Starting a new computer game … with sand

In the past 24 hours Phoenix has thrown at me: A sandstorm Some spritzing mist in a doorway Temptation at the grocery store The last two were certainly much more welcome than the first, but I’ve got to admit that it’s all part of the adventure. I just want to be quick about figuring out the rules. Ever since my harrowing start to our stay here, I’ve been being verrrry carrrreful. I’ve…

Checking in from Dalhart, Texas

I get to log this under the Travel Blogging category, since I’m writing this from the breakfast room of the Holiday Inn Express in Dalhart, Texas (travel tip: stay away from the sausage; double up on the cinnamon rolls). Greg and I are driving his car from home to his new bachelor digs in Phoenix, after having spent a hectic week getting the house ready to sell, handling client needs, sorting out…

Me and my diplodocus

I’m on an Exploritas vacation in Wyoming with my mom, and it’s letting me live out a little dream of my childhood — getting close to a dinosaur. As luck would have it, the relationship is actually much more personal than I thought it would be — I’m cleaning dirt and deposits out of a diplodocus’s tailbone. (Diplodocus is one of the long-neckety dinosaurs that used to all be called ‘brontosaurus’ when…

Saint Petersburg: [speechless]

It’s a terrible thing to find that you’ve used up all the superlatives you can think of, just when you need them most. Saint Petersburg was always the biggest attraction of this cruise for me. Judging from the fact that the cruise stops there for two full days, it obviously is for a lot of people. But I had started to worry about the stories of tourists being harassed there. Saint Petersburg…

Estonia: Good for what ails me

When we last checked in with our heroine, she was whining that Copenhagen was too modern to suit her tastes. What a fine bit of irony, then, that the next stop in the cruise was Tallinn, Estonia. Not to say that a person can’t find Starbucks, McDonalds and such in the newer part of Tallinn. But since we spent our time in the old part of town, I eventually really started to…