The Grand Eastern European Adventure: Sofia, Bulgaria

Originally posted on A Stranger In Paradise:
24 May – 25 May, 2014 It was a hot, muggy Saturday when we took the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia, our final city in Bulgaria.  We got into Sofia in the afternoon, and stored our bags at the bus stop and walked around downtown.  Sofia is…


The Slovenia Express

Today at the office the phones keep ringing, junk emails keep popping up on my screen. Our distributors won’t let us sell in the UK and someone in Arizona can’t find the charger for the quadcopter they just ordered, even though I sent him pictures of where is it in the packaging. My boss doesn’t […]

Why I Travel

Before the 1960s, running for fun and fitness was something done by crazy jogging nerds in New Zealand. Running a marathon, or even a 10k, was not on the standard life achievement list and no one had even dreamed of ‘Couch to 5k’. In 1897, the first Boston Marathon only attracted 18 entrants. In 1972, […]

Have towel, will travel

I’m leaving for Europe tomorrow!! (Hopefully. I have this constantly lurking fear that any time I go to the airport, the TSA officer will look down her nose at my passport and say ‘you? Oh we don’t let your kind in here’. Then she will wave her arms for the big burly security officers to […]

Social Media

Recently I have been tackling the daunting task of making Tom’s Toys social media literate. Tom’s Toys has never had a great history of online brand building. We’ve had a Facebook page for four years that peaked at 100 followers. We have a Twitter account which I have forgotten the password to. We have a […]


Yesterday I saw an ad for the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes. No purchase necessary! it proclaimed, Win $7,000 a week for life!. Wow, $7,000 for life? That would come in handy right about now. Michael and I could hire an au pair and hit up a ’round the world cruise. We could turn our house […]

Fantasy fumble

I’ve always been proud of my nerd-dom. In high school I would happily protest that I had no idea what sport the Lakers played and I didn’t know a fumble from a field goal. After all, what sport outside of the jousting at Medieval Times could possibly be worth watching? If it didn’t have long […]

Black Widow War

I’ve never really been grossed out by spiders. Yes, if one drops onto my shoulder I shriek and dance around like a possessed witch doctor, but on a normal day it isn’t unusual to find an eight-legged pal or two hanging around my kitchen sink or my bathroom counter. I hate gnats, moths and ants […]