Toronto adventures with the kid, Summer 2018 Edition

Okay, it took a while to get the first part of this trip blog out but I think I’m on a roll. It also seems to take me longer to blog if I’m concerned about uploading and dropping in photos. If I’m as good a writer as a fancy, photos aren’t necessary, right?? **** Thursday,…

East coast adventures with the kid, Summer 2018 Edition

I’m not sure what I’m waiting for exactly. A huge stretch of free time on a weekend afternoon? Hah. Not being exhausted one evening and blog away the night? When I am still awake after 10 p.m., I’m doing a whole laundry list of other things, usually household-related. A pocket of free time at work?…

Toronto: Summer 2017 and wedding edition

This trip by the numbers: Number of airport runs not involving my own flights: 4 Ice cream treats enjoyed: 2 Size of wedding party: 12 (1 bride + 1 groom + 5 groomsmen + 5 bridesmaids) Wedding guest list: 132 Number of Chows (incl partners): 25 Number of Chows that traveled to the wedding: 15…

Las Vegas (5th edition)

When I look back, I have barely any recollection of the details of my Las Vegas trip back in 2014. I cannot say with certainty which hotel we stayed in but I do know which show we saw (Thunder from Down Under) and which club we went to (Hakkasan where Afrojack was DJ’ing). I can’t…

Impromptu Whistler weekend and new thoughts on Mother’s Day

While I was away from work and Vancouver earlier this month, I was checking work email and saw that staff in the Vancouver office of my firm had the opportunity for a free stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. All we had to do was fill out a Survey Monkey and without thinking long and…

Halifax & Toronto: Spring 2017 trip recap

There are so many things going on in my head about this trip (and life in the short-term in general) so I’ve laid this post out a little differently but I think still coherently. Flights To think, the part I was most worried about before going was the flights. It was easy when E was…

The other California trip: Cruise portion

It has been a couple of years where I’ve wanted to try out going on a cruise. FIL and MIL and their gaggle of semi-/retired friends go on – it seems – a cruise every year so FIL is on all the right email lists, has a travel agent he books with and knows the process…

The assorted meals we had in PSP and LAX

Co-worker: Where are you going during your time off? Me: Palm Springs. Co-worker: That’s great! Do you golf? Me: No. Why do people keep asking me that?? Palm Springs is apparently good for golf (not just good, fantastic), outdoor swimming pools and eating. For us, it has a great central location and we had our…

Last week, we were in Maui

In a stroke of brilliant timing over which I didn’t have control, we (NPY and I) were off to Maui from January 11 to 17, six days after I returned from Christmas holidays. It was a conference for NPY’s work with only the awarded top performers in their departments in their regions, 360 employees and their…