I think alike when it comes to travel. I pack some of our things in a small suitcase and then put it in a larger, empty suitcase. That way I have an extra suitcase to bring home all the goodies we buy on vacation.

Jeanie said...

As much as I love my home, I am always ready to travel anywhere and there are a lot more places I want to go. Of course, I'm lucky to live in Colorado, a place people travel many miles to visit.

Pseudo said...

I love your red door. My husband is part Chinese and all his Chinese relatives have red doors. Supposed to be good fortune ; -)

Daryl said...

Nice case, I am in the market for a new one .. on my last trip a wheel escaped and I didnt notice til I was loading into the truck of the car!

Shug said...

I love your red door as well....My front door is RED.
I am fortunate to have all 6 of my grandkids only a mile from our home. I love to travel, but it's hard to leave them behind.

I loved Hawaii...so my vote woud be there!
Blessings on this beautiful day!
Shug

clearness said...

I once participated in a local 'chat to win' contest. It lasted for about 2 or 3 days and I chatted until my fingers were bleeding. Out of the five-thousand total entries, I had well over half of them. There were pages and pages where I was the ONLY one who was 'chatting'. And do you want to know who won? NOT ME! Some girl who only had entered something like 7 times! SEVEN TIMES! So, my new motto is to only enter once and if I win, I win! If not......well, life goes on.

Eva Gallant said...

Nice suitcase; now I'm waiting to hear where you take it!

gayle said...

You got a bargin! That suitcase is huge!!

I Want to be were you are in LA....Downey/Anaheim to be exact!!!

blueviolet said...

How about Chicago? I love it there!

Unknown Mami said...

I say a quick trip to SF would be perfect for that bag.

BTW, I wore my new clogs on a long walk yesterday and I LOVE them!

Gran said...

great suitcase!

brainella said...

That is one cool suitcase. Yay! You should take it to New Hampshire during early October and see the glorious foliage. I'm already dreaming of red, orange and yellow leaves...not to mention the crisp mornings and the FOOTBALL! :)

Lynn said...

Your home is lovely, and LA is on my must see places. And your suitcase looks like it's dressed to travel!!

ladyfi said...

Lucky you!

As to where you should travel - how about to see the huge sequoia trees in that national park in California? Can't remember the name... And drive through those gigantic redwood trees? Would make great blog material!

Casey Freeland said...

I love to travel. I never, ever carry on more than a book or now my iPad.

Casey

Mr. Stupid said...

Congrats. That's a really cool suitcase. The idea of bringing it back filled with trip treasures is awesome.

Erin said...

Congrats on winning! And that suitcase looks FAB!

I had so much fun on our trip to SF a few weekends back, I don't know where I would travel to next if I had the opportunity!

Kirby3131 said...

Oh boy, I love suitcases. I just recently bought two new pieces and it really does whet that traveling desire :) Congrats on the big win!!

Came by via SIMC

Kristin - The Goat

Amy said...

Visiting from SIMC. I think you should go to Maine in the last week of September or first week of October. Absolutely beautiful.

Btw, my hometown is in Ohio, too. Dayton.

gaelikaa said...

I love to travel. I love to stay at home too. Either way, I win.

Your photographs are lovely!

http://gaelikaasdiary.blogspot.com/2010/08/sundays-in-my-city-1.html

Rootietoot said...

how come I never thought to take an empty suitcase?

sheila said...

Yellowstone or visit the Red Rock areas in Utah or Sedona! Or New Mexico would be cool!

Debbie said...

I've been wanting to go to Maine. And now seems like the right weather to go!

Christina said...

congrats on the win. and such a great color.

hmm...south carolina, i think. i might love the charm.

Pearl said...

Come to Minneapolis! An easy light rail trip from the airport to a vibrant downtown with an active music scene and excellent food, the same light rail out to the Mall of America! Green parks! Art galleries and museums! Meeting Pearl for a margarita!

Pearl

The Caffeinated Globe said...

Your place looks really nice. Congrats on your winning a US $100 certificate giveaway from CSN Stores. I'm a loyal fan of Samsonite.

In my latest post, I mentioned you, your blog, and your lunch idea. See for yourself:
http://caffeinatedglobe.blogspot.com/2010/08/lunch-ideas-life-is-good.html

Ms. Bake-it said...

Thank you for all your kind words! I am so glad you are pleased with your win. Nice piece of luggage! I like your way of thinking! I have taken an empty extra piece of luggage few times knowing I will be buying stuff while I am traveling.

Take a trip to Maine or come on down here to Florida!

Have a fabulous day!

~ Tracy

Mel said...

I would go to Puget Sound in August. Yes..that is where I would go. Did I spell it correctly? The older I get, the worse my spelling is and guess what...I don't care!

:)

Mrs4444 said...

Count me in! And then consider Wisconsin! :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Congrats on your win! I would put Savannah, GA on the top of your list...it is such a beautiful city (I don't live there...just love it). Thanks for visiting me, please come again:)

Sue

Coby said...

Thanks for stopping by, and congratulations on your way cool prize! It's so fun to dream about the places you could go to! I'm like you - a total homebody. I'm just very content to be in my home.

I've heard Maine is wonderful. Pender Island in Canada? I love in the desert, so I always think to escape to cooler climates!

Hilary said...

Congrats to you. That sounds like a great idea to me. :)

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Congrats on your big win, I think you chose wisely! :-)

Hugs,
Anne

beth said...

i like your way of thinking !
we've had to ship things home via UPS, when we couldn't fit anything else into our suitcases :)

Janelle said...

Would love to win this giveaway!
Best wishes.
Chanticlear1@gmail.com

Joanna Jenkins said...

THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AT 12 midnight, August 4th. Thanks to entering. Winner will be announced soon. jj

Marla said...

Love your home and the colors... just awesome!

Congrats on the luggage. Bring it to Oklahoma for a visit. We'll fry something for you. :-)

Someday, I want to see Vermont and Maine and everything else up there.