December 2009

View from Above, Literally.

Happy New Year! These are pictures taken from the plane when flying into Washington D.C. (IAD), of course, before we were told to "turn off anything with an on/off button". It was such a gorgeous view. I simply put the iPhone to the window and proceeded to Tap, Tap, Tap to capture these images. No [...]

I have all these wonderful posts ideas for posts lined up for before the end of the year. Alas, I am in turbo-boost Catch Up mode: In less than 10 days, I had the wonderful experience of flying on 6 different airplanes. Not accustomed to being a road warrior, to rapidly adjusting to different time [...]

I finished reading the book that I brought with me 3 hours into the flight. What now? Should have saved the book for the trip rather than greedily starting it before Christmas. With the detour to Sarah Palin's homeland I now have an even longer flight with no reading material. And sitting in the middle seat [...]

I am in Alaska. More specifically, I am sitting on the plane on the runway. In Anchorage. We have to make the emergency stop here because a passenger passed out en route to Narita. Although he looks rather young, he apparently has suffered a heart attack recently. He is also traveling by himself, with TWO [...]

Flying 8,108* miles home

I bet'ya that I was given the best Christmas present this year. Hands down. I will be flying home. Today. By myself. A while ago I wrote about how I wish I could go home and see my parents. Many of you commented that I should just take the trip... Before it's too late. I want to [...]

Christmas Day Rambling

The presents were all opened, displayed, oooo-ahhhed, ridiculed, and appreciated. The floors have been cleaned up, except the piles of new possessions pushed against the wall around the corners of the small family room in my in-law's house to make room for foot traffic. And for Zhu Zhu pets, which my husband discovered online (specifically at [...]

Christmas Eve Shuffle

Every year we come back to my husband's childhood home for Christmas. We are fortunate, I guess, in that we never have to worry/argue/agonize about splitting time between two sets of grandparents since mine are 7,500 miles away. It has become a holiday ritual: Santa goes to grandpa and grandma's house. This year I let [...]

Your pending divorce. Or the future bildungsroman written by your children. Courtesy of CVS. While you are at it, get one of those cards strategically positioned by the cash register at any liquor store to go with an item you carefully selected from this section.

This post was written on December 20, 2009, the Sunday before Christmas... I am a gullible cynic. Or rather a cynical _______ (Fill in the blank for "a gullible person"). If it is possible to have such a conflicted personality. Or I may just be plain crazy. Despite the making fun of the over-exposure of [...]

Stolen Day

I feel that we have got an extra day out of this insane holiday season... The original plan was for me to be away for 3 days this past week on a business trip. I would come back late on Friday night and start cleaning, doing laundry, packing, addressing holiday cards, and finishing up holiday [...]

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