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There’s nothing better than sliding into freshly washed white cotton sheets at day’s end after a luxuriously long shower. The nights are surprisingly cool so I crack open the window to let in the brisk draught. I slide in feet...
Have you ever picked up a book simply because the cover looked interesting? The silky-soft laminate of the binding, the promising weight of word-laden sheets. It calls to you. You don’t know why – it’s not an author...
I’m sure by now you’re all sick of hearing about #Blogher13, so lets talk about the drive home, shall we? First of all, a 12 hour drive is never 12 hours. Be prepared for ANYTHING. The Keurig will blow a fuze in the car –...
Influencers. It’s a ‘word’ seen abundantly in social media metrics and such. But who are our true influencers? The men and women who raised us, an older sibling, grandparents… and sometimes often a teacher. I must...
When my 2 year old was born I joined the legions of moms collecting EI for a full year. A whopping $900 a month. Apparently I was getting paid to take care of the kids, carpool everyone around, do the housework, manage meals, and so...
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Let’s talk about S – E – X. ‘Cause I’m 30 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child and to my husband’s chagrin have no desire to partake in the kind of nooky that got us here. Funny – being so busy with...
My kids are still young – 7, 3, & 1. Like many households SANTA is a sacred name in this household from Halloween to the new year. I’m also the coolest MOM in the world because the Big Feller & I? We’re friends! Yup. So close that he has me on speed dial.
Santa & I are on texting terms. That’s right – I have his cell number.
Santa tweets – and I sometimes even DM him updates on the kids!
Santa is not made of money. He gets his budget from each family, which is why some kids get really cool expensive stuff and some kids get normal gifts like we did growing up. This also means some kids don’t get much because the parents don’t have the budget to give Santa, which is why we give to the Toy Mountain and other organizations.
Santa gets his wrapping paper from parents, since we know what our kids like best. We send him the wrapping paper and the money, he gets the gifts and wraps them.
Santa has terrible penmanship. probably because his notes to Jasmine are writing with my left hand.
And if the kids ever find my super secret Christmas hiding spot…. Well….
“Santa knew our plans were messed up this year so he dropped them off early and asked if I could bother wrapping them myself” ? Think it would fly?
Can we preserve our kids’ innocence until they leave for college? I don’t think so, but meanwhile I feel equipped enough to deal with kids who will be learning the truth several years apart.
Meanwhile… May the
lies magic of the North Pole continue to live in our home!
I’ve travelled a lot for business for in the last few years it’s always the same – get in, get out, and next thing you know you’ve haven’t seen more than the few blocks surrounding your hotel… If you’re lucky!
Last week I spoke at a conference and decided to stay an extra day to see the sights. I was in San Francisco. I’d never been and didn’t know when I would be back. Also, I’m a huge Full House fan, and who doesn’t remember the opening scenes of that show?
But how do you pack a whole city in one day? Where do you go? What do you see? I decided to challenge myself, ’around the world in 80 days’ style, and see how much I could get done while not going completely mad.
Yeah you heard me. A woman. Alone. In a foreign (ish?) country where horrific mass shootings are sadly becoming the norm; in a state known for really bad earthquakes. My worst nightmares had me stuck at the bottom of a rumbling pile of rocks and no one would find out I was missing until the next day. I watch too many cop shows.
WOW! I ended up taking the early tour, then visiting the pier for a while before doing the cruise, followed by more walking and a mad dash to the airport.
Sometimes you can linger over a 7-course meal, but other days a cocktail and sampling menu fares at Happy Hour is the best you can get.
Not only did I get to see most of the major sites, I also found out a bunch of nifty facts and local lore I wouldn’t have discovered if I were on my own. When I go back, I know exactly which areas I want to explore. The tour guide was funny, I got to take many amazing pictures (see the slideshow below) and I met some interesting people. If I’d had more time I knew exactly what I wanted to order from the full menu.
Also, I felt safe.
When I heard about this I was ecstatic. Though my day was already planned, welcome centres offer many other services. For a small fee I was able to leave my luggage for the day in a secure area… A bonus since I’d already check out of the hotel and my carry-on was becoming a problem.
I’m sure most states have them, and I know in Canada the major cities have tourist information centres and welcome areas. Check them out – it could make the difference between a great day and an awesome day.
Well… Maybe you can, but I had terrible luck. It was cold in San Francisco, but the hotel had a heated pool and I was tempted. 5 stores later I’d found bikini tops…. and nothing else. Needless to say I didn’t buy one, but I did post a comment to my Facebook page. My friend Meghan? She’s a funny girl:
I started the day with a tight schedule and that flew out the window when I woke up 2 hours late. All I knew is I had to make it to the bus on time, and at some point take the cruise. It would appear one can’t just snap one’s fingers, yell ‘Garcon!’ and expect a boat to appear. But otherwise? I stuck to the touristy area, taking free shuttles when I could, and enjoyed the sunshine on my nose.
If you don’t head this advice, the latter and former go hand in hand. Trust me.
I enjoy photography as much as the next camera geek – see the slide show – but don’t fall for the ‘click-click-we’ll-see-the-landmark-in-the-pictures’ mentality. At several look-outs and stops I saw so many people taking loads and loads of pictures of themselves with the landmark. No one was taking the time to appreciate the beauty and grandness of the sights. Do you really want to remember your trip as a series of poses? Not me. I’ll admit to a total of 3 selfies, but otherwise I filled my camera (and phone…) with the sights that impressed me. I sat down on a bench with a coffee and people watched for 10 minutes. I had a conversation with the sax player on the corner who made an old lady dance to ‘Blurred Lines’. I’m sure that woman would be scandalized if she knew what she was dancing to, and the thought made me smile.
The tour was great for this. We had about 20-30 minutes at each stop to take in the sights as well as use the facilities and indulge in our need to memorialize our faces in front of large monuments.
As with the Time Squares NYE Ball debacle I had a must see on this tour – the Golden Gate Park and the house from the opening credits of Full House. Our guide didn’t disappoint. We’re not allowed out of the bus anymore – the guy who owns the house is tired of people showing up at his door looking for the Olsen Twins – but he did drive by r-e-a-l slow for me.
Don’t be afraid to tell your guide if there’s something on the tour that’s really important to you. By that point I’d made a few funnies and there was a feeling of camaraderie on the bus. No one minded the extra 45 seconds it took to drive in front of those houses and the only thing that would have made it better for me was if John Stamos was leaning against the rail in those tight leather pants, flashing those pearly whites and offering me a ride on his motorcycle…
Focus! So. Not about the biggest roller coaster. Its your trip after all – make the most of it!
If your destination has a waterfront and offers 1 to 3 hour cruises – TAKE IT! Not only is the view fantastic and picture perfect, but again you’ll get a bit more history about the wonderful sight’s you’re seeing. I really can’t say enough about these – I’ve done them in my home town too, and its a great way to put your feet up for an hour and still manage to see some sights. Pack a lunch – or pick something up on the way – and when you’re done you’ll still have plenty of time left to get those few souvenirs.
I had 8 hours to enjoy the city. I have no regrets and look forward to going back there with my family one day. Definitely schedule a tour if you can squeeze it in. It’s a great primer to your vacation if you’re staying a few days or longer, and if you only have a day you’ll leave knowing that though you may not have experienced it all, you definitely saw the great stuff to see.
How about you? What are your best tips for braving the big city on your own? Let’s talk
Dear Calvin Klein,
I have the utmost respect for your work and your brand, but somewhere along the way you got it wrong.
I recently tried on 5 pairs of pants, including one from the CK brand. The other four fit perfectly, however the CK two sizes bigger was still too small.
Last summer I tried on a terrific dress, but there was no room for my chest no matter the size.
Yes, a size Large is bigger than a Medium – however that little piece of fabric covering one’s chest? It also must be WIDER than the size down. Shocking, I know.
Apparently nothing came between Brooke Shields and her Calvin’s…. I’m guessing it’s cause nothing FIT between her and her pants.
If you want to design Junior clothes for Junior bodies…. that’s fine! But please stop putting men and women on your ads and making us think these clothes are actually tailored for a grown-ass woman’s body!