Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Aloha Orlando

Some very dear friends of mine recently returned from a family vacation on the mainland, which included a stop in Orlando, Florida to visit Disney World. Kimberly and her 2 year old daughter, Griffin, met up with Rob and me for lunch to catch up on all they've missed the past couple of weeks, share the tales of their trip to the Magical Kingdom, and to bring us gifts!!!!!


Kimberly had called during her vacation to give me a hint as to what she was bringing back, so as Griffin handed over the bag, I quickly dug in. Amidst the adorable assortment of princess and Minnie items for Arwen were three very HEAVY items which had my name written all over them. Okay...they said Orlando, but they were mine! Okay... one for me and two extras to share with my Starbucks addict friends, but I have a new mug! Okay... Rob was there, so, "Look Honey, WE have a new mug!" Rob sarcastically asks Kimberly, "Why do you encourage her?" To which Kimberly replies, "With such a cute blog, how can I not?" Yay for friends who GET it, and many mahalos to Kimberly and family for trucking these buggers back across the country for us. Malia and I have both had a taste of what it's like trying to find enough precious luggage space to store these very large (but oh so beautiful) Starbucks souvenirs. It's not easy, but don't our big glowing smiles make it all worth the effort?

Now in talking Starbucks to a friend because, hey, that's what I do best, Kimberly asked what mugs we already have, so I figured this is as appropriate a time as any to share our inventory and explain a little about how the Starbucks craze (at least among the three of us) began.

Last year, Malia went sailing through Spain, and she struggled with what she could bring back as gifts for her friends. She was funny because I think she thought her decision was lame because at one point she contacted me before coming home and said something along the lines of, "You're probably going to laugh at what I brought back for you, but I thought they were cool." She returns from her trip and presents the gift. Are you kidding?!?! A Starbucks mug from Madrid!!!!! How cool is that? Malia and I had a long time Starbucks connection since the day the Kaneohe Drive Thru location opened. Every coordinated effort to meet from that point ended with a call for "Starbucks?" "I'm heading over to campus for EC. Starbucks?" "Come over to my house and stamp. Starbucks?" So OF COURSE, I was tickled to get my gift. Then we went to Larisa's house and delivered her gift together. Malia again opens with, "You're probably going to laugh..." and then presents the mug. Larisa calmly places it on her counter and says, "Oh you have no idea!" as she reaches into her kitchen cabinet and begins pulling out her collection of Starbucks mugs one by one. And so the Starbucks Trio was born. We were friends pre-Starbucks, but Malia's little memento from Madrid helped us unleash the passion we all had for our favorite LITTLE coffee spot.

As per your request, this is our mug inventory. All mugs were either received as gifts (giver in parenthesis) or we travelled to the state, country, or region to get it.

Mug Inventory:

Larisa:
  • Alaska (Pua)
  • Austin (Isom)
  • Canada (Mai Ly)
  • Chicago (Isom...the beginning of her collection)
  • Cincinnati (Kimberly)
  • Hawaii
  • Hiroshima (Malia)
  • Indianapolis (Mai Ly)
  • Kauai
  • Kona
  • Korea (Laura)
  • Las Vegas (the tallest Starbucks)
  • Los Angeles
  • Madrid (Malia)
  • Maui
  • Maui Stamp (Malia...see earlier post by Malia regarding this one)
  • Orange County (Malia)
  • Orlando (Kimberly)
  • Paris (Liza)
  • Philadelphia (Mai Ly)
  • Pike Place (Mai Ly...the first Starbucks)
  • Portland
  • Salt Lake City (visiting Isom's mom)
  • San Diego (visiting Jeannine)
  • San Francisco (Malia)
  • Seattle (Mai Ly)
  • Seoul (Laura)
  • Tokyo (Malia)
  • Waikiki
  • Yokohama (Malia)

She also has a Christmas mug (Ashley.)

Malia:

  • Canada (Mai Ly)
  • Cincinnati (Kimberly)
  • Cologne (Liza)
  • Hiroshima
  • Indianapolis (Mai Ly)
  • Kyoto
  • Madrid (the beginning)
  • Maui Stamp
  • Orange County (asked Larisa if she should get mugs from OC...surely we don't want THAT many!!! Little did she know...)
  • Orlando (Kimberly)
  • Paris (Liza)
  • Philadelphia (Mai Ly)
  • Pike Place (Mai Ly)
  • Portland (Malisa)
  • Roppongi Hills
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle (Mai Ly)
  • Tokyo
  • Yokohama

Mai Ly:

  • Canada
  • Cincinnati (Kimberly)
  • Hiroshima
  • Indianapolis
  • Madrid (Malia...where my collection started)
  • Maui Stamp (Malia)
  • Orange County (Malia)
  • Orlando (Kimberly)
  • Paris (Liza)
  • Philadelphia
  • Pike Place
  • Portland (Malia)
  • San Diego (Malia)
  • San Francisco (Malia)
  • Seattle
  • Tokyo (Malia)
  • Washington, D.C. (Phyl)
  • Yokohama (Malia)

Mai also has the 2007 Anniversary mug.

So there you have it. Got Starbucks mugs?

2 comments:

Kearnies 3 said...

Aloha -

I also collect Starbucks mugs, but my rule is that I have had to travel to the city that the mug is from. I am in need of a mug from the island of Hawaii - when were were in the Kona area I was not able to locate when. I am willing to trade for mugs from Chicago.
Thanks a bunch!

Thomas said...

I'm trying to buy a Salt Lake City, Starbucks mug. Do you have a price? or is it not for sale? :)