Weekly Wanderings #10 – Bryce Canyon

Where to start? Last weekend I was in Irvine (California) for the WITs Summit, a conference from Wanderful made up primarily of travel bloggers. I got to see my pal Katie as well as meet Christina, Cynthia and Kelly in person. My ExperienceBuick cohort, Lois came as well. It is good to be surrounded by friends who support your efforts, everyone gets each other and what we are trying to … [Read more...]

Music Memory Monday – Bizarre Love Triangle

This week I am taking back in high school, well my high school years any way. I was a Journey/Bruce Springsteen kind of girl, there were a few Duran Duran songs that I liked, but for the most part I did not dig on the Pet Shop Boys/Tears for Fears/Depeche Mode, that was more my sister. And as it turns out, when my family moved to Steilacoom, Washington where I would continue high school as a … [Read more...]

Music Memory Monday – Journey’s Lights

This series was inspired by an old blogging friend's post on Transient Travels. "When music takes you places" posted in 2009 and I ran my own series for several weeks that year.  I have updated my posts and am re-running them now as these songs and the memories they evoke are timeless. Journey's Lights As I have mentioned numerous times, I grew up an Army brat, meaning we moved around a lot. I … [Read more...]

My 10 most memorable food experiences

There is no doubt I am happiest when I am eating. I love food. Food is life. It enriches the soul. I plan my next meal while I am eating the current one. All my travels around the world are remembered through the food experiences I have. It is one of the many reason's I am so jealous of Anthony Bourdain, I know from reading his essays that his life is not as glamorous as it appears, but I would … [Read more...]

Sonoma Wine Harvest with Friends

This time last year I did my first wine harvest and had such fond memories of the day that when our friends invited us again, Mr. Misadventures and I jumped at the chance.  The process of picking the grapes and following the steps to get it to barrel is fascinating and gives me a greater appreciation for every sip of wine I enjoy, particularly when it is a friend's wine that I have had a hand … [Read more...]

Crushing it in Sonoma

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area a certain length of time you are bound to become acquainted with someone who owns a winery, co-ops at a winery, grows their own grapes to make wine OR with someone who has a friend who does any of the aforementioned activities.  It is inevitable, trust me!  But despite having lived here off and on for the past 20 plus years, I had never actually attended a … [Read more...]

Four Years

Misadventures with Andi gave birth as a blog four years ago in 2008. I started it two days after I joined my current company. I had to really. How better to make my introduction to the blog world than by sharing my latest misadventure - wearing dark blue tights with a dark black suit to work (as well as getting lost on the employee shuttle!)? Frankly my friends and family were getting sick of … [Read more...]

It's all my Dad's fault

My wandering ways? My Dad's fault. Sure, it was a whole family affair, as I mentioned last month on Mother's Day, but the reason I had the amazing childhood that I had, one that resulted in my gypsy soul, is my Dad's career. I am not sure he was thinking about all the travel and cultural benefits of a military life when he joined the military and spent thirty years serving his country, but those … [Read more...]

Ode to the Travelers' Mother

I am not one of those round-the-world travelers taking months or years to go from place to place (I admire those guys and would love to do it).  Nor am I a full-time traveler (although sometimes it feels like it).  But I left home at eighteen seeking an adventurous adult life and I definitely cannot complain about the results.  Nor have I ever looked back and had any regrets. But that doesn't make … [Read more...]

French Friday – Paris My Sweet

I cannot think of a sweeter return of French Friday than to share with you Parisian blogging pal Amy Thomas's new book Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate).  I met Amy in October 2009 at the Paris Bloggers Meet-up I helped organize with Erica of Haven in Paris.  I knew about her blog God, I Love Paris, but as I don't actually live in Paris, I was not aware of her full … [Read more...]