Go to ABC7Chicago.com


abc7chicago.com blogs
Read more ABC7 blogs

Advertisement

- Chicago Traffic

« May 2010 | Main | July 2010 »

June 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! 

  SCAN0468_2 IMG_0363

 

  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!

  SCAN0468 SCAN0467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

SCAN0467_2 IMG_0677

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         Alaska july 26 to aug 5 2008 146 (2)

 

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

  Inauguration Express 1-20-09 127 IMG_3875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!”

  IMG_5055 IMG_5450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8451 IMG_9333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 https://www.facebook.com/RozVaronABC7   https://twitter.com/rozvaronABC7 

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!

 

 

06/22/2010

On The Road to a Simpler Time

Be honest - of the thousands of you who lost power during the last round of intense summer storms, who didn't spend just a little time complaining?   This heat and humidity is unbearable!  How am I supposed to do anything in the dark?  There's no way I can do my hair without a blow-dryer and flat iron! How am I supposed to cook - and even if I could, all the food in the fridge is spoiled!  


And of course, with no electricity, there's no TV!  That's where my story begins.

I live in an area where power outages are the norm, not the exception.  After the first one, we bought a generator - not enough to supply power to the entire house, but enough to keep the refrigerator running, supply juice to one air conditioner window unit and fire up other various and sundry appliances!  

The downside to this - my house becomes a web of extension cords, and it's still not enough to power up all the things that make up my daily routine.

The upside to this - it forces me to slow down...w a y  d o w n  in how I go about life with little or no power.  No TV...well, I have a battery powered radio, an air card for my computer and a smart phone, so I am still "connected" to the outside world, but life without TV 24/7 is a much quieter place.  I don't mean that in a bad way - it's what I do for a living!  But because TV news is my livelihood, I tend to bring it home with me - ALL THE TIME!

No TV means we talk to each other during dinner - not about the news in the background, but about our day.  We interact.  Amazing.

No TV means I can read a book for wind down time - something I really enjoy, but never seem to have enough time for, since I'm always catching up on TV shows I DVR!  

No TV means quiet. Away from the noise of the generator, the sounds of a neighborhood without power stand out - birds chirping, lots of them - some calls I don't think I've heard before!  Wind, rustling through the trees.  A calming quiet that seems to melt away the stress.

And then, as soon as I start adjusting to this simpler way of life, the power comes back on - not quietly, but in a most obtrusive way - at midnight - startling everyone awake!  In an instant, we're back in hectic mode, resetting clocks, cabling up extension cords, trying to fall back asleep knowing the day is going to start much sooner than it should!

What I take away from this experience is the need to make a conscious effort to SLOW DOWN; then I need to save money for a more powerful generator!