Wednesday, March 31, 2010

oh, the places you'll go

every 10 years
i went to the post office to get my passport renewed yesterday in preparation for our trip to caribbean paradise in may. besides an exercise in practicing patience, it was kind of amazing to realize that 10 whole years had gone by since i first got my little travel booklet: a symbol of independence, adventure, and opportunity.

thoughts i had to myself during this mundane activity:

"hey, i look pretty much the same as i did 10 years ago. except: my hair is better, my eyebrows are better, and my face has lost a little bit of youthful puffiness. plus, i'm smiling -- the biggest improvement. i should appreciate where i am today because i can only imagine what my next passport photo will look like . . . "

"TIME FLIES. oh my god. was i really 19 in this picture!? and where did my 20s go??"

"i can't believe i only used this thing once! i need to get out more."

it's true -- other than a few jaunts across the border into canada (for which you don't even really need a passport) and for identification purposes, i only used my passport on one trip! list of countries i have been to:

united kingdom
the netherlands

yep, that's it! have you gotten better use out of your passport than i did? where have you traveled to? and where would you go next? i am obsessed with visiting the following countries:

new zealand
denmark & sweden


link luv
a few excellent recent posts from some of my favorite writers:

heather from hangrypants wrote an interesting post on her observations of her students' school lunches.

meg from be fit, be full wrote a post called thin with insecurities about embracing imperfections -- or at least learning to live with them. she and multiple commenters confirmed that no, thin people are NOT immune from cellulite OR stretch marks. (i already knew that -- from personal experience with the former! but it's nice to know that i am certainly not alone :) )

kath's post this morning featured an essay by matt on choosing his career path! loved his voice and his story, and his realistic take on following one's dreams.

in the mail

thank you bora bora foods for the lovely care package (incidentally, THAT'S another place i wouldn't mind visiting someday!). i dug into my first bar last night in the ER -- the tropical sesame cranberry.
the nuritional info and ingredient list for this sweet and crunchy bar are below:

it had great staying power -- probably thanks to all that (unsaturated) fat. i would have liked it a tiny bit less sweet, though. i'm looking forward to trying the rest of the flavors. bars are indispensable in the busy ER.

and, also in the mail was this exciting surprise! YES: orla finally answered my desperate pleas for attention and granted me some free stationery!

address book, composition book, and little mini-blank-books

um, april fools. only in my dreams! i actually got these nearly free, though, because i had a credit from gilt fuse and they had a sale! reader vaani clued me in (thank you!) and i picked these babies up just in time.

if you are not a gilt member and would like to be (they are an online only merchant featuring designer goods on supersale), email me! i will send you an invite.



workout: the weather was GORGEOUS and i was still sore from yoga on monday, so i switched things around and ran a bit longer rather than tackling weights. 7 miles at 8:59/mi although i am pretty sure this is an underestimation, based on landmarks. my footpod still needs recalibration after the switch to new shoes!

in the kitchen: another real simple-inspired creation! it doesn't get much easier than this flat-out wrap filled with corn, beans, goat cheese, tomato, and salsa.



loved all of the melted goat cheese! yum.


  1. Thanks for the link!

    I was just wondering last night about where my 20s went? I can't believe it sometimes.

  2. Thanks for the link love! And I'm still giggling from your April Fools joke. I definitely believed you! Places I've traveled are Australia, New Zealand, Paris, London, South Africa, Madrid, Sevilla... and I really want to go to Croatia!

  3. Since you asked, and I've never really tallied a complete list, but: Caribbean Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, England, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Czech Republic, India, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates (Dubai). I've been around the world, but I've never left the Northern Hemisphere. Fortunately, Farrah has been to most places with me. Greece and Spain top our next wish-list. Traveling is the best form of education and can easily be done on a budget.

  4. I have been itching to go to Japan...I feel like there is so much to see (Foodwise especially) there. I also want to go to China since I have relatives there I've never met and gosh, all the sight seeing whew!

    We almost went my freshman year of high school with my band to perform there but 9/11 made it so no one could leave the country in our county on a school trip and then SARS happened.

    I've been to December. Cold and Dark. Nuff said.

  5. Anonymous3:03 PM

    i got my passport to travel to france senior year of high school. that's the only time i've ever been out of the country and when i got there, they didn't even stamp it!!

  6. Anonymous3:22 PM

    fun fact: you actually do need a passport to get into canada now!

    I really really really want to go to Iceland!

  7. Anonymous5:52 PM

    I'm almost 32. Ack!

    I've been to: Mexico, Canada, England, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Belize (on a cruise). I think that's it. The caribbean.

  8. Your travel experiences sound like mine - I've only been out of the country on one very short and one extended trip. Granted, it was for three months, but since 2003 (when we were told to say we were Canadian because the U.S. was not-so-popular), I have stayed in the states. Haven't even been to Canada!

  9. I just realized that I probably need to renew my passport as well...I can't believe I've had it for ten years! I've been to lotsssss of places: England (twice), France, Germany (three times), Belgium, Italy (twice...all over), Greece, Switzerland, Austria (twice), Liechtenstein....and Canada, but those were in the pre-passport days.

    Looooove traveling!

  10. Now that I'm sort of approaching the big 4-0, I'm wondering about my 30's, which have been just terrific.
    I remember my first passport at age 16 - I had crazy bangs then. My second one, I really liked because I thought that it was "cool" - I had to get it while I was studying abroad in Spain. My current one is less cool, but I've been to Spain twice and Ecuador twice on it. I'll also get a stamp this summer!
    Our next big trip (oh, after this summer's trip) is, fingers crossed, Thailand.
    And then, one day, to Chile and Argentina (before I die...).
    Fun times.

  11. Your foreign aspirations are in much colder climates than mine :) Next on my list are Greece, Brazil and Thailand. I have been to: Spain, England, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Austria, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, St. Lucia and Israel. I had to renew my passport 2 years ago and I was sad to give up my old one because I had so many stamps!

  12. I've made full use of my passport! I've been to Ghana (Accra), UK (london), France (paris) twice, Austria (Vienna), Switzerland (Zurich), Hungary (budapest), Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice),Jamaica (Kingston, Montego bay, Ocho Rios) Mexico (Cozemel,Belgium(brugges),and the Netherlands. Gretchen Rubin's link to your blog made me read, and now I'm hooked. I'm going to start my own HP, nice to know I'm not the only 29 yr old feeling like i'm merely 'surviving' life, instead of enjoying it. I get to change that now! YAY!

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