California March 2019 trip: What we did

Between March 7 and March 18 – eight working days and half of my 2019 vacation days! – we took our California vacation booked back in November on Westjet’s Black Friday sales and planned largely in February. It’s so cute that at 3.5 years old, kiddo has an understanding of travel and anticipation for what…

California March 2019 trip: What we ate

It seems like these days, when I travel – and all I can recall is going to Seattle, Toronto and Halifax for the past while – our food adventures haven’t been anything to report back about. Until this time! A mixture of who we met up with in California, increased enthusiasm for what’s on offer,…

California March 2019 trip: Where we stayed

While we booked our 12-day trip to L.A. back in November (Black Friday sales!), it didn’t feel real until we booked our hotels and car rental only/less than a month out. It’s not like we could cancel our flights without huge fees or anything. La Quinta Inn & Suites San Diego SeaWorld-Zoo Area641 Camino Del…

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┬áprocess…