Travel

Break

It was dark and stormy last week. We got about 10 inches of rain in a week, 6 of it over the course of two or three days. I later learned that this unenjoyable weather is called an “atmospheric river”. I think this is the California version of the...

spacer

Heading Home

It’s 4:30 am and I am drinking bad in room coffee and waiting for daylight. I’m sorry to say that the cold or whatever it is has not improved and I felt too miserable to sleep. It is going to be a long way home. Well, it would be...

spacer

Eureka

Home away from home Hi! I’m coming to you from Eureka! Eureka is what I said when I finally got here, too. I thought I was mentally prepared for the long and winding road that is Highway One, but as usual, I was wrong about that. By the time...

spacer

Aftermath

While the rest of you were celebrating your Christmas, I was cleaning up after ours. Every year I tell myself not to bother cleaning up before hand, and every year, I ignore my own well-meant advice and am annoyed/horrified by having to re-clean everything I had cleaned the day...

spacer

2016

The sadness of losing my much-loved Roscoe at the end of the old year carried into the new year. A year later, I still can’t believe that his remarkable presence has been extinguished and that I will never have the joy of sharing my life with him again. I...

spacer

Roadside America

Waking up when it’s light outside with cats sleeping peacefully on the bed and not (I’m looking at you, Queen Audrey) demanding to be let out: priceless. It’s good to be home after my mini road trip north, and it’s a delightful coincidence that I am home on the...

spacer

Postcard

Hello from the redwoods! You’re right, there are redwoods in Hooterville, too. But it’s just one of those California things that you can drive for hours and still be in your own county (or just over the county line) and still be in the same area code. As usual,...

spacer

Home Again

My culinary errands were not 100% successful. I found myself unable to face the line at Swan’s. Even at 10:30 am, the line was a block long and my patience wasn’t. I also struck out at Bob’s Doughnuts, where they were sold out of old fashioneds, so I settled...

spacer

Farewell Monterey

The dreaming spires of Monterey I’m coming to you from San Francisco, where the foghorns are singing their sad song and the wild parrots are crying out harshly as their green and red wings clatter overhead. And there will be Lemongrass (delivered) for dinner! Before I left the balmy...

spacer

Monterey Day

Beautiful Monterey Bay I woke up to the shouts of seagulls and a beautiful, sunny Monterey day. It was hard to believe it was February as Wednesday and I headed to the famous aquarium. I even took off my thin sweater and had the windows down. It would have...

spacer

Road Trip

You guys! I actually left the County after a year and a half. Alert the media! I’m coming to you from Monterey, where it’s warm enough to have the door of my motel room open at 7:30 pm as I await the delivery of Chinese food. While I love...

spacer

Summer Vacation

A look at a summer trip to Paris. Paris, France Friday, August 23, 1991 Sitting in the open window of my room at the Hôtel des Batignolles, in a part of Paris which is new to me. The room is quite nice for 290 francs a night: a double...

spacer

A Trip Into the Past: Russia, Part II

St. Petersburg, Russia September 15, 1992 Sheets of tickets Braved the number 1 tram to the Hermitage. As usual, it was insanely crowded and reeking of sweat and vodka. Long line to buy our tickets – sheets of paper equalling 200 rubles ($4). The Hermitage is a breathtakingly beautiful...

spacer

A Trip Into the Past: Russia, Part I

Nothing to declare but my genius Jump into the Wayback Machine with me! We’re going to post-glasnost Russia! St. Petersburg, Russia September 13, 1992 Now in my bleak Russian hotel room, sitting on my narrow bed [the coarse, less than white sheets would not be changed during my stay,...

spacer

Road Trip!

Megan and I went on a little adventure to the south coast on Sunday. We could not have had a nicer day for it. The sky was a clear, cloudless blue, and it must have been at least 70 degrees. No jacket required. It was an all girl road...

spacer

Unexpected

Even way out in Hooterville, you just never know what will happen… On Monday, I left home early to get yet another check-up for Wednesday. Her sullen teen years, like most kids’, have not been that great for the grown ups in the picture, no matter how faux. It...

spacer

2013

I’m ending the year the same way I started it – in my beloved San Francisco. This was a banner year for trips to the City: 9, an all-time high since moving to Hooterville four years ago. There was a lot more travel this year, some less fun (Atlanta)...

spacer

Busyness

It’s 6:15 am, and it’s 44 degrees F/6 degrees C inside my house. Winter’s here! Here’s yesterday’s schedule: 5:30 am Get up and make coffee. Glad that I brought coffee and small French press with me to avoid the equally horrifying possibilities of in room coffee or having to...

spacer

Suzylocks and the Three Cars

I’m coming to you from the modest motel in San Francisco, where the foghorns are blowing up a storm, so I’m guessing it’s dark grey outside. You may wonder how I got here with Miss Scarlett in the shop and the loaner Honda clearly not up to the road...

spacer

Whew

A lot has happened since I last checked in with you from the 27th floor of my Atlanta hotel. I woke up before the alarm (and wake up call) at 6:15 am. Despite utter lack of use, my ability to cope with time zone changes and lack of sleep...

spacer