Travel Hello

In the past week, a good number of people have asked, "Just how much traveling have you done since you were unemployed?"  So for just my own personal memories... I thought I'd list out all my adventures since I was laid off.  Each trip is linked to one of my favorite posts about that location/trip. 2008 (19 days) - Oahu - Shanghai. Beijing

2009 (103 days) - San Diego. Disneyland - Australia: Port Campbell, Melbourne, Sydney, Philips Island. New Zealand: the south island - Las Vegas. Zion National Park, Utah - Disneyland - Los Angeles. Phoenix.  Albuquerque.  Santa Fe.  El Paso.  San Antonio.  Austin - New York. San Antonio. Corpus Christi - Las Vegas - New York - Washington, D.C.. Seattle - Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket, Kanchanaburi. Cambodia: Siem Reap, Tonle Sap. Thailand: Bangkok

2010 (49 days and counting) - Augusta, Georgia. San Antonio. Fort Collins, Colorado - Peru: Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, Amazon rain forest - Las Vegas - New York - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Port Au Prince, Haiti - Atlanta - Las Vegas - Las Vegas - Louisiana: Zachary, Baton Rouge, New Orleans

coming up.... - Seattle - Las Vegas? - Greece? - Shanghai? - Japan? - South Africa....

With that... here's a picture from Bobby Earle and his recent trip to Kruger

2010 -


I have a love-hate relationship with Sonics. Sonic commercials are ALWAYS on. Now, that wouldn't be so bad if there was one close to where I live, but for a long time I had no idea even where the closest one was! Four years ago when I found out there was one near Davis (about an hour and half north of here), I tried it for the first time... and it was as delicious as it looked on tv. I instantly fell in love with the limeades and tots. yum! That was the first time I ate at Sonics. The second time I ate at Sonics was five months ago in El Paso, Texas. Yeah... that just shows you how accessible Sonics is to me.

Finally a Sonics was built in Gilroy which is an hour and half south of where I live, but near the outlet mall... which gave me more of a reason to go as opposed to the other one near Davis (which is out in the middle of no where). Needless to say, it was not until a Sonics was built in Hayward (about twenty minutes away) that I finally ate at Sonics for my THIRD time.


(p.s. I used to have similar experiences with Walmart. We'd always get Walmart ads in the newspaper, and I used to think... "What's Walmart? Where are those things? Why haven't I ever seen one before?")

Day 212: Another relaxing day...

[ New York/Texas Trip ]: Day 20 I had an absolutely amazing time in Corpus Christi. I got super tan and got eaten up by tons of little bug bites. The thing about Corpus Christi that I loved was.... The water is soooo shallow and warm that I could go way out into the ocean. I kept finding tons of tiny little hermit crabs. There was a lot of tasty seafood. Corpus Christi is a cute beach town. You can drive on the beach. :)

This will be my last picture from my New York/Texas Trip, but I spent two more days in Texas after this day in Corpus Christi.



Day 209: Zoo + Meg = happiness.

[ New York/Texas Trip ]: Day 13 323day209 Evidently the San Antonio Zoo has the largest variety of animals in the US. I don't really know what that means because I didn't really see that many different animals. Maybe because there were so many birds and reptiles and such. I was excited to see the Rhinoceros and Giraffes. yay.  This little lizard had a beautiful tail!

Day 185: Rest

285day185 The lovely thing about San Antonio is that I had a strict schedule. Wake up at 9am and work out at the gym for about an hour. Get home, shower and eat lunch at around 11am. Work until 4pm when I watched Gilmore Girls and had a snack. At 5pm read until 6pm then hang out with friends. Work for a couple hours, then in bed by 11 or midnight! I really enjoy reading. I most especially enjoyed my reading times in San Antonio. I'd sit in the kitchen with this gorgeous light or outdoors when it rained or snuggled up in bed. It was so incredibly peaceful. I wish I could leave the hustle and bustle of California and be back in the quietness of my Texan vacation.


p.s.  that's me!  Oh how I love timer!