Category: Travel

Guest Post: The 4 Phases of Fear – The Summer I Saw Them All

This is a Guest Post by Heather whom I met when I coordinated a Saturday morning volunteer program via Chicago Cares. About fifteen to twenty of us would take a school bus to an Englewood elementary school and lead activities for thirty or so 3rd to 8th graders. Though I stepped down years ago, I’m Read more…

Travel: Belize

Tikal Ruins   Seems like everyone is going to Belize these days. We went in February 2017 and as folks always ask for our recommendations, here’s a glance at our excursion. Our Travel Disclaimer We’re flip-flops and jeans folks who hate shopping, would rather wander neighborhoods than museums, think riding public transit is a fun Read more…

Looking for my Companion Pass buddy

I have a friend who’s about to get Companion Pass status with Southwest. She’ll need to choose her companion — “companion” being someone who gets to fly anywhere she goes for free, for a year (of course the nice thing would be for you two to split the one ticket). And it can’t change, it Read more…

If there was ever a spreadsheet symbol of our love…

Airport Pickup: after Best Friend had been gone for almost two weeks in Estonia and Lithuania Best Friend and I met in December 2009 and started “hanging out” January 2010 (he thought it was a date; I didn’t). Our first trip, besides to a wedding the Western suburbs, was to Amsterdam, Paris, and Brugges July Read more…

Travel: Savannah, Georgia

Adorable town! Wish we had had more time to explore outside of the city, like Tybee Island. Everyone says it’s worth the trip. A few recommendations — Friends of a friend own Green Truck Pub. Great burgers, local fare, and ambiance. “It’s a story you’ve heard before. Boy goes to school. Boy becomes fancy-pants engineer. Read more…

Best Friend & Best Friend: a magical start to something magical

Best Friend and I have been kicking around the idea of a podcast. Then we get distracted by french fries and travel deals. Then we go to a conference where everyone’s all “You’ve gotta be on YouTube!” and we think, “Yeah, YouTube!” Then we get hired to do Workplace Camp and focus on nothing else but Read more…

If I die: morbid comforting contentedness

Amsterdam in front of the Van Gogh museum (our first BIG trip together and what prompted me to say “Wanna move in?”) I recently took a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. It fit our current travel criteria: neither Best Friend nor I had ever been Southwest flies there (we would only fly Southwest if we could; Read more…

GUEST POST: Moving from the Big City to a Teeny, Tiny Town

This is a Guest Post by Katie Gillespie whom I met via a mutual friend and got to know when we debuted (and encore’d) our Stepping Careers in Fear Experiment℠. She’s front and center at :50 — The epitome of quiet courage, she continually blows my mind and makes me so proud. Below she talks about Read more…

Mac & Cheese By The Bay: find your tribe in San Francisco

Photo via The Embassy Network For the past few years, I’ve experienced a mass exodus of Chicagoans for other zip codes. Whenever people leave me (sniff), they inevitably ask: “Do you do Mac & Cheese in (insert place they’re heading)? If not, do you know of like-minded organizations? I’d love to meet new people, find my Read more…