trip to chicago

When I took Brooke to San Francisco last summer to drop her off for her ballet summer intensive, we went a day early to spend some tourist time together. It was really nice for us to have that time together doing mother-daughter bonding before parting for three weeks, and we decided to do it again this year in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of our weekend.   Hotel We stayed at the Palmer House Hilton, and it is… Read more »

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that I had decided to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. I have always loved travel and been fascinated by foreign countries and cultures. Lately, I’ve felt a strong urge to get out of the US and explore more of the world. I started talking to colleagues about opportunities to teach over the summer at colleges around the world and decided it was something I wanted to try to do next summer. As… Read more »

Niki and Sammy

    Last year, my kids and I decided that we wanted to attend a Youtube convention in 2017. The dates and distance to travel for Vidcon didn’t work for us this year, so we decided that we would go to Playlist Live. Orlando is within driving distance, and the dates fit into our schedule. I bought tickets as soon as they were available in October 2016 to take advantage of the cheaper pricing. Standard tickets were $125 covering events… Read more »

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and not getting much rest, so it probably should not come as a surprise that I ended up sick after a trip across the country. I didn’t feel bad, but my voice got raspy and my throat scratchy. I’ve since decided that I need to wear a mask on flights like people in Asia. I’d like a cute BTS-themed mask that says “Suga” on it. Feel free to send one to me if you like… Read more »

Christmas in New York

  Growing up in New Jersey, Christmastime was a reason to take a trip into New York City. If you have never visited New York around Christmas, you need to go. I love New York any time of the year, but there is something incredibly magical about Christmas in New York. So, if I could choose to spend Christmas anywhere in the world, I would choose to spend it in New York City.   One of my absolute favorite things… Read more »

travel journal san francisco

My son and I went to pick my daughter up from her ballet summer intensive at Joffrey Ballet School in San Francisco. My mom met us out there, and we decided to arrive a couple of days early to be tourists. My mom and I had actually been there with my daughter a few years ago, but it was my son’s first trip.   On our first day in the city, we wanted to take my son to the California… Read more »