Category Archive: US

Jan 21

Benefits of a Lockbox for Home Owners during a Haboob in Palm Springs

A lockbox is a really useful thing for home owners. It allows house sitters to have access to your house and help you out in high winds. We helped out a previous house sitting client during high winds in Palm Springs

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Jan 11

Birthing Season for Elephant Seals at San Simeon California

December to March is a mesmerizing opportunity to observe this rookery of Elephant Seals giving birth to a new generations of pups.

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Jan 08

Stopover at Pismo Beach California

Pismo Beach is one of California’s longest & widest stretches of beach, with a daddy-long-legs pier, & a traditional Surf-Town ambiance

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Jan 07

Living in Harmony, Population 18

Harmony – Elevation 175 Population 18. Just outside Cambria, California, this towns enticed us in with a tour of their glass blowing studio.

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Jan 04

Los Angeles to Cambria Road Trip

A road trip from Los Angeles to Cambria, led me to a conversation with a stranger. We had a 1 degree of separation link with Samson & Delilah

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Dec 03

My entry for Photo Roulette Round #31

My entry for Round 31 of Photo Roulette. This week the theme is Music.

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Sep 02

Blogging in Pajamas

What’s in a name? Pajamas.  PJ’s. Jammie’s, Jim-Jams.  There’s many names for those comfy lounge pants, and when you look for a dictionary, you’ll come across the original Asian, and modern European definitions: Loose-fitting trousers, usually of silk or cotton, worn by both sexes in the Orient. Night clothes consisting of loose-fitting trousers and jacket. …

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Aug 19

Capture the moment for prosperity

Cashing in Living in America, you get used to the optimization of the commercial opportunities at the local tourist attractions. Ride a scary roller coaster at Magic Mountain and they’ll snap your grimace of fear, just as the car hurtles down a steep decline.  When you get off the ride, still high on adrenaline, you eagerly hand over a fist …

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Jul 31

Channeling my inner ballerina

Each session I’ve attended Pop Physique it’s the same — I pliè, dip and tuck until my calves quiver and collapse in defeat, and wonder if I’ll ever get the flexibility to kiss my own ankles. Maybe if I’d made a different set of decisions at 7, I’d be one step closer to dancing The Nutcracker Suite.

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Apr 16

Back in the Creative Saddle again

Not only did Touche enhance his plot and dialogue with the skills of a professional storyteller, he played to role of a very vocal grammar and spellchecker!

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Mar 31

Overcoat for your umbrella

England is synonymous with rain.  It’s the reason I left.  That – and the cold.  Living in LA is appealing because of the sunshine – but it isn’t complete Nirvana.  We do get 2 weeks of rain a year – and at the moment, we’re experiencing one of those weeks.  It’s such a novelty, that …

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Mar 19

Slinking out the back door

For week 4 – Last week I was “won” in a notebook raffle, and this week I nearly went home with a booby prize. Each week upon arrival, Mentors have to sign the visitor book.  This week, I wasn’t paying attention, and signed my name in the “parent picking up child” section – I made …

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Mar 17

Consumerism 101: St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.

One of life’s mysteries of being an Expat in America, is the fervant celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!  On March 17th every year, anyone who has ever been within 500 yards of a pint glass with a Guinness logo on it – anoints themselves with Irish heritage – and jumps feet first into celebrating their Patron Saint Day. Even though . …

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Mar 09

Creating Log Lines & Beginning the Creative Process

When I arrived at school for week 3 – Touche was outside the principals office.  I warned him that if he was late to Storytellers, he’d have to do the Chicken Dance – and then I promptly gave him a demo of my version. Touche’s hopes of remaining as unobtrusive as possible were dashed, as …

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Mar 01

Two by Two onto the Ark they went

Week Two of Storytellers.  This week we were assigned to a mentee by way of a Notebook Raffle.  Our names were written on the inside, front cover of a notebook, and the mentee’s chose one at random.  I was assigned to Touche — time will tell if he considers me a worthy prize. As a group we completed …

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Feb 23

Kicking off the creative process

The session ended with the creation of a contract, that we all signed. There was a selection of pens. I signed with orange ink – well it is my favourite colour. I should have had my lawyer read the contract first, apparently I’ve agreed to do the chicken dance if I’m late to the weekly session.

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Feb 07

Trip Planning

Just spent the last couple of weeks learning more about flight routes in and out of Turkey than I think I really needed to know.  But the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is that I have booked my 6 nights in Istanbul, and we have 11 nights at the house planned. …

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Feb 06

Young Storytellers Foundation

Young Storytellers is a 9 weeks as a script writing mentor — to a 5th grader! So for 1 hour, 1 lunchtime a week I’ll be helping a kid live his or her Hollywood dream.

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Jan 16

Fiery Chili Pepper Chutney

Inspired by Jamie Oliver, but tweaked by Roving Jay Forget the Branston!  This chutney is the perfect accompaniment to any dish, and also works really well to add a fiery touch to sauces.  I added it to the salmon and spinach mixture in my savory pancakes last night, and put a dollop on my breakfast …

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Dec 15

A Toasted slice of NY in LA

I had an out-of-state experience yesterday. I spent 2 years living in Manhattan, and have many vivid memories of my early days there – visiting a deli to order a bagel and coffee – and being intimidated by the frenetic pace and quick fire questions of the counter staff.  The get-’em-in get-’em-out – “wadda-u-want?” approach to customer service …

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Dec 03

Snail Mail Migration

“in the interests of economy, rain forest and time …… please cross us off your list”

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