How to become a seasoned traveler


Hey!  It’s Summertime!!!   Time to take to the highways and sky-ways for travel.  Here are a few helpful tips on becoming a seasoned traveler.  You’re Welcome!


 Helpful Hints


  • Dramatically roll eyes when your fun friend suggests taking a weekend trip together while out having cocktails

  • Order another round of drinks

  • Jump on board

  • Discuss possible destinations with fun friend

  • Start small – possibly a road-trip to a neighboring state.

  • Pay the high tab from cocktails you’ve been having while discussing fun road-trip and decide to pin down destination soon.

  • Ignore work, chores, spouse, kids so you can obsess all week about where to go on fun girlfriends road trip

  • Decide a weekend is not long enough

  • Extend weekend trip to an extended long weekend road-trip.

  • Call fun friend at work to discuss extended long weekend road-trip details.

  • Scrap the idea of road-trip.  Decide to fly across the country

  • Look for good airfare

  • Pay exorbitant price for airfare

  • Book earliest flight of the day as not to miss a single minute of fun get-away.

  • Look for good hotel deal in a small, reasonably priced hotel.

  • Book a suite at a swanky hotel

  • Get disgusted at lack of weekend getaway outfits.

  • Go shopping for new wardrobe.

  • Sneak new wardrobe into house when hubby is away at work

  • Feel guilty

  • Hide new wardrobe in back of spare bedroom closet.

  • Call fun friend to discuss new weekend wardrobe

  • Get excited

  • Brilliantly decide to extend weekend road-trip to a week-long get away.  Hurray!

  • Go shopping for more clothes

  • Start obsessing about weather for fun girlfriend’s trip

  • Go shopping for comfy vacation walking shoes

  • Buy three pairs

  • Call fun friend and tell her about new, comfy walking shoes.

  • Check out vacation destination weather again

  • Worry about possible rain

  • Screw the rain.  Who cares!

  • Go shopping for new rain slicker and travel umbrella

  • Call fun friend and discuss new purchases.  And, weather.

  • Lug old suitcase up 2 weeks before trip and set it in corner of bedroom

  • Decide old suitcase is not good for fun getaway

  • Go shopping for new weekender bag

  • Call fun friend and tell her about new luggage

  • Check on vacation weather again

  • Start laying out clothes for fun girls getaway.

  • Call fun friend to ask what she is packing.

  • Over-pack

  • Unzip suitcase extender for extra room

  • Take a few things out of suitcase that you decide you don’t need.

  • Re-zip overstuffed suitcase

  • Have fun friend stay with you the night before leaving on fun friends getaway.

  • Check out vacation weather with fun friend.

  • Ask hubby to drive you to airport in the morning.

  • Worry about possible, heavy traffic on the way to airport.  And, the weather.

  • Set alarm clock for 3am to avoid being late for first flight out

  • Lug overstuffed, heavy suitcase down the stairs and out to waiting car.

  • Arrive at airport 2 hours early for first flight because there was no traffic.

  • Board airplane.

  • Get situated in seat and worry about who will be sitting with you in third open seat.

  • Avoid eye contact with boarding passengers

  • Pray for someone skinny.

  • Cough and pretend to have massive head cold as boarding passengers check out open seat.

  • Turn to fun friend in excitement as seat remains open.

  • Talk about weather at destination

  • Talk about all the fun you will have

  • Order a Bloody Mary from Flight attendant

  • Talk about how this will be the BEST TRIP EVER.

  • Land at destination.

  • Lug overstuffed suitcase out to cab

  • Wait in massively long cab line

  • Load heavy suitcase into trunk of cab

  • Swerve away from Airport and Off You Go!!

  • Arrive at Swanky Hotel.

  • Check into room.

  • Drop off luggage

  • HURRAY!   Have a GREAT fun friend getaway!!





When movies were movies…..

For attractive lips,
Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes,
Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure,
Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair,
Let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise,
Walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things,
Have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed,
And redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
You will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;
One for helping yourself, and the other for helping others. 

–Audrey Hepburn


something worth sharing….

Weekly Challenge: Creativity

Creativity: The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: 

Being an avid Blogger, (my new hobby!) you tend to come across blogs, videos & photo’s that are brilliant.  You can’t help but wish that you had come up with that idea first.


Like, for instance, Brandon, the guy from New York who created the Facebook and Tumblr pages, “Humans of New York.”   Each day, he randomly picks strangers out of the blue, takes their photograph and writes a one or two sentence blurb about them.  A super condensed version of “their story.”  He has about a gazillion followers.  He has been featured on every news show from here to the end of the earth.  And has been written up in The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal & CBS New York…just to name a few.  All because he had a great idea.  Well Shoot!  I could have done that.  But he thought of it first.

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And how about that  Jenny Lawson – The Bloggess ~ She has millions of followers and fans.  She’s an accomplished blogger and a published author.  She’s amazingly witty.  (Cracks me up!!)   “She’s like Mother Teresa, Only Better.”  Well, shoot.  I could be like Mother Theresa!  She thought of it first, tho.

tumblr_static_bloggesslogo__1_For the past week, I have been stuck in the house.  Mainly because I am not feeling my usual 110%.  But also because the Polar Vortex has caused our tempts to plummet to about -100º and has dumped about 200 feet of snow on us.  Ok, I exaggerate.  But man, we have a TON of it.  It’s all very stressful!!


Since I have been hibernating indoors, I have been spending just a tad bit more time online.  I’ve been surfing WordPress.  And boy oh boy I have found some amazing stuff!  There’s more creative people than you could ever, ever imagine.  It’s truly amazing!  (How do they do it?)

I consider myself a blogger with impeccable taste.   An Über Blogger, if you will.   Brilliant, even!  (I kid!!… it’s the cabin fever setting in.)  And because of this, I am going to share with you a little Vimeo I ran across.  I think you are going to be as blown away from it as I was.  So, Rick Mereki, Thank you for your brilliance and for sharing with the world, your creative Vimeo.  I wish I had thought of this first!!!