through the looking glass

Bucket list. Checked.

It's only January 4 and I've already checked an item off of my bucket list. Take that, 2017!   Hamilton did not disappoint despite all the hype. It's everything it's said to be and more. The book, lyrics and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a masterpiece and will withstand time to be one of the classics [...]

  Best find in Germany: Kinder Eggs (Kinder Surprises). I was indeed pleasantly surprised that the toy is a Lufthansa plane. And the pieces all fit together nicely. (Remember those horrible experiences with your sobbing, disappointed kid because the cheap toys broke or could not be put together even with Super Glue?) My son said, "Duh. [...]

I spent 7 Euro for the privilege of going inside the Berliner Dom. Money so well spent.   So... This happened. I walked into the hotel and there's this giant aquarium about 25 metre tall in the middle of of the lobby.       A room with a view.     What happens when [...]

I had the privilege of flying on one of Eva Airlines' Hello Kitty planes today.   Everywhere you turn on the plane, you see signs of Hello Kitty: from the pins on the flight attendants' uniforms, their pink aprons, the pillow covers, to the air freshener in the lavatory.   I started chuckling as I [...]

Flying home. Musing.

On ASIANA plane less than 5 minutes I've Already noticed vast differences. First of all: Flight attendants' smiles & willingness to help. 3 flight attendants offered to help me with lifting my carry-on to the overhead bin despite the fact that I'm bigger than all 3 of them combined! They're also all very young, thin [...]

Welcome to Chicago!

My previous post was a fine example for #FirstWorldProblem. The kids and I survived. Of course. More than survived, we had a grand old time taking it easy playing really layback tourists in Chicago. The kids apparently inherited my love for hotels: we spent one morning inside the hotel watching the History Channel. http://instagram.com/p/b9zjkBn01m/ http://instagram.com/p/b91H1ZH04X/ http://instagram.com/p/b-MVUpH0_r/ [...]

The ABCs of OBX

A is for the ABC stores in NC. After having come here every year for 10+ years, I finally realized on this trip that 1) in NC, you could only purchase hard liquors from the ABC stores, 2) ABCs are not open on Sundays, 3) ABC is not a random acronym that many businesses have [...]

New York. New York.

The Husband and the boys are on a 4-day hiking trip along the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. I had been thinking about taking advantage of the empty house for a long time but did not make any decision until Bugginword gave me the "open arms all system go" welcome gesture and also I found a [...]

Happy 2013!!!!

I'm sitting on the plane waiting for takeoff so I can go home to the 22-degree paradise. It figures that on the last day of my vacation the temperate finally got to Florida normal and I stopped throwing up. Hurray 2013! So as my husband and my youngest went off to see the Outback Bowl [...]

So the world didn't end in 2012. Sorry Mayans. You have been wrongfully blamed for incorrect prophesy when in fact people simply misinterpreted your calendar system. But no worries, we will probably bring an end to ourselves soon with all the sinners and the sinful things we commit on a daily basis. In total honesty [...]

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