Window Into… Renewal & Rebirth

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When an unexpected second wind of Must-Decorate-The-House hit me last weekend, I realized Spring had officially taken hold. The desire to clean and nest and renew were all but inescapable. And by "desire to clean" I mean "desire to make a chalkboard wall in the dining room." Obvs. Which leads us to this week's Window Into theme of renewal & rebirth! Like the chalkboard wall... … [Read more...]

On the Horizon: Japan, Cambodia, & Singapore

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Like the librarian-type who shakes out her bun in slo-mo (she's been hot all along?!), my blog's "Where I'm Headed" sidebar suddenly got a lot more interesting. Mr. M & I are headed on an Asian adventure next month! (Clearly, I can't tease out a sexy librarian slo-mo reveal. I'm weak.) Japan has been waiting patiently at the top of the Places I'd Like to See list for a very long … [Read more...]

Exploring the Ruins at Xunantunich

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Day #11,663, Part Dos (Belize): Although we'd already crossed 'jungle canoeing' off the ol' anniversary list, Mr. M & I were not content to call it a one-adventure sort of day. Having seen the great Mayan ruins of Tikal the day before, we wanted to visit a Mayan ruin on the Belizean side, too. Xunantunich (pronounced shoo-nan-too-nitch... or "tuna sandwich" by tongue-twisted … [Read more...]

Window Into… Happy

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So I should probably apologize for doing 'Window Into' Wednesdays on a Thursday. Because it's dead to us without the alliteration. But I shan't. Because yesterday was my mother-lovin' birthday, and I was off enjoying bougie afternoon tea with Tutu & Sister S and reading good books (one of which was a Japanese guidebook, hint hint) and walking on the beach and imagining what … [Read more...]

Not-Your-Average Anniversary in San Ignacio, Belize

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Mr. M & I are not your typical romantics. For Christmas, I got a taxidermied squirrel dressed for a battle at high noon. I fell in love- with both husband and gun-toting squirrel. Day #11,663, Part Uno (Belize): I don't know how Normal People celebrate 6th wedding anniversaries, but Mr. M & I woke up at dawn to the sound of howler monkeys roaring in the Belizean jungle. P.S. … [Read more...]

A Mayan Tangent to Tikal, Guatemala

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Day #11,662(Guatemala): Step One: Beware the Bandidos I didn't, and I blame the corn chips. Immediately after reading the phrase "beware violent bandidos" in our Guatemala guidebook, any thoughts of concern were immediately replaced by that catchy jingle from the 1960's commercial (when advertising went out of its way to be politically incorrect): Ay ay ay ay! I am the Fritos Bandido! I like … [Read more...]

Window Into… Oops

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Oh, it's on like Donkey Kong. We're getting into this Window Into Wednesdays groove, and I dig it. A huge thank you to everyone who made last week's Window Into... On the Road a whole bunch more interesting. Before I get to this week's theme, I have some penitence to absolve. A blogger's Ten Hail Mary's, if you will. Slap my wrist and send me to the corner because last week's On … [Read more...]

5 Things You’ll Miss About New York City

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Lately I seem to be encountering a rash of people eager to hear how happy I am to have "escaped" New York City. Aren't you glad to be out? You can't miss anything about New York... right? I worry I may have been a bit overdramatic in airing my frustrations with the city. Honestly, these folks are probably just remembering the day I took Charlie Mae the Wonderpup on the walk from Hell. She … [Read more...]

Belize Road Trip: Welcome to the Jungle

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Unlike many places, where I have absolutely no idea what to expect once the airplane wheels touch down, I thought I had Belize figured out. Golden sand, scuba gear, honeymoon resorts... I got you, Belize. Right? Day #11,661: The first step in our road trip from the Belize City airport was transportation. As we drove toward the western border of Belize, I watched the countryside … [Read more...]

Window Into… On the Road

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Yay! Time for another "Window Into!"  Same bat-time, same bat-channel. But first things first: thank you so much to those who participated last week! I selfishly loved getting a peek into each of your lives! It was voyeurism at its finest- and least creepy. :} I also wanted to share one of the pictures from last week's Window Into... Serene from reader Saree. I'm so excited to see … [Read more...]