Monday, January 26, 2009

Culture Shock

I'm back from California. What a great trip - I wish I could have stayed longer. I don't know any place that has better food, overall, than CA. Imagine artichokes, once grilled and once baked. Yum. And avocados on everything! I stopped at a little cafe in San Rafael one morning, just looking for a bagel, and here is what I got. It was so delicious. I think I'll buy up a bunch of avocados and have them ready for any breakfast that comes along! (But they never taste as good in MA as they do in CA, do they.) After a day of airline food (which had to be PURCHASED along with everything liquid, including water, that had to be PURCHASED - shame on you, USAirways), California cuisine seemed very far away.
And then I experienced this.
"Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music!" We had a great time, but I had forgotten how commercial these shows can be. From the lobby, to intermission, and then the post-show onslaught - it's no wonder that kids learn to "need" and "want" everything. Of course we indulged. But the music was fun, and it was a joy to see our granddaughter soaking it all in.

Now back to reality.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


What a difference a plane ride makes. What I left behind:
Now the view from my hotel balcony in San Diego this afternoon:
Just for the record, I feel a little guilty ... just a little bit.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Let it snow!

It snowed last night. On top of what was already on the ground (and tables and stairs), I think we got about 4".

Sorry it's so hard to see - this is the only ruler I could find in the house. At least this time the snow is fluffy and easier to push around than the icy mess we had last week. Yesterday we spent over an hour getting most of the remaining ice off the driveway so that it wouldn't be lurking under the snow that was (correctly) predicted for last night. I do love living in New England, but this is already a long winter. Fortunately I leave on Thursday for California! San Diego here I come!! I'll be indoors 90% of the time, working the trade show, but I'm pretty sure I won't have to deal with snow. I'll try to post some photos, from the show as well as from my trip to northern California, which is where I'm going when the trade show ends. In the meantime, I have to go put on some socks - it's cold here!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Year's Eve
May you have a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2009! Happy New Year, from my home to yours.