Category Archives: Travel

Summer of Suck 2.0 – Part Five: The Giant Jug

If you’re just tuning in, start here.

As news of my adrenal mass started to sink in, I realized it was time to start making plans. I drafted Mom to take care of me (obviously) for the period when I’ll be in the hospital for surgery and immediately after, and I thought about how to tell the people at work. Knowing that I will be out of commission post-op for four to six weeks, I made plans for some essential business travel.

So there I was in Los Angeles, one of my favorite places. It was a productive trip with lots of meetings and a little fun in the form of attending After Paradise again (thanks Millsy!). I met two charming ladies, Catherine Giudici Lowe and Katie Lowes of Scandal, and one handsome man, Samuel Lowe.


He’s so cute!

Samuel 20160823_191237 edit

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I’m going to Italy. Where should I eat?

My mother and I are going to Italy in a few months.


Yep. It’s going to be…interesting.

Mom and Jen

She doesn’t find me funny (at all) and we tend to bicker. But we’re going via a tour – an upscale tour that will hopefully spare me from embarrassing Americans asking for embarrassing American things – so there will be other people to hang out with when we get on each other’s nerves. Hopefully Mom will make at least one friend to hang out with when she gets annoyed with me (and so I can sneak away for a nap!).

Our tour has a few meal gaps. While I can certainly Google, I would love to arrive in Italy armed with personal suggestions. Continue reading

Since you’ve been gone (Part 3)

First read Part 1 and Part 2.

This final installment is probably the most boring because I worked nearly non-stop.

Nearly. And then I went on vacation. More on that soon – honest.

Third stop: San Francisco

I packed for cool, rainy weather. Naturally neither condition materialized. But I’m not complaining.

While I was in SF, I met Tommy Lee. He was very nice and is, apparently, quite the foodie.*

Tommy Lee

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Since you’ve been gone (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a multi-part post. Start here.

Stop two on my thirteen-day, four-stop business trip: Los Angeles, a city I’ll never complain about visiting.


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Since you’ve been gone

This is Part 1 of a three- or four-part post. We’ll see how things go.

OK, it was actually ME who was gone.

Sorry for the silence and also the lack of warning. First, I was distracted by this.

Then I went on an epic thirteen-day, four-stop business trip that was preceded by an additional one-night business trip. All told, I stayed in six hotels and one apartment (his, twice) between January 27 and February 11. It was a LOT, even by my standards of biz travel.

Here are a few pics and stories from the first stop of the trip, Palm Springs, for the curious.

Palm Springs


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Another five things I would do if I owned a hotel

When it comes to hotels, I have opinions. LOTS of opinions. If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a few weeks, this will not be a surprise.


Here’s the third post in a series of things I’d do if I owned a hotel. You can read list 1 here and list 2 here

1. Have sufficient places to hang towels in the bathroom

Hiltons are the worst offenders I’ve encountered recently. A Hilton Mom and I frequented during Dad‘s hospitalization had recently undergone a massive renovation. Nice, but the bathroom featured exactly one hook. No bar for face towels. No hook on the door because the hotel designer had chosen sliding doors. Just a single hook.

Things got messy fast. I found the same issue at a Dallas Hilton too.

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