If you’re traveling to San Francisco for BlogHer Food 2009, you might want to leave a little extra room in your suitcase. Not only is this a city of great eating and drinking, this is a terrific city for culinary shopping and tourism.
I've always been a social creature. In fact, all my 5th grade report card said in the comments section was "My darling Katie. If we could get her to stop talking and start working, her grades would improve." A life-long challenge, I'm afraid.
Last week Mike and I finally got OFF our collective asses and
decided to spend a little time ON ‘em: a week on the beach, just us and
the girls renting a cottage on the rugged, majestic Oregon Coast. It
was the perfect getaway: for weeks, I’d envisioned our sun-washed days
of building sandcastles and chasing kites, afternoons of children
napping while I worked on the novel and Michael made continuous,
thwarted advances, and evenings of sunset walks on the sand followed by
homemade meals and games and everyone falling exhausted into bed after
a full and fantastical day
I’m excited to announce that the monthly giveaway of care packages from Japan has officially begun on my blog!
(If you're new to my blog, Welcome! )
Why I am I doing this? Because there are way too many awesome things here in Japan to hoard to myself. I had to find a way to share!
It's not as if we needed another pet. We already have cats and a pond
full of fish, the occasional insect pavilion (ladybugs to hatch,
caterpillars to metamorphize, whatever the kids catch and bring in for
temporary housing). But when a little fuzzball of a kitten found us on
our first rest stop some 200 miles from home, how could we just leave it behind? (Read more...)
An interesting thing happens when we leave California - people are friendly. I don't mean your everyday California friendly. I mean, happy to have jobs no matter how menial, openly expressive, welcoming to strangers, curious about the people around them. They make eye contact. The girls noticed this on last fall's big adventure. One year later and in an economic world apart that observation still holds true. (Read more...)
Southeastern Tennessee offers a number of shopping options, most of them in the Chattanooga/Cleveland area. Chattanooga has four major shopping malls, as well as a burgeoning, revitalized downtown area. The largest mall, Hamilton Place, is just off I-75 on the north side of the city; Eastgate is a little further south off Brainard Road;Northgate is off Highway 153; and Warehouse Row, a converted commercial district now an outlet mall, is on Market Street just outside the downtown area. Chattanooga’s downtown district has
Ok, so today I had a working lunch with my boss at Dorm Suite Dorm
(Sheri) and her sister (my previous boss, Vikki. Funny I know). We ate
in downtown Birmingham at Urban Standard. (So good. Eclectic
atmosphere. Cool vibe. Great food. Totally recommend it if you are in
the Ham.) Anyways, I got completely LOST! What else is new in my life??
A simple, "It is on 2nd Ave N between 23rd and 24th Streets" did
nothing for me. NOTHING! I walked around looking like a tourist in the
city I have lived in for the past 3 years and, not to mention, an
idiot. And... I have a GPS on my phone.
My sister in law is visiting me here in the Pacific Northwest; yesterday morning I fell out of bed early to take her to the train station to catch the Vancouver, Canada bound Cascades line. It's only a few hours from Seattle to Vancouver -- I've done it for the day, a bit much, but doable, that's how close it is.