Saturday, February 28, 2009
For the longest time we planned to go to England again. We both wanted to go to Oxford then spend a few days in London to visit the Borough Market and some museums that we missed last time. But flight schedules from Jackson, Mississippi into London have not cooperated with us. Back in 2007 we had the most perfect flight schedule. We left Jackson around 5 PM to Detroit, then boarded the flight to London around 9 PM. I thought this was perfect because #1 - we weren't in the airport all day, #2 - the flight time from Detroit to London was less than eight hours, and #3 - we boarded just in time for a couple of nightcaps, an in-flight movie, and then some sleeping before breakfast. Because we didn't leave Jackson until 5 PM, on the day of our departure Chip had time to finish up a few things at work. I had time to get a mani/pedi and start the vacation off the right way: by relaxing.
Because of the crappy economy, tons of flights have been removed from the line up. I researched flights for weeks, and the absolute latest departure we could find from Jackson (and still make our connection) was about 11 AM. We would then sit in an airport somewhere for hours until the flight for London. Oh, and the return flights from London all left at like 6 or 7 AM. No, no. That was not going to work for me while I'm on vacation!! Sitting in an airport all day? Getting up at the crack of dawn to make it to the airport? Or worse, staying in an icky hotel right beside the airport in order to make the flight? Been there, done that (return flight on the honeymoon), and that didn't sound like "vacation" to me. Chip agreed, and we decided to postpone our return to the UK. Its really too bad because last time we went the exchange rate was like $2.10 to the GBP (super expensive, baby!). Now it is more like $1.40 to the GBP. We could save some major cash if we went now!!
So, where are we going? Well...
We've decided that we are going back to Napa Valley! We can't wait until September, so we're going earlier. April. The hotel is booked. The flights... not quite yet. I've been working my booty off to get us reservations at all the restaurants we missed out on last time. We have dinner reservations at:
Bottega Napa Valley
The French Laundry
Yes, the list is heavy on the Thomas Keller. But we didn't want to miss out on any of these restaurants. Geez, we are going to be so freakin' BROKE when we get back from this trip!
All I can say is... what we are going to save on flights, we'll definitely end up spending on food and wine. Since Chip is in the restaurant business, I wonder if we could write-off these meals on our taxes? Ok, I am kidding about that. Kind of.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Pay It Forward -- The Rules:
1. Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me - something crafty or yummy, who knows?!
2. Winners must post this challenge on their own blog, meaning that you will Pay It Forward, creating a handmade gift -anything!- for the first three bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!
3. The gift that you send to your three friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember: It’s the spirit and the thought that count!
4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate linky love! If you are not one of the top three comments on this post, you can still play along. Go ahead and start your own Pay It Forward chain, and encourage your blogging friends to do the same!
SO REMEMBER... Pay It Forward!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Case-in-point: Chip's friend Aven made a Bacon Explosion for the Super Bowl Party on Sunday. You've just got to see it to believe it... but the photo is on my iPhone Camera Roll. Wouldn't it be great to be able to post it to the blog directly from my phone?
Well, posting from the iPhone didn't work so well for me. It was easy to figure out the whole Mail2Blogger thing... not a problem at all. I got the post up, but my photo wasn't appearing. Finally, I found some other Blogger users who'd had the same problem, and it seems to be a compatibility issue with Yahoo! mail and Blogger. Basically, photos sent from Yahoo! mail won't show up in a Blogger post. I'm still trying to understand WHY... Some folks think it is because Yahoo! mail embeds the photos as .bmp, while Blogger expects them to be attached as .jpg. But, I can't find anything that proves that is the real problem.
One solution that I have found is to get a Gmail account. No big surprise that Gmail and Blogger are compatible. Then, to be able to email from my iPhone Camera Roll, I have to set the Gmail account as the default account on my iPhone. Grrr... This solution is not ideal for me. I don't want three email addresses. And I don't want to switch everything from Yahoo! mail to Gmail just to to blog.
So, I'm still looking for solutions. I'm also a Picasa user, so solutions involving an upload to Picasa from the iPhone Camera Roll could work, I just haven't looked into them yet.
So what happened to the failed iPhone post? I deleted it. Once I figure out how to get this working I'll post with text and photos. Yay!
Sunday, February 01, 2009
The weather has been glorious this weekend. Just what I have been waiting for to get in a few of those early spring garden chores. It was in the mid-60s yesterday. I pulled some weeds and put down leaf mulch in my shady bed.
Then, I pruned the crape myrtle... and didn't "murder" it. This morning the temps were even higher, and I began the redesign of my rose bed.