One word… Newborn

Yep, if you want to be stressed beyond belief and determined to cry on more than one occasion (even make your veteran husband want to cry), request a month long extension on your final out, get denied (despite a verbal approval) and be forced to move with a newborn.

Our trip should have taken 12 hours, 700 miles straight through. We decided to drive half way and spend the night. Under normal circumstances that would mean 6 hours a day, we figured with a baby that would mean a few more hours. We did not anticipate nearly double the time. Twelve hours to drive 350 miles… It was a looong trip.


Mommy and Daddy decided to give my first festival a try, complete with fireworks but that didn’t exactly work out how we planned. 

Everything was going great. We walked along the water and enjoyed the sights and sounds. 

Just as we found the perfect spot to watch the fireworks display something happened…

That half-decaf latte mommy had earlier kicked in; I didn’t mean to, it was a complete accident. Daddy lifted me so I could see the water and well, a wave of a different sort broke through, all over his white cargo shorts!

Needless to say we ended the night early and missed the fireworks. I guess we’ll try again next year. 😦

It was a long night!

{February 1, 2017}  

You know that time where life is happening so fast and all of its blog worthy but you can’t seem to keep up with it all? Yea, me too. The last six months have been a blur of blogable events and yet I haven’t really blogged. So I figured maybe if I just list everything that’s been going on then I can organize my thoughts and pump out some posts. So here we go:

  1. Husband and I developed a fertility diet for me after weeks of research based on some great books and blogs. 
  2. We found out we were pregnant after one cycle on the diet. Which was wonderful because we’d been trying for awhile and had received really distressing news from the doctor. I attribute a lot of this to faith in action. I had faith God would make a way, but I didn’t sit on my laurels either. 
  3. We celebrated a milestone birthday for hubby with a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing and we loved it. 
  4. Then I went about finding the right care provider by of course researching. Who would have know this sadity girl is crunchy when it comes to her baby. I wasn’t impressed with the apathetic or overly medical options I was being offered with traditional medicine so we picked a midwife. What! It’s actually becoming more common but mine is not associated with a hospital so for me that meant I could seek the care I want and not the treatments dictated to me. 
  5. I have had to do a lot of traveling for work and family in the last few months. Which has helped me come up with a pretty stellar travel “must haves” list for the pregnant woman. 
  6. I also switched my fertility diet and exercise routine to a prenatal one. I didn’t follow one particular plan but rather I took practice options from several to create a plan for a real pregnant person. You know one who is has a  below average fitness commitment and likes food (even if it does make her sick right now).
  7. I put together a registry early on based on great advice from my sister and mother, two vets in the game. It’s also gender neutral!
  8. I’ve resisted the new mom stereotype of everything must be new and instead opted for a Sadity Cents type nursery and baby preparation. 
  9. I’m prepping for taxes because organization and life don’t stop with a baby. 
  10. And of course cooking! I will say that’s fewer and far between because standing and smelling for too long just aren’t working right now. 
  11. As a bonus I figured out the man I married is awesome! And really is the best daddy-to-be. He’s consistently take on a number of chores and pampering techniques to make this a wonderful pregnancy. 

Follow the links, which I will add as I write the relevant posts. Said posts will be written in between naps, so please be patient. 🙂

Today was by far one of our best days if not the best day in NYC so far. We started off kind of late, choosing to sleep in since we knew we’d have a relative late night. We did the most quintessential thing you can do in New York… Broadway! Then we went to our favorite part of Manhattan… Harlem and at the famous soul food restaurant Sylvia’s. Finally, we ended the evening at the Apollo, which was an amazing experience. But the best part of it all was doing it all without breaking the bank. Here are some tips for plays and performances in NYC:

1) Broadway on a Budget. Finding reasonably priced Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets really isn’t that difficult, even if you are not military. First, let me define “Broadway” v. “Off-Broadway.” I heard a woman say she didn’t want and off-Broadway show because they’re amateurs. Not true! Broadway v. Off- Broadway has very little to do with the caliber of the performance or its location (there are off-Broadway shows on the street known as “Broadway”). In practical terms the difference between the two is the seat capacity of the theater in which the performance takes place. Broadway theaters all have at least 500 seats, while Off-Broadway theaters have 100 to 499 seats. Theaters with 99 and below are considered Off Off- Broadway. There are few exceptions to this rule and only Broadway shows are eligible for Tony Awards, but that’s the most important difference for the lay person.

With that said there are a few great resources for cheap tickets to live shows. First the USO for military travelers. They often have tickets to free shows and/ or access to discount codes you can use for tickets. While we were in NYC we watched the musical Trip of Love courtesy of the USO.  The tickets range from $45-107. We were in the $107 section which is Front Orchestra and our tickets were FREE! We also received free tickets to a sketch comedy show free, but the theater had a 2 drink minimum. Still, both great deals and greatly appreciated.


Next, is the TKTS booth run by the Theater Development Fund. Same day and next-day matinee tickets are made available at a 40-50% off discount. The website is a live-action website so you always know exactly which tickets are available.  

I was told to prepare to stand in line for an hour to 2 hours, but the trick is to go to one of the two booths outside Time Square. I went to the one near Battery Park and spent maybe 15 minutes in line and received my first choice of tickets. We chose the matinee so we wouldn’t have to change plans for that day. We saw The Color Purple and it was truly transformative. I’ve read the book, watched the movie, and seen the musical. But this particular Broadway performance was amazing!


Finally, a little know tip about theaters is that they like to fill there seats. Artists hate performing to empty chairs. So if you know what you want to see, check the TKTS website, because if they are selling tickets, that means there are empty seats. Then wait until about 15 minutes before the performance walk up to the ticket counter. They will often sell the tickets for even steeper discounts that the TKTS booth and you avoid the fees. If you have a student ID they have $25 last minute tickets at some theaters and some even do military discount, but the TKTS rate is usually better than the military discount.

2) Beyond Broadway.  There are also other performance beyond Broadway. I already mentioned the sketch comedy. But go outside the traditional tourist activities. We went to the Apollo for Amateur Night.

The historic theater goes out of its way to make sure you get your money’s worth. Regular priced tickets range from $20-33 dollars, so its a good deal no matter what. However their student and military discount tickets are probably the best deal I saw in NYC. $12 dollars gets you the best seats they have open with ID. We sat in the second row, so seats that should have costs us $66 total, for two people, were $24. For that price we got a lively pre-show with great music, a hilarious DJ and MC, and interactive dancing and fun. Then they always have a musical guest who is a great profession and often a recognizable face. The night we went Deborah Cox was the performer and as lover of 90’s music that was a big deal for me. We were even able to meet her and get autographs during the intermission. IMG_0383 It was nice knowing you could be viewing the next big artist with the amateur performers. Let me tell you, most performers may not have made it big yet, but they are anything but second rate. The performances were amazing and even when they weren’t we had the fun of “booing” people of stage in the tradition of the Apollo As they say, “Be good or be gone!”

Movies and more. If movies are more your style, then the New York Parks offers free movie night just about every day of the week and at several different parks. The one I was interested in was the HBO movie series at Byrant Park every Monday, but they have just about every genre and kid-friendly nights as well. Pack food and a blanket and have fun.

We didn’t attend, but there is also a free concert series and theater series through New York Parks.

3. Other Discount Venders. There are also websites that have tickets allotted specifically for military and vets, such as: VetTix; GovX; and Veterans Advantage

We signed up for one before our trip but they didn’t seem to have tickets to any major attractions, rather minor league baseball and small venue rock concerts, but it’s always worth a shot.

All in all, we had a great time and there’s even more tips to come…



We are on our 30 day leave in between South Korea and our next base. Yay!!! These next thirty days are going to be whirlwind. We plan to visit my family, his family, New York for our anniversary, and finally road trip to the next duty station. Yep, we’re crazy. LOL

  1. Airplane Tickets. Anyways the first big stop on our tour is New York. We found cheap seats to NY on and booked to red eyes to NY for less than $650. We were pretty flexible with our dates and times so that helped. From the airport we took the subway to our hotel. A little note about the subway. I read online that Military ID holders can receive 25% of off passes if you buy them from an MTA office. But the clerk there said there was no such thing, but did say showing ID would let you on buses and subways free. This seems like a big hassle because we would have to stand in a long line in front of the MTA counter, then show our ID and then the clerk would push a button to let us in free. I’ll probably ask a couple more people to make sure this guy knows what he’s talking about.
  2.  Accommodations. Then because we are military we booked rooms at the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines, & Airmen’s Club. It’s an old hostel for service members turned hostel for service members and dependents. The accommodations are spectacular but the draw is that they are located on Lexington Ave. and within walking distance of midtown Manhattan. The price is also a draw $130-$165 for a room. Just don’t expect a smiling staff or warm and fuzzy feelings. But considering the next closest hotel runs about$400 a night and we don’t plan to spend much time in the room anyways, it’s a good deal for us.
  3. Manhattan USO. We flew in to the JFK airport and attempted to visit their USO, but it was locked and no one seemed to be scheduled to man the facility. It’s a shame because a few people came by looking for assistance. However, I did find the best help at the Manhatten USO which is located a couple blocks from time square in the Port Authority Building on the second floor (43 Street & 8th Ave.). They have free tickets to shows, discounts on tours, helpful tips from New Yorkers. We met the sweetest woman named Emma and she was amazing, telling us how to get places free, and where the best discounts were. It’s almost too much to describe. So here is a link to them and they have an entire booklet of discounts offered for Active Duty ID holders. Here is a link to the discount booklet.




{June 13, 2016}   Military Spouse: PCS Packing

It seems like just yesterday, I was moving 6,000 miles from home to with my hubby in a foreign land. And now here we go again… Tis the military wife life. The first time, hubby and I were moving from two separate locations, so this is our first office PCS together. I’m excited yet daunted. Per everything military nothing is happening on time and yet our deadlines are quickly approaching. We are a month out and no official orders, what this means in terms of moving is that no movers can be scheduled, no housing can be arranged, no plane tickets can be secured, no storage drop of dates can be planned. So in the mean time, I will organize my house so that no junk is moved back across the world. Welcome to my PCS packing….

Packing System

  1. Massive Shredding Project – I am working my way through all of my files to shred repetitive and unnecessary documents. I’m throwing out old bills, junk mail, and anything that I won’t need for taxes in the future. This graphic from H&R Block is my guide right now.
  2. Military Files – My husband has nearly two decades of documents. I quickly learned that me asking him to pare it down was not working (he’s been planning on doing it since September). Instead I went through them in sessions and left piles labeled by topics across the living room floor. One, my husband doesn’t like a mess so piles of paper across the floor had to be dealt with. Second, my husband doesn’t like his military documents out in the open, much less on the floor. For about three evenings he came home and sorted and shredded his papers. Each evening he came home a new set of piles was waiting. It was tedious on my part, but I am determined not to move back to the states with the same cluttered boxes of paper he came with.
  3. Filing System – In the midst of the shredding project and any paperwork save by my husband I revamped our filing system by buying portable filing cabinets, colored files and using a filing system designed just for us.
  4. Memories & Art – While I’m at it I am organizing postcards, stickers, magazine cutouts, and digital pictures that represent our time here. I am trying to make a memory book for each year to journal our life together. I also am keeping memory boxes for those sentimental things that just can’t be scanned and uploaded.
  5. Small electronics – Items such as our roku, apple tv, gps, etc. we will need before our home goods shipment arrives so I didn’t want the movers to pack them. I used an old box to store them until I packed them our suitcases, so they were in one spot. Then I used quart and gallon size plastic sandwich bags to keep all cords, remotes, and gadgets together. I labeled each bag. If we still had the box I put them inside the boxes. I also labeled all the remotes and cords so that if they were separated I knew instantly which gadget the item belonged to.
  6. Clothes-  Today I removed all of the clothes from my side of the closet. I separated them into summer, winter, workout, and other. Then I divide my summer and winter clothes into casual and professional. From there I reviewed each item for holes, wear and tear, and general unpresentable features. I then made a pile on the floor of everything that was going to good will. Everything else I organized and put back in my closet. Summer clothes in one section to be pack in the carry on (it will take home goods about 2 months to get to us so I need all my clothes for the season). Winter clothes were place in another section to be bagged and prepared for TMO to pick up.  I then marked on a Goodwill tax form everything I was donating. Now my tax form is already prepared and my closet is cleaned out. And I have an accurate record of what I donated.  I did the same with workout clothes and later hubby’s clothes.
  1. Shoes –  Anything worn or damaged went into the donate pile and then was recorded on the Goodwill tax form. Anything with a shoe that was a duplicate or too similar in style and color also went into the donate pile.
  2. Kitchen- I separated unopened or gently used dry goods and spices to be donated to a local ministry that feeds a large number of people regularly. I also developed my dinner menus to reflect the perishable goods in my fridge and freezer about a month ahead of time. Anything leftover I also set aside to be donated. Then I decided on a few pots, pans, and dinnerware to keep aside, just in case our household goods weren’t delivered for a few weeks. I don’t want to be in a position where I have to buy everything because we are without kitchen supplies for several weeks. Also when we packed our suitcases I designated one just for household supplies we would need such as: kitchen supplies, a bathroom supplies, two sets of towels for each of us, computers and electronics we would want right away (roku, dvd player, extension cords).
  3. Bathroom- About a month in advance I stopped buying large amounts of my favorite items. Then we switched to the large supply of hotel shampoos, lotions, and soaps, I have collected over time. I also put them in our travel toiletry bags and made an airport toiletry bag since we spend about 15 hours in route from South Korea. In the checked household suitcase I put anything I thought we would need for a few weeks. I only added it if we already had it, this was to avoid throwing it out. Things like toilet paper I didn’t pack, its easy to get that. But special hair products (since we are moving to a rural area), skin care products, towels, sheets, a blanket, and a couple pillows.
  4. Vacation- Because we are taking our vacation on our way to our new base (this is called leave-in-route) we packed a separate bag just for the trip so the other larger bags don’t have to be riffled through while we are traveling. We are landing in Seattle and then leaving most of our bags with my parents. Then we are traveling to New York for our vacation. We will return to spend sometime with family, reusing our vacation clothes and the collect our car which my parents have graciously stored for us and finish our move to our new base.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of how to do a OCONUS to CONUS move, but these are the specific highlights of what we did in the packing process to make it easier for ourselves. I hope it helps.I have all of the resources I used for this move here:




War Memorial of Korea

Hubby and I have done a few outings in South Korea and they have all been an experience. Not a bad experience mind you, but just a cultural experience. It’s funny the things you never think of until you are confronted by them. So here are some tips, about everyday mundane activities, just in case you thought the rules and etiquette of a simple outing were universal. I apologize in advance for the bathroom references.

1. Take the toilet paper into the stall with you – When out in South Korea it is not uncommon for a public restroom to have one very large dispenser of toilet paper for all of the stalls to use. So make sure to check before using the restroom or else you (ladies especially) will find yourself in a compromising position.

2. On the subject of bathrooms… Do NOT (I repeat DO NOT) look inside the waste basket next to the toilet. Avert your eyes! Why? Because in Korea we don’t flush large amounts of toilet paper. So if you are using the restroom and need a significant amount of toilet paper (i.e. going number two) then you would throw it away in the waste basket next to the toilet. If you flush it you are likely to clog the toilet.

3. Scented toilet paper is not a novelty, its a necessity… Refer to number two (haha!), point two. Do you get why they would use scented toilet paper?

4. The water fountains are great, so drink freely (unless you don’t want to use the bathroom). It’s hot in Korea, so staying hydrated is a must. Rather than buying gobs of bottled water just use a water fountain. At public facilities water fountains are often accompanied by a sign that states that the water has been treated and purified… so go ahead and drink up. Plus, in this arena, Koreans are not gross like Americans, you won’t find spit or loogies or trash in the water fountains and they are very conscious about not sharing germs so its rare you will see someone drink directly from a water fountain, rather they will fill a cup or water bottle, that never actually touches the spout.

5. There is hand sanitizer everywhere – Koreans are big on keeping their germs to themselve, so it is common, even expected, that in most public gathering spaces hand sanitizer will be readily available. Yay for not being gross! Now about the food workers who eat while cooking with gloved hands…

6. “Free of charge” still requires a deposit. It’s pretty common to see a sign by a locker or some other convenience that states “free of charge.” What is not in the English portion of the sign is that a deposit is still required. For instance, at museums one can put there backpacks in a locker. So convenient after sightseeing all day! However, if you are having trouble getting the key to release, its probably because you need to put a 100W coin into the slot first. Upon your return when you insert the key to unlock the locker the money will be returned to you. The same goes for subway cards and strollers.

7. English speaking doesn’t always mean English understanding – When out and about at tourist attractions you will often see an information desk labeled “English.” At first you’ll breathe a sigh of relief that someone can answer your questions. Until you ask anything beyond the basics: bathroom, map, ticket, etc. You see “English Speaking” is a very fluid term, meaning the worker may very well have been taught specific phrases in English to accomplish their job. Any conversation beyond that, they do not understand. Don’t be offended, just thank them and move on. Sometimes you can find someone who will play charades with you.

8. Tipping is not apart of the Korean culture… But neither are you – What does that mean? Well traditionally tipping isn’t part of the South Korean culture, but you are an American and they know and understand that tipping is part of your culture. Now I give this advice with a caveat. The area you are in determines the validity of this statement. For example, in Songtan where there are several military bases within a 50-mile radius it is not only accepted, but there have been stories of service workers nearly demanding a tip.  Interacting with Americans is so common that people in the area have come to expect tips. Not everyone is forceful, sometimes, they simply take a tip by not giving you your change.They do not fully understand, or they ignore, the fact that tipping is optional and reserved for good service. Some have come to expect it with every task (like the cell phone guy around the way) and will ask outright.  Others are more subtle. Some just have a tip jar (like the local real estate man; right on his desk).

In other places like Seoul, people  will actually refuse a tip, as tipping is not a part of the traditional Korean culture. Or the wait staff will let you come to them and offer a tip, they never suggest it. Even though Seoul does have an army base right there, the city is so large that there are many places that don’t interact with Americans regularly or  just choose  to stick to tradition. Either way, the further you get from towns and neighborhoods that interact with westerners on a daily basis the more likely you are to experience traditional Korean customer service; which is very ingratiating and polite (traditionally customers are revered by Koreans because you feed the merchants’ families) without the pressure to tip. This of course makes you want to tip for such great service. 🙂

9. Be aware of the currency exchange – Now let me just say, this isn’t everyone, but I’ve run into it personally on more than one occasion and twice in one day. I put the onus on the shopper because to do otherwise would receive backlash. So don’t be a dumb consumer know the currency exchange. When you are out and about don’t be surprised if a sales exchange to goes like this:

Merchant: Twenty

Customer: Twenty American or Korean?

Merchant: Either, doesn’t matter

Oh but it does! Why does this matter? Because the Korean won is pennies on the American dollar so you need to know what you are paying. The above interaction happened to me at a shop. Except 20,000 won is worth about $17, so if I pay in won I actually am paying less for the same service than if I pay in American dollars.

Sometimes if you pay in American dollars the merchant will make change in Korean won, as in I give the merchant $20, the merchant gives me 4,000 won in change for a 16,000 won bill. Do you see the problem? [Get ready for math — 16,000 won is about $14 meaning I should have received $6 in change or approximately 7,000 won. That means I just paid 3,000 won or $2.50 more for the same product]

Other times they will “convert” the money in their head. Except its a very rough estimate and they err on the side of them receiving extra money.

Still other merchants offer both an American price and a price in won, giving you an option of how you want to pay. Don’t be that dumb American who can’t do math. I actually had a woman tell me that a particular nail shop gave discounts if you paid in U.S. dollars. I went and the woman told me, “33,000 won or $30 your choice.” I chose the won. Why? 33,000 won is about $27, which means I paid$3 less than the Americans taking the “discount.”

Now of course not all merchants are nefarious villains trying to take your hard earned money. Most just don’t want to do the math either. But as a person who likes to save money, I don’t want to be “taxed” a surcharge because I’m American. So just be aware. When you see them doing the math in their head, double check their math, or argue for more change (almost everything is negotiable with merchants). It’s your money, you have a right to the correct change. It’s not rude, it’s just right.

10. Embrace being the the foreigner –  On so many websites and blogs writers give the advice to blend in with the culture and not stand out. I call BS. I’m not saying be the rude, obnoxious American, but lets face it South Korea for all intents and purposes is a very homogeneous society. If you are not South Korean you stick out like a sore thumb. Embrace that! Most South Koreans, especially older ones love Americans, particularly in Seoul. Why? Because the threat is real and its constant. Because threat levels and understanding them are taught in school. Because they are right by the border of a very real and present danger (many instances that are never reported in American news). Because they get it, they know that while America isn’t the sole reason they are safe (did you see what I did there 😉 ), America is a significant part of their safety. So accept the smiles and head nods. Accept the free appetizer if you want (unless you are a service member because they have rules about that beyond a certain dollar amount). Take the picture with the family at the memorials and have them stand for your picture too. I mean really, do you think they want your picture because of how well you can say, “annyeonghaseyo?” No! They want your picture because you are American, not because you blend in so well. Embrace it. Its fun. And unlike in America, they won’t tell you to go back to your country. 🙂

{September 28, 2014}   Europe Vacay: Paris 3
Day 3 in Paris, we woke up a little later. At this point the walking was starting to get to us a bit. We were easily walking 7-10 miles a day. DJ started tracking our calories burned as well. On Day two we burned 2,879 calories and today we would eventually burn more than 3,000 calories just walking.
We started the day off with the English breakfast. Mine had a three fired eggs, ham thinly sliced, croissant, buttered French bread, café au lait, and orange juice. All for a little less than 9 Euros or 6 dollars. It was great. I don’t normally eat a lot of ham, but in France ham is the meat of choice. They have no concept of being a vegan. You might find a vegetarian dish but a dish without cheese or butter, that’s probably not going to happen.
Today, we visited Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris (Cathedral of our lady in Paris), one of the most famous churches in the world. Mostly for the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dam. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the story is entirely fiction… I know, I know, I was crushed! Apparently, an enthusiast of French Gothic construction sought to stave off the destruction of such relics by bringing mass awareness to their importance. The church was in ruins and had been largely forgotten by the French people. However when the book became a success people began to revisit Notre Dame and it was restored to its original glory. The church was designed as a massive structure for the elite and aristocrats to worship, but also a place for the poor and peasants to receive service from priests and chaplains during the week. Construction began in 1170 and continued until 1250, but the embellishments on the building continued until 1345. Nearly two centuries of building! Again… foresight.
Every detail is meant to tell the stories of the Bibles. There are massive windows, each pane in the window has a scene from the Bible . The south window represents the old testament. The north window represents the new testament with Christ’s resurrection as the center piece. There are also statutes to martyr’s. Among the most famous is Joan of Arc. Killed by the Catholic church because she opposed France as a calling from God, then martyred by the Catholic church because of her popularity among the people. Even today, people pay 2 euros to pray before her likeness, and that of any other saint.
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It is remarkable the amount of detail that is put into the structure. Imagine what man could do if we put our powers for forethought and creativity to good use, not that of controlling the masses. There was a Saint William who believed in conjugal reunification. I’m not clear on the particulars, but I think that he believed that a wife would be reunited upon death with her husband, although his chapel statute makes it appear as if she should reunited with him physically in this life. Anyway, the people believe what they want to believe.
There were massive amounts of people at the Cathedral. It is still an active church, so people were also there praying and worshiping. It was very solemn and you could see the deep belief some people had. It made me a little uncomfortable to watch them in such a private moment.
Afterwards, DJ and I sat at a park behind the cathedral for awhile. Today, we engaged in walking tour that I found online from Rick Steve’s a famous travel writer who lives in Washington state. We met a very nice couple from Boston, I should have taken a picture of them but I did not. Then we crossed the Seinne to the island that makes up part of Paris. This is where the Latin quarter is located. Tons of back alley deals and steals right behind high end merchants. We also passed the famous lock bridge, where millions of people have declared their love and their presence by affixing a lock to the bridge crossing the Seinne.
I know it seems like we do a lot of strolling, but honestly Paris is such a place that you really need to take it all in. Plus, as you travel you find unexpected performances and art exhibits that are there just for the day or the week. Everyday, is an opportunity for art in Paris. We found a gold plated mime/statute which was pretty interesting. People make money just doing crazy artistic things in Paris.
We then made our way to the Palais of Justice, where the courts are held. Maybe its the attorney in me, but I have always found courthouse to be majestic places. This particular court house is connected to a chapel that is centuries old and is a historical landmark. We then found the café where the lawyers hang out and the legal book store all in one area. In many ways Paris is like New York in that it is divided in very specific areas and neighborhoods. New York is divided by race, Paris is divided by status. All the lawyers in one area, aristocrats in another. fashionistas another, etc.
From there we strolled by the Seinne, it is THE daytime romance spot in Paris. Paris is very affectionate, it is nothing to see people in extensive (and sometimes excessive) public displays of affection. DJ and I caught the bug too, we held hands almost ALL day LOL! On the Seinne you will see groups of every kind, almost like a college activity fair. We saw lovers sharing wine, lovers quarreling, students reading, Buddist singing, jugglers juggling, couples snuggling… we saw actors performing, people dreaming, keep walking down the Seinne and you will see it all.

{September 6, 2014}   Less than a week!

I am so excited! I will be in Europe for the first time in one week. That means, this week has been very busy with finishing up work for clients, drinking lots of water and eating less (gotta look cute in Europe) and trying to pack! Can’t wait to update you on all that happens. I will post plenty of pictures…

The other day, I had a great run 4 miles! I haven’t done a long run in awhile. I know 4 miles isn’t a long run for many people but it is for me and I was very proud. I haven’t done  along run in several weeks. So yay me!

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