My Empty Nest Has An Open Door

18. August 2016 An Empty Nest 0
My door is always open to the children.  Sometimes, that door is used; most of the time it isn’t.  Lately, that door has been a revolving door. A week ago Monday, Son 3 left to return to Boise.  After six weeks back in the nest, it was time for him to return to graduate school. ...

An Evening in New Orleans: K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

16. August 2016 Travel 4
      New Orleans was the first stop on our latest gulf coast road trip.  I’ll be honest with you.  I have mixed feelings about New Orleans.  While I appreciate and enjoy New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage, I also cringe at its’ more grimy side.  Walking through the French Quarter in sandals, dodging questionable puddles ...

Travel Suggestions for Introverts

09. August 2016 All the Rest, Travel 6
  Travel, any travel, both international and domestic, is one of my favorite things.  Before one trip is done, I am planning the next.  This is true, even though some parts of travel challenge my (shy) introvert nature.   Here are some suggestions for my fellow introverts, especially those who are shy or socially anxious. ...

Everyday Scenes From Beijing

27. July 2016 Travel 0
  Beijing was the first stop on our winter trip to China, last year.  Mike and I stayed four days in Beijing, before taking the train to visit Son 2 at his home in Luoyang.  Navigating Beijing wasn’t too difficult for English speaking visitors like us, thanks to the excellent subway system and the extremely helpful ...

I Blame The Restaurant Business

    Recently, I wrote a couple of posts about my experiences with travel businesses.  The first post was about my experience with Airbnb, and the second about Turkish Airlines.  As travel is frequently on my mind, I considered writing another post, this time reviewing my experience with another airline. Before writing, though, I asked ...

My Not-So-Empty, Empty Nest: The Sequel

  Life was back to crazy this past week, with Son 3 and Granddaughter in residence.  It is amazing how having two more people in the house really livens things up.  Here’s a recap of the week, along with a few, related, random facts.   Granddaughter arrived here on Sunday night, and we prepared for ...

My Experience with Turkish Airlines

29. June 2016 Travel 2
  ***Update:  I wrote this prior to the 6/28/16 bombings at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, and wasn’t sure about publishing it.***   Recently, I posted about my experience with Airbnb.  Thinking about that experience brought back memories of other new (to us) travel experiences.  A few months ago, we traveled to Italy, and booked ...

My Experience With Airbnb

16. June 2016 Travel 2
I love the whole concept of Airbnb.  I love the idea that I can rent a small apartment for the price of a name brand hotel room.  I love that there are alternatives to a traditional hotel room, and that these alternatives can make travel more comfortable and/or more budget friendly.   With all that ...

Rollin’ with the Punches

In my last post,  The Best Laid Plans... I wrote about a long planned gulf coast road trip, Husband’s stomach flu, and travel insurance.  Well, against the odds, our road trip happened, but the trip definitely had its’ highs and lows. Here’s a brief recap of the highs and lows:  Day 1:  Husband woke up feeling ...