Oprah and me!

Guess where I am?  Harpo Studios in Chicago!  Not the normal entrance for people going to see a show, but the special entrance for people who work there or guests coming for a special reason.  I was the latter.  Recently I was contacted by OWN for a special project.  I happened to be heading to Harpo Studios for a Lifeclass on Colorism, so I went early and was interviewed about my interest in OWN.
I was escorted into the studio where the Oprah Show was filmed

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park | Vancouver | Canada

Usually when I visit a city for second time, I try to see new things.  However, there are certain places that I go back to again and again.  Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of those places.

The view from the bridge is beautiful.  We were there on a cloudy day, but even then it was gorgeous.  This is a coastal rainforest area so there might be rain, but it brings amazing trees and green, green, green everywhere.

There are usually lots of people on the bridge, so you have to move along or hold everyone up.  I've only been in the summer, so I'm not sure of crowds during other times of the year.

After you cross the bridge, you walk into the living rainforest.  For me, it's just magical.  I love to walk through shady forested areas. Being surrounded by nature in that way makes me happy.

Notice my owl shirt that I wore especially for this occasion.  :)   There are actually owls and other birds in a section called Raptors Ridge.  It's an educational program where they …

Fabulous lunch in Alghero | Sardinia | Italy

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I love good food, but when it comes with a beautiful view even better!  Angedras Restaurant in Alghero, Sardinia did not disappoint.

A Day Trip to Victoria | BC | Canada

Fifteen years ago I was on an Alaskan cruise that stopped briefly in Victoria, Canada.  Let's just say I picked the wrong excursion and we didn't get to see anything that I wanted.  I said if I ever got the chance I would come back.  Well I finally got the chance this month.  We were on vacation in Vancouver and they had a day trip to Victoria that sounded like just what I wanted.

I say sounded, because while I knew there was a bit of travel time, I didn't realize how much.  When all was said and done, I still didn't have the amount of time in Victoria that I wanted.  Guess I'll have to go back again.  ;)

I'm a Rebel

I love to read all kinds of books, including "self help" types.  One of my recent reads is called "The Four Tendencies" by Gretchen Rubin.

I'm a fan of Gretchen's work.  I also listen to her podcast "Happier" and have several of her other books.  The reason I decided to talk about "The Four Tendencies" on my blog though, is that it explains a lot.  I am terrible at keeping up with this blog, even though I really want to.  It is on my to do list constantly and I'm always coming up with ideas for posts.  Never the less, they don't get done. Now if my husband were in charge of this blog it would be excellent.  There would be a post done every week.  If he sets a deadline for himself he meets it.  That's because my husband is an upholder.

A Weekend in Minneapolis | Minnesota

I've been to Minneapolis a few times over the last year and I like it more each time.  Here are a few of the things I've enjoyed while there.

Hell's Kitchen is a fun place for brunch.  The entire place is decorated like you're in hell.  There was a band playing while we were there that really added to the ambiance.  But the biggest draw (for me anyway) is the Bloody Mary Bar.

It's a 35 foot long bloody mary buffet basically.  You pick your bloody mary mix type, the seasoning you want on your rim and then you load up as much as you want onto wooden skewers to put in your bloody mary.  It is a balancing trick for sure.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center is also a favorite.  So many great photo opportunities here.

We were blessed with a beautiful day for walking around.  The Sculptures are so fun and interesting.  Some you can even walk thru and others make beautiful sounds.  We also enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Art Center sitting outside at Es…

I Broke My Ankle While Traveling

So I broke my ankle while traveling to The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.  I wasn't hiking the mountains or zip lining or any other exciting thing I had planned while there.  It was literally as I was leaving my house to catch my flight.  I fell down the stairs and heard a snap.  I've never broken a bone before so I didn't know that you could actually put weight on it.  Once I stood up and was able to walk (with a limp), I assumed I only sprained it. I thought it could be better by the time my flight landed in Colorado.  This was my first mistake.

Alghero | Sardinia | Italy

Our Holland America Cruise arrived in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy and tendered us to the city walls.  I had never heard of Alghero, so I did a little research before we arrived.  Seemed to me, the best thing to do was just walk around and enjoy this historical place.

As we arrived, we could see some locals enjoying the beautiful day on their rocky coastline.  Not your typical beach, but beautiful, none the less.
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