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A coworker recently asked me what the greatest surprise about the new house was.  I had to think for a few seconds.  Now that I’ve spent a few more weeks at the place, my answers (yep, plural) would have to be: The ensuite walk-in shower—comparable to those at three- or three-and-a-half-star hotels.  Stepping under the hot [...]

Further Evidence That Children Live Here

In Mocha or Cherry?

Today: Patrick Swayze dies and a family is grieving.  So many things undone with so many things to do. A dear friend announces her plan to leave Canada, uprooting herself after what must have been a protracted and difficult process.  It’s all about the passage of time, babe, that and getting enough oxygen. As for me, I’m still [...]

Shifting Gears in Maui

Our flight got into Maui 40 minutes early, at around 9:00 PM local time.  A promising start to our August trip.  After claiming our baggage, we caught the shuttle to the rental car office to get the keys for what was supposed to be a four-door Elantra, per the Expedia trip details (I booked the [...]