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…

Kicking off 2015 in Toronto

Another year and another mini vacation in Toronto to kick off the year and cap off a Christmas holiday journey east as far as Halifax. I don’t foresee any trips to Toronto in the coming year (although I did starkly say that last year, didn’t I), so I took an opportunity to savour some sights…

Toronto on the Last Minute trip recap

In the evening of Tuesday, November 4, because my mother didn’t want to distract me from work (I would have called her right away), I learned that my maternal grandmother, widowed three years ago, had passed away. She hadn’t been sick that I knew of (but apparently had been sick for several days) so it…

30 hours in St. Pierre, France

For the best context, read this after my previous post, 30 hours in St. John’s, Newfoundland. St. Pierre… it’s even harder to explain why I went. No one has ever heard of it and I have to explain what I know: when I was learning Atlantic Canada geography, I learned there were some islands near…

30 hours in St. John’s, Newfoundland

For additional context, after reading this, read 30 hours in St. Pierre, France. I got in to town on an Air Canada Express flight that touched down shortly before 9:00 a.m. and after I checked into my room, a little chilled, set out again. I had a full itinerary and wondered if I would get…

Eating really well around Seattle/Washington

Unlike other trips, I refrained from planning my #2DaysInSeattle to the hilt. Who knew what lay ahead or the exact schedule and what we’d feel like after the ordeal that is a half- and full marathon? Willows Inn The first meal was already planned. We were to dine at Willows Inn on Lummi Island (Lummi…

4th Annual Okanagan trip by the numbers

(our previous trips were in 2007, 2012 and 2013) Number of vacationers: 8 (4 couples) Number of days away: 5 Number of breweries: 3 Wines purchased: 7 – amongst them 2 Merlot and 3 Gewurztraminer Late harvest/dessert wines purchased: 3 Bottles of beer purchased: 5 Games of Game of Thrones played: 1/2 Games of Big…

My Vegas weekend in Fitbit

Let’s just leave most of it to the imagination, okay? But this is what my Fitbit Flex logged on Sunday, June 22 when I was in Las Vegas then Bellingham then Vancouver. We waited over 90 minutes to get into the club (Hakkasan) and really just started dancing at midnight… until it closed down at…