A Really Great Travel Tip


Anthony Bourdain wrote about his best travel tips and one of them was absolutely genius…

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Wednesday Weigh In – Ebb and Flow


I have noticed that life goes through an ebb and flow.  What matters to me today, won’t necessarily matter as much to me in a year.  What seems desperate today, won’t be a big deal tomorrow.  Sometimes that’s good, my worries lessen with time.  Sometimes not so good because my desire to backpack around Europe, once so exciting, now just seems like work.

The moment must be seized when the desire is there.  Otherwise, the desire fades without the experience to fulfill it.

I have a few big regrets that have now come to this fate. Not applying to be part of Sister Cities, not applying to more colleges farther away, not backpacking around Europe in college, not doing an interesting internship when I was young, not traveling more or going back for a masters before having kids.

There were many reasons I didn’t do the things listed above, there is no denying that.  But now that I know better, I would like to do better.  I’d like to seize my moments.  Carpe Diem, right?

Have you found the same thing in your life?  I’d love to hear.

Needless to say, I have been thinking about this a lot in the last few days since the news about Robin Williams has come out.  I really just can’t stop thinking about him.  I know there is something we are all going to learn from this tragedy.

The good news is that sometimes the desire is just in hibernation and, after a period of years, comes back in full force.  I am starting to see that happen to me.  I can feel the desires to travel and find meaningful, fun, work!  If nothing else then to show my kids that life is fun and worth living and a big adventure!

Anyway, that’s really all.  Just a reminder to myself that we want to strike while the moment is hot, get while the gettin’ is good.  I have my bucket list almost complete and will post on a new page so I can revisit every month and give myself a kick in the behind if I get off track.


As far as my weight loss, I have maintained!  I was actually happy and proud when I learned that.  I have been wearing my fitbit and trying to stay active every day.

One big development is that an elliptical machine has been ordered.  I have been anxious to start exercising again and just can’t seem to find the time during the day.  Between sleeping and working and taking care of kids, I haven’t been able to squish it in.  With the elliptical I can make it part of my nighttime routine.

More to follow!

PS I know I am posting my Wednesday Weigh In on Thursday but sometimes that’s how it goes 🙂

Beads of New Orleans

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Bead Trees

The Carnival season has just ended in New Orleans.  The thing that surprised me most about the holiday is that it really is an event that hits the whole town.  Many people who have never lived here don’t realize it’s actually a pretty family-friendly event.  Most businesses give their employees the day off for Mardi Gras and many also get Monday (or Lundi Gras) off as well.

One of my favorite things about Mardi Gras is the bead trees.  So many beads are thrown off floats that they get stuck in the trees.  Months following the holiday, the beads will decorate our city with glittery charm.  I will miss this when we go.  Move date is only a few days away!

One Minute Vacation

A friend recently posted her view from the beach at sunset.  It was so beautiful and calming, I could just imagine being out there, feeling the cool breeze gently push my hair back, smelling the salty beach air, feeling the chill of evening cool my warm skin giving me goosebumps.

I closed my eyes and imagined I was there for a whole minute, taking a little vacation in my mind.  It was just what I needed at that moment to help me relax and refresh.  What a wonderful way to escape, just for a moment, the rush of the day, just slow things down.

Above is a picture I took on Sanibel Island with my family.  It was our babymoon before baby #2 was born and it was wonderful.  I “vacation” there often…