All the feelings at Christmas-time

On a whim, tonight I bought a rope of silver garland to add to my tabletop Christmas tree. The sparkles are exactly what I’d hoped for. I’m having a Christmas-time flashback of lying on the floor with my head under our family tree – a real one, unlike my current one – blurring my eyesContinue reading “All the feelings at Christmas-time”

Happy Holidays from Boston

I’ve been Boston for 20 days now, not counting my little “training” visit back in November. And I have a problem. I can’t seem to figure out what to say about it. The problem is that this whole thing, this whole adventure – it doesn’t feel real. I keep waiting for the conference to endContinue reading “Happy Holidays from Boston”

Day 1 in Paris

Twas the day after Christmas And all through the flat Not a creature was stirring Except me, how weird is that? Bonjour from Paris, mes amis!  It’s about 8:40am local time, and I’ve been awake since about 8, pondering why, after spending yesterday day kicking some pretty serious jet lag’s butt, I’m not still sleeping. Continue reading “Day 1 in Paris”

Holiday shopping survival tips

Other than a trip to the grocery store tomorrow, I am officially never shopping in America again…until 2013.   I’m sure I’ll drop some significant euros in France, but that’s another blog entry (or several). Surprisingly, I didn’t kill anyone, either personally or vehicular-ly, during this year’s shopping escapades, and I’m in a pretty chill moodContinue reading “Holiday shopping survival tips”

It takes a village to get to Paris

This vacation planning thing is complicated, y’all.  Two weeks in a foreign country is a different animal than a few days in a gated community in Florida, or even a visit to the Rocky Mountains. There is so much to do I honestly wonder if the list will even end.  I think a lot ofContinue reading “It takes a village to get to Paris”