Here I rest, another Sunday afternoon, waiting for our soup to come to its simmering goodness. Collin is finishing up homework after a two-week break from school, which we spent exploring lovely Italy. It was quite the experience to say the least, empowering yet humbling. It wasn’t a true test of our newly acquired and still improving linguistic skills, but they came in handy nonetheless. My default language has become French, which is amusing. Collin always chuckled at my French responses to Italian questions....more
Oh man, where do I start...Lebanese food, Middle-Eastern food, whatever you call it just remember - there is hummus everywhere in Dubai and it is good. I highly recommend the restaurant at the Park Hyatt. The hotel is beautiful and serene, the restaurant has fantastic views and overlooks the water and last but not least, they have the cheapest all you can eat buffet with the highest quality food I have ever seen!...more
Well hello. I know, I know. It's been forever. There are a few reasons I haven't written. I'm sure you can guess some of them (I'm in France, bitch!). My aunt passed away less than a week after I arrived in France. I felt really guilty about not being there and it was extremely hard to get through that first day by myself surrounded by people barely even knew me, let alone my aunt. In the weeks that have followed I think I'm adjusting well. I've found a good group of friends who keep me busy and don't mind when I just need to be alone. ...more
Rising gas prices. Energy security. Global climate change. Each one a good reason to work on raising the fuel economy of our vehicles. The CAFE 2025 standard calls for the US fleet of passenger cars and light trucks to achieve an average mileage of 54.5 mpg by 2025, up from 27.5 mpg in 2011.
Just about every news article and blog covering CAFE 2025 states that the new standard will add, on average, $3000 to the purchase price of a car (but the savings at the pump amount to a lot more than that over the car's lifetime).
It's been one of those days. Day 1 of a 4 day long weekend, and the kids have been arguing all yelling all day. OK, not the entire day, as I'm pretty sure that they were very well behaved while playing at their friends' house. They did start-up again as they were getting out of the car when dropped back at home about an hour ago, couldn't even wait until they were completely out of the vehicle....more
Last week I did something new. It wasn’t as delicious as trying a new flavor of ice cream, or as adventurous as flying down a zip line. It wasn’t as bold as a new hair color, or as daring as quitting my job. Last week I flew alone. Solo. No friends, no kids, no spouse, no colleagues. Just me, my overstuffed suitcase and a carry-on bag full of papers to grade, books to read, and stories to write....more