My Husbands Challenge: Travel Carry-On Baggage Only for International Vacation


The challenge is on. My dear husband is forcing strongly persuading me to travel carry-on for our two week vacation to Ireland.

“All you need is a couple pairs of pants and some shirts and your good to go,” he said.

Was he kidding? Two pairs of pants for two weeks? And as a woman of a certain age my cosmetics, wrinkle creams, and day and night moisturizer alone would fill up a 20-inch carry on bag.

“Two pairs of pants may work for you but what about the rest of it?” I said. “You have nothing to do. You don’t wear make-up, you don’t hardly have any hair (he began premature balding at the ripe old age of twenty-seven) and my hair is long and requires special product to straighten and tame. What are we in our twenties and we’re backpacking through Europe? Nah Uh. Not gonna happen.”

“Why don’t you at least try it? Look, do you want to pay $50 each way for your suitcase? That’s gonna be a $100, think of all the things you can buy with $100,” he said.

Oh, the money button. To be honest he had a point, but I wasn’t giving in… just yet.

“Are you sure we don’t get a least one free checked bag?” I asked.

“Yeah, pretty sure,” he said.

“Well I don’t think you’ve researched it. Let’s do that first, then I’ll think about it. But you want me to be like some hippie: ‘free yourself from the burden of luggage, man.'”

“Yeah,” he grooved.

“Don’t let the luggage bring you down, man,” I said.

“Yeah,” he said.

I don’t know if I can do this, but it might be fun to try.

That’s all I have to say, what about you? Any travel challenges you had deal with? I’d love to hear your travel tips.



A Short Note on Blogging

Why this blog? The short answer is because my publisher recommends I have one. The long answer is… no, there is no other answer. The reason is basically the short answer.

I wrote a book

I want to build a platform

I need to find my tribe

I’m a shy person, really. I tell my friends this and they scoff at me. Really, I am. I don’t have a burning desire to share my world, my thoughts, my life. I’m a book person, and as such I like to be by myself quietly reading a book.

On the surface it would seem I want to share everything since I have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and I’m on LinkedIn.

Believe me, this is all for the good of the book. Yup, that again.(If you’re interested in purchasing this book, entitled The Altered I, a Holocaust Memoir, please follow the link to LeRue Press.)

I thought it would be neat to become a published author, never knowing what that quest would entail. (In retrospect, it took about four years, which is fast in the publishing world). I made every mistake a new writer could make a long the way.

Facebook wall costume - it's interactive!

I’ll just skip ahead to the bit about where I landed a publisher, a small press, if you will.   Anyone who has written a book knows they need someone to:

buy it

read it

share it

How will anyone know about the book unless you tell them, right? So, here is the birth of my blog. And boy was it a long time coming. I have hesitated (out of fear, lack of knowledge, laziness) for the past year to start said blog, but now here I am. Now is the time.

That is what I have to say. Why did you start your blog? If you don’t blog, why not?

Kitchen Timer: Not Just for the Kitchen

English: A mechanical kitchen timer

I almost missed my beloved Zumba class this morning. Why? I was so engrossed in the design and layout of my blog that I completely lost track of time.  Now I’m back at my desk with a brand new kitchen timer.  I have it set for five minutes, so I better get to it now that time is ticking down.

If there is a limited amount of time to spend on a blog or article or your current work-in-progress, then setting the timer can be a useful tool.

A kitchen timer can be a great motivator, especially if there is a task or writing project you have trouble starting. Set the timer, say for five minutes like I did, and get typing. Before long you will have immersed yourself into the task at hand and it is no longer the chore you once thought it would be. In fact, it is quite enjoyable!

Tip: Don’t forget to reward yourself.

Nothing big mind you, not a Lexus (I wish!), or a brand new Michael Kors handbag (my dream!), but something simple, like a bubble bath, or a new book (OK splurge, buy two books), or indulge in a movie.

My kitchen timer means: no more burnt dinners, no more water boiled out of the tea kettle, and no more missed gym classes.

My time’s up, what do you have say? What motivates you to tackle an undesired task?

You Don’t Know Reno

English: Skyline of Reno, Nevada. Camera is lo...

If you think Reno, Nevada is just a smaller version of Las Vegas then you don’t know Reno! Some people think all there is to do here is gamble and eat at the enormous buffet’s presented by the casino’s. There’s a bit more to it than that.

When I first moved to Reno, NV, almost nineteen years ago, I didn’t think much of the place. In fact, I thought it was unattractive and boring. I happened to mention this to an older lady, a longtime resident of Reno. She looked at me and said, “Well, you don’t know history then. Reno is full of history.” This shocked me a little (alright, it shocked me a lot). That little old lady was right: I knew nothing about the part Reno played in U.S. history.

But, I wanted to find out.

I’ve been learning a little bit here and there, and I plan on sharing these findings with you and we can enjoy the journey of discovering Reno together.

Reno, Nevada means to me:

  • Reno is history
  • Reno is architecture
  • Reno is a family town
  • Reno is a small town with big dreams
  • Reno is literary
  • Reno is art
  • Reno is music

That’s what I have to say. What do you think about the city where you live?