Making it through the airports, tricks and tips


Traveling by plane, in my opinion, is fun but sometimes it can be a bit odd and ackward, whether you have layovers or direct flights. Having flown domestic and international flights, I learned a few things with the travel.

Here are some tricks and tips that I have learned/gleaned from flying:

  1. Carry at least a little bit of cash, some venues only accept cash or after hours, vending machines are the only thing available. Plus, luggage carts are a nice perk at the end of a journey and many only take cash.
  2. Wear something comfortable and appropriate (I have never understood traveling in lounge/pajama wear), limit jewelry as no one ones to loose a cuff link or earring while in transit
  3. Carry a phone charger and outlet plug with you, many airlines don’t have inflight outlets, charge devices in airport or at home.
  4. When in the airport, especially if you have a layover, pick up postcard and send it to someone, a little note to say hello, a thank you, or send it to yourself. A little note goes a long way
  5. Pack your carry on and personal item as light as possible, remember, you are carrying these items, sometimes a lot.
  6. Avoid or limit alcohol consumption, intoxicated people aren’t often allowed to board, especially if the person is “acting up”
  7. Carry a small book or small project to work on, especially if the flight is long. Especially important with children.
  8. Carry your own snacks and beverages (check with your airline for regulation), in-flight snacks/options are not often given or “tasty” in variety
  9. Go to the restroom before boarding, no matter one’s size or shape, airline toilets are cramped, tight and not comfy
  10. If you like to sleep on the plane, carrying/taking a “u” shapped pillow or similiar item will be a nice luxury (I use a teddy bear that I travel with, it’s a pillow, a back prop,, a camera/phone holder for photo opprotunites, etc)
  11. If you are early for your flight or have a layover, wonder around the terminal, You often find interesting statues or other “treasures” that could be fun to read about or share via photo.
  12. Keep/use a print out-paper of your flight itineraries. It’s a sure fire back up incase your phone dies, the internet isn’t working, or your 2 year old nephew got a hold of your phone and deleted or moved the QR code and confirmation email.
  13. Make sure your ID’s are current, active, and in guidelines with traveling. the “real ID” is often required or another qualified issued government ID.
  14. For the comfort of yourself and others, practice extra good hygiene. People will be in close quarters.

I hope these tips are helpful and useful as you travel.

Making a meal for my family


Spending an evening with my parents is always fun as we live very far apart. While on vacation and staying at my parent’s home, I took the liberty of cooking a meal for them–after running errands with my mom and having gone to the fields to check water with my brother (he’s a farmer with irrigated fielda) a hot, easy meal was in order.

One of the errands was going to the grocery store (in the next town over) so picking up ingredients was a breeze. Of course, I also chose items that were on sale or had the “club price” with a member’s card (the free one’s you get when you sign up at many “big” stores.).

Ingredients:

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (I used a combo of both)

1 Jar of Madras Korma Curry Indian simmering sauce

1 can of coconut milk

1/2 -3/4 pound of chopped up raw veggies, I used red bell pepper, some cauliflower florets and stems, shredded carrots and a half chopped red onion and sliced mushrooms.

Line a glass baking dish with the chicken (after spraying it with some oil), dump the jar of sauce, can of coconut milk, and veggies all in it give it a light stire and bake for 90 minutes on 350 degrees, covered with aluminium foil.

It’s easy, Indian/Nepal inspired dish and there was more than plenty for 4 people to have 2 whole meals off it.

It can be eaten as it or served over white rice or with Naan.

Homemade Madras Curry, using jarred sauce

Chimney Rock, Nebraska


Our road trip back to Colorado included going through the beautiful, quiet state of Nebraska.

The rolling praries and grasslands, scattered amongst the grain fields and ranches, was quite stunning and we stumbled upon Chimney Rock, quite a stunning view as it just “pops” out of seemingling no where!

We stopped in Scottsbluff for a meal, Subway, and enjoyed the scenery of the quaint town (and found more postcards, which was a pleasant surprise in the small town).

In full truth, Chimney Rock is very pretty but the praries are something unique to behold, a hidden treasure of America’s bread basket country (which I have heard many people call a “fly over” area, which I believe is a true mistake, as it’s breath taking). If given the chance, drive and stay in Nebraska, it has lots of charm and the people are very warm and welcoming.

A Rush to see 4 Presidents–Best Friends Road Trip to Mt. Rushmore!


An adventure of a lifetime with my bestest friend in the whole world! Kevin planned it out for us, which was a huge treat for me. I flew into Colorado to join forces with Kevin and then off we went!

Mt. Rushmore, featuring 4 U.S. carved into the Black hills, is absolutely stunning! The entrance to the national monument is free but it does cost a minimal price to park (and we got rock star parking near the entrance!)

While it was hot, hence the floppy hat donned by me, it was a picture perfect day in South Dakota! Kevin’s fit bit marked that we walked almost 2 miles around the site and it was well worth the tired feet. The park does offer plenty of photo opprotunities and places to relax and take in the views, which is awesome when you are with your bestest friend and want to soak it all in!

Along the walk way, each state is represented with a flag and a stone marker of when it was inducted into the USA, as a state officially, which is rather interesting. I learned that my home base state was inducted after Nebraska, which is suprising but both states were part of the Louisianna purchase, so all is good.

Kevin and I enjoyed the day thoroughly and even purchased a few postcards (will come in another post.)