Time For A Change

Good morning, friends – hope everyone’s having a wonderful Sunday so far! Apologies for going on hiatus over here without telling you all what was going on. I’ve been trying to sort out a few things. This blog is just one of them. It won’t be news to many of you who have been with me from the beginning that I’ve struggled with just where I want it to go, with trying to repurpose it and head in different directions, evolving it as my life has evolved. It just wasn’t working. Still isn’t, at least not here in this space.… View Post

Sunday Currently, vol. 87

It’s amazing to me how much your perspective on travel can change, especially when you do it a lot. There was a time where being away from home for a week would have felt really long! Now, a week-long trip just seems to fly by and it feels like there’s not nearly enough time to do half the things you want to do. At least that was the case with my trip to Japan last week. It might have seemed so quick just because – and I’m really sad to say this – we really didn’t have time to do… View Post

Before + After: Kitchen

Okay, friends, I’ve been wanting to share this one for a while, and since I’m at work in Japan right now and missing home and haven’t taken enough pictures in Japan to share with you yet, this seems like as good a time as any to show you what we’ve done with our kitchen! There probably isn’t a room in the house that’s as important to me as the kitchen. The bathroom just has to work. The bedroom just has to be big enough to hold our bed – a queen size on a red oak frame that has to be… View Post

Sunday Currently, vol. 86

What a difference a week makes in our lives. I went from being on a ridiculously luxurious vacation getaway with my husband last weekend to being back hard at work on the road this weekend. This week, I’m in Japan, adding my two cents on crisis management and crisis communication in a humanitarian aid summit! My job definitely keeps me busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It sends me traveling all over the world to amazing places, lets me work with absolutely amazing people, and makes me feel like my time, work, and effort are all either… View Post

Travel Smarts: How We Saved in Kauai

It’s hard to come up with a definitive way to describe our travel style. Scott and I don’t fall into the “budget traveler” category – one of the advantages to being old and employed is that you don’t have to pile into a hostel with twenty of your newest hopefully-friends – but at the same time, we get super excited about finding great deals, using reward points, and figuring out other tricks to get the best value for our hard-earned bucks. I guess you could call us “value travelers.” We’re not on the travel hacker level of The Points Guy,… View Post

Discovering Waimea Canyon

Mark Twain called Waimea Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” So we were expecting grand. And yet we still had our socks knocked off by the beautiful colors, amazing layers, and sheer size of Waimea Canyon! Nestled in the western side of one of our smallest islands, it’s huge! And it amazes me still that we never got around to seeing it until now, and that lots of people who live here just don’t go. We started the day early, grabbing breakfast and coffee at the resort, and grabbed our trusty little rental car to head west. It was a pleasant… View Post

Where We Stayed: Sheraton Kauai Resort

We weren’t planning a trip to Kauai anytime soon. A trip to Kauai was just one of those things lurking on my Hawaii Bucket List, a hope or a dream that we would get to somehow before we have to move off this amazing island that has become our home. And then opportunity struck. While I was in Korea, I got a message from Hawaiian Airlines – my favorite carrier of the moment – that said I’d gained enough miles through my trips to Australia and Korea to take both my husband and me to the neighbor island of my… View Post

Snapshots: A Kauai Sunrise

“There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.” -Cheryl Strayed, Wild There’s magic in sunsets and sunrises, but sunrises have always been my favorite time of day. It’s like witnessing a birth, the birth of a new day. Countless possibilities, endless potential. And so much color, as if the world is trying to tell you that this is a day where great things can happen. We deliberately got up early this morning to catch the Kauai sunrise. There’s nothing in the… View Post

Sunday Currently, vol. 85

I’m on vacation. I’m so ridiculously on vacation. Thursday night, I made a ridiculously early break from work {well, 4 pm felt really early after working until 7 pm most nights} and Scott and I headed to the airport to catch a half-hour flight to Kauai. Between both of our jobs and my hectic travel schedule lately, we haven’t been able to spend any time together, so when I realized I had enough frequent flyer miles with Hawaiian to grab us both tickets to a neighbor island and our Starwood Preferred Guest concierge called to say they had a half-price offer going… View Post

Why Haute Cuisine is Important

If you guys have been hanging around the Hawaii culinary scene for a while, you’ve probably heard a lot about a pretty amazing guy named Shep Gordon. Now over his career, if you look at his accomplishments, you don’t necessarily think “food.” He got his start representing Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, and Blondie in the music industry. Later, he moved into the celebrity chef scene, working with both Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. But this is the point where I’ll tell you to ignore the resume. Instead, Shep Gordon’s story is deeply entwined with Hawaii, a place that… View Post