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Heading Home
December 30th, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends,Travel 1 Comment

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 anyway! Jarrett picked me up yesterday […]

Eureka
December 29th, 2017 by suzy in Friends,Travel 1 Comment

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 I had reached Westport, I felt […]

Aftermath
December 27th, 2017 by suzy in Special Occasions,Travel,Work 1 Comment

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 before. This year, of course, was […]

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 have yet to wash or dispose […]

Roadside America
October 22nd, 2016 by suzy in Travel 3 Comments

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 anniversary of the day I moved […]

Postcard
October 20th, 2016 by suzy in Travel 2 Comments

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, my travel plans did not exactly […]

Home Again
February 28th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Family,Travel 1 Comment

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 for two cinnamon cake doughnuts. Of […]

Farewell Monterey
February 26th, 2016 by suzy in San Francisco,Travel 3 Comments

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 shores of Monterey, I stopped by […]

Monterey Day
February 25th, 2016 by suzy in Travel 3 Comments

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 been a perfect convertible day. My […]

Road Trip
February 24th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Family,House,Travel 2 Comments

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 food delivery as much as – […]

Summer Vacation
June 24th, 2015 by suzy in Memories,Travel 1 Comment

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 bed, clean bathroom with pretty grey […]

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 place, with its elaborate inlaid wood […]

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, and bore the bloodstains of many […]

Road Trip!
January 31st, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family,Travel 3 Comments

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 trip, with Star and Stella in […]

Unexpected
August 5th, 2014 by suzy in Travel,Work 2 Comments

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 seems that I will have to […]

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) than others (LA). This was a […]

Busyness
December 4th, 2013 by suzy in San Francisco,Travel 4 Comments

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 go and get coffee in the […]

Suzylocks and the Three Cars
December 2nd, 2013 by suzy in Bullshit,Car,Travel 1 Comment

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 trip. The day after Thanksgiving, Megan, […]

Whew
November 7th, 2013 by suzy in Travel 3 Comments

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 while traveling has not atrophied. The […]

Home of the Braves
November 5th, 2013 by suzy in Bullshit,Travel,Work 1 Comment

Atlanta at night It was a long, long walk through the Atlanta airport. This turned out to be a universal source of amusement for everyone in the know, which turned out to be everyone but Me. Apparently I should have taken one of the train things labeled Gates A, B, C, etc. instead of persistently […]