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Seattle Trip Planning – How I Booked Josh’s Birthday Trip For A Song

My husband Josh and I have known each other since the fourth grade. Of course we haven’t been together that long – we reconnected at our tenth year high school reunion. He had no idea who I was. We were married five months later. At the time of the reunion, Josh was […]

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My Top Five Opinionated Tips For The Grand Wailea In Maui

In the early nineties, my boyfriend and I were on a game show titled, “Shop ‘Til You Drop.” It was filmed in a fake mall, complete with various storefronts. We were pitted against another couple, and the goal of the game was to get the high score in a serious […]

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Kauai Sunshine: A Waterfall, A Pineapple, A Kayak, And Us

My cousin (code name Sunshine) lives in Kauai. The highlight of our vacation so far was the night we spent at her house on Kalihiwai beach. We packed a lot of adventure into 48 hours. We hiked to Queen’s Bath, which is a tide pool about the size of a swimming pool. […]

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Aw, Man! The St. Regis Princeville Was Just “Meh”

Over the years, I’ve found that sometimes the elements of a vacation that I’m most looking forward to turn out to be the things that I could have done without. A great example of this is the St. Regis Princeville on the beautiful island of Kauai. We just wrapped up […]

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A Quick Trip To New Orleans

One of my best friends (I’ll call her Ginger) lives on the East Coast. Ginger moved from California over ten years ago, and since that time, we’ve made what I would call an extreme effort to stay in touch. How extreme? Well, I call her almost every day. Several times […]

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The Scariest 3 Words I’ve Ever Heard: “Hello, My Friend!”

I’ve been thinking about Africa a lot lately. Partially because my brother just moved to Cameroon, a little because I’ve been thinking about going back, and another bit because I want my kids to know what it was like. For me, Africa was intense. First of all, I didn’t fit […]

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The Lorien Hotel, A Few Hours In Alexandria, And My FTU Arrival

I am at the FTU! As soon as my plan landed in DC, I called Josh to check in. “What took you so long?” he asked. “Ummm…I just flew across the country?” I answered. There was a long pause. “What?” he finally asked. “Where are you? I thought you were […]

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NYC Highlights and Lowlights

In my family, we like to play a conversation game at the dinner table. It’s called “Highlights and Lowlights,” and it plays out just like it sounds: we each take turns sharing the highs and lows of our day. The game is great because it’s simple, it’s structured, and it’s […]

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I’m Having A Wild Fling With The Andaz Fifth Avenue

I know. You haven’t heard from me lately. And before you even ask, it’s not you – it’s me. Everything happened in such a whirlwind that I haven’t had time to share, but the short answer is that I’m having a wild fling with the Andaz Fifth Avenue in New York […]

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Portland Part Two – Eating, Drinking and Shopping

I had an action-packed day with my friend Hottie on Saturday. We rode bikes, shot guns, and ate Viking food. It was going to be hard to top that action, so we didn’t even try. Instead, we took it down a couple notches and decided to eat, drink, and shop […]

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