Gah! Air Travel!!

This morning, Ms. Without-Shopping and I woke up at o-dark thirty to catch a 6:30 flight to a conference. Flying anywhere for any professional reason almost never happens to teacher types (it involves money), so we’re excited–until we get to the airport. We park and hustle into the terminal. Turns out the e-ticket is one of those “operated by” tix, so we’re at the...
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Happiness is…

“…two kinds of ice cream…finding your skate key…telling the time! Happiness is learning to whistle, tying your shoe for the very first tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!”Sorry! Got a little You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown there, but every time I hear someone say “happiness is,” my brain starts singing. Turns out, according to the CDC, happiness is living in...
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Carolina in My Mind

Ahh….mountain air. There’s something refreshing about escaping the ridiculous humidity in Florida and enjoying cooler days and nights in the Blue Ridge. Driving up from Atlanta, you can totally understand the scriptural reference “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (if I may go all King James for a moment). The Appalachians don’t...
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Now That’s What I Call Feminine Protection!

Now I’ve seen it all. Normally, the host hotel for RWA National commandeers a men’s bathroom to handle the high number of female attendees. I’ve always thought it was kinda cool to penetrate the inner sanctum in all its masculine glory. But not the Marriott Wardman Park. They were so kind as to arrange this:It’s not like we’re going to run screaming from the loo at...
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mimi Does Monuments!

I am one tired puppy, let me tell you. I wish I’d remembered the pedometer, because I have no idea how much we walked. I only know it was a lot. After a yummy breakfast at Afterwords Café near Dupont Circle, we hoofed it down Connecticut Avenue to Lafayette Square, then over to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I’ve been to DC before, but my memories of a lot of these places are from a tour...
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