Thursday, January 08, 2009

New Blog from Me

You might have noticed that my posts have been few and far between on FTJ recently. That's because 2009's travel budget will be reduced, if not eliminated, by a different kind of adventure: we're adding onto the house! So I started a blog (natch) to document that process.

I'm calling it 37 Pieces, after a piece of advice my aunt K shared. I had told her about all of the wonderful things we would gain after the dust clears, and she said "just remember that when they have your house in 37 pieces and there's nowhere to take a shower."

Hope you'll visit and follow along...I have NO idea what the next 6-9 months (more?) will bring, but it will definitely be an experience. We're just picking a contractor now, so you'll be in on the ground floor, so to speak.

LG, aka LH

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Trips and Visitors on the Horizon

OK...lots on the horizon, though different than the usual Family Travel Journal fare.

late January brings a trip to the Maryland Theatre Festival for work, and a stay in Bethesda not far from my old stomping grounds (used to work at 7200 Wisconsin, a large office building there). I'll give you a hotel review after I get back. I'll be interested to see what the immediate aftermath of Obama's inauguration is like, and was really surprised to see that there are still rooms available for the inauguration...perhaps we've all heard so much about people renting private homes on Craigslist that people have just stopped looking at hotels, but there seem to be rooms out there. We'll be at home on Tuesday at a local celebration...can't imagine what it will be like up in DC but for the sake of the spectators and the honorees, I do hope for a sudden warm spell!

March takes me to Los Angeles for my freelance work in voice over. Thanks to Expedia for a fantastic deal, too: roundtrip airfare + 3 nights at a budget-level but still nice hotel for $640! I usually look at the map and do the booking online but there were so many hotels, and I was trying to find a good deal in a specific neighborhood, so I called the 800 number and was certainly not disappointed. I don't have tons of appointments during the days there, so I may try to get up to the Getty Museum if time allows. Attending the taping of a tv show would be fun too, but I don't want to get too adjusted to LA time if I can help it.

This summer, we may be the visitEEs, rather than the visitORs. S & Ie, H & E (the boat trip friends) are considering taking their first trip to the US and will include a stop in the Shenandoah Valley to see us and the mountains, the cows and the disgusting commercial strip area along 33...wish I could just put blinders on for that part, but oh well.

So there will be a bit of traveling after all...despite the economy, so far so good and we'll be able to get out of town here and there.

JieJie and MeiMei had a great Christmas by the way - their favorite gifts were these stuffed animals called Webkins, that have online avatars. The girls have to do extra chores to earn internet time though...we're just not ready for unfettered access to the internet yet!


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