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London Calling….

Filed under Travel on Sunday October 14, 2007 at 6:46 pm

The count down begins! I just can’t believe it. We are almost on our way to London. We are taking the laptop and I am going to copy our friends Joe and Monique and post as we go! Wish us luck and if there are any restaurants, events or anything else we shouldn’t miss, let me know!

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

Filed under Travel on Monday October 1, 2007 at 6:47 pm

We had an incredible rain storm on the Sunday we were in St. Paul hanging out with Chrissy and JR. Since the Cathedral was on our list, we ran out of the rain and spent quite a bit of time taking pictures. I took this behind the alter. The structure is massive and just stunning. I liked this area in the back because of the shadows from the alter.

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Charles and Nicole

Filed under Friends, Travel on Monday October 1, 2007 at 6:45 pm

We went to St. Paul for a wedding reception for our friends Charles and Nicole. They were married two weeks earlier in London, but her family is from the St. Paul area. It was a lovely reception. We danced the night away and closed out the party. They had it at the Summit Manor, which is up on Summit Avenue. Summit Ave starts with St. Paul’s Cathedral on one end and each house is an amazing mansion! We had great fall weather and saw some fall colors.

Tim’s sister, Chrissy, just happened to be in town for a conference. She and her husband JR lived in St. Paul for about 3 years and hadn’t been back since 1998. He decided to fly in so we got to spend some time with them. And to make the coincidences even odder, Tim’s parents take the train every 2-3 years to New England. They just happened to pass through St. Paul on Sunday morning for about 15 minutes. We ran down to the train station to say hello!

We stayed at the St. Paul hotel, which was built in 1910. It’s a stunning hotel with incredible food and service. We rested an entire afternoon in our room after some sight seeing – it was so plush. The hotel is right across from Rice Park, which was built in 1849 by the same individual who designed Central Park in New York. I took a lot of pictures so if you are interested in the many historical buildings of St. Paul, click on the pictue of Charles and Nicole! Enter at your own risk.

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The passport saga….

Filed under Travel on Sunday May 20, 2007 at 12:15 pm

We are heading to London in October and I figured it was a good idea to get our passports taken care of early. Tim is starting a big project and will be really busy for the next 6 weeks. He had some free time on Saturday afternoon so we decided to walk up to Fedex, get the pictures and then have some lunch on our way back. We get to Fedex and the lady tells us she’s not sure how to do it and to either come back in an hour or go to Kinko’s. We decide to have lunch. We go back to Fedex and another employee starts to help us. He’s super nice, but can’t get the camera to work! He tells us to go to Kinko’s. It’s a couple of blocks away so off we go. We get to Kinko’s and they tell us they are out of printer paper for passports and won’t have any until next Tuesday! Tim remembered a place down Riverside that takes photos so we start walking. It’s a gorgeous day and a nice excuse to hang out. We get to our next destination and they do indeed take passport photos. The strangest couple run this place. He sort of wandered up to talk to us and pointed at her to take care of us. I go to take my shot and sit down on a stool. As I look up to take my picture, I notice that she is wearing a sort of half shirt and her rather large stomach is hanging out – I mean hanging, but you can’t see it until you get back behind the counter! Tim goes next and they tell us it will take about 20 minutes. We go on our way and come back. We arrive to find an angry woman at the counter. The owner messed up her order and was processing double prints. He’s yelling at his wife and this lady is looking like she might explode! They tell us – 30 more minutes. I started to wonder if we would actually get our pictures done. We walked back home and I took off to the recycle center. Tim went back and luckily, we got decent photos. It took us about 3 hours to get them!!

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It’s Official

Filed under Travel on Thursday April 26, 2007 at 11:23 am

Rich, Tim and I are going to London in October. I’m turning 40 this year and we decided that a fun trip was in order! Tim and I saved enough Alaska miles over the years that we got two free tickets on American Airlines. We are staying at a flat!  London is so expensive!  It’s unreal.  But this flat is so nice and we have a washer/dryer. It’s in a great part of town.

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Trip to San Francisco

Filed under Family, Friends, Travel on Thursday March 29, 2007 at 9:25 am

Last weekend, I made a whirlwind trip to San Francisco. Tim met his friend David who was on vacation in the city. I drove up with him on Saturday and flew back on Monday. We had so much fun. On Saturday, we stayed with our friends David and Steven. It happened to be Steven’s birthday and he was in a play called “The Secret Garden”. We went to dinner with them, saw the play and went to Fenton’s Ice Cream Parlor. I love hanging out with those boys. They are so warm and fun! It’s always a blast. Once again, I hit the Bay area with no coat! I don’t know why I keep doing it. Tim, David and I were all freezing on Saturday so we ended up buying jackets before the play.

On Sunday, we met up with Rich who took us to Tiburon. The picture next to this posting is from there. You can see the bottom of the Golden Gate Bridge peaking through the fog between the sail boats.

Rich and I had a lot of fun! We ate so much and shopped! It was too short!

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New York

Filed under Travel on Saturday September 30, 2006 at 4:22 pm

I spent last week in New York for work. Tim was supposed to join me, but unfortunately, he got very sick and had to cancel. I walked all over the place! I was on my own most of the time, but on Wednesday night, I went out to dinner with my friend Nadile. We went to Bobby Flay’s place, Bar Americain near Times Square and it was so good! And gorgeous too. I love that city! Tim has a ticket now – so I hope we can get back there together soon.

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9/11

Filed under Travel, Politics on Thursday August 31, 2006 at 4:49 pm

Last night I watched the Anthony Bourdain travel show in which he went to Beirut. It’s very interesting. As the Israeli bombing starts, he and his team move to a luxury hotel with other travelers trying to leave the country. They are there for 8 days and they have no idea how they are going to get home.

It hit home with me. Tim and I were stranded in New York over 9/11. I was there for work and Tim joined me for several days. I know you hear it from everyone who talks about that day, but it was absolutely gorgeous! I was interviewing applicants. And before I went in, someone told me that a small plane hit the world trade center. By the time I got out of the interview, the news was reporting a terrorist attack. Our office was in the penthouse of a building that had a view of the towers so I watched the second plane hit and the first tower fall. A lady I worked with had a brother who worked for the port authority. He went in with the first wave of fireman and perished. I found the NY Times article written about him last week when I was cleaning his file cabinet.

We were stranded for several days. I remember calling my brother at 7am pacific time to tell him and my parents what was going on. He was so asleep! I mentioned the attack and he said – that’s nice – where did you eat. I called my friends Judy and ML. She was asleep too, but she must have whispered something to ML because I remember hearing him in the background with the television on. A lot of things happened over the next couple of days. Imagine Manhattan shut down – no traffic. Imagine endless army tanks going up 5th Avenue to remove the debris. And the constant threats – Grand Central was shut for while. Penn Station too. It was unnerving. One of the worst things was wondering how we would get home.

We were watching Anthony Bourdain last night and we started to recount the steps we took during that time. It was surreal. As if that wasn’t bad enough, we have a government who chose to wreak havoc on our country through an atrocious war. It’s amazing.

Since I usually don’t do the “heavy” post thing, I’ll end with one funny story. Tim actually tried to leave NY by plane and after a scary interlude with a swat team (another post), he took a taxi back to me in NY. I called our travel agent and she got us a car for the next day, but we had to go to Connecticut to get it. We eventually drove to Chicago and took a plane out of Midway. (That’s the last time I set foot in a McDonald’s by the way – we had no choice). So, we pack up our stuff and I had a timer that I use for applicant testing. We went to Grand Central and got on the metro train. I forgot to take the battery out of the timer. It started beeping on the train. I got to it fast, but could you imagine shutting down Grand Central with an egg timer?

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Snakes on a Plane???

Filed under Travel on Saturday August 26, 2006 at 3:51 pm

No – wine on a plane! Just a little tip – if you fly Horizon, they serve free Oregon wines and micro brews. We’ve never had any in all the years we traveled, but we flew home late on Monday and well, it seemed right! Check out my photos to the left. We spent last weekend in Oregon. Tim’s family was at the beach and I joined them for a night – it was so nice up there! My brother flew up and we hung out around Vancouver.

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Santa Barbara

Filed under Travel on Thursday July 13, 2006 at 6:38 am

We had very cool weather while in Santa Barbara. The mornings would start warm and then cool down in the early afternoon. You can see the fog.

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