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January 2010

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 








She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!


Bon Voyage!




From SAD to Glad!

January has to be just about the crummiest month of the year, at least here in the midwest!  It's cold, there's very little daylight, it's cold, you're playing catch-up with holiday bills, it's cold, everything takes longer in the winter, and did I mention IT'S COLD!! 

All kidding aside, this is the time of year when many people suffer from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that occurs during the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.  I was looking for a little perk-me-up the other day, so I posed this question to my Facebook Friends:  "What do you do to get through the doldrums of January?"  The responses were fast and furious!  Can I even tell you how much I appreciate my FB friends!  Let me share some of their responses - they range from funny and clever to quite practical!

Sandy adopted a dog who makes her laugh with hugs! (nothing like that unconditional love!)

GrandpanGrandma Micek plays "She Wolf" by Shakira and can't stop dancing!  (I may have trouble getting that image out of my head!)

Jane and Jill also recommended dancing (no surprise - they're pros at Arthur Murray!)

 Louise, Sherry and Tracy said working out does it for them. (pilates anyone?!)

Abby says "Let's move our offices to The bahamas (just til Cubbies opening day!)"  Any Sox fans want to chime in?

Debra takes vitamin D; Shayna paints and Paula catches up on her reading (the latest Dan Brown book is collecting dust on my nightstand!)

Tammie suggests roller skating (I'm sure she means once the snow melts!)

Tricia, Julie, Mary and Bill screamed V A C A T I O N !

Cathy says "Spa day and shopping...need a partner?!"  I may take you up on that!

I'd love to hear more suggestions!  I'm already smiling from ear to ear...gotta go now and answer my phone - it's my travel agent!