It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here what with Step-mother Martha Stewart’s five miniature trees themed to each room, two themed full-sized trees, mantel garlands, Christmas flowers, window decals, and three Christmas villages. The Christmas spirit is definitely in full swing at this house. Yesterday we took a break from all the decorating and cleaning to join-up with family for an early … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!
Have you ever felt like the world was chasing you down a dark alley, slamming you against the wall, wrapping it’s burning hot fingers around your throat, and wringing the last tendrils of life out of your very soul? Have you ever felt like that while thousands of miles away from home? Consider yourself lucky. It was Spring of 2008. Things started normally. I was … Continue reading Friday the 13th Travel Horror Story: London Theft
So I have a confession . . . I’m fat, and I’ve been fatter. I have another confession . . . I’ve rarely, if ever, let my weight stop me. I wanted to act so I acted. I wanted to compete in speech and debate so I competed. I did talent shows. I taught classes. I occasionally did sporting events. I rode rides. I even … Continue reading A Confession: Why Wait Till You’re Skinny?
Most of the time I refer to myself as a Southern Belle, but for about half of my life I wandered the Great Plains of the midwest. In the last several years, I’ve learned to embrace the dual nature that is my mixed-up self. Teaching English in China even caused me to revert back to the Nebraska accent from my youth. I’m sure my nieces … Continue reading Hearty Homestead Meals
I always have the same problem around various holidays. I download to many holiday themed movies, and don’t get them all watched before the season’s spirit has left me empty once again. Halloween is usually the worst. I mean there are literally thousands of semi-adequate, cheesy horror films to feel my Halloween season nights so I have to pick and choose. This year I focused … Continue reading Ultimate Christmas Movie List ~ What’s Your Favorite?
I’ve had two Christmases in China. The first Christmas, I was a tad massively obsessive compulsive about following traditions from home. The second Christmas, I joined up was dragged along with my Irish and British friends on a Christmas Eve night that is probably not best to describe on a public website that future employers may see. Let’s just say Christmas morning involved a lot of prayer and … Continue reading This One Time in . . . China: A Painted Christmas Tree
I did it! I finally mapped most of my travels. To see the map click through this link http://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=766462&x=57.374208&y=34.831024&z=15. You can click on the location markers to see pictures and read a brief summary of my trip. If you would like to make your own map, then go to http://www.zeemaps.com. It’s free and easy. I had so much fun putting this together. Check back often … Continue reading Zeemaps – Make Your Own
I am home for the holidays for the first time in over two years. It was a lot harder celebrating those special days without my family and long established traditions. My China buddies can tell you that I tried really hard to recreate those traditions on foreign soil – another story for another post – and I was religious in Skype/Gift opening requirements with the … Continue reading Home for the Holidays: Long Lost Friends