Thanksgiving in the Desert

“I’m going to be done with trial right around Thanksgiving and I want to go on a vacation. I’m thinking of getting a big house near Joshua Tree. Want to join us?” She showed me the house on Airbnb. Right in the heart of Palm Desert, four bedrooms. Sleeps 12. TVs in every room. Two…

Throwback Thursday: Christmas in New York

The lights, the windows, the skaters, the tree at Rockefeller Center – there is nothing better than Christmas in New York. Growing up in New Jersey, Christmas in New York was a yearly tradition. My dad took two weeks off around Christmas, and we always did fun holiday adventures. One of those adventures every year…

Celebrating Independence Day in the South

Since my mom’s move to Virginia with her husband, I’ve been wanted to get down there the visit, and see the Richmond my mom experiences. During our recent trip out east, 4th of July weekend feel like the first time to explore our new Southern headquarters.    We arrive the day before the holiday, and…

The San Francisco Nutcracker

The Nutcracker – an age old holiday tradition. The classic ballet by Tchaikovsky that tells the story of a girl, her Nutcracker, and the epic dream that takes her from a rat fight under the Christmas tree to a feast of dances in the forest of the sugar plum fairy. Many years ago I saw…

Holiday Fun in the Bay Area

December has always been my favorite time of year. I love Christmas, the whole Christmas season. Every year my dad took off two weeks around Christmas and he took my sister and I on fun, seasonal activities. We would get hot coco at the Christmas Tree Farm, visit a living nativity scene, and we had…

Holiday Out With Thomas

My son is a Thomas the Train fanatic. He loves everything Thomas. His interest in trains started around 18 months when he called any toy with wheels he played with a choo-choo. But somewhere around 2.5 he discovered there was a difference between Thomas and all other types of trains. The rest was history. Somewhere…

All Hallows’ Eve

Taking a break for my regular writing topics to talk about Halloween. While I was not scheduled to travel until the next day, my sabbatical official started on Halloween. Every year I’m scrambling to make it make it home from work so I can go trick or treating with the kids. This year I was…