Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thanksgiving in Beirut

I’m really looking forward to going to Beirut for the Thanksgiving holiday and I’ve been busy making a list of places I haven’t seen before and planning to doing a little sightseeing while visiting with family over the holiday week.MosqueI read a great article while I was doing a little research on tourism sights and thought others might enjoy it too. Click here to read what you need to know before going to Beirut.  Do you think I could lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks?   What are your plans for the holiday?

I’m Not Too Fond of Fall


As soon as the Labor Day holiday ended, it seemed blog posts were all highlighting fall decorations, recipes and buzzing about the amazing wonders of fall.  In all honesty, I’m just not so fond of fall or colder weather for that matter.   Fall means cold weather, everyone seems to hibernate more, winter comes and things outside turn brown.  These things just don’t appeal to me but I was reading an article and learned about “Hygge.”

I’d never heard the word so I read a bit more.

This Danish word (pronounced “hooga”) loosely translates as “coziness.”  It’s a warm, sociable feeling that comes to the fore in autumn and winter and that, for Danes, is one of the highest states to which humans can aspire.  Wool sweaters (preferably organic), hats with earflaps, blazing log fires, strong ales in old wood-paneled bars and candles galore, even at breakfast, all conjure “hygge.”

This has changed my attitude.  Now I’m going to be focused on creating hygge.   We could all use more coziness.  Wouldn’t you agree?

I’m Going to India!

I’ve had a travel list for a long time and I add to it often.  Greece has always been on my list and this year I was so fortunate to be able to finally get there.   I’ve been saving my travel posts about Greece for when the weather changes and I’m daydreaming about warmer weather.  Given the warm fall we’re having, it may be a while before I get to post!

India has also been on my travel list for quite some time and recently when my vision group met, I was prompted to act to make this trip a reality.  During our group sharing session I was sharing that India has been on my list, I keep daydreaming about it but just don’t ever seem to have enough time and I haven’t been able to get a travel partner to want to make the trip with me.  As I continued sharing my obstacles, one of my friends stopped me mid-sentence saying, “You’ll go on this trip as soon as you buy a ticket.  Just buy your ticket.”   What a revelation.  She was so right.  The more time I spent trying to figure out the best time, the person to travel with and whether to go with a group or not, the more obstacles I was putting in my own path.

So now the ticket has been purchased, one of my vision group members and good friends is joining me and we are planning and studying for our trip.  It’s a big country and there are so many things to see.  I’m so excited.