Because every day should be a holiday…

Happy Chinese New Year!

Internet issues on the homefront meant I wasn’t able to get this post up earlier. Lucky for me, the Chinese New Year festivities go on for 15 days so this still counts.

A few weeks ago, my friend Angela sent me this postcard. My own little piece of China to help celebrate and also maybe my first postcard from Asia.


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Happy Belated Australia Day!

I bet a lot of you didn’t know it, but yesterday was Australia Day! Ironically, it’s a celebration of the anniversary of British colonization of Australia…but apparently it’s a fun time, political correctness aside. My impression is that Australia Day is akin to the American Columbus Day, but with more of an Independence Day kind of flair. At least that’s how we celebrated Australia Day in America.

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Looking Back on 2013


2013 was good to me by all accounts. I visited 2 new continents and 3 new countries, finished my master’s degree, and got engaged to one hell of a man. It was a west-coast kind of year, making a bunch of trips to California locales, including several that were new to me. Plus an epic trip to Hawaii which made use of my scuba certification and made me fall in love with poke¬†and ramen.

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