Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

This week, our challenge is to post about something ornate, something elaborate and over the top. The first thing I thought of was Japan! Now some people may think of Japan and envision serene bamboo groves, tranquil hot springs and minimalist decor, perhaps the spare elegance of a perfectly pruned bonsai or beautifully arranged ikebana….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

Hmm… this week’s challenge made me think. It’s so hard to single out a single thing that I consider a treat – anything that’s enjoyable (and not work-related!) to me is a treat! So you know what… I have three words for you: Treat Yo Self! Whether it’s mimosas, fine leather goods or a nap…

Travel theme: Brown

As a color, brown seems to get a bad rep – it looks dirty, or boring, etc etc. But brown is great! It’s earthy, natural, and has a full spectrum of hues from light tan to deep chocolate-brown. And as chef Anne Burrell would say, “Brown food tastes good!” And I definitely agree there… browned…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

The best mornings are the ones where you wake up naturally, willingly opening your eyes to start your day… which happens rather infrequently due to my work schedule and my hubby’s propensity to sleep late. Most days I’m awakened by my song alarm and head to the shower, bleary eyed. The rest of my morning…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

I love taking pictures of food so I wish I had access to my old pictures for this week’s challenge but alas! I will have to restrict myself to the one. Right now my husband and I are visiting his family in Jinan, China and his mother is cooking for us 24/7! I come away…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

I can’t even think of a good intro for this weekly photo challenge because my brain is so fried! Went to Los Angeles for a conference this past weekend, then came back to three days of work (at 12.5 hours each). We haven’t had time to cook so we’ve been getting Chinese takeout every night…

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Round

Ooh my… this is a tough one because there’s just so many pictures and themes to choose from for this Word a Week Photo Challenge! To make it more manageable for me, I decided to focus on my favorite round things… in fact, my favorite things of any shape – FOOD! I will admit that…

Tuesday Trip Back in Time – Shanghai, China 2010

I awoke muzzily to a chorus of snores, a veritable symphony of sleep apnea as a trainful of sleeping Chinese variably shifted, snorted, and settled themselves into sleep. We were on a sleeper train from Jinan bound for Shanghai, the nine-hour ride bringing us into the city by 6 AM. It’s a useful but rather…

Travel theme: New

I’ll admit that I had a bit of a hard time with this week’s Travel Theme! In the most literal sense, I had plenty of new things – my husband and I had gone a little crazy with Black Friday and the various Christmas sales, but somehow that didn’t seem to fit the theme. Besides,…