We left Dublin this morning and got to Paris by noon. The weather was sunny which was a plus cause when the sun would move behind the clouds it was freezing. We hiked the Eiffel Tower staircase and it was … Continue reading

Big Bird

I don’t understand the physics of flight. It is a mystery to me, but I don’t see a plane this size often at all. In fact, until last month while passing through in Chicago I hadn’t seen this size bird … Continue reading

Dulles airport

We had a smooth flight from PDX-IAD until the last 30 minutes of turbulence. Then, we got out into a very crowded airport that was pretty run down. We needed some lunch and walked down the corridor thinking it would get better, but it didn’t so we ate anyway. Since we have a 6 hour layover, we decided to find the nicer terminal cause there had to be one and sure enough, here we are. Our flight gate is unknown still, but we are no longer slumming it.  PDX-IAD-DUB is in full swing.


Out for a drive yesterday in the hills of Washington and Multnomah counties, we came across this living creature. The picture does not represent how interesting this scene actually was. The texture and depth of the overgrowth was beautiful. In … Continue reading

my travel map

I just did my first travel map with and it said I just had to copy and paste to put it into my blog. Well, after 4 attempts it didn’t work. So I decided to take a picture of my new wall décor from since it is a world map. After I plugged in my info. travel buddy told me that I’d visited 8% of the countries of the world and since I have been to Russia it looked really like I had visited more of the earth than I had since the whole continent showed as visited on the map. I actually have visited very little of the country Russia, but I have seen the highlights. When I lived in Moscow, I pretty much walked the entire city. I wasn’t so awesome on my studies, but for sure I walked A LOT.

world map

world map


Today I was a chaperone for my daughter’s middle school band field trip. We went to hear the Portland Youth Philharmonic at the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall. I was primarily to be a bouncer. Luckily, I didn’t have any real offenders to take down. 🙂 The pieces were nicely chosen to the young audience. It brought lot of memories back of my string playing days. I still prefer a concert experience from the stage but they were enjoyable to hear. Next week, I’ll be back on stage again as crowd control to make sure the band is on task so I can fulfill my new calling. It is fun too in its’ own way.